Pope’s missionary plea to nuns

Pope Francis has urged two orders of nuns to renew their commitment in passing on the love of God to others. During his Wednesday General Audience, the Pope greeted Italian communities from the Montfort Missionaries of the Company of Mary and the Perpetual Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, who are both in Rome for their General Chapters. Greeting the nuns at the end of the audience, Pope Francis said: “I urge them to renew their adhesion to their respective charisms of foundation to transmit the love and mercy of God…

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Pope Francis postpones Corpus Christi celebrations

Pope Francis has decided to postpone the annual Corpus Christi procession from June 15, when the feast is observed in Rome, until the following Sunday, June 18. On the feast of Corpus Christi the Pope traditionally leads a solemn Eucharistic procession through the streets of Rome, from the basilica of St. John Lateran to the basilica of St. Mary Major. The tradition of a Corpus Christi procession, with the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on a platform truck, was revived by St. John Paul II and continued by Popes Benedict…

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Reading for Friday, Fifth Week of Easter, Year A. Liturgical Colour: white ?First Reading : (Acts 15: 22-31) ?Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 57: 8-9, 10 and 12) ?Gospel: ( John 15: 12-17)

First Reading : (Acts 15: 22-31) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 57: 8-9, 10 and 12) Gospel: ( John 15: 12-17)   First Reading : (Acts 15: 22-31) Then it pleased the apostles and ancients, with the whole church, to choose men of their own company, and to send to Antioch, with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas, who was surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren. Writing by their hands: The apostles and ancients, brethren, to the brethren of the Gentiles that are at Antioch, and in Syria and Cilicia, greeting. For as…

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Palestinian President meets with Russian patriarch

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met recently in Moscow with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the largest of the Orthodox churches. “The preservation of the holy sites, which is part of your lofty responsibility, is something that we take to heart,” the patriarch told Abbas. “We welcome the significant changes taking place in Palestine with regard to the preservation and maintenance of the holy places.” The Russian government also announced it was spending $4 million to reconstruct an historic street in Bethlehem.

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Mexican priest incharge of anti-drug trafficking meets with Pope

Pope Francis, at his May 17 general audience in St. Peter’s Square, met briefly with Father Alejandro Solalinde, a Mexican priest who has worked to oppose the nation’s drug traffickers, who have placed a $1-million bounty on his head. Father Solalinde, a vocal opponent of police corruption, works with impoverished migrant youth in Ixtepec, in the southern part of Mexico. He estimates that drug-trafficking gangs murder 25,000 people in Mexico every year and have kidnapped 27,000 people in the last decade. “I’m not afraid of death,” the 72-year-old priest said.…

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Pope John Paul II’s Mother Rejected Doctor’s Abortion Suggestion

A champion of life—that title expertly captures the work and legacy of Pope John Paul II. More than a decade after his death, the author of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) remains one of the greatest heroes of the pro-life movement, respected by people of all faiths and all walks of life. The story of Pope John Paul II’s life is filled with suspense, heroism, and intrigue. What is particularly striking is the number of times during the course of his long life, he escaped death. His life hung…

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Kim Kardashian Releases Blasphemous Candle With Herself as Virgin Mary

What was she thinking? Pop celebrity Kim Kardashian recently released a host of new products for fans to buy on her website, one of which looks like a devotional candle to the Blessed Virgin Mary but has Kardashian’s face instead. The product is called “Kim Candle” and costs $18 on her website kimoji.com (warning: there are some other products on this website that may be offensive). The Catholic League also released a statement titled “Kim Kardashian is no Virgin Mary.” “We know that she and her family have been through a…

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