Thursday, May 29, 2014

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New Elected President of the Ukraine Christian Billionaire Petro Poroshenko

The Newly Elected President of the Ukraine is an Orthodox Christian Billionaire named Petro Poroshenko. He made his fortune selling chocolate with the company "Roshen Sweets". Poroshenko won an absolute majority.

Asia News IT report: by Nina Achmatova
Petro Poroshenko is an Orthodox Christian. The Russian Orthodox primate wants friendly relations with Ukrainian authorities, concerned about the uncertain future of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, which is becoming increasingly "autonomous". Kirill describes Greek Catholics as Russophobes.

Moscow (AsiaNews) - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow sent a message of congratulations to Ukraine's president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, renewing his call for peace in that country. Poroshenko is known as a devout member of the Orthodox Church linked to the Moscow Patriarchate.
In view of this, some analysts see nothing strange in the fact that Kirill sent his best wishes, even before Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said he was still open to talks with the new Ukrainian authorities.
Others however believe Kirill's move to be an attempt by the Russian Church to maintain its influence and control over the Ukrainian Orthodox community, which is growing increasingly distant from Moscow.
"I hope that powers and authority, which come into your hands today, will serve for the benefit of Ukraine's east, west, north and south," said the telegram the patriarch sent on Tuesday. "I hope that bloodshed will stop forever, that no one will be oppressed or humiliated and that the life, worldview and cultural choice of each group of the country's population will be implemented."
Here the patriarch is referring to Ukraine's Russian-speaking community, which, according to local pro-Russian separatists and the Kremlin, is in danger of "genocide" because of the takeover in Ukraine by radical nationalists after the protests on Maidan Square.
The Patriarch said that he would pray so that "the hopes of Ukrainian Orthodox believers are realised" wherever they are, in the East or in the West of the country.
Since the start of the crisis in Ukraine, the Patriarchate has provided cautious support for the Kremlin's line without however blatantly taking sides. Back in March for example, Kirill was missing from Putin's address before he signed Crimea's annexation to Russia.
For Nikolai Mitrokhin, from the Research Center for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, the Russian Church has "major interests in Ukraine" and what matters is not so much the patriarch's best wishes to Poroshenko, but "the internal situation in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its current relations with the Moscow Patriarchate."
"Attitudes have changed," Mitrokhin said, and the divide is growing. Kirill "must act respectfully not only vis-à-vis the president, but also ordinary believers" on the entire territory of the former Soviet republic.
"The schism has not been formalized yet, but it has de facto occurred," writes Ayder Muzhdabaev, deputy editor of the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.
In fact, the Ukrainian Canonical Orthodox Church appears to moving gradually away from Moscow, a fact surmised from conversations with several priests in Russia, in the Ukraine where "Many priests do not even mention the name of the Patriarch during the liturgical services," he explained, as well as from statements by ordinary members of the Church who "no longer recognise Moscow."
Undeniably, the Ukrainian Church, at least at a psychological level, is moving towards maximum independence and appears to be "cleaning up" its ranks of all those who are connected to Russia.
For Mitrokhin, one example is Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa, officially on a "holiday", but in fact forced to flee with his secretaries after the attack against pro-Russians at Odessa's trade union building in early May.
Likewise, according to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian crisis has worsened relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Vatican.
On 28 March 28, Kirill himself harshly attacked Ukraine's Greek Catholics (also called Uniate because of their union with the Roman pope), slamming their "direct involvement in political activities with statements against the Russian Orthodox Church."

This, he warned, casts "a very sad shadow" on relations between the Patriarchate and the Vatican. And, for Kirill, the Greek Catholics as Russophobes.
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Pope Francis Peace Meeting Confirmed for June at Vatican with Israel and Palestine Leaders

(Vatican Radio) The head of the  Press Office of the Holy See, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that the invitation to pray together for peace in the Vatican, Pope Francis extended during his Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land to both  the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, and of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, has been accepted and will take place in  the afternoon of  Sunday June 8, 2014.
  The invitation of Pope Francis came after the recitation of the Regina Coeli following the celebration of Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem, on the morning of Sunday May 25, 2014.  
On this occasion Pope Francis said:  “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer. In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace. All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. All of us – especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples – have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers. Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. The men and women of these lands, and of the entire world, all of them, ask us to bring before God their fervent hopes for peace.”


2 Teenage Girls Raped and Killed in India - Villagers Protest by their Bodies Hung from a Tree - Please Pray

 Two young sisters in India were raped and killed by a gang. Their bodies were then hung from a mango tree. Hundreds of villagers surrounded the tree in silent protest due to police inaction. Four men have been arrested.  On Wednesday, May 28 they were found near their home in the Katra village of Uttar Pradesh state. The girls, were 14 and 15, and went to the fields because there was no toilet in their house. The villagers prevented the authorities from removing the bodies until the suspects were arrested. The girls were raped and strangled then hung. The family belongs to the Dalit caste.  According to statistics a rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, with a population of 1.2 billion people. PLEASE PRAY for an End to Rapes in India and Pakistan.

Today's Mass Online : Thurs. May 29, 2014

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 294

Reading 1ACTS 18:1-8

Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus,
who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla
because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome.
He went to visit them and, because he practiced the same trade,
stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.
Every sabbath, he entered into discussions in the synagogue,
attempting to convince both Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia,
Paul began to occupy himself totally with preaching the word,
testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.
When they opposed him and reviled him,
he shook out his garments and said to them,
“Your blood be on your heads!
I am clear of responsibility.
From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
So he left there and went to a house
belonging to a man named Titus Justus, a worshiper of God;
his house was next to a synagogue.
Crispus, the synagogue official, came to believe in the Lord
along with his entire household, and many of the Corinthians
who heard believed and were baptized.

Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R. (see 2b) The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.
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. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.
R. Alleluia.

Gospel JN 16:16-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A little while and you will no longer see me,
and again a little while later and you will see me.”
So some of his disciples said to one another,
“What does this mean that he is saying to us,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me,’
and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
So they said, “What is this ‘little while’ of which he speaks?
We do not know what he means.”
Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them,
“Are you discussing with one another what I said,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me’?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”

Full Text of Pope Francis Message for International Labor "Human trafficking is a scourge, a crime against the whole of humanity."

Pope sends message to ILO

(Vatican Radio) On Wednesday, Pope Francis delivered a message to participants in the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference (ILO), which runs from 28 May – 12 Jun 2014.
Please find the full text of the Pope’s message below
To Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization:
At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it.  Human labour is part of that creation and continues God’s creative work.  This truth leads us to consider work as both a gift and a duty.  Indeed, labour is not a mere commodity but has its own inherent dignity and worth.  The Holy See expresses its appreciation of the ILO’s contribution to upholding the dignity of human work in the context of social and economic development through discussion and cooperation between governments, labourers and employers.  Such efforts serve the common good of the human family and promote the dignity of workers everywhere. 
This Conference has been convened at a crucial moment of social and economic history, one which presents challenges for the entire world. Unemployment is tragically expanding the frontiers of poverty (cf. Address to the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, 25 May 2013). This is particularly disheartening for unemployed young people who can all too easily become demoralized, losing their sense of worth, feeling alienated from society.  In working for greater opportunities for employment, we affirm the conviction that it is only “through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive work that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their life” (Evangelii Gaudium, 192).
Another grave and related issue confronting our world is that of mass migration: the sheer numbers of men and women forced to seek work away from their homelands is a cause for concern.  Despite their hopes for a better future, they frequently encounter mistrust and exclusion, to say nothing of experiencing tragedies and disasters.  Having made such sacrifices, these men and women often fail to find dignified work and fall victim to a certain “globalization of indifference”.  Their situation exposes them to further dangers such as the horror of human trafficking, forced labour and enslavement.  It is unacceptable that, in our world, slave labour has become common coin (cf. Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 24 September 2013).  This cannot continue!   Human trafficking is a scourge, a crime against the whole of humanity.   It is time to join forces and work together to free its victims and to eradicate this crime that affects all of us, from individual families to the worldwide community (cf. Address to the New Ambassadors Accredited to the Holy See, 12 December 2013).
It is also time to reinforce existing forms of cooperation and to establish new avenues for expanding solidarity. This calls for: a renewed insistence on the dignity of every person; a more determined implementation of international labour standards; planning for a focused development on the human person as its central actor and primary beneficiary; a re-evaluation of the responsibilities of international corporations in the countries where they operate, including the areas of profit and investment management; and a concerted  effort to encourage governments to facilitate the movement of migrants for the benefit of all, thus eliminating human trafficking and perilous travel conditions.  Effective cooperation in these areas will be greatly assisted by defining future sustainable development goals.  As I recently expressed to the Secretary General and Chief Executives of the United Nations: “Future sustainable development goals must therefore be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure decent work for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development.”
Dear Friends, the social teaching of the Catholic Church supports the initiatives of the ILO which aim to promote the dignity of the human person and the nobility of human labour.   I encourage you in your efforts to face the challenges of today’s world in fidelity to these lofty goals.  At the same time, I invoke God’s blessing on all that you do to defend and advance the dignity of  work for the common good of our human family.
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What is the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven? Answers from the Bible and Novena Prayer

The Ascension of Jesus is told in the Bible in Acts 1:9-11. This teaching explains that the resurrected Jesus was taken up to Heaven 40 days after the resurrection. The Gospels also describe the ascension of Jesus in Luke 24:50-53 and Mark 16:19. The ascension of Jesus is included in the Nicene Creed and in the Apostles' Creed. The Feast of the Ascension, is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter (always a Thursday). In some countries this Feast is transferred to the Sunday following the Thursday. Jesus said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Jesus led the eleven disciples to Bethany, not far from Jerusalem.  Then he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. Acts 1:9 describes the Ascension: "And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." The Ascension took place on Mount Olivet. The Chapel of the Ascension in Jerusalem today is venerated by Christians and Muslims. There is a 12x12 meter octagonal structure (called a martyrium—"memorial"—or "Edicule") that remains to this day. Russian Orthodox have a Convent of the Ascension on the top of the Mount of Olives. Christian theology[edit]  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:"Christ's Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God's power and authority." CCC 668. In  John 20:17 Jesus told St. Mary Magdalene: "I have not yet ascended to the Father; go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God"
Ascension remembers the day when Jesus went up into heaven 40 days after He rose from the dead. 
Novena Prayer (Say 9 Times)
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us Pray:
O God, who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolations,
Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

Saint May 29 : St. Maximinus of Trier : Bishop

Feast: May 29

Feast Day:May 29
Born:at Silly near Poitiers, France
Died:12 September 349 or 29 May 352 (records vary)
Patron of:Trier, Germany
St. Maximinus was one of those pastors whom God raised in the most dangerous times to support his church. He was born at Poitiers, nobly descended, and related to Maxentius, bishop of that city before St. Hilary. The reputation of the sanctity of St. Agritius, bishop of Triers, drew him young to that city, and after a most virtuous education, he was admitted to holy orders, and, upon the death of Agritius, chosen his successor in 332. When St. Athanasius was banished to Triers in 336, St. Maximinus received him, not as a person disgraced, but as a most glorious confessor of Christ, and thought it a great happiness to enjoy the company of so illustrious a saint. St. Athanasius stayed with him two years; and his works bear evidence to the indefatigable vigilance, heroic courage, and exemplary virtue of our saint, who was before that time famous for the gift of miracles. St. Paul, bishop of Constantinople, being banished by Constantius, found also a retreat at Triers, and in St. Maximinus a powerful protector. Our saint, by his counsels, precautioned the emperor Constans against the intrigues and snares of the Arians, and on every occasion discovered their artifice, and opposed their faction. He was one of the most illustrious defenders of the Catholic faith in the council of Sardica in 347, and had the honor to be ranked by the Arians with St. Athanasius, in an excommunication which they pretended to fulminate against them at Philippopolis. St. Maximinus is said to have died in Poitou in 349, having made a journey thither to see his relations. He was buried near Poitiers; but his body was afterwards translated to Triers on the day which is now devoted to his memory. St. Maximinus, by protecting and harboring saints, received himself the recompense of a saint.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

RIP Maya Angelou - Famous Novelist, Actress and Civil Rights Activist - Age 86

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, May 27, 2014. Marguerite (nee) was born on April 7, 1928 in St. Louis. The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama presented her the Medal of Freedom, which is the country's highest civilian honor. Angelou's most famous book was "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." This memoir shows the violence of the racist South. Here the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou's real name) is portrayed. She was abandoned by her parents and raped by her mother's boyfriend at the age of 7. Angelou was homeless and became a teen mother. In six other autobiographical books she also wrote, Angelou revealed the many interests and careers of her life.  In 1957, she recorded her first album, "Miss Calypso."  Angelou was a member of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York. She played a queen in "The Blacks," the production by Jean Genet. She was referred to as Dr. Angelou, but never went to University. Angelou received more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. She had a great influence in civil rights and racial discrimination. Angelou spoke six languages and worked as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana.  In CNN interview, Angelou said, "Go to your church or your synagogue or your mosque, and say, 'I'd like to be of service. I have one hour twice a month.' "You'll be surprised at how much better you will feel," she said. "And good done anywhere is good done everywhere." Her work on Broadway has been nominated for Tony Awards. PLEASE PRAY for her SOUL....

Pope Francis Speaks about Trip to Holy Land at General Audience in Vatican

Pope Francis at General Audience

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday spoke about his recent visit to the Holy Land. He said his journey was meant to renew a commitment to work for Christian unity but also to encourage efforts to work for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.
Below are the Pope’s words read out at the General Audience.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: My apostolic journey to the Holy Land in these days was a great grace for me and for the whole Church.  It commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, which marked a milestone along the path to Christian unity.  Patriarch Bartholomaios and I prayed together as brothers before the tomb of the Risen Lord and we renewed our commitment to work for full communion between the Churches.  My journey was also meant to encourage the efforts of those who work for peace in the Middle East and those who care for the many people, especially refugees and children, suffering the effects of war and violence.  As you know, I have invited the Presidents of Israel and Palestine to join me in praying for peace.  Finally, I wished to confirm in faith the Christian communities in the Holy Land, to acknowledge their difficulties and to support their charitable and educational works.  May the prayer and solidarity of the entire Church sustain their witness to the Gospel message of hope and reconciliation, and help to bring God’s gift of peace to those blessed lands.
I am pleased to greet the members of the International Catholic Migration Commission meeting in plenary session, with prayerful good wishes for their united action in providing relief to so many of our brothers and sisters in need.  I also greet the Catholic Police Guild of England and Wales on the centenary of its foundation, and the members of the Global Legislators Organization.  Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Sweden, Israel, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, Canada and the United States, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord.  God bless you!

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