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2014

FREE CATHOLIC MOVIES HOLLYWOOD'S "GUILTY OF TREASON" TRUE STORY FROM WWII

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HAPPY NEW YEAR'S - 10 WAYS TO MAKE THE WORLD PEACEFUL IN 2014 - SHARE

POPE FRANCIS LEAVES FUNNY PHONE MESSAGE TO NUNS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

Pope Francis phoned a Spanish convent on New Year's Eve because they were celebrating 400 years as a convent. But the nuns did not answer so the Pope had to leave a voice message. He is quoted as saying, "What are you doing that's so important you can't pick up the phone? This is Pope Francis. I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year. I'll see if I can call you back later. God bless you." The Carmelite convent is in Lucena, near Cordova, Spain. The call, came at 23:45 local time, was followed shortly after by a second call from the pontiff lasting 20 minutes. Pope Francis has acquired the nickname of the 'cold-call pope' for his unannounced  personal phone calls to the faithful.
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Drama - History  -  20 February 1950 (USA)
Director:Felix E. Feist
Written by: Emmet Lavery (screenplay), József Cardinal Mindszenty (personal papers)
 Stars: Charles Bickford, Bonita Granville, Paul Kelly
The story of Cardinal Josef Mindzhenty, a Roman Catholic cardinal from Hungary who spoke out against both the Nazi occupation of his country during World War II and the Communist regime that replaced it after the war. Mindzhenty was arrested, tortured and eventually released, but was persecuted to the extent that he wound up taking refuge in the US Embassy in Budapest for many years, still acting as a spokesman for the Hungarians who wanted the Russian occupation forces and their Hungarian collaborators out of the country. (Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com)
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According to the LaStampa Vatican Insider Magazine, Pope Francis has abolished the Pontifical Honor of ‘Monsignor’ on secular priests under the age of 65.
Monsignorplural monsignori, is a form of address for members of the clergy having an honorific titles. Monsignor is from the Italian monsignore, meaning "my lord". It is abbreviated MgrMsgr,or Mons.
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There are three honorary awards often associated with the style "monsignor" are Protonotary Apostolic, Honorary Prelate, and Chaplain of His Holiness. These are granted by the Pope, commonly by the recommendation of a bishop. The titles were begun under Pope Urban VIII  (1623-1644).. There were 14 different awards with the title until 1968. Paul VI reduced the number to three.
In January 2014, Pope Francis reduced the titles to 1 only Chaplain to His Holiness. He also announced that it should be granted only to diocesan priests at least 65 years old. 
‘Secular priests’ are priests from a diocese, who are not monks or members of religious institutes or orders. However, those with the title already will not have it removed. 

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State has communicated this news to Apostolic Nuncios around the world and they to all the bishops. For article see:

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : SAT. JAN. 4, 2014

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
Lectionary: 207

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Reading 1              1 JN 3:7-10

Children, let no one deceive you.
The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,
just as he is righteous.
Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,
because the Devil has sinned from the beginning.
Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil.
No one who is begotten by God commits sin,
because God’s seed remains in him;
he cannot sin because he is begotten by God.
In this way,
the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;
no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God,
nor anyone who does not love his brother.

Responsorial Psalm                          PS 98:1, 7-8, 9

R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy before the LORD.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
The LORD comes;
he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Gospel                 JN 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.

2014

TODAY'S SAINT : JAN. 4 : ST. ELIZABETH SETON

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
FOUNDRESS AND FIRST SUPERIOR OF THE SISTERS OF CHARITY
Feast: January 4


Information:
Feast Day:January 4
Born:
28 August 1774 in New York City, New York, USA
Died:4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland
Canonized:
14 September 1975 by Pope Paul VI
Patron of:Catholic Schools; State of Maryland
This first American-born saint accomplished more in twelve years than most people do in a whole lifetime. From 1809 to 1821, the year she died, she laid the foundation for the Catholic parochial system in the United States, founded her Sisters of Charity, and ran her school and lived with her community at her headquarters in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Elizabeth Ann Bayley was the daughter of a distinguished colonial family in New York City, her father a physician and professor at what later became Columbia University. Her grandfather was rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Staten Island.

Born in 1774 she married William Magee Seton, a wealthy young businessman, in 1794. They had five children. Mr. Seton had reversals in business and lost his fortune, and a sea voyage was recommended to recover his health. The couple, along with their eldest daughter, embarked for Italy in 1803 and were given hospitality by the Filicchi family of Leghorn. William Seton died in Pisa less than three months later.

Influenced by her stay in Italy, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton became a Catholic upon her return to the United States, against the opposition of her family. In August 1807, she was invited by the superior of the Baltimore Sulpicians to found a school for girls near the Sulpician seminary in Baltimore. With the help of Archbishop Carroll, she organized a group of young women to assist her in her work, received a religious rule and habit from him, and took the vows of religion.
In 1809, she moved her headquarters to Emmitsburg, adopted a modified version of the rule of St. Vincent de Paul for the French Sisters of Charity, and laid the foundation for the Catholic parochial school system in the United States. She trained her sisters for teaching, wrote textbooks for classrooms, worked among the poor, the sick, and the black people of the region, and directed the work of her congregation. In 1814, she sent her nuns to open an orphanage in Philadelphia and another in New York City in 1817.

She died at Emmitsburg on January 4, 1821, and was canonized by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975. Her body is enshrined at the motherhouse of the American Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg.
Thought for the Day: Mother Seton seems almost like a neighbor down the street. But she is St. Elizabeth Seton, who found God through very difficult times. She was loving wife, devoted mother, foundress, and saint.

From 'The Catholic One Year Bible': . . . "Come along with me and I will show you how to fish for the souls of men!" And they left their nets at once and went with him.-Matthew 4:19-20
SOURCE: EWTN.COM

YOUNG 16-YEAR OLD GIRL GANG-RAPED AND KILLED BY FIRE

ASIA NEWS REPORT: After attackers set the girl on fire to prevent her from speaking, she dies from burns to her body. Doctors reveal she was pregnant. The family accuses the police of negligence and of cremating their daughter's body against their will, perhaps to hush up the case. For Catholic doctor, the incident is "an attack on the dignity of life itself".


Kolkata (AsiaNews) - A 16-year-old girl was gang-raped twice and then set on fire on the night of 31 December to prevent her from speaking. She died later in hospital from the burns she suffered. The case was compounded by the total indifference of the authorities. Although she filed a complaint after the first attack, the police failed to provide protection. Instead, after her death, it hastily arranged for the cremation of her body against the wishes of the family.
The young woman's tragic fate began on 25 October when she was attacked and raped by two men on the outskirts of Calcutta. She was later found in fields near her home. Her name was not disclosed in accordance with Indian law to protect the identity of rape victims.
Despite everything, the young woman and her parents went to the local police station to report the incident. On her way home, she was assaulted again, kidnapped and raped. A few hours later, she was found near the railway station in Madhyamgram.
According to preliminary reports, the young woman was hospitalised before Christmas, her body covered with burns. At first, doctors thought about suicide, but before she lost consciousness she said that her rapists had set her on fire. Eventually, tests indicated that she was pregnant.
After she died on Tuesday, her parents demanded her body - they wanted to wait for the arrival of some family members from Bihar before conducting the funeral service.
Police however did not wait. First, they threatened the family, telling them to leave Kolkata with their daughter's body, then they cremated it before the family could sign the death certificate.
When asked, police could not give a clear explanation for the night-long tragedy. "We wanted to ensure that there was no law-and-order problem," said Joint Commissioner Rajeev Mishra.
According to local sources, the police apparently acted on the instructions of a minister of the ruling Trinamool Congress government, who wanted to silence everyone to avoid incidents in conjunction with 1 January, the anniversary of the founding of his party. Indeed, no Trinamool leader expressed condolences to the victim's family.
The violent incident in Kolkata brings to mind the tragic gang rape in New Delhi, in December 2012. At the time, Pascoal Carvalho, a Catholic physician and member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told AsiaNews that the incident was "an attack on life itself and the sign of the degradation of the dignity and sanctity of every human being."

According to the expert, "it is urgent not only to condemn gender-based violence, but also to understand its causes. Our patriarchal mind-set has become insidious in our society. We live in an environment that does not consider women equal to men, one that continues to assign specific roles. The cycle of domination begins well before birth and female foeticide and infanticide are a well-known malaise in our society."
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HAPPY NEW YEAR'S - 10 WAYS TO MAKE THE WORLD PEACEFUL IN 2014 - SHARE

Dear Family in Jesus, JCE World News wishes you a blessed new year of 2014 and Feast of Mary Mother of God. Thank-you for your patronage - please keep us in prayer as we do you. May this year be a one of "Peace, requires the force of meekness, the force of nonviolence of truth and of love." as suggested by Pope Francis. 
 "O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long. Be mindful of thy mercy, O LORD, and of thy steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth..." (Psalm 25) 

The fruit of silence is prayer
the fruit of prayer is faith
the fruit of faith is love
the fruit of love is service
the fruit of service is peace. 
Mother Teresa
10 Amazing New Year's Resolutions - That Can Change the World
1. Go to Church Every Sunday (or every day)
2. Pray Every Day (Rosary, Mercy Prayer)
3. Go to Confession Regularly (Every Week or Every Month)
4. Fast Every Week (Great for your figure - the best diet)
5. Smile at everyone
6. Forgive everyone on a daily basis
7. Practice Silence especially when angry
8. Read your Bible Daily
9. Do random acts of kindness Daily
10. Tell others about the love of Jesus
Let us make the world peaceful in 2014 through small acts of kindness, love, forgiveness, silence, and suffering. World peace begins in your heart, then to your family, friends and the world. Above all let us pray and love God with all our heart, mind and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves.
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