Monday, October 26, 2020

Saint October 27 : St. Frumentius - Known as Abuna - a Bishop and the Patron of Ethiopia

St. Frumentius

BISHOP

Born:
Tyre (modern Sur, Lebanon)
Died:
380 in Ethiopia
Patron of:
Abyssinia, Ethiopia

Saint Frumentius, Amharic Abba Salama (flourished 4th century, feast day October 27 in the Roman Catholic Church; November 30 in Eastern Orthodox churches; December 18th in the Coptic Church), Syrian apostle who introduced Christianity into Ethiopia. As first bishop of its ancient capital, Aksum, he structured the emerging Christian church there in the orthodox theology of the Alexandrian school during the 4th-century controversy over Arianism. A student of philosophy from Tyre, Frumentius and a colleague, Aedesius, were captured by Ethiopians in about 340. They became civil servants at the court of the Aksumite king Ezana, whom Frumentius converted. On the death of the monarch, Frumentius became the royal administrator and tutor to the crown prince and was empowered to grant freedom of religious expression to visiting Christian merchants from the Roman Empire. After fulfilling his regency Frumentius visited Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, in about 347. Athanasius ordained Frumentius bishop and commissioned him to initiate the cultural adaptation of Greek Christianity’s biblical-liturgical texts to Ethiopic symbols and language. The link between the Egyptian Coptic and Ethiopian churches having thus been established, Frumentius, despite the enmity of the Byzantine Roman emperor Constantius II (337–361), repudiated the Arians. The 4th-century church historian Rufinus of Aquileia, by meeting Aedesius later at Tyre, was able to document Frumentius’ achievements, noting that the Ethiopians addressed him as abuna, or “Our Father,” a title that is still used for the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.SOURCE Encyclopedia Britannica
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#BreakingNews Abortion Activists in Poland entered Catholic Churches and Disrupted Mass - VIDEO



 Abortion activists in Poland entered Catholic Churches on Sunday, October 25, 2020 as they protested a court ruling prohibiting abortions on unborn babies with disabilities.
Reports show pro-abortion rioters vandalized and entered churches in several cities across the country. 
Graffiti was sprayed on church walls in various cities and towns reading ‘Women’s hell’ and other slogans.
Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki issued an appeal for peace after his church was attacked by pro-abortion activists. 
On Thursday, its constitutional court ruled against one of the few exceptions allowed in its 1993 abortion law – abortions on unborn babies with disabilities. 
Poland still allows abortions in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life.
“One cannot kill a child for being sick. This is not a fetus, it is a child,” MP Maria Kurowska, of United Poland, said to Reuters.
Full text of the Statement:
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE POLISH BISHOPS 'CONFERENCE AFTER SUNDAY DEFANCES OF CHURCHES The decision of the Constitutional Tribunal - concerning the protection of the life of sick children - caused extremely emotional reactions from many people in our country.
The very position of the Catholic Church on the right to life is unchanging and publicly known. “A conscious and voluntary decision to kill an innocent human being is always wrong from a moral point of view and can never be permitted either as an end or as a means to a good end. For it is an act of serious disobedience to the moral law, moreover, to God himself, its creator and guarantor; it is an act contrary to the fundamental virtues of justice and love. «Nothing and no one can give the right to kill an innocent human being, be it an embryo or a fetus, a child or an adult, an old person, terminally ill or dying. Moreover, no one may demand that this act of murder be committed against himself or against another person entrusted to his care, nor may he directly or indirectly consent to it.
However, I would like to remind you that it is not the Church that constitutes the law in our homeland and it is not bishops who make decisions on the compliance or non-compliance of statutes with the Polish Constitution. For her part, the Church cannot cease to defend life, nor can she fail to proclaim that every human being must be protected from conception until natural death. On this point, the Church, as Pope Francis often says, cannot compromise, because it would be guilty of a culture of rejection that is so widespread today, always affecting the most needy and vulnerable. “It would seem that a part of humanity can be sacrificed for the sake of a selection that favors a social group that deserves an unlimited life. In fact, "people are no longer seen as a fundamental value that must be respected and protected,
Profanity, violence, abusive inscriptions and religious service disruptions and profanations, which have been perpetrated in recent days - although they may help some people defuse their emotions - are not the right way to act in a democratic country. I express my sadness that today in many churches, believers have been prevented from praying and the right to profess their faith has been forcibly taken away.
I am asking everyone to express their views in a socially acceptable way, respecting the dignity of every human being. We need a conversation, not confrontational attitudes or feverish exchanges of opinions on social networks. "Authentic social dialogue," Pope Francis writes, presupposes the ability to respect the point of view of another by accepting that he or she may have certain beliefs or legitimate interests "(Fratelli tutti, 203).
Once again, I encourage everyone to a dialogue on how to protect the right to life and women's rights. I am asking journalists and politicians not to escalate tensions in a sense of responsibility for social peace.
I am asking all the faithful for prayers for unborn children, for parents expecting children, and for the conversion of those who use violence.
✠ Stanisław Gądecki
Archbishop Metropolitan of Poznań
President of the Polish Bishops 'Conference
Vice-President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE)
Poznań, October 25, 2020
https://episkopat.pl/przewodniczacy-episkopatu-po-niedzielnych-profanacjach-kosciolow/

Spanish Speaking Priest's Viral Video Explains that Pope Francis was Mistranslated and Really used the Words Civil "Co-Existence" in Controversial Film



The controversy surrounding Pope Francis' words in the film entitled Francesco has caused a social media storm. The recently released film by Evgeny Afineevsky was heavily edited and used clips out of their context. The specific phrases in the film that have caused much media hype are the following:

“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to have is a co-existence union law – that way they are legally covered. I supported that.” *

It is important to note that, as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis opposed legislation to endorse same-sex “marriage” in Argentina saying:

“At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”

A popular Spanish speaking priest, named Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR, has made a viral Instagram video explaining that the Pope did not use the words "civil union" rather "co-existence" which can also include a brother and sister living together.

Spanish-speakers are explaining that the Pope has been misquoted and misrepresented by the mainstream media — he did not mention “civil unions”. His words were “convivencia civil”, not “unión civil”. This is  understood to mean that people with same-sex attraction should be protected legally by civil law. So the Pope is talking about a civil coexistence (even perhaps among brother and sister) and not the sponsorship of same-sex unions.

Early in his pontificate he said  “we must be brothers” to homosexuals. He then said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge him?” What he did not say is solely: “who am I to judge?” He spoke of being non-judgmental towards a soul created by God.

*Here are the sentences from the film in Spanish :

 “Las personas homosexuales tienen derecho a estar en la familia, son hijos de Dios, tienen derecho a una familia. No se puede echar de la familia a nadie ni hacerle la vida imposible por eso. Lo que tenemos que hacer es una ley de convivencia civil, tienen derecho a estar cubiertos legalmente. Yo defendí eso.”

An English translation of above: Homosexual people have the right to be in the family, they are children of God, they have the right to a family. No one can be thrown out of the family or made life miserable for that. What we have to do is a law of civil coexistence, they have the right to be legally covered. I defended that.

Archbishop in Wales Laments "The ‘Eucharistic Famine’ of the recent months of lockdown has been painful..." FULL TEXT



Archbishop of Cardiff on church closures in Wales for COVID ‘firebreak’ Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 @ 10:15 am CBCEW »
Wales will enter a two-week ‘firebreak’ COVID lockdown from 23 October to relieve pressure on the health service and slow the spread of the virus in the country. 
Church doors will close for public worship until 9 November.Whilst praying that the ‘firebreak’ will reduce the level and speed of infections, the Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Reverend George Stack, has expressed his disappointment:“I am naturally disappointed at the forthcoming ‘firebreak’ measures which, once again, will see our churches closed for public worship.“Since their re-opening at the end of the first lockdown, our churches have been places of safety and security as well as tranquillity and peace, so much needed in these turmoil ridden days. They have been exemplary in conforming to Social Distancing measures, Health and Safety requirements and Track and Tracing procedures. 
We are grateful to the teams of volunteers which have made this possible. “Notwithstanding the impact of the Live Streaming of Mass and other services in recent months, gathering to celebrate Mass and worshipping God as a community of faith lies at the heart of our religious life.“Ours is an incarnational religion. 
The ‘Eucharistic Famine’ of the recent months of lockdown has been painful to us in so many ways – known and unknown. Churches are not just places in which we worship God but with which we worship God.
“We continue to dialogue with Welsh Government through the ‘Task and Finish Group’ in the hope that churches may remain open for private prayer at specified times over the next two weeks.“Part of that prayer will surely be that the ‘firebreak’ measures will achieve their purpose of reducing the level and speed of infections caused by the coronavirus pandemic and restore the nation to health.”

Quote to SHARE by St. Anthony Mary Claret - "When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can’t describe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible..."


"When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can’t describe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me ... When it’s time for me to leave, I have to tear myself away from his sacred presence."
 St. Anthony Mary Claret

RIP Beatrice Stöckli - Kidnapped 4 Years Ago - Swiss Christian Missionary is Killed in Mali, Africa by Terrorists



Press Release from the Gov. of Switzerland:
Swiss hostage in Mali killed by terrorists 
Friday afternoon the French authorities informed the Swiss authorities that the Swiss hostage in Mali is dead. She was apparently killed by kidnappers of the Islamist terrorist organization Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslim (JNIM) about a month ago. 09.10.2020
A Swiss hostage has died in the conflict region of Mali. "It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of our fellow citizen," says Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis. "I condemn this cruel act and express my deepest sympathy to the relatives.” The exact circumstances of the killing of the Swiss hostage are currently still unclear. The information about the killing was obtained by the French authorities from the recently released French hostage. Switzerland demands handing over of mortal remains The Swiss authorities, under the direction of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), are making every effort to find out more about the circumstances of the killing and the whereabouts of the remains. Switzerland will make every effort to preserve the remains of the Swiss hostage. 
To this end, the FDFA will also approach the transition government in Mali. Interdepartmental task force in action Together with the relevant Malian authorities and with international partners, the Swiss authorities have worked over the past four years to ensure that the Swiss citizen is released and can return to her family.
 Members of the Federal Council have personally and repeatedly lobbied the relevant Malian authorities for her release. An interdepartmental task force under the leadership of the FDFA was deployed. The task force included representatives of the FDFA, the Federal Office of Police (fedpol), the Federal Intelligence Service (NDB) and the Federal Prosecutor's Office. In addition, the authorities were in constant contact with the victim's family. https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/das_eda/aktuell/newsuebersicht/2020/10/schweizer-geisel-mali.html

#BreakingNews 8 Children Killed in Cameroon during Attack at Bilingual School with Many Injured - VIDEO



Armed separatists kill eight students in a Cameroon school attack, and injure over 10 others.

Eight students of Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy in Fiango, Kumba have died following an attack on their school by armed separatist fighters Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Videos making rounds on social media indicate that the gunmen entered the classroom while the students were studying and opened fire on them.

 

“At least five children of Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, a school with both primary and secondary children in Kumba, a restive town in Cameroon’s South West Region were shot and killed on the spot when unknown gunmen, Saturday, October 24, 2020, opened fire on over a dozen. An unspecified number has been listed to have sustained injuries,” National Telegraph, owned by Ambazonia activist Eric Tataw, reported shortly after the incident.

“I'm on the field. Close to ten children are at the emergency unit of the Kumba District Hospital while five lifeless bodies are at the mortuary and elements of the Army Rescue have rushed to the school to recover about two lifeless bodies from the school campus,” a journalist covering the incident said.

This is one of many other separatist attacks on schools in Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions since 2016 when Common Lawyers and Anglophone Teachers went on strike against perceived marginalization of English-speaking Cameroonians.

According to the UN, more than 80 percent of schools in the English-speaking North West and South West regions are closed; as the security situation and living conditions continue to deteriorate due to the three-year conflict between the government and armed groups.

The school closures are the result of a ban on education imposed by militia groups, which has affected more than 600,000 children, seen at least 74 schools destroyed, and exposed students, teachers, and school personnel to violence, abduction, and intimidation.

Shortened and Edited from Cameroon-Info.Net - by Atia Tilarious Azohnwi