HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH (5TH) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A (4). HOMILY THEME: THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD.

HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH (5TH) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A  (4). HOMILY THEME: THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. By: Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka   HOMILY: On this 5th Sunday of Easter, in a special way, the Church reminds us of who we are: “The chosen race and the royal priesthood, who would be and reign with Christ. Today we have gathered to exercise our royal priesthood by offering a spiritual sacrifice as Christ did. In today’s first reading, the drama that unfolded led to the election of seven deacons in order to take care of the…

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HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH (5TH) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A (3) HOMILY THEME: ABSOLUTELY JESUS.

HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH  (5TH) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A  (3) HOMILY THEME: ABSOLUTELY JESUS. By: Fr. Mike Lagrimas   HOMILY: John 14:1-12 A lawyer placed this sign on his door: “Where there is a will, there is a way; where there is a way, there is law; where there is law, there is a rule; where there is a rule, there is a loophole; where there is a loophole, there is a lawyer. Welcome!” Do we know what the purpose of our life is? What are we here for? Archbishop…

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Reading for Fifth Sunday of Easter, year A. Liturgical Colour: white First Reading : (Acts 6: 1-7) ?Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 33: 1-2, 4-5, 18-19 (22)) ? Second Reading : (1 Peter 2: 4-9)

First Reading : (Acts 6: 1-7) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 33: 1-2, 4-5, 18-19 (22))  Second Reading : (1 Peter 2: 4-9) Gospel: ( John 14: 7-14)   First Reading : (Acts 6: 1-7) And in those days, the number of the disciples increasing, there arose a murmuring of the Greeks against the Hebrews, for that their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve calling together the multitude of the disciples, said: It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye…

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Pope departs Portugal after canonization of the two “shepherds”

Pope Francis left Portugal on Saturday after canonising two shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in the Portuguese town of Fatima, a major pilgrimage site for Catholics. The canonization of the two “shepherds ” was full of emotion, especially at the end of the ceremony, where in a procession they they took the image of Our Lady to the place of the apparitions. Among the closing songs, the pilgrims that were present waved white handkerchiefs as a gesture of farewell to Our Lady. Pope Francis…

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Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo appointed as the apostolic nuncio to Ireland

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (60) to the role of apostolic nuncio to Ireland , the first African priest to ever hold the diplomatic role in Ireland. The news was welcomed by Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, “I warmly welcome the appointment by his Holiness Pope Francis of Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, and I wish him many blessings in his new role”. The position of Apostolic Nuncio is the papacy’s diplomatic representative in Ireland. “Archbishop Okolo’s rich experience in the diplomatic service…

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HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH (5th) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A (2) HOMILY THEME: THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH (5th) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A (2) HOMILY THEME: THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE By: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: As I was preparing for this fifth Sunday of Easter, the first thing that came to my mind was an experience I had as a child that still linger in my memory. I remembered when we trekked for mass in an out station on a distant location. One Sunday after the mass I disappeared in the crowd. My parents and my older siblings searched for…

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HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH (5th) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A (1) HOMILY THEME: VIA, VERITAS, VITA

HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH (5th) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A HOMILY THEME: VIA, VERITAS, VITA  By: Fr. Gerald Musa HOMILY: People in the world today are frantically searching for the right way, for the ultimate truth, and an improved life quality. Therefore, there are three fundamental questions that rent the air. How can we move forward? How can we uphold truth and integrity? How can we improve the quality of life? Just imagine a man having the gumption to declare himself as the way, the truth and the life. Please note…

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Francisco and Jacinta have officially been declared saints!

Pope Francis on Saturday officially declared Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints of the Catholic Church in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at Fatima, Portugal – teaching us that even young children can become saints. “For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of…

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Pope at Fatima: Homily for Canonization Mass

The highlight of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Fatima is the canonization Mass this Saturday morning, during which the two shepherd children, Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta are being declared saints in heaven. During his homily the Pope said, “we can take as our examples Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, whom the Virgin Mary introduced into the immense ocean of God’s light and taught to adore him.” Below find the English translation of the Pope’s Homily Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Holy Mass, Basilica of Our Lady of the…

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