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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 2018 STATISTICS.

Catholics Striving for Holiness

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 2018 STATISTICS.

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CHURCH’S 2018 STATS SHOWS US THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN 1.2 BILLION CATHOLICS, 414K PRIESTS 116K MAJOR SEMINARIANS, 66 MILLION STUDENTS, 5,287 HOSPITALS (without including the dispensaries, leprosaria, homes for the elderly or chronically ill…making the Church the largest health care provider and charitable institution in the world). Lord, send us holy, faithful and apostolic laborers to your vineyard.

Below you have the complete report of the Information service of the Potifical Mission societies.

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Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – As every year, in view of World Mission Day, which this year celebrates its 92nd anniversary on Sunday, October 21, 2018, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s Book of Statistics” published (updated to 31 December…

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Announcing a Novena for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on 14 September

Announcing a Novena for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross on 14 Septemberannuncing a novena - exalatation of the cross

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This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century.   It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mount Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem but then had fallen into the hands of Chosroas, King of the Persians.   The precious relic was recovered and returned to Jerusalem by Emperor Heralius in 629.

The lessons from the Breviary tell us that Emperor Heraclius carried the Cross back to Jerusalem on his shoulders.   He was clothed with costly garments and with ornaments of precious stones.   But at the entrance to Mount Calvary a strange incident occurred. Try as hard as he would, he could not go forward. Zacharias, the Bishop of Jerusalem, then said to the astonished monarch:  “Consider, O Emperor, that with these triumphal ornaments you are far from resembling Jesus carrying His Cross.”   The…

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15th Sunday of O.T. (A): THE NECESSITY OF HAVING THE PROPER DISPOSITIONS TO RECEIVE GOD AND HIS WORD. Summary vid + full text.

Thank you Fr Rolly!

Catholics Striving for Holiness

15th Sunday of O.T. (A):
THE NECESSITY OF HAVING THE PROPER DISPOSITIONS TO RECEIVE GOD AND HIS WORD.
Summary vid + full text.

OUTLINE

  1. Summary of ideas of today’s readings
  2. The necessity of having the proper dispositions so that God’s grace would bear fruit in us.
  3. To accept Christ, hear His Word is not enough. It is necessary to put it into practice no matter the difficulties it may entail.

1. Summary of ideas of today’s readings

In the first reading (Is 55:10-11) rain is compared to the word that comes from the mouth of God which waters the earth making it fertile and causing the seed to germinate. God will fulfill his plan and bring it to its fruition through His Word, Our Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel which recounts the Parable of the sower (Mt 13: 1-23), God’s Word is compared to the seed which is sown by…

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