Monday, September 28, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - #Archangels Feast - Your Virtual Church


Feast of Saints  Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

Lectionary: 647

Reading 1
DN 7:9-10, 13-14
As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

or

Rv 12:7-12ab

War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.”


Responsorial Psalm
PS 138:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 4-5
R. (1)  In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
Because of your kindness and your truth;
for you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD
when they hear the words of your mouth;
And they shall sing of the ways of the LORD
“Great is the glory of the LORD
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.




Alleluia
PS 103:21
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Bless the LORD, all you angels,
you ministers, who do his will.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
JN 1:47-51
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint September 29 : Archangels named St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael who are Patrons of Protection, Travel and Art




The term archangel occurs only in St. Jude and 1 Thessalonians 4:15; but St. Paul has furnished us with two other lists of names of the heavenly cohorts. He tells us (Ephesians 1:21) that Christ is raised up "above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion"; and, writing to the Colossians (1:16), he says: "In Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominations, or principalities or powers." It is to be noted that he uses two of these names of the powers of darkness when (2:15) he talks of Christ as "despoiling the principalities and powers . . . triumphing over them in Himself". And it is not a little remarkable that only two verses later he warns his readers not to be seduced into any "religion of angels". He seems to put his seal upon a certain lawful angelology, and at the same time to warn them against indulging superstition on the subject. We have a hint of such excesses in the Book of Enoch, wherein, as already stated, the angels play a quite disproportionate part. Similarly Josephus tells us (Bel. Jud., II, viii, 7) that the Essenes had to take a vow to preserve the names of the angels.
  The following passages from St. Gregory the Great (Hom. 34, In Evang.) will give us a clear idea of the view of the Church's doctors on the point:
 We know on the authority of Scripture that there are nine orders of angels, viz., Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Throne, Cherubim and Seraphim. That there are Angels and Archangels nearly every page of the Bible tell us, and the books of the Prophets talk of Cherubim and Seraphim. St. Paul, too, writing to the Ephesians enumerates four orders when he says: 'above all Principality, and Power, and Virtue, and Domination'; and again, writing to the Colossians he says: 'whether Thrones, or Dominations, or Principalities, or Powers'. If we now join these two lists together we have five Orders, and adding Angels and Archangels, Cherubim and Seraphim, we find nine Orders of Angels.
ST. MICHAEL 
(Hebrew "Who is like God?"). St. Michael is one of the principal angels; his name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers. Four times his name is recorded in Scripture:
(1) Daniel 10:13 sqq., Gabriel says to Daniel, when he asks God to permit the Jews to return to Jerusalem: "The Angel [D.V. prince] of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me . . . and, behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me . . . and none is my helper in all these things, but Michael your prince."
(2) Daniel 12, the Angel speaking of the end of the world and the Antichrist says: "At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people."
(3) In the Catholic Epistle of St. Jude: "When Michael the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses", etc. St. Jude alludes to an ancient Jewish tradition of a dispute between Michael and Satan over the body of Moses, an account of which is also found in the apocryphal book on the assumption of Moses (Origen, De Principiis III.2.2). St. Michael concealed the tomb of Moses; Satan, however, by disclosing it, tried to seduce the Jewish people to the sin of hero-worship. St. Michael also guards the body of Eve, according to the "Revelation of Moses" ("Apocryphal Gospels", etc., ed. A. Walker, Edinburgh, p. 647).
(4) Apocalypse 12:7, "And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon." St. John speaks of the great conflict at the end of time, which reflects also the battle in heaven at the beginning of time. According to the Fathers there is often question of St. Michael in Scripture where his name is not mentioned. They say he was the cherub who stood at the gate of paradise, "to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24), the angel through whom God published the Decalogue to his chosen people, the angel who stood in the way against Balaam (Numbers 22:22 sqq.), the angel who routed the army of Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:35).
Following these Scriptural passages, Christian tradition gives to St. Michael four offices:
To fight against Satan.
To rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death.
To be the champion of God's people, the Jews in the Old Law, the Christians in the New Testament; therefore he was the patron of the Church, and of the orders of knights during the Middle Ages.
To call away from earth and bring men's souls to judgment ("signifer S. Michael repraesentet eas in lucam sanctam", Offert. Miss Defunct. "Constituit eum principem super animas suscipiendas", Antiph. off. Cf. The Shepherd of Hermas, Book III, Similitude 8, Chapter 3).
ST. GABRIEL
"Fortitudo Dei", one of the three archangels mentioned in the Bible.
Only four appearances of Gabriel are recorded: In Daniel 8, he explains the vision of the horned ram as portending the destruction of the Persian Empire by the Macedonian Alexander the Great, after whose death the kingdom will be divided up among his generals, from one of whom will spring Antiochus Epiphanes. In chapter 9, after Daniel had prayed for Israel, we read that "the man Gabriel . . . . flying swiftly touched me" and he communicated to him the mysterious prophecy of the "seventy weeks" of years which should elapse before the coming of Christ. In chapter 10, it is not clear whether the angel is Gabriel or not, but at any rate we may apply to him the marvellous description in verses 5 and 6. In the New Testament he foretells to Zachary the birth of the Precursor, and to Mary that of the Saviour.
Thus he is throughout the angel of the Incarnation and of Consolation, and so in Christian tradition Gabriel is ever the angel of mercy while Michael is rather the angel of judgment. At the same time, even in the Bible, Gabriel is, in accordance with his name, the angel of the Power of God, and it is worth while noting the frequency with which such words as "great", "might", "power", and "strength" occur in the passages referred to above. The Jews indeed seem to have dwelt particularly upon this feature in Gabriel's character, and he is regarded by them as the angel of judgment, while Michael is called the angel of mercy. Thus they attribute to Gabriel the destruction of Sodom and of the host of Sennacherib, though they also regard him as the angel who buried Moses, and as the man deputed to mark the figure Tau on the foreheads of the elect (Ezekiel 9:4). In later Jewish literature the names of angels were considered to have a peculiar efficacy, and the British Museum possesses some magic bowls inscribed with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac incantations in which the names of Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel occur. These bowls were found at Hillah, the site of Babylon, and constitute an interesting relic of the Jewish captivity. In apocryphal Christian literature the same names occur, cf. Enoch, ix, and the Apocalypse of the Blessed Virgin.
As remarked above, Gabriel is mentioned only twice in the New Testament, but it is not unreasonable to suppose with Christian tradition that it is he who appeared to St. Joseph and to the shepherds, and also that it was he who "strengthened" Our Lord in the garden (cf. the Hymn for Lauds on 24 March). Gabriel is generally termed only an archangel, but the expression used by St. Raphael, "I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tobit 12:15) and St. Gabriel's own words, "I am Gabriel, who stand before God" (Luke 1:19), have led some to think that these angels must belong to the highest rank; but this is generally explained as referring to their rank as the highest of God's messengers, and not as placing them among the Seraphim and Cherubim (cf. St. Thomas, I.112.3; III.30.2 ad 4um).
ST. RAPHAEL 
The name of this archangel (Raphael = "God has healed") does not appear in the Hebrew Scriptures, and in the Septuagint only in the Book of Tobias. Here he first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias, calling himself "Azarias the son of the great Ananias". The story of the adventurous journey during which the protective influence of the angel is shown in many ways including the binding "in the desert of upper Egypt" of the demon who had previously slain seven husbands of Sara, daughter of Raguel, is picturesquely related in Tobit 5-11, to which the reader is referred. After the return and the healing of the blindness of the elder Tobias, Azarias makes himself known as "the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tobit 12:15. Cf. Revelation 8:2). Of these seven "archangels" which appear in the angelology of post-Exilic Judaism, only three, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, are mentioned in the canonical Scriptures. The others, according to the Book of Enoch (cf. xxi) are Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jerahmeel, while from other apocryphal sources we get the variant names Izidkiel, Hanael, and Kepharel instead of the last three in the other list.
Regarding the functions attributed to Raphael we have little more than his declaration to Tobias (Tobit 12) that when the latter was occupied in his works of mercy and charity, he (Raphael) offered his prayer to the Lord, that he was sent by the Lord to heal him of his blindness and to deliver Sara, his son's wife, from the devil. The Jewish category of the archangels is recognized in the New Testament (1 Thessalonians 4:15; Jude 9), but only Gabriel and Michael are mentioned by name. Many commentators, however, identify Raphael with the "angel of the Lord" mentioned in John 5. This conjecture is based both on the significance of the name and on the healing role attributed to Raphael in the Book of Tobias. The Church assigns the feast of St. Raphael to 24 October. The hymns of the Office recall the healing power of the archangel and his victory over the demon. The lessons of the first Nocturn and the Antiphons of the entire Office are taken from the Book of Tobias, and the lessons of the second and third Nocturns from the works of St. Augustine, viz. for the second Nocturn a sermon on Tobias (sermon I on the fifteenth Sunday), and for the third, a homily on the opening verse of John 5. The Epistle of the Mass is taken from the twelfth chapter of Tobias, and the Gospel from John 5:1-4, referring to the pool called Probatica, where the multitude of the infirm lay awaiting the moving of the water, for "an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved.And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under". Thus the conjecture of the commentators referred to above is confirmed by the official Liturgy of the Church.
Text is shortened from The Catholic Encyclopedia

Vatican-US Symposium on Advancing and Defending International Religious Freedom - Free Online - Full Official Release


Press Release: Symposium on Advancing and Defending International Religious Freedom

September 26, 2020
Secretary Pompeo, Cardinal Parolin, Archbishop Gallagher to Participate in U.S. Symposium on Religious Freedom

ROME (September 26, 2020) – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher will participate in the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See’s symposium, “Advancing and Defending International Religious Freedom Through Diplomacy,” on September 30.

The symposium will highlight diplomatic tools that governments, international organizations, and faith-based organizations can use to identify and confront religious persecution and encourage international cooperation to protect and promote religious freedom.

Religious persecution and restrictions on religious freedom are among the most pressing global human rights concerns today.  Promoting and securing religious freedom is a cornerstone of the United States’ diplomatic relationship with the Holy See.

“The United States understands that upholding the right to religious freedom is not just a moral necessity, it is a national security imperative.  When nations effectively promote and protect religious freedom, they are safer, more prosperous, and secure,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich.

Symposium panelists will include representatives from the U.S., Holy See, and UK governments, as well as leaders from the Aid to the Church in Need and the AVSI Foundation.  The moderator for both panels will be John Allen, President and Founder of Crux.  Please see the attached list for additional details.

This symposium will be held at the Westin Excelsior in Rome.  Please note that COVID-19 health and safety precautions will be adhered to strictly.  A limited number of attendees and journalists will be allowed in-person with advance registration.  All others will be able to follow the symposium live on the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Facebook page:  @HolySee.USembassy.

For accreditation to this symposium, please send your full name, media affiliation, and equipment requirements to Mary Shovlain, Public Diplomacy Specialist, U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, ShovlainML@state.gov   (Office:  +390646743444) no later than 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 28.

U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Symposium
Advancing and Defending International Religious Freedom Through Diplomacy
September 30, 2020 / 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Westin Excelsior, Rome, Italy

Welcome Remarks
Callista L. Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

Opening Remarks
Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States

Moderator
John Allen, President and Founder, Crux

Panel 1 — Diplomatic Tools for Identifying Areas of Concern Where Religious Freedom is Threatened

Panelists

Ambassador Nathan Sales, Acting Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State
Marcela Szymanski, Editor-in-Chief, Religious Freedom in the World, Aid to the Church in Need
Rehman Chishti, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Panel 2 — Diplomacy and International Cooperation

Panelists

Ambassador Samuel Brownback, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom
Giampaolo Silvestri, Secretary General, AVSI Foundation
Monsignor Khaled Akasheh, Bureau Chief for Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
Closing Remarks
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Holy See Secretary of State
Source: https://va.usembassy.gov/press-release-symposium-on-advancing-and-defending-international-religious-freedom/

Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville Calls for Peace and Prays for Breonna Taylor's Family Amid Protests - FULL TEXT


Statement on Breonna Taylor Decision Announced Today
I again join with citizens throughout our community and the nation in mourning the tragic death of Breonna Taylor.

Whatever our reaction to decisions by the Grand Jury and the Attorney General’s Office, we must now come together to work for racial justice. There is no question that our nation’s original sin of racism continues to destroy and harm the lives of persons of color and that racism extends through so many systems of our society….educational, economic, religious, housing, criminal justice, voting, and employment.

Our Church stands ready to work with civic, community, educational, business, and non-profit partners to address these issues.

I join with people of faith and good will to plead for peace and the rejection of violence as citizens exercise their first amendment right to protest. Let us all join in prayers for Breonna Taylor’s family and friends and for justice, peace, and healing in our community.

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville
September 23, 2020
Source: https://www.archlou.org/statement-on-breonna-taylor-decision-announced-today/

Pope Francis Thanks Security Saying "I hope that your effort, often accomplished with sacrifice and risk, will be animated by a living Christian faith" Full Text



ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE MANAGERS AND AGENTS OF THE
VATICAN PUBLIC SECURITY INSPECTORATE ON
THE OCCASION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INSTITUTION

Paul VI Hall
Monday, 28 September 2020

Dear brothers and sisters!
I am pleased to meet the large family of the "Vatican" Inspectorate of Public Security , which commemorates the 75th anniversary of its establishment. I greet you all with affection: Managers, Officers, Agents, with your family members. I address a respectful thought to the Minister of the Interior, whom I thank for his words, as well as to the Chief of Police. And I would also like to thank you because it was nice for me to enter the hall with the nostalgia of the autumn of Buenos Aires [refers to a piece of music played by the Police Band]. Thank you!
In remembering the foundation of this Inspectorate, it is natural to thank the Lord for 75 years of history and for the work of so many men and women of the Italian State Police. In the wake of the deep bond that exists between the Holy See and Italy, they have carried out, with competence and passion, a mission that originates from the Lateran Pacts of 1929. Those agreements, in fact, in sanctioning the birth of the State of the City of Vatican, provided for a peculiar regime for St. Peter's Square, with free access for pilgrims and tourists and under the supervision of the Italian authorities.
Looking back, we see how the origin of the "Vatican" Public Security Inspectorate is placed in a context of precariousness and national emergency, when the political and social forces were engaged in the democratic recovery. In March 1945 the project to give autonomy and juridical configuration to this police service was realized. The Ministry of the Interior, led by the President of the Council of Ministers himself, Ivanoe Bonomi, established the Special Public Security Office “S. Pietro " .
In this way the service that the police forces had been carrying out for some time in St. Peter's Square and in the areas adjacent to the Vatican was strengthened and made more effective. The occupation of Rome by the German troops in 1943 had created many difficulties and worries: the problem had arisen of the respect by the German soldiers of the neutrality and sovereignty of the Vatican City, as well as of the person of the Pope. months, the border between the Italian State and the Vatican City, drawn on the pavement of St. Peter's Square, had been a place of tension and fear. The faithful could not easily access the Basilica to pray, therefore many desisted.
Finally, on June 4, 1944, Rome was liberated, but the war left deep wounds in the consciences, rubble in the streets, poverty and suffering in families. The fruit of war is this. The Romans, and those pilgrims who could reach the capital, flocked more and more to St. Peter's, also to express gratitude to Pope Pius XII , proclaimed " defensor Civitatis ". The new Office of the State Police at the Vatican was thus able to respond adequately to the new needs and to render an important service both to Italy and to the Holy See.
From the day of the establishment of that Office, which gradually took on other denominations up to the current one, a path has unfolded in the sign of fruitful collaboration between Italy and the Holy See, and between the Inspectorate and the Vatican bodies responsible for order public and to the safety of the Pope. Despite the changing national and international scenarios and security needs, the spirit with which the men and women of the Inspectorate have carried out their appreciated work has not changed.
Dear Officials and Agents, thank you so much for your precious service, characterized by diligence, professionalism and spirit of sacrifice. Above all, I admire the patience you exercise in dealing with people of different backgrounds and cultures and - I dare to say - in dealing with priests! My gratitude also extends to your commitment to accompany me on my trips to Rome and on visits to dioceses or communities in Italy. A difficult job, which requires discretion and balance, to ensure that the Pope's itineraries do not lose their specific character of encounter with the People of God. For all this, I am once again grateful to you.
May the "Vatican" Inspectorate of Public Security continue to operate according to its luminous history, knowing how to draw new and abundant fruits from it. I am sure that working in this place constitutes for you a constant reminder of the highest values: to those human and spiritual values ​​which require to be welcomed and witnessed every day. I hope that your effort, often accomplished with sacrifice and risk, will be animated by a living Christian faith: it is the most precious spiritual treasure, which your families have entrusted to you and which you are called to pass on to your children.


May the Lord reward you as only He knows how to do. May your patron Saint Michael the Archangel protect you and the Holy Virgin watch over you and your families. And may my Blessing also accompany you. And please don't forget to pray for me. Thank you.

Quote to SHARE by St. Thérèse “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always..."


“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love."
by St. Thérèse of Lisieux

FULL Official Text of Executive Order Protecting Babies Born Alive from Abortion - Issued by US President Trump


Executive Order on Protecting Vulnerable Newborn and Infant Children

  Issued on: September 25, 2020

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  Every infant born alive, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, has the same dignity and the same rights as every other individual and is entitled to the same protections under Federal law.  Such laws include the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), 42 U.S.C. 1395dd, which guarantees, in hospitals that have an emergency department, each individual’s right to an appropriate medical screening examination and to either stabilizing treatment or an appropriate transfer.  They also include section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act), 29 U.S.C. 794, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by programs and activities receiving Federal funding.  In addition, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, 1 U.S.C. 8, makes clear that all infants born alive are individuals for purposes of these and other Federal laws and are therefore afforded the same legal protections as any other person.  Together, these laws help protect infants born alive from discrimination in the provision of medical treatment, including infants who require emergency medical treatment, who are premature, or who are born with disabilities.  Such infants are entitled to meaningful and non-discriminatory access to medical examination and services, with the consent of a parent or guardian, when they present at hospitals receiving Federal funds.

Despite these laws, some hospitals refuse the required medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or otherwise do not provide potentially lifesaving medical treatment to extremely premature or disabled infants, even when parents plead for such treatment.  Hospitals might refuse to provide treatment to extremely premature infants — born alive before 24 weeks of gestation — because they believe these infants may not survive, may have to live with long-term disabilities, or may have a quality-of-life deemed to be inadequate.  Active treatment of extremely premature infants has, however, been shown to improve their survival rates.  And the denial of such treatment, or discouragement of parents from seeking such treatment for their children, devalues the lives of these children and may violate Federal law.

Sec. 2.  Policy.  It is the policy of the United States to recognize the human dignity and inherent worth of every newborn or other infant child, regardless of prematurity or disability, and to ensure for each child due protection under the law.

Sec. 3.  (a)  The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) shall ensure that individuals responsible for all programs and activities under his jurisdiction that receive Federal funding are aware of their obligations toward infants, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment, under EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.  In particular, the Secretary shall ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they are not excused from complying with these obligations, including the obligation to provide an appropriate medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or transfer, when extremely premature infants are born alive or infants are born with disabilities.  The Secretary shall also ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they may not unlawfully discourage parents from seeking medical treatment for their infant child solely because of their infant child’s disability.  The Secretary shall further ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware of their obligations to provide stabilizing treatment that will allow the infant patients to be transferred to a more suitable facility if appropriate treatment is not possible at the initial location.

(b)  The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, ensure that Federal funding disbursed by the Department of Health and Human Services is expended in full compliance with EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, as reflected in the policy set forth in section 2 of this order.

(i)   The Secretary shall, as appropriate and to the fullest extent permitted by law, investigate complaints of violations of applicable Federal laws with respect to infants born alive, including infants who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment or infants with disabilities whose parents seek medical treatment for their infants.  The Secretary shall also clarify, in an easily understandable format, the process by which parents and hospital staff may submit such complaints for investigation under applicable Federal laws.

(ii)  The Secretary shall take all appropriate enforcement action against individuals and organizations found through investigation to have violated applicable Federal laws, up to and including terminating Federal funding for non-compliant programs and activities.

(c)  The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding and National Institutes of Health research dollars for programs and activities conducting research to develop treatments that may improve survival — especially survival without impairment — of infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.

(d)  The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding to programs and activities, including hospitals, that provide training to medical personnel regarding the provision of life-saving medical treatment to all infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.

(e)  The Secretary shall, as necessary and consistent with applicable law, issue such regulations or guidance as may be necessary to implement this order.

Sec. 4.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-protecting-vulnerable-newborn-infant-children/

#BreakingNews VIDEO Shows Topless Man in Florida Setting Catholic Church on Fire by Pouring Flammable Liquid on Pews


A video released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's department shows a topless man pouring gasoline on pews and setting them on fire. Video captured the suspect breaking into a Florida church on Friday, September 18, 2020 at night. The suspect poured flammable liquid over some pews. The Incarnation Catholic Church in Florida pews were set on fire. The incident was filmed by surveillance cameras in the county of Hillsborough, Florida. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook: “On Friday at 10.36 pm the suspect broke into Incarnation Catholic Church in Town ’N’ Country and lit several pews on fire." "Video shows him pouring flammable liquid onto three wooden pews before setting them on fire." According to police, the man ran away from the scene at 10.39pm. The suspect broke into the church by throwing items at a glass pane on the entrance doors. The suspect appeared to flee the burning building empty-handed. The fire reportedly caused 'thousands of dollars in damages' to the church.

Conflict in Azerbaijan over Disputed Land - Fight between Armenians and Turkey -


Turkey sent Syrian ISIS mercenaries to fight against the Armenians
The news is confirmed by AsiaNews sources and by the Observatory for Human Rights in Syria. Ankara hired them for $ 1800 a month for three months. "It is a holy war of Muslims against Christians". Armenian Premier Nikol Pashinian: If the war in the Caucasus does not stop soon, it will destabilize world peace.

Idlib (AsiaNews) - Syrian armed opposition sources contacted by AsiaNews, say that Turkey has sent 4,000 Syrian Isis mercenaries from Afrin to fight against the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh. A few days ago land convoys reached Turkey and then Azerbaijan by air. The salary is 1,800 US dollars a month, for a duration of three months.

A leader of the Syrian terrorist group said: "Thanks to Allah, from September 27 until the end of the month another 1000 Syrian mercenaries will be transferred to Azerbaijan". AsiaNews sources also provided an audio recording of the operational nucleus of the Sultan Murat Brigade (an armed faction of the Syrian opposition, which enlists mercenaries to be sent to Libya as well) in which we hear: "Syrian volunteers are destined to be sent to front line on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border… and they will fight with the Azeris, that is, with the Shiites”.

In a talk show on the Syrian opposition broadcaster "Orient", which broadcasts from the Emirates, there was discussion about the deployment of Syrian mercenaries to Azerbaijan: they go to fight a war against "Crusader Christians" just as men are needed to fight Assad in Idlib, turning Syrian anti-Assad fighters into a source of transnational mercenaries enlisted by Turkey.

Among the guests of the talk show, there was the colonel of the Free Syrian Army, Aunt Hajj Obeid, a resident of Turkey, who denied that they were sending any Syrian "volunteers" to Azerbaijan. Colonel Zia was immediately interrupted by the presenter, who reminded him that initially they had also denied that Syrian mercenaries were being sent to Libya. Instead, after some were captured, it was no longer possible to deny. To date - he said - "we know that there are 35,000 pro-Turkish Syrian mercenaries in Libya".

The news of the sending of ISIS mercenaries to Azerbaijan is also denied by the spokesman for the armed opposition factions in Astana, Ayman Al Assemi, contacted by AsiaNews. Another source from Afrin, an opposition fighter from Jind al-Sham confirmed to AsiaNews that he had spoken with an Azerbaijani colleague fighting in Syria, and asked him why we are going to fight in Azerbaijan, alongside the Shiites, against the Karabakh. The latter replied: "Because it is part of the Jihad; it is a holy war of Muslims against Christians ”.

But in a video, one of the wounded terrorists advises his colleagues "not to go and fight in Azerbaijan!" (see video below). In another video, posted on twitter, trucks with militants are seen shouting "Allah akhbar!" (see here). Armenian sources say at least 89 Islamist mercenaries have been killed so far.

The news of the dispatch of 4 thousand Syrian mercenaries by Turkey was also confirmed yesterday by the Human Rights Observatory in Syria, based in London, of clear anti-Assad inspiration.

The president of the Republic of Karabakh, Arayik Arutyunian also spoke of 4 thousand fundamentalist mercenaries who had arrived from Syria and other countries in recent days. “This is not a war between Karabakh and Azerbaijan, or Armenia against Azerbaijan. It is a direct war by Turkey, by mercenaries alongside 10 million Azeris, against 3 million Armenians”.

A “confessional” war

 “It is a war for survival - continued Arutyiunian - a war in which we can lose; but we cannot afford this luxury. Every defeat for us means the end of our nation. This is our homeland, we have no other, and we will win because we fight for our existence. The Azeris and Turkey are fighting for expansionism and anti-Armenian racial hatred”.

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, despite images and videos disseminated on social media by armed fundamentalist groups - denied that there are Syrian mercenaries in Azerbaijan.

Yesterday, Pakistan also claimed to be alongside Azerbaijan against Armenia and Karabakh. The conflict is spreading dangerously.

Armenia believes that what is happening today is due to the weak reaction of the international community to the aggressions of 2016, when in the so-called "4-day war", Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, welcomed ISIS fighters who perpetrated horrors against the helpless Armenian civilians.

Turkey participates directly, not only with official statements, but also militarily support alongside Azerbaijan: Turkish military jets fly over the skies and bomb towns.

Bayrakdar attack drones are remotely guided by Turkish military experts in Azerbaijan.

The Premier of Armenia Nikol Pashinian warned that if the war in the Caucasus risks destabilizing not only the region, but world peace.

At present there are at least 100 Armenian civilian victims in Karabakh, as well as the destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, bridges and roads (photos 2 and 3). The Azeris claim to have occupied six Armenian posts and villages again.

According to AsiaNews sources, the notorious Syrian terrorist Abu Amsha (a native of the Sunni tribes of Hamah, photo 4), commander of the Suleiman Shah brigade, who became famous in the battles in Libya, also arrived in Azerbaijan. His men are defined as "the worst mercenary killers", also characterized by an extreme hatred towards "infidels" Christians.
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Saint September 28 : St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions -Martyrs - who said "To die for God—such is my will"


On the evening of December 27, 1637, when the news arrived of the martyrdom at Nagasaki of a group of six Christians. Among them were the head of the mission, Father Antonio González, a Spanish Dominican from León, and Lorenzo Ruiz, a married man with a family, born in Manila "extra muros" : in the suburb of Binondo[2].
These witnesses had also in their turn sung psalms to the Lord of mercy and power, both while they were in prison and during their execution by the gallows and the pit, which lasted three days. The song of these "designated" martyrs—to use a definition made by my predecessor Benedict XIV—was followed in Manila, then as now, by the song of thanksgiving for the martyrs nοw "consummated" and "glorified". Te martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus: they belonged indeed to a white-robed throng, whose members included those of the white legion of the Order of Preachers.

 Our hymn is at same time a hymn of faith that conquers the world[3]. The preaching of this faith enlightens like the sun all who wish to attain the knowledge of truth. Indeed, although there are different languages in the world, the power of the Christian tradition is the same. And so, as Saint Irenaeus explains, the Churches founded in Germany or in Spain believe and teach no differently from the Churches founded in the East or in the central parts of the world[4].
I therefore greet with deep affection in Christ Jesus the European Churches in Italy, France and Spain, and the Asian Churches in Taiwan, Macau, the Philippines and Japan, represented here or at least spiritually united to this ceremony of the beatification of sixteen martyrs who belong to them by birth, apostolic work or martyrdom.

The Lord Jesus by his blood truly redeemed his servants, gathered from every race, tongue, people and nation, to make them a royal priesthood for our God[5]. The sixteen blessed martyrs, by the exercise of their priesthood—that of baptism or of Holy Orders—performed the greatest act of worship and love of God by the sacrifice of their blood united with Christ's own Sacrifice of the Cross. In this way they imitated Christ the priest and victim in the most perfect way possible for human creatures[6]. It was at the same time an act of the greatest possible love for their brethren, for whose sake we are all called to sacrifice ourselves, following the example of the Son of God who sacrificed himself for us[7].

This is what Lorenzo Ruiz did. Guided by the Holy Spirit to an unexpected goal after an adventurous journey, he told the court that he was a Christian, and must die for God, and wοuld give his life for him a thousand times[8].

Kahit maging sanglibo man
Ang buhay n'yaring katawan
Pawa kong ipapapatay,
Kung inyong pagpipilitang
Si Kristo'y aking talikdan.
(Had I many thousands of lives I would offer them all for him. Never shall I apostatize. You may kill me if that is what you want. To die for God—such is my will.)
Here we have him summed up ; here we have a description of his faith and the reason fοr his death. It was at this moment that this young father of a family professed and brought to completion the Christian catechesis that he had received in the Dominican Friars' school in Binondo: a catechesis that cannot be other than Christ-centered, by reason both of the mystery it contains and the fact that it is Christ who teaches through the lips of his messenger[9].
This is the Christian essence of the first Beatus of the Philippine nation, today exalted as a fitting climax to the fourth centenary of the Archdiocese of Manila. Just as the young Church in Jerusalem brought forth its first martyr for Christ in the person of the deacon Stephen, sο the young Church in Manila, founded in 1579, brought forth its first martyr in the person of Lorenzo Ruiz, who had served in the parish church of Saint Gabriel in Binondo. The local parish and the family, the domestic church, are indeed the center of faith that is lived, taught and witnessed to.
5. The example of Lorenzo Ruiz, the son of a Chinese father and Tagala mother, reminds us that everyone's life and the whole of one's life must be at Christ's disposal. Christianity means daily giving, in response to the gift of Christ who came into the world so that all might have life and have it to the full[10]. Or, as so aptly expressed in the theme of my visit to this country : To die for the faith is a gift to some; to live the faith is a call for all.
I too have come from the city of the martyrs Peter and Paul to this capital city to speak to you about the meaning of our existence, about the value of living and dying for Christ. And that is what I wish to affirm by this act of beatification, desired by myself and by my predecessor Paul VI, and requested by the various local Churches and by the Dominican Order.

But the attractive figure of the first Filipino martyr would not be fully explained in its historical context without extolling the witness given by fifteen companions, who suffered in 1633, 1634 and 1637. They form the group led by two men : Domingo Ibáñez de Erquicia, the vicar provincial of the Japanese mission and a native of Régil in the Spanish Diocese of San Sebastián ; and Jacobo Kyuhei Tomonaga, a native of Kyudetsu in the Diocese of Nagasaki.
Both of these belonged to the Dominican Province of the Holy Rosary in the Philippines, established in 1587 for the evangelization of the Far East. The whole group of Lorenzo's companions was composed of nine priests, two professed brothers, two members of the Third Order, and a catechist and a guide-interpreter. Nine were Japanese, four were Spaniards, one a Frenchman, and one an Italian. They had one reason for their evangelical witness: the reason of Saint Paul, baptized by Ananias to carry the name of Christ to all peoples[11]: "We have come to Japan only to preach faith in God and to teach salvation to little ones and to the innocent and to all the rest of the people". Thus did the martyr Guillaume Courtet sum up their mission before the judges at Nagasaki[12].

I shall have the joy of speaking again about these brave apostles in a few days' time, in Nagasaki, near that holy hill called Nishizaka, where they suffered martyrdom. By their place of death they are all Japanese. That archipelago was the land of their true and definitive birth, the birth that brings the adopted children of God to eternal light.

Fοr the moment, as we consider the place where they are being beatified, I would dwell upon the fact that the city of Manila, the island of Luzón and the island of Formosa, which at time came under a single civil gοvernment, were the wide and providential starting-point of the nine priests who later sailed for Nagasaki. There was a ministry among the Chinese of the suburb of Bínondo, among the Japanese colony in Manila, among the peoples of the regions of Bataán, Pangasinán, Cagayán, and, further north, in Formosa. For some of them there was a teaching assignment in the College of Santo Tomás in Manila, which in 1645 became the present Pontifical University, the oldest and the largest Catholic university in the Far East.
Four of the new Beati were professors in the College, one was also the Rector, and a fifth had studied there. In the first century of the evangelization of the Far East, begun by the preaching of Saint Francis Xavier, the Philippine Islands had already, in this university institution, a further means of carrying out the mission of evangelization[13]. A fruitful program aimed at imparting theological knowledge and propagating the faith, which still today is enhanced by the cultural heritage of the Philippines and vivified by the Christian spirit, is a fitting instrument for assisting the spread of the Gospel[14].
The harmonious mingling of faith and culture is spoken of by the Filipino poet and national hero José Rizal, in these verses :
Tal la Educación estrecha alianza
Con alma Religión une sincera:
Por ella Educación renombre alcanza ;
Y ay ! del ser que ciego desechando
De santa Religión sabias doctrinas,
De su puro raudal huye nefando.[15]
All the more therefore, it is my duty and the object of my apostolic ministry to confirm my brethren in the truth[16], and to repeat to the missionaries, to the students of theological and human sciences, as well as to all the Catholics of East Asia, the words of Christ : "You shall be my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth"[17].

 Let us endeavor to imitate the commitment to faith and the fidelity to commitment of those who, through their difficult missionary task, accepted with joy and steadfastness hard journeys, difficulties of climate, betrayal even by their friends, privations of every kind and terrible tortures. They were so much in love with Christ's Passion that they could cry out, like Miguel de Aozaraza contemplating Christ's wounds : "What beautiful carnations, what bloodred roses shed for love of you, my God !"[18]. They asked Mary, as did Giordano Ansalone, to enable them to recover their health, sο that they could die only as victims for Christ[19].

Dearly beloved : amidst the efforts needed for our own Christian lives, and for spreading the light of Christ thoughout Asia and the whole world, let us look today to these zealous martyrs who give us deep assurance and fresh hope when they tell us : "In all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us"[22]. And this is the mystery we celebrate today : the love of Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. Amen.