Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Saint June 6 : St. Norbert the Patron of Childbirth and Peace - Founder of the #Norbertines

Feast Day:
June 6
1080 at Xanten, Germany
6 June 1134 at Magdeburg, Germany
1582 by Pope Gregory XIII
Patron of:
invoked during childbirth for safe delivery; Magdeburg, peace
Born at Xanten on the left bank of the Rhine, near Wesel, c. 1080; died at Magdeburg, 6 June, 1134. His father, Heribert, Count of Gennep, was related to the imperial house of Germany, and his house of Lorraine. A stately bearing, a penetrating intellect, a tender, earnest heart, marked the future apostle. Ordained subdeacon, Norbert was appointed to a canonry at Xanten. Soon after he was summoned to the Court of Frederick, Prince-Bishop of Cologne, and later to that of Henry V, Emperor of Germany, whose almoner he became. The Bishopric of Cambray was offered to him, but refused. Norbert allowed himself to be so carried away by pleasure that nothing short of a miracle of grace could make him lead the life of an earnest cleric. One day, while riding to Vreden, a village near Xanten, he was overtaken by a storm. A thunderbolt fell at his horse's feet; the frightened animal threw its rider, and for nearly an hour he lay like one dead. Thus humbled, Norbert became a sincere penitent. Renouncing his appointment at Court, he retired to Xanten to lead a life of penance.
Understanding, however, that he stood in need of guidance, he placed himself under the direction of Cono, Abbot of Siegburg. In gratitude to Cono, Norbert founded the Abbey of Fürstenberg, endowed it with a portion of his property, and made it over to Cono and his Benedictine successors. Norbert was then in his thirty-fifth year. Feeling that he was called to the priesthood, he presented himself to the Bishop of Cologne, from whose hands he received Holy Orders. After a forty days' retreat at Siegburg Abbey, he celebrated his first Mass at Xanten and preached an earnest discourse on the transitory character of this world's pleasures and on man's duties toward God. The insults of some young clerics, one of whom even spat in his face, he bore with wonderful patience on that occasion. Norbert often went to Siegburg Abbey to confer with Cono, or to the cell of Ludolph, a holy and learned hermit-priest, or to the Abbey or Klosterrath near Rolduc. Accused as an innovator at the Council of Fritzlar, he resigned all his ecclesiastical preferments, disposed of his estate, and gave all to the poor, reserving for himself only what was needed for the celebration of Holy Mass. Barefooted and begging his bread, he journeyed as far as St. Giles, in Languedoc, to confer with Pope Gelasius concerning his future life. Unable to keep Norbert at his court, Gelasius granted him faculties to preach wherever he judged proper. At Valenciennes Norbert met (March, 1119) Burchard, Bishop of Cambray, whose chaplain joined him in his apostolic journeys in France and Belgium. After the death of Pope Gelasius (29 January, 1119) Norbert wished to confer with his successor, Calixtus II, at the Council of Reims (Oct., 1119). The pope and Bartholomew, Bishop of Laon, requested Norbert to found a religious order in the Diocese of Laon, so that his work might be perpetuated after his death. Norbert chose a lonely, marshy valley, shaped in the form of a cross, in the Forest of Coucy, about ten miles from Laon, and named Prémontré. Hugh of Fosses, Evermode of Cambray, Antony of Nivelles, seven students of the celebrated school of Anselm, and Ralph at Laon were his first disciples. The young community at first lived in huts of wood and clay, arranged like a camp around the chapel of St. John the Baptist, but they soon built a larger church and a monastery for the religious who joined them in increasing numbers. Going to Cologne to obtain relics for their church, Norbert discovered through a vision, the spot where those of St. Ursula and her companions, of St. Gereon, and of other martyrs lay hidden. Women also wished to become members of the new religious order. Blessed Ricwera, widow of Count Raymond of Clastres, was St. Norbert's first spiritual daughter, and her example was followed by women of the best families of France and Germany. Soon after this, Norbert returned to Germany and preached in Westphalia, when Godfrey, Count of Kappenberg, offered himself and gave three of his castles to be made into abbeys. On his return from Germany, Norbert was met by Theobald, Count of Champagne, who wished to become a member of the order; but Norbert insisted that God wished Theobald to marry and do good in the world. Theobald agreed to this, but begged Norbert to prescribe a rule of life. Norbert prescribed a few rules and invested Theobald with the white scapular of the order, and thus, in 1122, the Third Order of St. Norbert was instituted. The saint was soon requested by the Bishop of Cambrai to go and combat the infamous heresies which Tanchelin had promulgated, and which had their centre at Antwerp. As a result of his preaching the people of the Low Countries abjured their heresies, and many brought back to him the Sacred Species which they had stolen and profaned. In commemoration of this, St. Norbert has been proclaimed the Apostle of Antwerp, and the feast of his triumph over the Sacramentarian heresy is celebrated in the Archdiocese of Mechlin on 11 July.
The rapid growth of the order was marvellous, and bishops entreated Norbert to found new houses in their dioceses. Floreffe, Viviers, St-Josse, Ardenne, Cuissy, Laon, Liège, Antwerp, Varlar, Kappenberg and others were founded during the first five years of the order's existence. Though the order had already been approved by the pope's legates, Norbert, accompanied by three disciples, journeyed to Rome, in 1125, to obtain its confirmation by the new pope, Honorius II. The Bull of Confirmation is dated 27 February, 1126. Passing through Würzburg on his return to Prémontré, Norbert restored sight to a blind woman; the inhabitants were so full of admiration for him that they spoke of electing him successor to the bishop who had just died, but Norbert and his companions fled secretly. Soon after this, on his way to Ratisbon, he passed through Spier, where Lothair, King of the Romans, was holding a diet, the papal legate being present. Deputies form Magdeburg had also come to solicit a successor to their late archbishop, Rudger.
The papal legate and Lothair used their authority, and obliged Norbert to accept the vacant see. On taking possession of it, he was grieved to find that much property belonging to the Church and the poor had been usurped by powerful men, and that many of the clergy led scandalous lives. He succeeded in converting some of the transgressors, but others only became more obstinate, and three attempts were made on his life. He resisted Pietro di Leoni, who, as antipope, had assumed the name of Anacletus and was master in Rome, exerting himself at the Council of Reims to attach the German Emperor and the German bishops and princes more firmly to the cause of Pope Innocent II.
Though his health was increasingly delicate, Norbert accompanied Lothair and his army to Rome to put the rightful pope on the Chair of St. Peter, and he resisted the pope's concession of the investiture to the emperor. Norbert, whose health was now much impaired, accompanied the Emperor Lothair back to Germany and for some time remained with him, assisting him as his chancellor and adviser. In March, 1134, Norbert had become so feeble that he had to be carried to Magdeburg where he died on the Wednesday after Pentecost. By order of the emperor, his body was laid at rest in the Norbertine Abbey of St. Mary, at Magdeburg. His tomb became glorious by the numerous miracles wrought there. The Bollandists say that there is no document to prove that he was canonized by Innocent III. His canonization was by Gregory XIII in 1582, and his cultus was executed to the whole church by Clement X.
On 2 May, 1627, the saint's body was translated from Magdeburg, then in the hands of Protestants, to the Abbey of Strahov, a suburb of Prague in Bohemia. The Chancery of Prague preserved the abjurations of six hundred Protestants who, on the day, or during the octave, of the translation, were reconciled to the Catholic Church. On that occasion the Archbishop of Prague, at the request of the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, proclaimed St. Norbert the Patron and Protector of Bohemia. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis explains "The union between all Christians, although incomplete, is based on the one baptism and is sealed by the blood..." Full Text


St. Peter's Square
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Catechesis on the Apostolic Journey to Romania

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Last weekend I made an apostolic trip to Romania, invited by the President and the Madam Prime Minister. I renew my thanks to them and extend it to the other civil and ecclesiastical Authorities and to all those who have collaborated in the realization of this visit. Above all, I give thanks to God who allowed the Successor of Peter to return to that country, twenty years after the visit of St. John Paul II.

In summary, as the motto of the Journey announced, I urged to "walk together". And it is my joy to be able to do it not from afar, or from above, but myself walking among the Romanian people, as a pilgrim in his land.

The various meetings highlighted the value and the need to walk together both among Christians, on the level of faith and charity, and between citizens, on the level of civil commitment.

As Christians, we have the grace to live a season of fraternal relations between the different Churches. In Romania most of the faithful belong to the Orthodox Church, currently led by Patriarch Daniel, to whom my fraternal and grateful thought goes. The Catholic community, both "Greek" and "Latin", is alive and active. The union between all Christians, although incomplete, is based on the one baptism and is sealed by the blood and suffering suffered together in the dark times of persecution, particularly in the last century under the atheistic regime. There is also another Lutheran community that also professes faith in Jesus Christ, and is on good terms with Orthodox and Catholics.

With the Patriarch and the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church we had a very cordial meeting, in which I reiterated the Catholic Church's desire to walk together in reconciled memory and towards fuller unity, which the Romanian people invoked prophetically during the visit of St. John Paul II. This important ecumenical dimension of the journey culminated in the solemn Prayer of the Our Father, inside the new, imposing Orthodox cathedral of Bucharest. This was a moment of strong symbolic value, because the Our Father is the Christian prayer par excellence, the common heritage of all the baptized. No one can say "my Father" and "your Father"; no: "Our Father", the common heritage of all the baptized. We have shown that unity does not take away legitimate diversity. May the Holy Spirit lead us to live ever more as children of God and brothers among us.

As a Catholic Community we have celebrated three Eucharistic Liturgies. The first in the Cathedral of Bucharest, May 31, the feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, an icon of the Church on a journey of faith and charity. The second Eucharist in the Shrine of uleumuleu Ciuc, destination of many pilgrims. There, the Holy Mother of God gathers the faithful people in the variety of languages, cultures and traditions. And the third celebration was the Divine Liturgy in Blaj, center of the Greek-Catholic Church in Romania, with the beatification of seven Greek Catholic Catholic bishops, witnesses of the freedom and mercy that come from the Gospel. One of these new blesseds, Mgr. Iuliu Hossu, during his imprisonment wrote: "God sent us into this darkness of suffering to forgive and pray for the conversion of all". Thinking of the terrible tortures to which they were subjected, these words are a testimony of mercy.
Particularly intense and festive was the meeting with young people and families, held in Iaşi, an ancient city and an important cultural center, a crossroads between the West and the East. A place that invites you to open roads on which to walk together, in the richness of diversity, in a freedom that does not cut the roots but draws you in a creative way. This meeting also had a Marian character and ended with the entrusting of young people and families to the Holy Mother of God.

The last stop on the journey was a visit to the Roma community of Blaj. In that city the Roma are very numerous, and for this I wanted to greet them and renew the appeal against all discrimination and for the respect of people of any ethnicity, language and religion.

Dear brothers and sisters, we thank God for this apostolic journey, and we ask Him, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, for it to bear abundant fruit for Romania and for the Church in those lands.
Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins venant de France, en particulier les jeunes de Colmar, Paris, Vabre, les diocésains de Besançon et les membres de la pastorale des personnes handicapées du diocèse de Vannes. A quelques jours de la fête de la Pentecôte, je vous invite, vous aussi, à marcher ensemble sur les routes de la foi, et à accueillir la venue de l’Esprit Saint afin qu’il vous aide à être des témoins authentiques de l’amour du Seigneur pour tous. Que Dieu vous bénisse !
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England, Scotland, Malta, China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Canada and the United States of America. I offer a special greeting to the members of the United Nations Women’s Guild of Rome together with my prayerful good wishes for their fiftieth anniversary. As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, I invoke upon all of you and your families a rich outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Herzlich grüße ich die Brüder und Schwestern deutscher Sprache, insbesondere die Gruppe des Vereins RollOn Austria zusammen mit Pilgern aus der Diözese Innsbruck in Begleitung ihres Bischofs Hermann Glettler. Der Heilige Geist, der uns zu Brüdern und Schwestern Christi und zu geliebten Kindern des einen Vaters macht, komme auf euch herab und bleibe bei euch allezeit.
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española venidos de España y Latinoamérica. Ante la proximidad de la fiesta de Pentecostés, pidamos a Dios el don del Espíritu Santo para que sea Él quien nos impulse a “caminar juntos” como hermanos en la construcción de una sociedad más fraterna y en la búsqueda de la unidad plena de todos los cristianos. Que Dios los bendiga.
Dirijo uma saudação cordial aos peregrinos de língua portuguesa, em particular aos fiéis de Lisboa e ao grupo de magistrados brasileiros. Queridos amigos, ao preparar-nos para a festa de Pentecostes, lembremos que é com a força que recebemos do Espírito Santo que podemos ser verdadeiras testemunhas do Evangelho no mundo. Desça sobre vós e vossas famílias a bênção de Deus.
أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللّغةِ العربيّة، وخاصةً بالقادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. أيّها الإخوةُ والأخواتُ الأعزّاء، كونوا معززين لثقافة اللقاء التي تُبطل اللامبالاة وتُبطل الانقسام وتسمح بأن نتغنّى بقوّة مراحم الرب. ليبارككم الرب!
Pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, dziękuję wam za duchowe towarzyszenie i modlitwę podczas mojej podróży do Rumunii. Zbliża się uroczystość Pięćdziesiątnicy. Otwórzmy umysły i serca na działanie Ducha Świętego w nas, aby nas uświęcał i czynił świadkami Chrystusa wobec świata, w którym żyjemy. Starajmy się służyć braciom, korzystając z duchowych darów, jakie otrzymaliśmy. Światło i moc Ducha Parakleta niech stale Wam towarzyszy! Z serca wam błogosławię.
Next Saturday, June 8th, will be the fifth anniversary of the meeting, here in the Vatican, of the Presidents of Israel and Palestine with me and Patriarch Bartholomew. At 13.00 we are invited to dedicate "a minute to peace" - of prayer, for believers; of reflection, for those who do not believe -: all together for a more fraternal world. Thanks to the international Catholic Action that promotes this initiative.

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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims.

I am pleased to welcome the Priests of the Diocese of Padua; the members of the Opera Don Calabria; and the Servants of Mary the Minister of the Sick.

I greet the Parishes, especially that of Irsina; the faithful of the Fortore pastoral area, of the Diocese of Benevento; married couples, accompanied by the Bishop, Mons. Andrea Turazzi; the delegation of the pilgrimage on foot from Macerata to Loreto which will be held next Saturday; the participants in the Tournament of Parishes: Coppa San Giovanni Paolo II; the professional Local Police Association of Italy; and educational institutions, particularly that of Serracapriola.

I am particularly interested in young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. Next Sunday we will celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost. May the Lord find you all ready to welcome the abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The grace of his gifts instills in you new vitality to the faith, reinvigorates hope and gives operative strength to charity.
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#BreakingNews Newly Ordained Catholic Priest Killed by Stabbing in Kenya - RIP Fr. Eutycas Muthur

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - A Catholic priest was killed in Kenya. Fr. Eutycas Murangiri Muthur, of the parish of Limbine, diocese of Meru, county of Tigania, was stabbed to death by one or more individuals at about 1.30 am on June 4th, in Makutano, at about 200 km from the capital, Nairobi. The circumstances of the killing are not clear but the police arrested a man and a woman who apparently were with Fr. Eutycas. Fr. Eutycas was 32 years old and was ordained on December 23, 2018. (L.M.) (Above Full Text from Agenzia Fides, 5/6/2019)
Kenya's Daily Nation reports: 
The priest’s father, Mr Domiciano Muthuri, said the family and faithful of Nkabune Parish, where Fr Muthuri hailed from, were shocked. “He was a humble man who never indulged in bad things. We are really hurting,” he said. The priest had served in Meru County for about five months after being ordained on December 23, 2018.
 Mr Muthuri, who visited the Nation's offices in Meru, said his son had been in the company of a personal friend, one Mr Kinoti, when he was attacked. “Eutycas went to the car and found someone inside. He demanded to know what he was doing in the vehicle but his friend took off instead of assisting him or raising the alarm," he claimed. "We were told he earlier walked outside the building with the car keys and could have opened it for the assailant."
 The hotel's managers were not immediately available for comment as they were recording statements with police. Fr Muthuri's official car, a Toyota Khami, was towed to Meru Police Station to be dusted for finger prints. The body was taken to Meru Level Five Hospital mortuary.

Dutch Girl aged 17 Starves herself to Death Legally due to Psychological trauma from Rape - Vatican and Pope call for Care

"I have not really been alive for so long," 17-year-old Noa Pothoven wrote in a final post on Instagram. (Noa Pothoven/Facebook)

UPDATE- Several media sources reported that Noa Pothoven was euthanized, resulting in the reactions from the Pontifical Academy for Life and Pope Francis; but a new update shows that Noa refused to eat and drink and died from this not from medically assisted drugs.

A Dutch teenager, named Noa Pothoven, who suffered from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anorexia after being raped as a child was allowed to die at her home, her sister confirmed on Sunday.

The teenager, from the city of Arnhem in the eastern part of the Netherlands.

The Vatican made a statement on Twitter.

Pontifical Academy for Life wrote: “Noa’s death is a great loss for any civil society and for humanity,” “We must always assert the positive reasons for life.”

Pope Francis, in a separate Twitter message, stated, “Euthanasia and assisted suicide are a defeat for all. We are called never to abandon those who are suffering, never giving up but caring and loving to restore hope.”

The Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia, in legislation passed in 2001, the year Noa was born.

 6,585 for euthanasia requests have been granted, most were in cases of untreatable cancer.

Noa had gone to a euthanasia clinic last year, without her parents’ knowledge, but was turned away.

“They think I’m too young to die,” said Noa, who was 16 at the time.

Noa wrote an award-winning autobiography last year, titled “Winning or Learning.”

When Noa was 14, she writes, she was raped by two men in the Elderveld neighborhood of Arnhem.

with Information from the Washington Post

#Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost - Prayers to Share! - 5


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You,

 Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice
 and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move 
and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be 
kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may 
always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling
 to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my 
weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His
 Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable 
Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. 
Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and 
everywhere / "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to

 finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit
 to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit
 of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things
that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine
truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining
heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with
courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God
find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find
the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving
reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with
the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


Light immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being fill!
The Gift of Knowledge
The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth--in their relation to God. 

Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose 
as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify 
Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God 
beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it."
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the 

nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own 
salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen(Our Father and Hail Mary
ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)

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US Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin warns faithful Not to support LGBTQ Pride Month @ThomasJTobin1

US Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Providence Diocese, in Rhode Island, wrote on Twitter Saturday, June 1, 2019 saying,
"A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ "Pride Month" events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children."
Bishop Thomas Tobin

Tobin's tweet became very popular on Twitter with thousands of retweets and comments. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that those with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” but that homosexual acts constitute “grave depravity,” are “intrinsically disordered,” and that “under no circumstances can they be approved.” Instead, “homosexual persons are called to chastity.” (CCC, 2357-2359)

Biographies of 7 Newly Beatified Greek-Catholic Martyred Bishops from Romania

Pope Francis beatifies seven Greek- Catholic bishops who were martyred under the communist regime in Romania.
By Vatican News

All seven of the Greek-Catholic bishops were arrested in 1948. All of them were imprisoned and left to die of hunger, exposure, disease, or the effects of hard labour, and then buried in unmarked graves. The liturgical chair used during the Divine Liturgy in Blaj on Sunday, was made from the wooden planks of the prison beds, and from the iron bars of the prison windows where some of the martyrs died.

Iuliu Hossu
Romania was under Soviet occupation and ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu, when Iuliu Hossu returned there after completing his theology studies in Rome. He spent 22 years in prison. His last words were: "My battle is over, yours continues". He never knew that Pope Paul VI had created him a Cardinal "in pectore" in 1969.

Vasile Aftenie
Vasile Aftenie also studied in Rome. A year after his arrest he was transferred to the infamous Ministry of the Interior where he suffered terrible tortures and eventually died of his wounds in 1950.

Ioan Balan
In 1929 Ioan Balan was appointed to the Vatican Commission to draw up the new Code of Canon Law of the Eastern Churches. After his arrest in 1948, he was placed in solitary confinement and died in 1959 without ever being tried or sentenced.

Valeriu Traian Frentiu
Valeriu Traian Frentiu was ordained a bishop when he was only 37 years of age. Also arrested in 1948, he spent the rest of his life in a concentration camp. When he died in 1952, his body was thrown into an unmarked grave.

Ioan Suciu
Ioan Suciu was ordained a priest in 1931. He too died of hunger and disease while in prison. In his last letter to the faithful before his arrest, he wrote: “Do not be deceived by vain words, promises, lies... We cannot sell Christ or the Church”.

Tito Liviu Chinezu
Tito Liviu Chinezu was born in 1904. He was ordained a bishop in prison by those bishops who were themselves prisoners. When the secret of his ordination leaked out, he was transferred to a prison where he died of cold and hunger.

Alexandru Rusu
Alexandru Rusu was consecrated bishop in 1931. Arrested in 1948, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for instigation and high treason. He died in 1963 and was buried in the prison cemetery without any religious rite.

Vatican Radio
From the night of the 28 November 1948, when all the Greek-Catholic bishops were arrested, until the 25 December 1989, which marked the end of the Communist regime, the only Divine Liturgy in the Romanian language available to the faithful in that country, was that broadcast by Vatican Radio.
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Former UN Ambassador for the US Nikki Haley gives Powerful Pro-Life Speech "You are doing God’s work and making our world a better place." Full Text

Susan B. Anthony List release: On June 3, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave the keynote address at Susan B. Anthony List’s 12th annual Campaign for Life Gala at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. 
Transcript of the Hon. Nikki Haley’s speech

SBA List Campaign for Life Gala, June 3, 2019
Thank you so much. Thank you Marjorie for your commitment, strength, and heart. You are an inspiration to so many. We all appreciate your efforts.
And thank you to everyone in this room. I am so grateful to you — not just for being here tonight but for showing up and fighting every single day. Each of you is doing something extraordinary. You are saving lives. So thank you.
The pro-life movement is a noble cause. It’s also a thankless cause. That’s because the people you are fighting for aren’t in a position to thank you. They are the voiceless ones. We are their voice. There is little recognition in this struggle, little glory. In fact, the opposite is typically true. Many, if not all of you, have endured more than your fair share of name-calling and abuse.
Especially in this town…
There is an old Talmudic saying which has been repurposed countless times. It goes something like this: Whoever destroys a single life has destroyed the whole world, and whoever saves a single life has saved the whole world.
Think about the magnitude of that for a moment. Every new life has limitless potential. Each baby saved today could grow up to become a doctor, a teacher, a first responder… even a public official! When you save one life, you set an entire universe in motion. That’s what brings all of us together. That’s what Susan B. Anthony List is all about. So, I say this without an ounce of exaggeration: You are doing God’s work and making our world a better place.
I stand here tonight as a wearer of many hats.
Ambassador… governor… daughter… military wife… mother… and the biggest Clemson Tiger fan ever! You think I’m joking…I’m not…
All of these titles are part of my identity. All of these experiences have shaped my values and my connection to the world. They are indispensable to my story, and they’re the reason I stand before you tonight.
Many of you know I am married to my incredible, super cool husband, Michael. He is a combat veteran and a Major in the South Carolina National Guard. He is truly a saint and being married to me you know he has to be exceedingly understanding.
But many don’t know that Michael and his four siblings spent several years in foster care. Foster care can be amazing, but it was not kind to Michael and his siblings. It was unkind.
Luckily, when Michael was five, he and his younger sister were adopted by a kind, loving couple who couldn’t have children of their own.
I often think about what would have happened if Michael hadn’t been so lucky…if his biological mother had chosen a different path…if his adoptive parents hadn’t been so compassionate…
In politics, people assume that if you’re Republican you’re pro-life, because that’s what the party tells you to be. I’m pro-life, because I get the chance to spend every day with my husband knowing that I am blessed.
Many of you also might not know that Michael and I struggled to have a family of our own. We are blessed to be the parents to two smart, thoughtful, occasionally challenging children, but that path was not an easy one for us.
Like so many other couples and families, we struggled for many years, riding a roller coaster of false hopes and painful disappointment. Throughout the slog of doctor visits and invasive tests, I had days that tested my faith and my resolve. But when I held our daughter in my arms for the first time, I felt what countless parents feel: that nothing could be more perfect and right in the world.
These experiences – the good and the bad – solidified for me what I had long known intellectually – that each and every life is a gift from God. That so many loving families want more than anything to raise and love a child. I can’t stomach the idea that we wouldn’t do everything in our power to protect and nurture those lives.
As governor of South Carolina, I was proud to sign legislation that banned late-term abortions, protecting babies from the point in their development when they are capable of feeling pain.
Many people praised this action, but many others criticized it.
The most strident attacks came from my fellow women. You’ve heard it all before: Pro-life women are traitors to their gender. If we truly care about women’s rights, we would support abortion rights.
Women are expected to support choice – simply because we are women.
That’s just wrong. We all have to be true to ourselves and to others.
Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity. They do this in the name of feminism.
But that is not real feminism. The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about.
As a pro-life, female governor, I was blessed with a unique platform, and I made every effort to use it appropriately. Not to lob attacks at people who disagreed with me, not to diminish the other side, but to reframe the debate. To explain that being pro-life is not about being for or against women. It is about being for a baby’s right to live – the most basic right there is.
As U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, I was privileged to travel to many corners of the globe. I saw many wonderful things. But I also saw some horrible things that I cannot unsee. I heard stories that linger in my memory.
In Syrian refugee camps, I saw what happened when the war criminal Bashar Assad used chemical weapons to murder and maim innocent children.
In South Sudan, I sat with crying mothers who told me their horror stories about how soldiers took their babies from their arms and threw them into fires.
In the Congo, I talked to boys who had been captured at young, vulnerable ages into the horrible life of child-soldiers.
In Venezuela, on the Simon Bolivar Bridge, I watched parents and children walk for hours each way in the blazing sun to get the only meal they would eat that day, given to them by the Catholic Church just on the other side of the border in Colombia. There are starving children digging through trash cans looking for food.
I have seen places where life has been incredibly cheapened, and it will always haunt me.
All across the globe, I have spoken with mothers and fathers who would risk everything just to have a chance at life for themselves and their children.
These people are suffering because of war, dictatorship, disease, and abject poverty. They are a devastating reminder of the evil that exists in the world.
It is the reason we should all step back and remember to be grateful, because on our worst day, we are blessed to live in America. A place where life is valued and protected.
And yet, today, in this country, our leaders debate whether a baby born after a failed abortion has a right to live.
Let that sink in for a minute. It is something you might hear about in other parts of the world or something out of a horror movie. Not here. Not in America.
In so many other aspects, human life is a priority in our country. Think of the lengths we go to defend the rights of the accused in our criminal justice system so people don’t unjustly have their freedom taken away. Think of the lengths our military goes to prevent civilian casualties in war, often risking our own soldiers’ lives to do it. Think of the resources our medical system expends to prolong the life of the terminally ill. Respect for human life is who we are as Americans. It is right there in the Declaration of Independence. You can’t have liberty and the pursuit of happiness without the right to life.
That’s why Susan B. Anthony List’s work is so important. You understand we need laws – and lawmakers – who will protect the right to life. To ensure those in Washington share our values, you have activated a nationwide network of more than 700,000 Americans ready to educate our fellow citizens on pro-life issues. You work tirelessly to support pro-life candidates, especially women, and advocate for policies that save lives.
I am an optimist. Our national history makes it easy to be an optimist.
We often toss around words like “liberty” and “freedom” without appreciating how groundbreaking they were 250 years ago. When the colonies declared their independence, it was a bold experiment – the likes of which the world had never seen. The odds were not in their favor. War, famine, disease, discord — any number of disasters could have destroyed the revolution in its infancy. And yet, here we are today, the most powerful and generous country in human history.
America cannot escape her exceptionalism. The values that gave birth to our nation live in all of us. They live in the spirit of this country, and they cannot be snuffed out.
In her last speech before her death in 1906, Susan B. Anthony declared: “Failure is not an option.” She was right then. And she is right today.
We Americans have a wonderful way of living up to our destiny. The citizens of this country are good-hearted, generous, and brave. For all of our problems and all of our sins, we are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world. Even when we falter, we rise up. Even when we veer, we find our way. Take heart and remember: No matter the struggle, no matter the lows, life will prevail.
Some people are afraid to talk about the pro-life cause, because it’s too personal, too uncomfortable.
Well, of course it’s personal. What can be more personal than the right to live?
If we want to make a difference in the world, we have to embrace the personal and the uncomfortable.
Even though I am a private citizen now, I know I’m too young to stop fighting.
I’m loud and proud and will always fight for the things I believe in.
Like Margaret Thatcher said, “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”
Tonight, I’d like to encourage all of you to continue the good fight, continue making history, and continue saving precious lives.
The most important thing I did as Governor and at the United Nations was use the power of my voice to make a difference. When we refuse to sit on the sidelines — when we refuse to be followers against our consciences — we can quite literally change the world.
I will always encourage people to use the power of their voices on behalf of freedom, justice, and life. Because you can’t truly stand for America if you don’t stand for ALL Americans, including the babies who don’t yet have a voice.
Thank you, and God bless.
FULL TEXT from Susan B. Anthony List

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - #Eucharist in Eastertide

Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
Lectionary: 299

Reading 1ACTS 20:28-38 
At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:
"Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock
of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,
in which you tend the Church of God
that he acquired with his own Blood.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,
and they will not spare the flock.
And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth
to draw the disciples away after them.
So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day,
I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears.
And now I commend you to God
and to that gracious word of his that can build you up
and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.
I have never wanted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.
You know well that these very hands
have served my needs and my companions.
In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort
we must help the weak,
and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said,
'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

When he had finished speaking
he knelt down and prayed with them all.
They were all weeping loudly
as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him,
for they were deeply distressed that he had said
that they would never see his face again.
Then they escorted him to the ship.

Responsorial Psalm PS 68:29-30, 33-35A, 35BC-36AB

R.(33a) Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Show forth, O God, your power,
the power, O God, with which you took our part;
For your temple in Jerusalem
let the kings bring you gifts.
R. Sing to God, O Kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
You kingdoms of the earth, sing to God,
chant praise to the Lord
who rides on the heights of the ancient heavens.
Behold, his voice resounds, the voice of power:
“Confess the power of God!”
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.
Over Israel is his majesty;
his power is in the skies.
Awesome in his sanctuary is God, the God of Israel;
he gives power and strength to his people.
R. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.
R. Alleluia.

AllelluiaSEE JN 17:17B, 17A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 17:11B-19

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying:
"Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me,
so that they may be one just as we are one.
When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me,
and I guarded them, and none of them was lost
except the son of destruction,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I am coming to you.
I speak this in the world
so that they may share my joy completely.
I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the Evil One.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
Consecrate them in the truth.
Your word is truth.
As you sent me into the world,
so I sent them into the world.
And I consecrate myself for them,
so that they also may be consecrated in truth."