Friday, January 22, 2021

Saint January 23 : St. Marianne Cope of Molokai, Hawaii, but Born in Germany, who spoke “the Language of Truth and Love”

Though leprosy scared off most people in 19th-century Hawaii, that disease sparked great generosity in the woman who came to be known as Mother Marianne of Molokai. Her courage helped tremendously to improve the lives of its victims in Hawaii, a territory annexed to the United States during her lifetime (1898).
Mother Marianne’s generosity and courage were celebrated at her May 14, 2005, beatification in Rome. She was a woman who spoke “the language of truth and love” to the world, said Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Cardinal Martins, who presided at the beatification Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, called her life “a wonderful work of divine grace.” Speaking of her special love for persons suffering from leprosy, he said, “She saw in them the suffering face of Jesus. Like the Good Samaritan, she became their mother.”
On January 23, 1838, a daughter was born to Peter and Barbara Cope of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany. The girl was named after her mother. Two years later the Cope family emigrated to the United States and settled in Utica, New York. Young Barbara worked in a factory until August 1862, when she went to the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York. After profession in November of the next year, she began teaching at Assumption parish school.
Marianne held the post of superior in several places and was twice the novice mistress of her congregation. A natural leader, three different times she was superior of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, where she learned much that would be useful during her years in Hawaii.
Elected provincial in 1877, Mother Marianne was unanimously re-elected in 1881. Two years later the Hawaiian government was searching for someone to run the Kakaako Receiving Station for people suspected of having leprosy. More than 50 religious communities in the United States and Canada were asked. When the request was put to the Syracuse sisters, 35 of them volunteered immediately. On October 22, 1883, Mother Marianne and six other sisters left for Hawaii where they took charge of the Kakaako Receiving Station outside Honolulu; on the island of Maui they also opened a hospital and a school for girls.
In 1888, Mother Marianne and two sisters went to Molokai to open a home for “unprotected women and girls” there. The Hawaiian government was quite hesitant to send women for this difficult assignment; they need not have worried about Mother Marianne! On Molokai she took charge of the home that St. Damien de Veuster [May 10, d. 1889] had established for men and boys. Mother Marianne changed life on Molokai by introducing cleanliness, pride and fun to the colony. Bright scarves and pretty dresses for the women were part of her approach.
Awarded the Royal Order of Kapiolani by the Hawaiian government and celebrated in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mother Marianne continued her work faithfully. Her sisters have attracted vocations among the Hawaiian people and still work on Molokai.
Mother Marianne died on August 9, 1918 and was beatified in 2005 and canonized seven years later.
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Wow New LIFE Monument by Famous Artist Timothy Schmalz to be Installed in Washington, DC and in Every State! Video Interview Exclusive

An Exclusive Interview with the famous Canadian sculpter Timothy P. Schmalz about his New LIFE Monument. His artwork is found around the world, including churches in Rome and at the Vatican. He is most famous for his homeless Jesus sculpture. 

Schmalz said of his newest sculpture, the “emphasis is on the idea of celebrating life.”

He hopes to change many hearts around the world with this new beautiful work of art.

Listen to the Video below and hear the artist in his own words about his new LIFE venture that will be installed in Washington DC facing the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (also in the video see more images of this amazing work of art)

“Because we have to persuade with beauty,” Schmalz said. “If I can use my talent to persuade people, then I’m going something good. I’m doing something positive.”

This center world/womb area is created out of mirrored steel that reflects the surrounding world and viewers of the art. The viewers of the sculpture literally see themselves in the center of the work, symbolizing their connection to this creative source.      (as explained on his website)

“People will literally see themselves within that womb,” he said. “You see yourself, that’s powerful. Everyone that is walking this planet came from that place.” 

The original Life Monument will be installed facing the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.  and Schmalz hopes to have it in place in the spring, perhaps in time for Mother’s Day. 

He hopes the sculptures will be in every state capitol.

Schmalz has partnered with EWTN for the commissioning of rosaries containing the sculpture sold through EWTN and also benefit pro-life efforts. 

The woman in the sculpture can be interpreted as the Virgin Mary or as any woman. 

For more information on the National Life Monument, visit

Contact Timothy Scmaltz here:

National Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - Remembering over 60 Million Babies Killed in Abortion - with Resources

January 22 is the date marking 48 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. 
According to statistics there have been an estimated 62,502,904 abortions that have taken the lives of unborn children. 
The US Catholic Bishops (USCCB) state: the over 60 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.  
According to the Centers for Disease Control and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, provide these numbers.
Nothing has ever killed more people in America — or worldwide — than abortion. 
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.” As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or giving alms. Another way to take part is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Call your local diocese or parish to find out what events might be taking place in your area.

Archbishop Cordileone of California's Message "No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion." to Speaker Pelosi and President Biden

Archbishop Cordileone’s Response to Speaker Pelosi’s Comments About Pro-Life Voters
Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
January 21, 2021
On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized prolife voters who voted for Donald Trump on the abortion issue, saying their votes cause her “great grief as a Catholic” and accusing them of “being willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.”
Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, issued the following statement in response:
“To begin with the obvious: Nancy Pelosi does not speak for the Catholic Church.  She speaks as a high-level important government leader, and as a private citizen.  And on the question of the equal dignity of human life in the womb, she also speaks in direct contradiction to a fundamental human right that Catholic teaching has consistently championed for 2,000 years.
“Christians have always understood that the commandment, ‘Thou shall not kill,’ applies to all life, including life in the womb.  Around the end of the first century the Letter of Barnabas states: “You shall not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shall you destroy it after it is born’ (#19).  One thousand, eight hundred and sixty-five years later, the Second Vatican Council affirmed: ‘Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes’ (Gaudium et spes, n. 51).  
“Pope Francis continues this unbroken teaching.  Addressing participants in the conference, ‘Yes to Life! - Taking Care of the Precious Gift of Life in Its Frailty’ on May 25, 2019, he condemned abortion in the strongest possible terms: ‘is it licit to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? ...  It is not licit.  Never, never eliminate a human life … to solve a problem.  Abortion is never the answer that women and families are looking for.’  And just yesterday (January 20, 2021) Archbishop Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, reiterated the declaration of the U.S. bishops that abortion is for Catholics the ‘preeminent priority.’  In doing so, he acted rightly and collaboratively in his role as USCCB President, and I am grateful to him for doing so.
“Preeminent does not mean ‘only,’ of course.  There are certainly many evils we must confront and many goods we must pursue.  In his inaugural speech yesterday, President Biden gave a moving call to unity and healing.  He offered what I would call a ‘Litany of Compassion’ – bringing before the eyes of the nation the suffering of people across a wide spectrum of issues.  In my experience, advocates for unborn children also work diligently to be of service in many of these causes as well.  Speaker Pelosi has chosen this week to impugn the motives of millions of Catholics and others for choosing to make voting on the issue of abortion their priority and accuses them of ‘selling out democracy.’  This is not the language of unity and healing.  She owes these voters an apology.
“I myself will not presume to know what was in the minds of Catholic voters when they voted for the Presidential candidate of their choice, no matter who their preferred candidate was.  There are many issues of very grave moral consequence that Catholics must weigh in good conscience when they vote.  But one thing is clear: No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion.  ‘Right to choose’ is a smokescreen for perpetuating an entire industry that profits from one of the most heinous evils imaginable.  Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.
“That is why, as Catholics, we will continue to speak out on behalf of those who have no voice to speak for themselves and reach out to, comfort and support those who are suffering the scars of the abortion experience.  We will do so, until our land is finally rid of this despicable evil.”

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Archbishop Cordileone: As Catholics We Pray for New Administration, Oppose Unjust Threats to Human Life and Dignity
Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
January 20, 2021
On the occasion of the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as 46th President of the United States of America, Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement this morning in which he discussed the role of faith in civic participation, and expressed prayers for the success of the Biden Administration. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco subsequently released this statement:
“Archbishop Gomez’s timely call for healing as a country as the new administration assumes office is both very welcome and needed.  I thank him for clarifying how Catholics approach the broad range of issues facing us that pose threats to human life and dignity.  In particular, I am grateful to him for stating clearly once again that opposing the injustice of abortion remains our “preeminent priority,” while acknowledging that “preeminent” does not mean “only.”  Catholics must and do speak out on many issues affecting the equal dignity of us all, but if life at its most vulnerable beginnings is not protected, then none of us is safe.  Affirming this equal human dignity at every stage and in every condition is the path to healing and unity.  I join Archbishop Gomez in praying for President Biden and for the future of this exceptional nation, that this vision may be realized in our time.  May God bless America.”

Vatican Announces that Tribunal Convicted Former Head of IOR for Embezzlement and Money Laundering

Vatican News reports that the Tribunal of the Vatican City State on Thursday convicted Angelo Caloia, former head of the Insitute of Works for Religion (IOR) on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. The court also convicted Italian lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo, and his son Lamberto Luizzo.
By Vatican News staff writer
In a ruling on Thursday, the Tribunal of the Vatican City State concluded the trial instituted against the former president of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) Prof. Angelo Caloia, and lawyer Gabriele Liuzzo concerning the sale of 29 properties owned by the IOR and a subsidiary company, SGIR s.r.l.
In a statement, the Holy See Press Office said that the Tribunal found Caloia and Luizzo “guilty of several counts of embezzlement from the IOR, and others of aggravated embezzlement from SGIR s.r.l., as well as of the crime of self-laundering.” Both men were sentenced to a total of eight years and eleven months of imprisonment and a fine of 12,500 euros each.
Findings from investigation
According to the indictment based on investigations carried out in 2014 by the Promontory Group, Caloia and Liuzzo, in league with the then IOR general director, Lelio Scaletti (now deceased) manipulated the sales of the properties between 2002 and 2007, selling them below their market value and appropriating the difference. The sum, estimated at approximately 59 million euros, was partly laundered in Switzerland with the help of Liuzzo’s son, Lamberto Liuzzo.
The court also sentenced Lamberto Liuzzo to five years and two months’ imprisonment and imposed a fine of 8,000 euros on him for the crime of money laundering.
Experts estimate the IOR and SGIR lost approximately 34 million euros in potential revenue due to the undervaluing of the sales of the properties. The court also found evidence that in some cases, the defendants actually appropriated the part of the money paid by the buyers, or in any case money from the IOR and SGIR, to the tune of an estimated 19 million euros.
They were, however, acquitted of the charges relating to properties for which it had not been proven that they appropriated money, even though the purchase price of the properties was significantly lower than the market value at the time.
The preliminary hearing, which lasted about two years, made it possible to clarify the main aspects of the case with the contribution of all the parties and in full compliance with the cross-examination.
Compensation to IOR and SGIR
As part of the ruling, the court ordered the defendants to pay damages to the IOR and SGIR which had joined the proceedings as a plaintiff seeking damages, in excess of 20 million euros.
The defendants were also permanently banned from holding public office and were ordered to forfeit sums totaling approximately 38 million euros.
In addition, the court, on appeal, confirmed the application of preventive measures against Gabriele Liuzzo, ordering the confiscation of an already seized approximately 14 million euros deposited at the IOR, as well as another 11 million euros deposited with Swiss banks.
The Holy See Press Office said that the convictions were “the first application of the legislation introduced in December 2018, within the more general framework of the adaptation of Vatican legislation to international standards for combatting money laundering, corruption and other serious crimes.”
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Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Twin Suicide Bombing in Iraq which Left 32 Dead and the Cardinal Calls for Fasting and Prayer

Pope Francis condemned a twin suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad that killed at least 32 people and injured over 100 others. IS has claimed responsibility for the attack. 
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, on behalf of Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolence to Iraqi President Bahram Salih for the victims of the massacre. "His Holiness Pope Francis" reads the telegram, released by the Vatican Press Office " was deeply saddened to learn of the bomb attacks on Tayaran Square in Baghdad this morning. In deploring this senseless act of brutality", the text continues, the Pope "prays for the deceased victims and their families, for the injured and for the emergency personnel in attendance. Trusting that all will continue work to overcome violence with fraternity, solidarity and peace, Pope Francis - concludes Cardinal Parolin - invokes upon the nation and its people the blessing of the Most High"
"They wanted to send a message of death, which perhaps has to do with the withdrawal of US soldiers from the Country, or with the electoral project. The fact remains that, so far, there is no declaration or claim from who is behind these explosions" said Cardinal Louis Sako to Fides News. People crowded the second-hand clothes market in Tayaran Square, in central Baghdad where the attack occurred. Pope Francis’s apostolic visit to Iraq, scheduled for March 5 to 8. 
On January 19, in Baghdad, at the headquarters of the Chaldean Patriarchate, the Catholic bishops in Iraq had participated in a meeting in preparation for the announced papal visit. 
Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, in view of the upcoming "Fast of Nineveh" - three days of fasting and prayer traditionally observed by Chaldean Christians to commemorate the conversion of Nineveh following the preaching of the Prophet Jonah, days that this year fall on the 25th to January 27 - exhorted all the Chaldean baptized to "pray for salvation from the Coronavirus epidemic" and "also for the success of Pope Francis' visit in March".