Friday, March 22, 2019

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Stabbed during Mass at St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal caught on Video

The rector at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal was stabbed as he said mass in the church.

Footage from the 8:30 a.m. mass on Friday, March 22, 2019 was broadcast on a Catholic television network, showing a man dressed in dark clothing walking toward the altar. The man rushed toward Father Claude Grou, striking him at least twice with an object in his right hand.
The suspect did not resist when he was subdued by security guards.
Police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said the 26-year-old suspect is known to police.
Fr. Grou, age 77, was taken to hospital. Grou, who is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, has been at the Oratory since the early 2000s.
The Oratory in Montreal is visited by more than 2 million people every year.
The Oratory is the largest church dedicated to St. Joseph in the world and the largest church in Canada.
The Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine, issued a statement on the website

“We are all shocked by this act of violence that has taken place in our city, in a space dedicated to peace,” the archbishop’s message said.

“We know that places of worship of many religions are targets of acts of violence. We must continue to follow the path of peace and love, believing that good will overcome evil through prayer and good works. … I would especially like to recognize the first responders, especially those who courageously protected Father Grou. I thank the police force for their timely response, the ambulance technicians for their diligence and the support staff for their courage.”

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante reacted to the attack on Twitter, saying, “What a horrible and inexcusable gesture that has no place in Montreal. I am relieved to learn that Father Claude Grou … is out of danger and in stable condition. In the name of all Montrealers, I wish him a speedy recovery.”

#BreakingNews RIP Mother Anna Maria Canopi - Catholic Nun and Founder of Monastery

 Mother Anna Maria Cànopi, founder of the monastery of San Giulio, has died on Thursday, March 21, 2019
The foundress of the San Giulio monastery on Lake Orta died on the feast of Saint Benedict. She was 87 years old
 The abbess of Mater Ecclesiae, the abbey she founded on 11 October 1973 on the Island of San Giulio, on Lake Orta, would have turned 88 on 24 April.

Rina, was her first name, and she was born in Pecorara, in the province of Piacenza, to a large and deeply believing family.
She graduated in Literature from the Catholic University of Milan. She entered the Benedictine abbey of Viboldone on 9 July 1960. With the beginning of the canonical novitiate, on 14 April 1961, she received the name of Anna Maria. On May 30, 1965 she celebrated solemn profession.
 Since 1968 she has been working as a novice mistress. On 11 October 1973, at the request of Bishop Del Monte, together with five nuns, he began the Benedictine life on the Island of San Giulio, founding the monastery Mater Ecclesiæ. In 1993 she was the first woman to sign the text of the Via Crucis at the Colosseum, presided over by John Paul II. Under the directives of the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger she collaborated in the revision of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. She has published numerous volumes of spirituality: we remember "The love he calls. Vocation and monastic life ",

The Mater Ecclesiæ community on  October 12, 2002 founded the Regina Pacis Priory in Saint-Oyen, in the Valle d’Aosta, which  received visits of Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Francis' Message for World Water Day ".. Saint Francis of Assisi said, “water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste” FULL Text


To Professor José Graziano da Silva
Director General of the FAO

Distinguished Sir,
In line with the central pillar of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, World Water Day is celebrated this year with the slogan: “Leaving no-one behind”. Water is an essential good for the balance of ecosystems and human survival, and it is necessary to manage it and take care of it so that it is not contaminated or lost.
It may be seen in our days how the aridity of the planet is extending to new regions, and more and more are suffering as a result of the lack of water sources suitable for consumption. For this reason, “leaving no-one behind” means committing ourselves to putting an end to this injustice. Access to this good is a fundamental human right, which must be respected, because the life of the people and their dignity are at stake (see Encyclical Letter Laudato si’, 30).
Joint work is essential to eradicate this evil that afflicts so many of our brothers and sisters. It will be possible if we join efforts in the search for the common good, when the other has a real face, takes centre stage and is placed at the centre of debate and initiatives. This is when the measures adopted will take on the flavour of encounter, and the value of responding to an injustice that needs to be healed.
“Leaving no-one behind” also means being aware of the need to respond with concrete facts; not only with the maintenance or improvement of water structures, but also by investing in the future, educating new generations in the use and care of water. This task of raising awareness is a priority in a world in which everything is discarded and disdained, and which in many cases does not appreciate the importance of the resources we have at our disposal.
The new generations are called – together with all the inhabitants of the planet – to value and defend this good. It is a task that begins with the awareness of those people who suffer the inevitable consequences of climate change and of all those who are victims of one or another form of exploitation and contamination of water by various factors. This challenge of education will generate a new vision of this good, producing generations that value and love the resources that our mother gives us the Earth.
We are all architects of the future, and the International Community, with its decisions and its work, is already investing in the tomorrow of our planet. It is necessary to develop financing plans as well as long-range water projects. This firmness will lead to overcoming the vision of turning water into a mere commodity, exclusively regulated by the laws of the market.
Mr. Director-General, the disadvantaged of the earth challenge us to find a remedy for the lack of water in their countries; they also challenge us, from their poverty and limits, to accord the just value to this good, essential for the development of all peoples.
I ask the Lord that the works and initiatives carried out on this World Water Day may benefit those who suffer as a result of the scarcity of this good; and that, as Saint Francis of Assisi said, “water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste”, may serve for the sustenance and benefit of ourselves and for future generations.
Vatican, 22 March 2019

*Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, 22 March 2019   
FULL TEXT Source: - Official Translation

Recommended Reading for Lent - "The Lion of Munster" by Oratorian Fr. Daniel Utrecht with Video Lecture

The Lion of Münster: The Bishop Who Roared Against The Nazis
In this, the definitive English language biography of the great Lion of Münster, readers will encounter the young von Galen as helearns the Catholic faith and love of the fatherland from his family, members of the German aristocracy. A nobleman, a “prince” of his people and of his Church, the boy grew into a man, a six-and-a-half-foot tall giant of a man, who, though he loved his homeland, loved God, His Church and His law even more; for he knew that calling his homeland back to the ways of God is the one way in which a bishop can best demonstrate that love for the people under his spiritual care. And so, in three magnificent sermons and countless other speeches, communiques and gestures, the Lion roared.

“The dear God placed me in a position in which I had a duty to call black 'black' and white 'white'.” These words were spoken by Cardinal Clemens August von Galen, the bishop of the diocese of Münster in Germany from 1933 to 1946. In so doing, he risked death at the hands of the Nazis, one Gestapo leader even urging that he be publicly hanged. Joseph Goebbels and others in the Nazi leadership, knowing the bishop’s popularity, advised waiting, subscribing to the adage that “revenge is a dish best served cold.”

This story of his life and his stirring words provides readers with an indispensable glimpse into the confrontation between Church and State in Hitler’s Germany and will serve as a reminder to all men and women of good will of the duty to call black ‘black’ and white ‘white.’
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About the Author:

Father Daniel Utrecht is a priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Dallas (B.A., Philosophy), and the University of Toronto (Ph.D., philosophy). He joined the Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. Father teaches in St Philip's Seminary, directed by the Fathers of the Oratory, and is Pastor of St Vincent de Paul Church in Toronto. Previous publications include a translation of a biography of St Philip Neri, Philip Neri: The Fire of Joy by Paul Türks.
Here is a Lecture about Cardinal Van Galen by the Author:

#BreakingNews Pakistan still has not Released Asia Bibi who is "very unwell" - Please Pray

‘Everyone is Worried’: Asia Bibi ‘Very Unwell’ in Pakistani Safe House, Being Denied Medical Care

Asia Bibi, the mother of five who spent almost a decade on death row for a crime she did not commit, is reported to be in dire physical condition as she continues to be held in a safe house in the Pakistan. Bibi, 53, was acquitted of blasphemy last October after the Supreme Court ruled that the accusations had no evidential basis. Since then, Bibi has been granted asylum in Canada, but as yet has not been released from her home country.

According to a source quoted in The Daily Mail, Bibi is “very unwell” and being denied medical care while holed up in a safe house with “low blood pressure.”

Despite the fact that Bibi’s children are now safely in Canada, the Pakistani government has wanted to seek assurances from the embattled mother that she will not speak ill of her home country upon leaving.

“Even though the government says she can leave, the army has all the power in this case,” the source added. “They are in control of her. They are fearful about getting a negative press if she speaks out about her experiences – but they will get an even worse press if she dies in protective custody.”

For now, Asia and her husband, Ashiq Masih, remain in Pakistan with little idea as to when they will be allowed to leave.

Bibi was initially arrested back in 2009 after supposedly entering into an argument with a group of women about a source of drinking water. The Islamist women accused Bibi of drinking from the same tap as them, to which Bibi allegedly responded, “Jesus Christ died for my sins. What did the prophet Muhammad do for you?” a remark which they believed offended their revered religious figure.

In 2011, shortly after Bibi’s conviction, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was brutally murdered for speaking out in support of the wrongly convicted Christian woman.
Just two months later, Christian politician and outspoken critic of the blasphemy laws, Shahbaz Bhatti, was also assassinated — shot dead by the Pakistani Taliban as he traveled to work.
Edited and shortened from a news report by CBN News
Please Pray for the Release of Asia Bibi and her family....

#BreakingNews Death of Oldest Bishop in America - RIP Bishop Emeritus Francis Quinn at age 97

Bishop Jaime Soto releases statement on the passing of Bishop Emeritus Francis Anthony Quinn

March 21, 2019
Diocese of Sacramento
The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento, released the following statement today on the passing of Bishop Emeritus Francis Anthony Quinn at 97, the 7th bishop of Sacramento and a much beloved figure in the Sacramento community:

“Bishop Quinn, at the time of his death, was the oldest Catholic bishop in the United States.  A status he enjoyed sharing with the many who visited him.  In his quieter moments though, Bishop Quinn was ready and eager to meet the Good Shepherd whom he had served faithfully during his 72 years as a priest, 41 of which as bishop.

“As he approached the divine threshold, Bishop Quinn's heart resonated with the words of Paul to the Philippians, "It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 3.12)

“Bishop Quinn was also dearly possessed by the many who admired and loved him, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  He was always accompanied by friends and family throughout his long stay at Mercy McMahon.  I am grateful to all those who were his companions during the final part of his sojourn.  Let us continue to accompany him with our prayers.  Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.  May perpetual light shine upon him.”
Diocese of Sacramento Full Text Release
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday, March 22, 2019 - #Eucharist in Lent

Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 234

Reading 1GN 37:3-4, 12-13A, 17B-28A

Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons,
for he was the child of his old age;
and he had made him a long tunic.
When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,
they hated him so much that they would not even greet him.

One day, when his brothers had gone
to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,
Israel said to Joseph,
"Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.
Get ready; I will send you to them."

So Joseph went after his brothers and caught up with them in Dothan.
They noticed him from a distance,
and before he came up to them, they plotted to kill him.
They said to one another: "Here comes that master dreamer!
Come on, let us kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns here;
we could say that a wild beast devoured him.
We shall then see what comes of his dreams."

When Reuben heard this,
he tried to save him from their hands, saying,
"We must not take his life.
Instead of shedding blood," he continued,
"just throw him into that cistern there in the desert;
but do not kill him outright."
His purpose was to rescue him from their hands
and return him to his father.
So when Joseph came up to them,
they stripped him of the long tunic he had on;
then they took him and threw him into the cistern,
which was empty and dry.

They then sat down to their meal.
Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead,
their camels laden with gum, balm and resin
to be taken down to Egypt.
Judah said to his brothers:
"What is to be gained by killing our brother and concealing his blood?
Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites,
instead of doing away with him ourselves.
After all, he is our brother, our own flesh."
His brothers agreed.
They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.

Responsorial PsalmPS 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21

R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
When the LORD called down a famine on the land
and ruined the crop that sustained them,
He sent a man before them,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
They had weighed him down with fetters,
and he was bound with chains,
Till his prediction came to pass
and the word of the LORD proved him true.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
The king sent and released him,
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
He made him lord of his house
and ruler of all his possessions.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

Verse Before The GospelJN 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son;
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.

Gospel MT 21:33-43, 45-46

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
"Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them,
thinking, 'They will respect my son.'
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
'This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.'
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?"
They answered him,
AHe will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times."
Jesus said to them, ADid you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Therefore, I say to you,
the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.