Tuesday, December 10, 2019

#BreakingNews 2 Guards Attacked including Woman hit by Car at Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. - Video

NBC reports that a Guard was Stabbed at the National Shrine in DC; and 2nd Guard Hit by a Car
Suspect has surrendered after standoff with police about 3 miles from National Shrine

Two security guards were badly injured Tuesday morning at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast D.C., and a suspect has surrendered following a standoff with police.

Authorities believe the suspect knew both victims and that the incident may have been domestic. There was no evidence that the attack was related to the National Shrine itself.

The incident began in the parking lot of the National Shrine when a male driver pulled into the lot and struck a female guard, pinning her between his vehicle and another car, police sources said. The driver also struck several cars in the lot.

Suspect in National Shrine Attack Surrenders to Police
The suspect then got out of the car and chased a male guard into the Shrine, where he stabbed that guard multiple times.

He then went back outside, got back into his vehicle and struck the female guard a second time before fleeing, police said.

Officers received a call shortly before 9:15 a.m. Tuesday about the incident at the National Shrine, which is located in the 400 block of Michigan Avenue NE.

Both victims were rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

The suspect fled to the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest D.C., about three miles away, where he abandoned his car and barricaded himself inside his home in the 1300 block of Sheridan Street NW. The standoff lasted about an hour before he turned himself in to police.

The suspect was injured at some point during the incident. It was not clear whether the wounds were self-inflicted or happened during the attack on the guards.

During the response, a team of heavily armed officers was called to the scene outside the house. Streets were closed within about a two-block radius.

The National Shrine released a statement saying in part, "The suspect is believed to be known to the victims." No visitors or guests were harmed, the statement said.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America and is adjacent to The Catholic University of America. Pope Francis visited in September 2015. At least six Masses are celebrated there daily.
Source: www.nbcwashington.com - Image Source: Google Images

Wow Pope Francis visits exhibition of 100 Nativity Scenes from Around the World - Watch Video

Pope visits exhibition of 100 Nativity Scenes
Pope Francis pays a visit to an exhibition of Nativity Scenes on Monday afternoon.
Pilgrims and tourists got a big surprise on Monday afternoon when Pope Francis made a visit to the 100 Presepi in Vatican (100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican ) exhibition which opened on Saturday in the Vatican.

As well as looking at the over 150 Nativity Scenes which come from Italy and more than 40 other countries, the Pope said a prayer and blessed those present.
The exhibition is now in its 44th year and is currently hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation.
The 2019 edition of 100 Presepi runs until the 12th January at the Pius X Hall in Via del Ospedale near St Peter's Basilica.
Full Text Source: VaticanNews.va

Beautiful Ancient Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto with Indulgence

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Marian prayer which was approved in 1587 by Pope Sixtus V. It is also known as the Litany of Loreto, for its first-known place of origin, the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto (Italy). The exact date of its origin is unknown but some place it to Apostolic times. It can be prayed every day.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ graciously hear us.God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renouned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us O Lord
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Chrsit our Lord. Amen.
 Let us pray. O God, you willed that, at the message of an angel, your Word should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant to your suppliant people, that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with you. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen. 
 Christmas to the Purification 
 Let us pray. O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, you bestowed upon the human race the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beg you, that we may feel the power of her intercession, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Who lives and reigns with you forever and ever. R. Amen. 
 Let us pray. O God, who by the Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world; grant, we beg you, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
INDULGENCE Partial and a plenary indulgence. Pius VII granted one of three hundred days indulgence every time it is recited; and anyone who prays it every day may obtain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, on the five principal feasts of the Blessed Virgin - the Immaculate Conception, Nativity, Annunciation, Purification and Assumption.

Saint December 10 : St. Pope Gregory III who Died in 741

St. Gregory III


Pope St. Gregory III was the son of a Syrian named John. The date of his birth is not known. His reputation for learning and virtue was so great that the Romans elected him pope by acclamation, when he was accompanying the funeral procession of his predecessor, 11 February, 731. As he was not consecrated for more than a month after his election, it is presumed that he waited for the confirmation of his election by the exarch at Ravenna. In the matter of Iconoclasm, he followed the policy of his predecessor. He sent legates and letters to remonstrate with the persecuting emperor, Leo III, and held two synods in Rome (731) in which the image-breaking heresy was condemned. By way of a practical protest against the emperor's action he made it a point of paying special honour to images and relics, giving particular attention to the subject of St. Peter's. Fragments of inscriptions, to be seen in the crypts of the Vatican basilica, bear witness to this day of an oratory he built therein, and of the special prayers he ordered to be there recited.
Leo, whose sole answer to the arguments and apologies for image worship which were addressed to him from both East and West, was force, seized the papal patrimonies in Calabria and Sicily, or wherever he had any power in Italy, and transferred to the patriarch of Constantinople the ecclesiastical jurisdiction which the popes had previously exercised both there, and throughout the ancient Prefecture of Illyricum. Gregory III confirmed the decision of his predecessors as to the respective rights of the Patriarchs of Aquileia and Grado, and sent the pallium to Antoninus of Grado. In granting it also to Egbert of York, he was only following out the arrangements of St. Gregory I who had laid it down that York was to have metropolitical rights in the North of England, as Canterbury had to have them in the South. Both Tatwine and Nothelm of Canterbury received the pallium in succession from Gregory III (731 and 736). At his request Gregory III extended to St. Boniface the same support and encouragement which had been afforded him by Gregory II. "Strengthened exceedingly by the help of the affection of the Apostolic See", the saint joyfully continued his glorious work for the conversion of Germany. About 737 Boniface came to Rome for the third time to give an account of his stewardship, and to enjoy the pope's "life-giving conversation", At Gregory's order the monk and great traveller, St. Willibald, went to assist his cousin St. Boniface in his labours.
The close of Gregory's reign was troubled by the Lombards. Realizing the ambition which animated Liutprand, Gregory completed the restoration of the walls of Rome which had been begun by his predecessors, and bought back Gallese, a stronghold on the Flaminian Way, from Transamund, Duke of Spoleto, which helped to keep open the communications between Rome and Ravenna. In 739, Liutprand was again in arms. His troops ravaged the exarchate, and he himself marched south to bring to subjection his vassals, the Dukes of Spoleto and Benevento, and the Duchy of Rome. Transamund fled to Rome, and Gregory implored the aid of the great Frankish chief, Charles Martel. At length ambassadors from the viceroy (subregulus) of the Franks appeared in Rome (739). Their arrival, or the summer heats, brought a momentary peace. But in the following year, Liutprand again took the field. This time the Romans left their walls, and helped Transamund to recover Spoleto. When, however, he had recovered his duchy, he would not or could not comply with Gregory's request, and endeavour to recover for the pope "the four cities of the Roman duchy which had been lost for his sake." In the midst of all these wars and rumours of war, Gregory died, and was buried in the oratory of our Lady which he had himself built in St. Peter's. He died in 741, but whether in November or December is not certain. It is however, on 28 November that he is commemorated in the Roman martyrology.
source Catholic Encyclopedia

Over 800,000 March for Democracy in Hong Kong - New Peaceful Protest with Cardinal Joseph Zen attending

March of 800 thousand marks six months of anti-extradition movement
Asia News reports that in six months, over 6 thousand detained and 30 thousand non-lethal shots on the crowd In the beginning, the demonstrations in the former British colony were against the extradition bill (now withdrawn); now they call for democracy and an independent investigation into police abuses. 4,474 men and 1,548 women were arrested, aged between 11 and 84 years. The Office for Internal Complaints Against the Police has received over 1,300 complaints. 
by Paul Wang
The march was the first after weeks of bans by the police. There were some incidents, but overall it was peaceful. Card Zen and some priests and Catholics among the participants. Nearly 6 thousand arrests; among them many under-18s.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the march against the government from Victoria Park to Chater Road in Central yesterday.

The huge gathering wanted to celebrate the six months since the first demonstrations against the extradition law.

On 9 June there was a demonstration that brought together over one million people. The march was the first permit after weeks of a series of bans by the police.

It took place in a peaceful manner even if in the evening there were some skirmishes between radicals and police, with the launch of some Molotov cocktails against the headquarters of the Supreme Court and vandalism against some pro-China stores.

The march was organized by the Civic Front for Human Rights, which estimates participation at 800 thousand. According to the police, there were only 183 thousand participants.

Marchers included several priests and Card. Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of the city.

Jimmy Sham, one of the Front’s leaders, noted that although the participants were less than in the past, they are proof that the population of Hong Kong has not fallen asleep. Along the route there were the slogans that became typical in these demonstrations: "Five demands, not one less" and "Dissolve the police force now!".

The five demands include the request for an independent inquiry into excessive police violence and universal suffrage.

But the government appears immovable. This is partly because it is supported by Beijing and despite the Democrats’ victory in the district elections or the United States Hong Kong human rights bill, which threatens the territory’s special trade status if the principle "One Country, two systems", is not respected.

In recent months, the government has had at least 6,000 people arrested and charged with revolt, vandalism and resistance to the police. Many of them are under the age of 18.
Source: AsiaNewsIT

26 People come closer to becoming Saints as Pope Francis authorizes Decrees

Pope authorizes new decrees on candidates to sainthood
Pope Francis on Thursday took 26 men and women a step closer to sainthood, including an Italian priest who has been cleared for canonization.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis authorized Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to promulgate 11 decrees on 3 miracles, 2 martyrdoms and 6 heroic virtues of men and women from Italy, Spain, Poland Canada and Germany.

A decree recognized a miracle through the intercession of Italian priest Father Luigi Maria Palazzolo, the founder of the Sisters of the Poor, Palazzolo Institute.  He was born on December 10, 1827, in Bergamo and died on 15 June 1886.  He has been cleared for canonization whose date will be decided at a later date.

Another miracle was attributed to the intercession of Italian priest Father Olinto Marella. He was born on June 14, 1882, in Pellestrina and died on September 6, 1969, in San Lazzaro di Savena.  He has been cleared for Beatification.

A miracle attributed to the intercession of  Italian Comboni priest Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli.  Born in Ronago on July 25, 1923, he died on March 27, 1987, in Lira (Uganda).

The decrees recognized the martyrdom of Gaetano Giménez Martín and 15 priests and lay companions of Spain who were killed in hatred of the Faith, during the country’s civil war in 1936.

Another martyrdom that was recognized was that of Polish priest Father John Francis Macha.  Born on January 18, 1914, in Chorzów, he was killed in hatred of the Faith, in Katowice on December 3, 1942.

They all have been cleared for beatification.

Heroic virtues
Six decrees were on the heroic virtues of the following:

Canadian Bishop Ovide Charlebois of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Apostolic Vicar of Keewatin. Born on February 17, 1862, in Oka, he died on November 20, 1933, in Le Pas.
Auxiliary Bishop Michael Wittmann of Regensburg, Germany.  He was born on January 22, 1760, in Finkenhammer and died on March 8, 1833, in Regensburg.
Italian priest Father Olinto Fedi, founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. Born on October 3, 1841, in Signa, he died there January 23, 1923.
Italian Conventual Franciscan Friar Giacomo Bulgaro, who was born on January 29, 1879, in Corticelle di Pieve and died on January 27, 1967, in Brescia.
Italian Sister Giovanna Maria Battista Solimani (born: Maria Antonia), of the Romite Nuns of Saint John the Baptist and Romite Nuns and of the Missionaries of St. John the Baptist.  Born on May 12, 1688, in Genoa, she died there April 8, 1758.
Spanish Sister Anna di Gesù De Lobera (born: Anna) of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.  She was born on November 25, 1545, in Medina del Campo and died on March 4, 1621, in Brussels (Belgium).
Full Text Source: VaticanNews.va

#BreakingNews 6 people Killed by Volcanic eruption and 8 more presumed Dead on White Island, New Zealand

CBC news reports that six deaths (pictured above) were confirmed after Monday's eruption of the White Island volcano. Five people died at the time of the blast or soon after, while a sixth person died Tuesday night at an Auckland hospital.
 Another eight people are believed to have died, with their bodies remaining on the ash-covered island for now.

About 30 of the survivors remained hospitalized on Tuesday, many flown to burn units around the country. The first confirmed death was of a local man, Hayden Marshall-Inman, a guide who had shown tourists around the island.

Many people were left questioning why tourists were still allowed to visit the island after seismic monitoring experts raised the volcano's alert level last month.

"These questions must be asked and they must be answered," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in Parliament.

New Zealand deputy police commissioner John Tims said Tuesday that police were opening a criminal investigation that would accompany an investigation by health and safety regulators.

But hours later, police put out a statement saying while they were investigating the deaths on behalf of the coroner, "To correct an earlier statement, it is too early to confirm whether there will also be a criminal investigation."

Police said that of the people on the island, there were:

24 from Australia.
2 from China.
4 from Germany.
1 from Malaysia.
5 from New Zealand.
2 from the U.K.
9 from the U.S.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 11 Australians were unaccounted for and 13 were hospitalized. Three Australians were suspected to be among the initial five confirmed dead, he told reporters in Sydney. "I fear there is worse news to come."

White Island, also known by the Indigenous Maori name Whakaari, is the tip of an undersea volcano off New Zealand's main North Island.

At least 10 people were killed on the island in 1914 when it was being mined for sulfur. Part of a crater wall collapsed and a landslide destroyed the miners' village and the mine itself.

The island became a private scenic reserve in 1953, and more than 10,000 people visit on daily tours every year.

It's uncertain if the island will ever host tourists again.
Edited and shortened from a report by CBC news - Image source Akahi News

Pope Francis suggests Confession saying "When one sins and makes mistakes...Ask for forgiveness, be courageous, open the door for Him..."

Pope at Mass: God corrects and comforts us with tenderness
Pope Francis, in his homily at the Mass at the Casa Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican, speaks about how the Lord consoles and corrects us. He reflects on the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Matthew’s Gospel.
The Lord guides His people, comforts them but also corrects them and punishes them with the tenderness of a father, a shepherd who "carries the lambs in His bosom and leads the ewes with care". This was the heart of the homily of Pope Francis at Mass as he reflected on the Parable of the Lost Sheep, asking how the Lord comforts and corrects us.

The first reading from the Book of Isaiah speaks about God’s consolation for His people Israel as "a proclamation of hope". "Comfort, give comfort to my people,", the prophet echoes the words of God saying the tribulation of Jerusalem is over and her guilt is expiated.

Sinner in the Lord’s bosom?
The Lord always consoles us, the Pope pointed out, provided we allow ourselves to be consoled. And God corrects with consolation, referring to the passage from Isaiah, that speaks of the Lord as the Good Shepherd, who gathers the flock with His arms, carrying the lambs “in His bosom” and leading the ewes with care. Drawing attention to the words “in His bosom”, the Pope said it is an expression of the tenderness with which the Lord punishes, corrects and consoles us. “Can you imagine, in the bosom of the Lord, after having sinned?”

The Pope said that the Lord punishes with tenderness and caresses. This attitude that neither didactic nor diplomatic is a joy that comes from within Him when a sinner approaches Him. “It is joy that makes Him tender,” the Pope said.

The Prodigal Son
Speaking about God’s tenderness, the Pope recalled the Parable of the Prodigal Son, whose father longs for his return. And when he does return, the father cuts short his son’s repentance speech and starts celebrating.

In the Gospel too, the shepherd who returns with the lost sheep and rejoices over it more than over the 99 that were not lost. This, the Holy Father said, is the joy of the Lord when we sinners approach Him and allow ourselves to be forgiven. It is a joy that turns into tenderness and comforts us.

The Lord’s tender caresses
Many times, the Pope pointed out, we complain about difficulties when the devil wants us to fall into the spirit of sadness, embittered by life or our sins.

The Pope noted that many times we complain and think that our sins, our limitations cannot be forgiven. It is that moment when we hear the voice of the Lord, “I comfort you, I am near you", which overwhelms us with tenderness. The powerful Creator of heaven and earth, the God-hero, so to say, our brother, who allowed Himself to be carried to the cross to die for us, the Pope said, is able to caress us and say, "Do not cry".

The widow of Nain
With what tenderness, the Pope wondered, the Lord must have caressed the Widow of Nain when he told her not to weep when she was in front of her son’s coffin. This consolation of the Lord, he said, is the grace of forgiveness.

When one sins and makes mistakes, the Pope said, one should allow oneself to be consoled by the Lord. Ask for forgiveness, be courageous, open the door for Him to caress you with the tenderness of a father and a brother. “Like a shepherd He feeds His flock, in His arms He gathers the lambs, carrying them in His bosom, leading the ewes with care’, so the Lord comforts us,” the Pope said.

 Full Text Source: VaticanNews.va

Today's Mass Reading and Video : Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - #Eucharist

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

Lectionary: 182 Reading 1 IS 40:1-11
Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.

A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
The rugged land shall be made a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

A voice says, "Cry out!"
I answer, "What shall I cry out?"
"All flesh is grass,
and all their glory like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower wilts,
when the breath of the LORD blows upon it.
So then, the people is the grass.
Though the grass withers and the flower wilts,
the word of our God stands forever."

Go up onto a high mountain,
Zion, herald of glad tidings;
Cry out at the top of your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of good news!
Fear not to cry out
and say to the cities of Judah:
Here is your God!
Here comes with power
the Lord GOD,
who rules by his strong arm;
Here is his reward with him,
his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
Carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care.

Responsorial PsalmPS 96:1-2, 3 AND 10AC, 11-12, 13

R.(see Isaiah 40:10ab)  The Lord our God comes with power.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name;
announce his salvation, day after day.
R. The Lord our God comes with power.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
Say among the nations: The LORD is king;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord our God comes with power.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice.
R. The Lord our God comes with power.
They shall exult before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord our God comes with power.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The day of the Lord is near;
Behold, he comes to save us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 18:12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
"What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost."