On April 23rd 1616 the playwright William Shakespeare died on his birthday so we now celebrate 400 years of this great playwright.
1. John Shakespeare William’s father, was identified in 1592 as a recusant, that is a Catholic who refused to attend the services of the Church of England.
2. Fr. John Frith, who officiated the marriage of Shakespear to Anne Hathaway in 1582 in the village of Temple Grafton, was identified by the government in 1586 as a Roman Catholic priest. This Church was at a distance from Shakespeare's home so it is speculated that he went there due to his adherence to the Catholic Church.
3.Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna was named a recusant onn May 5, 1606 by the government. Shakespeare left all his wealth to her.
4. Shakespeare purchased Blackfriars Gatehouse in London on March 10, 1613. The gatehouse was rumored to be a hiding place for Catholic priests and had secret tunnels. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., holds Shakespeare's copy of the deed of purchase.
5. An Anglican minister wrote a statement confirming that Shakespeare died a Catholic. Archdeacon Richard Davies, of Gloucestershire wrote in notes —a collection of biographies written by the Rev. William Fulman—that Shakespeare "dyed a Papyst [died a Papist]." According to an article first published in 1918 in Old and Sold Antiques Digest, the Fulman manuscript is at Oxford University's Corpus Christi College.
PRINCE Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was a North American singer. He died on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. Prince was born in Minneapolis. He died at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, He had flu-like symptoms in the previous weeks. Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, His parents were Mattie Della (Shaw) and John Lewis Nelson. His parents were both African American musicians, Prince's sister Tika Evene was born in 1960. When he was 37, he married his 22-year-old backup singer Mayte Garcia in 1996. They had a son named Boy Gregory on October 16, 1996, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died a week later. Prince and Mayte divorced in 1999. In 2001, Prince married Manuela Testolini. She filed for divorce in May 2006. Prince joined the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2001, He attended meetings at a local Kingdom Hall and occasionally knocked on people's doors to discuss the Faith. (Biographical Information from Wikipedia)
In an 1985 Interview below from MTV Prince explains that he believes in God and prays.
Please Pray for his soul....
Wow #PopeFrancis hears Confessions of 16 Teens at Jubilee for Year of Mercy - "Let us forgive!" TEXT Message of Pope to Teens
The Jubilee for teens which is part of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. The theme for this three day event is "Growing merciful as the Father”. 70 thousand teenagers aged 13 to 16 year old from all over the world. There were confessions heard by 150 priests and by Pope Francis himself, in the colonnade of St Peter’s Basilica. There will be a special Mass Sunday morning in St Peter’s Square with Pope Francis. Pope Francis surprised thousands of teenagers in St. Peter's Square by personally hearing confessions for more than an hour Saturday morning. The Holy Father offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to 16 teenage boys and girls. beneath the colonnade in front of St Peter’s Basilica. The teens went to Rome’s Olympic Stadium and saw a video message from the Holy Father. He said, “Don’t just prepare your rucksacks and your banners – but your hearts and minds as well”. “Being merciful means being able to forgive. And this is not easy, is it? Sometimes it happens that, in my family, at school, in the parish, at the gym, or while we’re having fun, someone does something and we feel offended; or maybe in a nervous moment we offend someone. Let us not remain in that state of anger or desire for revenge! It serves nothing! It’s like a woodworm which eats our soul and doesn’t allow us to be happy. Let us forgive! Let us forgive and forget the offence we’ve received, so that we may understand Jesus’ teaching and be his disciples and witnesses of mercy,” the Pope said. “How often it happens to me to have to call a friend but I can’t get through because there is no service. I’m sure this also happens to you, that you’re cell phone doesn’t connect in some places… Well, remember that if Jesus is not in your life, it’s as if there is no [phone] service! You can’t get in contact with someone and you close yourself off. Let us be where there is service! In your family, parish, or school, so that we will always have something good and true to say in this world.” The Teen Jubilee will be held until Monday April 25th.
Born 939 of a noble Bohemian family; died 997. He assumed the name of the Archbishop Adalbert (his name had been Wojtech), under whom he studied at Magdeburg. He became Bishop of Prague, whence he was obliged to flee on account of the enmity he had aroused by his efforts to reform the clergy of his diocese. He betook himself to Rome, and when released by Pope John XV from his episcopal obligations, withdrew to a monastery and occupied himself in the most humble duties of the house. Recalled by his people, who received him with great demonstrations of joy, he was nevertheless expelled a second time and returned to Rome. The people of Hungary were just then turning towards Christianity. Adalbert went among them as a missionary, and probably baptized King Geysa and his family, and King Stephen. He afterwards evangelized the Poles, and was made Archbishop of Gnesen. But he again relinquished his see, and set out to preach to the idolatrous inhabitants of what is now the Kingdom of Prussia. Success attended his efforts at first, but his imperious manner in commanding them to abandon paganism irritated them, and at the instigation of one of the pagan priests he was killed. This was in the year 997. His feast is celebrated 23 April, and he is called the Apostle of Prussia. Boleslas I, Prince of Poland, is said to have ransomed his body for an equivalent weight of gold. He is thought to be the author of the war-song, "Boga-Rodzica", which the Poles used to sing when going to battle.
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The extraordinary devotion of all Christendom to this saint is an authentic proof how glorious his triumph and name have always been in the church. All his acts relate that he suffered under Diocletian at Nicomedia. Joseph Assemani shows, from the unanimous consent of all churches, that he was crowned on the 23rd of April. According to the account given us by Metaphrastes, he was born in Cappadocia, of noble Christian parents. After the death of his father he went with his mother into Palestine, she being a native of that country, and having there a considerable estate, which fell to her son George. He was strong and robust in body, and having embraced the profession of a soldier, was made a tribune, or colonel, in the army. By his courage and conduct he was soon preferred to higher stations by the Emperor Diocletian. When that prince waged war against the Christian religion, St. George laid aside the marks of his dignity, threw up his commission and posts, and complained to the emperor himself of his severities and bloody edicts. He was immediately cast into prison, and tried, first by promises, and afterwards put to the question and tortured with great cruelty; but nothing could shake his constancy. The next day he was led through the city and beheaded. Some think him to have been the same illustrious young man who tore down the edicts when they were first fixed up at Nicomedia, as Lactantius relates in his book, On the Death of the Persecutors, and Eusebius in his history. The reason why St. George has been regarded as the patron of military men is partly upon the score of his profession, and partly upon the credit of a relation of his appearing to the Christian army in the holy war, before the battle of Antioch. The success of this battle proving fortunate to the Christians, under Godfrey of Bouillon, made the name of St. George more famous in Europe and disposed the military men to implore more particularly his intercession. This devotion was confirmed, as it is said, by an apparition of St. George to our king, Richard I, in his expedition against the Saracens; which vision being declared to the troops, was to them a great encouragement, and they soon after defeated the enemy. St. George is usually painted on horseback and tilting at a dragon under his feet; but this representation is no more than an emblematical figure, purporting that by his faith and Christian fortitude he conquered the devil, called the dragon in the Apocalypse.
Though many dishonour the profession of arms by a licentiousness of manners, yet, to show us that perfect sanctity is attainable in all states, we find the names of more soldiers recorded in the Martyrologies than almost of any other profession. Every true disciple of Christ must be a martyr in the disposition of his heart, as he must be ready to lose all, and to suffer anything, rather than to offend God. Every good Christian is also a martyr, by the patience and courage with which he bears all trials. There is no virtue more necessary, nor of which the exercise ought to be more frequent, than patience. In this mortal life we have continually something to suffer from disappointments in affairs, from the severity of the seasons, from the injustice, caprice, peevishness, jealousy, or antipathy of others; and from ourselves, in pains either of mind or body. Even our own weaknesses and faults are to us subjects of patience. And as we have continually many burdens, both of our own and others, to bear, it is only in patience that we are to possess our souls. This affords us comfort in all our sufferings and maintains our souls in unshaken tranquillity and peace. This is true greatness of mind and the virtue of heroic souls. But, alas! every accident ruffles and disturbs us; and we are insupportable even to ourselves. What comfort should we find, what peace should we enjoy, what treasures of virtue should we heap up, what an harvest of merits should we reap, if we had learned the true spirit of Christian patience! This is the martyrdom and the crown of every faithful disciple of Christ.
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