Saturday, February 6, 2016

Catholic News World : Sat. February 6, 2016 - SHARE


Famous #Actor Eduardo Verástegui of #Bella makes Music Video for #Pope Francis - SHARE

Model, actor and singer Eduardo Verastegui of Mexico is most famous for his roles in the movies "Bella" and "Little Boy". He just launched the song 'Hermano del alma'. This is based on the theme of friendship. This is to welcome Pope Francis to Mexico, where will arrive on Friday February 12th.

Watch #PopeFrancis New #Creation Video "This month I make a special request..." FULL TEXT - Video

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network was asked by Pope Francis to make short films on prayer. It is led by Fr. Frédéric Fornos. He directs this worldwide network of prayer, which has over 35 million members in 89 countries.

In his first video which was released last January, Pope Francis asked for prayers for interreligious dialogue. The message reached millions of people.
Here is the Transcript of Pope Francis' Message for February on "Care for Creation" - "Believers and non-believers agree that the earth is our common home the fruits of which should benefit everyone. However, what is happening in the world we live in. The relationship between poverty and the fragility of the planet requires another way of managing the economy and measuring progress conceiving a new way of living. Because we need a change that unites us all. Free from the slavery of consumerism. This month I make a special request : That we may take good care of creation- a gift freely given; cultivating and protecting it for future generations. Caring for our common home."

Each month they will provide a new video to address the challenges of humanity to Pray...

#PopeFrancis meets with Prayer Groups of #PadrePio - Text - Video

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for a meeting with Saint Pio prayer groups, Vatican City, 06 February 2016 - ANSA
Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for a meeting with Saint Pio prayer groups, Vatican City, 06 February 2016 - ANSA
06/02/2016 12:00

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday greeted members of “Padre Pio” Prayer Groups, who are in Rome to venerate the relics of the great saint, which have been translated to St. Peter’s Basilica and are there exposed for veneration by the faithful in connection with the ongoing Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
St. Pius of Pietralcina – or San Padre Pio, as he is popularly known around the world – was a Capuchin friar with a worldwide reputation during his earthly life as a mystic and miracle-worker, who was also a tireless confessor and laborer in favor of the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden.
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It is in connection with efforts to renew appreciation of and rekindle love for the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation that Pope Francis has asked that the relics of St. Padre Pio be brought to Rome – together with those of another great Capuchin confessor, St. Leopold Mandic. In remarks prepared for the occasion of the prayer groups’ visit, Pope Francis reflected that St. Pius became, through the ministry of Confession, a living caress of the Father who heals the wounds of sin and restores the heart with peace. “St. Pius never tired of welcoming persons and listening to them, never tired of passing time and energy to spread the scent of the Lord’s pardon,” he said.
The “Padre Pio” prayer groups were founded in the mid-20th century by the saint himself, and are present in virtually every Italian region and in scores of countries around the world, and Pope Francis thanked the many of their number who had made the trip to Rome for the occasion, saying that prayer is the greatest strength of the Church and that we must never let go of the habit of prayer, since the Church bears fruit only if she does as Our Lady and the Apostles, who were, “persevering with one mind in prayer. (Acts 1:14)”
Pope Francis encouraged the participants to continue in their imitation ofPadre Pio, as apostles of prayer and as helpers of the sick and needy – and thus to continue to give example of the great love that builds up the Church, when Christians take and practice seriously the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. February, 6, 2016

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Lectionary: 328

Reading 11 KGS 3:4-13

Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,
because that was the most renowned high place.
Upon its altar Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings.
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.
God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
Solomon answered:
“You have shown great favor to your servant, my father David,
because he behaved faithfully toward you,
with justice and an upright heart;
and you have continued this great favor toward him, even today,
seating a son of his on his throne.
O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant,
king to succeed my father David;
but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.
I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.
For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request.
So God said to him: “Because you have asked for this–
not for a long life for yourself,
nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies,
but for understanding so that you may know what is right–
I do as you requested.
I give you a heart so wise and understanding
that there has never been anyone like you up to now,
and after you there will come no one to equal you.
In addition, I give you what you have not asked for,
such riches and glory that among kings there is not your like.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

R. (12b) Lord, teach me your statutes.
How shall a young man be faultless in his way?
By keeping to your words.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
With all my heart I seek you;
let me not stray from your commands.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Within my heart I treasure your promise,
that I may not sin against you.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
With my lips I declare
all the ordinances of your mouth.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
In the way of your decrees I rejoice,
as much as in all riches.
R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

AlleluiaJN 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 6:30-34

The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

Saint February 6 : St. Paul Miki & Companions : Martyrs of Japan


Feast Day:
February 4
1562, Tsunokuni, Japan
5 February 1597, Nagasaki, Japana
8 June 1862 by Pope Pius IX


In 1592 the persecution was renewed, and several Japanese converts received the crown of martyrdom. The emperor Tagcosama, one of the proudest and most vicious of men, was worked up into rage and jealousy by a suspicion suggested by certain European merchants desirous of the monopoly of this trade, that the view of the missionaries in preaching the Christian faith was to facilitate the conquest of their country by the Portuguese or Spaniards.
Three Jesuits and six Franciscans were crucified on a hill near Nangasaqui in 1597. The latter were partly Spaniards and partly Indians, and had at their head F. Peter Baptist, commissary of his order, a native of Avila, in Spain. As to the Jesuits, one was Paul Miki, a noble Japanese, and an eminent preacher, at that time thirty-three years old. The other two, John Gotto and James Kisai, were admitted into the Society in prison a little before they suffered. Several Japanese converts suffered with them. The martyrs were twenty-six in number, and among them were three boys who used to serve the friars at mass; two of them were fifteen years of age, and the third only twelve, yet each showed great joy and constancy in their sufferings. Of these martyrs, twenty-four had been brought to Meaco, where only a part of their left ears was cut off, by a mitigation of the sentence, which had commanded the amputation of their noses and both ears. They were conducted through many towns and public places, their cheeks stained with blood, for a terror to others. When the twenty-six soldiers of Christ were arrived at the place of execution near Nangasaqui, they were allowed to make their confession to two Jesuits of the convent in that town, and being fastened to crosses by cords and chains about their arm. and legs, and an iron collar about their necks, were raised into the air, the foot of each cross falling into a hole prepared for it in the ground. The crosses were planted in a row, about four feet asunder, and each martyr had an executioner near him with a spear ready to pierce his side; for such is the Japanese manner of crucifixion. As soon as all the crosses were planted, the executioners lifted up their lances, and at a signal given, all pierced the martyrs almost in the same instant; upon which they expired, and went to receive the reward of their sufferings. Their blood and garments were procured by Christians, and miracles were wrought by them. Urban VIII ranked them among the martyrs, and they are honoured on the 5th of February, the day of their triumph.


Catholic #Quote to SHARE by #MotherTeresa : "People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway...."

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Wow #Incorrupt Body of Saint Padre Pio - #Relics taken to #Vatican St. Peter's Basilica - Video

St Padre Pio - ANSA
St Padre Pio - ANSA
05/02/2016 17:30

(Vatican Radio) The relics of St. Pius of Pietralcina – Padre Pio, as he is popularly known around the world – and St. Leopold Mandic, made their way on Friday afternoon from the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro to St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
The relics of the two great saints – both of whom were Capuchin Franciscan friars and priests who were renowned as confessors – have come to Rome by the desire of Pope Francis in connection with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as part of efforts to renew, rekindle and strengthen interest in and love for the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation. 
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Following a Mass in nearby San Salvatore, at which the principal celebrant was the Archbishop of Manfredonia – Vieste – San Giovanni Rotondo, Michele Castoro, the saints' relics were carried in solemn procession through the streets of Rome, across the Tiber River and into St. Peter’s, where they were received by the Cardinal-Archpriest, Angelo Comastri, who, after a moment of prayer, accompanied them into the Basilica and saw them placed in the central nave before the Altar of the Confession for the faithful to venerate.
The relics will remain in St. Peter’s for veneration until the morning of February 11 when, after a Holy Mass of thanksgiving at 7:30 am at the Altar of the Chair, they will be returned to their places of repose.

#Novena Prayer to Saint Agatha - Patron of #BreastCancer, #Virgins, #Assault Victims - Share!

Novena Prayer to Saint Agatha, Virgin Martyr. Oh St. Agatha, who withstood the unwelcome advances from unwanted suitors, and suffered pain and torture for your devotion to Our Lord, we celebrate your faith, dignity and martyrdom.Protect us against rape and other violations, guard us against breast cancer and other afflictions of women, and inspire us to overcome adversity. Pray also, Glorious Saint for the special favor we ask through you? (Here state your request) Oh St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, mercifully grant that we who venerate your sacrifice, may receive your intercession. O God, Who dost make the minds of the faithful to be of one will, grant unto Thy people to love that which Thou dost command and desire that which Thou dost promise, that amid the changes of this world, our heart shall there be fixed where true joys may be found. Grant what we ask through the intercession of St. Agatha, we ask it through Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
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