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Pope Francis announces that he will Canonise Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio in October

Pope Francis announced this morning, 19 July 2018, during an Ordinary Public Consistory that he will canonise an additional person on October 14 along with Blessed Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero.

It is fitting that Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio, who died at the age of 19, be canonised during the Synod whose theme is Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.   Now with the addition of Blessed Nunzio, the canonisation will include people from every walk of life:  clerical, religious and lay.

Blessed Nunzio was born in Pescosansonesco in Italy in April of 1817.   He lost both of his parents while still a child and was brought up by an uncle.   His uncle exploited him, not allowing him to go to school and forced him to work in his blacksmith shop.   Regardless of extreme cold or intense heat, he was forced to carry enormous weights over great distances.   Nunzio_Sulprizio.svg_-e1528562206450

He found refuge before the Tabernacle where he would keep Jesus company.
After contracting gangrene in one of his legs, he was sent to a hospital for people with incurable diseases in Naples.   He suffered tremendously on account of the pain.   Yet, he is known to have said such things as:

Jesus suffered so much for us and by His merits we await eternal life.   If we suffer a little bit, we will taste the joy of paradise.
Jesus suffered a lot for me.   Why should I not suffer for Him?
I would die in order to convert even one sinner.
When asked who was taking care of him, he would respond:  “God’s Providence”.

Once he got better, he dedicated himself to helping other patients.   But his health took a sudden turn for the worse.   He died from bone cancer in May of 1836 before he reached his 20th birthday.

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Pope Paul VI said the following when he Beatified Nunzio on 1 December 1963:

Nunzio Sulprizio will tell you that the period of youth should not be considered the age of free passions, of inevitable falls, of invincible crises, of decadent pessimism, of harmful selfishness.   Rather, he will rather tell you how being young is a grace… St Philip used to repeat:   Blessed are you, young people, who have the time to do good.   

It is a grace, it is a blessing to be innocent, to be pure, to be happy, to be strong, to be full of ardour and life – just like those who receive the gift of fresh and new existence should be, regenerated and sanctified by baptism.   They receive a treasure that should not be foolishly wasted but should be known, guarded, educated, developed and used to produce fruit for their own benefit and that of others.   

He will tell you that no other age than yours, young people, is as suitable for great ideals, for generous heroism, for the coherent demands of thought and action.   

He will teach you how you young people can regenerate the world in which Providence has called you to live and how it is up to you first to consecrate yourselves for the salvation of a society that needs strong and fearless souls.   

He will teach you that the supreme word of Christ is to be the sacrifice, the cross, for our own salvation and that of the world.   Young people understand this supreme vocation. (vaticannews.va)

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Marian thought for the Day – 21 May 2018 “Mary’s Month!” – The First Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

Marian thought for the Day – 21 May 2018 “Mary’s Month!” – The First Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

“Mary Mother of the Church, Mater Ecclesiae

our new Universal Memorial today!mary-mother-of-the-church-21 nov 2017

Blessed Pope Paul VI explicitly proclaimed Mary Mother of the Church and asked that she be honoured and invoked with this title by all the Christian people.

The title “Mother of the Church” thus reflects the deep conviction of the Christian faithful, who see in Mary not only the mother of the person of Christ but also of the faithful.   She who is recognised as mother of salvation, life and grace, mother of the saved and mother of the living, is rightly proclaimed Mother of the Church.

Pope Paul VI would have liked the Second Vatican Council itself to have proclaimed “Mary Mother of the Church, that is, of the whole People of God, of the faithful and their Pastors”.   He did so himself in his speech at the end of the Council’s third session (21 November 1964), also asking that “henceforth the Blessed Virgin be honoured and invoked with this title by all the Christian people” (AAS 1964, 37).

In this way, my venerable Predecessor explicitly enunciated the doctrine contained in chapter eight of Lumen gentium, hoping that the title of Mary, Mother of the Church, would have an ever more important place in the liturgy and piety of the Christian people.” – St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

“We need to meditate frequently on the fact that the Church is a deep, great mystery, so that we never forget it.   We cannot fully understand the Church on this earth.   If men, using only their reason, were to analyse it, they would see only a group of people who abide by certain precepts and think in a similar way.   But that would not be the Church.

In the Church we Catholics find our faith, our norms of conduct, our prayer, our sense of fraternity.   Through it we are united with all our brothers and sisters who have already left this life and are being cleansed in Purgatory—the Church suffering—and with those who already enjoy the beatific vision and love forever the thrice holy God—the Church triumphant.   The Church is in our midst and at the same time transcends history.   It was born under the mantle of our Lady and continues to praise her on earth and in heaven as its Mother (“The Supernatural Aim of the Church,” 28 May 1972).

If we become identified with Mary and imitate her virtues, we will be able to bring Christ to life, through grace, in the souls of many who will in turn become identified with him through the action of the Holy Spirit.   If we imitate Mary, we will share in some way in her spiritual motherhood.   And all this silently, like Our Lady; without being noticed, almost without words, through the true and genuine witness of our lives as Christians, and the generosity of ceaselessly repeating her fiat, which we renew as an intimate link between ourselves and God.” – St Josemaria Escrivá (1902-1975) – Friends of God, 281-283

“….We have spoken about Mary, about Jesus. What about us?   We who are the Church? What kind of love do we bring to others?   Is it the love of Jesus that shares, that forgives, that accompanies, or is it a watered-down love, like wine so diluted that it seems like water?   Is it a strong love, or a love so weak that it follows the emotions, that it seeks a return, an interested love?   Another question: is self-interested love pleasing to Jesus? No, it is not because love should be freely given, like His is.   What are the relationships like in our parishes, in our communities?   Do we treat each other like brothers and sisters?   Or do we judge one another, do we speak evil of one another, do we just tend our own vegetable patch? Or do we care for one another?   These are the questions of charity!

And briefly, one last aspect:  Mary as the model of union with Christ.
The life of the Holy Virgin was the life of a woman of her people:  Mary prayed, she worked, she went to the synagogue…  But every action was carried out in perfect union with Jesus.   This union finds its culmination on Calvary, here Mary is united to the Son in the martyrdom of her heart and in the offering of his life to the Father for the salvation of humanity.   Our Lady shared in the pain of the Son and accepted with Him the will of the Father, in that obedience that bears fruit, that grants the true victory over evil and death.

The reality Mary teaches us, is very beautiful:  to always be united with Jesus.   We can ask ourselves:  do we remember Jesus only when something goes wrong and we are in need, or is ours a constant relation, a deep friendship, even when it means following him on the way of the Cross?

Let us ask the Lord to grant us His grace, His strength, so that the model of Mary, Mother of the Church, may be reflected in our lives and in the life of every ecclesial community. So be it!”...Pope Francis 23 October 2013

Mary, Mater Ecclesiae, Mother of the Church

Pray for the Universal Church, pray for us all!mary mater ecclesiae - mother of the church - pray for us - 21 may 2018

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18 May – St Pope John Paul’s Birthday

On the Anniversary of the Birth of St John Paul, Karol Wojtyla, we send him our love and ask for his intercession.

Vatican Official Prayer to St John Paul II

Oh, St John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing!
Bless the church that you loved and served and guided,
courageously leading it along the paths of the world,
in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus.
Bless the young, who were your great passion.
Help them dream again, help them look up high again,
to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.
May you bless families, bless each family!
You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious
and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth.
St John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family
and every life that blossoms from the family.
Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions,
wars and injustice.
You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love:
pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.
Oh St John Paul, from heaven’s window,
where we see you next to Mary,
send God’s blessing down upon us all.
Amenprayer to st john paul - birthday today 18 may 2018

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Wishing our Holy Father Emeritus Papa Benedict XVI a Blessed 91st Birthday! 16 April 2018

Wishing our Holy Father Emeritus Papa Benedict XVI a Blessed 91st Birthday!
16 April 2018

Greatly beloved Papa Benedict
We send you all our Love
and our Prayers
on your 91st Birthdayhappy birthday papa benedict - 16 april 2018 - 91st birthday

He plans to spend his birthday in private, in the Vatican Gardens, with his brother Georg, who is 94.

Just like last year, he will most likely celebrate the day in a Bavarian style, which will remind him of the tastes of his land.

Throughout this year, Benedict has found all the rumours about his delicate health quite humorous.   He even wrote a letter to an Italian newspaper to thank them for paying so much attention to him.

Past recent birthdays have seen Benedict celebrate the day with a pint of beer.

His personal secretary, long-time aide and prelate of the Vatican Household, ArchBishop Georg Gaenswein, said “Certainly, his physical strength is lessening. It’s hard for him to walk.   However, he uses a walker, which ensures autonomy in movement and safety,” the aide said.

The rhythm of Benedict’s retirement in a monastery on Vatican City grounds consists of “prayer, meditation, reading, study, correspondence,” Gaenswein said. “He has visitors, too.   Music certainly still has its place, together with a daily walk.”happy 91st birthday papa benedict - 16 april 2018

 

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The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions April 2018

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions
April 2018

For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters

That economists may have the courage
to reject, any economy of exclusion
and know how to open new paths.HOLY FATHER'S PRAYER INTENTIONS APRIL 2018

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5 March 2018 – The Fifth Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

5 March 2018 – The Fifth Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Congratulations on your Fifth Anniversary
Pope Francis! – 13 March 2018

Pope Francis: five years, five important gestures

The writings and homilies of a pope indicate much about his papacy.   Also his international presence and work within the Vatican demonstrate a large part of his mission.

Thus, Pope Francis’ actions transmit a more direct message than any encyclical ever could.   It is in this “encyclical of gestures” that the richness of his papacy lies.

1 – THE LEAST

From the first minute of his pontificate, he made it clear that the sick or poor have priority in every public meeting.   As an example, he has eaten lunch with them several times and some of his hugs with the sick have gone viral.

2 – WOMEN

Pope Francis was the first pope to visit a female prison.   He also washed the feet of several inmates on Holy Thursday and visited ex-prostitute victims of the mafia.   He has firmly denounced labour abuse and sexual exploitation, especially facing women.

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“Today I apologize to all of you.   For all the Christians, Catholics, who have abused you.”

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“None of us is a ‘thing.’   We are all people.”

To him, the sensibility of women and motherhood are two key elements that he asks both the Church and the world to rediscover.   He says we must give women a greater role in the Church but this does not mean ordaining female priests or deacons.

3 – DESTROY WALLS, BUILD BRIDGES

This is one of his most political gestures but it sends a very Christian message.

During his visit to Bethlehem, the pope surprised the crowds by getting off the popemobile and praying before the wall built by Israel.

Something similar happened in Mexico when he prayed at the border that lines with the United States.   These are two places with different problems but both symbolise the great lack of dialogue that the pontiff is constantly calling out.

4 – SIMPLICITY

Pope Francis impacted the world by his simplicity.   He presented himself to the world without boasting, nor did he try to hide his weaknesses that have come with age.   He wears orthopaedic shoes and had to buy new ones in 2016.   To do so, he went to a normal business outside the Vatican.   It was the same when buying his glasses, which he bought like any citizen from an optician in the centre of Rome.

5 – CLOSENESS

This is a gesture composed of hundreds of small actions, which are performed every week when he lets youngsters take a selfie with him, when he drinks mate or when he jokes with those he meets.

They are the small, but continuous daily gestures that crown him as one of the most-valued people in the world.

The latest poll conducted by Gallup International reveals that Pope Francis is the most-esteemed world leader, with 56 percent acceptance, seven points more than the second in the ranking:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel… RomeReportshappy 5th anniversary - 13 march 2018

Let us pray:

Prayer for Pope Francis

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful,
look favourably on Your servant Francis,
whom You have set 
at the head of Your Church as her shepherd;

Grant, we pray, that by word and example
he may be of service to those over whom he presides
so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
he may come to everlasting life.

Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father, Pope Francis
under the protection of Your Sacred Heart.
Be his light, his strength and his consolation.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.prayer for pope francis - 5th anniversary - 13 march 2018

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Pope Francis institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of the Church

Pope Francis institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of the Church

Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

DECREE
on the celebration
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mother of the Church
in the General Roman Calendar

The joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on his nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman (cf. Gal 4:4), the Virgin Mary, who is both the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church.

In some ways this was already present in the mind of the Church from the premonitory words of Saint Augustine and Saint Leo the Great.   In fact the former says that Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she co-operated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church, while the latter says that the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church.   These considerations derive from the divine motherhood of Mary and from her intimate union in the work of the Redeemer, which culminated at the hour of the cross.

Indeed, the Mother standing beneath the cross (cf. Jn 19:25), accepted her Son’s testament of love and welcomed all people in the person of the beloved disciple as sons and daughters to be reborn unto life eternal.   She thus became the tender Mother of the Church which Christ begot on the cross handing on the Spirit.   Christ, in turn, in the beloved disciple, chose all disciples as ministers of his love towards his Mother, entrusting her to them so that they might welcome her with filial affection.

As a caring guide to the emerging Church, Mary had already begun her mission in the Upper Room, praying with the Apostles while awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14).   In this sense, in the course of the centuries, Christian piety has honoured Mary with various titles, in many ways equivalent, such as Mother of Disciples, of the Faithful, of Believers, of all those who are reborn in Christ and also as “Mother of the Church” as is used in the texts of spiritual authors as well as in the Magisterium of Popes Benedict XIV and Leo XIII.

Thus the foundation is clearly established by which Blessed Paul VI, on 21 November 1964, at the conclusion of the Third Session of the Second Vatican Council, declared the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Mother of the Church, that is to say of all Christian people, the faithful as well as the pastors, who call her the most loving Mother” and established that “the Mother of God should be further honoured and invoked by the entire Christian people by this tenderest of titles”.

Therefore the Apostolic See on the occasion of the Holy Year of Reconciliation (1975), proposed a votive Mass in honour of Beata Maria Ecclesiæ Matre, which was subsequently inserted into the Roman Missal.   The Holy See also granted the faculty to add the invocation of this title in the Litany of Loreto (1980) and published other formularies in the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1986).   Some countries, dioceses and religious families who petitioned the Holy See were allowed to add this celebration to their particular calendars.

Having attentively considered how greatly the promotion of this devotion might encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety, Pope Francis has decreed that the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on the Monday after Pentecost and be now celebrated every year.

This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God.

The Memorial therefore is to appear in all Calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of Mass and of the Liturgy of the Hours.   The relative liturgical texts are attached to this decree and their translations, prepared and approved by the Episcopal Conferences, will be published after confirmation by this Dicastery.

Where the celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, is already celebrated on a day with a higher liturgical rank, approved according to the norm of particular law, in the future it may continue to be celebrated in the same way.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 11 February 2018, the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes.

Robert Card. Sarah
Prefect

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Happiness is……Soon to be St Pope Paul VI, Cardinals approve miracle

Yesterday 7 February 2018, the Vatican Congregation recognised the healing of an unborn child. Pope Francis’ final decision and announcement of canonisation day is the last step

Paul VI will be canonised soon.   The meeting of the bishops and cardinals of the Congregation of Saints unanimously approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Giovanni Battista Montini.   Now the only thing missing, is Pope Francis’ final signature of approval and the announcement of the date for the canonisation of the Pontiff from Brescia who died in Castel Gandolfo forty years ago.

The miracle needed for Paul VI’s aureole concerns the healing of an unborn child, in the fifth month of pregnancy.   A case studied by the postulation in 2014. The mother, originally from the province of Verona, was carrying out a difficult pregnancy and was at risk of miscarriage for a disease that could have compromised the life of the fetus and mother.   A few days after Pope Montini’s beatification, which took place in Rome on Sunday 19 October 2014, the woman went to Brescia to pray the new Blessed at the Santuario delle Grazie. The baby girl was born in good health and still is as is the mother.

The miracle had been studied by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.   The inexplicability of the healing had been decided upon last year by the Medical Council of the Department and then analysed and approved by theologians.   The last step was today’s cardinal meeting, which took note of the doctors’ conclusions and theologians’ evaluations.   Now the Cardinal Prefect, Angelo Amato, will bring the bishops’ and cardinals’ ballot to Pope Francis.   He will have the final word on the matter.   The Holy Father will announce -during a consistory- the date of Paul VI’ canonisation, which will probably be celebrated in Rome in October, during the Synod of young people.

Last December, the diocesan weekly magazine of Brescia speculated on potential dates, “At this point, we are more sure than hopeful.  The month of October could be the right one. From 3 to 28 October in Rome the 15th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on young people will be celebrated and will converge in the Vatican prelates from all over the world.   What better opportunity to canonise, in front of such a great number of Bishops, the other Pontiff – after Saint John XXIII – of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council?   It will probably occur on one of the first three Sundays of October, though the most popular one today seems to be that of 21th”.

However, the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical, Humanae Vitae, is on 25 July this year (25 July 1968) – this too could be a very appropriate date.

Pope Montini, born in 1897 and died in 1978, was the Pontiff who brought the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council to completion and succeeded in concluding it practically with the unanimous approval of the documents voted.   He began the epoch of apostolic travels in the world, he went through the years of post-conciliar crisis.   The day he was beatified, Francis, who often refers to Montini’s Magisterium, had said, “On this day of the beatification of Pope Paul VI, his words return to my mind, with which launched the Synod of Bishops, … By carefully surveying the signs of the times, we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods to the growing needs of our time and the changing conditions of society”.

Pope Francis had thanked Paul VI for his “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church! “ and had recalled that “the great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, after the closing of the Council meeting, wrote:  “Perhaps the Lord has called me and preserved me for this service not because I am particularly fit for it, or so that I can govern and rescue the Church from her present difficulties, but so that I can suffer something for the Church and in that way it will be clear that He, and no other, is her guide and saviour”.   In this humility – Francis concluded – “the grandeur of Blessed Paul VI shines forth:  before the advent of a secularised and hostile society, he could hold fast, with farsightedness and wisdom – and at times alone – to the helm of the barque of Peter, while never losing his joy and his trust in the Lord”.

I love you, nearly Saint Paul VI, please pray for the universal Church and for the whole world!blessed pope paul vi - pray for us.2