Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Saint October 11 : Saint John XXIII : #Pope : Patron of #ChristianUnity


1958-1963 Release: When on October 20, 1958 the cardinals, assembled in conclave, elected Angelo Roncalli as pope many regarded him, because of his age and ambiguous reputation, as a transitional pope, little realizing that the pontificate of this man of 76 years would mark a turning point in history and initiate a new age for the Church. He took the name of John in honor of the precursor and the beloved disciple—but also because it was the name of a long line of popes whose pontificates had been short.

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the third of thirteen children, was born on November 25, 1881 at Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) of a family of sharecroppers. He attended elementary school in the town, was tutored by a priest of Carvico, and at the age of twelve entered the seminary at Bergamo. A scholarship from the Cerasoli Foundation (1901) enabled him to go on to the Apollinaris in Rome where he studied under (among others) Umberto Benigni, the Church historian. He interrupted his studies for service in the Italian Army but returned to the seminary, completed his work for a doctorate in theology, and was ordained in 1904. Continuing his studies in canon law he was appointed secretary to the new bishop of Bergamo, Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi. Angelo served this social-minded prelate for nine years, acquiring first-hand experience and a broad understanding of the problems of the working class. He also taught apologetics, church history, and patrology.

With the entry of Italy into World War I in 1915 he was recalled to military service as a chaplain. On leaving the service in 1918 he was appointed spiritual director of the seminary, but found time to open a hostel for students in Bergamo. It was at this time also that he began the research for a multi-volume work on the episcopal visitation of Bergamo by St. Charles Borromeo, the last volume of which was published after his elevation as pope.

In 1921 he was called to Rome to reorganize the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Nominated titular archbishop of Areopolis and apostolic visitator to Bulgaria (1925), he immediately concerned himself with the problems of the Eastern Churches. Transferred in 1934 to Turkey and Greece as apostolic delegate, he set up an office in Istanbul for locating prisoners of war. In 1944 he was appointed nuncio to Paris to assist in the Church's post-war efforts in France, and became the first permanent observer of the Holy See at UNESCO, addressing its sixth and seventh general assemblies in 1951 and 1952. In 1953 he became cardinal-patriarch of Venice, and expected to spend his last years there in pastoral work. He was correcting proofs of the synodal Acts of his first diocesan Synod (1958) when he was called to Rome to participate in the conclave that elected him pope.

In his first public address Pope John expressed his concern for reunion with separated Christians and for world peace. In his coronation address he asserted "vigorously and sincerely" that it was his intention to be a pastoral pope since "all other human gifts and accomplishments—learning, practical experience, diplomatic finesse—can broaden and enrich pastoral work but they cannot replace it." One of his first acts was to annul the regulation of Sixtus IV limiting the membership of the College of Cardinals to 70; within the next four years he enlarged it to 87 with the largest international representation in history. Less than three months after his election he announced that he would hold a diocesan synod for Rome, convoke an ecumenical council for the universal Church, and revise the Code of Canon Law. The synod, the first in the history of Rome, was held in 1960; Vatican Council II was convoked in 1962; and the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code was appointed in 1963.
His progressive encyclical, Mater et Magistra, was issued in 1961 to commemorate the anniversary of Leo XIII's Rerum novarumPacem in terris, advocating human freedom and dignity as the basis for world order and peace, came out in 1963. He elevated the Pontifical Commission for Cinema, Radio, and Television to curial status, approved a new code of rubrics for the Breviary and Missal, made notable advances in ecumenical relations by creating a new Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity and by appointing the first representative to the Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in New Delhi (1961). In 1960 he consecrated fourteen bishops for Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The International Balzan Foundation awarded him its Peace Prize in 1962.
Since his death on June 3, 1963, much has been written and spoken about the warmth and holiness of the beloved Pope John. Perhaps the testimony of the world was best expressed by a newspaper drawing of the earth shrouded in mourning with the simple caption, "A Death in the Family."
 Official Prayer to St. John XXIII Dear Pope John, Your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God and sparked in people’s hearts the desire for goodness. You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered around the table to share bread and faith: pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes. With outstretched hands you sowed hope, and you taught us to listen for God’s footsteps as he prepares a new humanity: help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good. You loved the world with its light and darkness, and you believed that peace is possible: help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities. With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress: you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given to us not for striking, but for embracing and drying tears. Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness but that we bring the light, bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amen.

Pope Francis speaks Against Abortion "... God loves every human life." FULL Text + Video


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, October 10th 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today's catechesis is dedicated to the Fifth Word: do not kill. The fifth commandment: do not kill. We are already in the second part of the Decalogue, the one concerning relations with others; and this commandment, with its concise and categorical formulation, stands like a wall in defense of the basic value in human relationships. And what is the basic value in human relationships? The value of life. [1] For this, do not kill.

One could say that all the evil done in the world is summarized in this: contempt for life. Life is assaulted by wars, by organizations that exploit man - we read in the newspapers or we see many things on the news - from speculations about creation and the culture of waste, and from all the systems that subject human existence to calculations of opportunities, while a scandalous number of people lives in a state unworthy of man. This is despising life, that is, in some way, killing.

A contradictory approach also allows the suppression of human life in the womb in the name of safeguarding other rights. But how can an act that suppresses innocent and helpless life in its blossoming be therapeutic, civil, or simply human? I ask you: is it right to "take out" a human life to solve a problem? Is it right to rent a hitman to solve a problem? One can not, it is not right to "take out" a human being, albeit small, to solve a problem. It's like renting a hitman to solve a problem.
Where does all this come from? Violence and the rejection of life where do they come from? From fear. Indeed, welcoming the other is a challenge to individualism. We think, for example, when it is discovered that a nascent life is a bearer of disability, even a serious one. Parents, in these dramatic cases, need real closeness, true solidarity, to face reality overcoming comprehensible fears. Instead they often receive hasty advice to stop the pregnancy, ie it is a way of saying: "stop pregnancy" means "take out one", directly.

A sick child is like every needy of the earth, like an old man who needs assistance, like so many poor people who struggle to get along: he, the one who presents himself as a problem, is actually a gift from God that can get me out of egocentrism and make me grow in love. Vulnerable life shows us the way out, the way to save ourselves from an existence turned in on itself and discover the joy of love. And here I would like to stop to thank, to thank many volunteers, to thank the strong Italian voluntary service which is the strongest I have known. Thank you.

And what leads man to reject life? They are the idols of this world: money - better to get rid of this, because it will cost -, power, success. These are incorrect parameters to evaluate life. What is the only authentic measure of life? It is love, the love with which God loves her! The love with which God loves life: this is the measure. The love with which God loves every human life.

In fact, what is the positive meaning of the Word "Do not kill"? That God is "a lover of life", as we have just heard from the Bible reading.

The secret of life is revealed to us by how the Son of God who has become man has treated it to the point of assuming, on the cross, rejection, weakness, poverty and pain (cf. Jn 13: 1). In every sick child, in every weak elder, in every desperate migrant, in every fragile and threatened life, Christ is looking for us (cf. Mt 25: 34-46), he is looking for our heart, to reveal to us the joy of love.

It is worthwhile to accept every life because every man is worth the blood of Christ himself (cf. 1 Pet 1: 18-19). One can not despise what God so loved!

We must tell the men and women of the world: do not despise your life! The life of others, but also their own, because the command is also valid: "Do not kill". To many young people it must be said: do not despise your existence! Stop rejecting God's work! You are a work of God! Do not underestimate yourself, do not despise yourself with addictions that will ruin you and lead you to death!

No one measures life according to the deceptions of this world, but each one accepts himself and others in the name of the Father who created us. He is "a lover of life": this is beautiful, "God is a lover of life". And we are all so dear to him that he has sent his Son for us. "God in fact," says the Gospel, "so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).

Je salue cordialement les pèlerins francophones, venus de France, de Suisse et de l’Île Maurice, en particulier les diocésains de Vannes et de Saint-Brieuc. Chers amis, ne méprisez jamais votre existence, vous êtes une œuvre de Dieu ! Témoignez autour de vous de la valeur infinie de toute vie humaine ! Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, particularly the groups from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Canada, Curaçao and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you all!
Von Herzen grüße ich die Pilger deutscher Sprache, insbesondere die zahlreichen Jugendlichen, die Schulgruppen des Gauß-Gymnasiums Gelsenkirchen, des Collegium Gaesdonck und der Liebfrauenschule Ratingen sowie die Teilnehmer an der Informationswoche der Päpstlichen Schweizer Garde. Der Herr segne euch und begleite euch auf eurem Weg.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, en modo particular a los grupos provenientes de España y América Latina. Los animo a que siguiendo el ejemplo de Jesús, que vino a dar su vida por nosotros, sepamos acoger y proteger la propia vida y la de los demás en el nombre de Dios Padre. Muchas gracias.
Amados peregrinos de língua portuguesa, dirijo uma cordial saudação a todos, particularmente aos fiéis da paróquia Nossa Senhora da Paz, do Rio de Janeiro. Este mês de Outubro encoraja-nos a perseverar na reza diária do terço, possivelmente em família, para que se reflita também na Igreja doméstica o modelo de Maria. O segredo da sua serenidade e confiança estava nesta certeza: «A Deus, nada é impossível». Desça, pois, sobre vós e vossas famílias a Bênção do Senhor.
أرحب بمودة بالحاضرين الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصة بالقادمين من مصر ومن لبنان ومن الشرق الأوسط. لا تقتل هي وصية إلهية تؤكد قدسية الحياة الإنسانية كهبة من الله، لا يحق لأحد، تحت أي ظرف من الظروف، أن يعتدي عليها، أو يتلاعب بها أو يحتقرها. فالقتل هو خطيئة ضد الله، سيد الحياة، ضد أنفسنا وضد القريب. ليبارككم الرب جميعا ويحرسكم من الشرير‏!‏‏
Witam polskich pielgrzymów. Zanim przyjechałem na plac, miałem możność pozdrowić uczestników pielgrzymki Archidiecezji Krakowskiej, którzy przybyli do Rzymu z okazji 40-lecia wyniesienia Jana Pawła II na Stolicę Piotrową. Teraz chcę pozdrowić wszystkich Was, tu obecnych i waszych rodaków. Razem z wami dziękuję Chrystusowi, Panu czasów, że zechciał powołać z waszej ziemi tego wielkiego Papieża i powierzył mu zadanie wprowadzenia Kościoła w nowe tysiąclecie. Jego nauczanie, przykład świętości i wstawiennictwo niech nas prowadzi i strzeże w codziennej, czasem trudnej wędrówce po drogach Pana! Z serca wam błogosławię!
I extend a cordial welcome to Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Friars Minor Conventual; the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

I greet the school children; the parishes, especially that of Minori, together with a delegation from Patti, with Archbishop Orazio Soricelli; and that of Ostra Vetere; the National Olive Growers Consortium; the delegation of the Municipality of Cervia; the Chamber of Commerce of Viterbo; the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Coordination; the AVIS Association of Catanzaro and the Bellegra Italian Red Cross.

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

The month of October is dedicated to the missions and prayer of the Holy Rosary. Dear friends, praying the Rosary, invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary on your every need and on the Church, so that she may be ever more holy and missionary, united in walking the paths of the world and in bringing Christ to every man.

[1] Cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Istr. Donum vitae, 5: AAS 80 (1988), 76-77: "Human life is sacred because, from its beginning, it involves the creative action of God and remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, his only purpose. . Only God is the Lord of life from its beginning to its end: no one, under any circumstances, can claim to himself the right to directly destroy an innocent human being ".

Latest from the Synod - " the Church cannot be reduced to a “google” God." FULL Video

Synod of Bishops: We don’t believe in a “google” God
Today at the Synod of Bishops on Youth a number of interventions were made that highlighted the social context in which young people are trying to live their faith.
  By Russell Pollitt, SJ The Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, Mr Paolo Ruffini, began today’s Synod press briefing with a report outlining numerous interventions made in the Synod’s general assembly hall. The bishops have begun working on the second part of the Instrumentum Laboris, analysing the context in which young people find themselves today.
Mr Ruffini also clarified the fact that the Chinese bishops would not be staying for the entire Synod. They had previous engagements before they were invited to the Synod.  
A number of issues arose, these included accompaniment and formation, vocations, new “totalitarianisms” (things which colonise young people and take away freedom) and how to create safes spaces to assist young people discern what is good. Mr Ruffini said that in one intervention it was said that the Church cannot be reduced to a “google” God.  He said that there was an acknowledgement that the Church had failed to accompany young people in marriage and that marriage should not be reduced to a ceremony.

A changing social reality

Cardinal Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes from Mexico said that in all ages those who struggle most to adapt to the social construct is young people. He said that we live in a time of societal fracture. This means that the Church must adapt in order to help young people.  The Cardinal said that the common vision of Vatican II can help us create stability and a pathway forward.
Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg said that the world is experiencing a deep and profound change of civilisation. He said that he has contact with young people, he has young people living in the bishop’s residence, and has realised that they live differently. He said that he has learned that many young people have never read a book, instead they watch and quote Netflix. Discernment, the archbishop said, is not about black and white but discovering all the different colours and shades of reality. He said that discernment is not about opinions clashing but about greatert listening and the ability to feel and see what God wants us to do. This, he noted, is what the Synod is all about.


Cardinal Rete said that totalitarianism is always a temptation for society, especially in politics and economics. He said that numerous types of totalitarianism were referred to in the assembly. He spoke of the anonymity on the web which manipulates to generate certain ideologies.
Archbishop Hollerich said that he was concerned populism in Europe. He said that this could cause a disintegration of Europe, it is putting the continents very stability into danger. He said that politics was not directly addressed at the Synod but believes that If we focus on the marginalised then we are working to prevent the growth of populism. The Archbishop said that the Synod is a good antidote to populism.

Joyful collaboration

Briana Regina Santiago, a lay auditor from the United States of America, told the press that young people have spoken and been called on for comment much more than they expected in the group discussions. She said that she is unable to express in words how beautiful it has been to participate in the Synod.  She said that she had not heard of one young person having a negative experience. There has been open dialogue, it has been eye-opening and enriching and a good inter-generational conversation, she said.
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Pope Francis " St. John Paul II has enriched the universal Church with a great abundance of gifts..." FULL TEXT + Video


Paul VI Hall
Wednesday, October 10th 2018

Dear brothers and sisters,

Welcome! and thank you for your warm affection! I thank Archbishop Marek for his kind words, and I greet fraternally Cardinal Stanislao and the Bishops present.

You have come as representatives of the holy Church of God that is in Krakow, which welcomed me with open arms in the summer of 2016. You have come together with your Pastors and consecrated persons, to thank God for the life and pontificate of Saint John Paul II, near the 40th anniversary of his election to the See of Peter. I cordially greet all of you, especially the poor, the sick and the numerous young people taking part in the pilgrimage.

St. John Paul II has enriched the universal Church with a great abundance of gifts, which in large part has inherited from the treasure of faith and holiness of your land and of your Church. He brought in his heart and, so to speak, in the flesh the testimonies of the saints of Krakow: from San Stanislao and Santa Edvige Regina, to Sant'Alberto and Santa Faustina. From them he learned the boundless dedication to God and the great sensitivity for every man; dedication and sensitivity manifested in his priestly, episcopal and papal ministry. He received from God the great gift of being able to read the signs of the times in the light of the Gospel, and he made it profit for the journey of his people, of your people, who in the various painful events never lost faith in God and fidelity to one's own culture rooted in the Christian spirit.

Faithful to these roots, he tried to make the Church stand as a guardian of the inalienable rights of man, of the family and of peoples, to be a sign of peace, justice and integral development for the entire human family. At the same time, He has always emphasized the priority of grace and obedience to the will of God, before any human calculation.

This rich heritage, which Saint John Paul II has left us, is for us - and especially for our compatriots - a challenge to be faithful to Christ and to respond with joyful dedication to the call to holiness, which the Lord addresses to each and each of us, in our specific personal, family and social situation.

Dear brothers and sisters, Saint John Paul II does not stop watching over the Church in Krakow, which he loved so much! From heaven it accompanies your journey: families, young people and grandparents, priests, religious and all consecrated persons; the most disadvantaged, the suffering. I too trust you with his intercession. I thank you for your visit and I bless all of you and the entire diocesan community of Krakow. Please do not forget to pray for me.

And, before giving you the blessing, I invite you all to pray a Hail Mary to Our Lady.


Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday October 10, 2018 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 463

Reading 1GAL 2:1-2, 7-14

Brothers and sisters:
After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
taking Titus along also.
I went up in accord with a revelation,
and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles–
but privately to those of repute–
so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.
On the contrary,
when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised,
just as Peter to the circumcised,
for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the circumcised
worked also in me for the Gentiles,
and when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me,
James and Cephas and John,
who were reputed to be pillars,
gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership,
that we should go to the Gentiles
and they to the circumcised.
Only, we were to be mindful of the poor,
which is the very thing I was eager to do.

And when Cephas came to Antioch,
I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong.
For, until some people came from James,
he used to eat with the Gentiles;
but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself,
because he was afraid of the circumcised.
And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him,
with the result that even Barnabas
was carried away by their hypocrisy.
But when I saw that they were not on the right road
in line with the truth of the Gospel,
I said to Cephas in front of all,
"If you, though a Jew,
are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew,
how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?"

Responsorial PsalmPS 117:1BC, 2

R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
Praise the LORD, all you nations,
glorify him, all you peoples!
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.

AlleluiaROM 8:15BC

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
"Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
He said to them, "When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test."