Thursday, April 29, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Friday, April 30, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 283
Reading I
Acts 13:26-33
When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:
 “My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
and those others among you who are God-fearing,
to us this word of salvation has been sent. 
The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,
and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets
that are read sabbath after sabbath. 
For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,
they asked Pilate to have him put to death,
and when they had accomplished all that was written about him,
they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb. 
But God raised him from the dead,
and for many days he appeared to those
who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. 
These are now his witnesses before the people.
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus,
as it is written in the second psalm,
    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.”
 Responsorial Psalm
2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab
R.    (7bc)  You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.
“I myself have set up my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
    The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
    this day I have begotten you.”
R.    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.
“Ask of me and I will give you
    the nations for an inheritance
    and the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall rule them with an iron rod;
    you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.”
R.    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.
And now, O kings, give heed;
    take warning, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him;
    with trembling rejoice.
R.    You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
R.    Alleluia.
Jn 14:6
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord;
no one comes to the Father except through me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jn 14:1-6
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. 
You have faith in God; have faith also in me. 
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.” 
Thomas said to him, 
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?” 
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through me.” 
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 30 : St. Pius V a Dominican Pope and Reformer who Helped the Poor and Died 1572

St. Pius V

Born:17 January 1504 at Bosco, diocese of Alessandria, Lombardy, Italy
Died:1 May 1572 in Rome, Italy
Canonized:22 May 1712 by Pope Clement XI
Patron of:Bosco Marengo, Italy
Born at Bosco, near Alexandria, Lombardy, 17 Jan., 1504 elected 7 Jan., 1566; died 1 May, 1572. Being of a poor though noble family his lot would have been to follow a trade, but he was taken in by the Dominicans of Voghera, where he received a good education and was trained in the way of solid and austere piety. He entered the order, was ordained in 1528, and taught theology and philosophy for sixteen years. In the meantime he was master of novices and was on several occasions elected prior of different houses of his order in which he strove to develop the practice of the monastic virtues and spread the spirit of the holy founder. He himself was an example to all. He fasted, did penance, passed long hours of the night in meditation and prayer, traveled on foot without a cloak in deep silence, or only speaking to his companions of the things of God. In 1556 he was made Bishop of Sutri by Paul IV. His zeal against heresy caused him to be selected as inquisitor of the faith in Milan and Lombardy, and in 1557 Paul II made him a cardinal and named him inquisitor general for all Christendom. In 1559 he was transferred to Mondovì, where he restored the purity of faith and discipline, gravely impaired by the wars of Piedmont. Frequently called to Rome, he displayed his unflinching zeal in all the affairs on which he was consulted. Thus he offered an insurmountable opposition to Pius IV when the latter wished to admit Ferdinand de' Medici, then only thirteen years old, into the Sacred College. Again it was he who defeated the project of Maximilian II, Emperor of Germany, to abolish ecclesiastical celibacy. On the death of Pius IV, he was, despite his tears and entreaties, elected pope, to the great joy of the whole Church.
He began his pontificate by giving large alms to the poor, instead of distributing his bounty at haphazard like his predecessors. As pontiff he practiced the virtues he had displayed as a monk and a bishop. His piety was not diminished, and, in spite of the heavy labours and anxieties of his office, he made at least two meditations a day on bended knees in presence of the Blessed Sacrament. In his charity he visited the hospitals, and sat by the bedside of the sick, consoling them and preparing them to die. He washed the feet of the poor, and embraced the lepers. It is related that an English nobleman was converted on seeing him kiss the feet of a beggar covered with ulcers. He was very austere and banished luxury from his court, raised the standard of morality, laboured with his intimate friend, St. Charles Borromeo, to reform the clergy, obliged his bishops to reside in their dioceses, and the cardinals to lead lives of simplicity and piety. He diminished public scandals by relegating prostitutes to distant quarters, and he forbade bull fights. He enforced the observance of the discipline of the Council of Trent, reformed the Cistercians, and supported the missions of the New World. In the Bull "In Coena Domini" he proclaimed the traditional principles of the Roman Church and the supremacy of the Holy See over the civil power.
But the great thought and the constant preoccupation of his pontificate seems to have been the struggle against the Protestants and the Turks. In Germany he supported the Catholics oppressed by the heretical princes. In France he encouraged the League by his counsels and with pecuniary aid. In the Low Countries he supported Spain. In England, finally, he excommunicated Elizabeth, embraced the cause of Mary Stuart, and wrote to console her in prison. In the ardour of his faith he did not hesitate to display severity against the dissidents when necessary, and to give a new impulse to the activity of the Inquisition, for which he has been blamed by certain historians who have exaggerated his conduct. Despite all representations on his behalf he condemned the writings of Baius, who ended by submitting.
He worked incessantly to unite the Christian princes against the hereditary enemy, the Turks. In the first year of his pontificate he had ordered a solemn jubilee, exhorting the faithful to penance and almsgiving to obtain the victory from God. He supported the Knights of Malta, sent money for the fortification of the free towns of Italy, furnished monthly contributions to the Christians of Hungary, and endeavoured especially to bring Maximilian, Philip II, and Charles I together for the defence of Christendom. In 1567 for the same purpose he collected from all convents one-tenth of their revenues. In 1570 when Solyman II attacked Cyprus, threatening all Christianity in the West, he never rested till he united the forces of Venice, Spain, and the Holy See. He sent his blessing to Don John of Austria, the commander-in-chief of the expedition, recommending him to leave behind all soldiers of evil life, and promising him the victory if he did so. He ordered public prayers, and increased his own supplications to heaven. On the day of the Battle of Lepanto, 7 Oct., 1571, he was working with the cardinals, when, suddenly, interrupting his work opening the window and looking at the sky, he cried out, "A truce to business; our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which He has just given the Christian army". He burst into tears when he heard of the victory, which dealt the Turkish power a blow from which it never recovered. In memory of this triumph he instituted for the first Sunday of October the feast of the Rosary, and added to the Litany of Loreto the supplication "Help of Christians". He was hoping to put an end to the power of Islam by forming a general alliance of the Italian cities Poland, France, and all Christian Europe, and had begun negotiations for this purpose when he died of gravel, repeating "O Lord, increase my sufferings and my patience!" He left the memory of a rare virtue and an unfailing and inflexible integrity. He was beatified by Clement X in 1672, and canonized by Clement XI in 1712.
(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

Pope Francis says Newly Beatified Venezuelan "Dr José Gregorio offers himself to us Christians and to all people of good will as an example of a believing disciple of Christ, who made the Gospel the criterion of his life..." FULL TEXT




[CARACAS, 30 APRIL 2021]

Dear Brothers in the Episcopate,

Dear Venezuelans,
Brothers all in the Lord,

I greet you with affection on the occasion of the beatification of the Venerable Doctor José Gregorio Hernández Cisneros. I know how eagerly you have been awaiting for so many years the moment when the Church would confirm something in which you firmly believed: that the people's doctor stands close to God, and that together with Nuestra Señora del Coromoto, he intercedes for his compatriots and for all of us. I confess to you that I have never met a Venezuelan, here in the Vatican, either in the square or in a private audience, who, halfway through the conversation, did not finally say to me: when will Gregorio be beatified? They carried it in their souls.  

 Well, now this wish is being fulfilled.

Dr José Gregorio offers himself to us Christians and to all people of good will as an example of a believing disciple of Christ, who made the Gospel the criterion of his life, sought his vocation, kept the commandments, participated daily in the Eucharist, devoted time to prayer and believed in eternal life, as a model of personal goodness and civic and religious virtues, of openness, of sensitivity in the face of pain, of modesty and humility in his professional life and practice, and also as a man who loved knowledge, research, science, at the service of health and teaching. He is a model of holiness committed to the defence of life, with the challenges of history and, in particular, as a paradigm of service to his neighbour, like a Good Samaritan, without excluding anyone. He is a man of universal service.

One of the most relevant and fascinating aspects of his personality was that of being a witness to going beyond himself to serve citizens. A service understood from the example that Christ left us during the Last Supper, when he began to wash the feet of his disciples and everyone because he loved everyone, even Judas, even though he knew that he would betray him. Jesus did not take revenge on anyone, he loved everyone.

And at this moment Jesus leaves a mandate to his disciples: wash one another's feet. It seems important to me to comment on "one another", because the Lord exhorts us not only to be active subjects of service, but also to have the humility to let others wash our feet. And what does this washing of each other's feet mean today, I wonder, for all of us, and specifically for you, who today are celebrating the beatification of this great washer of feet?

For example, it means welcoming each other, receiving each other, seeing the other as an equal, someone like me, without disdain. Not disregarding anyone. It is serving one another, being willing to serve, but also letting others help us, serve us. Helping and letting ourselves be helped. Another example is to forgive one another, because we must forgive and allow ourselves to be forgiven. To feel forgiven. Ultimately, to wash one another's feet is to love one another.

Sometimes we think that no one needs help, that we are autonomous, that we do not need anything, not even forgiveness. Don't we? We all need help, everyone. We all need forgiveness. Jesus said something very beautiful: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone” (Jn 8:7); whoever does not have something within him to repent for, let him accuse others. Sometimes we become a family - I am thinking for example of a household - of accusers of one another or a people of accusers of one another. This is not the path taught to us by the Blessed we are celebrating today, which is rather that of service, of listening to each other, and of forgiving each other and allowing ourselves to be forgiven.

The beatification of Dr José Gregorio takes place at a particular, difficult time for you. Like my brother bishops, I am well aware of the situation you are experiencing, and I am aware that your prolonged suffering and anguish have been aggravated by the terrible Covid-19 pandemic that is affecting us all. I am particularly mindful today of the many deaths, the many infected by the coronavirus who have paid with their lives for carrying out their duties in precarious conditions. This same pandemic, which today affects this great feast of faith of the beatification, and which reduces it, in order to avoid contagion for reasons of safety, of health, keeps us all at home, and it does not allow us to go out in the street to celebrate, to shout, no, because the pandemic is dangerous. And I accompany you in this - allow me to use the term - “pandemic" celebration, that is, a celebration with nothing, because of the pain of the pandemic. I also have in mind all those who have left the country in search of better living conditions, as well as those who are deprived of their freedom and those who lack the necessities of life. You are all fellow citizens of the Blessed, all of you. And you all have the same rights. I accompany you with love, all of you. And just as I know well the sufferings, I also know the faith and the great hopes of the Venezuelan people.

The beatification of Dr Hernández is a special blessing from God for Venezuela, and it invites us to convert to greater solidarity with one another, so that together we can give the response of common good so necessary for the country to be revived and reborn after the pandemic in a spirit of reconciliation. It is a grace that we must ask for: the spirit of reconciliation, because there are always problems in families, in cities, in society; there are people who look at each other sideways, who look at each other wrongly, and there is always a need for reconciliation, for the outstretched hand! And an outstretched hand is a good social investment.

Therefore, in the midst of all these difficulties, I ask all of you who love Dr José Gregorio so much, to follow his admirable example of selfless service to others. I sincerely believe that this moment of national unity, gathered around the figure of the people's doctor, is a special moment for Venezuela and it requires you to go further, to take real steps towards unity, without letting yourselves be overcome by despair.

Following the example of Dr José Gregorio, may you be able to recognise each other as equals, as brothers, as children of the same country. May you show your willingness to serve, and have sufficient humility to let yourselves be served, to help and let yourselves be helped, to forgive and let yourselves be forgiven. Don't forget: for each other, or as that old lady used to say, “all for one". Reciprocal, always. I pray to God for reconciliation and peace among Venezuelans. I would like to visit you. May public institutions always offer security and trust to all, and may the people of this beautiful land always find opportunities for human development and coexistence.

I pray, dear brothers and sisters, that the new Blessed will inspire, in particular, all leaders, all of them: trade unions, academics, politicians, businessmen, religious, and others, to make a serious effort to achieve unity. An old proverb says “either we save everyone, or nobody is saved”. The path is a joint one, it is for everyone. We seek the path of national unity, and this for the good of Venezuela. An operational unity in which everyone, with seriousness and sincerity, starting with mutual respect and recognition, putting the common good before any other interest, works for unity, peace and prosperity, so that the people can live with normality, productivity, democratic stability, security, justice and hope.

I pray that, all together, we recover that Venezuela in which all people know they have a place, in which everyone can find a future. And I ask the Lord that no external intervention may prevent you from travelling along this path of national unity. How I wish I could visit you, at least to show my accompaniment on this path. I pray to the Virgen de Caromoto, patroness of this beloved and beautiful Nation, and I pray to Blessed José Gregorio Hernández for all of you. And I ask you not to forget to pray for me. Onwards! All together, always, following the example of José Gregorio. Do not be discouraged. May God bless you and may the Virgin protect you.

Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office29 April 2021

Bishop-Elect Christian Carlassare is Recovering and Forgives the Gunmen who Shot him, "Please, let us be united in prayer. Let us be united with all our hearts, to uphold forgiveness in our community ..."

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare, of Rumbek, in South Sudan, sends a message of forgiveness and prayer. The Comboni Missionary Msgr. Christian Carlassare was shot in his legs by gunman who entered his residence. He is now recovering well in hospital. 
He said, “It will take some time for my legs to be able again to walk. But I assure you that I will be back and I will be with you. Please, let us be united in prayer. Let us be united with all our hearts, to uphold forgiveness in our community and to be able to seek for justice with the same heart of God. It is a merciful heart that can teach peace and can teach mercy.” 
During the night of April 25 to 26, 2021, he was attacked. 
He received medical care at the hospital of Rumbek, run by CUAMM - Doctors with Africa, then was transferred to Nairobi in Kenya for further care. He recorded a video message in English, addressed to the Rumbek Catholic community, posted on the Comboni Missionaries website, the bishop says: "I take this opportunity to greet each one of you, brothers and sisters in Rumbek. I am well and I am improving. It will take me some time to walk on my own legs again, but I am sure I will return to be with you. Please let us remain united in prayer and ready for forgiveness in our community. Seek justice with the same heart of God, that is, a merciful heart that can teach peace, mercy towards each person, because these values are present in the depths of the heart of each of us. Even if I am far away, I feel united with you, let us remain united in this process of reconciliation". 

Pope Francis Issues New "Motu Proprio" with Anti-Corruption Measures for Vatican Management - No Gifts over $49 for Employees - FULL TEXT

Pope Francis releases a Motu proprio requiring a declaration on the part of senior management and administrators that they are clear of convictions or investigations regarding terrorism, money laundering or tax evasion. They will also be prohibited from placing assets in tax havens or investing in companies whose principles are against the Church’s doctrine. All employees are prohibited from receiving gifts worth more than 40 euro. (VaticanNews excerpt)






Faithfulness in matters of little account is related, according to Scripture, to faithfulness in things of importance, just as being dishonest in things of little importance is related to being dishonest in things of importance (cf. Lk 16:10).

The Holy See, in adhering to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Merida Convention), has decided to conform to best practices for preventing and combating corruption in its various forms. Already with the Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio of 19 May 2020, entitled "Norms on Transparency, Control and Competition in Public Contracts of the Holy See and Vatican City State", fundamental safeguards were put in place to combat corruption in the area of public contracts. However, corruption can also occur in different ways and forms in sectors other than procurement, and this is why international regulations and best practices provide for special obligations of transparency for persons holding key positions in the public sector in order to prevent and combat, in every sector, conflicts of interest, patronage and corruption in general.

Considering that all those who work in the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, in the institutions linked to the Holy See, or which refer to it, and in the administrations of the Governorate of Vatican City State have a particular responsibility to put into practice the fidelity spoken of in the Gospel, by acting according to the principle of transparency and in the absence of any conflict of interest, I establish the following:

§1 In the General Regulations of the Roman Curia, after Article 13, the following article is inserted «Article 13bis.

§1 Persons employed or to be employed at functional levels C, C1, C2 and C3, including Cardinal Heads of Dicasteries or Heads of Institutions, as well as those with active jurisdictional administrative or control and supervisory functions as indicated in §2, including the persons referred to in articles 10, 11 and 13§1 of the present Regulations and 20 of the Regulations for lay management personnel of the Holy See and Vatican City State, must sign a declaration at the time of taking office or appointment and every two years, in which they certify that

a) that they have not been convicted of any criminal offence in the Vatican City State or abroad and that they have not benefited from any pardon, amnesty, pardon or other similar measure in relation to the same, or have been acquitted by prescription;

b) that he/she is not the subject of pending criminal proceedings or, as far as is known to the declarant, of investigations for offences of participation in a criminal organisation; corruption; fraud; terrorism or terrorism-related activities; laundering of proceeds of criminal activities; exploitation of minors, forms of trafficking in or exploitation of human beings, tax evasion or avoidance.

c) that he/she does not hold, even through a third party, cash or investments, including shares or interests of any kind in companies and businesses, in countries included in the list of jurisdictions with a high risk of money laundering or terrorist financing as identified by order of the Financial Intelligence and Surveillance Authority, unless the declarant or his/her relatives up to the third degree of kinship are resident in such countries or have established their domicile there for proven family, work or study reasons;

d) that all movable and immovable property owned or held by the declarant, or compensation of any kind received by the declarant, to the best of the declarant's knowledge, originates from lawful activities and does not constitute the proceeds or profit of crime;

e) not to hold, to the best of the declarant's knowledge, shareholdings or interests of any kind in companies or firms operating for purposes and in sectors contrary to the Social Doctrine of the Church;

f) not to hold, even through a third party, cash or investments, including shares or interests of any kind in companies and businesses, in countries included in the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes identified by order of the Secretariat for the Economy, unless the declarant or his/her relatives up to the third degree of kinship are resident in such countries or have established their domicile there for family, work or study reasons, and such assets have been declared to the competent tax authorities.

§2 Active administrative functions shall mean those involving participation in the procedures leading to the making of financial commitments of any kind by the institution. The judicial functions referred to in paragraph 1 are only those of a judicial nature. Paragraph 1 shall not apply to the support staff of control and supervisory bodies. By order of the Office of the Auditor General as anti-corruption authority, the offices and positions to which the declaration obligations under this paragraph apply are identified.

§3 The declaration referred to in paragraph 1 shall be kept by the Secretariat for the Economy in the personal file of the declarant. A copy shall be forwarded to the Secretariat of State as far as it is competent.

§4 Where it has reasonable grounds, the Secretariat for the Economy may carry out checks on the veracity of the declarations submitted, making use of the competent bodies of the Holy See or of the Vatican City State.

§5 Without prejudice to cases of criminal liability, failure to make a declaration or making a declaration that is false or untrue constitutes a serious disciplinary offence within the meaning of Article 76, §1, no. 2) and entitles the Holy See to claim for any damage suffered”.

§2 In Article 40, paragraph 1, of the General Regulations of the Roman Curia, the following letter is inserted after letter m): "n) accepting or soliciting, for themselves or for persons other than the Institution in which they work, by reason or on the occasion of their office, gifts, presents or other benefits of a value greater than forty euros”.

§3 The Governorate of Vatican City State, the Courts of Vatican City State and the Entities included in the list referred to in Article 1§1 of the Statute of the Council for the Economy to whom the General Regulations of the Roman Curia are not applicable must amend their personnel regulations in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 within ninety days of the entry into force of this Motu Proprio. 

I decree that what has been established shall have immediate, full and stable effect, notwithstanding any incompatible provisions, and that this Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio be published in "L'Osservatore Romano" of 29 April 2021 and subsequently in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

Given in Rome, at Saint Peter's, on 26 April 2021, the ninth year of my Pontificate.


Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office29 April 2021