Friday, February 14, 2020

Free Catholic Movie : "Lilies of the Field" - Stars Sidney Poitier

The film Lilies of the Field, released in 1963,  a wandering ex-G.I. stops by a farm being run by five German nuns and agrees to help them out with various and sundry tasks and chores. At their insistence, he stays on to build a chapel for them, and the nuns are sure that he is a miracle sent from God. Frankly, the real miracle here is that this movie got made at all.  it was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Moreover, Lilies of the Field achieved motion picture history as Sidney Poitier was awarded the Best Actor Oscar, marking the first time in history an Academy Award was awarded to a black man. 

Pope Francis met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali calling him "my brother" at Vatican


On Thursday, February 13, 2020 Pope Francis received in audience, in the Apostolic Palace, the President of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The Vatican released a statement said that during the discussions,  the two leaders were pleased with good bilateral relations. They then focused on the situation in the West African country, with reference to humanitarian and security issues, endangered by religious radicalism and terrorism. Keita gave Pope Francis a traditional gift made by Malian mothers. The president said: “We feel that you are with Mali.” “Thank you very much.”
 The pope gave the president a medallion depicting St. Martin de Porres giving his cloak to a poor man. Upon leaving, the pope said goodbye to the president, calling him “my brother,” and asked for his prayers. President Keita then met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

Wow Catholic Chocolate! Ferrero founder's Success due to Our Lady of Lourdes - Kinder, Nutella and TicTacs included...


Michele Ferrero lived from 26 April 1925 to 14 February 2015. He was the Italian who owned the chocolate manufacturer Ferrero SpA. Ferrero's father started this company in 1946, from a small bakery and café of his father in Alba, Piedmont. Michele Ferrero's brands include Nutella, Mon Chéri, Kinder Chocolate, Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tacs and Kinder Eggs. He is said to have named Ferrero Rocher after a sacred grotto in Lourdes.  Ferrero and his wife Maria Franca Fissolo had two sons together, Giovanni Ferrero and Pietro Ferrero Jr.Michele was a fervent Catholic. Ferrero made a pilgrimage to the Lourdes shrine annually, and had a Madonna placed in every factory and office.
Watch this Short Video which tells Ferrero's story!
It is even rumoured that the company's Rocher pralines were inspired by the Rocher de Massabielle, the craggy rock formation in which Catholics believe the mother of Jesus made a miraculous appearance in the 19th century. It is the only Ferrero product that bears the family's name.

Ferrero died on 14 February 2015, at his home in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He was 89. Michele Ferrero said at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the company: “The success of Ferrero we owe to Our Lady of Lourdes, without her we can do little.” Michele Ferrero was the richest person in Italy, with a worth of $23.4 billion.  Ferrero operates in 53 countries with over 34,000 employees.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2011/oct/28/ferrero-unwrapped

In Homily, Pope Francis says "...smiles and greetings are like seeds that are sown in everyone's heart."


Pope at Mass: cherish those who accompany us in life
In his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Friday morning, the Pope invites Christians to remember those who accompany us in life as in a family.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis centred his homily on the theme of the family, which he said is not only made up of father, mother, brothers, uncles and grandparents but also the larger family of those who accompany us on the path of life for some time, at the workplace or at studies.

He took his cue from a retiring Casa Santa Marta employee present at the Mass, Patrizia. The Pope compared Casa Santa Marta, where he lives, to a "large family" made up of people who accompany us on the path of life.  They work there every day with dedication and care, who help if a companion is ill, who feel sad if one of them leaves.

Faces, smiles and greetings, he said, are like seeds that are sown in everyone's heart.  At a farewell, it would do us good, he said, to make an "act of memory and thanksgiving" and also an apology to those who accompany us on our journey.

Selfishness is sin
Remembering Patrizia who was leaving after 40 years of service, the Holy Father said that it would do good to those at Casa Santa Marta to think themselves in a family that accompanies.  Similarly, those not belonging to Casa Santa Marta should to think of their neighbours, friends, colleagues at work or study... The Lord want us to be in company not alone.  He does not want us to be selfish and selfishness is a sin.

God does not want us to live alone
The Holy Father recalled the generosity of many colleagues at the workplace who take care of those who fall ill.  Every name, a presence, a history, a short stay leaves a mark left behind.

In this regard, the Pope recalled Luisa, Cristina and the grandmother of the house, Sister Maria, who joined work young and decided to consecrate herself there. He also remembered Miriam, who left with her child, and Elvira, an example of struggle in life.  It is difficult, he said, to forget others who have retired or moved elsewhere.

Pope Francis said it would be good for us today to gratefully remember those who accompanied us on the path of life and also in gratitude to God, thanking Him for not leaving us alone. The Pope noted there are always problems where there are people, including at Casa Santa Marta.  One prays and chats and sometimes, he said, one also sins against charity.

A big "thank you"
Sin, patience and apology for failings are all in the family, the Pope said, and made Patrizia’s farewell an opportunity to remember, thank and apologize to all those who accompany us.  He urged all to do so in their own situations.  Offering a “big thank you” to those who work at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope wished Patrizia another 40 years of this second part of her life.

Full Text Source: VaticanNews.va

Top 30 Catholic Love Quotes to SHARE - Amazing Quotes from Saints on Love!


1. "Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."
--Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

2. Pure love ... knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love - love, and always love. (140)
--Divine Mercy in My Soul, St. Faustina
3. "The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist."
--Pope St. Gregory the Great

4. "What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."
--St. Augustine of Hippo

5. "You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them."
--St. Therese of Lisieux 

6. "Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love."
--Saint Francis of Assisi

7. "As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbor's soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is love."
--St. Edith Stein

8. "Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes."
--St. Pio of Pietrelcino

9."We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love."
--Saint Vincent de Paul

10."What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when He caresses us, and to be cold immediately once He afflicts us. This is not true love. Those who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart."
--St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

11."The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life."
--Saint Thomas Aquinas

12. Charity is the sweet and holy bond which links the soul with its Creator: it binds God with man and man with God.
--Saint Catherine of Siena

13. 'The person who loves God cannot help loving every man as himself, even though he is grieved by the passions of those who are not yet purified. But when they amend their lives, his delight is indescribable and knows no bounds. A soul filled with thoughts of sensual desire and hatred is unpurified. If we detect any trace of hatred in our hearts against any man whatsoever for committing any fault, we are utterly estranged from love for God, since love for God absolutely precludes us from hating any man.'
--St. Maximos the Confessor

14. What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul.
--St. Basil the Great

15. "You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves."
--St. Francis de Sales

16. "Everything comes from love,
all is ordained for the salvation of man,
God does nothing without this goal in mind."
--St. Catherine of Siena


17. "We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love"
--Blessed Mother Teresa


18. "There is no place for selfishness—and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice"
--Pope John Paul II

19. "We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others. "
--St. Clare of Assisi

20. "Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider; nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God and cannot rest except in God, Who is above all created things."
--St. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ

21. "Love is the most necessary of all virtues. Love in the person who preaches the word of God is like fire in a musket. If a person were to throw a bullet with his hands, he would hardly make a dent in anything; but if the person takes the same bullet and ignites some gunpowder behind it, it can kill. It is much the same with the word of God. If it is spoken by someone who is filled with the fire of charity- the fire of love of God and neighbor- it will work wonders."
--St. Anthony Mary Claret (from his autobiography).

22. "Real love is demanding. I would fail in my mission if I did not tell you so. Love demands a personal commitment to the will of God."
--Pope John Paul II


23. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
--St Augustine


24. Always remember to love your neighbor; always prefer the one who tries your patience, who test your virtue, because with her you can always merit: suffering is Love; the Law is Love. 
--Bl Mary of Jesus Crucified "The Little Arab"


25. A soul enkindled with love is a gentle, meek, humble, and patient soul. 
--St John of the Cross, OCD

26. You know that our Lord does not look at the greatness or difficulty of our action, but at the love with which you do it. What, then, have you to fear? 
--St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, OCD


27. What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.   
--St John of the Cross, OCD


28. Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
--Saint Thomas Aquinas

29. 'My Jesus, fill my heart with so much love that one day it will break just to be with you. My Jesus, you know I have placed you as a seal on my heart. Remain there always.'
--St. Bernadette Soubirous

30."He alone loves the Creator perfectly
who manifests a pure love for his neighbor." 
--St. Bede the Venerable

Message of the Pope to Laity "May the Lord's command always resonate with you: "Go and preach the Gospel" Full Text


MESSAGE FROM HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF LAITY

[MADRID, FEBRUARY 14-16, 2020]


To his Emminence
Cardinal Ricardo Blázquez Pérez
President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference

Dear brother:

I am addressing you, as well as my dear Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra, Archbishop of Madrid, and all the bishops, priests, religious and, in particular, the lay faithful, on the occasion of the National Congress they celebrate with the theme: « People of God on the way out ».

To reach this celebration they have come a long way of preparation, and this is beautiful, walk together, make a “synod”, sharing ideas and experiences from the different realities in which they are present, to enrich themselves and grow the community in which one lives

It is significant that they begin this Congress on the day that the Church remembers the saints Cyril and Methodius, patrons of Europe. They promoted a great evangelization in this continent, carrying the message of the Gospel to those who did not know it, making it understandable and close to the people of their time, with new language and forms. With their ingenuity and testimony, they were able to bring the light and joy of the Gospel to a complex and hostile world. The fruit was to see how many believed and adhered to faith, forming a community; a portion of the People of God began to walk in that wide region of the continent, and continues to do so today under the protection of these two evangelizing brothers.

This teaches us - as the motto of the Congress affirms - that we are People of God, invited to live the faith, not individually or in isolation, but in the community, as people loved and loved by God. We belong to him, and this implies not only having been incorporated into Him through baptism, but living in coherence with that gift received. For this, it is essential to be aware that we are part of a Christian community. We are not one more group, nor an NGO, but the family of God summoned around the same Lord. Remembering this leads us to deepen our faith every day: a gift that is lived in the liturgical action, in the common prayer of the whole Church and that must be announced. It is the people called by God, who walks feeling the impulse of the Spirit, who renews him and makes him return to Him, again and again, to feel his own.

And this People of God on the way out lives in a concrete story, which nobody has chosen, but is given as a blank page to write. He is called to leave behind his comforts and take the step towards the other, trying to give a reason for hope (cf. 1 P 3,15), not with prefabricated answers, but embodied and contextualized to make the Truth understandable and affordable as Christians. It moves us and makes us happy.

For this, you need that inner freedom capable of letting yourself be touched by the reality of our time and having the courage to meet you. The missionary mandate is always current and returns to us with the force of always, to resonate the ever new voice of the Gospel in this world in which we live, particularly in this old Europe, in which the Good News is suffocated by so many voices of death and despair.

The living Word of God needs to be preached with passion and joy through Christian witness to be able to tear down even the highest walls that isolate and exclude. It is your time, of men and women engaged in the world of culture, politics, industry ... that with their way of life are able to bring the novelty and joy of the Gospel wherever they are. I encourage you to live your own vocation immersed in the world, listening, with God and with the Church, the beats of your contemporaries, of the people. And I ask you, please, to avoid at all costs the "temptations" of the laity within the Church, which may be: clericalism, which is a plague and encloses them in the sacristy, as well as competitiveness and ecclesial racing, the rigidity and negativity ..., which suffocate the specificity of their call to holiness in today's world.

Therefore, do not be afraid to walk the streets, to enter every corner of society, to reach the limits of the city, to touch the wounds of our people ... this is the Church of God, which is rolled up to leave to meet the other, without judging him, without condemning him, but holding out his hand, to hold him, to encourage him or, simply, to accompany him in his life. May the Lord's command always resonate with you: "Go and preach the Gospel" (cf. Mt 28,19).

I encourage you in your task and commitment, and I pray to the Lord that this Congress can bear abundant fruits.

And please, I ask you to pray for me.

May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin take care of you.

Fraternally,

Francis

Rome, next to St. John Lateran, February 14, 2020.
Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Patrons of Europe.
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va

Mass Burial for 32 Christians Killed in Nigeria by Fulani and Church Destroyed - Please Pray!


Violence in Plateau State, Nigeria Escalates with more Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Attacks

At least 32 people were killed and a pastor’s house and church building were burned down in two nights of attacks this week by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state, Nigeria, in January 2020.

The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) building and home were destroyed in an attack on predominantly Christian Marish village on Monday evening (Jan. 27), one of three communities in Bokkos County hit in armed assaults that began the previous evening, area residents said. The attacks were the latest bloodshed in an escalation of violence in Plateau state, where herdsmen killed Christians in Riyom and Mangu counties earlier this month.

Herdsmen killed 17 people in Marish and Ruboi villages on Monday after killing 15 people in an attack on Kwatas on Sunday (Jan. 26), Titus Ayuba Alams, former speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, told Morning Star News.

“The attacks took place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Kwatas on Sunday, and also on Monday within the same time frame on Ruboi and Marish by the herdsmen,” Alam said.

Five people were wounded in the attacks and several houses were burned, area resident Theophilus Mancha told Morning Star News.

“A pregnant woman and 16 others have been killed,” Mancha said.

Kwatas, Marish and Ruboi are suburbs of Bokkos town, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) southwest of Plateau State University, Bokkos.

Kelly Kanang, another area resident, confirmed that Fulani herdsmen launched the attacks.

Benjamin Dogo of Kwatas informed Morning Star News in a text message, “Our people have been killed again. About 15 of the dead have been evacuated to the mortuary along with many others that sustained injuries during the attack on Sunday night.”

State police said 13 persons were killed and five injured in the attack on Kwatas. Police spokesman Ubah Gabriel Ogaba on Monday confirmed the attack by “unknown gunmen” on Kwatas in a press statement.

Ruboi and Marish were attacked after police issued the statement, and officers have provided no details on those attacks.

Plateau Gov. Simon Lalong condemned the attacks on the Christian communities in a statement through press spokesman Makut Macham.

“My heart again bleeds by this tragedy as lives of innocent citizens are cut short for no reason,” reads the statement issued on Monday. “Security agencies must go after those who are behind these attacks and their sponsors so they can face the law and be taught a lesson.”

Sen. Istifanus Gyang, deputy chairman of the Nigerian Senate Committee on Defense, said attacks on the Christian communities raise questions on the readiness of security agencies to protect people against herdsmen onslaughts.

“Only last week, Kombun village in Mangu LGA was attacked and now, it is Kwatas, Marish, and Ruboi villages in neighboring Bokkos LGA,” he said.

Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution but second in the number of Christians killed for their faith, behind Pakistan.


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 Edited from: Morning Star News Nigeria

Easy Novena to St. Valentine - Patron of Love, Marriage and Fiancees - Prayers to Share!

St. Valentine is Patron Saint of fianced couples, against fainting, bee keepers, happy marriages, love, plague, epilepsy. Say for 9 days along with 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory be each day: 
"O glorious advocate and protector, St Valentine,
look with pity upon our wants,
hear our requests,
attend to our prayers,
relieve by your intercession the miseries
under which we labour,
and obtain for us the divine blessing,
that we may be found worthy to join you
in praising the Almighty for all
eternity: through the merits of
Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."

Prayer to St. Valentine
Almighty God, grant we beseech You,
that we who celebrate the glorious martyrdom of St. Valentine, Your
servant, may by his intercession be filled with the love of God and
neighbor and be delivered from all the evils that threaten us.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday February 14, 2020 - #Eucharist


Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop
Lectionary: 332 Reading 1GN 2:18-25
The LORD God said:  
“It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
So the LORD God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs
and closed up its place with flesh.
The LORD God then built up into a woman
the rib that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called ‘woman,’
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.

The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame.

Responsorial PsalmPS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

R. (see 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
 blessed shall you be, and favored. 
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.  
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

AlleluiaJAS 1:21BC

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


GospelMK 7:24-30

Jesus went to the district of Tyre.
He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,
but he could not escape notice.
Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him.
She came and fell at his feet.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth,
and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.
For it is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied and said to him,
“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”
Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go.
The demon has gone out of your daughter.”
When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed
and the demon gone.

Saint February 14 : St. Cyril and St. Methodius the Patrons of Ecumenism, Unity of Eastern and Western Churches



Feast Day:

February 14
Born:
827 and 826, Thessaloniki, Byzantine Empire (present-day Greece)
Died:
February 14, 869 and 6 April 885
Patron of:
Bulgaria, Czech Republic (including Bohemia, and Moravia), Ecumenism, unity of the Eastern and Western Churches, Europe, Slovakia
PRAYER:
Father,
you brought the light of the gospel to the Slavic nations
through Saint Cyril and his brother Saint Methodius.
Open our hearts to understand your teaching
and help us to become one in faith and praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
BISHOPS AND CONFESSORS, APOSTLES TO THE SLAVS

These brothers, the Apostles of the Slavs, were born in Thessalonica, in 827 and 826 respectively. Though belonging to a senatorial family they renounced secular honours and became priests. They were living in a monastery on the Bosphorous, when the Khazars sent to Constantinople for a Christian teacher. Cyril was selected and was accompanied by his brother. They learned the Khazar language and converted many of the people. Soon after the Khazar mission there was a request from the Moravians for a preacher of the Gospel. German missionaries had already laboured among them, but without success. The Moravians wished a teacher who could instruct them and conduct Divine service in the Slavonic tongue. On account of their acquaintance with the language, Cyril and Methodius were chosen for their work. In preparation for it Cyril invented an alphabet and, with the help of Methodius, translated the Gospels and the necessary liturgical books into Slavonic. They went to Moravia in 863, and laboured for four and a half years. Despite their success, they were regarded by the Germans with distrust, first because they had come from Constantinople where schism was rife, and again because they held the Church services in the Slavonic language. On this account the brothers were summoned to Rome by Nicholas I, who died, however, before their arrival. His successor, Adrian II, received them kindly. Convinced of their orthodoxy, he commended their missionary activity, sanctioned the Slavonic Liturgy, and ordained Cyril and Methodius bishops. Cyril, however, was not to return to Moravia. He died in Rome, 4 Feb., 869.
At the request of the Moravian princes, Rastislav and Svatopluk, and the Slav Prince Kocel of Pannonia, Adrian II formed an Archdiocese of Moravia and Pannonia, made it independent of the German Church, and appointed Methodius archbishop. In 870 King Louis and the German bishops summoned Methodius to a synod at Ratisbon. Here he was deposed and condemned to prison. After three years he was liberated at the command of Pope John VIII and reinstated as Archbishop of Moravia. He zealously endeavoured to spread the Faith among the Bohemians, and also among the Poles in Northern Moravia. Soon, however, he was summoned to Rome again in consequence of the allegations of the German priest Wiching, who impugned his orthodoxy, and objected to the use of Slavonic in the liturgy. But John VIII, after an inquiry, sanctioned the Slavonic Liturgy, decreeing, however, that in the Mass the Gospel should be read first in Latin and then in Slavonic. Wiching, in the meantime, had been nominated one of the suffragan bishops of Methodius. He continued to oppose his  metropolitan, going so far as to produce spurious papal letters. The pope, however, assured Methodius that they were false. Methodius went to Constantinople about this time, and with the assistance of several priests, he completed the translation of the Holy Scriptures, with the exception of the Books of Machabees. He translated also the "Nomocanon", i.e. the Greek ecclesiastico-civil law. The enemies of Methodius did not cease to antagonize him. His health was worn out from the long struggle, and he died 6 April, 885, recommending as his successor Gorazd, a Moravian Slav who had been his disciple.
Formerly the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius was celebrated in Bohemia and Moravia on 9 March; but Pius IX changed the date to 5 July. Leo XIII, by his Encyclical "Grande Munus" of 30 September, 1880, extended the feast to the universal Church.
(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)