Sunday, March 10, 2019

#BreakingNews Airplane Crashes in Ethiopia Killing all 157 passengers from 35 Countries - Please Pray

A jetliner carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital Sunday, killing everyone aboard, authorities said. At least 35 nationalities were among the dead.

It was not clear what caused the Ethiopian Airlines plane to go down in clear weather.Both crashes involved the Boeing 737 Max 8, and both happened minutes after the jets became airborne.

The Ethiopian plane was new, having been delivered to the airline in November.

State-owned Ethiopian Airlines is widely considered the best-managed airline in Africa.

A general view shows the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, 2019.

The airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on the plane.

Ethiopian Airlines issued a list showing 35 nationalities among the dead, including 32 Kenyans and 18 Canadians. The list reflected a broad range of backgrounds, with passengers from China, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Israel, India and Somalia.

The plane crashed six minutes after departing, plowing into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit at 8:44 a.m.
 The pilot was a senior aviator, joining the airline in 2010, the CEO said.
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UPDATE Pope Francis send Prayers and Condolences - Vatican Release: 
Below please find the full text of the telegram sent by the Vatican Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin on behalf of Pope Francis:
Having learned with sadness of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, His Holiness Pope Francis offers prayers for the deceased from various countries and commends their souls to the mercy of Almighty God. Pope Francis sends heartfelt condolences to their families, and upon all who mourn this tragic loss he invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

Pope Francis "Let us therefore take advantage of Lent, as a privileged time to purify ourselves..." FULL TEXT + Video


St. Peter's Square
I Sunday of Lent, 10 March 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The Gospel of this first Sunday of Lent (cf. Lk 4: 1-13) narrates the experience of the temptations of Jesus in the desert. After fasting for forty days, Jesus is tempted three times by the devil. He first invites him to turn a stone into bread (v. 3); then he shows him the kingdoms of the earth from above and promises to become a powerful and glorious messiah (verses 5-6); finally he leads him to the highest point of the temple in Jerusalem and invites him to throw himself down, to manifest his divine power in a spectacular way (verses 9-11). The three temptations indicate three paths that the world always proposes promising great successes, three ways to deceive us: the greed of possession - having, having, having -, human glory and the exploitation of God. These are three roads that will lead us to ruin. .

The first, the road of greed for possession. This is always the insidious logic of the devil. He starts from the natural and legitimate need to feed, to live, to be fulfilled, to be happy, to push us to believe that all this is possible without God, even against Him. But Jesus opposes saying: "It is written:" Man will not live by bread alone "» (v. 4). Recalling the long journey of the chosen people through the desert, Jesus affirms that he wants to abandon himself fully to the providence of the Father, who always takes care of his children.

The second temptation: the path of human glory. The devil says: "If you fall in adoration before me, everything will be yours" (v. 7). One can lose all personal dignity, one lets oneself be corrupted by the idols of money, success and power, in order to reach self-affirmation. And one takes pleasure in the exhilaration of an empty joy that soon fades away. And this also leads us to make "peacocks", vanity, but this fades. This is why Jesus replies: "Only to the Lord your God will you bow down, he alone will worship" (verse 8).

And then the third temptation: to exploit God for his own advantage. To the devil who, quoting the Scriptures, invites him to seek from God a striking miracle, Jesus again opposes the firm decision to remain humble, to remain confident before the Father: "It has been said:" You will not test the Lord your God. "» (V. 12). And so it rejects the perhaps more subtle temptation: that of wanting to "pull God on our side", asking him for graces that actually serve and will serve to satisfy our pride.

These are the paths that are set before us, with the illusion of being able to achieve success and happiness. But, in reality, they are completely foreign to God's way of acting; in fact, they separate us from God, because they are the work of Satan. Jesus, facing these trials in the first person, wins the temptation three times to fully adhere to the Father's plan. And he shows us the remedies: the inner life, the faith in God, the certainty of his love, the certainty that God loves us, that he is Father, and with this certainty we will overcome every temptation.

But there is one thing, on which I would like to draw attention, an interesting thing. Jesus in answering the tempter does not enter into dialogue, but responds to the three challenges only with the Word of God. This teaches us that with the devil one does not dialogue, one must not dialogue, only one responds with the Word of God.

Let us therefore take advantage of Lent, as a privileged time to purify ourselves, to experience the consoling presence of God in our lives.

The maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, an icon of fidelity to God, sustains us on our journey, helping us always to reject evil and to welcome good.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

yesterday in Oviedo, Spain, the seminarians Angelo Cuartas and eight fellow martyrs were killed, hated by faith in a time of religious persecution. These young aspirants to the priesthood loved the Lord so much, to follow him on the way of the Cross. Their heroic witness helps the seminarians, the priests and the bishops to remain clear and generous, to faithfully serve the Lord and the holy people of God.

I extend a cordial greeting to families, parish groups, associations and to all the pilgrims who came from Italy and from different countries. I greet the students of Castro Urdiales (Spain) and the faithful from Warsaw; like those of Castellammare di Stabia and Porcia. I greet the Little singers of Pura (Switzerland), the boys of the deanery of Baggio (Milan), those of the profession of faith of Samarate, the confirmers of Bondone and of Paullo, the youth of Verona and the students of the school "Emiliani" of the Fathers Somaschi of Genoa.

I wish everyone that the Lenten journey, recently begun, will be rich in fruits; and I ask you a remembrance in prayer for me and for the collaborators of the Roman Curia, that this evening we will begin the week of Spiritual Exercises.

Have a nice Sunday! Good lunch! And goodbye!
FULL TEXT Source: Vatican va - Unofficial Translation

Saint March 10 : Forty Martyrs of Sebaste - Martyrs

Feast Day:
March 10
320 AD, Sebaste
A party of soldiers who suffered a cruel death for their faith, near Sebaste, in Lesser Armenia, victims of the persecutions of Licinius, who, after the year 316, persecuted the Christians of the East. The earliest account of their martyrdom is given by St. Basil, Bishop of Caesarea (370-379), in a homily delivered on the feast of the Forty Martyrs (Hom. xix in P.G., XXXI, 507 sqq.). The feast is consequently more ancient than the episcopate of Basil, whose eulogy on them was pronounced only fifty or sixty years after martyrdom, which is thus historic beyond a doubt. According to St. Basil, forty soldiers who had openly confessed themselves Christians were condemned by the prefect to be exposed naked upon a frozen pond near Sebaste on a bitterly cold night, that they might freeze to death. Among the confessors, one yielded and, leaving his companions, sought the warm baths near the lake which had been prepared for any who might prove inconstant. One of the guards set to keep watch over the martyrs beheld at this moment a supernatural brilliancy overshadowing them and at once proclaimed himself a Christian, threw off his garments, and placed himself beside the thirty-nine soldiers of Christ. Thus the number of forty remained complete. At daybreak, the stiffened bodies of the confessors, which still showed signs of life, were burned and the ashes cast into a river. The Christians, however, collected the precious remains, and the relics were distributed throughout many cities; in this way the veneration paid to the Forty Martyrs became widespread, and numerous churches were erected in their honour.
One of them was built at Caesarea, in Cappadocia, and it was in this church that St. Basil publicly delivered his homily. St. Gregory of Nyssa was a special client of these holy martyrs. Two discourses in praise of them, preached by him in the church dedicated to them, are still preserved (P. G., XLVI, 749 sqq., 773 sqq.) and upon the death of his parents, he laid them to rest beside the relics of the confessors. St. Ephraem, the Syrian, has also eulogized the forty Martyrs (Hymni in SS. 40 martyres). Sozomen, who was an eye-witness, has left us (Hist. Eccl., IX, 2) an interesting account of the finding of the relics in Constantinople through the instrumentality of the Empress Pulcheria. Special devotion to the forty martyrs of Sebaste was introduced at an early date into the West. St. Gaudentius, Bishop of Brescia in the beginning of the fifth century (d. about 410 or 427), received particles of the ashes of martyrs during a voyage in the East, and placed them with other relics in the altar of the basilica which he had erected, at the consecration of which he delivered a discourse, still extant (P. L., XX, 959 sqq.) Near the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua, in the Roman Forum, built in the fifth century, a chapel was found, built, like the church itself, on an ancient site, and consecrated to the Forty Martyrs. A picture, still preserved there, dating from the sixth or seventh century, depicts the scene of the martyrdom. The names of the confessors, as we find them also in later sources, were formerly inscribed on this fresco. Acts of these martyrs, written subsequently, in Greek, Syriac and Latin, are yet extant, also a "Testament" of the Forty Martyrs. Their feast is celebrated in the Greek, as well as in the Latin Church, on 9 March.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)