Saturday, June 1, 2019

Pope Francis quotes St. Francis to Youth : "Go, preach the Gospel and, if necessary, even with words." Full Text in Romania


APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS
IN ROMANIA
(MAY 31 - JUNE 2, 2019)

MARIAN MEETING WITH YOUTH AND FAMILIES

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Square in front of the Palace of Culture (Iasi)
Saturday, 1 June 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, bună seara!

Here with you you can feel the warmth of being with your family, surrounded by children and adults. It is easy, seeing and feeling, to feel at home. The Pope among you feels at home. Thank you for your warm welcome and for the testimonies you have given us. Mons. Petru, as a good and proud family man, embraced you all with his words by introducing you, and you confirmed it, Eduard, when you told us that this meeting does not want to be only for young people, nor for adults, nor for others , but you wanted "that our parents and grandparents were there tonight".

Today in these lands is the day of the child. A round of applause for children! I would like the first thing we do is pray for them: let us ask the Virgin to protect them with her mantle. Jesus placed them among his apostles; we also want to put them in the middle and reaffirm our commitment to want to love them with the same love with which the Lord loves them, committing ourselves to give them the right to the future. This is a beautiful legacy: giving children the right to the future.

I am pleased to know that in this square there is the face of the family of God which embraces children, young people, spouses, consecrated persons, Romanian elders of different regions and traditions, as well as Moldova, and also those who have come from the other side of the river Prut, the csango-speaking faithful, Polish and Russian. The Holy Spirit calls us all and helps us to discover the beauty of being together, of being able to meet to walk together. Everyone with their own language and tradition, but happy to meet between brothers. With that joy that Elizabeth and Ioan shared - these two are good! -, with their eleven children, all different, coming from different places, but "today they are all gathered, just as some time ago every Sunday morning they all took the road to the church together". The happiness of parents to see their children assembled. Certainly today in the sky there is celebration seeing so many children who have decided to stay together.

It is the experience of a new Pentecost, as we have heard in the Reading. Where the Spirit embraces our differences and gives us the strength to open paths of hope by bringing out the best in each one; the same path that the Apostles began two thousand years ago and in which today it is our turn to take the baton and decide to sow. We can't wait for others to do it, it's up to us. We are responsible! It's our turn!

It's hard to walk together, isn't it? It is a gift we have to ask for, a craftsmanship that we are called to build and a beautiful gift to pass on. But where do we start to walk together?

I would like to "steal" the words again from these grandparents Elisabetta and Ioan. It is beautiful to see when love takes root with dedication and commitment, with work and prayer. Love has taken root in you and has borne much fruit. As Joel says, when young and old meet, grandparents are not afraid of dreaming (see Jn 3,1). And this was your dream: "We dream that they can build a future without forgetting where they started. We dream that all our people will not forget its roots ». You look to the future and open tomorrow for your children, for your grandchildren, for your people by offering the best you have learned during your journey: that they do not forget where they started from. Wherever they go, whatever they do, don't forget the roots. It is the same dream, the same recommendation that St. Paul made to Timothy: keeping the faith of his mother and his grandmother alive (see 2 Tim 10: 5-7). To the extent that you grow - in every sense: strong, great and even making a name for yourself - don't forget how much more beautiful and precious you have learned in the family. It is the wisdom that is received with the years: when you grow up, do not forget about your mother and your grandmother and of that simple but robust faith that characterized them and that gave them strength and perseverance to go on and not let their arms fall. It is an invitation to thank and rehabilitate generosity, courage, the indifference of a "home-made" faith, which goes unnoticed but gradually builds the Kingdom of God.
Of course, the faith that "is not listed on the stock exchange" does not sell and, as Eduard reminded us, it may seem that "it serves no purpose". But faith is a gift that keeps a profound and beautiful certainty alive: our belonging as children, and children loved by God. God loves with the love of a Father: every life, each of us belongs to him. It is a belonging to children, but also to grandchildren, spouses, grandparents, friends, neighbors; a belonging of brothers. The evil one divides, disperses, separates and creates discord, sows distrust. He wants us to live "detached" from others and from ourselves. The Spirit, on the contrary, reminds us that we are not anonymous beings, abstract, faceless beings, without history, without identity. We are not empty or superficial beings. There is a very strong spiritual network that unites us, connects us and supports us and is stronger than any other type of connection. And this network is the roots: knowing that we belong to each other, that everyone's life is anchored in the lives of others. "Young people bloom when they are truly loved," said Eduard. We all flourish when we feel loved. Because love takes root and invites us to put them in the lives of others. Like those beautiful words of your national poet who wished his sweet Romania: "your children live solely in fraternity, like the stars of the night" (M. Eminescu, "What I wish you, sweet Romania"). Eminescu was a great man, he had grown up, he felt mature, but not only: he felt fraternal, and for this he wants Romania, that all Romanians, be fraternal "like the stars of the night". We belong to each other and personal happiness comes from making others happy. All the rest are fairy tales.

To walk together where you are, don't forget how much you learned in the family. Don't forget your roots.

This reminded me of the prophecy of a holy hermit from these lands. One day the monk Galaction Ilie of Sihăstria Monastery, walking with sheep on the mountain, met a holy hermit he knew and asked: "Tell me, father, when will the end of the world be?" And the venerable hermit, sighing from his heart, said: "Father Galaction, do you know when the end of the world will be? When there will be no paths from near to neighbor! That is, when there will be no more Christian love and understanding between brothers, relatives, Christians and peoples! When people no longer love, it will really be the end of the world. Because without love and without God no man can live on earth! ".

Life begins to fade and rot, our hearts stop beating and wither, the elderly will not dream and the young will not prophesy when there will be no paths from near to near ... Because without love and without God no man can live on earth.

Eduard told us that he, like so many others in his country, tries to live faith in the midst of numerous provocations. There are so many provocations that can discourage us and make us shut up in ourselves. We cannot deny it, we cannot do as if nothing had happened. Difficulties exist and are obvious. But this cannot make us lose sight of the fact that faith gives us the greatest provocation: the one that, far from locking you up or isolating you, makes the best of each germinate. The Lord is the first to provoke us and to tell us that the worst comes when "there will be no paths from near to neighbor", when we see more trenches than roads. The Lord is the One who gives us a stronger song than all the sirens who want to paralyze our journey. And he does it in the same way: intoning a more beautiful and more attractive song.

The Lord gives us all a vocation that is a provocation to help us discover the talents and abilities we possess and why we put them at the service of others. He asks us to use our freedom as freedom of choice, to say "yes" to a project of love, to a face, to a look. This is a much greater freedom than being able to consume and buy things. A vocation that puts us in motion, makes us break down trenches, open roads that remind us of that belonging of children and brothers.
In this historical and cultural capital of the country we started together - in the Middle Ages - as pilgrims for the Via Transilvana, towards Santiago de Compostela. Today many students from various parts of the world live here. I remember a virtual meeting we had in March, with Scholas Occurrentes, in which they also told me that this city, this year, is the national capital of youth. It's true? Is it true that this city is the national youth capital this year? [The young people answer: "Yes!"]. Long live the young! Two very good elements: a city that historically knows how to open and initiate processes - such as the way of Santiago -; a city that knows how to host young people from various parts of the world as it currently is. Two characteristics that recall the potential and the great mission that you can develop: opening roads to walk together and carry on that grandparent's dream which is prophecy: without love and without God no man can live on earth. From here, new paths to the future can continue to Europe and to many other places in the world. Young people, you are pilgrims of the 21st century, capable of a new imagination of the bonds that unite us.

But it is not a question of creating great programs or projects, but of letting faith grow, of letting the roots bring us the sap. As I told you at the beginning: faith is not transmitted only with words, but with gestures, looks, caresses like those of our mothers, of our grandmothers; with the taste of the things we learned at home, in a simple and genuine way. There where there is a lot of noise, which we know how to listen to; where there is confusion, which we inspire harmony; where everything is clothed with ambiguity, that we can bring clarity; where there is exclusion, which we share; in the midst of sensationalism, rapid messages and news, which we care about the integrity of others; in the midst of aggression, let us give precedence to peace; in the midst of falsehood, we carry the truth; that in everything, in everything we privilege the opening of roads to feel this belonging of children and brothers (cf. Message for World Communications Day 2018). These last words that I said have the "music" of Francis of Assisi. Do you know what St. Francis of Assisi advised his friars to convey the faith? He said this: "Go, preach the Gospel and, if necessary, even with words." [Applause] This applause is for St. Francis of Assisi!

I'm finishing, I miss a paragraph, but I don't want to forget to say an experience I had while entering the square. There was an old woman, quite old, grandmother. His nephew had more or less two months in his arms, no more. When I went by he showed it to me. He smiled, and smiled with a smile of complicity, as if telling me: "Look, now I can dream!" At the time I got excited and didn't have the courage to go and bring it here in front. For this I tell it. Grandparents dream when grandchildren go on, and grandchildren have courage when they take root from their grandparents.

Romania is the "garden of the Mother of God", and in this meeting I was able to realize it, because she is a Mother who cultivates the dreams of her children, who holds her hopes, who brings joy to her home. She is a tender and concrete Mother who takes care of us. You are the living and thriving community full of hope that we can give to the Mother. To her, to the Mother, we consecrate the future of young people, the future of families and of the Church. Mulţumesc! [Thank you!].

#BreakingNews US Vice President Pence tells Canada's PM Trudeau he is "Proud to be part of a Pro-life administration" @VP


US Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Ottawa, Canada and had meetings with the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and US VP Mike Pence were in Ottawa to discuss trade and other issues.
US Vice-President Mike Pence told the crowd and the PM he is "very proud to be part of a pro-life administration" after being pressed on the issue during his visit to Canada.
Mr Pence also said the Trump administration "we will always stand for the right to life". He explained "....our administration has taken steps to stand for the sanctity of life at home and abroad."

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said the two men had a "cordial conversation" about abortion laws in the US despite their difference of views.

The PM and the VP also discussed issues related to trade and China.

In the US, the issue of abortion has been prominent this year as nearly a dozen states have moved to pass new, pro-life laws.

Mr Pence is known for his strong pro-life views and even spoke at the Washington Annual March for Life.

Mr Trudeau, on the other hand, denies his Liberal Party members their right to vote pro-life; thus infringing on their freedom of conscience.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer - who has supported pro-life legislation in the past - has vowed that if he were to form government he would not reopen the debate. (with information from BBC)
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RIP 12 people Killed in Mass Shooting in Virginia Beach, USA - Gunman dies - shot by Police


A Virginia Beach gunman killed 12 before dying in gunfight on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Police were at the scene where 12 people were killed during a mass shooting at the Virginia Beach city public works building on Friday.
The city employee who opened fire in a municipal building on Friday afternoon in Virginia Beach, Va., killing 12 people before officers shot and killed him, has been identified as 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock.

Authorities used a Saturday morning news conference to focus on the victims and said they would not be referring to the gunman by name in future. They said Craddock had about 15 years' experience as an engineer with the city.
 Among the dead were eight men and four women. Most were city employees but one was a contractor trying to fill a permit at the public works building, city manager Dave Hansen said at the news conference.
Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said the gunman opened fire on three floors before he engaged in a "running gunbattle" with four police officers.

"This was a long-term, large gunfight," he said.

Four people were wounded in Friday's shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, Cervera told reporters on Friday.

The shooting happened shortly after 4 p.m. when the veteran employee of the Public Utilities Department entered a building in the city's Municipal Center, and "immediately began to indiscriminately fire upon all of the victims," Cervera said.

Police entered the building and got out as many employees as they could, then exchanged fire with the suspect, who was armed with a .45-calibre handgun with a suppressor, the chief said, adding that officers gave the suspect first aid after he was shot, but he died.
Police initially said the gunman shot and killed 11 people, including one who was found inside a vehicle outside the municipal building. Cervera later said one more died on the way to the hospital. The shooting sent shock waves through Virginia Beach, the state's largest city and a popular vacation spot in southeastern Virginia.
Edited from CBC.ca
Image Source: Screen shot

Pope Francis says at Mass in Romania "Let us take a risk and allow the Gospel to be the leaven that permeates everything..." Full Text Homily


APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO ROMANIA
[31 MAY - 2 JUNE 2019]
HOLY MASS
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS
Shrine of Sumuleu-Ciuc
Saturday, 1 June 2019

With joy and thanksgiving to God, I join you today, dear brothers and sisters, in this beloved Marian shrine, so rich in history and faith. We have come here as children to meet our Mother and to acknowledge that we are all brothers and sisters. Shrines are like “sacraments” of a Church that is a field hospital: they keep alive the memory of God’s faithful people who, in the midst of tribulation, continue to seek the source of living water that renews our hope. They are places of festivity and celebration, of tears and supplication. We come to the feet of our Mother, with few words, to let her gaze upon us, and with that gaze bring us to Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6).
We have come here for a reason: we are pilgrims. Here, every year, on the Saturday before Pentecost, you come on pilgrimage to honour the vow made by your ancestors, and to strengthen your own faith in God and your devotion to Our Lady, before her monumental wooden statue. This annual pilgrimage is part of the heritage of Transylvania, but at the same time it honours Romanian and Hungarian religious traditions. The faithful of other confessions take part in it, and it is thus a symbol of dialogue, unity and fraternity. It invites us to rediscover the witness of living faith and hope-filled life.
To go on pilgrimage is to realize that we are in a way returning home as a people. To realize too, that we are a people. A people whose wealth is seen its myriad faces, its myriad cultures, languages and traditions. The holy and faithful People of God who in union with Mary advance on their pilgrim way singing of the Lord’s mercy. In Cana of Galilee, Mary interceded with Jesus to perform his first miracle; in every shrine, she watches over us and makes intercession, not only with her Son but also with each of us, asking that we not let ourselves be robbed of our fraternal love by those voices and hurts that provoke division and fragmentation. Complicated and sorrow-filled situations from the past must not be forgotten or denied, yet neither must they be an obstacle or an excuse standing in the way of our desire to live together as brothers and sisters.
To go on pilgrimage is to feel called and compelled to journey together, asking the Lord for the grace to change past and present resentments and mistrust into new opportunities for fellowship. It means leaving behind our security and comfort and setting out for a new land that the Lord wants to give us. To go on pilgrimage means daring to discover and communicate the “mystique” of living together, and not being afraid to mingle, to embrace and to support one another. To go on pilgrimage is to participate in that somewhat chaotic sea of people that can give us a genuine experience of fraternity, to be part of a caravan that can together, in solidarity, create history (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 87).
To go on pilgrimage is to look not so much at what might have been (and wasn’t), but at everything that awaits us and cannot be put off much longer. It is to believe in the Lord who is coming and even now is in our midst, inspiring and generating solidarity, fraternity, and the desire for goodness, truth and justice (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 71). To go on pilgrimage is to commit ourselves to ensuring that the stragglers of yesterday can become the protagonists of tomorrow, and that today’s protagonists do not become tomorrow’s stragglers. And this, dear brothers and sisters, requires a certain skill, the art of weaving the threads of the future. That is why we are here today, to say together: Mother teach us to weave the future!
As pilgrims to this shrine, we turn our gaze to Mary and to the mystery of God’s election. By saying “yes” to the message of the angel, Mary – a young woman from Nazareth, a small town in Galilee on the fringes of the Roman Empire and of Israel itself – set in motion the revolution of tenderness (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 88). Such is the mystery of God’s election: he looks to the lowly and confounds the powerful; he encourages and inspires us to say “yes”, like Mary, and to set out on the paths of reconciliation.

Brothers and sisters, let us not forget: the Lord does not disappoint those who take a risk. Let us journey, then, and journey together. Let us take a risk and allow the Gospel to be the leaven that permeates everything and fills our peoples with the joy of salvation, in unity and in fraternity.

FULL TEXT + Image Screenshot from Vatican.va - Official Translation

Philippine Church overjoyed as Darwin Ramos who Died at age 17 comes nearer to Sainthood - #Pinoy


Cubao: Darwin Ramos, who died at 17 due to myopathy, is a "Servant of God"
Pope Francis gives the green light to the process of beatification and canonization of the former street child. The documentation for the cause will be collected by the French Dominican Fr. Thomas de Gabory. Mons. Ongtioco: "Darwin is an example of holiness". Born in 1994, he discovered the Catholic faith in 2006. Since then, the disease has become his "mission".

Manila (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis declared "Servant of God" Darwin Ramos (photo), a Filipino street child who died in 2012 due to a serious degenerative disease: the Diocese of Cubao (Manila suffragan) received the green light to start the process of beatification and canonization.

Card Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, signed the nihil obstat at the start of the cause on March 29th. Following the order, the inquiry for the canonization of Ramos at the Diocesan Court of Cubao will be conducted by the postulator, the French Dominican Fr. Thomas de Gabory. The local bishop, Msgr. Honesto Ongtioco, initiated the process at the request of the Friends of Darwin Ramos Association. " The Vatican has given us the go signal to go deeper in his life how he lived his faith and how he gave witness to Jesus to whom he was very close - the prelate declares to CbcpNews -. Darwin is an example of holiness. Being a street child, afflicted with myopathy, he is closely united with Christ in his suffering and joy ".

Darwin Ramos was born December 17, 1994 in Pasay City. He spent his early years in a slum in Villanueva street. To help the family, Darwin becomes a waste collector on the street, along with his younger sister. Unfortunately the initial symptoms of what will later be diagnosed as Duchenne muscular dystrophy appear. Darwin's muscles weaken. Every morning, his father leaves him at the Libertad station to beg for passers-by.

Darwin Ramos was born on December 17, 1994 in Pasay City (Philippines). He spent his early years with his poor family in a slum on P. Villanueva street. In order to help his family, Darwin became a scavenger (waste picker) in the street, with his younger sister. They spent their day going through garbage to recover plastic waste which they sold. Unfortunately, the initial symptoms of what will later be diagnosed as Duchenne muscular dystrophy appeared. Progressively, Darwin could no longer stand and his muscles weakened. Poverty pushed the family to live on the street. His father was leaving Darwin every morning at the Libertad station to beg from passers-by who were taking pity on the boy

In July 2006, a group of street educators of the ANAK-Tnk Foundation (Tulay ng Kabataan), which was already regularly meeting with Darwin for few days, were able to fetch him in Quezon City. After getting acquainted with them and understanding that they could help, he entered in one of the centers run by the foundation itself to help street children. Today the foundation is led by the French priest Fr. Matthieu Dauchez and takes care of 280 street children in 17 centers; assists 50 children with special needs in three equipped facilities; conducts field programs for 800 children rummaging through the rubbish and 1,300 living in slums.

Discovering the Catholic faith, he wanted to adhere to himself, and on December 23, 2006, he received the Sacrament of Baptism. In December 22, 2007, he received the First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Over the years, his physical condition deteriorates progressively. In suffering, the boy developed a profound personal relationship with Christ, to whom he offered his pains. Darwin did not complain: when he spoke about his illness, he did not call it myopathy but "mission".

On 16 September 2012, what his loved ones call Darwin's "Passion Week" began. His condition suddenly worsened: Darwin felt pain while breathing and was then led to hospital. Even in these moments of great suffering and despite the fact that his hour was about to come, he continued to maintain a friendly attitude, thanking everyone for the services that were being lent to him. Thursday, September 20, 2012, Darwin experienced a spiritual battle. He said: “I am fighting against the devil.” Friday, Darwin looked peaceful and had a big smile. He thanked those who had cared for him and expressed his joy in the hope of soon meeting the Lord by writing “A huge thank you” and “I am very happy.” Saturday, Darwin entered into a great silence while remaining conscious.  The Servant of God died at the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) in Quezon City at PCMC, Sunday 23 September 2012.
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#BreakingNews Vandalism in 2 Catholic Churches in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Please Pray


The Roman Catholic Church of St. Francois Xavier's sanctuary was vandalized. In rural Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the parishioners entered Sunday morning to find their church damaged by acts of violence. This is the second act of vandalism in church of Winnipeg, Manitoba within a week. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported on their Twitter account:

@rcmpmb
 May 26: Roman Catholic Church in the RM of St-Francois-Xavier vandalized. Suspects gained entry to church, smashed statues & used fire extinguisher inside the church. A vehicle was seen in the church parking lot at 1:00am. Anyone with info should call #rcmpmb at (204)888-0358

Headingley RCMP received a report of a break and enter at 8 a.m. May 26. The suspect(s) smashed statues and discharged a fire extinguisher.

The head of a statue at the Sts. Vladimir and Olga Cathedral on McGregor Street was removed during the early hours of May 22.

The missing piece was later found in a duffel bag and returned to the church.
Edited from Global News
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Wow Franciscans Launch Hospital Ship named "Pope Francis" in Brazil to reach Thousands in Amazon with Medical and Spiritual Aid

AMERICA/BRAZIL - The hospital ship named in honor of "Pope Francis" will bring the Gospel and social assistance to the remote areas along the rivers Amazonas
Saturday, 1 June 2019 Juruti (Agenzia Fides) - The Franciscan Friars of Assisi in the Providence of God and the association of lay people who accompany it are completing the preparations to launch, next July, the "Pope Francis" hospital ship which will bring the Gospel and health assistance to over 700 thousand inhabitants of Amazonian areas reachable only by river, in the Brazilian state of Pará. According to the data that the congregation provided Agenzia Fides, the 32-meter ship houses the country's most complete floating hospital, with facilities for diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization and prevention in medicine, ophthalmology, odontology, surgery, and laboratory analysis, infirmary, vaccination room and machinery for radiography, ultrasound, mammography…. The ship will depart from the port of Óbidos with a crew of 10 people (including a religious) and 20 medical and paramedical volunteers (including university professors and students) and will visit about 1,000 coastal areas in 10-day expeditions, using two motorboat- ambulance for a first survey of the health situation of each area and for emergencies. The expedition will collaborate with the local hospitals of Juruti and Óbidos. In times of floods, it will also serve as a rescue boat. The initiative originated from the visit of Pope Francis to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, on the occasion of World Youth Day 2013, when the pontiff asked the founding priest, friar Francisco Belotti, if they were present in the Amazon.The reply was a no and the Pope simply replied "Then you have to go". As a result, the association and the fraternity took charge of the two hospitals mentioned, which were closed. Soon we "perceived that the population that lives on the banks of the river had considerable difficulties in reaching the hospitals - friar Francisco tells Fides - and then we understood that the only way was to make the hospital go to them". The mission will be coordinated by a priest of the fraternity, in charge of bringing the Word of God to the population visited, as well as ensuring the rich approach of humanity and dignity of assistance. The construction of the ship was possible thanks to an agreement with the State, which allocated the proceeds of compensation for collective moral damage to the project at the expense of Shell Chimica and Basf SA, following an environmental accident that caused at the time 60 fatal victims and other huge damages. (SM) (FULL TEXT Release by Agenzia Fides, 1/6/2019)
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BREAKING US Bishops' Conference Releases Annual Report on Protection from Abuse

FULL TEXT Press Release from USCCB:

U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS RELEASE 2018 ANNUAL REPORT ON THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

 
May 31, 2019
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection has released their 2018 Annual Report – Findings and Recommendations on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The report is based on the audit findings of StoneBridge Business Partners, a specialty consulting firm headquartered in Rochester, New York, which provides forensic, internal, and compliance audit services to leading organization nation-wide.

A survey on allegations conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate is also included as part of the report. The 2018 report for audit year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 states that 1,385 adults came forward with 1,455 allegations. Compared to 2017, the number of allegations has increased significantly due to the additional allegations received in five New York State dioceses as a result of the implementation of their Independent Reconciliation and Compensation programs.

Additional data on allegations provided by CARA’s annual survey shows that more than nine in ten alleged offenders (92 percent) identified during the survey year were already deceased, already removed from ministry, already laicized or missing. Most abuse reported occurred between 1960 and 1990, with a peak in the 1970's.

Twenty-six new allegations involving current minors were reported during the audit period. As of June 30, 2018, three were substantiated and the clergy were removed from ministry. These allegations came from three different dioceses. Seven allegations were unsubstantiated as of June 30, 2018. Three were categorized as "unable to be proven" and investigations were still in process for six of the allegations as of June 30, 2018. For the remaining seven allegations involving minors, two were referred to a religious order, two were reported as unknown clerics, and three were not claims of sexual abuse, but were boundary violations.

During the audit period, dioceses and eparchies provided outreach and support to 472 victims/survivors and their families who reported during this audit period. Continued support was provided to 1,542 victims/survivors and their families who reported abuse in prior audit periods. Support may include counseling, spiritual assistance, support groups, and other social services.
The report also notes the ongoing work of the Church in continuing the call to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults. In 2018, over 2.6 million background checks were conducted on Church clerics, employees, and volunteers. In addition, in 2018 over 2.6 million adults and 3.9 million children and youth have also been trained on how to identify the warning signs of abuse and how to report those signs.

Regarding Charter Compliance, the report noted the following:
StoneBridge Business Partners, the auditor, visited 72 dioceses/eparchies and collected data from 122 others.
All dioceses/eparchies were found compliant except for the Diocese of Lincoln, who was found non-compliant with Article 7 of the Charter.
Three eparchies did not participate including the Eparchy of St. Mary Queen of Peace, the Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, and the Eparchy of Phoenix

The Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People continues to emphasize that the audit and maintaining zero-tolerance policies are two important tools in the Church's broader program of creating a culture of protection and healing that exceeds the requirements of the Charter.

This is the sixteenth such report since 2002 when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, making a promise to protect and a pledge to heal.

The full Annual Report can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/child-abuse-prevention/upload/2018-CYP-Annual-Report.pdf

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People can be found here: www.usccb.org/charter

Additional information on diocesan requirements can be found here:

http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/bishops-resources/upload/cyp-norms-bulletin-insert.pdf 
Every U.S. diocese/eparchy is required… 
• To have a written policy for dealing with sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons and other Church personnel 
• To appoint a victim assistance coordinator, who is available for the immediate pastoral care of persons who report having been sexually abused as a minor by a priest or deacon 
• To report allegations concerning child sexual abuse to civil authorities and to cooperate with the civil investigations
 • To establish a review board of at least five persons, mostly members of the laity, who counsel the bishop on allegations and review local policies dealing with sexual abuse of minors
 • To investigate promptly and objectively any allegation of sexual abuse of minors by a priest or deacon • To remove offending priests or deacons permanently from Church ministry 
• To prohibit the transfer of offending priests or deacons for ministerial assignment in another diocese or eparchy
 • To receive necessary background information before permitting a priest or deacon to exercise ministry in a diocese or eparchy 
• To protect the rights of accusers and of the accused 
SOURCE: USCCB 

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday, June 1, 2109 - #Eucharist in Eastertide


Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr
Lectionary: 296

Reading 1ACTS 18:23-28

After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial PsalmPS 47:2-3, 8-9, 10

R.(8a) God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God's are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R. God is king of all the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 16:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I came from the Father and have come into the world;
now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 16:23B-28

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

"I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father." 

Saint June 1 : St. Justin Martyr who Died in 165

Born:100 at Nablus, Palestine
Died:165, Rome, Roman Empire
Among the Fathers of the second century his life is the best known, and from the most authentic documents. In both "Apologies" and in his "Dialogue" he gives many personal details, e.g. about his studies in philosophy and his conversion; they are not, however, an autobiography, but are partly idealized, and it is necessary to distinguish in them between poetry and truth; they furnish us however with several precious and reliable clues. For his martyrdom we have documents of undisputed authority. In the first line of his "Apology" he calls himself "Justin, the son of Priscos, son of Baccheios, of Flavia Neapolis, in Palestinian Syria".
Flavia Neapolis, his native town, founded by Vespasian (A.D. 72), was built on the site of a place called Mabortha, or Mamortha, quite near Sichem (Guérin, "Samarie", I, Paris, 1874, 390-423; Schürer, "History of the Jewish People", tr., I, Edinburgh, 1885). Its inhabitants were all, or for the most part, pagans. The names of the father and grandfather of Justin suggest a pagan origin, and he speaks of himself as uncircumcised (Dialogue, xxviii). The date of his birth is uncertain, but would seem to fall in the first years of the second century.
He received a good education in philosophy, an account of which he gives us at the beginning of his "Dialogue with the Jew Tryphon"; he placed himself first under a Stoic, but after some time found that he had learned nothing about God and that in fact his master had nothing to teach him on the subject. A Peripatetic whom he then found welcomed him at first but afterwards demanded a fee from him; this proved that he was not a philosopher.
A Pythagorean refused to teach him anything until he should have learned music, astronomy, and geometry. Finally a Platonist arrived on the scene and for some time delighted Justin. This account cannot be taken too literally; the facts seem to be arranged with a view to showing the weakness of the pagan philosophies and of contrasting them with the teachings of the Prophets and of Christ.
 The main facts, however, may be accepted; the works of Justin seem to show just such a philosophic development as is here described, Eclectic, but owing much to Stoicism and more to Platonism. He was still under the charm of the Platonistic philosophy when, as he walked one day along the seashore, he met a mysterious old man; the conclusion of their long discussion was that the soul could not arrive through human knowledge at the idea of God, but that it needed to be instructed by the Prophets who, inspired by the Holy Ghost, had known God and could make Him known ("Dialogue", iii, vii; cf. Zahm, "Dichtung and Wahrheit in Justins Dialog mit dem Jeden Trypho" in "Zeitschr. für Kirchengesch.", VIII, 1885-1886, 37-66).
The "Apologies" throw light on another phase of the conversion of Justin: "When I was a disciple of Plato", he writes, "hearing the accusations made against the Christians and seeing them intrepid in the face of death and of all that men fear, I said to myself that it was impossible that they should be living in evil and in the love of pleasure" (II Apol., xviii, 1). Both accounts exhibit the two aspects of Christianity that most strongly influenced St. Justin; in the "Apologies" he is moved by its moral beauty (I Apol., xiv), in the "Dialogue" by its truth. His conversion must have taken place at the latest towards A.D. 130, since St. Justin places during the war of Bar-Cocheba (132-135) the interview with the Jew Tryphon, related in his "Dialogue". This interview is evidently not described exactly as it took place, and yet the account cannot be wholly fictitious. Tryphon, according to Eusebius (Church History IV.18.6), was "the best known Jew of that time", which description the historian may have borrowed from the introduction to the "Dialogue", now lost. It is possible to identify in a general way this Tryphon with the Rabbi Tarphon often mentioned in the Talmud (Schürer, "Gesch. d. Jud. Volkes", 3rd ed., II, 377 seq., 555 seq., cf., however, Herford, "Christianity in Talmud and Midrash", London, 1903, 156). The place of the interview is not definitely told, but Ephesus is clearly enough indicated; the literary setting lacks neither probability nor life, the chance meetings under the porticoes, the groups of curious onlookers who stop a while and then disperse during the interviews, offer a vivid picture of such extemporary conferences.

St. Justin lived certainly some time at Ephesus; the Acts of his martyrdom tell us that he went to Rome twice and lived "near the baths of Timothy with a man named Martin". He taught school there, and in the aforesaid Acts of his martyrdom we read of several of his disciples who were condemned with him. In his second "Apology" (iii) Justin says: "I, too, expect to be persecuted and to be crucified by some of those whom I have named, or by Crescens, that friend of noise and of ostentation." Indeed Tatian relates (Address to the Greeks 19) that the Cynic philosopher Crescens did pursue him and Justin; he does not tell us the result and, moreover, it is not certain that the "Discourse" of Tatian was written after the death of Justin. Eusebius (Church History IV.16.7-8) says that it was the intrigues of Crescens which brought about the death of Justin; this is credible, but not certain; Eusebius has apparently no other reason for affirming it than the two passages cited above from Justin and Tatian. St. Justin was condemned to death by the prefect, Rusticus, towards A.D. 165, with six companions, Chariton, Charito, Evelpostos, Pæon, Hierax, and Liberianos. We still have the authentic account of their martyrdom ("Acta SS.", April, II, 104-19; Otto, "Corpus Apologetarum", III, Jena, 1879, 266-78; P.G., VI, 1565-72). The examination ends as follows:
"The Prefect Rusticus says: Approach and sacrifice, all of you, to the gods. Justin says: No one in his right mind gives up piety for impiety. The Prefect Rusticus says: If you do not obey, you will be tortured without mercy. Justin replies: That is our desire, to be tortured for Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and so to be saved, for that will give us salvation and firm confidence at the more terrible universal tribunal of Our Lord and Saviour. And all the martyrs said: Do as you wish; for we are Christians, and we do not sacrifice to idols. The Prefect Rusticus read the sentence: Those who do not wish to sacrifice to the gods and to obey the emperor will be scourged and beheaded according to the laws. The holy martyrs glorifying God betook themselves to the customary place, where they were beheaded and consummated their martyrdom confessing their Saviour."
Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia