Pope pays to rent beach space for disabled young people

The papal almsgiver has made a donation, in the name of Pope Francis, to cover the annual rent for a beach area near Rome used by disabled youths. The Madonnina, an association that runs the beach establishment near Rome without barriers for the disabled, in a statement Tuesday announced the donation for the area just outside the town of Fiumicino. No money figure was cited. Past charity initiatives by Pope Francis have included day-trips to the beach for homeless people. Meanwhile, Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people¬†he is coming…

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Reading for Wednesday, Easter Weekday. Liturgical Colour: white ūüĒ¶First Reading : (Acts 5: 17-26) ūüĒ¶Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9) ūüéôGospel: (John 3: 16-21)

First Reading¬†: (Acts 5: 17-26) Responsorial Psalm: ¬†(Psalms 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9) Gospel: (John 3: 16-21)   First Reading¬†: (Acts 5: 17-26) Then the high priest rising up, and all they that were with him, (which is the heresy of the Sadducees,) were filled with envy. And they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But an angel of the Lord by night opening the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said: Go, and standing speak in the temple to the people…

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Regina Coeli

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia. For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia. Has risen as He said. Alleluia. Pray for us to God. Alleluia. V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia. R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia. Let us pray O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of…

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The Pontiff shuns bullet-proof vehicle for visit to Egypt despite recent attacks ‚ÄúThe Pope will use a closed car to move around, but not an armoured one," said Greg Burke, the Vatican spokesman. ‚ÄúThat's how he wanted it.‚ÄĚ

The Holy Father has chosen not to travel in a bullet-proof vehicle for his first trip to Egypt this week, despite a recent spate of terrorist attacks targeting the country‚Äôs Christians. The Pope will fly from Rome to Cairo on Friday for a two-day visit intended to build on inter-faith dialogue with Muslim leaders and to show solidarity with beleaguered Christian communities in the Middle East. Despite his vulnerability as a potential terrorist target, the Pope will not travel through the streets of Cairo in an armoured vehicle, the Vatican…

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Pope Francis is visiting Egypt as ‚Äėmessenger of peace‚Äô Pope Francis says he hopes the pilgrimage will be ‚Äúan embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East.‚ÄĚ

Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a ‚Äúmessenger of peace.‚ÄĚ In a videotaped message in Italian released by the Vatican on Tuesday, Pope Francis says he hopes the pilgrimage will be ‚Äúan embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East.‚ÄĚ Twin bombings of Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday killed 44 people. Francis departs for Cairo on Friday and returns on Saturday. He wished the ‚Äúdear people of Egypt‚ÄĚ peace and…

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Pope Francis to visit graves of two 20th century Italian priests

Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage June 20 to visit the graves of two 20th century Italian priests in the towns of Bozzolo and Bariana, the Vatican announced Monday. Fr. Lorenzo Milani and Fr. Primo Mazzolari both have reputations for being anti-establishment, though they were obedient to the Church throughout their lives. The Pope’s visit to their graves will take place in a ‚Äúprivate and unofficial manner,‚ÄĚ the April 24 communique stated. The pilgrimage takes place in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Fr. Milani, who lived…

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Pope’s audience with Liechtenstein‚Äôs monarch

Pope Francis received Prince Hans Adam II and Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein on April 22. Prince Hans Adam II is the nation‚Äôs head of state, while Hereditary Prince Alois, as regent, has been given day-to-day governance responsibilities. During their conversation with the Pope, and their subsequent conversation with officials of the Secretariat of State, ‚Äúthe good bilateral relations between the Holy See and Liechtenstein were evoked, and the historic role of the Catholic Church and the positive contribution she continues to offer to the life of the country were…

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