Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pope Francis: address to CELAM leadership

Pope Francis' Encyclical Lumen Fidei for summer reading lists

Pope Francis' Encyclical Lumen Fidei for summer reading lists

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Scores killed in Egypt's protests

Scores killed in Egypt's protestsThis protest is dangerous, he said, “because the [Muslim Brotherhood] are always threatening Christians.” He cited examples of attempts to burn down Churches, graffiti walls, as well as a recent incident of a woman whose Rosary, which hung on the rear-view mirror, was thrown from the car.

“But the price of freedom has to be paid,” 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pope brings message of hope to Varginha community

Pope brings message of hope to Varginha community

But it was his gestures that spoke louder than any of the words (that none of us could hear anyway): the universal thumbs-up sign of positivity and participation, the way he constantly touches his heart to indicate his closeness and affection, the joined hands of prayer, and the physicality and generosity of his embraces, the shy, almost self-effacing smile – and the eyes that widen with curiosity and recognition, leaving people feeling that not only has the Pope seen them – but that they too are important. I almost forgot. Distracted as we were by all this joy and excitement of the Pope’s visit to Varginha, many of us missed witnessing a sort of minor miracle.
Yes, the rain stopped… Well, for about ten minutes, at least.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Part 1: A Vatican scientist

(Vatican Radio) “We announce with joy that Pope Francis has had lunch with the Jesuit community of the Vatican Observatory. We are deeply moved!” This was the first of a series of messages posted on Twitter on Sunday by Jesuit astronomers of Castel Gandolfo – first in Italian and then in English, Spanish and French. The Vatican Observatory has its headquarters in the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo, while the Pontifical Palace, directly above the apartment of the Pope, continues to host the domes with telescopes. But the observations for some time have been being made at the new research centre, the Vatican Observatory Research Group (VORG), located in the United States, in Tucson, at the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Volhynia massacre

Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Volhynia massacre
Vatican City, 14 July 2013 (VIS) – Following Sunday's Angelus, the Pope commemorated the massacres of Volhynia in June 1943, a tragic episode during the Second World War in which tens of thousands of people lost their lives. He said, “I join in prayer with the prelates and faithful of the Church in Ukraine, gathered in the cathedral of Lutsk for the Holy Mass of the souls of the deceased on the seventieth anniversary of the massacres at Volhynia. Those actions, provoked by nationalist ideology in the tragic context of the Second World War, claimed tens of thousands of victims and damaged the fraternity between the two peoples, the Polish and the Ukrainian. I entrust to the mercy of God the souls of the victims and, for their people, I ask the grace of profound reconciliation and of a peaceful future in hope and in sincere collaboration in building together the Kingdom of God”.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Apostolic Journey to Canada, Homily of John Paul II, 15 September 1984

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) the blood of the martyrs is the seed born Saints. Nine years after the Jesuit priest Father Isaac Jogues and Jean de Brebeuf was the native Huron and Iroquois tortured to death, a girl was born near the place of the martyrdom, in Auriesville, Nữu. She is the first native in North America was declared blessed. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, Iroquois was arrested and forced to do the Mohawk chief's wife, is the brave tribes and the most brutal in the five Nations.

When he was four years old, Kateri lost his parents and younger brother in the battle of epidemic that she, too, was almost blind and faces are distorted. She was an uncle brought about raising after he succeeded her father as Chief. He didn't like the monks A ¨ o Trai but he could not do was because of an agreement signed with France, forced to have the presence of monks in the village and Christians were arrested. Kateri enjoyed listening to the monks A ¨ o Trai theoretical lecture, but she notes that she will follow Catholicism. Indeed, when he was 19 years old, after rejecting the marriage of a young Mohawk, on Easter Sunday, she was baptized and took the name of Kateri (Catherine).

Now she's being treated like a slave. Because she didn't work on Sunday so she doesn't get food during the day. Living grace of her increasing rapidly. She told the missions that she often meditate on gratitude is high when being baptized. She is very impressed by the love which God for mankind and the dignity that where every one of the people. She is always in danger, because the back and her Holy life created intense opposition. On the advice of a priest, the other night, she escaped and walked 200 miles to a Catholic Indians in Sault St. Louis, near Montreal (Canada Ðại).

In three years, Kateri more Holiness under the guidance of a priest and a Mrs. Iroquoians. She consecrated herself to God through the hours of prayer, work, love and positive vegetarian siege themselves. From early in the morning she stood waiting at the mouth of the Church for the ceremony at 4 in the morning and stay there until the final Mass. She especially Eucharistic devotion and Jesus on the cross.

In 23 years, Kateri vows to keep herself Virgin, that's an extraordinary action of a female Indian, was the only living on the husband. She set a hut in the forest out to pray daily and slurs is to meet a man! The she swore to keep herself Virgin is an act on instinct, because she didn't know in the Church have approved life for women, it wasn't until she came to Montréal. Thereupon, she excited along with two centering founded a congregation, but the local priest had prevented her. Very humble, she accepted a "normal" life in which she fasting of their rigorous as to expiate for her nation.

On 7 April 1680, she died on the evening before Holy Thursday, the new twenty-four years. Witnesses said, at the time her face changing Hao Haidong niches and cheery as a healthy child. Wrinkles, even minor pitting on face also disappeared and a smile begins to bloom on her lips.

The Indians called her "Lily the Mohawk". National Kateri has helped shape the missionary Center for the Indians in the United States and Canada out of sight. Kateri was declared blessed in 1980.

Discussion we usually think of Holy life hampered by circumstances, and the estimated expenditure we have more time, at least be disturbed or opposition and be more healthy. Blessed Kateri have proved that development of Holiness, hatched on the cross, anywhere. However, he has what every Christian must needs, which is assisted by a congregation.

He has a good mother, the priest dedicated to help and you Christians. These conditions are called first, and the only results if determined to enforce the three ancient principles of Christianity are prayer, fasting and alms: connection with God through Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit, fix its people to overcome the suffering, and live in love for brothers and sisters.

Citation "I'm not lonely because I was consecrated to Jesus. He is my only love. I'm not afraid of a poor helpless condition for not marrying. All I need is a bit of food and some clothing. With the work I do, I will have what I need, and whatever leftovers I will for her children and the poor. If I were sick and unable to work, I will become more like Christ on the cross. He will bless me and help me. I sure like that. "

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

To die of hope

To die of hope
Pope Francis did Mass on the Island of Lampedusa, for the many refugees that die trying to escape from a situation that beyond there control.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei", to be published 5 July

The first paragraph grabs me with the reference to Jesus being the light of the world. To be expected I suppose. However the mention of the Pagan worship "the cult of the sun god, Sol Invictus," (Lumen Fidei 2013). The reference to the cult of sun worshiping reminds me of a conversation I had with my good friend Joe, God rest his soul. We were sitting outside discussing this same topic and were talking about the Son and since we were enjoying a few cold beers on a hot day we made the comparison with the sun and son and the light that illuminates. The differences between the physical and spiritual. 

Nietzsche is mentioned again in theology as an example of how easy it is even for a well educated person to lose the way and drift into darkness. The fleeting easy alternatives become an option that is more easily at tenable. the light of faith can indeed bring salvation to the suffering of humanity encompassing all of as as Pope Francis says it is "illuminating every aspect of human existence."

The light that comes from God is supernatural and is needed to brighten our journey in this difficult time in human history. We are facing numerous challenges on different fronts and disperetly need the light of God. Hope is what comes from faith and Pope Francis uses the analogy of Mother being this light and Jesus being Father....
to be continued..

Thursday, July 4, 2013

ASIA/SYRIA - A Catholic Belgian priest and a monastery are in the sights of the jihadists - Fides News Agency

ASIA/SYRIA - A Catholic Belgian priest and a monastery are in the sights of the jihadists - Fides News Agency

STRONG IMAGES: Information passed by groups linked to coverage of the civil war in Syria indicate that a Catholic priest would have been beheaded after capture by a group of jihadists in the city of Gassanieh, in the north. 
's death Franciscan priest François Murad on 23 June was confirmed by the news agency of the Vatican, but the limitations of journalism in the country prevent check the contents of a video available on the Internet at LiveLeak shows that a person who would Murad kneeling with hands tied and being beheaded with a knife kitchen. 
believed to be al-Nusra, a group linked to Al-Qaeda operative in the civil war in the country, is the group reponsável the murder, motivated by an alleged co Murad, the monastery Sumaan al-Amoudi, with the forces of regime of Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian civil war is now in his 27 months in duration, during which left more than 90,000 dead, according to UN estimates. Sources: , , Convento do Carmo, São Paulo, July 2nd 2013. DISCLOSURE: www.mensagensdofreipetroniodemiranda.blo; / olharjornalistico;; / olharjornalistico; www.facebook. com / olharjornalistico; / photos / avozdoscarmelitas; / olharjornalistico; / olharjornalistico;; / freipetronio; www.twitter. com / freipetronio;; / PetrosAntonio; ...

Twal: "I ask France to have a more political role" | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Twal: "I ask France to have a more political role" | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 report investigates the ways in which the management of land, water, minerals, forests and drugs 
are linked to instability and insecurity in Afghanistan .
Its aims are two-fold: first, to suggest ways that the 
government and the international community 
can maximise the peacebuilding opportunities 
that come from better natural resource management and, second, to encourage the international 
community to introduce safeguards in their existing 
projects to ensure they do not inadvertently exacerbate conflict