Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday May 6, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church


Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 281
Reading 1ACTS 12:24—13:5A
The word of God continued to spread and grow.

After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,
they returned to Jerusalem,
taking with them John, who is called Mark.

Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:
Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,
Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.”
Then, completing their fasting and prayer,
they laid hands on them and sent them off.

So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit,
went down to Seleucia
and from there sailed to Cyprus.
When they arrived in Salamis,
they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.

Responsorial Psalm67:2-3, 5, 6 AND 8
R.    (4)  O God, let all the nations praise you!
or:
R.    Alleluia.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R.    O God, let all the nations praise you!
or:
R.    Alleluia.
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R.    O God, let all the nations praise you!
or:
R.    Alleluia.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R.    O God, let all the nations praise you!
or:
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 8:12
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 12:44-50
Jesus cried out and said,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
but also in the one who sent me,
and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I came into the world as light,
so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them,
I do not condemn him,
for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words
has something to judge him: the word that I spoke,
it will condemn him on the last day,
because I did not speak on my own,
but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

Saint May 6 : St. François de Laval the 1st Bishop of Canada who was Dedicated to Prayer and Died in 1708 in Quebec


Saint François de Laval
Born in France from a noble background in 1623, François de Laval was trained and educated by the Jesuits. During those formative years he learned about the order’s missionaries in North America and was impressed by their missionary zeal. He was ordained a diocesan priest in 1647. After spending more than a year in Rome training to become an apostolic vicar to missionary regions in Asia, Father Laval returned to France and spent three years living in a retreat house. He was known as a man dedicated to prayer and works of charity, a man of great piety but also of unusually great competence in business matters.

Because of these qualities, in 1658 he was appointed as apostolic vicar to New France and was then ordained a bishop. From the very beginning Laval was regarded as a devoted pastor, generous with the poor, whose life was marked by simplicity and poverty. In 1674, Bishop Laval successfully requested that the Holy See erect a separate diocese — the first in the New World north of Mexico — encompassing most of North America.

Parishes and hospitals were built under his direction and in 1663 he founded the Grand Seminary to support the Church of New France by training future priests and leaders. The seminary eventually evolved into Laval University, the oldest institution of higher education in Canada. His ecclesiastical position required that he be involved in a certain amount of colonial politics, and he was never afraid to disregard civil authority when needed. He boldly defended civil rights in the New World, especially among the natives. As his health began to decline, he resigned his office in 1688. He spent several years in retirement caring for the poor and living a life of prayer. He died in 1708. He was beatified by pope John Paul II in 1980 and canonised by Pope Francis April 3, 2014.

LINK: http://www.francoisdelaval.com​
Source : crc-canada.org

Saint May 6 : St. Eadbert a Bishop of England who spent his time alone in abstinence, prayers, and tears


St. Eadbert BISHOP

Born:
7th century England Died: May 698
Venerable Bede assures us, that this holy man excelled both in the knowledge of the holy scriptures, and in the observance of the divine precepts. All his lifetime he was remarkable for his alms-deeds, and it was a law with him to lay aside yearly the tenth part of his goods for the poor. He was ordained successor to St. Cuthbert, in the see of Lindisfarne, in 687, and most worthily governed that church eleven years. It was his custom twice a year, in Lent, and during forty days before Christmas, to retire into a solitary place, encompassed by the waters of the sea, where St. Cuthbert had for some time served God in private before he went to the isle of Ferne. St. Eadbert spent this time remote from all company, in abstinence, prayers, and tears. St. Cuthbert had been buried about eleven years, when the brethren desired, with the approbation of Eadbert, to take up the bones of that eminent servant of God, whose life had been signalized by many illustrious miracles. Instead of dust, to which they expected they were reduced to their great surprise they found the body as entire, and the joints all as pliable as if it had been living—all the vestments and clothes in which it was laid were also sound, and wonderfully fresh and bright. The monks made haste to inform the holy bishop, who was then in his Lent retreat, and they brought him part of the garments which covered the holy body. These he devoutly kissed, and ordered that the blessed body should be laid in other garments, put into the new coffin which was made for the holy relics, and, for greater veneration, placed above the pavement in the sanctuary. He added, that the grave which had been sanctified by so great a miracle of heavenly grace, would not remain long empty. This was accordingly done, and presently after Eadbert, the bishop beloved of God, fell dangerously sick, and his distemper daily increasing, on the 6th of May following he departed to our Lord. His body was laid in St. Cuthbert's grave, and over the place was deposited the uncorrupted body of that glorious servant of God. "Miracles here wrought from time to time, in curing the sick, bear testimony to the merits of them both," says Bede. The same historian informs us, that St. Eadbert covered with lead the church of Lindisfarne, which was dedicated by the archbishop Theodorus, under the patronage of St. Peter. It had been formerly built by bishop Finan, after the Scottish fashion, of oak boards and thatched with reeds. source: Lives of the SaintsHoly/saints/WrittenbyAlbanButler - Edited

Churches in Germany Open Doors for Public Holy Mass with Restrictions - Welcome Back!


In Bavaria, Germany Church services were closed to the public for 7 weeks due to the corona pandemic. On May 4, 2020 the faithful were granted permission to attend services again under certain conditions. The priest of Neustadt an der Waldnaab, Thomas Jeschner, celebrated the first service in Bavaria at 12:05 am with 40 faithful - under the conditions the maximum.

"Welcome back," Fr. Jeschner greeted the faithful who had gathered in the parish church of St. Laurentius in Eschenbach to celebrate the holy mass with him. Fr. Jeschner explained "that the Lord will meet us again in the Eucharist".

The church was filled to the last seat with 40 worshipers. This number is due to the distance regulations, in a church which could normally accommodate 300 people. The community of believers showed its love for Jesus Christ. Fr. Jeschner said "Thank you for this sign of faith!"

The hygiene rules were carefully observed.
 In order for Mass to take place, the conditions imposed by the state and the requirements of the diocese of Regensburg had to be met precisely: when entering the church, the faithful were greeted warmly by stewards. They explained the hygiene rules to them: All worshipers must wear a mask and keep a minimum distance of two meters from each other - unless they live together. Everyone had to disinfect their hands and then sit in one of the designated places. Fr. Jeschner  explained the procedure for the reception of Holy Communion before the start of the mass: The believers must stay in their seat. If you want to receive communion, you should get up and go to the edge of the pew for reception. The distribution took place with communion forceps.

The great joy of the faithful to finally be able to actively celebrate another Mass was palpable: It was nice to finally be able to go to church again. Fr. Jeschner's exclaimed : "It was wonderful."Among the worshipers was the new mayor of Eschenbach, Marcus Gradl, who expressed his solidarity. The community of faith also showed itself in a special sign: Three members of the Catholic Faith Community of the American military base in Grafenwoehr were there and it was streamed on Facebook. This allowed people all over the world to take part in the first public service in Bavaria.
Edited from Kath.net

Bi-Centenary of 1st Official Priests sent to Australia Remembered by Archbishop Fisher in this Powerful Homily


Livestreamed from St. Mary’s Basilica, Sydney
INTRODUCTION TO MASS 
Today is ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’. It is the 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, and so in this Mass we pray that young men will hear God’s call to be shepherds of His flock. We pray also for our current priests, in Sydney and beyond, that they might sanctify, teach and lead after the pattern of the Good Shepherd. And we commend to Almighty God those priests who have given their lives to the service of Christ and His people, including three from our Archdiocese who have died in as many weeks – Fathers Ray Farrell, Pat McAuliffe and Peter Morrissey. But as today is also the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Fr Philip Conolly and Fr John Joseph Therry, the first official Catholic chaplains to the colony, we gratefully remember two centuries of good shepherds in this land.
FULL TEXT Homily of Archbishop A. Fisher, OP of Sydney:

Only six days after the British Fleet arrived in 1788, La Pérouse’s French expedition laid anchor in Botany Bay. The Franciscan chaplain and naturalist, Claude-François Receveur, was dying from injuries sustained in Samoa. The chaplain of the other French vessel, the Abbé Jean-André Mongez, performed the obsequies. In subsequent years chaplains of passing French, Portuguese or Spanish ships sometimes celebrated Mass for the Catholic convicts, marines and settlers, though there was no Catholic church or altar.
Following the 1798 Irish rebellion, three priests arrived as political prisoners and there were some secret Masses. In 1803 Governor King brought this out into the open by licensing Fr James Dixon to offer Mass in Sydney, Parramatta and Windsor. But when the Irish rebelled again, Mass was driven underground and eventually the last convict priest returned to Ireland. In 1817 Fr Jeremiah O’Flynn arrived, undertook a brief ministry amongst the now-8,000 Catholic faithful, and was quickly deported.
Thus for the first 32 years of settlement, the Catholic faithful had to struggle on, mostly without priest or Mass, praying the Rosary and teaching catechism to their children. But they were hungry for spiritual leadership, preaching and sacraments, and repeatedly petitioned Church and Crown to send an official chaplain.
On this day, 200 years ago, that aspiration was at last fulfilled. Fathers John Joseph Therry and Philip Conolly arrived from Cork on the Janus.[1] From then onwards Catholic priests, Masses and churches were a regular part of Australian life. Conolly was a man ‘of no small ability and attainments, witty and full of dry humour’, ‘of exemplary religious and moral habits’. After a year’s duty here, he moved to Hobart Town where he laboured for 14 years among ‘a wicked and perverse generation’, making quarterly rounds on horseback to Launceston, George Town and other settlements.[2]
Fr Therry proved to be a ‘popular, energetic and restless’, ‘articulate and thorough’, ‘a very high-profile, rather flamboyant public figure’ and ‘a far-seeing pastor’.[3] He was always in debt and usually in contest with civic and ecclesiastic authorities. He described his 44 year-long ministry in Australia as ‘one of incessant labour very often accompanied by painful anxiety’.[4] Yet he it was obtained this ‘Hyde Park’ site and built the first St Mary’s, and many other churches and schools elsewhere. He travelled unceasingly around this country, visiting prisons, hospitals and farms, providing sacraments, counselling and teaching. He was a special friend to convicts and Aborigines, Catholic or not. He could live on the smell of an oily rag and give his last penny to the poor. This hero of the Australian Catholic priesthood is buried in our crypt and I’ll use his chalice today.
Some of you will know the fourth century statue of the Good Shepherd from the Domitilla Catacombs, now in the Vatican Museum. A clean-shaven young shepherd carries a sheep on his shoulders. It’s a deliberately ambiguous work, as were so many in the persecuted early Church. If an official came demanding an explanation, you could say: “It’s just a lovely pastoral scene.” But Christians knew what it was about. They sang “The Lord’s my shepherd”, a psalm written by David, the shepherd-boy made king (Ps 22(23)). They knew Jesus’ words in John “I am the Good Shepherd” (Jn 10:14).[5] They retold His parable of a shepherd who spares no effort to save a lost sheep “and when he finds it, joyfully lays it on his shoulders” (Lk 15:3-5). This is the Good Shepherd of the Church, carrying frightened lambs through the pack of this world’s wolves…

The way the young shepherd carries the sheep on his shoulders prefigures our images of heroic ANZACs carrying wounded mates. Carrying an injured soldier single-handedly is no easy task, any more than carrying a heavy, gangly, uncooperative lamb. But when a sheep is helpless or a soldier, it’s all you can do to move them. The Good Shepherd comes to the rescue, not just of an anxious Church but of all wounded humanity.
So when Jesus articulates the task of priest-shepherds today, there’s no romantic pastoral idyll in the background. Jesus’ sheep are often lost, injured or scattered. They must be gathered into one from disparate places. They must be protected against wolves and brigands who come “only to steal and kill and destroy”. They must be guided to safe and satisfying pasture. And they must be so befriended that they will hear and trust their Shepherd’s voice. This is the mission of pastors whether in St John’s fast-growing first century Church, or Domitilla’s third century persecuted Church, or John Joseph Therry’s nineteenth century colonial Church, or today’s and tomorrow’s Australian Church – your Church. If the Eucharistic hunger of early Australia led to an outcry for priests and priestly service, our present Eucharistic hunger during the COVID19 crisis may presage a similar outcry in the months and years to come. I pray that it is so!
After Conolly and Therry came, many priests from Ireland and England and eventually many lands, including Australia itself. With the religious they established much of our nation’s spiritual and social infrastructure. Building on that patrimony, the Catholic community now sponsors an enormous network of parishes, hospitals, aged care facilities, schools, universities, pastoral and welfare activities. What those priests started has grown into an enormous and complex expression of faith and love.
There’s no denying that some priests and bishops failed us, sometimes terribly. But on this bicentenary we remember that most by far, like Conolly and Therry, have been selflessly devoted to their people. Over these two centuries the Church in Australia has experienced natural disasters, sectarian controversies, the abuse crisis and pandemics closing churches. Each time our priests have demonstrated generosity, perseverance and pastoral creativity. Each time the Catholic people have signalled their love and need for priests after the heart of the Good Shepherd.
But why all this shepherding, this gathering and guarding and guiding? Is it just to build an ecclesiastical empire, a bigger flock than the shepherd down the road? Or to enjoy bossing the sheep around with your shepherd’s crook? Or to get rich by fleecing the sheep? No, recalls Jesus today, the task of the Good Shepherd is to be the antithesis of the self-serving exploiter or molester: that man is ‘the brigand’, the anti-shepherd, antichrist. Christ the Good Shepherd comes, and so too the good pastor comes, to give not take, and to give Himself completely. He comes for this purpose only: that the faithful might have life – the good, better, best life – in this world, but also life eternal, “life to the full”! (Jn 10:10)
WORD AFTER COMMUNION FOR GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY + BICENTENARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST OFFICIAL PRIESTS IN AUSTRALIA
Today we’ve celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday, the Bicentenary of the arrival of the first priest chaplains in Australia, and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Please keep praying for vocations to the priesthood and all Christian states of life. To our young people I say: ask yourselves whether your own gifts, temperament and ideals might be put to such service. Open your hearts to that possibility in prayer and sacrament, seeking God’s will for you and the courage to pursue it. Don’t be afraid to give your lives to Christ: He knows your deepest longings and potential  – and he wants you to have life to the full. Pray for the grace to know, love and serve Him best in this life, that you may draw many to be with Him in the next!


[1] It was a 308 ton ship, launched in New York in 1810. It sailed from Southampton on 23rd October 1819 and from the cove of Cork on 18 December 1819, arriving at Rio de Janeiro on 7 February 1820 and at Port Jackson on 3 May 1820. The passengers were mostly women convicts and there was later an inquiry into their abuse. After delivering these prisoners Janus began a new life as a whaling ship, beginning with chasing a pod of whales that had ventured into Sydney harbour.
[2] Linda Monks, ‘Conolly, Philip (1796-1839),’ Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1 (MUP, 1966), http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/conolly-philip-1915; W.T. Southerwood, ‘A character study of Australia’s first permanently appointed priests, P. Conolly and J.J. Therry,’ Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society 17 (1996), 7-28.
[3] John Eddy, ‘Therry, John Joseph,’ Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2 (MUP, 1967), http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/therry-john-joseph-2722; John McSweeney, A Meddling Priest: John Joseph Therry (Sydney: St Paul’s, 2000);
[4] John Ayers, Father Therry: 100 Years (Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1964); Edmund Campion, ‘John Joseph Therry’ in Margaret Press and Neil Brown (eds), Faith and Culture: A Pastoral Perspective (Sydney: CIS, 1984); John Eddy, ‘John Joseph Therry – pioneer priest,’ Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society 1(3) (1964), 1-14; McSweeney, A Meddling Priest; Eris O’Brien, Life and Letters of Archpriest John Joseph Therry: The Foundation of Catholicism in Australia, 2 vols (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1922); Patrick O’Farrell, The Catholic Church and Community in Australia (Melbourne: Nelson, 1977); Percival Serle, ‘Therry, John Joseph,’ Dictionary of Australian Biography (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1949); Southerwood, ‘A character study’; James Waldersee, Catholic Society in NSW 1788-1860 (Sydney University Press, 1974).
[5] cf. Mt 2:6; 9:36; 18:12-14; 25:32; 26:31; Mk 6:34; 14:27; Lk 15:1-7; Jn 10:1-21; 21:15-17.

At Mass, Pope Francis Prays for all who have Died from the Pandemic and Says "...go through the door which is Jesus .." Full Text + Video


MORNING CELEBRATION BROADCASTED LIVE
FROM THE CHAPEL OF CASA SANTA MARTA
HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
"Attitudes that prevent you from knowing Christ"
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Introduction
We pray today for the deceased who died from the pandemic. They died alone, they died without the caress of their loved ones, many not even with the funeral. The Lord welcome them into glory.
Homily
Jesus was in the temple, the feast of the dedication was near (cf. Jn 10 : 22-30). Even the Jews, at that time, "came around him and said to him:" How long will you stay in uncertainty? If you are the Christ, tell us openly "" (v. 24). These made them lose their patience, and with how mildly "Jesus answered them:" I told you and don't believe "" (v. 25). They kept saying, "But is that you? It is you?" - "Yes, I said it, but don't believe!" "But you do not believe because you are not part of my sheep" (v. 26). And this, perhaps, raises a doubt for us: I believe and belong to the sheep of Jesus; but if Jesus said to us: "You cannot believe because you are not a part", is there a prior faith in meeting Jesus? What is this to be part ofof the faith of Jesus? What is it that stops me at the door which is Jesus?
There are attitudes prior to the confession of Jesus. Even for us, who are in the flock of Jesus. They are like "antipathies previe", which do not let us go forward in the knowledge of the Lord. The first of all are riches . Even many of us, who entered the door of the Lord, then stop and do not go on because we are imprisoned in wealth. The Lord was hard, with riches, he was very hard, very hard. To the point of saying that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man in the kingdom of heaven (cf Mt19,24). This is hard. Riches are an impediment to moving forward. But should we fall into pauperism? No. But do not be slaves to riches, do not live for riches, because riches are a lord, I am the lord of this world and we cannot serve two lords (cf. Lk 16:13). And wealth stops us.
Another thing that prevents us from moving forward in the knowledge of Jesus, in belonging to Jesus, is rigidity : rigidity of heart. Even rigidity in the interpretation of the law. Jesus rebukes the Pharisees, the doctors of the Law for this rigidity (cf. Mt.23.1 to 36). That is not faithfulness: faithfulness is always a gift to God; rigidity is a security for myself. I remember once I entered the parish and a lady - a good lady - approached me and said: "Father, some advice ..." - "Say" - "Last week, Saturday, not yesterday, the other Saturday, we went in a family at a wedding: it was with Mass. It was Saturday afternoon, and we thought that with this Mass we had fulfilled the Sunday precept. But then, returning home, I thought that the readings of that Mass were not those of Sunday. And so I realized that I am in mortal sin, because on Sunday I did not go because I went on Saturday, but to a Mass that was not true , because the Readings were not true". That rigidity ... And that lady belonged to an ecclesial movement. Rigidity. This takes us away from the wisdom of Jesus, from the wisdom beauty of Jesus; it takes away your freedom. And many pastors make this rigidity grow in the souls of the faithful; and this rigidity does not allow us to enter through the door of Jesus (cf. Jn 10 : 7): it is more important to observe the law as it is written or how I interpret it, rather than the freedom to go on following Jesus.
Another thing that doesn't let us go on in the knowledge of Jesus is sloth. That tiredness ... Think of that man in the swimming pool: 38 years old there (cf. Jn 5 : 1-9). Sloth. It takes away the will to go on and everything is "yes, but ... no, now no, no, but ...", which brings you to the warmth and makes you lukewarm. Sloth is another thing that prevents us from moving forward.
Another that is quite ugly is the clericalist attitude Clericalism puts itself in the place of Jesus. He says: "No, this must be so, so, so ..." - "But, the Master ..." - "Leave the Master alone: ​​this is so, so, so, and if you do not do this, thus, so you cannot enter. " A clericalism that takes away the freedom of the faith of believers. This is an ugly disease in the Church: the clericalist attitude.
Then, another thing that prevents us from going forward, from entering to know Jesus and confessing Jesus is the worldly spirit . When the observance of faith, the practice of faith ends in worldliness. And everything is worldly. Let's think about the celebration of some sacraments in some parishes: how much worldliness there is! And the grace of the presence of Jesus is not well understood.
These are the things that prevent us from being part of the sheep of Jesus. We are "sheep" [following] all these things: wealth, sloth, rigidity, worldliness, clericalism, modality, ideologies, of life forms. Freedom is missing. And one cannot follow Jesus without freedom. "But sometimes freedom goes further and one slips." Yes, it's true. It's true. We can slip by going free. But it is worse to slip before going, with these things that prevent you from starting to go.
May the Lord enlighten us to see, within us, if there is the freedom to go through the door which is Jesus and to go beyond Jesus to become flock, to become sheep of his flock.
Prayer to make spiritual communion
People who do not communicate now make spiritual communion.
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, at least spiritually come to my heart. As already came, I embrace you and I join you all. Don't let me ever separate you from you.
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va - a Translation from Italian

Bishops in Kazakhstan Entrust the Nation to Mary in Prayer to Help Overcome the Coronavirus


ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - Coronavirus: the Kazakh Church relies on Mary to overcome the crisis
Monday, 4 May 2020

Karaganda (Agenzia Fides) - Protection for the Kazakh people, for all those affected by Covid-19 and for health personnel engaged in the fight against the virus: this is what the Catholic faithful of Kazakhstan ask for by addressing and entrusting themselves to the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace and patroness of Kazakhstan. This is what was reported to Agenzia Fides by Monsignor Adelio Dell'Oro, Bishop of Karaganda, where a special Marian prayer vigil was held in the cathedral on 1 May: "After the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, I read an introduction to explain the reason for this prayer and the passage of the Gospel in which Jesus, just before dying, entrusts the apostle John to Mary. We recited three mysteries of the Rosary and then there was the act of consecration to the Virgin Mary. We used the text composed 25 years ago by the first bishop of Karaganda, Monsignor Jan Paweł Lenga: it was the years immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union and there was great poverty, so the bishop wanted to entrust the Country to Mary at the national Shrine of Oziornoje. It is a sacred place because in this area, during the Second World War, there were many Polish deportees who had no food and suffered from the cold. They prayed to the Virgin Mary with devotion and when the ice melted, a lake full of fish formed in the area and the deportees managed to overcome hunger". Today, the Church in Kazakhstan is asking again for that special protection from Our Lady.
At the beginning of May, over 3,500 coronavirus infections and 25 deaths were registered in Kazakhstan. The government has tried to limit the spread of the virus by imposing an internal lockdown and a visa requirement for entry into the Country. Bishop Adelio Dell’Oro notes: "The quarantine here came a month later compared to Italy. Since Palm Sunday there have been no masses open to the people and only a few days ago they gave us permission to celebrate with up to five people in church. However, the faithful have the opportunity to participate from home by following online mass. In these days, however, the government is trying to organize the resumption of some activities".
As reported to Agenzia Fides by Monsignor José Luís Mumbiela Sierra, President of the Episcopal Conference of Kazakh Bishops, the local Church was due to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the consecration to Our Lady of Oziornoje on July 7, but probably the celebrations will be canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. (LF-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 4/5/2020)