Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Wow Pope Francis raffles off Gifts to help the Poor - including a car...

Pope Francis donated many of his personal items for a lottery to help the poor. The raffle contains items such as the Pope's hat to a Fiat car he never used. Tickets were only available at the Vatican. . There were 13 items including the new Fiat Panda, a leather suitcase, a Panama-style hat, an espresso coffee machine, watches and bicycles that the pope received as gifts. There were also over 30 unspecified "consolation prizes." Tickets for the raffle were 10 euros, which is about $12 US,
The winning numbers were published on January 9th on the webpage of the Vatican City State. The winners will have a total of 30 days to collect their prizes. (Ticket pictured below)

Pope Francis "...3 solid pillars: the human person, ecclesial communion, and the local Church.”

10/01/2015 03:35

Pope Francis addressed the participants of a meeting convened by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” and the Pontifical Council for Latin America to mark the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti. Among those present were representatives of the Holy See, bishops and Episcopal conferences, as well as charitable and religious organizations.
The two day conference, entitled "The Communion of the Church: Memory and Hope for Haiti, 5 Years After the Earthquake” sought to place a spotlight on continuing reconstruction efforts on the island. In his address, Pope Francis thanked the bishops of Haiti as well as the representatives of the charitable institutions who continue to aid the people of the island-nation.
“Through the help given to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, we have shown that the Church is a great body, one in which the various members care for one another. It is in this communion, prompted by the Holy Spirit, that our charitable service finds its deepest motivation.”
Turning his attention towards rebuilding efforts, the Pope explained that all that needs to be done “rests on three solid pillars: the human person, ecclesial communion, and the local Church.”
The person, he said, is at the centre of the Church’s activities, thus ensuring that material needs are met in order to help Haitians to “further their own spiritual and religious lives.”
“In this phase of reconstruction, humanitarian and pastoral activities are not in competition with one another, but rather are complementary,: each needs the other, and together they help Haitians to be mature persons and Christians capable of devoting themselves to the good of their brothers and sisters.”
Regarding the second pillar of ecclesial communion, the Holy Father reflected on the various dioceses, religious institutions and charitable organizations who continue to work in the country. However, he stressed that charity is more authentic and incisive when lived in communion.
“Charity is the inner life of the Church and is manifested in ecclesial communion. Communion between bishops and with bishops, who are the first ones responsible for the service of charity.”
Finally, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of the local Church, encouraging the bishops, priests and religious of Haiti to become witnesses of evangelical charity through prayer, listening to the word of God and receiving the Sacraments.
“The Church in Haiti must become always more alive and fruitful, to witness to Christ and to make its contribution to the development of the nation.”
Concluding his address, the Pope expressed his gratitude to those present and urged them to continue along the path of healing and rebuilding Haiti.
Shared from Radio Vaticana

Over 10 Million Catholics Honor Jesus in Procession of Black Nazarene in Philippines

Manila: millions of faithful in the streets for the passage of the Black Nazarene
The procession of Christ's statue attracted about 10 million people; however, a final figure is not yet available. Upon opening the festival, Car Tagle called on those present to give priority to humility and spirituality. "A true devotee," he said, knows "fully well that without Him, he is nothing".

Manila (AsiaNews) - Millions of Filipino Catholics took to the streets to participate in the procession of the Black Nazarene on its feast day, one of the most felt in the whole country.
According to priests in Quiapo district, where the statue of the Black Nazarene is housed throughout the year, approximately ten million people may have turned out for the procession. However, exact figures are not yet available.
The municipal government has deployed more than 3,500 law enforcement officers to ensure order during the festival, also known as 'traslaciĆ³n'. However, a man appears to have died during the procession from a heart attack.
The procession commemorates the first time the statue was moved, from a church in Manila's  Intramuros district to Quiapo, on 9 January 1767.
The statue of the Black Nazarene represents Jesus bent under the weight of the cross. A Spanish Augustinian priest brought it to Manila in 1607 aboard a ship from Mexico.
According to tradition, the boat caught fire during the trip, but the image of Christ miraculously escaped the fire but turned colour black. Despite the damage, the population of Manila decided to preserve and honour the effigy.
Since then, the statue has been called the Black Nazarene and many people claim that they were healed of their illness by touching its surface.
Over the centuries, the aura surrounding the miraculous image of Christ has made it a symbol of the Filipino people.
Some years ago, the bishops sent a copy of the statue to the Christians in Mindanao, for they are too far away to participate in the mass procession in Quiapo.
The celebrations are held in Cagayan de Oro as well as in the capital on 9 January, feast day of the Nazarene, and on Good Friday.
Card Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, led the festivities this morning. In his address, he invited the faithful present to change their lives, with primary emphasis on humility and spirituality.

"Look up to God, look back and bow down to Him," Tagle said in his homily. "A true devotee is one who looks up, look backs and bows down to God, knowing fully well that without Him, he is nothing". Shared from AsiaNews IT

Today's Mass Readings : Saturday Januray 10, 2015

Saturday after Epiphany
Lectionary: 217

Reading 11 JN 5:14-21

We have this confidence in him
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,
we know that what we have asked him for is ours.
If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,
he should pray to God and he will give him life.
This is only for those whose sin is not deadly.
There is such a thing as deadly sin,
about which I do not say that you should pray.
All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.

We know that anyone begotten by God does not sin;
but the one begotten by God he protects,
and the Evil One cannot touch him.
We know that we belong to God,
and the whole world is under the power of the Evil One.
We also know that the Son of God has come
and has given us discernment to know the one who is true.
And we are in the one who is true,
in his Son Jesus Christ.
He is the true God and eternal life.
Children, be on your guard against idols.

Responsorial PsalmPS 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B

R. (see 4a) The Lord takes delight in his people.
R. Alleluia.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
R. Alleluia.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
R. Alleluia.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R. The Lord takes delight in his people.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaMT 4:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 3:22-30

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea,
where he spent some time with them baptizing.
John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim,
because there was an abundance of water there,
and people came to be baptized,
for John had not yet been imprisoned.
Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew
about ceremonial washings.
So they came to John and said to him,
“Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan,
to whom you testified,
here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.”
John answered and said,
“No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ,
but that I was sent before him.
The one who has the bride is the bridegroom;
the best man, who stands and listens for him,
rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.
So this joy of mine has been made complete.
He must increase; I must decrease.”

Saint January 10 : St. William of Bourges : Cistercian Bishop

St. William of Bourges
Feast: January 10

Feast Day:January 10
12th century in Nevers, France
Died:10 January 1209 at Bourges, France
Canonized:17 May 1217 by Pope Honorius III

Ciscertian bishop, also called William of Dongeon. He was born at Nevers, France, and studied under his uncle, Peter, the archdeacon of Soissons, before receiving ordination and appointment as a cannon of Soissons. He helpd the same post in Paris adn then entered the monastery of Grandmont, transferring to the Cistercian community at Pontigny. In succeeding years, he was abbot of Fontaine-Jean, in Sens; abbot of Chalis, near Senlis; and bishop of Bourges, receiving consecration in 1200. The last office he was compelled to take at the behest of Pope Innocent III (r. 1198-1216). As bishop, he distinguished himself by his austerities, concern for the poor, the defense of the rights of the Church against the French crown, and his success in converting many members of the Albigensian heresy. He was canonized by Pope Honorius III (r. 1216-1227).

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)
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