Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wow 5 Things to SHARE about the 1st American Thanksgiving it was a Mass! - #HappyThanksgiving!

A historical reality is that the first “thanksgiving” meal in the United States was celebrated by Spanish settlers, in what became Florida. This was explained by Historian Dr. Michael Gannon as he explained was occurred on September 8, 1565.
1. “When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish. FIRST they Celebrated the Holy Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplin of the Spanish ships, insisted that the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed with the Spanish settlers. This was the very first Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States.
2. The Spaniards, with food that they brought with them on the ship, made the communal meal. History tells us that  the meal would probably involved salted pork, garbanzo beans, bread and red wine.

3. This account of the first “thanksgiving” was found in Father Francisco’s memoirs. He wrote, “the feast day [was] observed . . . after Mass, ‘the Adelantado [Menendez] had the Indians fed and dined himself.’”
4. The feast celebrated by the Spaniards was that of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s birthday, on  September 8. The meal “may have also included … If the Timucua contributed, it would likely have been with corn, fresh fish, berries, or beans.”
5. Before the Mass was celebrated, “Father Francisco López, the fleet chaplain…came ashore and met Menéndez holding a cross… Menéndez came on land, knelt and kissed the cross.”
The word Eucharist another word for the Mass comes from the Greek meaning “thanksgiving”)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING and Remember to THANK GOD with your Family!

Saint November 28 : St. James of the Marches a Franciscan Missionary


1391, Monteprandone, Marche of Ancona, Italy
November 28, 1476
10 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Major Shrine:
Franciscan church of St. Maria la Nuova
Patron of:
Patron of the city of Naples, Italy

Franciscan, b. of a poor family named Gangala, at Monteprandone, March of Ancona, Italy, 1391; d. at Naples, 28 Nov., 1476. He is generally represented holding in his right hand a chalice, out of which a snake is escaping --an allusion to some endeavours of heretics to poison him or, less likely, to the controversy about the Precious Blood.
He began his studies at Offida under the guidance of his uncle, a priest, who soon afterwards put him to school at Ascoli. At the University of Perugia he took the degree of Doctor in Civil Law. After a short stay at Florence as tutor in a noble family, and as judge of sorcerers, James was received into the Order of the Friars Minor, in the chapel of the Portiuncula, Assisi, 26 July, 1416. Having finished his novitiate at the hermitage of the Carceri, near Assisi, he studied theology at Fiesole, near Florence, under St. Bernardine of Siena. On 13 June, 1420, be was ordained priest, and soon began to preach in Tuscany, in the Marches, and Umbria; for half a century he carried on his spiritual labours, remarkable for the miracles he performed and the numerous conversions he wrought. From 1427 James preached penance, combated heretic, and was on legations in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Bohemia, Poland, Hungary, and Bosnia. In the last-mentioned country he was also commissary of the Friars Minor. At the time of the Council of Basle he promoted the union of the moderate Hussites with the Church, and that of the Greeks it the Council of Ferrara-Florence. Against the Turk, he preached several crusades, and at the death of St. John Capistran, in 1456, James was sent to Hungary as his successor. In Italy he fought the Fraticelli, instituted several montes pietatis, and preached in all the greater cities; Milan offered him the bishopric in 1460, which he declined. St. James belonged to the Observant branch of the Friars Minor, then rapidly spreading and exciting much envy. How much he suffered on this account is shown in a letter written by him to St. John Capistran, published by Nic. Dal-Gal, O.F.M., in "Archivum Franciscanum Historicum", I (1908), 94-97. Under Callistus III, in 1455, he was appointed an arbiter on the questions at issue between Conventuals and Observants. His decision was published 2 Feb., 1456, in a papal Bull, which pleased neither part . A few years later, on Easter Monday, 1462, St. James, preaching at Brescia, uttered the opinion of some theologians, that the Precious Blood shed during the Passion was not united with the Divinity of Christ during the three days of His burial. The Dominican James of Brescia, inquisitor, immediately cited him to his tribunal. James refused to appear, and after some troubles appealed to the Holy See. The question was discussed at Rome, Christmas, 1462 (not 1463, as some have it), before Pius II and the cardinals, but no decision was given. James spent the last three years of his life at Naples, and was buried there in the Franciscan church of S. Maria la Nuova, where his body is still to be seen. Beatified by Urban VIII, 1624, he was canonized by Benedict XIII, 1726. Naples venerates him as one of its patron saints (feast, 28 Nov.).
The works of St. James of the Marches have not as yet been collected. His library and autographs are preserved in part at the Municipio of Monteprandone (see Crivellucci, "I codici della libreria raccolta da S. Giacomo della Marca nel convento di S. Maria delle Grazie presso Monteprandone", Leghorn, 1889). He wrote "Dialogus contra Fraticellos" printed in Baluze-Mansi, "Miscellanea", II, Lucca, 1761, 595-610 (cf. Ehrle in "Archiv für Litt. u. Kirchengeschichte", IV, Freiburg im Br., 1888, 107-10). His numerous sermons are not edited. For some of them, and for his treatise on the "Miracles of the Name of Jesus", see Candido Mariotti, O.F.M., "Nome di Gesù ed i Francescani", Fano, 1909, 125-34. On his notebook, or "Itinerarium", See Luigi Tasso, O.F.M., in "Miscellanea Francescana", I (1886), 125-26: "Regula confitendi peccata" was several times edited in Latin and Italian during the fifteenth century. "De Sanguine Christi effuse" and some other treatises remained in manuscript.
SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia

Celebrations honoring Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC as he Departs to New Brunswick and his father Heribert Riesbeck's 80th Birthday

A beautiful celebration honoring Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC was held at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2019. Riesbeck, is a Companion of the Cross and auxiliary bishop of Ottawa since 2014. He will be installed as bishop of St. John, New Brunswick in December. Bishop Christian gave an inspirational bilingual homily (see video below) and focused on the Blessed Virgin Mary; as the event was held on the memorial of the Presentation. He explained what a great influence Mother Mary has had on his vocation.
A week earlier his childhood parish St. Albertus, a German language church (in Ottawa), held a double celebration honoring his father, Heribert Riesbeck's 80th birthday and Bishop Christian's departure (pic below). Mr. Riesbeck is from Bavaria, Germany and is one of the founding members of the St. Albertus, parish and he is an active member of the pastoral council and Männerverein. His sister traveled from Bavaria to come to the celebration.
Mr. Riesbeck is an avid photographer and has often taken photos for the Archdiocese of Ottawa. He and his wife Colette have two other married daughters Heidi, Sylvia and 3 grandchildren. Mrs. Colette Riesbeck is originally from New Brunswick; where Bishop Christian is going to be installed. Mr. Riesbeck spoke at the celebration saying to his son, Bishop Christian, "I'm so proud of you!". The family was also present at the Cathedral.

Biography of Bishop Christian from the Companions Website :
Born in Montreal in 1970, Christian Riesbeck grew up in the Ottawa region. He has earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in political science from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto and a Master’s degree and Licentiate in Canon Law from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Marcel Gervais at Notre Dame Cathedral on October 12, 1996 and performed pastoral ministry at several parishes in Ontario, Canada and in Houston, Texas. Bishop Riesbeck has served as Assistant General Superior of the Companions of the Cross, as Chancellor at the Archdiocese of Ottawa and as Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Concerns. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa and ordained Bishop on March 19, 2014. Following his episcopal ordination, he has served as Vicar General and Vicar for National Language Parishes, Communities and Faithful for the Archdiocese. As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Riesbeck served as a Consultor to the Standing Committee for Canon Law, co-Chair of the CCCB Catholic-Evangelical dialogue, and since 2017 is the Moderator of the Canadian Appeal Tribunal. The Diocese of Saint John has 58 parishes serving a population of over 115,000 Catholics.
Video- pictures from Cathedral taken by Paul Lauzon - Image from St. Albertus and written by Miriam Westen

Pope Francis "Protecting every life" was the motto of my visit to Japan, a country that bears the scars of atomic bombing and is the spokesman of the fundamental right to life and peace.." Full Text at Audience


Wednesday, November 27, 2019 

The Apostolic Journey to Thailand and Japan

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Yesterday I returned from the apostolic journey to Thailand and Japan, a gift of which I am so grateful to the Lord. I wish to renew my gratitude to the Authorities and Bishops of these two countries, who invited me and welcomed me with great concern, and above all to thank the Thai people and the Japanese people. This visit has increased my closeness and affection for these peoples: God bless them with abundance of prosperity and peace.

Thailand is an ancient kingdom that has greatly modernized. Meeting the King, the Prime Minister and the other Authorities, I paid tribute to the rich spiritual and cultural tradition of the Thai people, the people of the "beautiful smile". The people there smile. I have encouraged the commitment to harmony between the different components of the nation, as well as for economic development to benefit everyone and to eliminate the scourges of exploitation, especially of women and minors. The Buddhist religion is an integral part of the history and life of this people, so I visited the Supreme Patriarch of the Buddhists, continuing on the path of mutual esteem initiated by my Predecessors, so that compassion and fraternity grow in the world. In this sense, the ecumenical and interreligious meeting, which took place in the largest university in the country, was very significant.

The witness of the Church in Thailand also passes through works of service to the sick and the last. Among these excels the Saint Louis Hospital, which I visited encouraging health personnel and meeting some patients. I then dedicated specific moments to priests and consecrated persons, to bishops, and also to Jesuit confreres. In Bangkok I celebrated Mass with all the people of God in the National Stadium and then with the youth in the Cathedral. There we experienced that in the new family formed by Jesus Christ there are also the faces and voices of the Thai people.

Then, I went to Japan. Upon my arrival at the Tokyo Nunciature, I was welcomed by the Bishops of the country, with whom we immediately shared the challenge of being pastors of a very small Church, but bearer of living water, the Gospel of Jesus.

"Protecting every life" was the motto of my visit to Japan, a country that bears the scars of atomic bombing and is the spokesman of the fundamental right to life and peace for the whole world. In Nagasaki and Hiroshima I stayed in prayer, I met some survivors and family members of the victims, and I reiterated the firm condemnation of nuclear weapons and the hypocrisy of talking about peace by building and selling war bombs. After that tragedy, Japan demonstrated an extraordinary ability to fight for life; and it has done so recently, after the triple disaster of 2011: earthquake, tsunami and accident at the nuclear power plant.

To protect life one must love it, and today the grave threat, in the most developed countries, is the loss of the sense of living.

The first victims of the sense of life vacuum are young people, so a meeting in Tokyo was dedicated to them. I listened to their questions and their dreams; I encouraged them to oppose together with all forms of bullying, and to overcome fear and closure by opening themselves to the love of God, in prayer and in service to others. I met other young people at the "Sophia" University, together with the academic community. This University, like all Catholic schools, is very popular in Japan.

In Tokyo I had the opportunity to visit the Emperor Naruhito, to whom I renew the expression of my gratitude; and I met the country's Authorities with the Diplomatic Corps. I hoped for a culture of encounter and dialogue, characterized by wisdom and breadth of horizon. Remaining faithful to its religious and moral values, and open to the Gospel message, Japan could be a leading country for a more just and peaceful world and for harmony between man and the environment.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us entrust to the goodness and providence of God the peoples of Thailand and Japan. Thanks.

Greetings in Various Languages:
Je salue cordialement les pèlerins venus de France et d’autres pays francophones, en particulier le groupe d’études sur les relations avec le Saint-Siège de l’Assemblée Nationale française. Chers frères et sœurs, je vous invite à confier avec moi à la bonté et à la providence de Dieu les peuples de la Thaïlande et du Japon. Que Dieu vous bénisse.
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Australia, Canada and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!
Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Pilger deutscher Sprache, die an dieser Audienz teilnehmen. Ich danke dem Herrn für meine Reise nach Thailand und Japan. Seiner Vorsehung wollen wir die Gläubigen und alle Menschen in diesen beiden Ländern anvertrauen. Und ich bitte euch, auch für mich und meinen Dienst für die universale Kirche zu beten. Schönen Aufenthalt in Rom!
Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, venidos de España y de Latinoamérica. A todos los invito a rezar por los dos países que he visitado, Tailandia y Japón, para que sigan progresando en sendas de paz y justicia, y a los católicos les conceda el don de la perseverancia, siguiendo el ejemplo de los santos mártires. Que Dios los bendiga.
Saúdo cordialmente os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, em particular o grupo de alunos da Academia da Polícia Civil, do Estado de São Paulo, e os fiéis da paróquia Sagrado Coração de Jesus, em Petrópolis. Que o Senhor vos abençoe, para serdes em toda a parte farol de luz do Evangelho para todos. Possa esta peregrinação fortalecer, nos vossos corações, o sentir e o viver com a Igreja. Nossa Senhora vos acompanhe e proteja a vós todos e aos vossos entes queridos.
[I cordially greet the Portuguese-speaking pilgrims, in particular the group of students from the Academy of Civil Police, the State of Sao Paulo, and the faithful of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, in Petrópolis. May the Lord bless you, so that wherever you are a beacon of light to the Gospel for all. May this pilgrimage invigorate your hearts and feelings with the Church. May Our Lady accompany you and protect you all and your loved ones!]
أرحبُ بالحاضرينَ الناطقين باللغة العربية، وخاصةً بالقادمين من العراق، ومن سوريا، ومن الأردن ومن الشرق الأوسط. يعلّمُنا متى أن يسوعَ المسيح سيبقى معنا طَوالَ الأَيَّامِ إِلى نِهايةِ العالَم. أدعوكُم أن تنطَلِقوا دونَ خوفٍ وأن تَحمِلوا المسيحَ إلى كلِّ الشعوب. إن الربَّ يبحثُ عن الجميع، ويُريدُ أن يَشعُرَ الجميع بدفءِ رحمتِهِ ومحبّتِهِ. ليُبارِكْكُم الربّ جميعًا ويَحرُسْكُم دائمًا من الشرير!
[I warmly welcome the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular those from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the Middle East. Matthew teaches us that Jesus Christ will always remain with us every day, until the end of the world. I ask you to always go ahead without fear and to bring Christ to all peoples. The Lord seeks everyone, wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love. May the Lord bless you and always protect you from the evil one!]
Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, dziękuję wam, że towarzyszyliście mi w modlitwie podczas podróży do Tajlandii i w Japonii. Ta wizyta przebiegała w atmosferze braterstwa budowanego na wartościach ludzkich i duchowych wspólnych dla tych, którzy głęboko żyją swoją wiarą, z szacunkiem dla innych. Dziękujmy Panu za ten czas łaski! Z serca wam błogosławię.

[I cordially greet the Polish pilgrims. Dear brothers and sisters, I thank you for having accompanied me in prayer during the journey to Thailand and Japan. This visit took place in an atmosphere of brotherhood, based on common human and spiritual values, for those who deeply live their faith with respect for others. We thank the Lord for this time of grace! I bless you from my heart.]
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I would like to send a greeting and my closeness to the dear Albanian people, who have suffered so much these days. Albania was the first country of Europe I wanted to visit. I am close to the victims, I pray for the dead, for the wounded, for families. May the Lord bless this people I love so much.

Last Saturday, in Tambaύ (Brazil), the priest Donizetti Tavares de Lima was proclaimed Blessed, a pastor totally dedicated to his people, witness of evangelical charity and courageous defender of the poor. The priests, the consecrated persons, but also the lay faithful can make their own the testimony of Blessed Donizetti's faith, with the consistency of life choices, inspired by the Gospel. A round of applause for the new Blessed!

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I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims. In particular, I greet the participants in the Assembly of the Apostolic Union of the Clergy, with S.E. Monsignor Mansi; the Somaschi Fathers; and parish groups. I also greet the National Association of San Paolo; the Institute for Inspectors of the State Police of Nettuno; the personnel of the Bari Police Headquarters; the National Contact Association; and the Autonomous Small Business Federation. Finally, I greet the young, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. Next Sunday the liturgical season of Advent will begin. I will go to Greccio to pray in the place of the first crib that St. Francis of Assisi did and to send a letter to all the believing people to understand the meaning of the crib. I wish all of you that during the Advent the expectation of the Savior will fill your heart with hope and find you joyful in the service of those most in need. Thanks.

Synod Cardinal Barreto, SJ receives Honorary Doctorate at St. Paul University and Explains Pope Francis' New Stage of Walking together

One of the key participants in the synod, Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno, SJ. of Peru, was given an honorary Doctorate at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University on Nov. 12, 2019. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ. and Rectrice Chantal Beauvais presented the honor. In attendance, was the Ambassador from Peru, Roberto Rodríguez Arnillas, the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, and Bishop Pierre-Olivier Tremblay.

Barreto, was chosen by Pope Francis to oversee the organization of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region that was held in Rome from Oct. 6-27.
Pedro Barreto Jimeno was born in Lima, Peru, on the 12th of February 1944 and entered the Jesuit novitiate there. He studied philosophy and theology in Lima. Barreto was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus in December 1971 and took his final vows as a Jesuit on in 1976.

The University Website notes that the Doctorate Honoris Causa is the highest honour a university can bestow. It is granted to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the University, to their profession or to society in general. In addition to his service to the Church, Cardinal Baretto is being recognized for his commitment to human rights, the environment and peace.
After the bestowal of the Doctorate a symposium was held entitled:  The Synod on the Amazon – Canada and Latin America Working Together. 
A panel (see pic. below) offered their views on the Synod and its possible implications for the Canadian Church.
The panel members were: Heather Eaton, Professor of Conflict Studies, Saint Paul University, Kelly Di Domenico, Development & Peace Communications Director, Caritas Canada, Fr. Mark Slatter, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Saint Paul University

Centre Oblat executive director, Joe Gunn acted as moderator.

Cardinal Barreto, gave a speech and said Pope Francis, in calling the Amazon synod, “is inviting us to a new stage, a new chapter of walking together for our common home.” Barreto said humanity faces an ecological crisis, and there is much that can be learned from Indigenous communities and their interaction with the environment as “we listen to the cries of the Earth.” He said the synod was an opportunity for the Church and those who participated to “listen, discern and act.” “Science is showing us our common home is sick. Science is not wrong, two plus two is four in any part of the world.” 

“We as the Catholic Church are not going to solve all the problems of the world,” he said, but added that by walking together with Indigenous communities and Jesus the Church can find a new path to respond to the social and ecological crisis that we face. “Pope Francis says we are turning the Earth into another waste bin,” Barreto said. “We cannot adequately fight this ecological degradation if we don’t pay attention to the causes that are directly related to this degradation which are human and social — a lack of an ethical compass which is a real problem for humanity today, a lack of principles and values.”

US Bishops' Support Pope Francis' position against Nuclear Weapons "... firmly committed to global nuclear disarmament." -- Full Text Release

Statement from U.S. Bishops’ Chairman of International Justice and Peace Committee on Nuclear Weapons

November 25, 2019
WASHINGTON—Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement:

“‘Protect All Life’ was the poignant theme of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Japan this past weekend. In Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the Holy Father gave a powerful witness to the grave threat poised to human life by nuclear weapons. Following in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II, and reiterating the teaching of his predecessors, Pope Francis called for a world without nuclear weapons.

“For our part, the Catholic bishops of the United States remain firmly committed to global nuclear disarmament. We declared in 1993: ‘The eventual elimination of nuclear weapons is more than a moral ideal; it should be a policy goal.’”

“The United States and Russia have over 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons. This fact alone calls for our nation to exercise global leadership for mutual, verifiable nuclear disarmament. The extension of New START Treaty with Russia would be a prudent next step.”
Source: USCCB

What is the Miraculous Medal + How to get a Free one - Nov. 27 Feast of #MiraculousMedal with Novena Prayer

November 27 is the feast of the miraculous medal. The miraculous medal (French: Médaille miraculeuse), also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is a medal, the design of which was originated by Saint Catherine Labouré following her vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary and made by goldsmith Adrien Vachette. November 27 marks the anniversary of the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, known as the Miraculous Medal. This aided the Church's official declaration of the dogma in 1854. On the front is written: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." On the reverse, twelve stars surround a large "M," from which a cross arises. Below the "M," the medal depicts two flaming hearts. The left heart, circled with thorns, represents Jesus. The right heart, pierced by a sword, symbolizes Mary. A 24-year-old novice, received the visions, in the community of Sisters known as the Daughters of Charity, Paris, France, in 1830. On July 18, 1830, a child awakened Sister Catherine Laboure. The child lead her to the convent's chapel where the Virgin Mary was sitting in a chair. She kneels beside Mary. A little more than four months later, during her evening meditation on Nov. 27, 1830, Catherine had a vision of Mary. Mary said, "Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around their neck."  The first medals were made in 1832 and distributed throughout Paris.  In 1836, a Church investigation declared the apparitions to be genuine.
What does the medal mean?
The Front Side • Mary stands on a globe, crushing a serpent beneath her feet. Describing the original vision, Catherine said the Blessed Mother appeared radiant as a sunrise, " • Rays shoot out from Mary's hands, which she told Catherine, "... symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them." • Words from the vision form an oval frame around Mary: "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." Seen as a matrix, the elements of the front design encapsulate major Marian tenets: • Immaculate The words, "conceived without sin" • Assumed into Heaven She stands on the globe • Mediatrix Rays from her hands symbolizing "graces" The Reverse Side • A cross-and-bar surmounts a large, bold "M" • 12 stars disperse around the perimeter • Two hearts are depicted underneath the "M," the left lapped with a crown of thorns, the right skewed by a sword. From each, a flame emanates from the top. Again, employing a grid analysis, we can see how the reverse-side design contains great symbolism reflecting major tenets of the Catholic faith. Design Element and its Catholic Meaning • The large letter "M" — Mary as Mother, Mediatrix. • Cross and bar — Jesus' cross of Redemption. • 12 stars — 12 Apostles, who formed the first Church. • Left Heart — The Sacred Heart, who died for our sins. • Right Heart — The Immaculate Heart, who intercedes for us. • Flames — The burning love Jesus and Mary have for us. It is "a testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith."
 To obtain a free Miraculous Medal, write to the Association of the Miraculous Medal, 1811 W. St. Joseph St., Perryville, MO, 63775.
NOVENA PRAYER to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
(A Novena is said for 9 days - 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory be is said each day)
O Immaculate Virgin Mary Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother penetrated with the most lively confidence in thy all powerful and never failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we thy loving and trustful children implore thee to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls, and the souls for whom we pray. [Here mention your intentions] Thou knowest, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of thy Son who hates iniquity. Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where thou art the Queen of angels and of men. Amen.
Extra Prayers to Our Lady - OPENING PRAYER

V. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
R. Amen.

V. Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

V. Let us pray: O God, who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
R. Amen.

V. O Mary, conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. ( 3 times.)
Lord Jesus Christ who hast vouchsafed to glorify by numberless miracles the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate from the first moment of her Conception, grant that all who devoutly implore her protection on earth may eternally enjoy Thy presence in heaven who, with the Father and Holy Ghost livest and reignest, God, for ever and ever. Amen. O Lord Jesus Christ who for the accomplishment of Thy greatest works hast chosen the weak things of the world that no flesh may glory in Thy sight and who for a better and more widely diffused belief in the Immaculate Conception of Thy Mother hast wished that the Miraculous Medal be manifested to Saint Catherine Laboure grant, we beseech Thee that filled with like humility we may glorify this mystery by word and work. Amen.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided, Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.


Virgin Mother of God, Mary Inmmaculate, we dedicate and consecrate our selves to thee under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this Medal be for each one of us a sure sign of thy affection for us and a constant reminder of our duties toward thee. Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by thy loving protection and preserved in the grace of thy Son. O most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to thee every moment of our lives. Obtain for us, thy children, the grace of a happy death; so that, in union with thee, we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever. Amen.

V. O Mary, conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. ( 3 times.)

Pope Francis says "...the principal challenges of our day in order to promote peace through dialogue and mutual respect..." to Foundation - Full Text

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I offer you a cordial welcome, and I thank you for your visit as the Nizami Ganjavi Foundation holds its meetings in Rome.
I am grateful for your commitment to address the principal challenges of our day in order to promote peace through dialogue and mutual respect, drawing inspiration from the great poet of the twelfth century for whom your Foundation is named. You do this by placing at the service of the global community the values and experiences acquired in carrying out the important responsibilities you have held in your respective countries. In a particular way, I offer you my prayerful good wishes for the contribution you hope to make regarding the challenge of climate change.
I encourage you to continue these efforts in the conviction that a culture of dialogue is the path, mutual cooperation is the code of conduct and reciprocal understanding is the method to grow in fraternity among persons and peoples (cf. Document on Human Fraternity, Abu Dhabi, 4 February 2019).
Once more I thank all of you. May the Lord bless your work, your fellow citizens and the whole human family. Thank you very much.
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Pope Francis appoints Carmelo Barbagallo to head Vatican's Financial Information Authority

The Holy See on Wednesday announced that Pope Francis has named Italian banker Carmelo Barbagallo as the new head of the Vatican's Financial Information Authority.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis on Wednesday named Carmelo Barbagallo, of the Bank of Italy, as President of the Financial Information Authority (It: Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria, the AIF). He succeeds Rene Brülhart, whose term ended last week.

“I am honoured to have received this appointment, aware of the full weight of the moral and professional responsibility it carries, and I thank the Holy Father for the trust he has placed in me”, the new President of the Financial Information Authority, Carmelo Barbagallo, said when speaking to Vatican News after publication of the news of his appointment.

“In carrying out my service of responsibility in leading the AIF”, Barbagallo added, “I will work to bring all my experience accumulated in forty years working at the Bank of Italy, as an inspector, as head of vigilance of the Italian banking and financial sector and in the context of the supervision of the European banking system.”

“I am sure”, he explained, “that the AIF will be able to give its own contribution in its role as a supervisory authority, so that the fundamental values of fairness and transparency of all the financial movements in which the Holy See is engaged may continue to be affirmed and recognized.”

“I intend to reassure the international system of financial information”, the President of the AIF concluded, “that all cooperation will be given in full respect of the best international standards. I will be at work already today to ensure continuity in the work of the AIF in pursuing its important institutional objectives.”

Statement of the Bank of Italy
For its part, Bank of Italy, in a statement, said:

“Today His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Carmelo Barbagallo as President of the Financial Information Authority of Vatican City.

“Carmelo Barbagallo, in his long professional career at Bank of Italy, has gained extensive experience in the field of banking supervision. Since 2014 he has been head of the Supervision Office and in July of this year he was appointed as consultant to the Directory for relations with the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), the structure that oversees the major European banks.

“Bank of Italy expresses its deep appreciation for the work carried out in recent years with dedication and competence by Carmelo Barbagallo. His appointment consolidates the fruitful relationship of collaboration that has existed for some time with the Vatican Authority.”

Biography of Carmelo Barbagallo
Born in Catania on 28 February 1956, married with two children. In 1978 he was awarded a degree in Law with honours from the University of Catania; in 1979 he completed a post-graduate course in Regional Economics and collaborated with the chairs of Private Law and Industrial Law. He is a qualified auditor.
In 1980 he joined the Bank of Italy and was appointed to the Supervision Office of the Genoa branch. After performing his military service as an officer in the Finance Police, in 1983 he was transferred to the Milan branch, where he worked in the Economic Research Unit and the Supervision Office, focusing on the real economy of Lombardy and the analysis of banks of national interest (Banca Commerciale Italiana and Credito Italiano) and investment funds.

From 1985 onwards he worked in the Supervision Inspectorate at the Bank of Italy's Head Office. In this period he was responsible for organizing training courses and participated in numerous working groups. Among other matters he was concerned with impaired and restructured loans and contributed to the drafting of the 1993 Consolidated Law on Banking. He was also a member of various selection committees for the Bank of Italy's hiring of young graduates.

As a supervision inspector he was responsible for several on-site examinations at banks and financial intermediaries, in Italy and abroad. Among other matters he was concerned with the validation of advanced risk-measurement models provided for by the Basel Accord. He oversaw the preparation of the current version of the Guide to Supervisory Activities.

In January 2009 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Supervision Inspectorate and in May 2011 he was made its head. In February 2013 he was appointed Managing Director for Banking and Financial Supervision.

From 27 January 2014 to 30 June 2019 he was Director General for Financial Supervision and Regulation.

As of 1 July 2019 he is Managing Director responsible for high-level consultancy to the Governing Board on matters of financial supervision and regulation and for relations with the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM).

He has written numerous articles on banking and financial subjects, with special reference to questions regarding financial innovation and the supervision of derivative instruments.

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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - #Eucharist

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 505 Reading 1DN 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,
with whom he drank.
Under the influence of the wine,
he ordered the gold and silver vessels
which Nebuchadnezzar, his father,
had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,
to be brought in so that the king, his lords,
his wives and his entertainers might drink from them.
When the gold and silver vessels
taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in,
and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers
were drinking wine from them,
they praised their gods of gold and silver,
bronze and iron, wood and stone.

Suddenly, opposite the lampstand,
the fingers of a human hand appeared,
writing on the plaster of the wall in the king's palace.
When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched;
his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook,
and his knees knocked.

Then Daniel was brought into the presence of the king.
The king asked him, "Are you the Daniel, the Jewish exile,
whom my father, the king, brought from Judah?
I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you,
that you possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom.
I have heard that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties;
if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it means,
you shall be clothed in purple,
wear a gold collar about your neck,
and be third in the government of the kingdom."

Daniel answered the king:
"You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else;
but the writing I will read for you, O king,
and tell you what it means.
You have rebelled against the Lord of heaven.
You had the vessels of his temple brought before you,
so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers,
might drink wine from them;
and you praised the gods of silver and gold,
bronze and iron, wood and stone,
that neither see nor hear nor have intelligence.
But the God in whose hand is your life breath
and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify.
By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set down.

"This is the writing that was inscribed:
These words mean:
MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it;
TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians."

Responsorial PsalmDANIEL 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67

R.(59b) Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Sun and moon, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"All you winds, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Fire and heat, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.
"Cold and chill, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever."
R. Give glory and eternal praise to him.

AlleluiaRV 2:10C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Remain faithful until death,
and I will give you the crown of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 21:12-19

Jesus said to the crowd:
"They will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents,
brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives."

Saint November 27 : St Virgilius a Benedictine Bishop and famous Scientist who was know as the "Geometer"

St. Virgilius
Feast: November 27

Feast Day:November 27
Born:8th century Ireland
Died:784 at Salzburg, Austria
Canonized:10 June 1233 by Pope Gregory IX
Patron of:Salzburg, Austria; Slovene

Virgilius was a scientist before his time, and in his monastery of Aghaboe in Ireland he was known as "the Geometer" because of his knowledge of geography. In 743, he left Ireland for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land but got no farther than the court of Pepin, the father of Charlemagne. In 745, Pepin defeated Odilo, duke of Bavaria, and sent St. Virgilius to be abbot of the monastery of Sankt Peter and in charge of the diocese of Salzburg.
In accordance with the Irish custom, the bishop was subject to the abbot, who was the real head of the diocese. This was contrary to continental custom, and so Virgilius consented to be consecrated bishop. His most notable accomplishment was the conversion of the Alpine Slavs; moreover, he sent missionaries into Hungary.
In his first days at Salzburg, he was involved in controversies with St. Boniface, one over the form of baptism, which the pope decided in Virgilius's favor. Virgilius also expressed a number of opinions on astronomy, geography, and anthropology, which to Boniface smacked of novelty, if not heresy. He reported these views to Rome, and the pope demanded an investigation of the bishop of Salzburg. Nothing came of this and apparently Virgilius was able to defend his views.
Virgilius built a grand cathedral at Salzburg, baptized the Slavic dukes of Carinthia, and sent missionaries into lands where no missionary had yet gone. Returning from a preaching mission to a distant part of his diocese, he fell sick and died on November 27, 784. When the Salzburg cathedral was destroyed by a fire in 1181, the grave of Virgilius was discovered and this led to his canonization by Pope Gregory IX in 1233.
His feast is kept throughout Ireland and in the diocese of Salzburg.
SOURCE: the Catholic Encyclopedia