Sunday, June 10, 2018

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Killed - RIP Fr. Richmond Nilo age 40 - Shot in Chapel at Start of Mass

Third priest killed in Philippines since December.  Fr. Richmnond Nilo was gunned down while he was about to celebrate Mass in the chapel of Brgy. Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija on Sunday. Gunmen have killed a Catholic priest in Nueva Ecija on Sunday, less than a week after another priest was hurt in a shooting attack in Laguna province. The unidentified suspects shot dead Fr. Richmnond Nilo of the Diocese of Cabanatuan at around 5pm while he was about to celebrate Mass in the chapel of Brgy. Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija. Initial reports revealed the suspects fled to unknown direction using a car. The murder of Fr. Nilo marks the third killing of a priest in the country in six months, following the killing of Fr. Mark Ventura in Gattaran, Cagayan on April 29 and Fr. Marcelito Paez in Jaen, Nueva Ecija on December 4. On June 6, Fr. Rey Urmeneta of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Calamba was wounded after being shot by unidentified suspects. Urmeneta, a former police chaplain, suffered wounds to his left upper back and left arm was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Diocese of Cabanatuan has yet to issue a statement on the incident.
Text from CBCP News of the Bishops Conference in the Philippines

Pope Francis "Jesus has formed a new family, no longer based on natural ties but on faith in Him, on His love that receives us and unites us in the Holy Spirit." Full Text + Video

Before the Angelus:  
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
This Sunday’s Gospel (Cf. Mark 3:20-35) shows us two sorts of misunderstandings that Jesus had to address: that of the scribes and that of His own relatives. The first misunderstanding: the scribes were men instructed in the Holy Scriptures and in charge of explaining it to the people. Some of them were sent from Jerusalem to Galilee, where Jesus’ fame was beginning to spread, to discredit Him in the eyes of the people, to engage in the office of gossipers, discredit the other, take away His authority — such an awful thing. And they were sent to do this. And these scribes arrived with a specific and terrible accusation – they spare no means, go to the center and say thus: “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons He casts out the demons” (v. 22). That is, the head of the demons is the one that drives Him, which is as though saying, more or less, “He is possessed.” In fact, Jesus was healing many sick people, and the scribes wanted to make them believe that He did so, not with the Spirit of God — as Jesus did –,  but with that of the Evil One, with the strength of the devil.
Jesus reacts with strong and clear words; He doesn’t tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, were falling into the gravest sin: to deny and blaspheme the Love of God, which is present and works in Jesus. And blasphemy, the sin against the Holy Spirit, is the only unforgivable sin — so says Jesus –, because it stems from the closure of the heart to God’s mercy, which acts in Jesus.
However, this episode contains an admonition that is useful for all of us. In fact, it can happen that intense envy of the goodness and good works of a person can push one to accuse them falsely. There is a mortal poison here: the malice with which, in a premeditated way, one wishes to destroy another’s good reputation. May God free us from this terrible temptation! And if on examining our conscience, we realize that this evil weed is germinating within us, we must go immediately to confess it in the Sacrament of Penance, before it develops and produces its evil effects, which are incurable. Pay attention, because this attitude destroys families, friendships, communities and even society.
Today’s Gospel speaks to us also of another misunderstanding, very different, in Jesus’ relations: that of His relatives. They were concerned because His new itinerant life seemed madness to them (Cf. v. 21). In fact, He showed Himself so available to people, especially the sick and sinners, to the point of not even having time to eat. Jesus was like that: first the people, serve the people, help the people, teach the people and cure the people. He was for the people; He didn’t even have time to eat. Therefore, His relatives decide to take Him back home to Nazareth. They arrive in the place where Jesus is preaching and they sent to Him and called Him. They say to Him: “Behold, your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you” (v. 32). He replies: “Who are my mother and my brethren?” And looking around the persons who sat about Him to listen to Him, He adds: “Here are my mother and my brethren! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister and mother” (vv. 33-34). Jesus has formed a new family, no longer based on natural ties but on faith in Him, on His love that receives us and unites us in the Holy Spirit. All those that receive the word of Jesus are children of God and brothers among themselves. To receive the word of Jesus makes us brothers among ourselves and renders us Jesus’ family.
To bad-mouth others, to destroy the reputation of others, makes us the devil’s family. That answer of Jesus isn’t a lack of respect for his mother and relatives. Rather, for Mary, it’s the greatest recognition because she is, in fact, the perfect disciple who obeyed God’s will in everything. May the Virgin Mary help us to live always in communion with Jesus, recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit, who acts in Him and in the Church, regenerating the world to a new life.
[Original text: Italian]  [Share of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester
After the Angelus:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In friendship and in prayer, I wish again to have a particular thought reach the beloved Korean people. May the talks that will take place in the coming days at Singapore be able to contribute to the development of a positive course, which ensures a future of peace for the Korean Peninsula and for the whole world. We pray to the Lord for this. We pray all together to Our Lady, Queen of Korea, to accompany these talks.
[Hail Mary . . .”]
Proclaimed Blessed today at Agen, in France, is Sister Mary of the Conception, born Adelaide de Batz de Trenquelleon. Living between the 18th and 19th centuries, she founded the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, called Marianists. We praise the Lord for this daughter of His, who consecrated her life to Him and to the service of brethren. A round of applause to the new Blessed; all applaud.
I greet you all, dear Romans and pilgrims: the parish groups, the families, and the Associations. In particular, I greet the faithful from Spain: from Murcia, Pamplona, and Logrono, and, from Italy, those from Naples, the young people from Mestrino and the Alpine Sports Group from Legnago.
I wish you a happy Sunday. And, please, don’t forget to pray for me.
Have a good lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian]  [Share of ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

"...Attending Mass on Sunday is a solemn and binding obligation. If we deliberately fail in this matter, it is a grave Sin and we must go to Confession before receiving Communion..." FULL TEXT Letter from Archbishop

The Archbishop of St. Andrews in Edinburgh, Scotland has released a Pastoral Letter on the Feast of Corpus Christi. In it he explains that attending Sunday Mass for Catholics is necessary and that missing Sunday Mass, without a serious reason, is a grave sin. Missing Mass on Sundays deliberately must be confessed before receiving Communion.
Here is the FULL TEXT of the Letter from the Archdiocese Website: 
Edinburgh, Corpus Christi, 2018
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Warmest greetings to you on the feast of Corpus Christi. I thought it would be helpful to write to you, especially on this day, to recall the central importance of the Sunday Eucharist as the very summit of the life of the local church. It is true that many people think of Sunday as just part of the weekend, a welcome break from the usual routine, and perhaps a day for family, or sporting activities and so on. Naturally, it's good to relax and make time for these things, but our culture has largely forgotten that Sunday is a weekly holiday because of its meaning as the Christian holy day. God commanded his chosen people to refrain from ordinary work for one day at the end the week. That "Sabbath", now our Saturday, reminded them that life has a higher goal than physical survival or financial gain. True fulfilment lies in relationship with our Creator and our hearts will always be restless until they rest in Him. So, the working week ended with everyone gathering in God's presence to offer sacrifices from the fruits of their labours and to receive renewed blessings through the hands of his priests. That weekly day of rest was an earthly reflection of God's own eternal restfulness. It was a constant commemoration of the Covenant between God and his people and also looked forward to a time when they would enter into his heavenly peace through the coming of the Messiah. As Christians we believe that we have found the Messiah. God has visited His people in the person of Jesus Christ, for He is God made flesh and blood. He is the at the centre of everything and everything finds its true meaning and purpose in Him. That eternal Day of peace and glory— the triumph of all that is good and just and holy, which the prophets all longed for—has already begun. It began on the first Easter Sunday when Jesus rose from the dead after offering his life in atonement for our sins on the cross. This is why Sunday, which is actually the first day of week, is now our Christian Sabbath, more properly called "The Lord's Day". St John Paul II wrote a wonderful letter to the whole Church on the importance of this day, in which he said that every Sunday "is Easter which returns week by week, celebrating Christ's victory over sin and death … It is the day which recalls in grateful adoration the world's first day and looks forward in active hope to the last day, when Christ will come in glory and all things will be made new". (Dies Domini,
1) And so: "Every seven days the Church celebrates the Easter mystery. This is a tradition going back to the Apostles, taking its origin from the actual day of Christ's Resurrection — a day thus appropriately designated 'the Lord's Day'." (Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 6) When we gather for Mass on Sunday it is a foretaste of heaven. Because Jesus is truly present on our altar, all the angels and saints gather with us for the feast too (cf. Hebrews 12:22). We are caught up together in adoration of the Lamb of God, who sacrificed Himself to take our sins away and draw us into his divine life through communion with his own Body and Blood. Every Mass is actually that one same sacrifice offered throughout time and space. It is only this great Sacrifice that enables us to live authentically holy lives. It is only this Blessed Sacrament of his Body and Blood that empowers us to do real and lasting good in the world. Jesus Himself said that it is only if we are joined to Him in the Eucharist that we can hope to be saved for eternal life (cf. John 6:53). I will write to you again about these deeply important teachings; but, for now, I would like to re-emphasise something I wrote in my pastoral letter to you in 2015: "We belong to the Church because we belong to Jesus Christ, and we can only belong fully to Jesus Christ by being members of His Church". And we are only fully members of Christ and his Church when we faithfully join ourselves to the offering of his Sacrifice in the Mass every Sunday. It is this and this alone that makes us a community and binds us together as one family in the Church. If we cut ourselves off from this mystery of grace, we not only cut ourselves off from Him but from one another too. The community of God's people is impoverished by your absence. Of course, there can be unavoidable circumstances that prevent our coming to Mass; illness or caring for a sick child, for example; travelling abroad too, although in these days of the internet we ought to be able to plan ahead. But under normal circumstances, attending Mass on Sunday is a solemn and binding obligation. If we deliberately fail in this matter, it is a grave sin and we must go to confession before receiving communion again (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2181). So, I would like you to ask yourself today: is Jesus Christ in the Sacrifice of the Mass my priority every Sunday, or do other commitments take precedence sometimes? Coming to Mass only every other week, or occasionally, is not the same as being faithful to his New Covenant. Surely, we cannot treat Christ our Saviour as one option among others for us to shuffle at our convenience. Dear parents, you naturally want your children to achieve their full potential and find lasting happiness. There's no better thing you can do for them than to bring them to meet the living Lord Jesus at Mass every week. If you teach them like this to seek the Kingdom of God first, you can be sure He will bless them in all the other ways that you hope for (cf. Matthew 6:33). I know it isn't always easy in our secularised world. It may mean making sacrifices and standing up for your faith among friends or within families. But remember, Jesus already sacrificed everything for us, because He did not want anyone to be lost. At many times in the past, people have died for the Mass, and even today in some parts of the world our fellow Catholics risk their lives in order to get to Mass, because they believe that True Life depends on it. And they are right. Christ is our Life and the Mass is our lifeline. I therefore urge you, my dear brother and sisters, to make the choice to attend Sunday Mass, to make it a priority, and to bring others with you. Finally, rejoice in hope, be patient in difficulties, and be constant in prayer (cf. Romans 12:12), especially the Great Prayer which is the Sunday Eucharist, and the Lord will surely reward you. Invoking God’s abundant blessing upon you, and especially upon our children making their First Holy Communions at this time,
I am Yours sincerely in Christ,
 +Leo Cushley
Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh

Pope Francis says "Love and service to one another is the path to happiness.” on Phone Call to Pilgrims

Pope makes telephone call to young Italians on pilgrimage
In a telephone conversation with young Italian pilgrims participating in the Macerata-Loreto Night March on Saturday, Pope Francis urges them to seek true happiness which consists in loving and letting oneself be loved. “Life is a journey. Always move forward, seeking happiness for yourselves and for others.” That was Pope Francis’ message to the young people participating in the annual Macerata-Loreto Night March pilgrimage that took place in the Italian towns on Saturday evening. The event saw tens of thousands of young pilgrims walk 28 kilometers at night through the hills in the Italian “Le Marche” region from Macerata to the House of Loreto.
‘You can't stand still in life’
"[You are] brave young people who set out on your way ... It’s a good sign,” the Pope said, "because in life one cannot remain still … because a young person who stands still is like a retiree at the age of 20, and this is a bad thing." Youth, he said, is to be lived well, “so go out and bear fruit.”
‘Happiness is loving and letting oneself be loved’
"Happiness”, Pope Francis said “is not something you buy at the supermarket. Happiness comes only in loving and letting oneself be loved, that is, loving others. Wars do not give you happiness; enmities do not make you happy; gossip does not make you happy.”
"Love and service to one another is the path to happiness.”
The Pope invited them to "always go forward, looking at the horizon, taking life one step at a time.”
Thanksgiving for school year
The annual Macerata-Loreto Night March began in 1978, as an idea by Fr. Giancarlo Vecerrica, now bishop emeritus of Fabriano-Matelica. He started the pilgrimage as a way for Italian students to give thanks to Our Lady in Loreto at the end of the school year.

Threats to the Seal of Confession in Australia "The Catholic Code of Canon Law states that 'The sacramental seal is inviolable..." FULL TEXT Release

Threat to the Seal of Confession

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
8 Jun 2018
The Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse has expressed shock over the passage of a new child protection law which seeks to force priests to break the seal of confession in cases where child abuse is disclosed.
The change is an expansion of the ACT's current reportable conduct scheme to include religious organisations' 'activities, facilities, programs or services' to report allegations, offences, or convictions related to children to the ACT Ombudsman. This expansion was supported by Archbishop Prowse, who had been calling for the reportable conduct scheme to include parishes and religious organisations for "well over a year."
However, the new law does not provide an exemption for disclosures made in the sacrament of confession, a move that has been criticised as an overreach.
The new law comes into effect on 1 July, but the provision relating to the confessional won't apply until 31 March, 2019 to give Church authorities time to discuss with the Government how it will work.
If no solution is found, the ACT will become the country's only jurisdiction where priests can be convicted for maintaining the seal of confession.
The law was passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly on 7 June, although three Liberal MPs, Andrew Wall, Elizabeth Kikkert, and Vicki Dunne, expressed concerns that the clause on confession was a step too far.
"I'm extremely disappointed that [the bill] was augmented to include intervention into the sacrament of confession without any consultation with the archdiocese," Archbishop Prowse said.

"I'm quite in shock about that.
"To have the Church's sacramental life intruded upon is quite extraordinary given the democratic country we live in.

"The way we are moving is towards a fundamental infringement on basic human rights of religious expression and freedom."
The Archbishop told The Catholic Weekly that he only received notification about the clause on confession in a letter from the Attorney General dated 7 May.
"I immediately wrote to the Attorney General requesting a meeting which is scheduled for June 19. I was given minimal time to respond and I just found in the last week that it was going to be debated in parliament yesterday.
"That meeting will now be pivotal because I still don't know what they've got in mind.
"I believe that is it not an 'either-or' situation of ensuring child safety or the integrity of the sacrament.
"It's 'both-and' child safety and the integrity of the sacrament.
"All of us have got to work these areas out together in a respectful tone of mutual dialogue."
The archbishop said he has been in touch with canon lawyers for advice on the issue and would also speak with the Apostolic Nuncio, Pope Francis' representative in Australia.
In an opinion article for The Canberra Times today, Archbishop Prowse said the requirement to break the seal of confession would neither help to prevent abuse or efforts to improve the safety of children in Catholic institutions.
Apart from the fact that child abusers do not confess their crimes, such legislation would also threaten Catholic's religious freedom and put it out of step with other jurisdictions, he wrote.
"The government threatens religious freedom by appointing itself an expert on religious practices and by attempting to change the sacrament of confession while delivering no improvement in the safety of children.
"Sadly, breaking the seal of confession won't prevent abuse and it won't help our ongoing efforts to improve the safety of children in Catholic institutions."
He also argued it would be difficult to put into practice, as most confessions are done anonymously and there's no proof of identity required.
Last year's Royal Commission recommendations included the creation of laws covering priests who fail to report abuse admissions made during confession.
Several politicians have expressed a preference for the seal of the confessional to be addressed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), rather than governments in isolation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in April said her government's response to the Royal Commission recommendation was to "take it through the COAG process".
"They're complex issues that need to be balanced with what people believe to be religious freedoms," she said.
The Catholic Code of Canon Law states that 'The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason: Can. 983 §1'. FULL TEXT from Archdiocese of Sydney

Pope Francis Q and A with Children "I felt in my heart that I had to become a priest"



Atrium of the Paul VI Hall
Saturday, June 9th 2018

Good morning Holiness, my name is Muraro Francesco and I am the head teacher of the Comprehensive Institute of Via Giacosa, Milan north-east, Via Padova. I also introduce my colleagues ...

Your Holiness, I am Milena Sozzi, I am the director of the "Tommaso Grossi" Comprehensive Institute, Molise-Calvairate district, east of Milan.

Good morning Holiness, I'm Micaela Francisetti, I'm the manager of the Comprehensive Institute "Ilaria Alpi", south-west area, Barona district.

Good morning Holiness, I am Milena Piscozzo, dean of the Comprehensive Institute "Riccardo Massa", north-west of the city. And as leaders of four schools in the suburbs of Milan, rather than talking to us executives and explain what they want children and how our neighborhood, as are our neighborhoods, our children have prepared several surprises and tell how is the neighborhood, even with materials and products that they have made, and important surprises just for you.

Your Holiness, allow me to call you dear Pope Francis, thanks for this unrepeatable occasion and the enthusiasm you see in the eyes of our little ones. I am Rosa Maria ..., head teacher of a Comprehensive Institute of the Prenestino-Collatino of Rome, "Giovambattista Valente", a school in the suburbs so dear to you. Our users are very colorful, very varied, made up of many ethnic groups, Roma pupils, foreigners, because the school has been working for years for inclusion and participating in this project has allowed us to think, to imagine a very colorful territory, like the our school community. So, I leave room for our students who will show them the work between which there is the interweaving of colored threads that represent what you work together, joined in a very strong and I conclude, if you allow me, using the words that You address the Church in your reflection [Apostolic Exhortation] Evangelii gaudium, I would like to readjust to the school, saying that we prefer a school that gets dirty in the streets rather than a school that remains clean in its closure. Thank you.

Pope Francis, good morning. As you wish from the window on Sunday tells us "good appetite", we also say "hello", today. I speak for the "Antonio Gramsci" Comprehensive Institute, located on the outskirts of Rome, at Trullo, an area particularly affected by the integration and the ability to welcome our children and our families. There are 1,100 children, 1,100 families who have become a family, a single family with open arms to welcome anyone who wants to arrive in our territory. The school works for this.

[Nursery rhyme and song]


My name is Anna Greta and I am from the school in via Giacosa. I wanted to ask you a question: do you remember how your teachers were?


I went to school when I was 6, the school was 400 meters from home, I went on foot, and I went there in the year '42 ... Where were you alive in the year '42? ... Eh, not you I was! The teacher was called Stella, a teacher I had in the first year and in the third, the same teacher. In the second and fourth I had another one. She was good, taught us to write and read, very good. Then, always, when I left the school, I always remembered, because remembering the first teacher or the first teacher is very important because it is the one that makes you go in life first. And I called her on the phone, already as a boy, already as a priest. And then as a bishop I helped her in her illness. She died at 94. And I always followed her. I never forget that memory. Thanks for the question!


Good morning, my name is Clara and I would like to ask you: when you were a child, what was your neighborhood and what city did you live in?


Thank you. Can I afford something? I lived in the most beautiful city in the world! In Buenos Aires, in the district of Flores, which is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, of the first districts. And I lived with my family, we were five brothers at home ... and the neighborhood is a popular neighborhood, there were no tall buildings, no, they were all low houses. At that time, there were very few high-rise buildings. They came after the tall buildings ... It was a simple neighborhood, and thirty meters from our house there is a beautiful square where we played football. I was a goalkeeper. Do you know why I was a doorman? Because I was a "hard pata", "hard leg" to play. What does it mean? That I was not a great player and because of this, because I did not know how to move well, they put me there as a goalkeeper and I managed to do it well! Thank you.


My name is Malak, and I wanted to ask you how did you understand that you had to live the life you lived and how you lived this life.


I understood it in pieces, because before I studied as a chemist and I also worked
4 years as a chemist. And while I was studying, at the end of my career, I worked in a laboratory, and I liked that. But at a certain point I realized that it did not fill me so much, and I thought: we have to do something for the others, the doctor ... these things. And in the end one day, the first day of spring in Argentina, on September 21st - which is the opposite of your September 21st, which is the first day of autumn - I felt in my heart that I had to become a priest: boom, a blow. And then I continued to work for a few years, but this certainty was always maintained, and then I entered the seminary. But it was suddenly that I heard it. Thank you. 
GIULIA VITALE I am Giulia Vitale and I come from the "Ilaria Alpi" Comprehensive Institute. I would like to ask you what your school was like. 
My school was in the street called "Arella", it was a street of low houses; the school was all with a red brick facade ... And on the left there was a beautiful green square, but there you could not play football because it was all green with plants ... beautiful. The house was 400 meters away, I always went on foot. A beautiful experience, I remember a 25 May ... In May the strong autumn begins in Argentina, there is already a strong autumn. But that year it was very cold in the fall and I went to school for a patriotic ceremony, because May 25 is the feast of our homeland. And when I came out I saw ice for the first time. At that time there was ice, today with the heating the ice almost can not be seen in the city, but in my time ... At home there was a simple heating, a single stove for the whole house, it was a very simple thing, and there was ice on the way to school. Then the school: we entered and there was a large, a large place where we all gathered and we also did a little 'party between a lesson and another, and the classrooms where they did the lessons were all around. And there it was an hour of school and 10 minutes of recreation in this garden. This is the school. Beautiful. And I went there a few years ago because there was a remembrance party for the first director of that school, which I did not know, was before me. And when I entered the school it was just like my time, the same, and this touched my heart, I loved it. Thank you. 
EIMAN My name is Eiman. What were your favorite games when you were a child?
 POPE FRANCIS We played a lot with the kite. We did it with rods and paper, light paper. We did it. Then the thread ... It's the game we liked the most. We liked football so much. We also did a football league, all the guys in the neighborhood; and also a championship of kite, the one that carried the most beautiful and the one that went higher. And we played like that. Then, in the carnival, we did the carnival procession. All disguised, but in many things, everyone disguises himself as he wanted and we went on the street singing and even playing in the houses singing, and then asking for something to buy chocolates, our things ... The carnival was beautiful at that time, by us. And then in the evening we would go to the biggest street in the neighborhood, which was 600 meters from the house, and there was a big parade of the carnival, the whole neighborhood, and there were big and small; on the other hand, we were doing it inside the neighborhood ... These are the games we did. JACOPO My name is Jacopo, I have to ask you: how did you feel when they chose you as Pope? POPE FRANCIS This question is not original, everyone asks it! Here is the Cardinal [Ravasi] who was present at that time ... I heard that the Lord wanted me to work here ... and I said: "Come on" ... I felt peace, this is the word, and it is not a lie I felt peace until today. 
SCHOOL MANAGER The children of Rome now also offer you a little memory and also a story of their work on their neighborhood, on their history. Mirko, come, Sara ... Even the school "Giovambattista Valente" of Rome, if you want to get closer, we also have a choir ... 
POPE FRANCIS Thank you, this is your job? 
SCHOLASTIC DIRECTOR Thank you, holiness. We ask you to pray for us. The whole school asked for prayers and his great blessing. Thank you. [SONG] DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL Children have reinvented the words of an Italian song of several years ago that is "The boy of the street Gluck", Milan, so in this summary we can join together and sing it now. [SONG] DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL As a testimony of the great work our children and girls have done, we have some gifts brought from Milan, in particular we have taken three dimensions of the work they have done with their heads and their hands, a plastic representing their neighborhood and our beautiful school in a park. Along with this beautiful model also a couple of other gifts that I believe the teachers have nearby. Now I ask our children and our teachers to move our gift because they come from other schools. 
SCHOOL DIRECTOR I ask the "Riccardo Massa" to prepare with the model and the gifts for His Holiness ... Your Holiness, this is the model of the Gallaratese district of Milan. 
SCHOOL EXECUTIVE Plastico of the Comprehensive Institute "Ilaria Alpi" and the breads offered by mothers of all the ethnic groups and of all the cultures that are present in our school. 
SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR Plastic of the "Tommaso Grossi" Institute in Milan, and the children with the gifts of the school in via Monte Velino. 
SCHOOL DIRECTOR From the "Gramsci" school in Rome, the model and the drawings. SCHOLASTIC DIRECTOR The "Giovambattista Valente" school in Rome. 
[SONGS] WORDS IN THE POPE'S ARM Thank you so much for the questions and for the gifts that have been made by you. These things are wonderful, because you did not go to buy something to bring, but you did it! I got it? And this is important, because you did it with intelligence, with your hands, but also with your heart. And when something is done with the three things, with intelligence, with the heart and with the hands, it is a profound and human thing. How should we do things? With what? Let's say it together: [the children repeat] the intelligence, the heart and the hands. I will only say one little thing, one little thing, I will ask you one last question and I leave and leave you quiet. Agree? ["No!"] Ah no? Do not you want to be quiet? It is something that I take from one of the questions you asked me: if I remembered the first teacher and the school. Never forget the first teachers, never forget the school. Because? Feel good. Because they are the roots of your culture. But what does the roots mean? I will give you an example. Answer this question. A tree, to which the roots have been removed, can it give flowers? ["No!"] Safe? ["Yes!"] A tree without roots can not give flowers, and we as people also have roots? Yes, spiritual roots, the home, the family, the school. This is why I tell you: do not forget about school because they are the roots of your culture. And if a child, a child, a boy, a girl forgets about school, can it bear fruit in life? ["No!"] No! Can a boy, a girl without roots, bear fruit in life? ["No!"] And can you give flowers? No! The roots. I will teach you a word that means what you must never be. Listen well and learn: "I must not be uprooted." Did you learn it? "Uprooted". What does it mean uprooted? Without roots. I must not be uprooted, that is without roots. And for this reason to remember the school, the teachers, always in life will help us to keep our roots, to bring flowers and fruits. This is the thing I wanted to tell you. I thank you, thank you very much for this nice meeting. It's all your work. And now I will tell you: I have been with you for four years, every year the children come, the boys with the train, and thanks to the train that gives us the train, thank you, thank you very much! Always ask me questions, boys, girls, children, girls ask me questions. Do you know what was the most interesting question I heard?
CHILD If you remember your teachers ... 
POPE FRANCIS This is very interesting. But there was one more interesting ... Do you want me to say it? Everyone was asking good questions, but by now, towards the end, someone who was standing in front of me said: "What time do they give you lunch?". [laughs, laugh] I wish you a good lunch. The Lord bless you! I embrace you all. Hello!

Saint June 10 : St. Getulius & Companions

St. Getulius & Companions
Feast: June 10

Feast Day:
June 10
120 AD
Major Shrine:
Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, Rome Martyr with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138). He was the husband of St. Symphorosa. An officer in the Roman army, he resigned when he became a Christian and returned to his estates near Tivoli, Italy. There he converted Caerealis, the imperial legate sent to arrest him. With his brother Amantius and with Caerealis and Primitivus, Getulius was tortured and martyred at Tivoli. The significance of the conversion rests in part upon the fact that the emperor himself owned a large and famous estate in the same area, an indication of how the Christian faith had established itself among the ranks of the wealthy patrician class of the empire.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)