Monday, November 9, 2020

#BREAKING New COVID-19 Vaccine Found to be 90% Effective and Does Not Use Fetal Cells from the Aborted, thus Ethically Acceptable



PFIZER AND BIONTECH ANNOUNCE VACCINE CANDIDATE AGAINST COVID-19 ACHIEVED SUCCESS IN FIRST INTERIM ANALYSIS FROM PHASE 3 STUDY

Monday, November 09, 2020 - 

Vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis

*Analysis evaluated 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in trial participants

*Study enrolled 43,538 participants, with 42% having diverse backgrounds, and no serious safety concerns have been observed; Safety and additional efficacy data continue to be collected

*Submission for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) planned for soon after the required safety milestone is achieved, which is currently expected to occur in the third week of November

*Clinical trial to continue through to final analysis at 164 confirmed cases in order to collect further data and characterize the vaccine candidate’s performance against other study endpoints

“Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19,” said Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO. “We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development program at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen. With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis. We look forward to sharing additional efficacy and safety data generated from thousands of participants in the coming weeks.”

Source: https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-vaccine-candidate-against

Many pro-lifers have voiced reluctance to take a COVID vaccine if fetal cells taken from aborted fetuses were used in its development.

However. Pfizer’s vaccine was developed using genetic sequencing on computers without using fetal cells. As a consequence, the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute listed the vaccine as “ethically uncontroversial.” (LifeNews Excerpt)

New Lieutenant of the Grand Master of Sovereign Order of Malta Elected - Fra’ Marco Luzzago a Relative Pope Paul VI - VIDEO



Order of Malta Release: 
Fra’ Marco Luzzago has been elected with a large majority Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The Council Complete of State, the electoral body, met on 7 and 8 November in the Magistral Villa in Rome, one of the Order of Malta’s two institutional seats. All phases of the election were caried out in full compliance with anti-Covid measures.
There were 44 participants at the Council Complete of State out of the 56 entitled to vote. They came to Rome from Argentina, Peru, the United States, Lebanon, France, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Holland, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Malta and Italy.

The newly elected head of the Sovereign Order of Malta swore his oath before the members of the Council Complete of State and the Pope’s Special Delegate, cardinal-designate Silvano Maria Tomasi.
Fra’ Marco Luzzago succeeds Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Prince and 80th Grand Master, who died on 29 April last.

Pope Francis was informed of the election by letter. Subsequently all the Order of Malta’s Grand Priories, Sub-Priories and National Associations worldwide were informed, together with the 110 states with which the Sovereign Order of Malta entertains diplomatic relations.
The Lieutenant of the Grand Master – who will remain in office for one year – when addressing the members of the Council Complete said: ‘the Holy Spirit has graciously turned his gaze to me. I thank each one of you for placing your trust in me and for showing by your presence here today a great love and a great dedication to our Order. For my part, I can only assure you of my maximum commitment to address the challenges that lie ahead of us in the coming months. First of all, the reform of the Constitutional Charter and the Code carried on with such fervour by our late Fra’ Giacomo, whom at this moment I remember with emotion.
Profile of Lieutenant
Fra’ Marco was born 1950 in Brescia.  He completed a scientific high school degree at the institute of the Franciscans in Brescia, before studying medicine for a number of years at the Universities of Padua and Parma. He was then asked to manage his family’s property interests. This led on to business activities in the consumer industry and large-scale retail distribution, an area in which he continued to be involved in for many years.
Fra’ Marco joined the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1975 in the Grand Priory of Lombardy and Venice and took his Solemn religious Vows in 2003. He began attending the Order of Malta’s international pilgrimages to Lourdes and the national pilgrimages to Assisi and Loreto. Since 2010 he has dedicated his life completely to the Order of Malta, moving to the Marches to care for one of the Order’s Commanderies.
Since 2011 he has been Commander of Justice in the Grand Priory of Rome, where he holds the position of Delegate of the Northern Marches and head of the library. Since 2017 he has been Councillor of the Order of Malta’s Italian Association. Fra’ Marco Luzzago is related to Pope Paul VI.
The Lieutenant of the Grand Master
According to the Order of Malta’s Constitution, the Lieutenant of the Grand Master remains in office for one year with the same powers as the Grand Master. The Lieutenant of the Grand Master has to reconvene the Council Complete of State before the end of his mandate.
The Lieutenant of the Grand Master must devote himself fully to the development of the Order’s works and be an example for all members in religious observance. He has supreme authority. Together with the Sovereign Council, he issues the legislative provisions not provided for by the Constitutional Charter, promulgates the acts of the government and ratifies international agreements.
The Lieutenant of the Grand Master resides in the Order of Malta’s seat, the Magistral Palace in Rome.

Pope Francis Says ".. in the Eucharist that satisfies the deepest hunger of every man and woman..." in Letter on 500th Anniversary of 1st Mass in Chile - FULL TEXT



LETTER FROM HOLY FATHER FRANCIS 
TO THE BISHOP OF PUNTA ARENAS ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION
OF THE 500 YEARS OF THE FIRST MASS IN CHILEAN TERRITORY

 

To His Excellency Most Reverend
Bishop Bernardo BASTRES FLORENCE, SDB
Bishop of Punta Arenas

 

Dear brother:

I cordially greet you, as well as all the other brother Bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful of all the dioceses of Chile, when they “remember” the celebration of the first Eucharist in Chilean territory on November 11. This is a historic date, not only for the diocese of Punta Arenas but for the entire Catholic Church in Chile, because 500 years ago, on November 11, 1520, Divine Providence wanted that, on Cerro Monte Cruz, in the Strait of Magallanes, the priest Pedro de Valderrama, chaplain of the Hernando de Magallanes expedition, offered for the first time, in those lands, the sacrifice of Holy Mass.

It is above all from the Eucharist, as the Second Vatican Council reminds us, from which "grace flows towards us, as from a source, and with maximum efficiency the sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God is obtained" ( Const. Sacrosanctum Concilium , 10). For this reason, in this fifth centenary we can rightly say, as stated in the motto of the Diocese of Punta Arenas, that " God entered from the South ", since that first Mass celebrated with faith, in the simplicity of an expedition in a territory Unknown at the time, he began the Church that continues on pilgrimage in that beloved nation. 

As a particular Church, they have prepared at length for this special date. But the pandemic, which affects the entire world, and is the cause of suffering and death for millions of our brothers and sisters, is an impediment for you to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first Eucharist with massive liturgical acts, as you would have liked to do. However, even in the midst of this limitation, there is no obstacle that can silence the gratitude that springs from the hearts of all of you, sons and daughters of the Church on pilgrimage in Chile, who with faith and love renew their dedication to the Lord, with the sure hope that He will continue to accompany your journey in the future of history. I encourage you to live the celebration of the Eucharistic Mystery, which unites us to Jesus, with a spirit of adoration and thanksgiving to the Lord,

I spiritually unite myself to all of you, dear pastors and faithful of the holy people of God, in your gratitude to the Lord who continues to make "bread" in the Eucharist that satisfies the deepest hunger of every man and woman, summoning everyone in his love to to live a solidary and effective fraternity that does not exclude, does not oppress, does not ignore.

May Our Lady of Carmen, Model of the Church and Help of Christians, teach you to trust in the Lord and to do his will, in love and in justice, to witness to the world the joy of the Gospel.

I accompany you with the memory in prayer, and while I invoke the protection of the Mother of God on that beloved Church that is in Chile, I cordially impart the Apostolic Blessing to you.

And please don't forget to pray for me.

Fraternally,

Francisco

 

Rome, St. John Lateran, November 9, 2020

FULL TEXT Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

Catholic Teenager Beatified who was Martyred while Protecting the Eucharist in Spain - Bl. John Roig who Said "God is with me"


 

Joan Roig y Diggle, killed "in odium fidei" during the Spanish Civil War, was raised to the honours of the altar on Saturday. The Mass for the Beatification was celebrated by Cardinal Juan José Omella y Omella, Archbishop of Barcelona, who called the 19-year-old martyr "a witness of tenderness." (VaticanNews) This was during a period in Spanish history when the Church and her leaders were persecuted.

 Juan Roig y Diggle was born on May 12, 1917 in Barcelona (Spain). Due to economic problems, in 1934, together with his family, he had to move to Masnou where, in addition to working to contribute to the family budget, he joined the Federación de Jóvenes Cristianos de Cataluña (a youth group), of which he became director.

Despite the many commitments of work and study and poor health, he maintained an intense spiritual life: daily participation in the Holy Mass, meditation and practices of piety, the deepening of the social doctrine of the Church.

The companions and priests who knew him in those years recall a young man of singular virtues and great interior transparency, with an intense and delicate spiritual life and a clear awareness of social problems and the responsibility of the laity in the life of society.

During the religious persecution of July 1936, the meeting room of the Federación de Jóvenes Cristianos was destroyed and the church was set on fire. On the night between 11 and 12 September, some militiamen took the Servant of God from his home and, a few hours later, shot him in the vicinity of the cemetery of Santa Coloma de Gramanet (Spain).Juan Roig y Diggle was born on May 12, 1917 in Barcelona (Spain). 

On the night of September 11, 1936 , when the militiamen knocked on the door of the 19-year-old John; he consumed the Eucharist he had with him. As he had distributed Communion to those in his community. The last words to his English mother,  were "God is with me", with a smile on his face.

Source: http://www.causesanti.va/it/santi-e-beati/giovanni-roig-y-diggle.html and https://joanroigdiggle.com/