Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wow Hauntingly Beautiful Gregorian Chant "Dies Irae" - "Day of Wrath" about the Last Judgement - Listen and Share!

Dies irae is a Latin hymn attributed to either Thomas of Celano of the Franciscans (1200 – c. 1265)or to Latino Malabranca Orsini (d. 1294), lector at the Dominican studium at Santa Sabina.The hymn dates from at least the thirteenth century, though it is possible that it is much older, with some sources ascribing its origin to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), or Bonaventure (1221–1274). The poem describes the Last Judgment, trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames. It is used as a sequence in the Requiem (Mass for the Dead or Funeral Mass). The FULL Lyrics are below the video:
Last Judgement Triptych by Hans Memling triptych (Image above) (c. 1467 – 1471) 
LISTEN to this Beautiful Chant found below the Lyrics and SHARE! 

Lyrics in Latin-English: The Day Of Wrath

Dies irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.
Thatday of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say.
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!
What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind!
Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.
The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne.
Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura.
Now death and nature with surprise
behold the trembling sinners rise
to meet the Judge's searching eyes.
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur.
Then shall with universal dread
the Book of Consciences be read
to judge the lives of all the dead.
Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.
For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here.
Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus.
O what shall I, so guilty plead?
and who for me will intercede?
when even Saints shall comfort need?
Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.
O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me!
Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die.
Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake
you did our suffering nature take
then do not now my soul forsake!
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus.
In weariness You sought for me,
and suffering upon the tree!
let not in vain such labor be.
Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis.
O Judge of justice, hear, I pray,
for pity take my sins away
before the dreadful reckoning day.
Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus.
Your gracious face, O Lord, I seek;
deep shame and grief are on my cheek;
in sighs and tears my sorrows speak.
Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti.
You Who did Mary's guilt unbind,
and mercy for the robber find,
have filled with hope my anxious mind.
Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne.
How worthless are my prayers I know,
yet, Lord forbid that I should go
into the fires of endless woe.
Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera.
Divorced from the accursed band,
o make me with Your sheep to stand,
as child of grace, at Your right Hand.
Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis.
When the doomed can no more flee
from the fires of misery
with the chosen call me.
Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis.
Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie,
my heart like ashes, crushed and dry,
assist me when I die.
Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus.
Full of tears and full of dread
is that day that wakes the dead,
calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past.
Pie Iesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen.
Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest,
grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.

Pope Francis "... every Christian vocation is spousal, because it is the fruit of the bond of love in which we are all regenerated, the bond of love with Christ"


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Catechesis on the Commandments, 11 / B: Our nuptial vocation finds its fullness in Christ

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today I would like to complete the catechesis on the Sixth Word of the Decalogue - "Do not commit adultery" -, highlighting that the faithful love of Christ is the light to live the beauty of human affectivity. In fact, our emotional dimension is a call to love, which manifests itself in fidelity, acceptance and mercy. This is very important. How does love manifest itself? In fidelity, in acceptance and in mercy.

However, it should not be forgotten that this commandment refers explicitly to marriage fidelity, and therefore it is good to reflect more deeply on its spousal meaning. This passage from the Scriptures, this passage from the Letter of St. Paul, is revolutionary! To think, with the anthropology of that time, and to say that the husband must love his wife as Christ loves the Church: but it is a revolution! Perhaps, at that time, it is the most revolutionary thing that has been said about marriage. Always on the road of love. We can ask ourselves: this command of fidelity, to whom is it destined? Only for the spouses? In reality, this command is for everyone, it is a paternal Word of God addressed to every man and woman.
Let us remember that the path of human maturity is the path itself of love that goes from receiving care to the ability to offer care, from receiving life to the ability to give life. To become adult men and women means to arrive at the spousal and parental attitude, which manifests itself in the various situations of life as the ability to take upon oneself the weight of someone else and to love it without ambiguity. It is therefore a global attitude of the person who knows how to take reality and knows how to enter into a profound relationship with others.
Who then is the adulterer, the lustful, the unfaithful? He is an immature person, who keeps his own life for himself and interprets situations based on his own well-being and satisfaction. So, to get married, it is not enough to celebrate the wedding! We need to make a journey from the "I" to the "us", to think for ourselves and to think in two, to live alone and to live in harsh conditions: it is a beautiful path, it is a beautiful path. When we come to decentralize ourselves, then every act is spousal: we work, we talk, we decide, we meet others with a welcoming and oblative attitude.

Every Christian vocation, in this sense, - we can now widen the perspective a little, and say that every Christian vocation, in this sense, is spousal. The priesthood is because it is the call, in Christ and in the Church, to serve the community with all the affection, concrete care and wisdom that the Lord gives. The Church does not need aspirants to the role of priests, they do not serve, better that they stay at home - but they serve men to whom the Holy Spirit touches the heart with an unconditional love for the Bride of Christ. In the priesthood one loves God's people with all the paternity, tenderness and strength of a husband and a father. Thus also consecrated virginity in Christ is lived with fidelity and joy as a spousal and fruitful relationship of motherhood and fatherhood.

I repeat: every Christian vocation is spousal, because it is the fruit of the bond of love in which we are all regenerated, the bond of love with Christ, as Paul's passage at the beginning reminded us. Starting from his fidelity, his tenderness, his generosity, we look with faith at marriage and every vocation, and we understand the full meaning of sexuality.

The human creature, in its inseparable unity of spirit and body, and in its masculine and feminine polarity, is a very good reality, destined to love and be loved. The human body is not an instrument of pleasure, but the place of our call to love, and in authentic love there is no room for lust and for its superficiality. Men and women deserve more than this!

Therefore, the Word "Do not commit adultery", even if in negative form, directs us to our original call, that is to the full and faithful spousal love, which Jesus Christ has revealed to us and given us (cf. Rom 12: 1).

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins francophones, venus de France, de Suisse, en particulier les diocésains d’Evry, avec l’évêque, Mgr Michel Pansard, la Communauté de l’Arche de Montpellier ainsi que les jeunes de Metz, du Mans et de Lille. Chers amis, à la veille de la fête de la Toussaint, je vous invite à laisser grandir en vous le désir de marcher sur les chemins de la sainteté, pour la plus grande gloire de Dieu. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States of America. I thank the choirs for their praise of God in song. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the Lord’s blessings of joy and peace. God bless you!
Sehr herzlich grüße ich alle Pilger deutscher Sprache, besonders die Schulleiter des Schulwerks der Diözese Augsburg. Lasst euch immer von der Liebe Christi führen, die das Licht ist, um die Schönheit der affektiven Dimension des Menschen in einer reifen und hingebungsvollen Haltung zu leben. Der Herr gebe euch die Gnade, immer mehr in der Treue zur Fülle seiner Liebe zu wachsen.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, en modo particular a los grupos provenientes de España y América Latina. Los animo a que, siguiendo el ejemplo de los santos, cuya solemnidad celebramos mañana, sean capaces de vivir su vocación con plenitud y fidelidad, en sintonía con ese amor nupcial que Jesucristo nos ha revelado y entregado como don. Muchas gracias.
Queridos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, especialmente os fiéis do Leme e do Rio de Janeiro, faço votos de que esta peregrinação reforce em vós a fé em Jesus Cristo, que chama cada homem e mulher a fazer dom de si mesmo ao próximo. Regressai aos vossos lares com a certeza de que o amor de Deus, derramado nos nossos corações pelo Espírito Santo, fará que nos tornemos sempre mais generosos! Que Deus abençoe a cada um de vós!
أرحب بمودة بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من مصر ومن سوريا ومن الشرق الأوسط. إن وصية "لا تزن" تدعونا إلى الأمانة لعهودنا ولمحبتنا. فكل حب حقيقي يثمر التزاما اصيلا واحتراما للعهد مع من نحب. لذلك فخيانة المحب هي تعبير عن عدم النضح وعن الأنانية. لنصلي للرب كي يمنحنا جميعا هبة الأمانة سواء في الحياة الزوجية أو الكهنوتية أو الرهبانية. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم من الشرير!‏‏
Pozdrawiam serdecznie pielgrzymów polskich. Jutro przypada Uroczystość Wszystkich Świętych, a pojutrze Wspomnienie Wszystkich Wiernych Zmarłych. Nawiedzając groby naszych bliskich pamiętajmy, że mamy u Boga rzeszę świętych, którzy orędują w naszych potrzebach. Nie zapominajmy jednak, że wielu zmarłych także oczekuje naszego duchowego wsparcia. Wraz z Maryją, Królową Wszystkich Świętych, pamiętajmy o nich w naszych modlitwach, by zostali przyjęci do grona zbawionych w niebie. Niech święci pomogą nam stawać się świadkami Chrystusa i Jego Ewangelii wobec naszych braci. Nich będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus.

I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Capitulars of the Religious of Mary Immaculate and the parish groups, especially those of Rome, Foggia and Sarno.

I greet the participants in the pilgrimage promoted by the Secular Franciscan Order of Italy; the staff of the 132rd "Ariete" Terrestrial Artillery Regiment of Maniago; the groups of the National Sailors Association of Italy; the delegation of the Aleteia network and the non-sighting sports group of Vicenza.

A particular thought I address to the young, the elderly, the sick and the newlyweds.

Tomorrow we will celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints and, the day after tomorrow, the Memorial of all the deceased faithful. The testimony of faith of those who preceded us, strengthens in us the certainty that God accompanies each person on the journey of life, he never abandons anyone to himself, and wants us all to be holy, as He is holy.

#BreakingNews Human Bones found at Nunciature in Rome could solve a 35 year old Mystery Disappearance

Human remains were found at a property in Rome owned by the Vatican. The bone fragments were discovered during construction work at the Vatican's embassy to Italy.
In a Vatican statement it was explained that experts were trying to determine the age and sex of the remains, and the date of death.
 Italian media speculate they may be those of a teenage daughter of a Vatican employee who vanished in 1983. The disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi has been widely linked either to organised crime or to an attempt to force the release from prison of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. Orlandi's brother Pietro, has campaigned for decades to find the truth. The remains could also be those of Mirella Gregori, who disappeared in Rome 40 days before Orlandi and was also aged 15, media also report.
"During restoration works in a space annexed to the Apostolic Nunciature of Italy... fragments of human bone were found," the Vatican said in a statement. The Vatican has said on several occasions that it has co-operated fully with police investigating the Orlandi case. (Edited from BBC News)

#BreakingNews Storms in Italy cause 11 Deaths and Flood Historic St. Mark's Basilica of Venice

Violent storms in Italy have killed 11 people. Resulting floods have inundated the historic St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. St Mark’s baptistery is totally flooded and its mosaic floors covered by 90cm (2ft 11in) of water. There is widespread damage reported in towns and cities in the north, south and centre of Italy. Many of the 11 deaths were caused by falling trees. The resort town of Portofino was cut off by a landslide. 

#BreakingNews Pakistan's Court Acquits Asia Bibi accused of Blasphemy but she's in Danger from Extremists - Please Pray

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The Supreme Court overturned the death sentence that hung over Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Her case, an obvious manipulation of the so-called "black law" of Pakistan, sparked waves of solidarity worldwide, but also strong reactions within the country.
 Even today, the headquarters of the Supreme Court were surrounded by groups of policemen for fear of violence against the judges and Asia Bibi herself. The three judges, Saqib Nisar, Asif Saeed Khosa and Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, after reading the 56-page verdict, told the woman she was free. Some radical groups led by imams have already decreed that they will oppose her release. In many cities of Punjiab there are demonstrations and roadblocks.
Many Christian schools have warned parents to go and get their children from school because they would wish to close the buildings for fear of violence. Asia Bibi was sentenced to death on 7 November 2010 by a Punjab court. She was arrested for blasphemy in June 2009, after an argument with some of her co-workers in which she defended her religion. The other women, who like Asia and her two daughters, are agricultural workers, urged her to renounce the Christian faith and embrace Islam. Asia Bibi replied by speaking of how Jesus died on the Cross for the sins of humanity, and asked the other women what Muhammad had done for them.
 The women then beat her and her daughters and pushed by the local imam and a group of men, they accused her of blasphemy. The police took her into custody, saving her from a fierce mob. But after a year and more of a prison, she was sentenced to death. The then governor of Punjiab, Salman Taseer, a Muslim, was killed in 2011 for campaigning for her release, and the Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti, then minister for minorities, was killed a few months later for the same reason.
FULL TEXT Source: Asia News IT 

Pope Francis on the Bible "Truly the word of God has the power to transform lives, for it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword" FULL TEXT + Video

Study of the Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I greet you cordially and I thank you for your visit. In expressing gratitude for the work of the American Bible Society, I encourage you to pursue and even intensify your commitment, as stated in your mission statement, “to transform lives through God’s word”. Truly the word of God has the power to transform lives, for it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword… to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12). Recalling these words of the Letter to the Hebrews, I offer my prayerful good wishes to all of you who have come to Rome this year for your annual retreat, centred precisely on the power of God’s word.
That word is living and active. At the very beginning of creation, God spoke and the world came to be (cf. Gen 1:6-7). In the fullness of time, Jesus gave us words that are “spirit and life” (Jn 6:63). By his word, he restored broken hearts, as in the case of Zacchaeus and the tax collector Matthew, to whom “he said, ‘Follow me’. And he got up and followed him” (Mt 9:9). In these coming days, praying with the Scriptures, you will be able to experience anew the effectiveness of that word: it does not return empty, but accomplishes the purpose for which it was given (cf. Is 55:10-11). It is my hope that you will always receive the Bible in its precious uniqueness: as a word that, imbued with the Holy Spirit the Giver of life, communicates to us Jesus, who is life (cf. Jn 14:6), and thus makes our lives fruitful. No other book has the same power. In its word, we recognize the Spirit who inspired it: for only in the Spirit can Scripture truly be received, lived and proclaimed, for the Spirit teaches all things and reminds us of all that Jesus said (cf. Jn 14:26).
God’s word is sharp. It is honey, offering the comforting sweetness of the Lord, but also a sword bringing a salutary unrest to our hearts (cf. Rev 10:10). For it penetrates to the depths and brings to light the dark recesses of the soul. As it penetrates, it purifies. The double edge of this “sword” may at first wound, but it proves beneficial, for it cuts away everything that distances us from God and his love. I pray that, through the Bible, you will taste and feel deep within yourselves the Lord’s tender love and his healing presence, which searches us and knows us (cf. Ps 139:1).
Finally, God’s word judges thoughts and intentions. The word of life is also truth (cf. Jn 14:6), and his word “creates” truth in us, dissipating every form of falsehood and duplicity. Scripture constantly challenges us to redirect our path to God. Letting ourselves “be read” by the word of God thus enables us to become in turn “open books”, living reflections of the saving word, witnesses of Jesus and proclaimers of his newness. For the word of God always brings newness; it is elusive and often breaks through our own plans and preconceptions.
Dear friends, I offer you my prayerful good wishes that at the conclusion of these days you can renew your dedication to the service of the Bible for the benefit of so many brothers and sisters. I thank you and I ask you to remember me in your prayers. Thank you.

SOURCE: - Official Translation

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wed. October, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 481

Reading 1EPH 6:1-9

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Honor your father and mother.
This is the first commandment with a promise,
that it may go well with you
and that you may have a long life on earth.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling,
in sincerity of heart, as to Christ,
not only when being watched, as currying favor,
but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
willingly serving the Lord and not men,
knowing that each will be requited from the Lord
for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
Masters, act in the same way towards them, and stop bullying,
knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven
and that with him there is no partiality.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:10-11, 12-13AB, 13CD-14

R. (13c) The Lord is faithful in all his words.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.
The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.

AlleluiaSEE 2 THES 2:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God has called us through the Gospel
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
"Lord, will only a few people be saved?"
He answered them,
"Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
'Lord, open the door for us.'
He will say to you in reply,
'I do not know where you are from.'
And you will say,
'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'
Then he will say to you,
'I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!'
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last."

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Saint October 31 : St. Wolfgang : Patron of #Apoplexy, #Carpenters, and #Strokes

Feast: October 31
Feast Day:
October 31
924 in Swabia
31 October 994 at Pupping, Linz (modern Austria)
1052 by Pope Leo IX
Patron of:
apoplexy; carpenters and wood carvers; paralysis; stomach diseases; strokes
Bishop of Ratisbon (972-994), born about 934; died at the village of Pupping in upper Austria, 31 October, 994. The name Wolfgang is of early German origin. St. Wolfgang was one of the three brilliant stars of the tenth century, St. Ulrich, St. Conrad, and St. Wolfgang, which illuminated the early medieval period of Germany with the undying splendour of their acts and services. St. Wolfgang sprang from a family of Swabian counts of Pfullingen (Mon. Germ. His.: Script., X, 53). When seven years old he had an ecclesiastic as tutor at home; later he attended the celebrated monastic school on the Reichenau. Here he formed a strong friendship with Henry, brother of Bishop Poppo of Würzburg, whom he followed to Würzburg in order to attend at the cathedral school there the lectures of the noted Italian grammarian, Stephen of Novara. After Henry was made Archbishop of Trier in 956, he called his friend to Trier, where Wolfgang became a teacher in the cathedral school, and also laboured for the reform of the archdiocese, notwithstanding the enmity with which his efforts were met. Wolfgang's residence at Trier greatly influenced his monastic and ascetic tendencies, as here he came into connection with the great reformatory monastery of the tenth century, St. Maximin of Trier, where he made the acquaintance of Ramwold, the teacher of St. Adalbert of Prague. After the death (964) of Archbishop Henry of Trier, Wolfgang entered the Order of St. Benedict in the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln, Switzerland, and was ordained priest by St. Ulrich in 968. After their defeat in the battle of the Lechfeld (955), a victory gained with the aid of St. Ulrich, the heathen Magyars settled in ancient Pannonia. As long as they were not converted to Christianity they remained a constant menace to the empire. At the request of St. Ulrich, who clearly saw the danger, and at the desire of the Emperor Otto the Great, St. Wolfgang, according to the abbey annals, was "sent to Magyars" as the most suitable man to evangelize them. He was followed by other missionaries sent by Bishop Piligrim of Nassau, under whose jurisdiction the new missionary region came. After the death of Bishop Michael of Ratisbon (23 September, 972) Bishop Piligrim obtained from the emperor the appointment of Wolfgang as Bishop of Ratisbon (Christmas, 972). Wolfgang's services in this new position were of the highest importance, not only for the diocese, but also for the cause of civilization. As Bishop of Ratisbon, Wolfgang became the tutor of Emperor St. Henry II, who learned from him the principles which governed his saintly and energetic life. Poppe, son of Margrave Luitpold, Archbishop of Trier (1016), and Tagino, Archbishop of Magdeburg (1004-1012), also had him as their teacher. St. Wolfgang deserves credit for his disciplinary labours in his diocese. His main work in this respect was connected with the ancient and celebrated Abbey of St. Emmeram which he reformed by granting it once more abbots of its own, thus withdrawing it from the control of the bishops of Ratisbon, who for many years had been abbots in commendam, a condition of affairs that had been far from beneficial to the abbey and monastic life. In the Benedictine monk Ramwold, whom St. Wolfgang called from St. Maximin at Trier, St. Emmeram received a capable abbot (975). The saint also reformed the convents of Obermunster and Niedermunster at Ratisbon, chiefly by giving them as an example the convent of St. Paul, Mittelmunster, at Ratisbon, which he had founded in 983. He also co-operated in the reform of the ancient and celebrated Benedictine Abbey of Altach (Nieder-altach), which had been founded by the Agilolf dynasty, and which from that time took on new life. He showed genuine episcopal generosity in the liberal manner with which he met the views of the Emperor Otto II regarding the intended reduction in size of his diocese for the benefit of the new Diocese of Prague (975), to which St. Adalbert was appointed first bishop. As prince of the empire he performed his duties towards the emperor and the empire with the utmost scrupulousness and, like St. Ulrich, was one of the mainstays of the Ottonian policies. He took part in the various imperial Diets, and, in the autumn of 978, accompanied the Emperor Otto II on his campaign to Paris, and took part in the great Diet of Verona in June, 983.
St. Wolfgang withdrew as a hermit to a solitary spot, now the Lake of St. Wolfgang, apparently on account of a political dispute, but probably in the course of a journey of inspection to the monastery of Mendsee which was under the direction of the bishops of Ratisbon. He was discovered by a hunter and brought back to Ratisbon. While travelling on the Danube to Pöchlarn in Lower Austria, he fell ill at the village of Pupping, which is between Efferding and the market town of Aschach near Linz, and at his request was carried into the chapel of St. Othmar at Pupping, where he died. His body was taken up the Danube by his friends Count Aribo of Andechs and Archbishop Hartwich of Salzburg to Ratisbon, and was solemnly buried in the crypt of St. Emmeram. Many miracles were performed at his grave; in 1052 he was canonized. Soon after his death many churches chose him as their patron saint, and various towns were named after him. In Christian art he has been especially honoured by the great medieval Tyrolese painter, Michael Pacher (1430-1498), who created an imperishable memorial of him, the high altar of St. Wolfgang. In the panel pictures which are now exhibited in the Old Pinakothek at Munich are depicted in an artistic manner the chief events in the saint's life. The oldest portrait of St. Wolfgang is a miniature, painted about the year 1100 in the celebrated Evangeliary of St. Emmeram, now in the library of the castle cathedral at Cracow. A fine modern picture by Schwind is in the Schak Gallery at Munich. This painting represents the legend of Wolfgang forcing the devil to help him to build a church. In other paintings he is generally depicted in episcopal dress, an axe in the right hand and the crozier in the left, or as a hermit in the wilderness being discovered by a hunter. The axe refers to an event in the life of the saint. After having selected a solitary spot in the wilderness, he prayed and then threw his axe into the thicket; the spot on which the axe fell he regarded as the place where God intended he should build his cell. This axe is still shown in the little market town of St. Wolfgang which sprang up on the spot of the old cell. At the request of the Abbey of St. Emmeram, the life of St. Wolfgang was written by Othlo, a Benedictine monk of St. Emmeram about 1050. This life is especially important for the early medieval history both of the Church and of civilization in Bavaria and Austria, and it forms the basis of all later accounts of the saint. The oldest and best manuscript of this "Life" is in the library of the Abbey of Maria Einsiedeln in Switzerland (manuscript No. 322), and has been printed with critical notes in "Mon. Germ. His.: Script.", IV, 524-542. It has also been printed in, "Acta SS.", II November, (Brussels, 1894), 529-537; "Acta SS. O. S. Ben.", V, 812-833; and in P.L., CXLVI, 395-422.
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#BreakingNews 5 Catholic Nuns Kidnapped in Nigeria - Please Pray for Release of #Nuns

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Five nuns of the Order of the Missionary of Martha and Mary of the diocese of Issele-Uku, were kidnapped, in the State of Delta in the south-east of Nigeria.
According to news sent to Agenzia Fides, they were kidnapped on October 25 while returning from a burial. They were taken near Agbor, about 25 miles west of Issele-Uku. The religious women were in a vehicle which the kidnappers shot at. Contacted by the local press, a priest from the diocese of Issele-Uku said: "Pray for the release of the five nuns kidnapped in Agbor, and for the two other nuns who were in the same vehicle".
The abduction of the nuns is only the latest in a series of similar incidents that have long been occurring in Delta State and in other areas of south-eastern Nigeria. A priest of the same diocese of the abducted nuns, has even been kidnapped twice. Fr. Andrew Anah, of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Obomkpa, had in fact been kidnapped for the second time on 5 June and then released in early July. Fr. Anah was kidnapped for the first time in 2017, and was released after a few days. (L.M.) (FULL TEXT Release from Agenzia Fides, 30/10/2018)

Short Powerful Prayers against Evil by Late Exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth to SHARE

Father Gabriele Amorth the Chief Exorcist from the Diocese of Rome recently died at the age of 91. He performed thousands of Exorcisms.
In one of his books he revealed the secret to being free from the Devil.
It is really not something one says but rather keeping oneself free from sin and striving to live a Holy life. He noted in particular that Regular Confession and reception of the Holy Eucharist are most important. The following prayers were recommended by Fr. Gabriele these prayers should be said together with the Our Father Prayer and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
 Prayers of Deliverance
 1. Prayer Against Malefice from the Greek Ritual
Kyrie eleison. God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and All-mighty, You Who made everything and Who transform everything simply by Your will. You Who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the ‘seven-times hotter’ furnace and protected and saved the three holy children. You are the doctor and the physician of our soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to You. We beseech You to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power, presence, and machination; every evil influence, malefice, or evil eye and all evil actions aimed against Your servant [name of person/s]. Where there is envy and malice, give us an abundance of goodness, endurance, victory, and charity. O Lord, You Who love man, we beg You to reach out Your powerful hands and Your most high and mighty arms and send the angel of peace over us, to protect us, body and soul. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every poison or malice invoked against us by corrupt and envious people. Then, under the protection of Your authority may we sing, in gratitude, ‘The Lord is my salvation; whom should I fear? I will not fear evil because You are with me, my God, my strength, my powerful Lord, Lord of peace, Father of all ages.” Yes, Lord our God, be merciful to us, Your image, and save your servant [name of person/s] from every threat or harm from the evil one, and protect him/her by raising him/her above all evil. We ask You this through the intercession of our Most Blessed, glorious Lady, Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, of the most splendid archangels and all Your saints. Amen!
 2. Anima Christi Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me; within Thy wounds, hide me; let me never be separated from Thee; from the evil one, deliver me; at the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to Thee, that with Thy saints, I may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen.
 3. Prayer Against Every Evil Spirit of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Most Holy Trinity, Immaculate Virgin Mary, angels, archangels, and saints of heaven, descend upon me. Please purify me, Lord, mold me, fill me with yourself, use me. Banish all the forces of evil from me, destroy them, vanish them, so that I can be healthy and do good deeds. Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, malefice, ties, maledictions, and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions, possessions; all that is evil and sinful, jealously, perfidy, envy; physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, diabolical aliments. Burn all these evils in hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world. I command and bid all the power who molest me – by the power of God all powerful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary – to leave me forever, and to be consigned into the everlasting hell, where they will be bound by Saint Michael the archangel, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.
 4. Prayer for Inner Healing Lord Jesus, You came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts. I beg You to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart; I beg You, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin. I beg You to come into my life and heal me of the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused through my life. Lord Jesus, You know my burdens. I lay them all on Your Good Shepherd’s Heart. I beseech You – by the merits of the great, open wound in Your heart-to heal the small wounds that are in mine. Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety. Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You Who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart. Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness. I offer You my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of Your Divine Heart. Help me to be meek and humble. Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, which is oppressing me. Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that You are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to Your Resurrection, Your victory over sin and death, Your living presence among us. Amen.
 5. Prayer for Deliverance My Lord, you are all powerful, you are God, you are Father. We beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All saints of Heaven, come to our aid. From anxiety, sadness and obsessions, we beg You. Free us, O Lord. From hatred, fornication, envy, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every thought of suicide and abortion, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every form of sinful sexuality, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every division in our family, and every harmful friendship, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every sort of spell, malefic, witchcraft, and every form of the occult, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. Lord, You Who said, “I leave you peace, My peace I give you,” grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every evil spell and enjoy your peace always. In the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

#BreakingNews Catholics in Pakistan hold Peaceful Protest against ongoing Religious Persecution

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - A peaceful protest against the desecration of the Christian faith and Christian religious symbols was organized by Christians in Karachi who yesterday met in front of the Karachi Press Club. Those present pointed out to the institutions that millions of Christians living in Pakistan are been offended and hurt by recent publications on Pakistani mass media. As Agenzia Fides learns, the peaceful demonstration, led by the Archdiocese of Karachi and the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), began with a hymn declaring "The cross is a symbol of faith, strength, victory, glory, success and eternal life".
The protest broke out after the Express Tribune, one of the leading newspapers in Pakistan, in English, published a cartoon depicting the Crucifix, linking it to the increase in electricity prices. The cross was transformed into an electricity pole.
Fr. Saleh Diego, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Karachi and Director of the Diocesan "Justice and Peace" Commission, at the head of the protest, told Fides: "We protest against the media for publishing derogatory images that offend the religious feelings of Christians.
The image of the crucifix in a satirical cartoon deeply hurts our religious feelings".
Fr. Diego also said: "All religious minorities in Pakistan congratulate the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights which established that insulting the Prophet is not part of freedom of speech or expression. Equally all faiths enjoy the same respect and the same rights".
The Vicar adds: "The crucifix is a symbol of our faith. Our faith is not complete without the Holy Cross.
It reminds us of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the great sacrifice he has had for every person in the world. We start and end the day with the sign of the cross. We cannot tolerate being insulted".
The priest notes that "this is a second incident that damages the religious sentiments of Christians in Pakistan", recalling the promo of the new television series "Maria Bint-e-Abdullah", which will be broadcast on Geo TV channel (see Fides, 29/10/2018). "We ask the government of Pakistan to take severe action against those who promote hatred and violence and injure the religious feelings of the citizens of Pakistan", he concludes.
Meanwhile, the editorial team of the Express Tribune has issued an apology to its readers for the comic published "ensuring the utmost commitment to ensure that this material is no longer found in print, on the web and online version". Shireen Mazari, Pakistan's human rights minister, appreciated the newspaper's apology. (AG) (FULL TEXT Release by Agenzia Fides, 30/10/2018)

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2 Married men Ordained as Roman Catholic Priests who were former Pastors in Germany

Andreas Theurer and André Schneider received the papal dispensation for priestly ordination. Until a few years ago, they had been Protestant pastors. In preaching, Bishop also referred to the term "vir probatus" - ("proven man")
Bishop Konrad Zdarsa consecrated two deacons to the priesthood. "We are gathered together with Christ in unity with the Bishop of Rome and as the Church of Augsburg," the bishop addressed the faithful at the beginning of the ordination in the Rectorate Church of St. Sebastian.
 André Schneider from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral and Andrew Theurer from the parish of St. Gabriel in Deuringen. Both were evangelical pastors until a few years ago, before they converted to the Catholic Church and came to the diocese of Augsburg.

In his sermon Bishop Konrad went to the question of vocation.  The question of the priestly vocation is therefore also a question of the faith of all believers: whether they wanted to accept and believe that God would continue to found his church in the future on people who have heard the call to follow Christ and are ready to to renounce the primacy of all other desirable human development.

Bishop Konrad. "The dispensation from the priestly obligation to celibacy was granted by the Holy Father, after careful consideration and in accordance with the nature of ecclesiastical law, in accordance with his practice, practiced much earlier."
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#BreakingNews former Nurse Admits to Killing 100 patients in Germany

A former nurse admitted murdering 100 patients during the first day of his trial. Detectives say Niels Högel, 41, administered fatal doses of medication to the people in his care at two hospitals in northern Germany. His motive, prosecutors say, was to impress colleagues by resuscitating the  patients he had attacked. Högel is already serving a life term for six deaths while in his care.
 He is now said to have killed 36 patients in Oldenburg and 64 in Delmenhorst between 1999 and 2005.
 When asked by the judge in the Oldenburg court if the charges against him were true, the 41-year-old confessed to "more or less" all of them. The trial,  started with a minute's silence for the victims, and is expected to last until May. It follows years of toxicology tests on 130 sets of exhumed remains. German media say up to 200-300 people may have been killed. Investigators say he may have killed even more but potential victims have been cremated. Högel was first caught in 2005 injecting unprescribed medication into a patient in Delmenhorst. In 2008 he was jailed for seven years for attempted murder. In 2014-15, a second trial found him guilty of two murders and two attempted murders and he was given the maximum sentence. He said he was "honestly sorry" and hoped families would find peace. Investigators then widened the investigation, exhuming 130 former patients and looking for evidence of medication that could have triggered cardiac arrest.  Records at the Oldenburg hospital showed rates of deaths and resuscitations had more than doubled when Högel was on shift. (Edited from BBC)
Please pray for the victims families.....

Pope Francis to #Journalists " Get more passionate about the truth....The journalist, "in the contemporary world, is not just a trade, but a real mission." FULL TEXT


Dear friends of the SIR Agency,

I am happy to meet you with this short message on the occasion of an important anniversary for your newspaper. Just in these days - October 25 - remember the thirty years of the publication of your first bulletin that started the journalist activity of the SIR. What we are experiencing is an important year for all of you, and for this, I wish you well and send you a special memory for the professional activity you do every day.

Thirty years certainly represent a good goal, but they are not and should not be considered a point of arrival. Continue to carry out your commitment always looking for the same novelty with which the founding fathers thought and then, given shape to a unique project of its kind: an information tool that connects the Italian territory, represented by the diocesan weeklies, in the center and that, at the same time, return from the center to the territory with the heads of the dioceses. You have been advocates of communion in information, both ecclesial and socio-cultural. Keep it up!

The SIR, the information agency of the Italian Episcopal Conference, contains the needs of different communities. With your daily newsletter, you can find news on the Holy See, on the Italian Church, on the dioceses, on Europe, on the Middle East, on the whole world ... Now, as you know, I decided to dedicate the LIII World Day of Social Communications, which celebrates in 2019, the theme "We are members of one another" (Eph 4:25) From communities to communities. I know you, in turn, committed to promoting an informative community, founded on authenticity and reciprocity.

Over the years, you have been able to follow technological developments, always keeping your editorial line so well expressed in 1988 by your late president, Mons. Giuseppe Cacciami: "We would like to be judged and tested on objectivity, rigor of language, documentation , on the attention to the causes and the implications of the religious event rather than on its instrumental, brilliant and ephemeral use for the curiosity of the moment ". It is still a valid attention: just think of the phenomenon of "false news", the so-called fake news. Continue to practice your profession while always keeping to the truth. It is the most effective antidote to combat falsehood. And remember that "to discern the truth it is necessary to examine what accompanies communion and promotes goodness and what, on the contrary, tends to isolate, divide and oppose" (cf. Message for the 1st World Day of Social Communications).

Thirty years are not few, but this is the moment to think about the future. I encourage you to continue on the path of innovation, but not neglecting your gaze to all the territories: Italians, Europeans, Middle Eastern, international ... The territory is not a simple geographical border, it is something more: it indicates the existence of people that inhabit it. In the wake of the diocesan weeklies, make voice of those who have no voice. Keep turning on your information lights on all the suburbs. Make yourself communicate with the stories you tell. Get more passionate about the truth. Be custodians of the news. The journalist, "in the contemporary world, is not just a trade, but a real mission. It has the task, in the frenzy of the news and in the whirlwind of the scoops, to remember that at the center of the news there is not the speed in giving it and the impact on the audience, but the people. To inform is to form, is to deal with the life of the people "(cf. Message for the 1st World Day of Social Communications).

Dear friends, I accompany you in your work, I wish you always be ready to listen and to sincere dialogue to let the truth emerge. I encourage you to focus more and more on the fullness of quality information that can build bridges of understanding and dialogue. Walk, as you have done so far, on the beautiful and tiring paths of thinking, not compromising with anyone. Be free and far from reductive models. Help to understand the facts in their complexity and their deep meaning.

I bless you from the heart and you, please, do not forget to pray for me.

Vatican, 21 October 2018
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday October 30, 2018 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 480

Reading 1EPH 5:21-33

Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife
just as Christ is head of the Church,
he himself the savior of the Body.
As the Church is subordinate to Christ,
so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the Church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the Church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the Church,
because we are members of his Body.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.
In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself,
and the wife should respect her husband.

Responsorial PsalmPS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

R. (1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

AlleluiaSEE MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:18-21

Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like?
To what can I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and 'the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'"

Again he said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
It is like yeast that a woman took
and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch of dough was leavened."