Monday, March 26, 2018

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Dies from Wounds in Attack with others Christians Killed in Central Africa - Please Pray

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - "We strongly condemn these acts. The men of God have the task of announcing the path of peace and reconciliation", said His Eminence Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga, in condemning, together with Imam Omar Kobine Layama, the killing of Fr. Joseph Désiré Angbabata, parish priest of Séko, a resort 60 km from Bambari, who died due to the injuries received in the parish assault (see Fides 23 and 24/3/2018).
The population is suffering the consequences of the clashes which broke out on March 20 in several villages in the area, between the UPC (Unité pour la paix en Centrafrique), formation led by d'Ali Darass, and the anti balaka militiamen.
Among the dead there are the director of the school of Goubali, Passi Kouzounéyé, and his wife, who determined the closure of schools in all the villages affected by the fighting, whose population was also forced to flee, given that different houses were looted and set on fire in the attack. Several dozen people were killed and their bodies were buried in mass graves. A spokesman for the UPC denied that his group had perpetrated the assaults, stating that they were committed by "bandits".
But local Church sources, who for security reasons have asked for anonymity, reiterate that it was members of the UPC who committed the violence: "The testimonies that came to our attention and the survivors who arrived at the hospital of Bambari firmly affirm that members of the UPC started to commit violence from the village of Goubali to the parish of Séko. They coldly killed Fr. Joseph Désiré Angbabata, parish priest of the church, and a dozen Christians". The source then asked the national authorities to take responsibility for protecting the population, and stressed that "not all Christians are anti-balaka and all anti-balaka are not Christians". Seleka rebels are described as "Muslims" while their opponents, anti-Balaka militias, are described as "Christians". In reality, as repeatedly emphasized by Cardinal Nzapalainga, by Imam Kobine Layama and by other members of the Central African Platform for Religious Confessions for Peace, the conflict in Central Africa is political, not religious. (L.M.) (Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 26/3/2018)

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday March 26, 2018 - #Eucharist

Monday of Holy Week
Lectionary: 257

Reading 1IS 42:1-7

Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
Upon whom I have put my Spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
Not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
A bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
Until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spreads out the earth with its crops,
Who gives breath to its people
and spirit to those who walk on it:
I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
To open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

Responsorial PsalmPS 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14

R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life's refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
When evildoers come at me
to devour my flesh,
My foes and my enemies
themselves stumble and fall.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me,
even then will I trust.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Verse Before The Gospel

Hail to you, our King;
you alone are compassionate with our faults.

GospelJN 12:1-11

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
"Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days' wages
and given to the poor?"
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, "Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him.

#BreakingNews 48 Killed by Fire in a Mall - Including 41 Children - in Siberia

Siberian mall blaze leaves at least 48 dead, 41 are children
The cause of the fire is not yet known; the authorities have launched an investigation. Many of the victims were inside the cinema halls. Approximately 660 emergency personnel deployed in rescue operations.
 Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least 48 people lost their lives in a fire that devastated a commercial complex in the city of Kemerovo, a coal mining center in western Siberia. Authorities declare that 27 are currently missing, while 41 of the victims could be children. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but the authorities have launched an investigation. Local media report that the flames broke out around 5.00 pm yesterday on one of the upper floors of the building, intended for entertainment, and many of the victims were inside the cinema halls. Approximately 660 emergency personnel were deployed in rescue operations. "According to preliminary information, the roof collapsed in two cinemas," says the Russian Investigative Committee in a statement. The Russian officials initially announced the figure of 64 missing persons, to then clarify that the number included victims whose remains had not yet been identified. At least nine of the bodies recovered are children.
Text Source: ASIA NEWS IT