Friday, January 19, 2018

#BreakingNews Biggest #ProLife March as Hundreds of Thousands at MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington DC - USA - over 60 Millions Abortions since 1973

Hundreds of THOUSANDS attended the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, DC on January 19, 2018. The great crowds marked the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade the decision in 1973 that permitted abortion. 
Timelapse Video of Event:
Even POPE FRANCIS tweeted today: "Every life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death"in  2014 
he tweeted in English and Spanish, “I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable”. 
Over 60,000,000 Abortions have occurred in America Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973.  The United States remembers 45 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.  This massive crowd gathered to honor life from conception to natural death with the support and speech by the President of the United States. It is hoped that the legislation will soon be changed to end abortion in the US. (IMAGE SOURCE : GOOGLE)
 There was an overnight prayer vigil in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with thousands in attendance. Cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, and seminarians were present at the Mass in the Basilica. This annual March has become a large event spanning many days and involving talks, demonstrations, prayer, videos and other activities. Many politicians, clergy, religious, youth and leaders partake every year. This year the President gave a speech, and Vice-President Mike Pence also gave a speech. Martin Luther King's niece Dr. Alveda King also attended and is part of a large movement in support of life. Last year over 800,000 attended. This year noted a particularly strong youth presence.

FULL Video starts at 36:00

Saint January 20 : Bl. Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi : Nigerian Priest

Feast Day:
January 20
September, 1903, Aguleri, Anambra, Nigeria
January 20, 1964, Leicester, England
March 22, 1998 by Pope John Paul II
Bl. Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi was born in 1903 in Igboezunu, at the edge of: the forest near the ancient city of Aguleri in southern Nigeria. His parents, Tabansi and Ejikwevi, were Igbo farmers who practised the "traditional religion" and gave him the name Iwene at birth. In 1909 he was sent to the Christian village of Nduka, where he was baptized three years later by Irish missionaries and given the name Michael. His peers described him as studious and very demanding with himself, with a precocious personality and deep piety. At the age of 16 he received his first school leaving certificate, which qualified him for teaching. He taught at Holy Trinity Primary School in Onitsha for three years and served for a year as headmaster at St Joseph School in Aguleri. In 1925, against the wishes of his family, he entered St Paul's Seminary in Igbariam. After finishing his philosophical and theological studies, he was ordained a priest in the cathedral of Onitsha on 19 December 1937 by the missionary Bishop Charles Heerey. The second indigenous priest of Onitsha and the first in the Aguleri region, he began his pastoral ministry in the parish of Nnewi. In 1939 he was appointed parish priest of Dunukofia (Umudioka region), where he courageously tackled immoral customs and destroyed the harmful myth of the "cursed forest", which weighed heavily on the peace of consciences and families. To combat premarital cohabitation, he set up marriage preparation centres where girls and young women could be sheltered and receive Christian formation. For the moral education of young people he also established the League of Mary, with remarkable success. On foot or bicycle, Fr Tansi went from village to village preaching, catechizing and setting up prayer centres that eventually became parishes. He spent hours and hours hearing confessions, even until late at night. His zeal, shining example and life of prayer and penance transformed the people into a true Christian community resulting in so many vocations to the priesthood and religious life that his parish held the diocesan record. The same energy characterized his years as parish priest of Akpu, where he served from 1945 until his transfer to Aguleri in 1949. On an unspecified date between 1949 and 1950, during a priests' day of recollection, Bishop Heerey expressed the desire that one of his priests would embrace the monastic life so that he could later establish a contemplative monastery in his Diocese. Fr Tansi immediately said he was willing. Bishop Heerey contacted the Trappist Abbey of Mount St Bernard in Leicestershire, England, which was willing to receive him for a trial period as an oblate. In the summer of 1950 he led his parishioners on a pilgrimage to Rome for the Holy Year and left from there for Mount St Bernard. After two and a half years as an oblate, he was admitted to the novitiate on the vigil of the Immaculate Conception, taking the name Cyprian. One year later he took his simple vows and was solemnly professed on 8 December 1956. For the next seven years he lived a hidden life of prayer and work, humility and obedience, in faithful and generous observance of the Cistercian rule. In 1963, after 13 years of valuable experience as a Trappist, the time now seemed ripe for establishing a monastery in Nigeria. However, political tensions led his superiors to choose neighbouring Cameroon for the foundation instead. This was a hard blow for Fr Cyprian, who had been appointed novice master for the African monastery. It was the only time in 13 years of monastic life that he ever lost his temper, but he quickly regained control and accepted God's will with supernatural heroism. In January 1964 he began experiencing intense pain in one of his legs. Diagnosed as having thrombosis, the following morning he was found unconscious and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Leicester, where examination revealed an aortic aneurysm. He died the following morning, 20 January 1964. He was buried at Mount St Bernard on 22 January. Present for the funeral liturgy were several Nigerian priests living in London, including his spiritual son, Fr Francis Arinze, the future Archbishop of Onitsha, Cardinal and President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. His body was exhumed in 1988 and reburied in the priests' cemetery near the cathedral of Onitsha, where he had been ordained a priest 51 years earlier. After the beatification ceremonies, his remains will be buried in the parish church of his  native village, Aguieri.
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#PopeFrancis "I wish to renew in your presence the commitment of the Catholic Church..." in Peru to Authorities - FULL TEXT- Video

Peru Journey Meeting with Authorities Full text
Pope Francis addresses Civil Authorities at Government Palace in Lima Address of the Holy Father
Meeting with Civil AuthoritiesGovernment Palace – Lima
Friday, 19 January 2018

Mr President,
Members of the Government and the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Authorities,
Representatives of Civil Society,
Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends,
         As I arrive at this historic edifice, I thank God for this opportunity to be on Peruvian soil.  I would like my words to be a message of greeting and esteem for each of the sons and daughters of this people, that down the years has preserved and enriched the wisdom handed down by its forebears and represents, indeed, one of its greatest legacies.
         I thank Mr Pedro Pablo Kuczynsky, President of the Nation, for his invitation to visit the country and for his words of welcome offered on your behalf.
         My visit to Peru has as its theme: “United by Hope”.  If I may say so, seeing this land is itself a reason for hope.
         Part of your territory includes the Amazon, which I visited this morning.  It is overall the largest tropical forest and the most extensive river system on the planet.  This “lung”, as it has been called, is one of the world’s regions of great biodiversity, as it is home to a vast variety of species.
         Yours too is a wealth and variety of cultures, which increasingly intermingle and which make up the soul of this people.  It is a soul characterized by ancestral values such as hospitality, esteem for others, respect and gratitude for mother earth and creativity for new initiatives.  It is marked likewise by a shared sense of responsibility for the development of all, joined to a solidarity that has often shown itself in your response to different disasters you have experienced.
         In this regard, I would like to point to the young.  They are the most vital gift that this society possesses.  With their dynamism and enthusiasm, they promise, and encourage us to dream of, a hope-filled future, born of the encounter between your lofty ancestral wisdom and the new eyes that youth offers.    
         I also take pleasure in a historical fact: that hope in this land has the face of holiness.  Peru has given birth to saints that blazed paths of faith for the entire American continent.  To name just one, Martin de Porres, a son of two cultures, showed the strength and richness that comes about when people focus on love.  I could continue at length with this list of reasons, material and spiritual, for hope.  Peru is a land of hope that invites and challenges its people to unity.  This people has the duty to maintain unity, among other things, precisely to defend all these reasons for hope.
         Yet over this hope a shadow is growing, a threat looms.  “Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely, particularly when we consider how it is currently being used” (Laudato Si’, 104).  This is evident in the way that we are stripping the earth of its natural resources, without which no forms of life are possible.  The loss of jungles and forests means not only the loss of species, which could also be extremely important resources for the future, but also the loss of vital relationships that could end up altering the entire ecosystem (cf. ibid., 32).
         In this context, being “united in defense of hope” means promoting and developing an integral ecology as an alternative to “an outdated model of development [that] continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline” (Urbi et Orbi Message, Christmas 2017).  This calls for listening to local persons and peoples, recognizing and respecting them as valid dialogue partners.  They preserve a direct link to the land, they know its times and ways, and so they know the catastrophic effects produced, in the name of development, by many projects.  The vital fabric that constitutes the nation is thus being altered.  The degradation of the environment, sad to say, cannot be separated from the moral degradation of our communities.  We cannot think of these as two separate realities.
         For example, black market mining has become a danger that is destroying people’s lives; forests and rivers are being destroyed, with all the richness they possess.  This whole process of degradation brings with it and encourages organizations operating outside of legal structures; these debase so many of our brothers and sisters by subjecting them to human trafficking (a new form of slavery), irregular employment and crime… and to other evils that gravely affect their dignity and, at the same time, the dignity of the nation.
         Working together to defend hope demands that we remain very attentive to that other, often subtle form of environmental degradation that increasingly contaminates the whole system of life: corruption.  How much evil is done to our Latin American people and the democracies of this continent by this social “virus”, a phenomenon that infects everything, with the greatest harm being done to the poor and mother earth.  Everything being done to combat this social scourge deserves our utmost attention and help… This is a battle that involves all of us.  Being “united in defense of hope” requires a greater culture of transparency among public entities, the private sector and civil society.  No one can be excluded from this process.  Corruption is preventable and calls for commitment on the part of all. 
         I encourage and urge all those in positions of authority, in whatever sphere, to insist on this path in order to bring your people and your land the security born of feeling that Peru is a place of hope and opportunity for all, and not just for a few.  In this way, all Peruvians can feel that this country is theirs, that here they can relate fraternally and equitably with their neighbours, and help others in their need.  A land where they can realize their own future.  And in this way to forge a Peru that makes room for people of “all bloods” (José María Arguedas, Todas las sangres, Buenos Aires, 1964), a land in which the “the promise of Peruvian life” (Jorge Basadre, La promesa de la vida peruana, Lima, 1958) can be achieved.
         I wish to renew in your presence the commitment of the Catholic Church, which has accompanied the life of this nation, in this joint effort to continue working so that Peru will continue to be a land of hope.
         May Saint Rosa of Lima intercede for each of you and for this blessed nation.
         Thank you once again. 

RIP Fr. Tony Mukomba - Priest Dies after Attack by Bandits - in Malawi

Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - Father Tony Mukomba of the Archdiocese of Blantyre met his fate on Wednesday night ,17 January, and died at the private hospital in Mwaiwathu after being attacked by unknown bandits.
Last week, Fr. Mukomba’s car was blocked by some armed men in Nguludi on his way to Blantyre. The priest was blindfolded and dragged away by the bandits who beat him savagely to extort money from him.
The funeral of Fr. Mukomba will be held tomorrow, Saturday 20 January, in the cathedral of Limbe. The funeral ceremony will be presided by His Exc. Mgr. Thomas Luke Msusa, Archbishop of Blantyre. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 19/1/2018)

#BreakingNews FULL TEXT Speech + Video of President Trump to #ProLife March "America’s future will be... life for every child of God."

 President Trump proclaimed January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
FULL TEXT Speech of President Trump to March for Life in Washington, DC on January 19, 2018:
WhiteHouse Official Release:

Rose Garden
12:30 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  That’s so nice.  Sit, please.  We have tens of thousands of people watching us right down the road — tens of thousands.  So I congratulate you.  And at least we picked a beautiful day.  You can’t get a more beautiful day.
I want to thank our Vice President, Mike Pence, for that wonderful introduction.  I also want to thank you and Karen for being true champions for life.  Thank you, and thank Karen.  (Applause.)
Today, I’m honored and really proud to be the first President to stand with you here at the White House to address the 45th March for Life.  That’s very, very special — 45th March for Life.  (Applause.)
And this is a truly remarkable group.  Today, tens of thousands of families, students, and patriots — and, really, just great citizens — gather here in our nation’s capital.  You come from many backgrounds, many places.  But you all come for one beautiful cause: to build a society where life is celebrated, protected, and cherished.
The March for Life is a movement born out of love.  You love your families, you love your neighbors, you love our nation, and you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.  (Applause.)
We know that life is the greatest miracle of all.  We see it in the eyes of every new mother who cradles that wonderful, innocent, and glorious newborn child in her loving arms.
I want to thank every person here today and all across our country who works with such big hearts and tireless devotion to make sure that parents have the care and support they need to choose life.  Because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born and reached their full, God-given potential — because of you.
You’re living witnesses of this year’s March for Life theme.  And that theme is: Love saves lives.  (Applause.)
As you all know, Roe vs. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive abortion laws anywhere in the world.  For example, in the United States, it’s one of only seven countries to allow elective late-term abortions, along with China, North Korea, and others.
Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born [torn] from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong; it has to change.
Americans are more and more pro-life.  You see that all the time.  In fact, only 12 percent of Americans support abortion on demand at any time.
Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.  (Applause.)
Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since I took the oath of office.  And I will say, our country is doing really well.  Our economy is perhaps the best it’s ever been.  You look at the job numbers; you look at the companies pouring back into our country; you look at the stock market at an all-time high; unemployment, 17-year low.
Unemployment for African American workers, at the lowest mark in the history of our country.  Unemployment for Hispanic, at a record low in history.  Unemployment for women, think of this, at an 18-year low.  We’re really proud of what we’re doing.
And during my first week in office, I reinstated a policy first put in place by President Ronald Reagan, the Mexico City policy.  (Applause.)
I strongly supported the House of Representative’s Pain-Capable bill, which would end painful, late-term abortions nationwide.   And I call upon the Senate to pass this important law and send it to my desk for signing.  (Applause.)
On the National Day of Prayer, I signed an executive order to protect religious liberty.  (Applause.)  Very proud of that.
Today, I’m announcing that we have just issued a new proposal to protect conscience rights and religious freedoms of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals.  So important.  (Applause.)
I have also just reversed the previous administration’s policy that restricted states’ efforts to direct Medicaid funding away from abortion facilities that violate the law.  (Applause.)
We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society.  But this movement can only succeed with the heart and the soul and the prayer of the people.
Here with us today is Marianne Donadio from Greensboro, North Carolina.  Where is Marianne?  Hello.  Come on up here, Marianne.  Come.  (Applause.)  Nice to see you, Marianne.
Marianne was 17 when she found out she was pregnant.  At first, she felt like she had no place to turn.  But when she told her parents, they responded with total love, total affection, total support.  Great parents?  Great?
MS. DONADIO:  Wonderful parents, yes.
THE PRESIDENT:  I thought you were going to say that.  I had to be careful.  (Laughter.)
Marianne bravely chose life and soon gave birth to her son.  She named him Benedict, which means blessing.
Marianne was so grateful for her parents’ love and support that she felt called to serve those who were not as fortunate as her.  She joined with others in her community to start a maternity home to care for homeless women who were pregnant.  That’s great.  They named it “Room at the Inn.”
Today, Marianne and her husband, Don, are the parents of six beautiful children, and her eldest son Benedict and her daughter Maria join us here today.  Where are they?  (Applause.)  Come on over.  How are you?  That’s great.
Over the last 15 years, Room at the Inn has provided housing, childcare, counseling, education, and job training to more than 400 women.  Even more importantly, it has given them hope.  It has shown each woman that she is not forgotten, that she is not alone, and that she really now has a whole family of people who will help her succeed.
That hope is the true gift of this incredible movement that brings us together today.  It is the gift of friendship, the gift of mentorship, and the gift of encouragement, love, and support.  Those are beautiful words, and those are beautiful gifts.  And most importantly of all, it is the gift of life itself.
That is why we march.  That is why we pray.  And that is why we declare that America’s future will be filled with goodness, peace, joy, dignity, and life for every child of God.
Thank you to the March for Life — special, special people.  And we are with you all the way.  May God bless you and may God bless America.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.
Source: whitehouse.gove

Pope Francis to #Natives "Each culture and each worldview that receives the Gospel enriches the Church..." FULL TEXT in Peru + Video

Pope meets indigenous people of Amazonia: Full text
Speaking in Puerto Maldonado, the heartland of Peru’s Amazonia region, ‎Pope Francis calls for the defence of the rights, dignity and land of the indigenous people.
Address of the Holy Father
Meeting with the Peoples of Amazonia
Coliseo Madre de Dios – Puerto Maldonado
Friday, 19 January 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
          Here with you, I feel welling up within me the song of Saint Francis: “Praise be to you, my Lord!”  Yes, praise be to you for the opportunity you have given us in this encounter.  Thank you, Bishop David Martínez de Aguirre Guinea, Hector, Yésica and María Luisa, for your words of welcome and for your witness talks.  In you, I would like to thank and greet all the inhabitants of Amazonia.
          I see that you come from the different native peoples of Amazonia: Harakbut, Esse-ejas, Matsiguenkas, Yines, Shipibos, Asháninkas. Yaneshas, Kakintes, Nahuas, Yaminahuas, Juni Kuin, Madijá, Manchineris, Kukamas, Kandozi, Quichuas, Huitotos, Shawis, Achuar, Boras, Awajún, Wampís, and others.  I also see that among us are peoples from the Andes who came to the forest and became Amazonians.  I have greatly looked forward to this meeting.  Thank you for being here and for helping me to see closer up, in your faces, the reflection of this land.  It is a diverse face, one of infinite variety and enormous biological, cultural and spiritual richness.  Those of us who do not live in these lands need your wisdom and knowledge to enable us to enter into, without destroying, the treasures that this region holds.  And to hear an echo of the words that the Lord spoke to Moses: “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Ex 3:5).
          Allow me to say once again: “Praise to you, Lord, for your marvellous handiwork in your Amazonian peoples and for all the biodiversity that these lands embrace!
          This song of praise is cut short when we learn about, and see, the deep wounds that Amazonia and its peoples bear.  I wanted to come to visit you and listen to you, so that we can stand together, in the heart of the Church, and share your challenges and reaffirm with you a whole-hearted option for the defence of life, the defence of the earth and the defence of cultures.
          The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present.  Amazonia is being disputed on various fronts.  On the one hand, there is neo-extractivism and the pressure being exerted by great business interests that want to lay hands on its petroleum, gas, lumber, gold and forms of agro-industrial monocultivation.  On the other hand, its lands are being threatened by the distortion of certain policies aimed at the “conservation” of nature without taking into account the men and women, specifically you, my Amazonian brothers and sisters, who inhabit it.  We know of movements that, under the guise of preserving the forest, hoard great expanses of woodland and negotiate with them, leading to situations of oppression for the native peoples; as a result, they lose access to the land and its natural resources.  These problems strangle her peoples and provoke the migration of the young due to the lack of local alternatives.  We have to break with the historical paradigm that views Amazonia as an inexhaustible source of supplies for other countries without concern for its inhabitants.
          I consider it essential to begin creating institutional expressions of respect, recognition and dialogue with the native peoples, acknowledging and recovering their native cultures, languages, traditions, rights and spirituality.  An intercultural dialogue in which you yourselves will be “the principal dialogue partners, especially when large projects affecting your land are proposed”.[1]  Recognition and dialogue will be the best way to transform relationships whose history is marked by exclusion and discrimination.
          At the same time, it is right to acknowledge the existence of promising initiatives coming from your own communities and organizations, which advocate that the native peoples and communities themselves be the guardians of the woodlands.  The resources that conservation practices generate would then revert to benefit your families, improve your living conditions and promote health and education in your communities.  This form of “doing good” is in harmony with the practices of “good living” found in the wisdom of our peoples.  Allow me to state that if, for some, you are viewed as an obstacle or a hindrance, the fact is your lives cry out against a style of life that is oblivious to its own real cost.  You are a living memory of the mission that God has entrusted to us all: the protection of our common home.
          The defence of the earth has no other purpose than the defence of life.  We know of the suffering caused for some of you by emissions of hydrocarbons, which gravely threaten the lives of your families and contaminate your natural environment.
          Along the same lines, there exists another devastating assault on life linked to this environmental contamination favoured by illegal mining.  I am speaking of human trafficking: slave labour and sexual abuse.  Violence against adolescents and against women cries out to heaven.  “I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking.  How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry, ‘Where is your brother?’ (Gen 4:9).  Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved?  Let us not look the other way.  There is greater complicity than we think.  This issue involves everyone!”[2]
          How can we fail to remember Saint Turibius, who stated with dismay in the Third Council of Lima “that not only in times past were great wrongs and acts of coercion done to these poor people, but in our own time many seek to do the same…” (Session III, c. 3).  Sadly, five centuries later, these words remain timely.  The prophetic words of those men of faith – as Hector and Yèsica reminded us – are the cry of this people, which is often silenced or not allowed to speak.  That prophecy must remain alive in our Church, which will never stop pleading for the outcast and those who suffer.
          This concern gives rise to our basic option for the life of the most defenceless.  I am thinking of the peoples referred to as “Indigenous Peoples in Voluntary Isolation” (PIAV).  We know that they are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable.  Their primitive lifestyle made them isolated even from their own ethnic groups; they went into seclusion in the most inaccessible reaches of the forest in order to live in freedom.  Continue to defend these most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.  Their presence reminds us that we cannot use goods meant for all as consumerist greed dictates.  Limits have to be set that can help preserve us from all plans for a massive destruction of the habitat that makes us who we are.
          The recognition of these people – who can never be considered a minority, but rather authentic dialogue partners – as of all the native peoples, reminds us that we are not the absolute owners of creation.  We need urgently to appreciate the essential contribution that they bring to society as a whole, and not reduce their cultures to an idealized image of a natural state, much less a kind of museum of a bygone way of life.  Their cosmic vision and their wisdom, have much to teach those of us who are not part of their culture.  All our efforts to improve the lives of the Amazonian peoples will prove too little.[3]
          The culture of our peoples is a sign of life.  Amazonia is not only a reserve of biodiversity but also a cultural reserve that must be preserved in the face of the new forms of colonialism.  The family is, and always has been, the social institution that has most contributed to keeping our cultures alive.  In moments of past crisis, in the face of various forms of imperialism, the families of the original peoples have been the best defence of life.  Special care is demanded of us, lest we allow ourselves to be ensnared by ideological forms of colonialism, disguised as progress, that slowly but surely dissipate cultural identities and establish a uniform, single… and weak way of thinking.  Listen to the elderly.  They possess a wisdom that puts them in contact with the transcendent and makes them see what is essential in life.  Let us not forget that “the disappearance of a culture can be just as serious, or even more serious, than the disappearance of a species of plant or animal”.[4]  The one way for cultures not to disappear is for them to keep alive and in constant movement.  How important is what Yésica and Hector told us: “We want our children to study, but we don’t want the school to erase our traditions, our languages; we don’t want to forget our ancestral wisdom!”
          Education helps us to build bridges and to create a culture of encounter.  Schooling and education for the native peoples must be a priority and commitment of the state: an integrated and inculturated commitment that recognizes, respects and integrates their ancestral wisdom as a treasure belonging to the whole nation, as María Luzmila made clear to us.
          I ask my brother bishops to continue, as they are doing even in the remotest places in the forest, to encourage intercultural and bilingual education in the schools, in institutions of teacher training, and in the universities.[5]  I express my appreciation of the initiatives that the Amazonian Church in Peru helps carry out in favour of the native peoples.  These include schools, student residences, centres of research and development like the José Pio Aza Cultural Centre, CAAAP and CETA, and new and important intercultural projects like NOPOKI, aimed expressly at training young people from the different ethnic groups of our Amazonia.
          I likewise support all those young men and women of the native peoples who are trying to create from their own standpoint a new anthropology, and working to reinterpret the history of their peoples from their own perspective.  I also encourage those who through art, literature, craftsmanship and music show the world your worldview and your cultural richness.  Much has been written and spoken about you.   It is good that you are now the ones to define yourselves and show us your identity.  We need to listen to you.
          How many missionaries, men and women, have devoted themselves to your peoples and defended your cultures!  They did so inspired by the Gospel.  Christ himself took flesh in a culture, the Jewish culture, and from it, he gave us himself as a source of newness for all peoples, in such a way that each, in its own deepest identity, feels itself affirmed in him.  Do not yield to those attempts to uproot the Catholic faith from your peoples.[6]  Each culture and each worldview that receives the Gospel enriches the Church by showing a new aspect of Christ’s face.  The Church is not alien to your problems and your lives, she does not want to be aloof from your way of life and organization.  We need the native peoples to shape the culture of the local churches in Amazonia.  Help your bishops, and the men and women missionaries, to be one with you, and in this way, by an inclusive dialogue, to shape a Church with an Amazonian face, a Church with a native face.  In this spirit, I have convoked a Synod for Amazonia in 2019.
          I trust in your peoples’ capacity for resilience and your ability to respond to these difficult times in which you live.  You have shown this at different critical moments in your history, with your contributions and with your differentiated vision of human relations, with the natural environment and your way of living the faith.
          I pray for you, for this land blessed by God, and I ask you, please, not to forget to pray for me. 
          Many thanks!
          Tinkunakama  (Quechua: Until we meet again)
[1] Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, 146.
[2] Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 211.
[3] We hear disturbing reports about the spread of certain diseases.  The silence is alarming and deadly.  By remaining silent, we fail to work for prevention, especially among adolescents and young people, and to ensure treatment, thus condemning the sick to a cruel ostracism.  We call upon states to implement policies of intercultural health that take into account the experience and the worldview of the native people, training professionals from each ethnic group who can deal with the disease in the context of their own worldview.  As I pointed out in Laudato Si’, once again we need to speak out against the pressure applied to certain countries by international organizations that promote reproductive policies favouring infertility.  These are particularly directed at the native peoples.  We know too that the practice of sterilizing women, at times without their knowledge, continues to be promoted.
[4] Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, 145.
[6] Cf. ibid., 531

#PopeFrancis "Our hearts were touched by the image of the Child Jesus. He is our treasure." to Children in Peru - FULL TEXT

Pope greets children at 'Little Prince' home: Full text
We bring you the full text of Pope Francis' prepared remarks for his meeting with children at "The Little Prince" Home in Puerto Maldonado on Friday, during his Apostolic Visit to Peru. Greeting of the Holy Father
“The Little Prince” Home
Puerto Maldonado
Friday, 19 January 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Dear Children,
         Thank you very much for this lovely reception and for your words of welcome. Seeing you dance makes me very happy.
         I could not leave Puerto Maldonado before coming to visit you.  You wanted to come from various homes to meet here in the Little Prince Home.  Thank you for the efforts you made to be here today.
         Not long ago, we celebrated Christmas.  Our hearts were touched by the image of the Child Jesus.  He is our treasure.  You children are his reflection, and you too are a treasure for all of us, the most precious treasure that we have, and one that we are called to guard.  Forgive us those times when we adults have not cared for you, and when we did not give you the importance you deserve.  Your faces, your lives constantly demand a greater commitment and effort on our part, lest we become blind or indifferent to all those other children who suffer and are in need.  Without a doubt, you are the greatest treasure that is ours to care for. 
         Dear children of the Little Prince Home and young people from the other homes, I know that sometimes, at night, some of you feel sad.  I know that you miss your father and mother who are not here, and I know too that sometimes you feel very hurt.  Dirsey, you were brave and you shared that with us.  You told me; “I hope my message may be a light of hope”.  But let me tell you something.  Your life, your words, and the lives of all of you, are a light of hope.  I want to thank you for your witness.  Thank you for being a light of hope for all of us.
         I am happy to see that you have a home where you are welcomed, and where, with affection and friendship, there are people who help you to see that God takes you by the hand and puts dreams in your heart.
         What a wonderful witness, too, is offered by all of you young people who have travelled this road, who found love in this home and now are able to shape your own future!  You demonstrate to all of us the enormous potential of each person.  For these boys and girls, you are the best example to follow, a sign of hope that they will be able to do the same.  We all need good role models: children need to look to the future and have positive role models.  They need to think and say: “I want to be like him, like her”.  Everything that you young people can do, like coming here to be with them, to play and spend time together, is important.  Be for them, as the Little Prince says: the little stars that light up the night (cf. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, XXIV; XXVI). 
         Some of you young people here come from native communities.  Sadly, you have seen the destruction of the woodlands.  Your elders taught you to discover them; there they found their food and the medicine that brought them healing.  Today those woodlands have been laid waste by the intoxication of a misguided notion of progress.  The rivers that hosted your games and provided you with food are now muddied, contaminated, dead.  Young people, do not be resigned to what is happening!  Do not renounce the legacy you have received from your elders, or your lives and dreams. 
         I would like to encourage you to study.  Get an education, take advantage of the opportunities you have for schooling.  The world needs you, young men and women of the first peoples, and it needs you as you are.  Do not be content to be the last car on the train of society, letting yourselves be pulled along and eventually disconnected.  We need you to be the engine, always pressing forward.  Listen to your elders; value their traditions; do not curb your curiosity.  Get in touch with your roots, but at the same time open your eyes to new things; bring the old and the new together in your own way.  Share what you learn with the world, because the world needs you to be yourselves, who you really are, and not an imitation of someone else.  We need you to be authentic, young men and women who are proud to belong to the Amazonian peoples and who can offer humanity an alternative for a true life.  My friends, society often needs to correct its course and you, the young of the first peoples, can help greatly – of this I am sure – to meet this challenge, above all by teaching us a way of life based on protection and care, not on the destruction of everything that stands in the way of our greed.
         I want to thank Father Xavier, the religious brothers and sisters, the lay missionaries who are doing such wonderful work, and all the benefactors who are part of this family.  I also thank the volunteers whose gift of time is like a balm soothing every wound.  Likewise, I thank all those who confirm these young people in their Amazonian identity and help them to forge a better future for their communities and for our entire world.
         Children, let us ask God to give us his blessing.
         May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May he let his face shine upon you and show you his mercy.  May he turn his countenance towards you and give you his peace.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen (cf. Num 6:24-26; Ps 67; Blessing in Ordinary Time). 
         Let me ask you a favour.  Please pray for me.  And thank you for being the little stars that light up the night.

#BreakingNews President Donald Trump to Participate in #ProLife March in DC via Satellite - 1st in History

For the first time in history the President of the United States will participate in the March for Life in Washington, DC via satellite link. He address the March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden. This annual pro-life march remembers the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v Wade  that legalised abortion. This year's theme is “Love Saves Lives”. Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, said, “Since his first day in office, President Trump has remained steadfast on his campaign promises to the pro-life cause and has actively worked to protect the unborn. … We welcome our 45th president, Donald Trump, to the 45th annual March for Life.”  “Over the past year, the Trump administration has significantly advanced pro-life policy, and it is with great confidence that, under his leadership, we expect to see other pro-life achievements in the years to come,” she said. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the March for Life from the speakers’ stage last year. Catholics attending the March will receive a Plenary indulgence. President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush all addressed the march via telephone or a radio hookup from the Oval Office. Another prominent Catholic will address the crowd this year; House Speaker Paul Ryan. Two other Catholic congressmen will join; Democrat Dan Lipinksi and Republican Chris Smith.This year’s event begins with a rally on the National Mall between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. After the speakers addresses the participants will march down Constitution Avenue toward the US Capitol and then to the area outside the US Supreme Court. Famous speakers include Pam Tebow, mother of former football player Tim Tebow. Her doctors told her she had to have an abortion to save her own life, but she refused and delivered a healthy boy.
Organizers explained, “The March for Life is nonpartisan, or bipartisan, we’re also nonsectarian, we always try to get people from both sides of the political aisle to speak at the March for Life.” 

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday January 19, 2018 - #Eucharist

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 315

Reading 11 SM 24:3-21

Saul took three thousand picked men from all Israel
and went in search of David and his men
in the direction of the wild goat crags.
When he came to the sheepfolds along the way, he found a cave,
which he entered to relieve himself.
David and his men were occupying the inmost recesses of the cave.

David's servants said to him,
"This is the day of which the LORD said to you,
'I will deliver your enemy into your grasp;
do with him as you see fit.'"
So David moved up and stealthily cut off an end of Saul's mantle.
Afterward, however, David regretted that he had cut off
an end of Saul's mantle.
He said to his men,
"The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master,
the LORD's anointed, as to lay a hand on him,
for he is the LORD's anointed."
With these words David restrained his men
and would not permit them to attack Saul.
Saul then left the cave and went on his way.
David also stepped out of the cave, calling to Saul,
"My lord the king!"
When Saul looked back, David bowed to the ground in homage and asked Saul:
"Why do you listen to those who say,
'David is trying to harm you'?
You see for yourself today that the LORD just now delivered you
into my grasp in the cave.
I had some thought of killing you, but I took pity on you instead.
I decided, 'I will not raise a hand against my lord,
for he is the LORD's anointed and a father to me.'
Look here at this end of your mantle which I hold.
Since I cut off an end of your mantle and did not kill you,
see and be convinced that I plan no harm and no rebellion.
I have done you no wrong,
though you are hunting me down to take my life.
The LORD will judge between me and you,
and the LORD will exact justice from you in my case.
I shall not touch you.
The old proverb says, 'From the wicked comes forth wickedness.'
So I will take no action against you.
Against whom are you on campaign, O king of Israel?
Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, or a single flea!
The LORD will be the judge; he will decide between me and you.
May he see this, and take my part,
and grant me justice beyond your reach!"
When David finished saying these things to Saul, Saul answered,
"Is that your voice, my son David?"
And Saul wept aloud.
Saul then said to David: "You are in the right rather than I;
you have treated me generously, while I have done you harm.
Great is the generosity you showed me today,
when the LORD delivered me into your grasp
and you did not kill me.
For if a man meets his enemy, does he send him away unharmed?
May the LORD reward you generously for what you have done this day.
And now, I know that you shall surely be king
and that sovereignty over Israel shall come into your possession."

Responsorial PsalmPS 57:2, 3-4, 6 AND 11

R. (2a) Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
Have mercy on me, O God; have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
In the shadow of your wings I take refuge,
till harm pass by.
R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
I call to God the Most High,
to God, my benefactor.
May he send from heaven and save me;
may he make those a reproach who trample upon me;
may God send his mercy and his faithfulness.
R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.
Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
above all the earth be your glory!
For your mercy towers to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the skies.
R. Have mercy on me, God, have mercy.

Alleluia2 COR 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

#PopeFrancis is Welcomed in Peru for his Visit - Ceremony - FULL Video

Peru welcomes Pope Francis
Pope Francis arrived in Peru on Thursday evening kicking off the second leg of his 22nd apostolic visit abroad. For a series of reasons the people of Peru are awaiting his words and presence with high expectation and his visit promises to be dense with activity and inspiration as he is scheduled, amongst other things, to address political leaders, celebrate Holy Mass, meet with priests and religious and pay tribute to the nation’s beloved Vergin of La Puerta. One highlight of Francis' visit will most certainly be his meeting on Friday with the indigenous peoples of Peru’s Amazon rainforest during which he is expected to issue a message of warning and of hope to the world. By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis arrived in Peru’s capital city Lima on Thursday evening beginning the second leg of an apostolic visit that is also scheduled to take him to the Amazon city of Puerto Maldonado and  to the northern coastal city of Trujillo.
The Pope will be in Peru from 18 to 21. This is the third papal journey to the nation after Saint Pope John Paul II who visited the nation twice, in 1985 and 1988.
The Amazon climate of Puerto Maldonado has impacted the usual protocol a papal visit is tied to with the official courtesy visit to Peru’s President taking place late Friday afternoon to allow him to travel to Puerto Maldonado in the morning thus avoiding tropical afternoon downpours.

Puerto Maldonado gateway to Peruvian Amazon

In Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon which makes up some 60% of the nation’s territory, Pope Francis will hold a highly anticipated meeting with some 4000 representatives of different indigenous peoples.
During the meeting – which takes place within the “Laudato Sì” framework, Francis’s encyclical “on the care of our common home” will be presented in some of the indigenous languages.
Columban Fr. Peter Hughes, a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan-Amazonian Church Network – REPAM - spoke to Cristiane Murray, the Vatican News correspondent in Puerto Maldonado about the significance of  Pope Francis’ visit to Peru.

Two main themes

Father Hughes reflected on the importance and on the meaning of this visit for the nation and for the world pinpointing two themes in particular: the Pope’s closeness to the marginalized and to the poor, and the fact that he will be meeting with representatives of many indigenous groups in the Amazon region highlighting his concern for the rights of indigenous peoples and for the plight of the rainforest and the need to care for “our common home”. 
Peru, Hughes explained, is suffering from huge problems of poverty and marginalization. It’s a multicultural multi ethnic society, there are 42 languages spoken in the country (many in the Amazon region) as well as two major indigenous languages, and many components of its society do not have access even to basic services.

Pope's affinity to major Peruvian concerns

“I think the Pope has a particular affinity with a county like Peru, not only because he is Latin American but because he is a Latin American Pope who has been deeply involved with the whole process of reform fueled by the Conference of Medellin after Vatican 2” he said.
Hughes said Francis is a very good expression and exponent of the whole reform period in the Latin American Church, having been himself an important agent in the Church in this period (Bergoglio played a major role in drawing up the Aparecida document).
“He shares a particularly profound insight from the heart of the Gospel that God’s wish for people is that they are included in life and that they are not supposed to be marginalized for political, economic or cultural reasons” he said.
He said his affinity with the plight of the poor gives him a strong connection to the desperateness of the current situation.
“Peruvians are waiting for him for very deep spiritual reasons” he said.   

Indigenous peoples, the Amazon and 'Laudato Sì'

The second reason this visit is so significant, Hughes continues, is to do with the fact that Francis is arriving in the Amazon region and he will be meeting representatives of many indigenous groups in the town of Maldonado.
“Here, Fr. Hughes said, there is a direct connection between his visit and his encyclical Laudato Sì”.
Hughes described the Amazon as the place where the common home of humanity and of the world is perhaps best expressed.
He said the destruction and the depredation of the Amazon is terrible and is taking place at an increasingly accelerated rate.

The tragic poignancy of Puerto Maldonado

He explained that in the town of Puerto Maldonado the great trans-oceanic highway that connects the Amazon to the Pacific coast passes through and that this is the subject of much debate because of all the scandals and corruption connected to its construction.
“A major highway is always considered as progress” he said, but it must not be ignored that it also brings with it a lot of problems: “There are human, social and political consideration to be made”.
Puerto Maldonado, he continued, is also a center of major drug-trafficking and human trafficking of young women for prostitution; it’s where small boys are exploited as workers in the gold mines with no consideration for their rights or their health; it’s where the major problems of the Amazon take place like deforestation and the destruction of land because of how the extractive industries operate”.
He spoke of the taking of lands and livelihoods from the indigenous peoples who have been connected to this land for millennia and of how they are being used for multinational agri-business for production with no regard for the consequences this will have on biodiversity, water access and the rotation that the lands need.
Hughes pointed out that the question of climate is ‘in question’ in the Amazon: “if the Amazon and the Congo, the two major river basins of the world continue to be destroyed, 20% of drinking water that is available to people in the world will be gone; 20% of the oxygen that people in the world need to breathe will be gone. These are huge levels of destruction that we don’t hear about every day and these are exactly the concerns Francis has been writing about in Laudato Sì”.

Francis will be speaking to the whole human family

So, Hughes concluded,  he won’t be speaking just to the people of the Amazon but to the world, to the human family across the globe, to Christians, Catholics, believers and non-believers and he will be “drawing a line and shining a light to alert us all about the need to change, on every level; that life on earth has to be respected and that we have to become serious about the Paris Climate Treaty and about how to defend the world, its beauty, its resources and its climate from destruction”.