Sunday, June 2, 2013






Every Sunday and on the main liturgical feasts, the Pope recites the Marian prayer of the Angelus with the pilgrims. Before and after the prayer, he delivers a brief reflection and issues greetings.
Below, please find Vatican Radio's translation of the complete text of Pope Francis’ catechesis during the Sunday Angelus: 

Dear brothers and sisters,

Last Thursday we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi, which in Italy and other countries is transferred to Sunday. It is the Feast of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Gospel tells the story of the miracle of the loaves (Luke 9:11-17). I want to focus on one aspect that always strikes me and makes me think. We are on the shore of Lake Galilee, the evening draws near, Jesus cares for the people who have been with him for so many hours: there are thousands of them, and they are hungry. What to do? The disciples are discussing the problem, and they say to Jesus, “Dismiss the crowd” so that they can go into the neighboring villages to find food. But Jesus says, “Give them some food yourselves” (v. 13). The disciples are unsettled, and they respond, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have,” as if to say: just enough for ourselves.

Jesus knows very well what to do, but wants to involve his disciples, He wants to teach them. The attitude of the disciples is human attitude, an attitude that seeks the most realistic solution, a solution that does not create too many problems: Dismiss the crowd - they say - let each one arrange what he can for himself; for the restyou have already done so much for them: you preached, you healed the sick...Dimiss the crowd!

Jesus’ attitude is completely different, and is dictated by His union with the Father and compassion for the people, the compassion Jesus has for all of us: Jesus feels our problems, feels our failings, feels our needs. Before those five loaves, Jesus thinks: here is providence! From this tiny amount, God can bring forth what is necessary for everyone. Jesus trusts completely in the heavenly Father, He knows that in Him all things are possible. So he tells the disciples to have the people sit down in groups of fifty – this is not accidental: this means that they are no longer a crowd, but they become communities, nourished by the bread of God. Then He takes the loaves and fishes, raises His eyes to heaven, says the blessing – the reference to the Eucharist is clear - and then He breaks them and begins to give them to the disciples, and the disciples distribute them... and bread and fish do not do not run out! This is the miracle: more than a multiplication it is a sharing, animated by faith and prayer. They all ate and some was left over: it is the sign of Jesus, the bread of God for humanity.

The disciples saw, but didn’t understand the message well. They were caught up, like the crowd, in the enthusiasm of success. Once again, they followed human logic and not that of God, that of service, of love, of faith. The feast of Corpus Christi calls us to convert to faith in Providence, to be able to share the little that we are and that we have, and never to close in on ourselves. Let us ask our Mother Mary to help in this conversion, to truly follow the Jesus whom we worship in the Eucharist. Amen.



Genesis 14: 18 - 20 

18And Mel-chiz'edek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High.
19And he blessed him and said, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth;
20and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!" 

Psalms 110: 1 - 4 

1The LORD says to my lord: "Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool."
2The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your foes!
3Your people will offer themselves freely on the day you lead your host upon the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning like dew your youth will come to you.
4The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchiz'edek."
1 Corinthians 11: 23 - 26 

23For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,
24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
25In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Luke 9: 11 - 17 

11When the crowds learned it, they followed him; and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and cured those who had need of healing.
12Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to him, "Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely place."
13But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish -- unless we are to go and buy food for all these people."
14For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each."
15And they did so, and made them all sit down.
16And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
17And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces.



Vatican Radio REPORT:  Each year for the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Pope, the Bishop of Rome celebrates Mass in the City’s Cathedral, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran.

Immediately following the Mass, the Holy Father will process with the Blessed Sacrament from the Lateran to the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Parishes, confraternities and other groups of the faithful take part in Procession, which was revived during the Pontificate of Blessed John Paul II.

“All the external symbols that we have in the procession for the Blessed Eucharist come from the ancient world, and they were symbols, things used to honour a person,” said Father Joseph Kramer, the Pastor of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini in Rome. “And I think that’s the big message of the procession, that this is a VIP holding up the traffic today, moving from one point in Rome to another . . . the fact that the Pope is the first person that’s following the monstrance, gives you an indication that here we’ve got Somebody more important than the Pope in Rome, and that’s our Lord Himself Who’s being carried in procession.”

Father Kramer spoke about the composition of the procession: “All the parishes go, every parish goes with a group of laity. The parish priests all go, and all wear their stoles, and form a great block of the clergy. And then the confraternities are present. There are lots of confraternities in Rome,” he explained, “all very venerable institutions, going back hundreds of years, and they wear their distinctive habits and form part of this great procession.”

The procession, said Father Kramer, fills the Via Merulana that stretches between the two papal Basilicas. “When the first people arrive at St. Mary Major’s, some people are still leaving the Basilica of the Lateran, so that shows you how many people are involved. And then other people line the streets behind the barricade, watching the whole thing. So it’s a big event, it’s thousands of people.”

Father Kramer pointed to the symbolism of procession: “I think the symbolism of walking behind the Blessed Sacrament is rather beautiful, because it means you want to walk in the ways of the Lord, you want to follow Him in everything. It’s a symbolic way of saying ‘In my life I’m following Christ’.”




The 31 year old Australian of Serbian origin crossed the Vietnam recounting his own experience of disability. Thousands of people attended each meeting, millions following on TV and on the web. But the Communist leaders have censured all reference to God and Christianity, replacing the translator who had refused bend to their orders.

Hanoi (AsiaNews / EDA) - All over the world he is known for the strength with which he faces a severe form of disability, which deprived him from birth of his upper and lower limbs. A strength which is the fruit of the Christian faith, and that the 31 year old Australian-born Serbian Nick Vujicic never fails to speak of and to transmit at every public meeting all over the world.

 Except in Vietnam, where in a series of conferences held in recent days translators did not mention religion, or God, of how important the suffering and passion of Christ was in teaching him how to live and also deal with his own suffering.
The religious repression of Hanoi, and in particular with regards the Christian faith, has been exacerbated in recent months, with prison sentences for activists or ordinary faithful, seizure of property and land owned by the Church or Buddhist communities. However, Communist leaders and atheists fear the increasing spread of religion in the country and this pushes them to censor everyday testimony, and examples, such as that of the young Australian, who has attracted the attention of tens of thousands of Vietnamese from North to South .
The eldest of a Serbian Christian family, Nick was born in Melbourne December 4, 1982 with a rare genetic disease:  he is limbless without arms or legs, except for two small feet, one of which with just two fingers. Over time it has been able to deal with the disability, suffering, becoming a witness with his meetings, and his appearances on television (he is an evangelical preacher) of a different way of dealing with problems.
His public meetings in Vietnam, in Saigon and Hanoi, saw the participation of over 20 thousand people at a time, especially young people, students, businessmen and other people (like him) with disabilities. Added to this are the millions of Vietnamese who watched on TV or internet sites. He spoke of his illness, redemption, the power that he derives from faith in Christ. However, a few days later it emerged that the translator regularly omitted any mention inherent to Christianity, God, replacing the terms with different words or deleting whole passages.
The confirmation of censorship also comes from Christian Francis Hung, a professional translator and interpreter, who at first had been instructed translate for the young Australian. Before the meetings the authorities told him - even though he was also a Christian - to omit references to God and religion. He refused, saying it was in conflict with professional ethics and with his faith, so organizers and local officials have seen fit to replace him with a more "disciplined" colleague in the logic of the party.



Sts. Marcellinus & Peter
Feast: June 2

Feast Day:June 2
Died:304 AD, Rome
Major Shrine:Santi Marcellino e Pietro
Marcellinus was a priest, and Peter an exorcist, both of the clergy of Rome, and eminent for their zeal and piety. In the persecution of Dioclesian, about the year 304, they were condemned to die for their faith: and by a secret order of the judge, the executioner led them into a forest, that the holy men being executed privately, no Christians might be acquainted with the place of their sepulchre. When he had brought them into a thicket overgrown with thorns and briers, three; miles from Rome, he declared to them his sanguinary commission. The saints cheerfully fell to work themselves, grubbed up the brambles, and cleared a spot fit for their sepulchre. After they were beheaded, their bodies were buried in the same place. Some time after, Lucilla, a pious lady, being informed by revelation, and assisted by another devout lady named Firmina, took up their bodies and honorably interred them near that of St. Tiburtius on the Lavican road in the Catacombs. Pope Damasus assures us, that, when a child, he learned all these particulars from the mouth of the executioner himself, and he has inserted them in a Latin epitaph with which he adorned their tomb. Anastasius the librarian testifies from ancient registers, that Constantine the Great built here a church in honor of these martyrs, in which he caused his mother St. Helena to be buried under a porphyry tomb, on the Lavican road, three miles from Rome, and that he gave to this church a paten, weighing thirty-five pounds, of pure gold, with many other rich presents; which is also mentioned by Bede, Ado, and Sigebert. The porphyry mausoleum of St. Helena is still shown among other antiquities near the Lateran basilica. Honorius I. and Adrian I. repaired this church and cemetery of St. Tiburtius, and SS. Marcellinus and Peter, as Anastasius mentions. Not long after, the bodies of SS. Marcellinus and Peter were translated into Germany on the following occasion. Eginhard, a German, the favorite secretary of Charlemagne, and his wife Emma, by mutual consent, made a vow of perpetual continency; and becoming a monk, was chosen abbot of Fontenelle, and, in 819, abbot of Ghent. Emma died in 836, to his great affliction, as appears from the letters of Lupus, abbot of Ferrieres, to him. This great man, in 827, sent his secretary to Rome, to procure from pope Gregory IV. some relies of martyrs to enrich the monasteries which he had founded or repaired. The pope sent him the bodies of SS. Marcellinus and Peter, which Eginhard translated to Strasburg. But soon after he deposited them first at Michlenstad; and afterwards at Malinheim, since called Selgenstad, three leagues from Frankfort, and two from Achaffenburg; where, in 829, he built to their honor a church and monastery, of which he died the first abbot. Besides the life of Charlemagne, and the annals of France, during the reigns of Pepin, Charlemagne, and Louis Debonnaire, he wrote four books in prose, and one in verse, on the translation of SS. Marcellinus and Peter. This translation is also mentioned by Sigebert, Aymoinus, Rabanus Maurus, &c. Pope Gregory the Great preached his twenty homilies on the gospels in the church of SS. Marcellinus and Peter at Rome; as appears from some of them, and from the testimony of John the Deacon.4 See their acts and the history of their translation in Papebroke, t. 1, Junij, p. 170, and Laderchius, Diss. de Basilicis, SS. Marcellini and Petri; Romae, 1705



Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”
Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…
(Mention your Intention)
Our Father, Who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,  thy will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day,  our daily bread,  and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those  who tresspass against us, and lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from evil. Amen
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amoung women, and blessed is the fruit  of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of  our death. Amen
Glory be to the Father And to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,  world without end.  Amen Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…
(Mention your Intention)
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be to the Father…
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…
(Mention your Intention)
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be to the Father…
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque 


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