Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Saint November 6 : St. Leonard the Patron of Political prisoners, Prisoners, Women in Labor, and #Horses

St. Leonard

Patron of:
political prisoners, imprisoned people, prisoners of war, and captives, women in labor, as well as horses

Today, November 6, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Leonard of Noblac (died 559), patron saint of prisoners and women in labor. Saint Leonard, born of noble parents, served the Lord through serving those in power, eventually withdrawing to hermitude and working countless miracles on behalf of those in need.
Saint Leonard was born to noble and illustrious parents in Gaul (now France), in the castle of Vendome in Orleans. Born into Frankish royalty, he belonged to the court of King Clovis, and his relatives were dignitaries, military commanders, and people of both privilege and society. Leonard was baptized by future Saint Remigius, and the King, himself, stood as sponsor for him. While he was still very young, the kingdom was threatened by an invading army. The Queen, knowing of Leonard’s Christian faith, jokingly suggested to Leonard that he invoke the help of his God to repel an invading repeal the attack. Leonard prayed, the tide of battle turned, and the armies of Gaul were victorious. Saint Remigius used this miracle to convert the King and thousands of followers to Christianity. From an early age, Leonard was destined for the service of the Lord. As he matured, he was so moved by the holy examples of Saint Remigius, Archbishop of Rheims that he renounced the world in order to lead a more perfect life. Looking to Saint Remigius for advice and spiritual guidance, Leonard quickly came to embrace and exemplify the greatest of Christian virtues, and while still a young man, took the tonsure (monk’s haircut) as a symbol to the world of his commitment to serving the Lord. His first calling was in service to prisoners, who he showed great charity, and worked miracles of freedom. Previously, King Clovis, in response to a prayer of Saint Remi, had issued an edict that prisoners in Rheims might be freed whenever his royal highness would pass through that city. Leonard asked the kind monarch to grant him personally the right to liberate prisoners whom he would find worthy of it, any time at all. Based upon his exemplary life, prudence, and good judgment (despite a young age), the king naturally agreed. Leonard earned himself a reputation of goodness, piety, and sancity, and soon all in the kingdom knew of him. He became a person of pilgrimage, with the sick and poor traveling great distances for his healing and charity. To each, he devoted himself, not only taking care of their physical needs, but teaching them the virtues of patience and love, and instructing them in the ways of sound doctrine. The king, so pleased with the reputation the holy man was earning for the court, desired to attach him permanently into his service, but Leonard, ever humble, replied that he preferred to live in humility and obscurity, as Christ had chosen for Himself for so many years. With the king’s permission, Leonard retired to a monastery in Orleans.
Saint Maximin, the abbot of the monastery, saw to it that Leonard was soon ordained a deacon, which office he accepted out of obedience. However, Leonard did not aspire to any additional ecclesiastical dignities. Rather, he desired a life of austerity, sanctification, and preaching—the latter task taking him from the monastery to the pagans of the province of Limoges. On his evangelical journeys, Leonard discovered a nearby mountain, heavily forested, and rich in solitude. There he built a cell from the fallen branches of trees, and remained for some time, taking great pleasure in the provisions of the Lord. Leonard lived on herbs, wild fruits, and spring water, relying solely on the Lord to provide. He spent his days in communion with God, devoting himself to prayer, meditation, and physical mortification.
Somehow, he was still found by those who sought him, and continued to work miracles for the people through his devotion and suffering. For example, from his prayers, the spouse of a nearby king successfully delivered a healthy child following a difficult labor. In deep gratitude, the king bestowed upon Saint Leonard the part of the forest in which he lived, allowing him to do with it as he would. Leonard built a beautiful oratory to the Our Blessed Mother, and was soon joined by two disciples. Together, the three prayed without ceasing, around the clock. With a more prominent building, Saint Leonard was easier to find, and the sick increased in numbers, seeking healing. Similarly, word of Saint Leonard’s charity toward those in prison spread, and following prayers for his intercession, prisoners reported witnessing their chains break before their eyes. These prisoners would then travel in pilgrimage and thanksgiving to Saint Leonard, dragging their heavy chains, and offering them in homage. Soon, a large collection of chains and leg irons could be found at the oratory! Saint Leonard treated each of these freed prisoners with respect and dignity, offering those who wished a tract of land in the forest on which to begin anew. Many remained, transforming their lives into honest work, serving the oratory and the poor of the region, and coming to Christ through the work of Saint Leonard. Eventually, a monastery was constructed, attracting an even greater number of disciples. Even distant relatives—all royals accustomed to living with opulent wealth—heard of his reputation, and giving up all they had, came to live with him and serve the Lord. He was surprised but encouraged their good resolutions, saying: “A fare of dry bread, eaten in the joy of a pure conscience, is of more worth than a house abundantly furnished, where quarrels and divisions prevail.”
Saint Leonard fell ill while traveling, and as the end of his time on earth grew near, he miraculously had himself transported back to the Oratory of Our Lady, where he died. Numerous miracles of healing and freedom continued to occur, and he remains a popular saint of intercession throughout France and Europe. After his death, churches and monasteries were widely dedicated to him throughout Europe, including in France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Bohemia, Poland, and many other countries. Pilgrims continued to travel long distances to his tomb, and over 4,000 miraculous favors have been recorded at his intercession.
In regards to Saint Leonard: “Solitude has always charms to the devout servant of God, because retirement from the world is very serviceable to his conversing with heaven. Solitude and silence settle and compose the thoughts; the mind augments its strength and vigour by rest and collection within itself, and in this state of serenity is most fit to reflect upon itself and its own wants, and to contemplate the mysteries of divine grace and love, the joys of heaven and the grounds of our hope. How shall a Christian who lives in the world practice this retirement? By not loving its spirit and maxims, by being as recollected as may be in the midst of business, and bearing always in mind that salvation is the most important and only affair; by shunning superfluous amusements and idle conversation and visits; and by consecrating every day some time, and a considerable part of Sundays and great festivals, to the exercises of religious retirement, especially devout prayer, self-examination, meditation, and pious reading.” (Taken from Vol. III of "The Lives or the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints" by the Rev. Alban Butler.)
 O Almighty God, who hast called us to faith in thee, and bast compassed us about with so great a cloud of witnesses; Grant that we, encouraged by the good examples of thy Saints, and especially of thy servant Leonard, may persevere in running the race that is set before us, until at length, through thy mercy, we with them attain to thine eternal joy; through him who is the author and finisher of our faith, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Shared from 365 Rosaries

Saint November 5 : Blessed Solanus Casey - a Franciscan #Capuchin Priest of Detroit who was not allowed to preach at Mass

American Catholic (Image CassiePeaDesigns): Blessed Solanus Casey (1870-1957) Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions! Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a logger, a hospital orderly, a streetcar operator and a prison guard, he entered St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee—where he found the studies difficult. He left there and, in 1896, joined the Capuchins in Detroit, taking the name Solanus. His studies for the priesthood were again arduous. On July 24, 1904, he was ordained, but because his knowledge of theology was judged to be weak, Father Solanus was not given permission to hear confessions or to preach. A Franciscan Capuchin who knew him well said this annoying restriction "brought forth in him a greatness and a holiness that might never have been realized in any other way."
 During his 14 years as porter and sacristan in Yonkers, New York, the people there recognized him as a fine speaker. "For, though he was forbidden to deliver doctrinal sermons," writes his biographer, James Derum, "he could give inspirational talks, or feverinos, as the Capuchins termed them" (18:96). His spiritual fire deeply impressed his listeners. Father Solanus served at parishes in Manhattan and Harlem before returning to Detroit, where he was porter and sacristan for 20 years at St. Bonaventure Monastery.
Every Wednesday afternoon he conducted well-attended services for the sick. A co-worker estimates that on the average day 150 to 200 people came to see Father Solanus in the front office. Most of them came to receive his blessing; 40 to 50 came for consultation. Many people considered him instrumental in cures and other blessings they received. Father Solanus’ sense of God’s providence inspired many of his visitors. "Blessed be God in all his designs" was one of his favorite expressions. The many friends of Father Solanus helped the Capuchins begin a soup kitchen during the Depression. Capuchins are still feeding the hungry there today. In 1946 in failing health, he was transferred to the Capuchin novitiate in Huntington, Indiana, where he lived until 1956 when he was hospitalized in Detroit. He died on July 31, 1957. An estimated 20,000 people passed by his coffin before his burial in St. Bonaventure Church in Detroit. At the funeral Mass, the provincial Father Gerald said: "His was a life of service and love for people like me and you. When he was not himself sick, he nevertheless suffered with and for you that were sick. When he was not physically hungry, he hungered with people like you. He had a divine love for people. He loved people for what he could do for them—and for God, through them." In 1960 a Father Solanus Guild was formed in Detroit to aid Capuchin seminarians. By 1967 the guild had 5,000 members—many of them grateful recipients of his practical advice and his comforting assurance that God would not abandon them in their trials. He was declared Venerable in 1995.
 Comment: James Patrick Derum, his biographer, writes that eventually Father Solanus was weary from bearing the burdens of the people who visited him. "Long since, he had come to know the Christ-taught truth that pure love of God and one’s fellowmen as children of God are in the final event all that matter. Living this truth ardently and continuously had made him, spiritually, a free man—free from slavery to passions, from self-seeking, from self-indulgence, from self-pity—free to serve wholly both God and man" (The Porter of St. Bonaventure’s, page 199).
 Quote: Father Maurice Casey, a brother of Father Solanus, was once in a sanitarium near Baltimore and was annoyed at the priest-chaplain there. Father Solanus wrote his brother: "God could have established his Church under supervision of angels that have no faults or weaknesses. But who can doubt that as it stands today, consisting of and under the supervision of poor sinners—successors to the ‘poor fishermen of Galilee’ #151; the Church is a more outstanding miracle than any other way?"
Shared from : AmericanCatholic 

Pope Francis says "Our God always invites us this way, He doesn’t make us pay an entrance fee." in Homily at Mass

Pope at Mass: The Lord waits for everyone, good or bad
In his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel of the day, and invites us to ask whether we accept the Lord’s invitation to His feast, or remain closed up in ourselves.
By Adriana Masotti

In Saint Luke’s Gospel on Tuesday, Jesus tells the parable of a man who wants to give a great feast. But his guests offer various excuses and refuse his invitation. Instead, the man sends his servants to call the poor and the lame to fill his house and enjoy his hospitality.

Commenting on this Gospel, Pope Francis said this story both summarizes the history of salvation and describes the behavior of many Christians.

The feast is free of charge
"The dinner, the feast, represents Heaven, eternity with the Lord", explained the Pope. You never know whom you might meet at a dinner; you meet new people; you also find people you may not want to see; but the atmosphere of the feast is joy and lavishness. Because a true feast must be freely given, continued Pope Francis. "Our God always invites us this way, He doesn’t make us pay an entrance fee. At real celebrations, you don't pay to get in: the host pays, the one who invites you pays". But there are those who put their own interests first before that freely-given invitation:

Faced with that lavishness, that universality of the feast, there is an attitude that blocks the heart: "I'm not going. I prefer to be alone, with the people I like, closed up". And this is sin; the sin of the people of Israel, the sin of all of us. Closure. "No, this is more important to me than that. No, it’s mine”. Always mine.

Choosing the Lord over personal interest
This refusal, continued Pope Francis, is also a sign of contempt toward the one inviting us: It is like saying to the Lord: "Don’t disturb me with your celebration". It is closing ourselves off "to what the Lord offers us: the joy of encountering Him".

And we will be faced with this choice, this option, many times along the journey of life: either the lavishness of the Lord, going to visit the Lord, encountering the Lord, or closing myself in on my own affairs, my own interests. That is why the Lord, speaking of one way of being closed, said it is very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. But there are good rich people, saints, who are not attached to wealth. But most of them are attached to wealth, they are closed. And that's why they can't understand what celebration is. But they have the security of things they can touch.

The Lord waits for everyone
The Lord's reaction to our refusal is firm: he wants all sorts of people called to the feast, brought there, even forced to come, good people and bad. "Everyone is invited. Everyone. No one can say, 'I am bad, I can’t ...'. No. The Lord is waiting for you in a special way because you are bad." Pope Francis recalled the response of the father to the prodigal son who returns home: the son starts a speech, but the father stops him and embraces him. "That’s the way the Lord is”, said the Pope, “He is lavishness".

Turning to the First Reading where the Apostle Paul warns against hypocrisy, Pope Francis quoted Jesus’ response to the Jews who rejected Him because they believed themselves to be just: "I tell you that prostitutes and tax collectors will enter the kingdom of heaven before you". The Lord loves those who are most disregarded, said the Pope, but He calls us. Faced with our closure, however, He keeps His distance and becomes angry, as we heard in the Gospel. Pope Francis concluded:

Let us think about this parable the Lord tells us today. How is our life going? What do I prefer? Do I always accept the invitation of the Lord or close myself off in my interests, in my smallness? And let us ask the Lord for the grace always to accept to go to His feast, which is free.
FULL TEXT Source: VaticanNews.va

US Bishops Launch National Civility Effort through 2020 Elections - Recognition that every person—is a beloved child of God - Full Text

USCCB Launches National Civility Effort through 2020 Election

November 1, 2019
WASHINGTON - One year ahead of the 2020 national elections, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a year-long initiative that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate . . . will ask Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, and call on others to do the same.  
The initiative, which many dioceses are launching in parishes this weekend (November 2-3), is built on the recognition that every person—even those with whom we disagree—is a beloved child of God who possesses inherent dignity. Supporting materials for the initiative include ideas to help Catholics and others of good will to engage in and model respect and compassion, as well as resource materials to assist in the effort. Civilize It is the invitation to imitate the example of Jesus in our daily lives, including in our encounters with one another through civil dialogue.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, of Venice, and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development emphasized the importance of Civilize It in the context of the current divisive climate:
“Conversation in the public square is all too often filled with personal attacks and words that assume the worst about those with whom we disagree. We are in need of healing in our families, communities, and country. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate is a call for Catholics to honor the human dignity of each person they encounter, whether it is online, at the dinner table, or in the pews next to them. I invite all Catholics to participate in Civilize It. In doing so, they can bear witness to a better way, approach conversations with civility, clarity, and compassion, and invite others to do the same.”
Civilize It builds on a similar effort implemented in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in previous election years. It is being offered in concert with a wider ecumenical effort, Golden Rule 2020. . . , which invites all Christians to model our shared values of dignity and civility and pursue dialogue instead of division.
Together with the USCCB, dioceses around the country are being called to utilize Civilize It to help Catholics put our faith in action by honoring human dignity through civil conversation this upcoming election year. Resource materials supporting the initiative include: a pledge to civility. . . that can be taken by individuals and communities; resources for prayer and reflection including a pastoral aid . . . and prayer for civility. . . ; tips for civil dialogue; and more. More information on the initiative as well as promotional materials, resources, and other tools may be found on CivilizeIt.org.
Full Text Source: USCCB

#BreakingNews 78 People Killed in Ethiopia during Political Protests - Pope Francis Prays for Victims

78 Dead in Ethnic and Political Protests in the Country
 Latest News November 1, 2019

ADDIS ABABA, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 (CISA)-Over 400 people have been arrested in connection with the ongoing ethnic and political unrest that has left 78 people dead.

A statement released by the office of the Prime Minister on October 31 noted that the death toll has risen to 78 from the 67 that had been released by the police over last week.

“The latest information that I have in terms of perpetrators that have been apprehended is 409 individuals,” spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told the press.

Billene said the violence is the work of elements that oppose Abiy’s reform agenda, which includes freeing political prisoners and creating a more open political environment.

She added that the protests are partly a backlash against plans to transform Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, which has been in power for nearly three decades, into a single political party.

Protests against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed erupted in Addis Ababa and in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on Wednesday, October 23 after an activist, Jawar Mohammed accused security forces of trying to organise an attack against him, a claim police denied.

Supporters of Jawar took to the streets last week to protest against his treatment after he said police had surrounded his home in Addis Ababa and tried to withdraw his government security detail.

Crowds of young men from his Oromo ethnic group turned their anger against, Abiy, also an Oromo, saying that he had betrayed them by mistreating Jawar.

The protests came a day after the Prime Minister warned in Parliament that unidentified media owners were fomenting ethnic unrest.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve peace with neighbouring Eritrea.
Above Full Text Report from CISA News Africa
Vatican News.va (excerpt) reports that at the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis said he was “saddened” by news of “the violence” in Ethiopia, “which has among its victims Christians of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahado Church”. The Holy Father expressed his closeness to the Church and to its co-Patriarch and Catholicos, who he described “my dear brother Abune Mathias”. He asked for prayer “for all victims of violence” in Ethiopia. He then led those present in the recitation of the “Hail Mary” for that intention.
 The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church is the largest of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, with between 45 and 50 million adherents, mostly in Ethiopia. The Oriental Orthodox Churches are distinguished by their recognition of only the first three Ecumenical Councils.

RIP Bishop Morin - Death of Beloved Catholic Bishop Roger Paul Morin of Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, at the age of 78

BILOXI - Bishop Roger Paul Morin, third bishop of Biloxi, died, today, Oct. 31. He was 78. Bishop Morin was returning to Biloxi after vacationing with his family in Massachuestts and passed away during his flight from Boston to Atlanta.
“This is a sad day for our diocese. I was shocked to hear the news,” said Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III, bishop of Biloxi.

“Bishop Morin was a kind and gentle man who truly embodied his episcopal motto as one who walked humbly and acted justly. When I was named bishop of Biloxi in 2016, Bishop Morin was most gracious and accommodating. I am forever grateful for his support, wise counsel and, most of all, his friendship. He will be sorely missed. As we prepare to celebrate All Saints Day, we take comfort in knowing that the Communion of Saints has gained a powerful intercessor in Bishop Morin.”

Bishop Morin was installed as the third Bishop of Biloxi on April 27, 2009, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, Metropolitan Archbishop of Mobile.

A native of Dracut, Mass., he was born on March 7, 1941, the son of Germain J. and Lillian E. Morin.  He has one brother: Paul; and three sisters: Lillian “Pat” Johnson, Elaine (Ray) Joncas and Susan Spellissy. His parents and his brother James are deceased.

After high school and college studies, he earned a bachelor’s in philosophy in 1966 from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and continued theology studies at St. John’s for two years of graduate school. In 1967 he went to New Orleans to work in its new summer Witness program, conducted by the archdiocesan Social Apostolate.
When he returned to New Orleans in 1968, he became director of The Center, a neighborhood social service organization run by the Social Apostolate. He enrolled at Notre Dame Seminary, studying in the evenings and on Saturdays in addition to his full time position at The Center. Bishop Morin has a M.Div., Theology from Notre Dame Seminary.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Hannan on April 15, 1971, in his home parish of St. Therese in Dracut, Mass. His first parish assignment was at St. Henry Parish in New Orleans. In 1973, he was appointed associate director of the Social Apostolate and in 1975 became the director, responsible for the operation of nine year-round social service centers sponsored by the archdiocese. Bishop Morin holds a master of science degree in urban studies from Tulane University and completed a program in 1974 as a community economic developer. He was in residence at Incarnate Word Parish beginning in 1981 and served as pastor there from 1988 through April 2002. Bishop Morin is the Founding President of Second Harvest Food Bank.

In 1978, he was a volunteer member of Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial’s transition team dealing with federal programs and then accepted a $1 a year position as deputy special assistant to the mayor for federal programs and projects. He served the city of New Orleans until 1981, when he was appointed archdiocesan vicar for community affairs, with responsibility over nine agencies: Catholic Charities, Social Apostolate, human relations, alcoholics’ ministry, Apostleship of the Sea, cemeteries, disaster relief, hospitals and prisons.He was named a monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

One of the highlights of his priesthood came in 1987 when he directed the archdiocese’s preparations for Saint Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to New Orleans. The visit involved thousands of community volunteers and coordination among national, state and local religious and political leaders. He also coordinated the events of the bicentennial of the archdiocese in 1993. In 1995, Bishop Morin received the Weiss Brotherhood Award presented by the National Conference of Christians and Jews for his service in the field of human relations.

Bishop Morin was a member of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development 2005-2013, and served as Chairman 2008-2010. During that time, he also served as a member of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Committee for National Collections. In 2011, Bishop Morin received the Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award from the United  States Conference of Catholic Bishops for his work with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.   Bishop Morin serves on the Jesuit Social Research Institute Board, Loyola University, New Orleans.

Bishop Morin was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans on February 11, 2003, and his Episcopal ordination was on April 22, 2003. He served as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of New Orleans 2001-2009. Bishop Morin was named Bishop of Biloxi by Pope Benedict XVI on March 2, 2009. Bishop Morin’s episcopal motto is “Walk Humbly and Act Justly.” Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75 on March 7, 2016,
Bishop Morin submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Francis. The Holy Father accepted his resignation on December 16, 2016.

Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75 on March 7, 2016, Bishop Morin submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Francis.

 A visitation for Bishop Morin will be held at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a 7:00 pm Vigil of the Deceased with a recitation of the Rosary to follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at 10:30 am where friends may visit from 8:30 am until Mass time. The address of the Cathedral is 870 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530. Interment will follow in the Bishops’ Cemetery and Memorial Prayer Garden. 

Quote to SHARE by St. Francis de Sales - "Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."

"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset."
 by Saint Francis de Sales

#BreakingNews over 400 Pro-Lifers at Annual Procession in Scotland - Peaceful Vigil of Prayer in remembrance of Unborn

Press Release SPUC - Over 400 pro-lifers attended SPUC Scotland’s Annual Torchlight Procession in Glasgow yesterday evening, October 24th.

The Torchlight Procession is a peaceful vigil organised by SPUC Scotland each year in October, the anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, over 9 million unborn children in the United Kingdom have been killed, with countless mothers and families hurt by abortion.

The Torchlight Procession is a mark of remembrance and respect for those lives lost and hurt by abortion. Pro-Lifers gathered in George Square, Glasgow, at 6pm to pray the Rosary, followed by a candle lit procession to St Andrew’s Cathedral.

SPUC Chief Executive John Smeaton welcomed the event.

Mr Smeaton said: “Such events around the United Kingdom are an important part of SPUC’s efforts to witness the right to life”.

The Abortion Act “Opened The Door To A Tragedy”
SPUC Scotland Director of Communications and Campaigns, Michael Robinson, said:

"Of all the tragedies to befall a nation none comes close to abortion for the number of lives it ends and injures. It was 52 years ago this weekend that David Steel’s bill was passed. It opened the door to a tragedy that has seen the loss of nine million lives as well as untold emotional and psychological trauma for those involved in abortion.

“After five decades of cooperation with abortion it has become very difficult for our society to be honest about the reality that abortion involves the killing of a baby and its impact on the baby’s mother.. Instead slogans and talk of women’s rights are used to keep the lid firmly on the issue.

“In addition, politicians are struggling to face up to the concerns of an aging society whilst remaining blind to the massive loss of life under the abortion law. Since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, over 9 million unborn children in the United Kingdom have been killed. Human life is the greatest resource that a society has yet our political leaders see new life as a threat rather than a gift”.

Abortion 52 Years On
On average, 574 unborn children are killed by abortion every day in the United Kingdom whilst in 2018, abortion rates spiked to a ten year high with over 200,000 unborn children denied life.

The evidence-based review, Abortion and Women’s Health, reveals the horrific impact that abortion can have upon the mental health of some women.

Key findings from the review are that:

A woman who undergoes an abortion is six times more likely to commit suicide than a woman who gives birth.
A woman is 30% more likely to suffer from depression compared to a woman who gives birth.
A woman is 25% more likely to suffer from anxiety compared to a woman who gives birth.
A woman who has had an abortion is at a higher risk of psychiatric admission compared to a woman who gives birth.
Currently in the United Kingdom, abortion can be performed for any reason until the 24th week of pregnancy. An unborn child can then be aborted up until birth if they are suspected to posses a foetal anomaly.
Full Text Source: https://www.spuc.org.uk/spucscotland
Image source: https://www.facebook.com/spucscotland/

Tombs Desecrated in Nicaragua and the Church calls for Peace amid Protests which have caused 300 Deaths

AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Desecrated tombs of killed protesters; the Church calls for peace, justice and respect for all
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Managua (Agenzia Fides) - "We must respect tombs, because a saint rests there. For us here they are saints, here we have buried them and here we come to pray for them": said the Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, on Sunday, November 3, inviting us not to continue to profane the tombs of protesters opposed to the government of President Daniel Ortega.
The tomb of one of the young people killed in one of the many protests against Ortega was profaned on the day of the commemoration of all the dead, Saturday 2 November. The family of Josué Mojica, killed on 8 July 2018 in Carazo (southwest), at the age of 18, published photographs and videos of the damage caused to the tomb. The boy's relatives, expressed their impotence and indignation to journalists. "What do they gain from damaging a tomb? They have already killed him, leave him alone", said one of his aunts.
The "Madres de Abril" Association, which brings together the relatives of the victims, such as the National Blue and White Opposition Unit, strongly condemned the continuing profanation of tombs of other young people. They also asked the authorities to investigate what happened on the day of the celebration of the dead.
Yesterday, November 4, the Archdiocese of Managua sent Fides a message of the Justice and Peace Commission for the closure of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, in which it invites the ecclesial community to be a messenger and promoter of peace and justice. "The objective of mission is to prepare people to receive Christ, his values and his way of living the building of the Kingdom, that is to say, living justice, forgiveness, love, service, but is this the society we are building?", reads the document.
"The current social, political and economic crisis exacerbates society on the verge of poverty, where the other has no value, has lost the right to live with dignity. There is no work, no education, no health service ... the economic and tax policy imposed, is not a response to the economic recession that the country is experiencing", reports the document. "Thus a nation cannot be built, with fear and pressure. An environment of trust, justice, freedom of expression must be created", concludes the text.
Since April 2018 Nicaragua has been experiencing a socio-political crisis that has caused more than 300 deaths (see Fides, 17/4/2019), according to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (CIDH), the number of political prisoners exceeds 700, to which is added a high number of young people and families who had to flee the country due to harsh repression (see Fides, 10/07/2019). (CE) (Full Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 5/11/2019)

Austrian man responsible for the removal of Our Lady of the Amazon, Native Artwork from Church - New Video

An Austrian man claims he threw the native artwork of Our Lady, also termed by some as ‘Pachamama’ statues into the Tiber on November 4, 2019.  In a video uploaded on YouTube Nov. 4, a man named Alexander Tschugguel, from Austria said he was one of the two men who took five controversial statues from a church near the Vatican and threw them into the Tiber River. “I came to a conclusion together with a friend of mine… we should go to Rome. We should get the statues out of the church. They do not belong in a Catholic church,” Alexander Tschugguel said in the YouTube video Nov. 4. 
At a news conference Oct. 21, Paolo Ruffini, head of Vatican communications, said it was a “stunt.”  Ruffini also said that throwing the statues “is a gesture that seems to me to contradict the spirit of dialogue that should always animate everything.” “I don’t know what else to say. It was a theft...”
 In the five-minute video,Tschugguel describes why he took the carved images from the Santa Maria Church in Traspontina. 
These figures were used at many events of the Vatican’s Amazon Synod. Some have considered them as images of the Blessed Virgin Mary (see image below), and others say they depict the indigeneous religious figure “Pachamama.” 
A recent translation by a native speaker shows that these figures represented Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, to many of the natives. See Link: https://wherepeteris.com/our-lady-of-the-amazon-2018-video-footage-emerges/
They were in the Carmelite church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, close to the Vatican, and used in several events, rituals, and expression of spirituality taking place during the Oct. 6-27 
 The video is uploaded from the same account as an Oct. 21 video, which showed two men with obscured faces entering the Santa Maria in Traspontina to take the images and then throwing the carved wooden figures from the side of the Sant’Angelo bridge into the Tiber River. 
 Pope Francis apologized to the natives on Oct. 25 asking forgiveness from those who were offended by the statues being thrown into the Tiber River, and said that they had been displayed in the church “without idolatrous intentions.”
 In the latest video, Tschugguel appeals for people to subscribe to his YouTube channel, and asks for  donations via Paypal and Patreon. 


#BreakingNews Violence continues in Hong Kong with Protesters and Pro-China supporter bites ear of Democracy Politician

Tai Koo, a pro-China supporter stabs five people and bites the ear of a pro-democracy politician
District Councilor Andrew Chew and the wounded are hospitalized. From August to date at least 10 pro-democracy people have been beaten or wounded by pro-China thugs.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - A pro-China supporter has attacked five people with a knife and has bitten the earlobe of a pro-democracy politician. The violent episode took place yesterday at the Cityplaza, a shopping center in the Tai Koo district, on the island of Hong Kong.

Protests, which have lasted four months in the territory, are often held in shopping malls where demonstrators sing the hymn "Glory to Hong Kong" or talk with visitors.

Yesterday an unidentified man, speaking in Mandarin Chinese (the language of popular China) first argued with, then rushed at five people, four men and one woman. District Councilor Andrew Chiu Ka-yin, who was present there, tried to stop him, but the man bit his ear, ripping off a part and leaving him bleeding. A group of people then fought with the attacker and injured him. The wounded and Chiu were hospitalized.

Police yesterday intervened in several shopping centers to kick out the demonstrators.

The demonstrations begun in June to cancel the extradition law in China, have evolved into a request for full democracy for the territory. Faced with the end of dialogue with the government and the violence of the police some fringes of the movement respond with vandalism, blockading roads, throwing bricks and Molotov cocktails at police. Increasingly there are episodes of intolerance. From August to date at least 10 pro-democracy people have been beaten or wounded by pro-China thugs.

Photo: inmediahk.net
FULL TEXT Source: AsiaNewsIT

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 486

Reading 1ROM 12:5-16AB

Brothers and sisters:
We, though many, are one Body in Christ
and individually parts of one another.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them:
if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
if ministry, in ministering;
if one is a teacher, in teaching;
if one exhorts, in exhortation;
if one contributes, in generosity;
if one is over others, with diligence;
if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

Responsorial PsalmPS 131:1BCDE, 2, 3

R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things,
nor with things too sublime for me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother's lap,
so is my soul within me.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
O Israel, hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.
R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

AlleluiaMT 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 14:15-24

One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
"Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God."
He replied to him,
"A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
When the time for the dinner came,
he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
'Come, everything is now ready.'
But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
The first said to him,
'I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
I ask you, consider me excused.'
And another said, 'I have purchased five yoke of oxen
and am on my way to evaluate them;
I ask you, consider me excused.'
And another said, 'I have just married a woman,
and therefore I cannot come.'
The servant went and reported this to his master.
Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
the blind and the lame.'
The servant reported, 'Sir, your orders have been carried out
and still there is room.'
The master then ordered the servant,
'Go out to the highways and hedgerows
and make people come in that my home may be filled.
For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'"