Pope Francis sends condolences for Nigeria church attack

Pope Francis on Monday sent a message of condolences following an attack at a Church in southeastern Nigeria. Several people were killed and others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on worshippers who had gathered early on Sunday at St Philip’s Catholic church in Ozubulu near the city of Onitsha. In the message, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the pope says he is “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury”. He extends his “heartfelt condolences” to the local bishop and to “all…

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Pope sends video message to Church in Peru

Pope Francis has sent a video message to Catholics in Peru, ahead of his planned pastoral visit there next January. The short video message was published on the website of the archdiocese of Lima by Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne. In the message Pope Francis talks about the wealth of human resources that characterize the past and present of the Church in the South American nation. Peru has many great saints, he says, who have contributed to the building up of the Church, helping it to move from fragmentation to unity. Saints work…

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Reading for Tuesday, Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Dominic, Priest. Liturgical Colour: white First Reading: (Numbers 12: 1-13) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 51: 3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13) Gospel: (Matthew 14: 22-36 or Matthew 15: 1-2, 10-14)

First Reading: (Numbers 12: 1-13) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 51: 3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13) Gospel: (Matthew 14: 22-36 or Matthew 15: 1-2, 10-14)   First Reading: (Numbers 12: 1-13) And Mary and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife the Ethiopian, And they said: Hath the Lord spoken by Moses only? hath he not also spoken to us in like manner? And when the Lord heard this, (For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon earth) Immediately he spoke to him, and to Aaron and Mary:…

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Pope Francis sends message to Asian Youth Day 2017 in Indonesia

Pope Francis has sent a message to the 7th Asian Youth Day which took place in Indonesia, saying he prays that the young people of Asia “respond with faith and courage to their vocation“. In the message, signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the Pope greeted the young people of Asia gathered in Yogyakarta with “prayerful best wishes” as the event came to a close on Sunday. Pope Francis invited them “to look to the Mother of the Lord as a model of missionary discipleship, to speak…

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Pope Francis prays at tomb of Pope Paul VI

Pope Francis on Sunday prayed at the tomb of Blessed Pope Paul VI on the 39th anniversary of his death. Blessed Paul VI is buried in the Vatican in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica. He was beatified by Pope Francis on 19 October 2014, and his liturgical feast is celebrated on the day of his birth (26 September). Born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini in 1897, he became Pope on 21 June 1963 until his death on 6 August 1978. Upon succeeding Pope St. John XXIII, he reigned…

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BLESSING FOR THE WEEK

BLESSING FOR THE WEEK May you and your family be chosen by the Lord and invited to dwell in His courts. May the Lord fill your life with the good things of His house and holy temple. May you and your family experience constantly the marvels of God, His awesome deeds for the children of Adam, May the hand of the Lord be upon you and your family. All you do that accords with the holy will of God will so prosper beyond your widest imagination. May the Lord bless…

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