Saturday, November 2, 2019

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Catacombs, for the Departed, saying "Our hope is in Heaven, our hope is anchored there and we, with the rope in our hands..." Full Text


CELEBRATION OF THE HOLY MASS FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE DEPARTED

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Catacombs of Priscilla in Via Salaria
Saturday, November 2, 2019

The celebration of the feast of all the dead in a catacomb - for me it is the first time in my life that I enter a catacomb, it is a surprise - tells us many things. We can think of the life of those people, who had to hide, who had this culture of burying the dead and celebrating the Eucharist in here ... It is a moment of bad history, but it has not been overcome: even today there are. There are many. Many catacombs in other countries, where even they have to pretend to have a party or a birthday to celebrate the Eucharist, because in that place it is forbidden to do so. Even today there are persecuted Christians, more than in the first centuries, more. This - the catacombs, the persecution, the Christians - and these Readings, make me think of three words: identity, place and hope.

The identity of these people who gathered here to celebrate the Eucharist and to praise the Lord, is the same as that of our brothers today in so many, so many countries where being a Christian is a crime, it is forbidden, they have no right. The same. The identity is this that we have heard: they are the Beatitudes. The identity of the Christian is this: the Beatitudes. There is not another one. If you do this, if you live like this, you are a Christian. "No, but look, I belong to that association, to that other ..., I belong to this movement ...". Yes, yes, all good things; but these are fantasy in front of this reality. Your identity card is this [indicates the Gospel], and if you do not have this, movements or other belongings are of no use. Either you live like this, or you're not a Christian. Simply. The Lord said it. "Yes, but it's not easy, I don't know how to live like this ...". There is another passage from the Gospel that helps us better understand this, and that passage of the Gospel will also be the "great protocol" according to which we will be judged. It is Matthew 25. With these two passages of the Gospel, the Beatitudes and the great protocol, we will see, living this, our identity as Christians. Without this there is no identity. There is the fiction of being Christian, but not identity.

This is the identity of the Christian. The second word: the place. Those people who came here to hide, to be safe, even to bury the dead; and those people who celebrate the Eucharist today in secret, in those countries where it is forbidden ... I think of that nun in Albania who was in a re-education camp, at the time of the communism, and it was forbidden for priests to give the sacraments, and this nun, there, he baptized in secret. The people, the Christians knew that this nun baptized and the mothers approached with the child; but this one did not have a glass, something to put water ... He did it with shoes: he took water from the river and baptized with shoes. The place of the Christian is everywhere, we do not have a privileged place in life. Some want to have it, they are "qualified" Christians. But these run the risk of remaining with the "qualified" and dropping the "Christian". Christians, what is their place? "The souls of the just are in the hands of God" (Wis 3,1): the place of the Christian is in the hands of God, where He wants. The hands of God, who are plagued, who are the hands of his Son who wanted to bring with him the wounds to show them to the Father and intercede for us. The Christian's place is in the intercession of Jesus before the Father. In the hands of God. And we are sure there, whatever happens, even the cross happens. Our identity [points to the Gospel] says that we will be blessed if they persecute us, if they say everything against us; but if we are in God's hands, plea for love, we are sure. This is our place. And today we can ask ourselves: where do I feel the safest? In the hands of God or with other things, with other securities that we "rent" but that will eventually fall, that have no consistency?

These Christians, with this identity card, who lived and live in the hands of God, are men and women of hope. And this is the third word that comes to me today: hope. We heard it in the second reading: that final vision where everything is re-done, where everything is re-created, that country where we all go. And to enter there, we don't need strange things, we don't need sophisticated attitudes: we just need to show the identity card: "It's okay, go ahead". Our hope is in Heaven, our hope is anchored there and we, with the rope in our hands, support ourselves by looking at that river bank that we must cross.
Identity: Beatitudes and Matthew 25. Place: the safest place, in God's hands, plagued with love. Hope, future: the anchor, there, in the other bank, but I cling to the rope. This is important, always clinging to the rope! Many times we will only see the rope, not even the anchor, not even the other bank; but you, hold on to the rope that you will arrive safely.
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

Clocks Go Back 1 Hour in most of North America Nov. 3 at 2am - Remind your Friends - with a Funny Video to Share!

CLOCKS GO BACK 1 HOUR this SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2019 at 2 am. In most of North America Daylight Savings time ends and the clocks go back 1 hour. This means you can sleep in 1 hour before going to Church. 
Here is a FUNNY Video about the Time Change to Remind you not to Forget Church!
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What is Purgatory? An Explanation from the Catechism with Novena Prayers for the Holy Souls to Share! #Purgatory

The month of NOVEMBER is dedicated to the souls of those who have died. November 2 is a special feast remembering all Souls of those who have have died especially the ones in Purgatory. As Catholics we are especially encouraged to pray for the dead on this day and during November.



PURGATORY - CATHOLIC CATECHISM DEFINITION
  

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THE FINAL PURIFICATION, OR PURGATORY 1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. 1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:607
As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.608
1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."609 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:

Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.
PURGATORY - CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA DEFINITION
Purgatory (Lat., "purgare", to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.The faith of the Church concerning purgatory is clearly expressed in the Decree of Union drawn up by the Council of Florence (Mansi, t. XXXI, col. 1031), and in the decree of the Council of Trent which (Sess. XXV) defined:
"Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has from the Sacred Scriptures and the ancient tradition of the Fathers taught in Councils and very recently in this Ecumenical synod (Sess. VI, cap. XXX; Sess. XXII cap.ii, iii) that there is a purgatory, and that the souls therein are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but principally by the acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar; the Holy Synod enjoins on the Bishops that they diligently endeavor to have the sound doctrine of the Fathers in Councils regarding purgatory everywhere taught and preached, held and believed by the faithful" (Denzinger, "Enchiridon", 983).
Further than this the definitions of the Church do not go, but the tradition of the Fathers and the Schoolmen must be consulted to explain the teachings of the councils, and to make clear the belief and the practices of the faithful.
Requiem aeternam: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
PLENARY INDULGENCE FROM NOV. 1-8 BY PRAYING FOR HOLY SOULS

A PLENARY INDULGENCE, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who (1) on any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed; (2) On All Souls' Day...devoutly visit a chruch or an oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed. [(or if local ordinary gives other options) From the Manual of Indulgences #29] (Memling's Day of Judgement 1400s)


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PRAYER OF ST. GERTRUDE THE GREAT
St. Gertrude's Prayer," was dictated by Our Lord to St. Gertrude the Great, a Benedictine cloistered nun and a mystic. In the twelfth century, the Lord told the Saint that this prayer (approved and recommended by M. Cardinal Pahiarca of Lisbon, Portugal on March 4, 1936) releases 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is offered.
A prayer to release many souls from Purgatory each time it is said and which was extended to include living sinners as well.
Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen.

NOVENA FOR SOULS IN PURGATORY
Written by St. Alphonsus Liguori this novena has prayers for each day which are followed by the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
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This Novena, written by St. Alphonsus Liguori, has different prayers for each of the 9 days, followed by the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory which is at the bottom of the section. First Day:
Jesus, my Saviour I have so often deserved to be cast into hell how great would be my suffering if I were now cast away and obliged to think that I myself had caused my damnation. I thank Thee for the patience with which Thou hast endured me. My God, I love Thee above all things and I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee because Thou art infinite goodness. I will rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of perseverance. Have pity on me and at the same time on those blessed souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Second Day:
Woe to me, unhappy being, so many years have I already spent on earth and have earned naught but hell! I give Thee thanks, O Lord, for granting me time even now to atone for my sins. My good God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. Send me Thy assistance, that I may apply the time yet remaining to me for Thy love and service; have compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Third Day:
My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things, and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. And thou, Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Fourth Day:
My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I am sorry with my whole heart for having offended Thee. I promise to die rather than ever offend Thee more. Give me holy perseverance; have pity on me, and have pity on those holy souls that burn in the cleansing fire and love Thee with all their hearts. O Mary, Mother of God, assist them by thy powerful prayers.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Fifth Day:
Woe to me, unhappy being, if Thou, O Lord, hadst cast me into hell; for from that dungeon of eternal pain there is no deliverance. I love Thee above all things, O infinite God and I am sincerely sorry for having offended Thee again. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Sixth Day:
My Divine Redeemer, Thou didst die for me on the Cross, and hast so often united Thyself with me in Holy Communion, and I have repaid Thee only with ingratitude. Now, however, I love Thee above all things, O supreme God; and I am more grieved at my offences against Thee than at any other evil. I will rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Seventh Day:
God, Father of Mercy, satisfy this their ardent desire! Send them Thy holy Angel to announce to them that Thou, their Father, are now reconciled with them through the suffering and death of Jesus, and that the moment of their deliverance has arrived.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Eighth Day:
Oh my God! I also am one of these ungrateful beings, having received so much grace, and yet despised Thy love and deserved to be cast by Thee into hell. But Thy infinite goodness has spared me until now. Therefore, I now love Thee above all things, and I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. I will rather die than ever offend Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Ninth Day:
My God! How was it possible that I, for so many years, have borne tranquilly the separation from Thee and Thy holy grace! O infinite Goodness, how long-suffering hast Thou shown Thyself to me! Henceforth, I shall love Thee above all things. I am deeply sorry for having offended Thee; I promise rather to die than to again offend Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance, and do not permit that I should ever again fall into sin. Have compassion on the holy souls in Purgatory. I pray Thee, moderate their sufferings; shorten the time of their misery; call them soon unto Thee in heaven, that they may behold Thee face to face, and forever love Thee. Mary, Mother of Mercy, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession, and pray for us also who are still in danger of eternal damnation.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below 

Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemani, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

(Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention your intentions here) 

Blessed Souls, I have prayed for thee; I entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable sinner, who is in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.

Pope Francis sends Video Message to Youth and Explains Death “The question of death is really a question about life.” - Full Text


VIDEOMESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCISCO
TO THE IV WORLD MEETING OF YOUNG PEOPLE
ORGANIZED BY OCCURRENT SCHOLAS AND WORLD ORT IN MEXICO CITY

Dear young people of Occurrent Scholas gathered from so many nations of the world, I celebrate with you the end of this meeting. I want to stay there, I want to delay there, in the end.

What would this encounter be if it didn't have an end? Maybe it wouldn't be an encounter. And what would this life be like if it also had an end?

I know that someone is going to say: "Father, do not put on a funeral face." But let's think about this. I know from a good source that they kept the question about death burning throughout the experience. There they played, thought and created from their differences.

Well, I celebrate and thank you for this. Because, do you know something? The question for death is the question for life, and keeping the question for death open, perhaps, is the greatest human responsibility to keep the question for life open.

Just as words are born from silence and there they end, allowing us to hear their meanings, the same goes for life. This may sound somewhat paradoxical, but ... it is death that allows life to remain alive!

It is the end that allows a story to be written, that a painting is painted, that two bodies embrace. But beware, the end is not alone at the end. Maybe we should pay attention to every little end of everyday life. Not only at the end of the story, we never know when it ends, but at the end of each word, at the end of each silence, of each page being written. Only a conscious life of this moment ends, it makes this moment eternal.

On the other hand, death reminds us of the impossibility of being, understanding and encompassing everything. It is a slap to our illusion of omnipotence. It teaches us in life to relate to the mystery. The confidence of jumping into the void and realizing that we don't fall, that we don't sink; that always and forever there is someone there who supports us. Before and after the end.

It is the "not knowing" of this question the place of fragility that opens us to the listening and meeting of the other; it is that arising from the shock that calls us to create; and the sense that brings us together to celebrate it.

Finally, the question of death has always formed - throughout the ages and across the land - different communities, peoples and cultures. The different stories that fight in so many corners to stay alive, and others, that have not yet been born. That is why today, perhaps as never before, we should touch this question.

The world is already set up, where everything is explained, there is no place for the open question. That's true? It is true but it is not true. That is our world. It has been configured and there is no place for the open question. In a world that worships autonomy, self-reliance and self-realization, there seems to be no place for the other. The world of projects and the infinite acceleration, of rapidation, does not allow interruptions, and that is why the worldly culture that enslaves tries to anesthetize us to forget what it means to stop at last.

But forgetting death is also its beginning, and also, a culture that forgets death begins to die inside. He who forgets death has already begun to die.

That's why I thank you so much! Because they had the courage to open this question and go through the body the three deaths that empty us fill our lives! The death of every moment. The death of the ego. And the death of a world that gives way to a new one.

Remember, if death does not have the last word, it is because in life we ​​learned to die for another.

Finally, I would like to thank ORT Mundial and each one of the people and institutions that made this activity possible in which the culture of the meeting is palpable.
And I ask each of you please, each in his own way, each according to his convictions: do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.

Wow Soul Stirring Choir Sings "Requiem Aeternam - "Eternal Rest Grant them" about the Holy Souls - Listen and Share!


Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. It comes from the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin.
  Lyrics in Latin:
Requiem æternam dona eis,
Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
 Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion,
 et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam;
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
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English Translation
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion,
and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem.
Hear my prayer;
to you shall all flesh come.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Pope Francis opens Interreligious Art Exhibition to Promote Peace through Culture "as tools to open paths of peace..." Video


OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION
"CALLIGRAPHY FOR DIALOGUE: PROMOTING PEACE CULTURE THROUGH CULTURE AND ART",
DESIGNED FOR THE MEMORY OF CARDINAL JEAN-LOUIS TAURAN

SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Atrium of the Pontifical Lateran University
Thursday, 31 October 2019

Distinguished Representatives of Churches, Communities and Religions,
Ladies and Gentlemen Ambassadors,
Professors,
Dear students!

I am pleased to be here with you at the conclusion of this Study Day organized by the Lateran University on Peace Education, in preparation for the Global Education Pact event that we will live on May 14 next year.

Educating for peace requires giving relief and response to those - many, unfortunately - that conflicts and wars condemn to death or force them to abandon their loved ones, their homes and their countries of origin. We must take care of the expectations and anxieties of so many of our brothers and sisters. We cannot remain indifferent, limiting ourselves to invoking peace. Everyone, educators and students, are called to build and protect peace every day, turning our prayer to God to give it to us as a gift.

Responsibility towards the new generations requires above all a commitment to form them and listen to them in order to respond to the challenges of our times, without denying the immutable value of truth, but with an understandable and current language. It is not enough to be critical of the past or of the existing, it is necessary to show creativity and proposals for the future, helping each person to grow to become a protagonist and not just a spectator.

Peace, human dignity, inclusion and participation show how necessary a broad educational pact is able to transmit not only the knowledge of technical contents, but also and above all a human and spiritual wisdom, made of justice, righteousness, virtuous behavior and capable of realizing itself in practice. How many times are the youngest excluded because the proposed objectives are not really viable, or are they only meant to satisfy limited interests? Instead of conditioning the future path of the young generations, we should rather pass on to them a method capable of enhancing the experience, even the negative one - and what is more negative than war and violence? A method capable of looking at the facts in their causes and providing the tools to overcome conflicts and conflicts.

For those who are called to educate in the light of their religion or their beliefs, this commitment also becomes a way of bearing witness and helping others to find an alternative model to the material and merely horizontal one. Many times we too, women and men of faith, limit ourselves to giving indications rather than transmitting the experience of values ​​and virtues. And so, in the face of conflicts and the need to build peace, we do not realize that our message is likely to be abstract and remain unheeded, theoretical. Even a habitat that defines itself as "religious", but actually an ideological one, generates feelings of violence and even a desire for revenge in some people. Faced with the lack of peace, it is not enough to invoke freedom from war, proclaim rights or even use authority in its various forms. Above all, it is necessary to question oneself, to recover the ability to be among people, to dialogue with them and to understand their needs, perhaps with our weakness, which is then the most authentic way to be welcomed when we speak of peace.

Not only believers, but all those who are animated by good will know how necessary dialogue is in all its forms. Dialogue does not only serve to prevent and resolve conflicts, but it is a way to bring out the values ​​and virtues that God has written in the heart of every man and has made evident in the order of creation. Searching and exploring every opportunity for dialogue is not just a way to live or coexist, but rather an educational criterion. Dialogue is an educational criterion. In this line, the course of studies in inter-confessional theology started in this University finds its rightful place. Go ahead, with courage. How much we need men of faith who educate in true dialogue, using every possibility and opportunity!

Your current works will end with the opening of an exhibition that presents works whose language wants to be dialogical. The paintings of the Saudi artist Al-Khuzaiem are proposed as tools to open paths of peace, to recall rights, and to make the person the center of every action and every educational project.
This moment becomes even more significant because it reminds us of the work of a man of dialogue and peacemaker, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. His life was all projected in the perspective of dialogue. First of all, dialogue with God, which the Christian, the priest and bishop Tauran cultivated, to whom he inspired the choices and actions and in which he found comfort during his illness. The second is the dialogue between peoples, governments and international institutions for which the diplomat Tauran did his utmost by favoring the conclusion of agreements, mediations or proposing solutions, including technical ones, to conflicts that threatened peace, limited the rights of the man and obscured freedom of conscience. The third, the dialogue between religions, which saw the Cardinal spend himself not to reaffirm the points already in common, but to search for and build new ones. As President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, he has made us understand that it is not enough to stop at what brings us closer, but it is necessary to explore new possibilities so that different religious traditions can transmit peace as a message, as well as a message of peace .

There is an episode in his service to the Holy See and to the Church that makes us understand the anxieties and aspirations, but also the simplicity and depth of this man of God. In June 1993 in Vienna, during the United Nations Conference on human rights, the then Monsignor Tauran had just finished his speech, recalling the necessary dialogue between religions. On leaving the grandstand, a member of the Saudi Arabian delegation met him by chance, asking how to deepen the importance of dialogue. His response was: "We can do it when I come to your country." That desire accompanied him over the years and he found fulfillment only a few months before his return to the Father's house with his visit to Riyadh in April 2018.

The willingness to dialogue supported, even in illness, this figure of a priest, loyal and helpful, a friend, who also for me was important and of great help to understand many situations in my service as Bishop of Rome and successor of Peter.

My thanks go to those who have contributed to this initiative. To all I address the invitation to pray without ceasing and to make every effort so that through an authentic Global Educational Pact we can inaugurate an era of peace for the entire human family. Thanks.
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

Pray for the Souls in Purgatory - 6 things to SHARE about All Souls and How to gain an Indulgence

 Indulgences for the Poor Souls
Current regulations:
On All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.
II On all the days from November I though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.

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Conditions for both indulgences:

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.

2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.

3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)

4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.

5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.

6. A sacramental concession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. November 2, 2019 - #Eucharist - All Souls Day




The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
(All Souls)
Lectionary: 668

Reading 1WIS 3:1-9

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Responsorial PsalmPS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

R.(1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

Reading 2ROM 5:5-11

Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

OrROM 6:3-9

Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his,
we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with him,
so that our sinful body might be done away with,
that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.
If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.

AlleluiaMT 25:34

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come, you who are blessed by my Father;
inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:37-40

Jesus said to the crowds:
"Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day."