Thursday, July 18, 2019

Largest Religious Freedom Event in Washington, DC gathers over 1000 Leaders with Vatican Delegates

The second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, from July 16 to 18, is the largest religious freedom event of its kind in the world. With more than 1,000 civil society and religious leaders, and more than 100 foreign delegations invited, this year’s gathering marks the first time a Secretary of State has convened back-to-back Ministerials on the same human rights issue. Last year’s inaugural Ministerial was the first-ever to focus solely on the unalienable human right of religious freedom. (

The Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue Exchange also kicked-off in Washington, D.C. to coincide with the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The three-week exchange program aims to create a network of spiritual and community leaders prepared to use media tools to promote moderation, build tolerance, and prevent conflict.

Officially opening the Ministerial gathering, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed more than 1,000 participants from 100 countries, saying that the event was designed to open a global discussion on guaranteeing religious freedom.
On July 16, we convened civil society, religious leaders and government officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges for promoting and defending religious freedom globally. Through a series of plenary sessions, participants discussed the necessary building blocks and emerging trends in advancing religious freedom, as well as how religious freedom, international development, and humanitarian aid can work together to advance mutual interests.
First Session The first session opened with welcoming remarks by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and by Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. Following their remarks, came a presentation by three survivors of religious persecution (Pittsburgh, Jewish; Sri Lanka, Christian; and New Zealand, Muslim). This session concluded with a General Session on “Working Together to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief.”Rabbi Myers' presentation was one of three that opened the ministerial, made up of a series of events held over several days at the Department of State. The main event was supplemented by side meetings on Capitol Hill, at universities and at nongovernmental organizations to discuss strategies related to protecting religious freedom.
According to Catholic News Service, Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of Brooklyn, New York, who chairs Catholic Relief Services' board of directors, was among a broad contingent of Catholic Church leaders attending the ministerial. He said the event allowed people to come together to learn from each other.
"You have evangelicals advocating for Uyghur Muslims. You have Muslims advocating for Christians in Iraq. You have Jews advocating for evangelicals," he said. "It's beautiful. It's what government ought to do: enable the people not to solve the problems of government, (but to) allow the people to connect with each other and say, 'Enough is enough. Religious freedom is a right.'"
Pompeo said, "We all agree that fighting so that each person is free to believe, free to assemble and to teach the tenets of his or her own faith is not optional. Indeed, it is a moral imperative that this be permitted.
"All people from every place on the globe must be permitted to practice their faith openly, in their homes, in their places of worship, in the public square, and believe what they want to believe," he added.
Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom, urged the attendees to start what he called religious freedom roundtables in their local communities. Such groups would bring together people of faith, nongovernmental organizations and political leaders to discuss how to expand understanding of religious freedom.
He described the ministerial as the largest such gathering ever held to address religious freedom.
Brownback said, "But the situation is grim. Although most of the world is religious, 80% of the world's population lives in a religiously restricted place. It's time to bring down these religious restrictions so that the iron curtain of religious persecution can come down for one and all and it comes down now," said Brownback, a one-time Methodist who became Catholic. 

#BreakingNews 2 Catholic Priests arrested with 2 Pro-Life Leaders while protesting Peacefully for Life

Two Catholic priests, along with 2 pro-life leaders were arrested on Saturday, July 13, 2019 inside an abortion facility in New Jersey.

In total the police arrested four pro-life advocates amid a "Red Rose Rescue": Father Fidelis Moscinski, Father Dave Nix, William Goodman and another unnamed individual. This took place in the morning at the Garden State Gynecology, in Morristown, New Jersey.
They gave each mother a red rose with a card attached. On it was the message: “You were made to love and to be loved… your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances in life change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.” It also included the phone numbers of local pregnancy help centers.
According to the "Red Rose Rescue" Facebook page: After entering a abortion clinic peacefully and sitting down and talking quietly, offered assistance respectfully. 2 Catholic priests and 2 pro-life leaders were arrested by police. They sang Silently Night to carol the babies, mothers, fathers, mill workers, and police. They were involved in what they call "an emergency rescue operation to directly defend lives in the most immediate mortal danger, and rescue according to the command of Proverbs 24:11."
Police charged the two priests and other two pro-life advocates with trespassing.

 Some pro-life advocates refuse to leave believing that refusing to leave is an act of solidarity with the unborn babies who are scheduled for abortions.

* According to the Pro-Life "Red Rose Rescue" Facebook page:
 Every Red Rose Rescuer must be committed to non-violence or they may not be part of the organization. Violence has absolutely no place in our efforts, or any efforts, to help pregnant mothers and their babies. This is why we peacefully enter the facilities-- to prevent the horrific violence of abortion through our peaceful witness of non-violent solidarity. We confront the violence of abortion with respect, dignity, mercy and peace.
Second of all, each Red Rose Rescuers is forbidden to harass or intimidate anyone... ever. Such actions are completely inimical to our mission to share Christ's love and truth in a humane way with those tempted to kill innocent children in the womb. We are always gentle, compassionate, caring, soft-spoken, empathetic and wholly non-threatening.

When police officers arrived, some of the pro-life advocates were talking with women, while others were praying quietly and singing hymns, according to the pro-life group.

About a dozen other pro-lifers stood outside witnessing during the "rescue".

There have been more than a dozen similar demonstrations in the United States since 2017, according to the pro-life "Red Rose Rescue" group.

Edited from and - Red Rose Rescue

Pope Francis appoints Matteo Bruni as New Director of Holy See Press Office

Pope makes appointments in Vatican media
Pope Francis has appointed Matteo Bruni as Director of the Holy See Press Office. Alessandro Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti have been appointed deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate at the Dicastery for Communication.
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a new Director of the Holy See Press Office.  British-born Matteo Bruni is the new spokesperson of the Holy See, with effect from 22 July.

Born on 23 November 1976 in Winchester, Bruni graduated in modern and contemporary foreign languages and literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University.  He has been working since July 2009 at the Holy See Press Office, where he has been overseeing the accreditation of journalists and operational communications as coordinator of the Accreditation Section.

In this role, he has organized reporters accompanying the Holy Father on papal trips outside Italy.

Bruni has coordinated the participation of the press in the various events during the Jubilee of Mercy 2016.  He has long been involved in ecclesial projects of humanitarian cooperation and programmes to support the elderly.

The new spokesman of the Holy See is married and has a daughter. Besides Italian, he is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, whom the Pope had appointed ‘ad interim’ Director of the Holy See Press Office on 30 December.

Also on Thursday, Pope Francis appointed Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

All three take office on 22 July.

A graduate of political science from Rome’s La Sapienza University and a professional journalist, Gisotti, 45, is married with two children.  After a stint at the United Nations Information Office in Rome, he began working at Vatican Radio in 2000.  From 2011 to 2016 he was deputy editor-in-chief at the Pope’s radio.   In 2017 he became the coordinator of the Social Media of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

He has taught journalism at the Jesuit Maximus Institute in Rome and theories and techniques of journalism at the Pontifical Lateran University. He has written several articles and essays on communication in the Church, in particular, the volume "The Decalogue of Good Communicator according to Pope Francis", published in 2016 with a preface by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Born in Naples (Italy), Sergio Centofanti, 59,  is married with three children and has three grandchildren. He graduated in literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University in 1986.

Starting his career as a journalist in the early ‘80s, he worked with several newspapers and magazines.

He joined Vatican Radio in 1986, working for the first 10 years with the morning edition of world news in Italian.  He was gradually put in charge of other editions of the news service.   He has followed Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis on various Italian and international trips.

In 2017 he was called to be part of the Multimedia Editorial Centre, in charge of coordinating the activities of the various language units of Vatican Radio-Vatican News.
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#BreakingNews Popular Catholic Priest shoved off Stage during Youth Mass in Brazil

A woman pushed a priest, Fr. Marcelo Rossi, off a stage during a Mass Sunday in Brazil,  in front of 50,000 people.
A woman ran onstage and violently shoved a famous priest  in Cachoeira Paulista, near São Paulo, Brazil.
The 32-year-old woman ran toward Padre Marcelo Rossi, who is a popular preacher in the country, and shoved him off the stage.

The incident happened shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday during the closing Mass of a youth retreat. Around 50,000 young Catholics were in attendance, the Brazilian news site reported.

According to the police, the woman was one of the participants in the retreat. She was accompanied by a group who had traveled from Rio de Janeiro to attend. They reportedly told the police that she suffers from mental health problems.

The newspaper O Dia reported that the woman, who was at the event with her 3-year-old son, told reporters Monday that what happened was “between [Rossi] and I.”

The priest, who decided not to press charges, wasn’t seriously hurt.

A former physical education teacher, Rossi was ordained as a priest in 1994.
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Christians in Pakistan Live in Fear with reports of over 1,000 Girls Annually being Forcibly Converted

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Forced conversions to Islam: an ad hoc measure is urgently needed to protect religious minorities

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - "Civil society cannot ignore the responsibility of governors to guarantee all citizens equal access to civil freedom and justice. Today it is essential to introduce ad hoc legislation for the protection of religious minorities in Pakistan, especially to counter the phenomenon of forced conversions to Islam": says the Catholic Peter Jacob, activist for human rights and president of the Center of social justice (CSJ) in Pakistan, to Agenzia Fides, commenting on the recent episodes of violence and abuse committed on young Christian women and other members of minority communities in the nation.
The family of Saima Sardar, a Christian nurse from Faisalabad, who refused to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim, Muhammad Idrees, who killed her, is still in shock. 
According to data collected by Agenzia Fides sources in Pakistan, the phenomenon of forced conversions officially touches over a thousand girls, Hindus and Christians every year, but these are only the cases reported, which come to light.
While the outrage of the population for the phenomenon of forced conversions is growing, the Parliament of the province of Sindh yesterday, July 16, unanimously adopted a resolution calling for "this practice to be stopped and for action to be taken against the people involved".
In his conversation with Fides, Jacob notes: "The Commission for minorities in the province of Sindh is still inactive while the federal government and other provincial governments have not yet approved the law to set up special commissions for minority rights", ignoring the provision of the Supreme Court of 19 June 2014. "The federal government should consider issuing anti-conversion laws to curb the sad phenomenon of kidnappings and forced conversions to Islam of Hindu and Christian girls", he said, noting that, for the protection of religious minorities "the political will of decision-makers and institutions is lacking, due to indifference or incompetence".
Lawyer Ali Palh, a well-known human rights activist, expresses to Agenzia Fides his concern about the uncontrolled increase in the incidence of forced conversions and says: "It is time for the government to introduce concrete legal guarantees to prevent marriages and conversions of forced, manipulated or imposed faith", hoping for more careful intervention by the courts. Kalpana Devi, a Hindu activist, agrees and calls for "inter-ministerial coordination and to prevent violence, investigate and prosecute the phenomenon of forced conversions".
Chaman Lal, Hindu activist and scholar of the phenomenon, told Fides: "Forced conversions of minority young women are often accompanied by crimes involving economic injustices, gender-based violence and crimes related to religious freedom. Some influential people promote or facilitate this phenomenon, manipulating the legal procedures with impunity. In addition, in court trials, the outcome of the hearings is in favor of the perpetrators of the violence rather than the victims". (AG-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 17/7/2019)

Dr. Ryan Topping's Enlightening Talk on Religion & Philosophy in today's Post Christian Society - Video

At the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Conference in October, Dr. Ryan Topping spoke on  "Religion & Philosophy in today's Post Christian Society." Topping offers 3 ways to promote the faith using the intellectual apostolate with a special emphasis on culture. Discussing the current cultural crisis he offers ways to penetrate society with grace with the aid of philosophy. His entire talk, in the video below, is very enlightening and worth every minute.

Biography: Ryan Topping, PhD, Vice President & Academic Dean, Newman Theological College, Edmonton Ryan N.S. Topping earned a doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford and is Academic Dean at Newman Theological College, Edmonton. He has published widely on Catholic culture and education. His most recent book is The Gift of the Church, Volume 1: How the Catholic Church Transformed the History and Soul of the West. He and his wife have eight children.

Novena to St. Camillus de Lellis - Prayers for the Sick and Cancer patients to Share!

St Camillus de Lellis is patron saint of the sick, hospitals and nurses. He dedicated his life to the sick and to organising hospitals. He founded the Order of the Camillians, priests and brothers who work in the area of health. He considered the sick to be Jesus Himself.
Glorious St Camillus, turn your merciful eyes upon those who suffer and those who care for them. Grant to the sick Christian resignation and trust in the goodness and power of God. Make those who take care of the sick be generous and lovingly dedicated. Help me to understand the mystery of suffering as a means of redemption and the way to God. May your protection comfort the sick and their families and encourage them to live together in love. Bless those who dedicate themselves to the infirm. And may the good God grant peace and hope to all. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be. St Camillus de Lellis, pray for us.
“Blessed are those who suffer because they will be consoled.” “I was sick and you visited me.” “Come, blessed of my Father, and take possession of heaven.” “Everything you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me.” Novena prayers, day 1 to 9 – always begin with the Sign of the Cross. 
End with the “Prayer of the Sick”, at the end of this post. 
Dear St Camillus, knowing that there is no greater love than to give your life for another, you patiently put up with many infirmities during your life without ceasing to work on behalf of the sick. Intercede with God so that I (or mention name(s) of the person(s) instead of “I” during the course of these novena prayers) may have the strength necessary to overcome the troubles that afflict my life and the life of my family and friends. Help me to spiritually benefit from everything that happens. Do a good deed to someone in need. Optional Reading Mark 5:21-43.
 SECOND DAY: Dear St Camillus, shocked by the abandonment in which the sick lived, you received from Jesus the inspiration to create an organisation for caring for the sick with love. Help me to understand that it is important before God to treat those who suffer with love. In the difficult moments of life, give me courage not to become disheartened. Pray for someone who suffers more than you do.
Optional Reading Mark 10:46-52.
 THIRD DAY: Dear St Camillus, inspired by the example of the Good Samaritan, you vowed to improve the treatment of the sick. In all countries, may there be more concern and responsibility in helping the sick and in all health services. Give those who are in good health more joy in taking care of the sick. May everyone believe in the immense riches that God reserves for those who love Him and their brothers and sisters.
Ask God for the help needed by those who are not taken care of.
Optional Reading Luke 10:29-38.
Dear St Camillus, because of your extraordinary love of the infirm, the Church declared you patron saint of hospitals, the sick and nurses. Intercede with God in favour of doctors, the sick and all who take care of them so that they may be good hearted, enthusiastic and competent in their work. Make them remember that Jesus said that ‘everything you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me’.
Pray for those who take care of the sick.
Optional Reading Matthew 25:31-46.
Dear St Camillus, meditating on the words of Jesus (everything you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me), you received from God such great faith that you considered the sick as if they were Jesus Himself. Help me to grow in faith in order to always increase my love of the sick and to be ready to help them like a loving mother cares for her only sick child.
Make an effort to have more faith.
Optional Reading John 5:1-18.
Dear St Camillus, in a moment of great difficulty, you heard from the open-armed crucifix: “Courage, do not become downhearted, this work is not for you, but for me.” Give me always the strength not to become disheartened before the problems of my life and that of others. May everything I suffer convince me of the immense power of God in my favour.
Never desist of doing good.
Optional Reading John 9:1-41.
Dear St Camillus, you had great devotion to the Mother of Jesus. May I have greater trust in the power of intercession of Mary with God and be able to imitate her virtues. Help me understand the meaning of suffering and not consider it a punishment. Lord, You helped Camillus in his struggles, help me in the difficulties I face to remain at peace and not get disheartened.
Peace must be worked at every day.
Optional Reading John 2:1-12.
Dear St Camillus, even in the most difficult situations, you always trusted entirely in Divine Providence. Increase my faith in the goodness and power of God in favour of His creatures. May I always put myself in His hands in order to be strong in trials and suffering. Help me remember the last words of Jesus: “I will be with you until the end of time.”
Never lose hope. God is there.
Optional Reading Matthew 6:25-34.
 NINTH DAY: Dear St Camillus, inspired by the words of Jesus (“I was sick and you visited me”), you dedicated your life and all your strength to help the sick, and to improve hospitals and health conditions in the most difficult circumstances. Arouse everyone’s conscience to be more interested in health problems and to diminish the suffering of the people. Commit yourself to doing good and being with the good.
Optional Reading John 13:1-17.
Lord, I come before You in prayer. I know that You hear me, You know me. I know that I am in You and that Your strength is in me. Look at my body racked with infirmity. You know, Lord, how much it hurts me to suffer. I know that You are not pleased with the suffering of Your children.
Give me, Lord, the strength and courage to overcome moments of desperation and exhaustion. Make me patient and understanding. I offer up my worries, anxiety and suffering to be more worthy of You.
Let me, Lord, unite my sufferings with those of Your Son Jesus who for love of men gave His life on the Cross. Furthermore, I ask You, Lord: Help doctors and nurses take care of the sick with the same dedication and love that St Camillus had.

Saint July 18 : St. Camillus de Lellis the Patron of Nurses , Hospitals and the Sick and Founder


1550 at Bocchiavico, Abruzzi, kingdom of Naples, Italy
14 July 1614 at Genoa, Italy
1746 by Pope Benedict XIV
Major Shrine:
Church of Mary Magdalene, Rome, Italy
Patron of:
against illness, hospitals, hospital workers, nurses, sick people
THE early years of Camillus gave no sign of sanctity. At the age of nineteen he took service with his father, an Italian noble, against the Turks, and after four years’ hard campaigning found himself, through his violent temper, reckless habits, and inveterate passion for gambling, a discharged soldier, and in such straitened circumstances that he was obliged to work as a laborer on a Capuchin convent which was then building. A few words from a Capuchin friar brought about his conversion, and he resolved to become a religious. Thrice he entered the Capuchin novitiate, but each time an obstinate wound in his leg forced him to leave. He repaired to Rome for medical treatment, and there took St. Philip as his confessor, and entered the hospital of St. Giacomo, of which he became in time the superintendent. The carelessness of the paid chaplains and nurses towards the suffering patients now inspired him with the thought of founding a congregation to minister to their wants. With this end he was ordained priest, and in 1586 his community of the Servants of the Sick was confirmed by the Pope. Its usefulness was soon felt, not only in hospitals, but in private houses. Summoned at every hour of the day and night, the devotion of Camillus never grew cold. With a woman's tenderness he attended to the needs of his patients. He wept with them, consoled them, and prayed with them. He knew miraculously the state of their souls; and St. Philip saw angels whispering to two Servants of the Sick who were consoling a dying person. One day a sick man said to the Saint, "Father, may I beg you to make up my bed? it is very hard." Camillus replied, "God forgive you, brother! You beg me! Don't you know yet that you are to command me, for I am your servant and slave." "Would to God," he would cry, "that in the hour of my death one sigh or one blessing of these poor creatures might fall upon me!" His prayer was heard. He was granted the same consolations in his last hour which he had so often procured for others. In the year 1614 he died with the full use of his faculties, after two weeks' saintly preparation, as the priest was reciting the words of the ritual, "May Jesus Christ appear to thee with a mild and joyful countenance!"

Lives of the Saints: With Reflections for Every Day in the Year, A. Butler

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday, July 18, 2019 - #Eucharist

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 392

Reading 1EX 3:13-20

Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to him,
"When I go to the children of Israel and say to them,
'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,'
if they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?"
God replied, "I am who am."
Then he added, "This is what you shall tell the children of Israel:
I AM sent me to you."

God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children of Israel:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob,
has sent me to you.

"This is my name forever;
this my title for all generations.

"Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and tell them:
The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
has appeared to me and said:
I am concerned about you
and about the way you are being treated in Egypt;
so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites,
Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites,
a land flowing with milk and honey.

"Thus they will heed your message.
Then you and the elders of Israel
shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him:
"The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent us word.
Permit us, then, to go a three-days' journey in the desert,
that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God.

"Yet I know that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go
unless he is forced.
I will stretch out my hand, therefore,
and smite Egypt by doing all kinds of wondrous deeds there.
After that he will send you away."

Responsorial PsalmPS 105:1 AND 5, 8-9, 24-25, 26-27

R.(8a) The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, invoke his name;
make known among the nations his deeds.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
He remembers forever his covenant
which he made binding for a thousand generations--
Which he entered into with Abraham
and by his oath to Isaac.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
He greatly increased his people
and made them stronger than their foes,
Whose hearts he changed, so that they hated his people,
and dealt deceitfully with his servants.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.
He sent Moses his servant;
Aaron, whom he had chosen.
They wrought his signs among them,
and wonders in the land of Ham.
R. The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaMT 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 11:28-30

Jesus said:
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Saint July 18 : St. Frederick the Patron of the Deaf and a Bishop Martyr who Died in 838

365 RosariesBlog: Today, July 18, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Frederick (died 838), bishop of Utrecht and Martyr of the faith. What we know of Saint Frederick was recorded by his contemporaries, who praised his wisdom, prudence, piety, and virtues. Poems and hymns were written in his honor. Saint Frederick composed a prayer to the Holy Trinity, which was used in the Netherlands for centuries.  While little is known of Saint Frederick’s early life, his Acts record that he was trained among the clergy of the Church of Utrecht, where he excelled in piety and sacred learning. Having been ordained, he was charged by Bishop Ricfried with the care and instruction of the newly converted to the faith, and in 825, was selected to assume the bishopric. With great zeal, Frederick worked for reform and order throughout the diocese, and expanded the faith by sending Saint Odulf and other acclaimed preachers into the northern parts of Holland to work against the paganism that had taken root there.
Given his reach and reputation, Saint Frederick was soon embroiled in the political matters of the times. Saint Frederick found himself in the position to admonish the Empress Judith, after her sons raised charges against her, citing immorality. While Frederick spoke to her with patience, prudence, and charity, she became irate, and worked to undermine him. Similarly, he raised the ire of many of those throughout the land who did not ascribe to the Christian faith, enforcing marriages, and spreading the Gospel. Through his labors, he found himself greatly disliked by many dangerous and powerful individuals. Saint Frederick refused to be intimidated, however, certain in the power of the Lord.
On July 18, 838, following celebration of the Mass, Saint Frederick was stabbed by two assassins. He died only minutes later, reciting Psalm 144, “I will praise the Lord in the land of the living.” It is unclear as to who had ordered the assassination, but historians agree it was due to his preaching and enforcing of the tenets of the faith. As such, the Church considers Saint Frederick a holy Martyr, having given his life to the faith, and suffered death as a consequence. 
Grant, we beseech You, Almighty God, that poor in spirit after the example of Your abbot Saint Frederick, we may imitate Him who handed Himself over for the salvation of the world: Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#BreakingNews a Catholic Priest from Austria Dies while on Pilgrimage - RIP Fr. Siegfried Gödl

An Austrian priest, from the province of West Styrian, Fr. Siegfried Gödl died while pilgrimage in Italian mountains.
 The Diocese of Graz-Seckau is saddened by the tragically injured priest Siegfried Gödl. The pastor of Eibiswald, Soboth, St. Lorenzen and St. Oswald ob Eibiswald, died on Monday, July 16, 2019 while on a pilgrimage in Italy. With a group of six hikers, the popular pastor fell on the descent from the Italian pilgrimage town of Monte Lussari near Tarvisio and succumbed to his injuries, according to a report on the diocesan website.

The Graz Bishop Wilhelm Krautwaschl expressed deep concern. He praised the "pastoral work of many years in our diocese, who completed all his tasks with care - from child and youth pastoral care to pastoral care in various places". The parishioners and the relatives of Gödl knew he was "connected in the hope of the resurrection", said Krautwaschl.

The mayor of Eibiswald in West Styria, Andreas Thürschweller, said: "We are shocked by this completely unexpected report... "

On the descent from the mountain Lussari Siegfried Gödl had fallen on Monday around 5pm and fell about 300 meters deep into a channel, reported the "Kleine Zeitung" on Tuesday. His traveling colleagues then dropped off an emergency call, the group had been identified by Italian rescue teams via GPS. The pastor was only be recovered lifeless, his body was flown by helicopter into the valley.

The pilgrimage church on Monte Lussari is a popular destination for hikers and faithful. Pastor Gödl, who had celebrated his 50th anniversary of the priesthood last year, was a passionate pilgrim, parish secretary Gerlinde Waltl-Url told the newspaper. "He was always free on Wednesdays and was out in any weather." He regularly traveled with pilgrims from Eibiwald to Monte Lussari. 

Celebration honoring Pope Francis by the Apostolic Nuncio acknowledging the Church's Healing Process from Abuse

 Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, invited over 200 people to a celebration honoring the election of Pope Francis. The generous Archbishop held the gathering on the beautiful grounds of the nunciature in Rockcliffe Park of Ottawa. A choir sang the national anthem of the Vatican. In his opening welcome the nuncio spoke in both official languages of Canada, French and English, thanking the guests for honoring the Pope with their presence. Speaking of a possible Papal visit to Canada he said, “With deep conviction I answer ‘yes’ although I must immediately add that as for the time and exact date, only the Lord knows,” he said.
Guests included members of different Embassies, bishops, clerics, religious and friends; notable among the guests was MP Pierre Lemieux, Deacon Andrew Bennett (Cardus, pictured below) and Archbishop Predergast of Ottawa. The June 27 reception  honored the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election.
 Archbishop Bonazzi explained, “Pope Francis sees the Church as a community of men and women who live for others, who care for those in need, for those who are injured, for those who find themselves on the margins of life,” ,“But in order to heal others, we need to be cared for and healed ourselves.”

The Nuncio openly discussed the abuse crisis in the church saying, “Precisely to help and ensure the good health of the Church, which in recent times has found itself sick and wounded by the serious scandals of sexual abuse, Pope Francis is leading a serious and ongoing process of healing and reconciliation, a process which had one of its most significant moments in the convocation last February, of bishops and religious Superiors from around the world on the Protection of Minors in the Church.”

“Yes, Pope Francis is at the forefront in leading this three-dimensional battle of life which consists in doing good, responding to evil with good and, with God’s help, bringing good from evil,” the nuncio said.

“In this context, I am very pleased to note that the protection of minors has been a major priority of the Church in Canada since the 1980s,” he said. “The historical engagement of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in the area of prevention remains relevant and valuable to this day.”

“Their recent document, Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation, is a most valuable resource for Catholic Bishops and Religious Superiors in Canada and around the world,” he said. “It was held up as a best practice at the important meeting at the Vatican last February.”

Archbishop Bonazzi also remembered Pope Francis’ historic February visit to the United Arab Emirates and his signing, along with the Great Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyib, of the document “The Human Fraternity for World Peace and Common Coexistence.”
Thus, promoting peace with people of the Islamic faith.
Concluding his speech the Nuncio highlighted the Canadian  Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, who died in May.

“Jean’s visit to a small village in France with an institution that housed men with mental disabilities prompted him to learn more about them and the sufferings they endured,” he said. “Thus began the journey of L’Arche, a place of welcome where people with these and other disabilities, and their caregivers, journey through life together.”

Vanier, as co-founder of the movement Foi et Lumière, helped “some with disabilities and others without, that has grown to nearly 1,500 communities in 81 countries on five continents,” he said.

“Let us give thanks to God for Jean Vanier, who taught the world some powerful lessons about goodness, mercy, fraternity and joy,” the nuncio exhorted. “May we learn from his love of the poor, his care for the little ones, his sense of hospitality and his goodness. He taught the world a powerful lesson. And he was a Canadian.”
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wed. July 17, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 391

Reading 1 EX 3:1-6, 9-12

Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.
Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
the mountain of God.
There an angel of the LORD appeared to him in fire
flaming out of a bush.
As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
though on fire, was not consumed.
So Moses decided,
"I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned."

When the LORD saw him coming over to look at it more closely,
God called out to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
He answered, "Here I am."
God said, "Come no nearer!
Remove the sandals from your feet,
for the place where you stand is holy ground.
I am the God of your father," he continued,
"the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.
The cry of the children of Israel has reached me,
and I have truly noted that the Egyptians are oppressing them.
Come, now!  I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people,
the children of Israel, out of Egypt."

But Moses said to God,
"Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh
and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
He answered, "I will be with you;
and this shall be your proof that it is I who have sent you:
when you bring my people out of Egypt,
you will worship God on this very mountain."

Responsorial PsalmPS 103:1B-2, 3-4, 6-7

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.
The LORD secures justice
and the rights of all the oppressed.
He has made known his ways to Moses,
and his deeds to the children of  Israel.
R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

AlleluiaSEE MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 11:25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."

Saint July 17 : Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne - Nuns Guillotined in France during the Revolution

Guillotined at the Place du Trône Renversé (now called Place de la Nation), Paris, 17 July, 1794. They are the first sufferers under the French Revolution on whom the Holy See has passed judgment, and were solemnly beatified 27 May, 1906. Before their execution they knelt and chanted the "Veni Creator", as at a profession, after which they all renewed aloud their baptismal and religious vows. The novice was executed first and the prioress last. Absolute silence prevailed the whole time that the executions were proceeding. The heads and bodies of the martyrs were interred in a deep sand-pit about thirty feet square in a cemetery at Picpus. As this sand-pit was the receptacle of the bodies of 1298 victims of the Revolution, there seems to be no hope of their relics being recovered. Their names are as follows:
Madeleine-Claudine Ledoine (Mother Teresa of St. Augustine), prioress, b. in Paris, 22 Sept., 1752, professed 16 or 17 May, 1775;
Marie-Anne (or Antoinette) Brideau (Mother St. Louis), sub-prioress, b. at Belfort, 7 Dec., 1752, professed 3 Sept, 1771;
Marie-Anne Piedcourt (Sister of Jesus Crucified), choir-nun, b. 1715, professed 1737; on mounting the scaffold she said "I forgive you as heartily as I wish God to forgive me";
Anne-Marie-Madeleine Thouret (Sister Charlotte of the Resurrection), sacristan, b. at Mouy, 16 Sept., 1715, professed 19 Aug., 1740, twice sub-prioress in 1764 and 1778. Her portrait is reproduced opposite p. 2 of Miss Willson's work cited below;
Marie-Antoniette or Anne Hanisset (Sister Teresa of the Holy Heart of Mary), b. at Rheims in 1740 or 1742, professed in 1764; Marie-Françoise Gabrielle de Croissy (Mother Henriette of Jesus), b. in Paris, 18 June, 1745, professed 22 Feb., 1764, prioress from 1779 to 1785;
Marie-Gabrielle Trézel (Sister Teresa of St. Ignatius), choir-nun, b. at Compiègne, 4 April, 1743, professed 12 Dec., 1771;
Rose-Chrétien de la Neuville, widow, choir-nun (Sister Julia Louisa of Jesus), b. at Loreau (or Evreux), in 1741, professed probably in 1777; Anne Petras (Sister Mary Henrietta of Providence), choir-nun, b. at Cajarc (Lot), 17 June, 1760, professed 22 Oct., 1786.
Concerning Sister Euphrasia of the Immaculate Conception accounts vary. Miss Willson says that her name was Marie Claude Cyprienne Brard, and that she was born 12 May, 1736; Pierre, that her name was Catherine Charlotte Brard, and that she was born 7 Sept., 1736. She was born at Bourth, and professed in 1757; Marie-Geneviève Meunier (Sister Constance), novice, b. 28 May, 1765, or 1766, at St. Denis, received the habit 16 Dec., 1788. She mounted the scaffold singing "Laudate Dominum". In addition to the above, three lay sisters suffered and two tourières. The lay sisters are:
Angélique Roussel (Sister Mary of the Holy Ghost), lay sister, b. at Fresnes, 4 August, 1742, professed 14 May, 1769;
Marie Dufour (Sister St. Martha), lay sister, b. at Beaune, 1 or 2 Oct., 1742, entered the community in 1772;
Julie or Juliette Vérolot (Sister St. Francis Xavier), lay sister, b. at Laignes or Lignières, 11 Jan., 1764, professed 12 Jan., 1789.
The two tourières, who were not Carmelites at all, but merely servants of the nunnery were: Catherine and Teresa Soiron, b. respectively on 2 Feb., 1742 and 23 Jan., 1748 at Compiègne, both of whom had been in the service of the community since 1772.
The miracles proved during the process of beatification were:
The cure of Sister Clare of St. Joseph, a Carmelite lay sister of New Orleans, when on the point of death from cancer, in June, 1897;
The cure of the Abbé Roussarie, of the seminary at Brive, when at the point of death, 7 March, 1897;
The cure of Sister St. Martha of St. Joseph, a Carmelite lay Sister of Vans, of tuberculosis and an abcess in the right leg, 1 Dec., 1897;
The cure of Sister St. Michael, a Franciscan of Montmorillon, 9 April, 1898.
Five secondary relics are in the possession of the Benedictines of Stanbrook, Worcestershire.
Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Saint July 17 : St. Alexis - Man of God from Rome and the Patron of Beggars and Travelers

Today, July 17, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Alexis (also known as Saint Alexius, died 404), “Man of God.” Saint Alexis lived in poverty and service to the poor, despite wealthy upbringing and worldly opportunity. His faith and piety was attested to by the Blessed Virgin, who spoke through a holy painting, revealing him to be a “Man of God” to those who regarded him as a beggar. The life of Saint Alexis reminds us that appearances are not what is important to the Lord, but rather the holy fire burning within the heart and soul of the faithful.
Alexis was born in Rome, into a holy and pious family. His parents, Euphemianus and Aglais, wealthy and noble, had for some time taken great pity on the poor, and distributed both food and clothing to those in need on a daily basis. From a young age, Alexis imitated his parents, spending hours reading the Holy Scriptures, fasting strictly, distributing alms, and engaging in acts of penance and mortification (such as wearing a hair shirt beneath his fine clothing). He recognized and reported to his parents his calling to serve the Lord, but they had already arranged a marriage to a beautiful and virtuous young woman. Obediently, he agreed to marry, but upon his wedding night, left his bride after giving her his ring and belt, saying, “Keep these things, Beloved, and may the Lord be with us until His grace provides us with something better.”
Alexis disguised himself, leaving his homeland, and sailing East. He arrived in the city of Edessa in Syria, where he sold his remaining belongings (distributing them to the poor) and took up residence beside the Church of the Most Holy Theotokos (Mary, Mother of God). There, he begged for alms, which in turn he bought bread with to feed the aged and infirm. On Sundays he spent the day in the church, receiving the Eucharist, and praying in earnest. His parents sought him everywhere, dispatching servants throughout Europe and the East, but none could find him. Those sent to Edessa could not recognize him without his fine clothing. Plus, he had aged considerably, his body shrunken from fasting, and his former youth and vigor erased by long days and nights of begging. Alexis was thankful, and raised a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord, that his own servants had given him alms, saying "I thank Thee, O Lord, who hast called me and granted that I should receive for Thy name's sake an alms from my own slaves. Deign to fulfill in me the work Thou hast begun."
Saint Alexis lived in Edessa for seventeen years, during which time Our Blessed Mother revealed his true holiness. One morning, in the church, an icon of the Theotokos spoke to the sacristan as he readied the altar for Mass. She said, “Lead into My church that Man of God, worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven. His prayer rises up to God like fragrant incense, and the Holy Spirit rests upon him.” The sacristan searched, but could not find any many that fit the description of the Holy Mother. Confused and frustrated, he prayed to Mary, begging clarity. Again, a voice from the icon spoke, proclaiming the beggar who sat in the church portico to be the Man of God. The sacristan, despite his misgivings, brought Saint Alexis into the church, and many began to recognize him and praise him thereafter.
Having attracted unwanted attention, and wishing to return to his life of humility and poverty, Alexis left Edessa, boarding a ship for Cilcia, his intended destination the Church of Saint Paul in Tarsus. However, the plan of the Lord is mighty, and a storm forced the ship to dock in Italy. So close to the home of his parents, Alexis traveled by foot to Rome, and took up residence in his own home, beneath the stairs of the grand house he had grown up in. Euphemianus, not recognizing his own son, provided the beggar with a cell in which to live, and ordered that he be given daily rations from the dinner table. Alexis, for his part, lived in humility and prayer, fasting and contemplating the Word of God, enduring the constant jeering and insults at the hands of the servants. He also endured the constant weeping of his wife, whose pain tormented him each day. The only times he left his cell were to attend Mass and teach the local children about the Lord and the faith.
Saint Alexis lived in his family home for seventeen more years, until his death, which the Lord revealed to him in advance. On the day of his death, he took pen and paper, writing a note of apology and begging for forgiveness for the earthly pain he had caused his wife and parents. That day, the day of his death, heavenly voices spoke at Masses offered throughout the city—one to Archbishop Innocent saying, “On Friday morning, the Man of God comes forth from the body. Have him pray for the city, that you may remain untroubled.” Those present were terrified, falling to the ground upon hearing the heavenly voice. Upon recovering, they searched the city, but were unable to locate humble Alexis, living under the stairs in his father’s courtyard. A second voice was heard by the Pope, while serving Mass in the Church of Saint Peter. The voice spoke, “Seek the Man of God in the house of Euphemianus.” Many traveled to the house, including the Pope and Emperor, but Alexis was found to be dead. His face was transformed into that of a angel, his youth and vigor restored and enhanced. In his hand, he clasped his final note, but it was unable to be pried free until the Pope and Emperor—addressing him as if he were alive—asked to read it.
Upon hearing the request, the hand of Alexis opened, and the letter was read. His wife and parents tearfully venerated his body, praising the Lord for returning their lost son and husband to them, and for giving him the strength of will to live a life of penance from the day of his marriage to the day of his death. Carried by the Pope and Emperor, the body of Saint Alexis was displayed for the citizens of Rome to venerate, and then interred in a marble crypt within the Church of Saint Boniface. Many miracles were reported at his tomb side, and a sweet myrrh was noted to flow from the crypt, healing the sick.
The life of Saint Alexis is one of humility and obedience. This Man of God is also remarkable for his daily struggle against the vice of pride. On many occasions—while enduring the jeers of his servants, while starving, while becoming invisible to society—Alexis could have asserted his position by stating his identity, embracing his pride and putting aside his penance and suffering. Rather, he asserted his love for the Lord, himself diminishing. We all struggle with pride, in this modern age. We are judged by others by our worldly accomplishments, wealth, status, position, successes—all of which foster a sense of individual responsibility for the course of our lives. We might look to Saint Alexis on this, his feast day, as a reminder that all we have—all we are graced with—is given to us by Our Heavenly Father. We do not achieve, rather we accept. And in that acceptance, we recognize our weakness. We recognize that we are undeserving. And we give thanks and praise to the Lord for allowing us to “succeed”—not for our personal glory, but for His.
I give thanks to You, heavenly Father, for protecting me through the night and granting me another day. I ask You to fortify me with the grace of Your Holy Spirit, and give Your peace to my soul, that I may be free from all needless anxiety and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to You, so that Your will may be my will.
Today, make known to me, and take from my heart, every kind, form and degree of pride.
Today, empty me of self, and awaken in me the deepest depth and truth of that humility which can make me capable of your revealing light.
Today, do not allow attribution to me, for the good that you perform in me and through me, but rather, that all honor be to you.
Today, may your presence in me, and your work through me, testify of your holiness and saving grace.
Help me to die to self each day, and continuously seek your glorification in all that I think or do.
This I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the exemplar of humility.

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