Thursday, April 22, 2021

Saint April 23 : St. Adalbert of Prague an Archbishop who was Martyred and Patron of Poland and Bohemia

Feast Day:
April 23
939, Libice nad Cidlinou, Bohemia
997, Truso (Elbląg) or Kaliningrad Oblast
Patron of:
Bohemia; Poland; Prussia
Born 939 of a noble Bohemian family; died 997. He assumed the name of the Archbishop Adalbert (his name had been Wojtech), under whom he studied at Magdeburg. He became Bishop of Prague, whence he was obliged to flee on account of the enmity he had aroused by his efforts to reform the clergy of his diocese. He betook himself to Rome, and when released by Pope John XV from his episcopal obligations, withdrew to a monastery and occupied himself in the most humble duties of the house. Recalled by his people, who received him with great demonstrations of joy, he was nevertheless expelled a second time and returned to Rome. The people of Hungary were just then turning towards Christianity. Adalbert went among them as a missionary, and probably baptized King Geysa and his family, and King Stephen. He afterwards evangelized the Poles, and was made Archbishop of Gnesen. But he again relinquished his see, and set out to preach to the idolatrous inhabitants of what is now the Kingdom of Prussia. Success attended his efforts at first, but his imperious manner in commanding them to abandon paganism irritated them, and at the instigation of one of the pagan priests he was killed. This was in the year 997. His feast is celebrated 23 April, and he is called the Apostle of Prussia. Boleslas I, Prince of Poland, is said to have ransomed his body for an equivalent weight of gold. He is thought to be the author of the war-song, "Boga-Rodzica", which the Poles used to sing when going to battle. (The Catholic Encyclopedia

Pope Francis Earth Day Message "...nature deserves to be protected, even if it is for the fact that human interactions with God's biodiversity..." FULL TEXT

 Video message of the Holy Father Francis on Earth Day and his Earth Day Twitter Tweet below. 

Videomessage of the Holy Father

Brothers and Sisters:

In this celebration of Earth Day, it is always good to remember things that we say to each other so that they do not fall into oblivion. For a long time we have become more aware that nature deserves to be protected, even if it is for the fact that human interactions with God's biodiversity [that God has given us] must be done with the utmost care and respect: taking care of biodiversity , take care of nature. And this in this pandemic we have learned much more. This pandemic has also shown us what happens when the world stops, pauses, even for a few months.


 And the impact that this has on nature and on climate change, in a sadly positive way, right? I mean, it hurts.

And this shows us that global nature needs our lives on this planet. It affects us all, although in multiple, diverse and unequivocal ways. And so it is. It also teaches us more about what we need to do to create a just, equitable, environmentally safe planet.

In short, the Covid pandemic has taught us this interdependence, this sharing of the planet. And both global catastrophes, Covid and the weather, show that we don't have time to wait. Time is pressing on us and, as Covid-19 has shown, we do have the means to face the challenge. We have the means. It is time to act, we are at the limit.

I would like to repeat an old saying, Spanish: "God always forgives, men forgive from time to time, nature does not forgive anymore." And when this destruction of nature is triggered, it is very difficult to stop it, but we still have time. And we will be more resilient when we work together instead of alone. The adversity that we are experiencing with the pandemic, and that we already feel it in climate change, has to drive us, it has to drive us to innovation, to invention, to seek new paths. A crisis does not come out the same, we come out better or worse. This is the challenge, and if we do not get better, we are on a path of self-destruction.

May all of you ... I also join you, in a call to all the leaders of the world: to act with courage, to act with justice and to always tell the truth to people, so that people know how to protect themselves of the destruction of the planet, how to protect the planet from the destruction that many times we trigger.

Thank you for what you do, thank you for the good intention, thank you for meeting everyone and prosperity for everyone.

[] [Original text: Spanish]

Wow Pope Francis Invites You to JOIN in a World Wide Marathon Month of Prayer to End the Pandemic

Vatican News reports that Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Faithful across the globe are asked to dedicate the Marian month of May to pray for an end to the pandemic.
This initiative, involves 30 Marian Shrines around the world.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced the news with a press release on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
It takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).
“The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic,” read the statement.
On May 1st Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer with a Rosary broadcast around the globe.
Each day in May the Vatican News will broadcast the Rosary at 6 PM Rome time from the various Shines taking part in the initiative.
The Pope will also close the event on 31 May with another broadcast Rosary.
This year’s dedication of May to pandemic-related prayer also occurred during the first wave in March 2020.
Source: Vatican News va

Vatican Reveals the Official Prayer for the 10th World Meeting of Families with a New Hashtag #WMOF2022 - FULL TEXT

Release: The Diocese of Rome and the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life now present the official prayer for the 10th World Meeting of Families to be held in Rome from 22 to 26 June 2022. The official hashtag is also ready: #WMOF2022.
Cardinal Joseph Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery, made the point that “praying is a way to enter into the heart of the Amoris Laetitia Year and the preparation for the event in Rome. He went on to say that “many families and communities have been waiting a long time to be able to set out on their way, at least spiritually, to Rome. Prayer will accompany them and help them to grasp the message of the gathering.”
The Vicar of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, added that “prayer will be at the heart of the path of preparation. It will guide our work and inspire the reflections to help us, in the light of faith, to discern the new challenges that the pandemic emergency poses to the ecclesial community with regard to families”. For this reason, “I invite everyone to prepare for this event of grace that the Church of Rome has the joy of hosting, and to address this prayer to the Lord in the intimacy of their family, together with the parish and diocesan community.”
Family Love: Vocation and Path to Holiness
Heavenly Father,
We come before You to praise You
and to thank You for the great gift of the family.
We pray to You for all families
consecrated by the Sacrament of Matrimony.
May they rediscover each day
the grace they have received,
and as small domestic Churches,
may they know how to witness to Your presence
and to the love with which Christ loves the Church.
We pray to You for all families faced with difficulty and suffering
caused by illness or circumstances of which only You know.
Sustain them and make them aware
of the path to holiness upon which You call them,
so that they might experience Your infinite mercy
and find new ways to grow in love.
We pray to You for children and young people:
may they encounter You and respond joyfully
to the vocation You have in mind for them;
We pray for parents and grandparents: may they be aware
that they are signs of the fatherhood and motherhood of God
in caring for the children who, in body and spirit, You entrust to them;
and for the experience of fraternity
that the family can give to the world.
Lord, grant that each family
might live their specific vocation to holiness in the Church
as a call to become missionary disciples,
in the service of life and peace,
in communion with our priests, religious,
and all vocations in the Church.
Bless the World Meeting of Families.
Official prayer for the X World Meeting of Families
22-26 June 2022
This prayer, composed for the 10th World Meeting of Families, springs from deep gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the great gift of family, a very special place for loving relationships. It is inspired by the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the meeting: “Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness”. The prayer is intended to be a pastoral tool: it can be prayed from now on in parishes, in communities, at home, to help with preparation for the next year's international event.
“It is from the love experienced in family life that the vocation of every child is born; it is love savoured within the domestic walls that traces the first steps on the path to holiness – cardinal Farrell added -. 

Bishops of South Korea Appeal for the Unborn "Legalization of abortion is no different from public recognition of murder by the state." FULL TEXT

It has been two years since the ruling of South Korea’s Constitutional Court on the decriminalization of abortion. Therefore, the Committee of pro-life bishops has issued a statement. 

We strongly urge the amendment of the Criminal Law to protect the lives of the unborn child!

Korean Bishops' - Family and Life Committee 2021-04-15

We strongly urge the amendment of the criminal law that protects the lives of the unborn child!

On April 11, 2019, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea ruled ``constitutional nonconformity'' for abortions specified in the Criminal Law, and decided to amend the laws related to abortion by December 31, 2020. Thus, the government and members of the National Assembly each proposed a bill to the National Assembly and urged the enactment of a new law. However, the National Assembly was caught in struggle and antagonism due to the gains and losses of political interests of the opposition parties, wasting time, and the abortion law amendment was not properly handled even by the Legislative Judicial Committee and passed the time limit for amendment to the law prescribed by the Constitutional Court. As a result, Korea is now in a state of unprecedented blank abortion law, with no new laws being revised and invalidation of the existing criminal law that stipulated the crime of abortion.

This situation in the country is causing confrontation and conflict between those who advocate the complete abolition of abortion crimes and those who are fundamentally opposed to abortion, and confuse health care workers as well. Millions of fetuses conceived each year are exposed to the threat of abortion without any protection, and how foolish is that the state neglects it and is concerned only with a declining population? Abortion, which is carried out without any sense of guilt, spreads the trend of neglecting life in our society. This will further promote and accelerate a culture of pathological death such as infanticide, child abuse, perpetual murder, and suicide, and a culture of anti-life leading to extreme egoism.

Accordingly, the Family and Life Committee of the Catholic Church of Korea is seriously concerned about the present reality and reaffirms the position of the church to legislative officials and citizens of the Republic of Korea as follows.

1. Fetal life must be respected and protected according to human dignity. It is a grave error to rule that the unborn child, a true human life, can be sacrificed in order to protect a woman's right to self-determination.

2. Legalization of abortion is no different from public recognition of murder by the state. The abolition of abortion violate the spirit of the Constitution that recognized the human rights of the unborn child, and contradicted the judgment of the Constitutional Court that recognized the public interest of'protecting the life of the unborn child'.

3. Korea cannot be happy by sacrificing a fetus. Therefore, I urge the National Assembly to legislate a bill to protect the life of the unborn child as soon as possible.

4. The Catholic Church in Korea declares that choosing life is the most valuable thing. Therefore, we will continue to carry out the movement to protect life to build a culture of life that respects not only the life of the unborn child, but also all lives.

 Bishop Seong-hyo Lee, Chairman  

of the Family and Life Committee of the Catholic Church of Korea on April 15, 2021

Source: Catholic Bishops Conference of South Korea:

Full List of Speakers at the 52nd Eucharistic Congress in September Includes Cardinal Sarah, Cardinal Bo and Cardinal Lacroix and Mass with Pope Francis

The 52th International Eucharistic Congress, a Catholic World Event, hosted by Budapest, Hungary is to be held 5-12 September 2021. Pope Francis will arrive in the capital city of Hungary for the day in September to celebrate the Closing Mass of the Budapest International Eucharistic Congress, to be held from 5 to 12 September 2021. (See Full List of Speakers below) The theme of this year's congress is All my springs are in you. (Psalm 87:7)."The next Eucharistic Congress will be held in Ecuador in 2024. These large events which celebrate Jesus' real presence in the Eucharist are under the patronage of St. Pascal Baylon. The last congress was held in the Philippines with millions of people attending the open Masses. 
To Register or Find out more see:
History of the Eucharistic Congress:
In the middle of the 19th century in the European countries, and especially in France initiatives aiming the fostering of the respect for the Eucharist started to develop at an extraordinary pace. This kind of renewal of the Eucharistic spirituality, as a counterreaction to the social changes which followed the failure of Jansenist austerity and the Ancien Régime, and the Industrial Revolution, placed at the core the eucharistic adoration and the reconciliation with Jesus Christ, the God hidden in the Eucharist, who was "dishonoured by the pridefuls and ignored by the holders of public authority, who set up the secularisation of the society as their goal". (R. Aubert, Eucharistic congresses from Leo XIII to Paul VI, in Concilium 1, 1960, p. 118.)

 Morning Prayers, Catechesis, Workshops, Testimonies are held by (among others):

Pope Francis Met Privately with Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri of Lebanon and Said That He Intends to Visit the Country

Vatican News reports that Pope Francis met with Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday at a private audience in the Vatican. 
 The Director of the Holy See Press Office announced on Thursday that the Pope met privately with Saad Hariri, the PM-designate of Lebanon. Matteo Bruni said the encounter lasted around 30 minutes. 
 “The Pope wished to reiterate his closeness to the people of Lebanon, who are experiencing a moment of great difficulty and uncertainty, and recalled the responsibility of all political forces to urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation,” Mr. Bruni said. Bruni explained that Pope Francis intends “to visit the country as soon as conditions are favorable.” The Pope, he said, hopes that “Lebanon, with the help of the international community, will once again embody ‘the Land of the Cedars, the diversity that moves from weakness to strength in a great, reconciled people,’ with its vocation to be a land of encounter, coexistence, and pluralism.”

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Denounces Unborn Tissue Research “The bodies of children killed by abortion deserve the same respect as that of any other person." FULL TEXT

U.S. Bishops’ Pro Life Committee Chairman Denounces Reversal of Limits on Human Fetal Tissue Research 
APRIL 20, 2021 
WASHINGTON - The National Institutes of Health announced last Friday that it is reversing limits on human fetal tissue research that were put in place by the Trump Administration. 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 in response:

“The bodies of children killed by abortion deserve the same respect as that of any other person. Our government has no right to treat innocent abortion victims as a commodity that can be scavenged for body parts to be used in research. It is unethical to promote and subsidize research that can lead to legitimizing the violence of abortion. Researchers have demonstrated that we can do effective scientific research and develop efficacious clinical treatments without harvesting tissue from aborted babies. It is also deeply offensive to millions of Americans for our tax dollars to be used for research that collaborates with an industry built on the taking of innocent lives.  I call on the Biden Administration to instead fund research that does not rely upon body parts taken from innocent children killed through abortion.”


Pope Francis says "...the pandemic of Covid-19 in all areas of daily life, which has demanded enormous sacrifices from each Nation and its citizens, and which calls on the entire international community..." to Ibero-American Summit





To His Excellency
Mrs. Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis
Secretary General
of the Ibero-American General Secretariat

In greeting you attentively, Mrs. General Secretary, I wish, through this letter, to send my greetings to all the Heads of State and Government participating in the XXVII Ibero-American Summit, in a particularly difficult context due to the terrible effects of the pandemic of Covid-19 in all areas of daily life, which has demanded enormous sacrifices from each Nation and its citizens, and which calls on the entire international community to commit, united, with a spirit of responsibility and fraternity, to face the many challenges already in action, and those who will come.

First of all, I want to remember the millions of victims and sick people. I pray for them and their families. The pandemic has made no distinctions and has hit people of all cultures, creeds, social and economic strata. We all know and have felt the loss of a close person who has died from the coronavirus, or who has suffered the effects of the contagion. We are all aware of how hard it is for families not to have been able to be close to their friends or relatives to offer them closeness and comfort in those moments. We have all seen how the consequences of this tragic situation have impacted on so many children and young people and we follow with concern the effects it may have on their future. The hard work of the doctors, nurses, health personnel, chaplains and volunteers is commendable, who,

Recognizing the efforts in the search for an effective vaccine for Covid-19 in such a short time, I wish to reiterate that extensive immunization should be considered a “universal common good”, a notion that requires concrete actions that inspire the entire research process. , production and distribution of vaccines.

In this area, initiatives that seek to create new forms of solidarity at the international level are particularly welcome, with mechanisms aimed at guaranteeing an equitable distribution of vaccines, not based on purely economic criteria, but taking into account the needs of all, especially those of the most vulnerable and needy.  

On several occasions I have pointed out that we have to come out "better" from this pandemic, since the current crisis is a propitious occasion to rethink the relationship between the person and the economy that helps to overcome the short-circuit "of death that lives in all places and at all times ”. For this reason, we must join forces to create a new horizon of expectations where economic benefit is not the main objective, but rather the protection of human life. In this sense, it is urgent to consider a recovery model capable of generating new, more inclusive and sustainable solutions, aimed at the universal common good, fulfilling God's promise for all people. 

Particular consideration should be given to the need to reform the international debt "architecture", as an integral part of our common response to the pandemic, since the renegotiation of the debt burden of the countries most in need is a gesture that will help the peoples to develop, to have access to vaccines, health, education and employment. Such a gesture must be accompanied by the implementation of sound economic policies and by good administration that reaches the poorest.

I highlight the urgency of taking measures that allow access to external financing, through a new issuance of Special Drawing Rights, calling for greater solidarity between the Countries, which allows the funds to be used to promote and encourage economic development. and productive, so that everyone can get out of the current situation with the best chance of recovery.

None of this will be possible without a strong political will that has the courage to decide to change things, mainly priorities, so that it is not the poor who pay the highest cost for these dramas that are hitting our human family.

Wishing the best successes to the XXVII Ibero-American Summit, I assure you of my prayers for the meeting to be fruitful, and I invoke abundant divine blessings on all the participants and the peoples they represent.

From the Vatican, April 21, 2021