Pope’s communications day message: reject fear, foster encounter

Pope Francis on Sunday marked World Communications Dayappealing for a culture of constructive information at the service of truth. The Pope was speaking to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Regina Coeli. He noted that today’s means of communication offer the possibility of instantly sharing news across the world. “News can be good or bad, true or false; let us pray so that communication, in all of its forms, be effectively constructive, at the service of truth, may it reject prejudice and spread hope and trust in our time”…

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Cardinal Nichols blesses crucifix that survived ISIS

An English cardinal and an Iraqi archbishop have jointly blessed a crucifix that survived the destruction of ISIS. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil met at Archbishop’s House in London to bless the crucifix, which, while still intact, had been found in the rubble left behind by ISIS in Iraq. The crucifix was discovered by Stephen Rasche, chief counsel and projects’ coordinator for the Chaldean Catholic Church. Mr Rasche spotted it half-buried outside St George’s Church, in Baqofah village, near the Iraqi town of Alqosh.…

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9DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. DAY 3

9 DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Moderator: Fr. Justin Nzekwe DAY 3 DAILY THEME: The Holy Spirit blows wherever it wills. BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 10:1-48 In Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort, as it was called. He was a devout man who feared God with all his household; he gave alms generously to the people and prayed constantly to God. One afternoon at about three o’clock he had a vision in which he clearly saw an angel of God coming in and…

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ISIS claims responsibility for massacre of Coptic Christians in Egypt

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians that killed 29. The Egyptian Cabinet said in a news release that 13 victims of Friday’s attack remained hospitalised in Cairo and the southern province of Minya where the attack took place. Authorities had previously said 28 were killed.The bloodshed came on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The bloodshed came on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Hours after Friday’s attack, President Abdel-Fattah…

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Reading for Monday, Seventh Week of Easter, Year A. Liturgical Colour: white 🔦First Reading : (Acts 19: 1-8) 🔦Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 68: 2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab) 🎙Gospel: (John 16: 29-33)

First Reading : (Acts 19: 1-8) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 68: 2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab) Gospel: (John 16: 29-33)   First Reading : (Acts 19: 1-8) And it came to pass, while Apollo was at Corinth, that Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples. And he said to them: Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? But they said to him: We have not so much as heard whether there be a Holy Ghost. And he said: In what then were you baptized? Who said:…

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Woman Loses Consciousness After Planned Parenthood Killed Her Baby in an Abortion

For the second time this year, an ambulance was dispatched to the Stamford Health Center Planned Parenthood, an abortion facility located in Stamford, Connecticut. The incident occurred soon after a group of pro-life activists had left for the day. However, one activist remained in the neighborhood running errands when he happened to notice an ambulance headed in the direction of the Planned Parenthood center. He returned to the street to pray for whoever needed assistance until the ambulance left, which was followed closely by a private vehicle that had been…

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Pope says murdered Copts are martyrs and prays for conversion of terrorists

On the second day running, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt’s Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying Coptic pilgrims to a remote desert monastery. Leading thousands of pilgrims in the Regina Caeli prayer in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope said he wished to express, yet again, his closeness to his dear brother, Pope Tawadros II and to the whole Egyptian nation that two days ago suffered “another act of ferocious violence.” “The victims, amongst which were also children, were killed after having refused to renounce their Christian faith” he said.…

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Cardinal Pell to ordain 10 transitional deacons for the ordinariate

Cardinal George Pell is to ordain 10 men as deacons for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham next month. The group includes two men who are in their fifth year of studies for the priesthood and are on course to become the first clergy who have undertaken their entire formation within the ordinariate. The other eight men are former Anglican priests who have taken a specially designed two-year course. It is likely the 10 candidates will be ordained to the priesthood next year. They will join 80 clergy serving…

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Pope Francis: condolences for murder of Coptic Christians

Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, expressing condolences over the murder of dozens of Coptic Christians in Egypt, and condemning the killings as “[a] senseless act of hatred.” As many as 10 gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians on pilgrimage to the monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor some 140km from the capital, Cairo, killing at least 28 of them and injuring some 23 others. Many of the victims were women and children. In the telegram, signed by the Holy See’s Secretary of…

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9DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. DAY 2 DAILY THEME: Envy nobody, be among the selected.

9DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT DAY 2 MODERATED BY: Fr Justin Nzekwe DAILY THEME: Envy nobody, be among the selected. BIBLE PASSAGE: Numbers 11:16-29 The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of…

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