Mother Who Refused Cancer Treatment to Save Her Unborn Son’s Life Gives Birth to Healthy Baby

Few things compare to a mother’s sacrificial love for her child. British mom Emma Johns displayed this ultimate act of love recently when she gave up her cancer treatments to protect her unborn son’s life. The Daily Mail reports Johns was first diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, just one year after she and her husband, Matt, got married. The news and the disease were devastating, but the couple said they worked hard to stay positive and make the most of life. As her treatment continued, doctors found more problems:…

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Historic shrine vandalized in Spain

Vandals broke into the shrine of Santa Margarida de Vinyoles in Les Llosses, Catalonia, and destroyed chandeliers, vases, and other objects. The vandals also poured an oily substance onto the shrine’s stairs and walls, painted anarchist symbols in the interior, and painted the words “no God, no fatherland, no king” above the altar. The shrine of Santa Margarida de Vinyoles dates from the 13th century, and the current chapel was built in 1854, during a cholera epidemic.

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Reading for Thursday, Third Week of Easter. Liturgical Colour: white 🔦First Reading : (Acts 8: 26-40) 🔦Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 66: 8-9, 16-17, 20) 🎙Gospel: ( John 6: 44-51)

First Reading : (Acts 8: 26-40) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 66: 8-9, 16-17, 20) Gospel: ( John 6: 44-51)   First Reading : (Acts 8: 26-40) Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying: Arise, go towards the south, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem into Gaza: this is desert. And rising up, he went. And behold a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures, had come to Jerusalem to adore. And he was…

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Catholic and Anglican archbishops to play historic joint role in Ireland’s first beatification

The first beatification ceremony to be held in Ireland will take place in Dublin on May 13. Fr John Sullivan, a Jesuit famed for his devotion to the poor and sick and for the efficacy of his prayers, will be beatified at the Jesuit Gardiner Street church where he is buried. In an unprecedented gesture, the formal request for beatification will be made by Anglican as well as Catholic archbishops. This is because Fr Sullivan was raised Anglican before converting to Catholicism. During the Mass, a large portrait of Fr…

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General Audience: Pope recalls journey to Egypt

Departing from his series of Wednesday general audiences on Christian hope, Pope Francis devoted his May 3 address in St. Peter’s Square to his recent apostolic journey to Egypt. “My meeting with the Grand Imam, and my message to the International Conference for Peace, recalled that peace is the fruit of an education to wisdom and a humanism that respects the religious dimension of our existence,” the Pope said. “Our covenant with God, grounded in the commandment of love of God and neighbor, inspires our efforts to build a just…

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Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with charismatics and Pentecostals

To mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and celebrate Pentecost, Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome. The Pope will lead a prayer vigil on June 3, the eve of Pentecost, at Rome’s Circus Maximus, an open field that was the site of an ancient Roman stadium used for chariot races. Participants will join the Pope the next morning for Pentecost Mass in St Peter’s Square. In 2014, Pope Francis had invited charismatics and Pentecostals…

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St Padre Pio relics to tour the United States

Relics of St. Padre Pio will soon be touring the United States, with stops at a number of dioceses during a two-part tour later this year. The relics will be on display for veneration between Masses at cathedrals across America from May 6-21 and again From September 16 – October 1 this year. The tour is taking place to commemorate the 130th anniversary of Padre Pio’s birth, and the 15th anniversary of his canonization. It is being sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation, which works to promote awareness of the…

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