Monday, August 6, 2018

Remembering Soon to be Saint Pope Paul VI on the Anniversary of his Death - Brief Bio with List of Encyclicals

Blessed Pope Paul VI died on August 6, 1978. He will be declared a saint on October 14, 2018.  Pope Paul VI had a 15-year pontificate. His original name was Giovanni Battista Montini. Giovanni was born on September 26, 1897, in Concesio, near Brescia, Italy and died August 6, 1978, in Castel Gandolfo. He was beatified on October 19, 2014; and his feast day is September 26. He was an Italian pope of the Roman Catholic church and reigned from 1963–78. This period included most of the second Vatican Council (1962–65) and the immediate postconciliar era. He issued directives and guidance to a changing Roman Catholic church post-Vatican Council II. He is famous for his pro-life  encyclical “Humanae Vitae”, which, affirmed the intimate union between conjugal love and openness to life. Both the miracles attributed to the intercession of Paul VI are regarding foetuses, i.e. unborn life. The miracle considered for Paul VI’s canonization was regarding a woman from Verona whose unborn child was in danger of being born dead or heavily deformed. The gynecologist suggested to the family to pray to Paul VI and then the girl was born on Christmas day that year in complete health.
He was the son of a middle-class lawyer—who was also a journalist and local political figure—and of a mother belonging to the same social background, Montini was in his early years educated mainly at home because of frail health. Later he studied in Brescia. Ordained priest on May 29, 1920, he was sent by his bishop to Rome for higher studies and was eventually recruited for the Vatican diplomatic service. His first assignment, in May 1923, was to the staff of the apostolic nunciature (papal ambassador’s post) in Warsaw, but persistent ill health brought him back to Rome before the end of that same year. He then pursued special studies at the Ecclesiastical Academy, the training school for future Vatican diplomats, and at the same time resumed work at the Vatican Secretariat of State, where he remained in posts of increasing importance for more than 30 years. In 1939 Montini was appointed papal undersecretary of state and later, in 1944, acting secretary for ordinary (or nondiplomatic) affairs. He declined an invitation to be elevated to the Sacred College of Cardinals in 1953. In the beginning of November 1954, Pope Pius XII appointed him archbishop of Milan, and Pope John XXIII named him cardinal in 1958. He was elected pope on June 21, 1963, choosing to be known as Paul VI. (Edited from Encyclopedia Britannica and Vatican News)
Below please find the FULL list of Pope Paul VI Encyclicals and Apostolic Exhortations from the Vatican Web Site:


#BreakingNews close to 100 People Killed in Earthquake in Indonesia - Please Pray

An Earthquake with a magnitude-6.9 has struck northern part of Lombok Island in Indonesia on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This quake triggered a brief tsunami warning and damaging buildings as far away as Bali. This was followed by aftershocks with magnitudes of 5.4. At least 98 people were killed.   Evacuation efforts are transporting thousands of tourists stranded on the island. This is after after another quake on Lombok killed more than a dozen only a week ago.  Vatican News reports that at least one Catholic parish church in the city of Mataram in Lombok was damaged. Also, in the cathedral if Bali's capital, Denpasar, the ceiling fell. The local media quoted a priest saying the tremor struck after Mass ended, and thus, there were no casualties. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman said that, thousands of houses were damaged, and most of those killed were hit by collapsed houses, he said. The agency said 236 people were injured.
Vatican News reports that in a telegram sent to Indonesia’s Church and civil authorities, the Holy Father said he felt “great sadness” when informed of the “tragic loss of life and destruction of property caused by the earthquakes”. The Pope said he is praying for “the repose of the deceased, the healing of the injured, and the consolation of all who grieve the loss of their loved ones.” Pope Francis encouraged the search and rescue efforts and invoked “upon the people of Indonesia divine blessings of consolation and strength.”

Testimony from a former Seminarian of Inappropriate Touching at Seminary - FULL TEXT Letter

The following Letter was submitted to Catholic News World on Monday, August 6, 2018. We have deleted the names in order to be discrete. The Church has undergone many abuses; we are publishing this letter to prevent future abuses. We cannot verify this testimony, however, in light of recent cover-ups in the Church of actual abuse, we feel the publication of this letter is necessary for justice. This situation allegedly occurred in the USA. Please pray for this former seminarian and all victims of abuse. Also, please pray for the Church and for an end to abuse.

The former seminarian has asked us to remove his testimonial.

Wow Watch a Video where Pope Benedict XVI calls for Elimination of Death Penalty

Recently, the Catechism has been altered to show that Capital Punishment is "inadmissible" to the Catholic Faith. This was already beginning to be proposed by Pope Benedict XVI who reiterated in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Africae Munus (19 November 2011; sec. 83):
"Together with the Synod members, I draw the attention of society’s leaders to the need to make every effort to eliminate the death penalty and to reform the penal system in a way that ensures respect for the prisoners’ human dignity. Pastoral workers have the task of studying and recommending restorative justice as a means and a process for promoting reconciliation, justice and peace, and the return of victims and offenders to the community."

Eleven days later in his General Audience (30 November 2011), the pope elaborated:
"I express my hope that your deliberations will encourage the political and legislative initiatives being promoted in a growing number of countries to eliminate the death penalty and to continue the substantive progress made in conforming penal law both to the human dignity of prisoners and the effective maintenance of public order."

In the following Video you can hear Pope Benedict XVI speak against the Death Penalty:

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday August 6,2018 - #Eucharist on #Transfiguration of Jesus

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Lectionary: 614

Reading 1DN 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial PsalmPS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Reading 22 PT 1:16-19

We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
"This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased."
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

AlleluiaMT 17:5C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John,
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.