Friday, August 30, 2019

Saint August 31 : St. Raymond Nonnatus - a Pro-Life Saint and the Patron of Pregnant, Midwives and Newborns with Novena Prayer

(In Spanish SAN RAMON). Born 1200 or 1204 at Portello in the Diocese of Urgel in Catalonia; died at Cardona, 31 August, 1240. His feast is celebrated on 31 August. He is pictured in the habit of his order surrounded by ransomed slaves, with a padlock on his lips. He was taken from the womb of his mother after her death, hence his name. Of noble but poor family, he showed early traits of piety and great talent. His father ordered him to tend a farm, but later gave him permission to take the habit with the Mercedarians at Barcelona, at the hands of the founder, St. Peter Nolasco. Raymond made such progress in the religious life that he was soon considered worthy to succeed his master in the office of ransomer. He was sent to Algiers and liberated many captives. When money failed he gave himself as a hostage. He was zealous in teaching the Christian religion and made many converts, which embittered the Mohammedan authorities. Raymond was subjected to all kinds of indignities and cruelty, was made to run the gauntlet, and was at last sentenced to impalement. The hope of a greater sum of money as ransom caused the governor to commute the sentence into imprisonment. To prevent him from preaching for Christ, his lips were pierced with a red-hot iron and closed with a padlock. After his arrival in Spain, in 1239, he was made a cardinal by Gregory IX. In the next year he was called to Rome by the pope, but came only as far as Cardona, about six miles from Barcelona, where he died. His body was brought to the chapel of St. Nicholas near his old farm. In 1657 his name was placed in the Roman martyrology by Alexander VII. He is invoked by women in labour and by persons falsely accused. The appendix to the Roman ritual gives a formula for the blessing of water, in his honour, to be used by the sick, and another of candles. Text shared from The Catholic Encyclopedia
Glorious St. Raymond, filled with compassion for those who invoke you
and with love for those who suffer heavily burdens
with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at your feet
and humbly beg of you to take my present concerns
which I recommend to you under your special protection.

[Mention your intention(s) here...]

Promise to recommend these to the Blessed Virgin Mary
and lay them before the Throne of Jesus,
so that He may bring it to a happy ending.
Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.
Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day
coming face to Face with God,
and with you, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints
praising and blessing together for all eternity.


Good St. Raymond,
pray for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Raymond,
pray for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Raymond,
pray for us and obtain our request.

Say 1 Our Father..., Say 1 Hail Mary..., Say 1 Glory Be... (Say these prayers for 9 days)

Free Catholic Movie : A Time for Miracles - on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Stars Kate Mulgrew

A Time for Miracles (1980) 1h 37min | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 21 December 1980
 A true story about Saint Elizabeth Bayley Seton, the first American to ever be canonized as a saint by the Pope. She took up Catholicism after the death of her rich husband, fought bigotry and opened free catholic schools and orphanages. Director: Michael O'Herlihy Writer: Henry Denker
Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Rossano Brazzi | 

Pope Francis' Special Message to people of Mozambique in Africa before Visit "you are all in my prayers."

Pope prays for reconciliation process ahead of Mozambique visit
Pope Francis sends his greetings to the people of Mozambique ahead of his Apostolic Journey on 4-6 September, asking them to pray for him and for reconciliation in the southern African nation.
Vatican News report: By Devin Watkins

The Pope sets off on his Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius next Wednesday.

His first stop is in Maputo, the Mozambiqan capital, where he will meet with civil, interreligious, and Church authorities, and celebrate Mass for local Catholics.

Speaking in Portuguese in a video message sent Friday ahead of his arrival, Pope Francis said his heart reaches out to embrace all the people of Mozambique, even though he is “unable to go beyond the capital”.
Some had hoped he might visit areas hit by Cyclone Idai earlier this year, which caused widespread destruction and loss of life, especially in the coastal city of Beira. At least 600 people died as the storm brought massive flooding and high winds.

But Pope Francis did not forget them, saying that his fraternal embrace extends especially to “those who live in difficult situations.”

“I would like to leave you with this certainty: you are all in my prayers. I look forward to meeting you,” he said.

Reconciliation and peace
The Holy Father went on to thank Mozambique’s president and Catholic bishops for inviting him to visit.

He urged everyone to pray with him for the reconciliation process underway in the country.

The Pope said “fraternal reconciliation” is needed in Mozambique and throughout Africa, calling it “the only hope for a solid and lasting peace.”

The Catholic Church – particularly through the St Egidio Community –worked tirelessly to help seal a peace deal between warring factions. The ruling Frelimo party and former guerrilla movement, Renamo, signed a permanent ceasefire in early August 2019.

More than 1 million people were killed in Mozambique’s civil war that raged from 1977 until 1992, when a truce was inked, though violence has flared periodically.

Pope Francis also made mention of Pope St John Paul II’s visit in 1988, when the civil war was still raging.

The Holy Father said his journey will allow him to see how the seed of peace sown by his predecessor is growing.

“This Journey will allow me to meet the Catholic community and confirm it in its witness to the Gospel,” he said, “which affirms the dignity of every man and woman and asks us to open our hearts to others, especially the poor and needy.”

Gratitude for prayers
The Pope closed his greetings to the people of Mozambique by extending his thanks to those preparing for his visit through their hard work and prayers.

And he prayed that God might bless the nation’s people and that the Virgin Mary protect them.

“See you soon!” he said.

US Bishops' Conference on case where Nurse was Forced to Participate in Abortion saying “It is a grotesque violation of civil rights, and of federal law, to force someone to perform or participate in an abortion..."

USCCB Committee Chairmen Commend Administration for Actions Enforcing Conscience Law on Abortion

August 29, 2019
WASHINGTON-The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced yesterday that it is taking corrective action against the University of Vermont Medical Center for forcing a nurse to participate in an elective abortion against the nurse’s beliefs, in violation of the federal Church amendment. The Church amendment, enacted in 1973, prohibits recipients of various federal health program funding from forcing health care personnel to perform or participate in abortions against their religious beliefs or moral convictions. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following statement in response to this enforcement action:
“It is a grotesque violation of civil rights, and of federal law, to force someone to perform or participate in an abortion against their beliefs. The action by the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC), forcing a nurse to participate in the killing of a defenseless unborn child under threat of job loss, and other coercive pressure, is abhorrent. We commend and thank the Administration for taking corrective action to enforce the law. Sadly, such violations of federal conscience laws are not infrequent. We hope that today’s action, and future actions by this Administration, will help ensure that no one is forced to participate in an abortion against their beliefs.”
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Quote to SHARE by St. Augustine “If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.”

“If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.”
 by St. Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church

BREAKING 30,000 People Protest against Sexual Violence of Police in Hong Kong as ongoing Demonstrations continue

UPDATEAgnes Chow and Andy Chan arrested with Wong on the eve of a new anti-government demonstration, now banned by the authorities. About 900 people have been arrested since June, when protests against the extradition bill began. There are fears that China might send military. Please Pray....Asia News Report: 30,000 protest police sexual violence against Hong Kong demonstrators
by Paul Wang
A woman was stripped naked in a search; another was dragged half-naked; others  given offensive slurs. The August 31 demonstration is in doubt: the police fear violence. Tanks in the streets of Hong Kong: for Xinhua this is routine.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - At least 30,000 people attended a rally in Central last night to protest the sexual violence that police allegedly married out against anti-extradition demonstrators, particularly women.

The participants wore a purple bow as a sign of solidarity. The organizers say that during the demonstrations taking place in Hong Kong in recent weeks, the police have often humiliated women to inhibit their participation in the movement.

In one case, the police are accused of completely stripping a woman demonstrator during a search at a police station. In another case, a video shows a half-naked woman being dragged away by policemen in Tin Shui Wai. In another, some women accuse the police of having insulted them with offensive slurs.

According to a survey conducted on August 21, since the beginning of the anti-extradition protests last June, 46 out of 221 women reported having been sexually abused; 23 of them accuse policemen or members of the police. Yesterday's rally was meant to be ideally linked with the international "Me too" movement, against violence against women.

A few hours before the rally, superintendent John Tse Chun-chung defended the police, saying that it has specific policies to protect the rights of prisoners.

The gathering ended peacefully, with an invitation to participate in the march on August 31, organized by the Civil Front for Human Rights.

Meanwhile, rumors are spreading that the police will not give permission for this march due to fears of violence. Another rally organized by the Front, on August 18, brought together 1.7 million people and took place in a peaceful manner.

This morning, the local media report photos of trucks and tanks in the streets of Hong Kong (photo 3). The photos were taken before dawn.

Xinhua immediately specified that the movement of troops, at 4 this morning, is due to an annual rotation of the personnel and the garrison vehicles of the Chinese army stationed in Hong Kong.

Many people and experts fear that the demonstrations that have been going on in the territory for 12 weeks, could provoke a military intervention by Beijing, in a remake of the Tiananmen massacre.
FULL TEXT from Asia News IT 

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Killed and Set on Fire by Bandits in Nigeria - RIP Father David Tanko

A group of unidentified bandits, attacked and killed Reverend Father David Tanko, a Catholic priest at Kufai Amadu in Takum, Taraba State, in Nigeria, Africa. He was on his way to Takum for a peace meeting with his fellow clergymen on how to resolve the lingering Tiv, Jukun crisis when he was killed. After killing him, the attackers set him and his car on fire.
 In neighbouring Donga Local Government Area (LGA), a student of ECWA Seminary School, was in the early hours of Wednesday killed on his farm. recalls that the Catholic Parish Priest of St. James the Greater Parish, Ugbawka, in Enugu state, Rev Fr Paul Offu was reportedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Thursday evening.
 The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, Bishop Charles Hammawa, on Thursday, condemned the killing of Rev. Fr. David Tanko of St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Amadu, Taraba by yet- to-be-identified bandits. DAILY POST had reported that a group of unidentified bandits, on Thursday attacked and killed Reverend Father David Tanko, a catholic priest at Kufai Amadu in Takum, Taraba State.
The Bishop said Fr Tanko was killed between Kasuan Haske and Tortsee on his way to Amadu from Takum in Takum Local Government Council of Taraba. He said “We received the news of his death with shock and great sadness, the diocese is mourning. “We have been preaching peace and making efforts to bring the parties that were enmeshed in crisis in the area together for a round table discussion. ”For a priest who has been preaching peace to be killed in this most gruesome manner is pathetic, to say the least, a priest belongs to all. “For now, we are not pointing accusing finger at any group for being responsible.’’
 Hammawa said that the wake in honour of the priest will hold on Monday, Sept 2, 2019 while the burial would take place on Tuesday at the Diocesan Cemetery in Jalingo.
Edited from Nigeria's Daily Post
This is part of ongoing violence against Christians in Nigeria which has seen thousands killed over the years and several priests murdered...Please Pray for Peace.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday, August 31, 2019 - #Eucharist

Reading 1, First Thessalonians 4:1-8

1 Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus; we instructed you how to live in the way that pleases God, and you are so living; but make more progress still.
2 You are well aware of the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 God wills you all to be holy. He wants you to keep away from sexual immorality,
4 and each one of you to know how to control his body in a way that is holy and honourable,
5 not giving way to selfish lust like the nations who do not acknowledge God.
6 He wants nobody at all ever to sin by taking advantage of a brother in these matters; the Lord always pays back sins of that sort, as we told you before emphatically.
7 God called us to be holy, not to be immoral;
8 in other words, anyone who rejects this is rejecting not human authority, but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 97:1, 2, 5-6, 10, 11-12

1 Yahweh is king! Let earth rejoice, the many isles be glad!
2 Cloud, black cloud enfolds him, saving justice and judgement the foundations of his throne.
5 The mountains melt like wax, before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his saving justice, all nations see his glory.
10 Yahweh loves those who hate evil, he keeps safe his faithful, rescues them from the clutches of the wicked.
11 Light dawns for the upright, and joy for honest hearts.
12 Rejoice in Yahweh, you who are upright, praise his unforgettable holiness.

Gospel, Matthew 25:1-13

1 'Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this: Ten wedding attendants took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible:
3 the foolish ones, though they took their lamps, took no oil with them,
4 whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps.
5 The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep.
6 But at midnight there was a cry, "Look! The bridegroom! Go out and meet him."
7 Then all those wedding attendants woke up and trimmed their lamps,
8 and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, "Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out."
9 But they replied, "There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves."
10 They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed.
11 The other attendants arrived later. "Lord, Lord," they said, "open the door for us."
12 But he replied, "In truth I tell you, I do not know you."
13 So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.