Pope Stephen VI had Pope Formosus’ rotting nine-month-old corpse dug up, redressed in his papal vestments and seated on the throne so he could be tried…….
No 1 in our series on the Top 10 Controversial Catholic Popes is Pope Stephen VI remembered for the Cadaver Synod of the early Church.
The Cadaver Synod, known in Latin as the Synodus Horrenda, was the posthumous ecclesiastical trial of Pope Formosus. Around January 987, Pope Stephen VI ordered that the corpse of his papal predecessor, Pope Formosus, be exhumed from his tomb and brought to the papal courts for trial.
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* Pray the Rosary everyday for 30 days.
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* Your Miracle is on the way
“God, our Father, I turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as I look for suitable employment. I need your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. I wish to use the gifts and talents you have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment. Do not abandon me, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant me this favor I seek so that I may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
Say “Thank You Jesus” (100 times) As you say it, think about all the good things the LORD has done, is doing and will do for you.
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We as Catholics firmly believe that Mary is “ever virgin.” The Catechism asserts, “The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man” (#499). Given this teaching, the perpetual virginity of Mary has traditionally been defended and examined in three parts: Mary’s conception of Christ (virginitas ante partum); her giving birth to Christ (virginitas in partu); and her remaining a virgin after the birth of Christ (virginitas post partum). This formulation was used by many of the early Church Fathers– St. Augustine, St. Peter Chrysologus, Pope St. Leo the Great, St. Gregory Nazianzus, and St. Gregory Nyssa. For example, the Catechism quotes St. Augustine’s elaboration: Mary “remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to Him, a virgin in carrying Him, a virgin in nursing Him at her breast, always a virgin” (#510).
As As reported by Catholic Online the Vatican is investigating the Heralds of the Gospel, which some say participates in cult practices and has made a pact with Satan. The investigation is being led by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life.
The organization was founded in 1995 following the death of Plinio Correa de Oliveria (Dr. Plinio), founder of the Tradition, Family and Property Association. Dr. Plinio was an intellectual, ultra-conservative Catholic who went so far as to protest the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
The organization he founded split into two groups. One group remains faithful to the original mission of the organization, but the second group, known as the Heralds of the Gospel, seems ot have taken a more dramatic path.
It’s almost 140 years and these Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have been adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament non stop.
The group dates back to 1849 when a small band of women from Bavaria started the Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the purpose of spreading the Gospel among German immigrants. In 1856, they started helping at a local seminary, but the work quickly became too demanding. With too much to do and unable to live a proper religious prayer life, some of the community’s founders left.
The remaining women decided to refocus their mission and moved their convent to Jefferson, WI in 1864. Then, in 1871, they moved again to the newly formed Diocese of La Crosse, WI. But they were still searching for their purpose.
Catholics in the Spanish city of Granada struck back at what they described as a “provocative” decision to stage a Ramadan fast-breaking in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary, by arranging a mass public prayer at the same spot.
“We are here because we can’t allow that to happen. They can’t do it in Granada. They can do so in their place, but not in the Jardines del Triunfo that has been ours for so long,” a Catholic at the event told RT’s Ruptly video agency.
The present-day Jardines del Triunfo started off as 13th century Islamic cemetery during the Muslim occupation of Spain, but is now dominated by a 17th century statue of the Immaculate Conception, located atop a towering pillar.
Permit me today to glide over the normal salivating eucharistic theologies (which abound in the sequence of today) that should normally ornament a homily of today’s sort and to focus immediately on the Challenges which a celebration like today’s naturally evoke.
This is because it would not be possible for us today, within the margined confines of our space and time, to accommodate all that could be said about the Eucharist.
Secondly, in talking about the challenges, we would have the leverage to reflect shortly on the theological background behind each eucharistic challenge. Hence our Theme! These challenges are hereby highlighted as appreciation, utilization, preparation/purification, imitation and communion!
Every Catholic Should Know these facts about the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist.
1. When the Eucharistic is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~St. John Chrysostom
2. The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~St. Augustine
3. If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~St. Jean Vianney
4. The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~St. Thomas Aquinas
* He was a Convert to Catholicism
Mike Hopkins was raised in a Protestant family, but married a Catholic woman. Though they were raising their two daughters as Catholics, he wasn’t sure it was for him right away, until he said he “felt that something was missing in my life.”
After a period of discernment, he eventually joined RCIA and was received into full communion in the Catholic Church. But that raised a question for him when he was sent to the International Space Station as an astronaut in 2013 for 24 weeks: how would he receive the Sacraments?
He couldn’t celebrate Mass or do Reconciliation without a priest. But he would be able to receive the Eucharist if he took consecrated host with him to space.
The Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed mosque in Al Mushrif, a district in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was on Wednesday renamed ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’.
Mariam Umm Eisa is an Arabic name for Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
The renaming of the mosque was ordered by Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, “to consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions”, Gulf News reports.
Points you may take note of:
1. Authentic Catholics know that it is SOLEMN rather than dull. They love it so
2. Worship is not for ENTERTAINMENT. During worship humanity gives God his due and then ask Him for its needs. There are very many places that offer fun and entertainment. The Church cannot compete with them!
3. Real worship MUST GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT FEELING from all other experiences. You are not supposed to feel the same way you feel at a birthday party, night club, office, beer parlour, motor park, home, school etc. Worshipping is a SACRED ACTIVITY.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, to your Holy Hearts do I come to beg for the infinite merits and graces that only God can give.
Jesus, Your Sacred Heart is burning with love for me. I know that you love all of us so much. How often have we hurt You by our sin. How often have I put thorns into Your Holy Heart, by my sin. I am sorry O Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Mary, your Immaculate Heart, loves each one of us as a child. Your heart too is wounded by the sin of the people. What people do by sin to the Heart of Jesus they do to you too. Your holy heart is so sad because people are indifferent to the love and mercy offered by Jesus.
With your Immaculate Heart, O Mary, and with Your Sacred Heart, Lord Jesus, I offer your love with this prayer to our Heavenly Father, and through your Holy Hearts humbly request…
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I shall never be able to thank you enough for loving me so much. I offer my love in return and hope that your Holy Hearts will find some joy in my poor unworthy heart. AMEN
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According to Catholic.org, the footage is emotional and difficult to believe, but it is genuine and verified by the cameras of hundreds of other eyewitnesses. A crowd of people gathered in Knock, Ireland at 3 PM, June 10, saw a promised vision of the Virgin Mary in the sky.
The sun appeared as an elongated shape in the videos, not as a circle. Rays of light were also captured on camera. As clouds passed before the sun, filtering out the brightest light, people were able to look directly at the vision. They reported the vision moved, and spun, a classic miracle of the sun, often associated with apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
The sight alone is moving and astounding. There is no evidence on video that is so clearly genuine or so remarkable. But what makes this apparition even more compelling is that it was predicted by a 14-year-old boy.
This happened last Friday and the priest in questions belongs to a religious community in the centre of Genoa, Italy. Though we do not have all the information as at writting, but the priest is said to have seen the devil twice according to the suicide note he left behind.
After having celebrated Mass he closed himself into the library of the Institute, where he was based, and hanged himself. His corps was not found until the evening.
The priest left a note in his bedroom indicating psychological problems, “I apologise to everyone. But I’ve seen the Devil twice. That’s why I can not continue anymore.”
The priest was very active and did not show any signs, which would have allowed anticipating his act.
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Many of you must have seen this viral video of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary underwater.
While some of you may be wondering where this is and the story behind it, many others are also spreading false news to its origin and purpose of being there.
VATICAN – The Pope deeply saddened by the events of the diocese of Ahiara Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Yesterday the Holy Father received a Delegation of the Diocese of Ahiara, Nigeria, in a private Audience, which has been living a painful situation for years (see Fides, 8/6/2017).
The members of the Delegation were accompanied by His Eminence Cardinal J. O. Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja and Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara, His Excellency A. J. Obinna, Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri, I. A. Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos and President of the Episcopal Conference of Nigeria, His Excellency P. E. Okpaleke, Bishop of Ahiara.
Also Cardinal Secretary of State, the Prefect and Superiors of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples were also present as well as Reverend Fathers C. O. Ebii, J. N. Uwalaka and U. I. Olekamma, Sister B. O. Ezeyi and S.A.R.P Iwu, Traditional Head, on behalf of the religious and lay faithful. The meeting, characterized by dialogue and listening, ended with a prayer to Mary and the Pope’s blessing.
Below is the Holy Father’s text: Continue reading
Days after the Islamic State reportedly kidnapped 15 people from a church (including a priest and nuns) in Marawi, Philippines, the terrorist group released a video showing showing the destruction of a Catholic Church.
The terrorists can be seen smashing statues, tearing a picture of Pope Francis and finally setting the church on fire.
The militants belong to the Maute terror group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015.
The same Islamic State-allied militants in the Philippines took a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers hostage on May 22-23, threatening to kill them if the nation’s military does not cease its current offensive against them. They also burned the Catholic cathedral of Marawi. ISIS has destroyed numerous Catholic Churches in the regions they control.
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The exhumed body of St. Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre in the crypt of the saint’s shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy
Before the death of Padre Pio he shared the story of his most painful and bloody wound with Fr. Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II)
Years after World War II, young Fr Karol Wojtyla who was futhering his education in Rome then, journeyed into rural Italy so that he could spend nearly a week in San Giovanni Rotondo and be in the company of Padre Pio. At that time, crowd have not begin to push around Padre Pio so much then, so the young Fr Wojtyla had the opportunity to speak at length with the Franciscan who called himself the ‘humble friar who prays’.
Reports of a “Vatican City Bombing” flooded social media yesterday. They plastered images of billowing clouds of black smoke coming from Rome.
According to Steve Skojec with One Peter Five, these reports are nothing more than sensationalists trying to stir up drama.
“Fortunately, I have friends and colleagues in Rome, and I can report to you with confidence that the fire was not at the Vatican.”
FROM MORTALITY TO IMMORTALITY
“If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of His Spirit in you” (Romans 8:11).
“But as for you, Christ has poured out His Spirit on you. As long as His Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you. For His Spirit teaches you about everything, and what He teaches is true, and remain in union with Christ” (1John 2:27).
FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER
“In that last day, that great day of feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture have said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this He meant the Holy Spirit, which they that believe in Him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:38-39).
The Archbishop of Bafia, Cameroon, Mgr Jean Marie Benoît Balla has reportedly taken his own life by jumping into the Sanaga River around the Ebebda Bridge in Cameroon.
The Catholic community launched a search for the clergyman after his Land Cruiser SUV with registration plate number CE 9503V was found on the Ebebda bridge Wednesday afternoon- about 90km from Yaounde.
A search of the vehicle revealed his ID card, driver’s license and car documents.
“I was given grace to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the gentiles, dedicated to offer them the gospel of God, so that gentiles might become an acceptable offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:16).