Saturday, April 17, 2021

Sunday Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, April 18, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - 3rd of the Easter Season

 Third Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 47
Reading I
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Peter said to the people:
“The God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,
whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence
when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One
and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death,
but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
Now I know, brothers,
that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment
what he had announced beforehand
through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Christ would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
 Responsorial Psalm
4:2, 4, 7-8, 9
R.  (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
When I call, answer me, O my just God,
    you who relieve me when I am in distress;
    have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
    the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
    You put gladness into my heart.
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep,
    for you alone, O LORD,
    bring security to my dwelling.
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
Reading II
1 Jn 2:1-5a
My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep
his commandments.
Those who say, “I know him,” but do not keep his commandments
are liars, and the truth is not in them.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
Cf. Lk 24:32
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn while you speak to us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lk 24:35-48
The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them 
in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish; 
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint April 18 : St. Apollonius the Apologist, a Martyr of Rome whose Defense of the Faith, is Called one of the Most Priceless Documents of the Early Church

St. Apollonius the Apologist
a Martyr whose Apologia or defense of the faith, is called one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perenis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate. There a debate took place between Perennis and Apollonius that clearly outlines the beauty and the value of Christianity. Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius was condemned and beheaded.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints) 

Pope Francis Receives Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who said “Pope Francis is the voice of the most marginalized people..." VIDEO

Pope Francis on Friday, April 16, 2021, received in audience the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, and discussed migration and refugee issues.
Pope Francis said "Thank you for what you do." Filippo answered, "Thank you for having me. Thank you for what you say and what you do. Without you we also would not be able to do our work." Filippo Grandi is the head of the UN Refugee Agency. He held several meetings in Rome with authorities about refugees.

The UN Refugee Agency is often in communication with the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Holy See, established by the Pope. (Romereports)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi praised Pope Francis’ holistic approach to global displacement and the needs of the most vulnerable, including those forced to flee their homes, as expressed in the encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti, during a private Audience at the Holy See today.

The High Commissioner highlighted the importance of strengthening cooperation between the Holy See and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in welcoming, protecting and integrating asylum-seekers and refugees during his visit to the Vatican City.

His Holiness, handing over to the High Commissioner a signed copy of his message for the celebration of the 54th World Day of Peace, shared his concern over the extent of global humanitarian emergencies. More than 80 million people are forced to flee conflict, persecution and violence, with the poorest countries bearing the brunt of the world’s refugee crisis.

“Pope Francis is the voice of the most marginalized people: refugees, the forcibly displaced and migrants”, Grandi said. “His tireless commitment has made a concrete difference in the response to those who are fleeing major humanitarian crises, by providing a safe place and effective assistance for integrating the most vulnerable in receiving countries”, he added.

UNHCR is looking forward to extending its existing partnership with the Vatican in line with the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees, which aims at sharing responsibility with those countries hosting and supporting the largest numbers of displaced people.
The Pope has repeatedly denounced these problems and supported refugees and persecuted people throughout the world. 

In February 2016 he visited the border between Mexico and the United States. In April of that same year he traveled to a refugee camp in Greece and brought several of its residents to Italy. He then met with a group of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh in 2017.

Top 10 Quotes of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to SHARE - Powerful Quotes to Change your Life!

1. Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord's loving heart.
2. Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God, and in this way, in silence, hearing the Word, seeing love.
3. Truth is not determined by a majority vote.
4. In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration.
5. Children truly are the family's greatest treasure and most precious good. Consequently, everyone must be helped to become aware of the intrinsic evil of the crime of abortion. In attacking human life in its very first stages, it is also an aggression against society itself. Politicians and legislators, therefore, as servants of the common good, are duty bound to defend the fundamental right to life, the fruit of God's love.
6. Celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom means embracing a life completely devoted to love, a love that enables you to commit yourselves fully to God's service and to be totally present to your brothers and sisters, especially those in need.
7. Because the truth of God is love, conversion to God is conversion to love.
8. With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives.
9. The new evangelization ... begins in the confessional.
10. Friends, do not be afraid of silence or stillness. Listen to God. Adore Him in the Eucharist.

Biden Administration Cancels Bioethics Advisory Board - Taxpayer Funding will Now be Used for Research with Unborn Baby Body Parts

LifeNews reports that the Biden administration announced that President Joe Biden will make Americans fund research using body parts from aborted babies with their taxpayer dollars.
It is overturning a pro-life rule President Donald trump put in place barring taxpayer funding for federally-funded studies involving the use of fetal tissue taken from babies killed in abortions.
During his administration President Trump put in place a new bioethics advisory board recommending that the government reject funding for 13 of 14 research projects that plan to use aborted baby body parts
However, on April 16th, 2021 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) officially revoked the ban on using aborted baby parts in research.
Biden’s NIH released a notice saying that the agency was overturning the Trump administration’s policy that required all applicants for NIH grants involving fetal tissue from elective abortions to be reviewed by an ethics board. The notice indicated Biden was cancelling the ethics advisory board.
“NIH reminds the community of expectations to obtain informed consent from the donor for any NIH-funded research using human fetal tissue … and of continued obligations to conduct such research only in accord with any applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations, including prohibitions on the payment of valuable consideration for such tissue,” the notice reads.
A prominent pro-life group immediately condemned the decision.
“Biden and Harris, working hand-in-glove with radical appointees like Xavier Becerra, are moving rapidly to pay back their abortion industry allies and wipe out pro-life progress made under the Trump-Pence administration,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “From day one they have sought to expand abortion on demand, funded by taxpayers, against the will of the strong majority of Americans. Now they would force Americans to be complicit in barbaric experiments using body parts harvested from innocent children killed in abortions, with no limits of any kind. Pro-abortion Democrats push this deeply unpopular agenda at their own political peril.”
Pro-life scientists indicated research with aborted baby parts is unnecessary.
Dr. Tara Sander Lee, senior fellow and director of life sciences at Charlotte Lozier Institute, added: 
“The HHS decision to resume experiments using the body parts of aborted children defies both the best ethics and most promising science. Exploiting the bodies of these young human beings is unnecessary and grotesque. Fetal tissue was not, and has never been, used for polio or any other vaccine, nor  to produce or manufacture any pharmaceutical. There are superior and ethical alternatives available such as adult stem cell models being used by countless scientists worldwide to develop and produce advanced medicines treating patients now, without exploitation of any innocent life. All scientists should reject the administration’s attempts to prey on fears related to the pandemic to advance the practice of harvesting fetal tissue.”
Edited from LifeNews and SBA List

Mass Shooting in Indianapolis with 8 People Killed - US Bishops say "...let us pray for renewed reverence for the gift of life...and work towards peace.” FULL TEXT

A gunman (pictured above) who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in the US city of Indianapolis was a former employee. Police named the suspect as 19-year-old Brandon Hole (age 19), who began shooting "randomly" almost immediately after exiting his car, according to police. Seven people were also injured and the gunman apparently killed himself before police arrived.

U.S. Bishop Chairman Calls for Easter Response to Mass Shooting in Indianapolis

WASHINGTON — Following the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued the following statement:

“Tragically, we awoke to learn of another mass shooting today, this time in Indianapolis, that has reportedly left eight dead and several wounded. As we heard at Mass yesterday, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted’ (Ps. 34:19). We again need prayer and concrete acts of charity for the families, and for all victims of violent crime. 

“Again and again, we react in horror to these violent acts, but many cannot agree on how to stop them. The bishops continue to support a number of policy measures to try to reduce homicides and suicides.[1] In this Easter season, when we are reminded that there is always hope, even when we seem to be at a dead end, I would ask our political leaders, and all people of good will, once more to examine this issue and propose prudential solutions. It is good that President Biden and some leaders in Congress are drawing renewed attention to this. For a comprehensive and long-lasting path to peace, it will take bipartisan cooperation. In the spirit of Easter, let us pray for renewed reverence for the gift of life, and faith that by the grace of God, we can always begin again and work towards peace.”  

Source: USCCB

US Bishops' Pro-Life Chairman Statement on Abortion Pill Policy Change "...a woman’s health, future fertility, and life are placed in serious jeopardy." FULL TEXT

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee Chairman on Chemical Abortion Pill Policy Change

APRIL 16, 2021 

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that they will no longer be enforcing the “in-person dispensing requirement” for the chemical abortion pills during the remainder of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This requirement was put in place by public health officials over twenty years ago, under President Bill Clinton, as a necessary precondition to ensure that pregnant women do not have contraindications that would make the abortion pills even more unsafe and possibly deadly for the woman. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

“It is difficult to see the FDA’s decision to not enforce important safety protocols as anything other than callous capitulation to the requests of abortion activists without regard for the health and safety of the women involved. An in-person evaluation by a medical professional is necessary to accurately determine the age of the baby (abortion pills are only approved for use in the first 70 days), whether the pregnancy is ectopic (which the woman has no way of knowing on her own), and to test and treat for Rh-incompatibility between mother and baby. Without this information and proper treatment, a woman’s health, future fertility, and life are placed in serious jeopardy. With this decision, not only are women being sold the lie that abortion will solve their problems, but also that chemical abortion is a safe and easy way to go about it. By pushing women away from medical oversight, abortion advocates are luring women into isolated, unsafe, and medically unwise decisions. The inalienable dignity of women and their unborn children deserves so much more.”

Source: USCCB

Bishops of Brazil Statement "We cannot be silent when life is threatened, rights are disrespected, justice is corrupted and violence is established..." FULL TEXT

Release CNBB: The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) released this Friday, April 16, the message of the Brazilian episcopate that gathered, online, at the 58th General Assembly of the CNBB, addressed the people at this grave moment.
In the text, the bishops affirm that given the current situation that Brazil is going through, especially in times of pandemic, they cannot remain silent when life is “threatened, rights are disrespected, justice is corrupted and the violence is established”. The bishops assure that they are pastors and that they have a mission to care. “Our hearts suffer with the restricted participation of the People of God in the temples. However, the sacredness of human life requires us to be sensible and responsible ”, they say.
In the message, the bishops reiterate that at the present time they need to continue to observe the sanitary measures that concern the face-to-face celebrations. They gratefully acknowledge that families have been a privileged space for experiencing faith and solidarity. “They have found in the initiatives of our communities, through subsidies and online celebrations, the possibility of experiencing the domestic Church intensely. United in prayer and care for life, we will overcome this moment ”.
The bishops affirm that the three powers of the Republic have, each in its own specificity, the mission of leading Brazil in the dictates of the Federal Constitution, which advocates health as a "right of all and duty of the State" and that the moment demands competence lucidity. "Discourses and attitudes that deny the reality of the pandemic, disregard health measures and threaten the Democratic Rule of Law are unacceptable," they say.
They also make a strong call for the unity of the Churches, entities, social movements and all people of good will, around the Pact for Life and for Brazil: “Let us assume, with renewed commitment, concrete initiatives for the promotion of solidarity and solidarity. sharing. The journey towards a new era is challenging, however, we have the privileged opportunity to rebuild Brazilian society on the foundations of justice and peace, following the path of fraternity and dialogue. As Pope Francis encouraged us: “the Easter announcement is an announcement that renews hope in our hearts: we cannot give up!”.
We expect new heavens and a new earth, where justice will dwell. (2Pd 3.13)
Moved by the hope that flows from the Gospel, we Bishops of Brazil, gathered online, at the 58th General Assembly of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil-CNBB, from April 12 to 16, 2021, at this grave moment, we addressed our message to the Brazilian people.
We express our prayer and our solidarity with the sick, with families that have lost their loved ones and with all those who suffer most from the consequences of Covid-19. In the certainty of the Resurrection, we bring in our prayers, particularly, the deceased. At the same time, we express our deep gratitude to health professionals and to all the people who have donated their lives on behalf of the sick, provided essential services and contributed to facing the pandemic.
Brazil is experiencing a deepening of a serious health, economic, ethical, social and political crisis, intensified by the pandemic, which challenges us, exposing the structural inequality rooted in Brazilian society. Although everyone suffers from the pandemic, its consequences are more devastating in the lives of the poor and vulnerable.
This reality of suffering must find an echo in the hearts of Christ's disciples [1]. Everything that promotes or threatens life concerns our mission as Christians. Whenever we take positions on social, economic and political issues, we do so as required by the Gospel. We cannot be silent when life is threatened, rights are disrespected, justice is corrupted and violence is established [2].
We commend the testimony of our communities in their tireless and anonymous search to alleviate the consequences of the pandemic. Many brothers and sisters, bishops, priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay Christians and lay people, moved by the authentic Christian spirit, expose their lives in aid to the most vulnerable. With Pope Francis, we affirm that “prayer to God and solidarity with the poor and the sick are inseparable” [3]. Community initiatives for sharing and solidarity should always be encouraged more. It's Time to Care!
We are pastors and our mission is to care. Our hearts suffer with the restricted participation of the People of God in the temples. However, the sacredness of human life requires us to be sensible and responsible. Therefore, at that moment, we need to continue to observe the sanitary measures that concern the face-to-face celebrations. We gratefully acknowledge that our families have been a privileged space for experiencing faith and solidarity. They have found in the initiatives of our communities, through subsidies and online celebrations, the possibility of experiencing intensely the domestic Church. United in prayer and care for life, we will overcome this moment.
In civil society, the three powers of the Republic have, each in their own specificity, the mission of leading Brazil in the dictates of the Federal Constitution, which advocates health as "the right of all and the duty of the State" [4]. This requires competence and lucidity. Discourses and attitudes that deny the reality of the pandemic, disregard sanitary measures and threaten the Democratic Rule of Law are unacceptable. It is necessary to pay attention to science, encourage the use of a mask, social distance and guarantee vaccination for all, as soon as possible. Emergency assistance, worthy and for as long as necessary, is essential to save lives and boost the economy [5], with special attention to the poor and unemployed.
It is necessary to ensure greater investments in public health and due assistance to the sick, preserving and strengthening the Unified Health System - SUS. Systematic attempts to dismantle the social protection structure in the country are inadmissible. We strongly reject any initiative that attempts to release government officials from the application of the constitutional minimum budget in health and education.
Education, weakened for years by the absence of an efficient national educational project, suffers even more in the context of the pandemic, with serious consequences for the future of the country. In addition to effective state public policies, engagement in the Global Educational Pact, proposed by Pope Francis [6], is essential.
We are also concerned about the serious problem of the multiple forms of violence spread in society, favored by easy access to weapons. Disinformation and hate speech, especially on social media, generate boundless aggression. We note, with regret, the use of religion as an instrument of political dispute, justifying violence and creating confusion among the faithful and in society.
The care for the common home deserves constant attention, submitted to the voracious logic of “exploitation and degradation” [7]. It is urgent to understand that a preserved biome fulfills its productive function of maintaining and generating life on the planet, respecting the right balance between production and preservation. Desertification of the land arises from the desertification of the human heart. We believe that "human freedom is capable of limiting technique, guiding it and placing it at the service of another type of progress, healthier, more human, more social, more integral" [8].
It is increasingly necessary to overcome social inequality in the country. For that, we must promote the best policy [9], which does not submit to economic interests, and is guided by fraternity and social friendship, which implies not only the approximation between distant social groups, but also the search for a renewed encounter with the poorest and most vulnerable sectors [10].
We make a strong call for the unity of civil society, Churches, entities, social movements and all people of good will, around the Pact for Life and for Brazil. Let us assume, with renewed commitment, concrete initiatives to promote solidarity and sharing. The journey towards a new era is challenging, however, we have the privileged opportunity to rebuild Brazilian society on the foundations of justice and peace, following the path of fraternity and dialogue. As Pope Francis encouraged us: “the Easter announcement is an announcement that renews hope in our hearts: we cannot give up!” [11]
With faith in the Risen Christ, the source of our hope, we invoke God's blessing on the Brazilian people, through the intercession of São José and Nossa Senhora Aparecida, patron saint of Brazil.

Brasília, 16 de abril de 2021.

Dom Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo
Arcebispo de Belo Horizonte – MG
Presidente da CNBB

Dom Jaime Spengler, OFM
Arcebispo de Porto Alegre – RS
1º Vice-Presidente  

Dom Mário Antônio da Silva
Bispo de Roraima – RR
2º Vice-Presidente

Dom Joel Portella Amado
Bispo Auxiliar do Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Secretário-Geral da CNBB


[1] cf. Gaudium et Spes, 1.
[2] cf. CNBB, Mensagem ao Povo de Deus, 2018.
[3] Papa Francisco, Mensagem para o IV Dia Mundial dos Pobres, 2020.
[4] Constituição Federal, art. 196.
[5] cf. CNBB, OAB, C.Arn´s, ABI, ABC e SBPC, O povo não pode pagar com a própria vida,10 de março de 2021.
[6] cf. Papa Francisco, Mensagem para o lançamento do Pacto Educativo Global, 12 de setembro 2019.
[7] Papa Francisco, Laudato Si´, 145.
[8] Papa Francisco, Laudato Si´, 112.
[9] Papa Francisco, Fratelli Tutti, Cap. V.
[10] cf. Papa Francisco, Fratelli Tutti, 233.
[11] Papa Francisco, Mensagem 58ª. AG CNBB.

Saint April 17 : St. Kateri Tekakwitha - “Lily of the Mohawks” and Patron of Ecology and Natives and Mohawks (Canada)

Born:1656, Ossernenon, Iroquois Confederacy (Modern Auriesville, New York)
Died:17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada
Beatified:22 June 1980 by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine:St Francis Xavier Church, Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada
FEAST DAY is April 17 in Canada and July 14 in the USA

In 1656,  Kateri Tekakwitha known as “Lily of the Mohawks” was born of an Algonquin mother and Mohawk father in Ossernenon in the Mohawk Valley, now known as Auriesville, New York. Kateri was four years old when the horrible European disease of smallpox devastated her village. Many perished along with Kateri’s parents and younger brother. She survived the deadly disease but her eyesight was greatly affected and her face ravaged with smallpox scars.

Because of Kateri’s near blindness, she held her hands in front of her to feel her way along and protect herself from injury. It was from this characteristic she was renamed Tekakwitha or “She moves things”.

In 1667, 11 year old Kateri Tekakwitha meets the Jesuit Missionaries in her uncle’s cabin. By this time the village had moved to the north side of the Mohawk River to Caughnawaga, now known as Fonda New York. As a young girl, she helped with the meals, collected berries from the woods, made baskets, did beadwork and strung the wampums. With the coming of the missionaries Kateri found comfort and understanding of her situation in Christianity and began her dialogue with Father James de Lamberville and expressed the ardent desire for Baptism in 1666, and was subsequently baptized in 1676 at the age of 20.

In 1677, Kateri Tekakwitha traveled from the Mohawk valley to the north eastern part of the Territory to the village of Kahnawake and the Mission of Saint Francis Xavier on the shore of the Saint Lawrence River. Father de Lamberville had given her a letter for the Superior of the Mission.  The words of this letter were, “ I ask you to please take charge of directing her; it is a treasure which we are giving you.  Guard it well and make it bear fruit for the glory of God and the salvation of a soul which is certainly very dear to Him.”  A few months after her arrival, she received her First Holy Communion on Christmas Day at the age of 21.

In 1680 with her health failing, she became gravely ill and on April 17, 1680, 24 year old Kateri Tekakwitha died. Soon after her death and because of her faith in Christ, her scared face was restored to its former beauty and softness. She was buried in a wooden coffin next to the wooden cross where she prayed on the banks of the great river.  The favors and miracles obtained through her intercession began immediately.

In 1717, the Mohawks of Kahnawake moved to their final and present day location where Kateri’s remains were housed in a sacred chest of polished wood in the sacristy of the Mission.

On Saturday December 6, 1884 the Bishops and Archbishops of the United States of America of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore addressed the Sovereign Pontiff Leo XIII to institute the process for the beautification of Catherine Tekakwitha. Letters were submitted by various Indian tribes, petitioning the Introduction of the Cause of the  Servant of God, Catherine Tekakwitha to the Sovereign Pontiff Leo XIII.

In 1931, after years of preparation the cause was instituted by the Most Reverend Bishop of Albany, Edmund Francis Gibbons and in June 1938, the Historical Section of the Congregation of Rites at Rome declared that the documents of the case of Tekakwitha were complete, genuine and trustworthy, that they established Tekakwitha’s renown for holiness, and a solid basis for final judgement that her virtues were heroic.

On January 3rd 1943 his Holiness Pope Pius XII offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Then he  solemnly proclaimed: It has been proved in this instance and for the purpose under consideration, that the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, Love of God and Neighbour, and the cardinal virtues, Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude and subordinate virtues of the Venerable Servant of God, Catherine Tekakwitha, were heroic.  Pope Pius XII signed the DECREE in which Catherine Tekakwitha was “Venerable”.

In 1980,  Kateri Tekakwitha was beatified by Pope John Paul II and declared “BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA”.

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha.  He signed a decree approving a miracle attributed to Kateri for saving the life of a young boy, Jake Finkbonner who suffered from a flesh eating disease.The official date for her canonization ceremony was October 21, 2012 in Rome Italy. St Kateri Tekakwitha’s Shrine is located at the St. Francis Xavier Mission in Kahnawake. Text from