Saturday, October 17, 2020

Sunday Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, October 18, 2020 - Your Virtual Church



 Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 145
Reading 1
IS 45:1, 4-6
Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,
whose right hand I grasp,
subduing nations before him,
and making kings run in his service,
opening doors before him
and leaving the gates unbarred:
For the sake of Jacob, my servant,
of Israel, my chosen one,
I have called you by your name,
giving you a title, though you knew me not.
I am the LORD and there is no other,
there is no God besides me.
It is I who arm you, though you know me not,
so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun
people may know that there is none besides me.
I am the LORD, there is no other.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
R. (7b) Give the Lord glory and honor.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor.
For great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the LORD made the heavens.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!
Bring gifts, and enter his courts.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor.
Worship the LORD, in holy attire;
tremble before him, all the earth;
say among the nations: The LORD is king,
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor.
 
 
Reading 2
1 THES 1:1-5B
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians
in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
grace to you and peace.
We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers,
unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love
and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,
before our God and Father,
knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God,
how you were chosen.
For our gospel did not come to you in word alone,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction. 
Alleluia 
PHIL 2:15D, 16A
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Shine like lights in the world
as you hold on to the word of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia
Gospel
MT 22:15-21
The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion,
for you do not regard a person's status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax."
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"
They replied, "Caesar's."
At that he said to them,
"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God."
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 October 18 : St. Luke - a Physician and Evangelist and Patron of Artists, Physicians - who Painted Our Lady


Born:
Antioch, Turkey
Died:
Greece
Major Shrine:
Padua, Italy
Patron of:
Artists, Physicians, Surgeons

The great apostle of the Gentiles, or rather the Holy Ghost by his pen, is the panegyrist of this glorious evangelist, and his own inspired writings are the highest standing and most authentic commendation of his sanctity, and of those eminent graces which are a just subject of our admiration, but which human praises can only extenuate. St. Luke was a native of Antioch, the metropolis of Syria, a city famous for the agreeableness of its situation, the riches of its traffic, its extent, the number of its inhabitants, the politeness of their manners, and their learning and wisdom. Its schools were the most renowned in all Asia, and produced the ablest masters in all arts and sciences. St. Luke acquired a stock of learning in his younger years, which we are told he improved by his travels in some parts of Greece and Egypt. St. Jerome assures us he was very eminent in his profession, and St. Paul, by calling him his most dear physician, seems to indicate that he had not laid it aside. Besides his abilities in physic, he is said to have been very skillful in painting. The Menology of the Emperor Basil, compiled in 980, Nicephorus, Metaphrastes, and other modern Greeks quoted by Gretzer in his dissertation on this subject, speak much of his excelling in this art, and of his leaving many pictures of Christ and the Blessed Virgin. Though neither the antiquity nor the credit of these authors is of great weight, it must be acknowledged, with a very judicious critic, that some curious anecdotes are found in their writings. In this particular, what they tell us is supported by the authority of Theodorus Lector, who lived in 518, and relates that a picture of the Blessed Virgin painted by St. Luke was sent from Jerusalem to the Empress Pulcheria, who placed it in the church of Hodegorum which she built in her honour at Constantinople. Moreover, a very ancient inscription was found in a vault near the Church of St. Mary in via lata in Rome, in which it is said of a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary discovered there, "One of the seven painted by St. Luke." Three or four such pictures are still in being; the principal is that placed by Paul V in the Barghesian chapel in St. Mary Major.
 St. Luke was a proselyte to the Christian religion, but whether from Paganism or rather from Judaism is uncertain; for many Jews were settled in Antioch, but chiefly such as were called Hellenists, who read the Bible in the Greek translation of the Septuagint. St. Jerome observes from his writings that he was more skilled in Greek than in Hebrew, and that therefore he not only always makes use of the Septuagint translation, as the other authors of the New Testament who wrote in Greek do, but he refrains sometimes from translating words when the propriety of the Greek tongue would not bear it. Some think he was converted to the faith by St. Paul at Antioch; others judge this improbable, because that apostle nowhere calls him his son, as he frequently does his converts. St. Epiphanius makes him to have been a disciple of our Lord; which might be for some short time before the death of Christ, though this evangelist says he wrote his gospel from the relations of those "who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word." Nevertheless, from these words many conclude that he became a Christian at Antioch only after Christ's ascension. Tertullian positively affirms that he never was a disciple of Christ whilst he lived on earth. No sooner was he enlightened by the Holy Ghost and initiated in the school of Christ but he set himself heartily to learn the spirit of his faith and to practice its lessons. For this purpose he studied perfectly to die to himself, and, as the church says of him, "He always carried about in his body the mortification of the cross for the honour of the divine name." He was already a great proficient in the habits of a perfect mastery of himself, and of all virtues, when he became St. Paul's companion in his travels and fellow-labourer in the ministry of the gospel. The first time that in his history of the missions of St. Paul he speaks in his own name in the first person is when that apostle sailed from Troas into Macedon in the year 51, soon after St. Barnabas had left him, and St. Irenaeus begins from that time the voyages which St. Luke made with St. Paul. Before this he had doubtless been for some time an assiduous disciple of that great apostle; but from the time he seems never to have left him unless by his order upon commissions for the service of the churches he had planted. It was the height of his ambition to share with that great apostle all his toils, fatigues, dangers, and sufferings. In his company he made some stay at Philippi in Macedon; then he travelled with him through all the cities of Greece, where the harvest every day grew upon their hands. St. Paul mentions him more than once as the companion of his travels, he calls him "Luke the beloved physician," his "fellow labourer." Interpreters usually take Lucius, whom St. Paul calls his kinsman, to be St. Luke, as the same apostle sometimes gives a Latin termination to Silas, calling him Sylvanus. Many with Origen, Eusebius, and St. Jerome say that when St. Paul speaks of his own gospel he means that of St. Luke, though the passage may be understood simply of the gospel which St. Paul preached. He wrote this epistle in the year 57, four years before his first arrival at Rome.
St. Luke mainly insists in his gospel upon what relates to Christ's priestly office; for which reason the ancients, in accommodating the four symbolical representations, mentioned in Ezekiel, to the four evangelists, assigned the ox or calf as an emblem of sacrifices to St. Luke. It is only in the Gospel of St. Luke that we have a full account of several particulate relating to the Annunciation of the mystery of the Incarnation to the Blessed Virgin, her visit to St. Elizabeth, the parable of the prodigal son, and many other most remarkable points. The whole is written with great variety, elegance, and perspicuity. An incomparable sublimity of thought and diction is accompanied with that genuine simplicity which is the characteristic of the sacred penman; and by which the divine actions and doctrine of our Blessed Redeemer are set off in a manner which in every word conveys his holy spirit, and unfolds in every tittle the hidden mysteries and inexhausted riches of the divine love and of all virtues to those who, with a humble and teachable disposition of mind, make these sacred oracles the subject of their assiduous devout meditation. The dignity with which the most sublime mysteries, which transcend all the power of words and even the conception and comprehension of all created beings, ate set off without any pomp of expression has in it something divine; and the energy with which the patience, meekness, charity, and beneficence of a God made man for us are described, his divine lessons laid down, and the narrative of his life given, but especially the dispassionate manner in which his adorable sufferings and death are related, without the least exclamation or bestowing the least harsh epithet on his enemies, is a grander and more noble eloquence on such a theme, and a more affecting and tender manner of writing' than the highest strains or the finest ornaments of speech could be. This simplicity makes the great actions speak themselves, which all borrowed eloquence must extenuate. The sacred penmen in these writings were only the instruments or organs of the Holy Ghost; but their style alone suffices to evince how perfectly free their souls were from the reign or influence of human passions, and in how perfect a degree they were replenished with all those divine virtues and that heavenly spirit which their words breathe.
About the year 56 St. Paul sent St. Luke with St. Titus to Corinth with this high commendation, that his praise in the gospel resounded throughout all the churches. St. Luke attended him to Rome, whither he was sent prisoner from Jerusalem in 61. The apostle remained there two years in chains; but was permitted to live in a house which he hired, though under the custody of a constant guard; and there he preached to those who daily resorted to hear him. St. Luke was the apostle's faithful assistant and attendant during his confinement, and had the comfort to see him set at liberty in 63, the year in which this evangelist finished his Acts of the Apostles. This sacred history he compiled at Rome, by divine inspiration, as an appendix to his gospel, to prevent the false relations of those transactions which some published, and to leave an authentic account of the wonderful works of God in planting his church, and some of the miracles by which he confirmed it, and which were an invincible proof of the truth of Christ's resurrection and of his holy religion. Having in the first twelve chapters related the chief general transactions of the principal apostles in the first establishment of the church, beginning at our Lord's ascension, he from the thirteenth chapter almost confines himself to the actions and miracles of St. Paul, to most of which he had been privy and an eye-witness, and concerning which false reports were spread.
St. Luke did not forsake his master after he was released from his confinement. That apostle in his last imprisonment at Rome writes that the rest had all left him, and that St. Luke alone was with him. St. Epiphanius says that after the martyrdom of St. Paul, St. Luke preached in Italy, Gaul, Dalmatia, and Macedon. By Gaul some understand Cisalpine Gaul, others Galatia. Fortunatus and Metaphrastus say he passed into Egypt and preached in Thebais. Nicephorus says he died at Thebes in Boeotia, and that his tomb was shown near that place in his time; but seems to confound the evangelist with St. Luke Stiriote, a hermit of that country. St. Hippolytus says St. Luke was crucified at Elaea in Peloponnesus near Achaia. The modern Greeks tell us he was crucified on an olive tree. The ancient African Martyrology of the fifth age gives him the titles of Evangelist and Martyr. St. Gregory Nazianzen,St. Paulinus, and St. Gaudentius of Brescia assure us that he went to God by martyrdom. Bede, Ado, Usuard, and Baronius in the Martyrologies only say he suffered much for the faith, and died very old in Bithynia. That he crossed the straits to preach in Bithynia is most probable, but then he returned and finished his course in Achaia; under which name Peloponnesus was then comprised. The modern Greeks say he lived fourscore and four years; which assertion has crept into St. Jerome's account of St. Luke, but is expunged by Martianay, who found those words wanting in all old manuscripts. The bones of St. Luke were translated from Patras in Achaia in 357 by order of the Emperor Constantius, and deposited in the Church of the Apostles at Constantinople, together with those of St. Andrew and St. Timothy. On the occasion of this translation some distribution was made of the relics of St. Luke; St. Gaudentius procured a part for his church at Brescia.St. Paulinus possessed a portion in St. Felix's Church at Nola, and with a part enriched a church which he built at Fondi. The magnificent Church of the Apostles at Constantinople was built by Constantine the Great, whose body was deposited in the porch in a chest of gold, the twelve apostles standing round his tomb. When this church was repaired by an order of Justinian, the masons found three wooden chests or coffins in which, as the inscriptions proved, the bodies of St. Luke, St. Andrew, and St. Timothy were interred. Baronius mentions that the head of St. Luke was brought by St. Gregory from Constantinople to Rome, and laid in the church of his monastery of St. Andrew. Some of his relics are kept in the great Grecian monastery on Mount Athos in Greece.
SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia

Bishop Edward Janiak, Accused of Concealing Abuse, Sends Resignation to Vatican which is Accepted by the Pope



 On October 17, 2020, the Apostolic Nunciature in Poland announced a message in which he informs that the Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Kalisz, Edward Janiak. From that moment on, Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś managed the Kalisz diocese as an apostolic administrator of sede vacante .

Below we publish the full text of the announcement of the Apostolic Nunciature with an accompanying explanation.

Apostolic Nunciature in Poland - No. 4708/20

MESSAGE

The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Kalisz, Edward Janiak. From that moment on, Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś managed the Kalisz diocese as an apostolic administrator of sede vacante.

 Warsaw, October 17, 2020

+ Salvatore Pennacchio

Apostolic Nuncio

Explanations -  related to the resignation of the bishop of Kalisz

1. In connection with the proceeding concerning the reported negligence, Bp. Edward Janiak with regard to accusations of sexual abuse of some clergymen of the Kalisz diocese, he is still obliged to stay outside the diocese.

2. Archbishop Grzegorz Ryś, the apostolic administrator, has the authority of the diocesan bishop, including the exclusive competence regarding accusations of sexual abuse of some clergymen of the Kalisz diocese, as well as care for their victims.

3. Moreover, as a result of the completed apostolic visit to the theological seminary of the diocese of Kalisz, the Congregation for the Clergy decided to temporarily close this seminary. All alumni of the major theological seminary in Kalisz - present and admitted in the future - will henceforth take part in their formation in the theological seminary in Poznań.


Warsaw, October 17, 2020

Source: https://episkopat.pl/komunikat-nuncjatury-apostolskiej-w-polsce/

COMECE Releases Statement on Anti-Trafficking Day "..a crime that disfigures both the victims as well as those who carry it out.." - FULL TEXT



Statement of the Secretary General of COMECE

on the eve of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day

 

Trafficking in persons and other contemporary forms of enslavement are a worldwide problem that needs to be taken seriously by the international community. It represents one of the most dramatic manifestations of the commercialization of the other, a crime that disfigures both the victims as well as those who carry it out, and a source of shame for humanitythat our authorities and societies must no longer tolerate, as Pope Francis has emphasized.


On the eve of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day (18 October), I would like to make a call to the EU and its members states to continue their work and prioritize their fight against trafficking in human beings in order to prevent the crime, prosecute and punish their perpetrators and protect and support the victims, in particular women and children.

 

The engagement of all layers and actors in society in this fight is needed, too. In this regard, the Catholic Church adopted in 2018 its Pastoral Orientation on Human Trafficking, which draw also from the longstanding practical experience of many international Catholic NGOs working in the field. Engagement in structured collaborations with public institutions and civil society organizations will guarantee more effective and longer-lasting results.

Novena to Saint Ignatius of Antioch - Powerful Prayer to the Bishop and Martyr who Died in 108 AD



A Novena is powerful prayer - it is said for 9 days anytime. The following is a Novena prayer to St. Ignatius of Antioch, a Bishop and Martyr who died in 108AD. He is the patron of against throat diseases, Church in eastern Mediterranean; Church in North Africa. (Feast October 17)

Day 1 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 2 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 3 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 4 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 5 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 6 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 7 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 8 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Day 9 – St. Ignatius Antioch Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God. I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again. I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything.

But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly:”Come to the Father.” 

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

Say 1: Our Father…   Say 1: Hail Mary…  Say 1: Glory Be…

Source: https://novenaprayer.com/

Pope Francis meets with Carabinieri and Says "In carrying out your profession, let the awareness always accompany you that every person is loved by God, is his creature and as such deserves respect."



 GREETING FROM THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

TO THE CARABINIERI OF THE ROME SAINT PETER COMPANY

Sala Clementina
Saturday, October 17, 2020

 

Dear Carabinieri!

I am pleased to welcome you and extend my cordial welcome to each one. I greet the Commander General of the Carabinieri, whom I thank for his words, the Commander of the “San Pietro” Company, the other Commanders and Officers and all of you present here.

I wish to express my gratitude to you for the service you render to the Holy See by collaborating with the other Italian and Vatican forces for public security and order. Your appreciated work in the surroundings of the Vatican City favors the peaceful unfolding of events which, throughout the year, attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. This is an activity that requires, on the one hand, the need to enforce the provisions that are imparted and, on the other, a patient availability for people's needs. That patience you have with all those who ask you questions, even with priests. Thanks for that.

The professionalism and sense of responsibility, which you testify in the area, express and strengthen the sense of solidarity within the social community. In your work, around the Vatican as in other areas of the city, you are called to pay particular attention to fragile and disadvantaged people, especially the elderly, who are precisely the root of our culture, the living memory of our culture. This is facilitated by the relationship of trust and dedication to the common good that is usually established between the carabinieri and the people. This is curious, it is true. When a person meets a carabiniere, he is aware that he can count on his help. And this is more meritorious when it happens in hiding, through those small but significant gestures of your daily service.

Your mission is expressed in dedication to your neighbor and commits you every day to correspond to the trust and esteem that people place in you. This requires constant availability, prudence, a spirit of sacrifice and a sense of duty. I encourage you everywhere to be promoters of responsible citizenship, to help people to be good citizens, to be guardians of the right to life, through a commitment to the safety and safety of people. In carrying out your profession, let the awareness always accompany you that every person is loved by God, is his creature and as such deserves respect. May the grace of the Lord nourish the spirit with which you dedicate yourself to your work day by day, stimulating you to live it with a supplement of attention and dedication.

I renew my gratitude to all of you for the vigilant and discreet presence around the Vatican. The Lord reward you! Every morning when I arrive here in my study in the Library, I pray to Our Lady and then I go to the window to look at the square, to look at the city and there, at the end of the square, I see you. Every morning I greet you with my heart and thank you. I hope that your faith, the tradition of fidelity and generosity of which you are heirs, the ideals of the weapon will help you to find ever new reasons for realization in your service. May everyone have positive experiences in their professional, personal and family life.

I invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon you and your daily work. I entrust you to the maternal protection of Our Lady, whom you venerate with the title of Virgo fidelis . Turn to her with trust, especially in moments of weariness and difficulty, sure that, as a most tender Mother, she will know how to present your needs and expectations to her Son Jesus. She is a mother and like all mothers she knows how to guard, how to cover, how to help. I cordially bless you, together with your families. And I ask you to please pray for me. Thank you!

Bishop of Brooklyn Says "“We will also continue to advocate for places of worship to be classified as essential, for there is nothing more necessary..." after Court Denies Request



The Archdiocese of Brooklyn reports that on Oct. 16, 2020, Judge Nicholas Garaufis denied the diocese’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt restrictions imposed on houses of worship. The Archdiocese was against the  restrictions imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He had placed a limit of 10 people that can participate in religious services in communities with high COVID-19 positivity rates.

It was the second time in a week that a court ruling went against the diocese. A different federal judge initially sided with the governor exactly one week earlier, on Oct. 9.

“The Diocese of Brooklyn is extremely disappointed by today’s ruling, as we believe we presented a strong case in support of our right to worship,” said a statement from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio shortly after the judge issued his ruling. “It is a shame our parishioners in the red zones cannot return to Mass when the judge acknowledged we have done everything right.”

“We are now considering our appellate options,” the statement read in regards to the diocese’s next steps.

Cuomo announced his executive order on Oct. 6 in response to a rise in COVID-19 positivity rates in several neighborhoods.

The diocese filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court two days later, charging that the limitations violated the First Amendment and were being unevenly applied.

Under the governor’s restrictions, three zones were created — red, orange, and yellow. In red zones, churches and other religious institutions are limited to 25 percent capacity, with no more than 10 people. In orange zones, attendance at religious services is restricted to a maximum of 33 percent capacity with no more than 25 people. In yellow zones, 50 percent capacity is permitted at services.

“It is unfortunate the court has ruled against us, and as we will abide by these restrictions, the churches in the red zones are closed until further notice.” Bishop DiMarzio said the statement. “The Mass attendance limits of 10 people are extremely difficult to implement because we never want to turn away worshippers. It is unfortunate that our inalienable constitutional right to worship is still impeded despite the efforts we have made.” 

“Despite this loss, we will continue to press our leaders for policies that consider the individual circumstances of houses of worship,” the statement continues. “We will also continue to advocate for places of worship to be classified as essential, for there is nothing more necessary today than a community of believers, united in prayer, asking the Lord to end this pandemic.”


While several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens have seen increases in COVID-19 cases, the Catholic churches in those neighborhoods have not seen a spike, according to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

Edited from the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Brookln - https://thetablet.org/

Teacher Beheaded by 18-year-old Student after Showing Cartoons of Mohammad in France - President Calls it an “Islamist terrorist attack"



In France, near Paris, an 18-year-old man beheaded his 47-year-old teacher, Samuel Paty, of history and geography. The President of France called this an ‘Islamist terrorist attack'

The  teacher had showed some satirical cartoons about Mohammad during a lecture on freedom of expression. The student, of Chechen origin, shouted "Allah Akhbar" before beheading the teacher. He was subsequently killed by the police a few hours later.

The killing took place on Saturday, October 16, 2020 around 5 pm, near the school of Bois d'Aulne, at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 36 km northwest from Paris.

The 18-year-old was born in Moscow and was of ethnic Chechen origin.

The cartoons were the same that were published in 2015 by the weekly Charlie Hebdo.

The same drawings stimulated an attack of the newspaper's office in which 12 people were killed, including journalists and cartoonists.

Eyewitnesses say that the young killer shouted "Allah Akhbar", God is greatest, while attacking the teacher with a knife.

According to reports, the student repeated "Allah Akhbar" when police shouted at him to surrender. The officers then shot him and he died soon after.

Some of the students reported that, prior to showing the cartoons on Muhammad, he told Muslim students they could leave the classroom for a while if they felt offended. 

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said the killing of a teacher was an attack on the French Republic.

Edited from Asia News and Sky News