Cardinal Parolin to meet with Putin in August

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in August. The visit to Russia will be the first by a Vatican Secretary of State since 1988. “I go to Russia as collaborator of the Pope, who wants to build bridges,” said Cardinal Parolin. “In the case of Russia, to build bridges consists in sharing the bilateral relations that already exist and that touch the activity of the Catholic Church and dialogue with the Orthodox Churches,” he continued. “However, it will be…

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Reading for Saturday, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Mary Magdalene. Liturgical Colour: white First Reading : (Exodus 12: 37-42) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 136: 1 and 23-24, 10-12, 13-15) Gospel: (John 20: 1-2, 11-18)

First Reading : (Exodus 12: 37-42) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 136: 1 and 23-24, 10-12, 13-15) Gospel: (John 20: 1-2, 11-18)   First Reading : (Exodus 12: 37-42) And the children of Israel set forward from Ramesse to Socoth, being about six hundred thousand men on foot, beside children. And a mixed multitude without number went up also with them, sheep and herds and beasts of divers kinds, exceeding many. And they baked the meal, which a little before they had brought out of Egypt, in dough: and they made earth cakes unleavened: for…

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Former US head of Opus Dei dies at 71

Father Arne Panula, the former U.S. vicar of Opus Dei, passed away at his Washington, D.C. home on July 19, 2017 after a battle with cancer. “Father Arne had the firm belief that anything is possible, the imagination to think big, and the drive and energy to make things happen,” said Father Thomas G. Bohlin, U.S. vicar of Opus Dei. Born in Duluth, Fr. Panula graduated with a degree in English Literature from Harvard University in 1967, before studying theology in Rome. While there, he lived with St. Josemaria Escriva,…

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“Never Say Never,” Says Pope to a Child

“Never say never!” – was Pope Francis’ advice to 9-year-old Andrea, who invited him to a pilgrimage. The Pope’s message was reported on July 19, 2017 by the on line Italian daily Ilsussidiario.net. Andrea had written him, telling him about his First Communion present: a pilgrimage. “Dear Andrea, it was lovely to receive your letter and to learn of the rich adventure you experienced with UNITALSI during the children’s pilgrimage to Loreto.” To the little boy who invited him to make the pilgrimage with them, the Pope confided: “For me,…

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HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. (2) HOMILY THEME: WHEN MEN WERE ASLEEP...

HOMILY FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A HOMILY THEME: WHEN MEN WERE ASLEEP… BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: Matthew 13:24-43 Recall that last Sunday we discussed the parable of the sower which can also be called the parable of the land. Recall that some seeds fell on the highway, some on rocky land, some on the thorny land, and some made it to the good soil. Today the parable of the wheat and the weed tells us what happened to the seed that made it to…

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Nigeria: Msgr. Patrick Somide of Lagos Archdiocese dies at 97

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has announced the passing away of Msgr. Patrick Somide on 13th July, 2017 after a brief illness. “It is with gratitude to God for a life well spent, that we announce the home-call of The Very Rev. Msgr. PATRICK SOMIDE, who departed this world at about 11:15pm on Thursday 13th July, 2017 after a brief illness” Bishop Alfred Adewale Martins said during press statement on Thursday. He was ordained a priest during the Marian Congress in 1954. It has pleased the Lord to call him back…

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SAFE JOURNEY

SAFE JOURNEY Called at a filling station to fuel a car. A boy saw me and said to me as I was about driving off the filling station having gotten the service I needed; “Father, safe journey.” I responded; I am not travelling only came to fuel my car.” The boy replied; “Ok Father. But you are still making a journey even though its a short one.” God used the little boy to speak to me and God is speaking now to you through this reflection through one of His…

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Reading for Friday, Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Liturgical Colour: green/white First Reading : (Exodus 11: 10 – 12: 14) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 116: 12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18) Gospel: (Matthew 12: 1-8)

First Reading : (Exodus 11: 10 – 12: 14) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 116: 12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18) Gospel: (Matthew 12: 1-8)   First Reading : (Exodus 11: 10 – 12: 14) And Moses and Aaron did all the wonders that are written, before Pharao. And the Lord hardened Pharao’s heart, neither did he let the children of Israel go out of his land. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first in…

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Catholic cathedral shelters 2,000 Muslims as violence flares in Central African Republic

Bullet-riddled roofs line the “boulevard of death” in Central African Republic’s southeastern town of Bangassou, where almost everyone who enters is seen as an enemy. The city, spared sectarian bloodshed until May, now has more than 2,000 Muslim residents forced to take refuge at the city’s Catholic cathedral after attacks by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia. More than 300 people have been killed and 100,000 displaced since May as violence that began in 2013 moves into the impoverished country’s central and southeastern regions, prompting warnings of a national conflict roaring…

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