VATICAN – The Pope Deeply Saddened By The Events Of The Diocese Of Ahiara

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.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ends Harvard Speech With Prayer.

Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard Graduation


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ends Harvard Speech With a Prayer.
Last month [May], Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement speech at Harvard’s graduation. And he ended his 20-minute speech with something you might not have expected: a prayer.


Here’s what he said at the end of the speech:

“Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:



“‘May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.‘



“I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing. Congratulations, Class of ’17! Good luck out there.”

According to one Jewish website, there are many versions of the “Mi Shebeirach” prayer, which takes its name from the first two words in Hebrew which mean “May he who blesses.”

Though he was raised Jewish, Zuckerberg publicly identified as an atheist for years until this last Christmas. He posted a Christmas/Hanukkah message on his Facebook page, which prompted someone to ask him in a comment about whether he was still an atheist. He responded: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

At the time, he gave no further information about exactly what his religious beliefs were now. His use of a Jewish prayer in his Harvard speech may indicate that he has returned in some fashion to his Jewish roots.

Last year, Zuckerberg and his wife met Pope Francis at the Vatican. “It was a meeting we’ll never forget,” Zuckerberg said of it. “You can feel [Pope Francis’] warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.”

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See Video: ISIS Terrorists Shatter Statues & Burn Catholic Cathedral

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 Mysterious Story Of St. Faustina And The Flying Eucharist!


The Mysterious Story of St. Faustina vs. the Flying Eucharist.


    Previously, we shared St. Faustina’s beautiful Litany to the Blessed Host. Today we’re sharing the story of a unique and mysterious Eucharistic miracle she experienced.
St. Faustina was one of the great mystics of the 20th century, and she recorded her amazing regular supernatural experiences in her diary. In a passage dated to the late 1920s, she shares a number of fascinating stories about her personal encounters with Jesus Christ, both in apparitions and in the Eucharist. One amazing story stands out that took place while she was praying in her convent’s chapel.
“One day Jesus said to me, ‘I am going to leave this house,” the diary reads. “Because there are things here which displease Me.’” (Diary, 44ff)
Then something strange happened: the Eucharist left the tabernacle on its own and flew to her! “And the Host came out of the tabernacle and came to rest in my hand…”
If this were you, what would you do in this situation? The Blessed Eucharist – which is Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity – has just miraculously started moving around the room and landed in your hand. Would you be scared? Confused? Would you just freeze?
Well here’s how the saint responded: “I, with joy, placed it back in the tabernacle.”
But the Eucharist kept moving. “This was repeated a second time, and I did the same thing. Despite this, it happened a third time…”
After the third time, though, something new happened: “…the Host was transformed into the living Lord Jesus, who said to me, ‘I will stay here no longer!’”
Now, Jesus has told her twice that he wants to leave, and she has prevented him multiple times. After this second declaration, wouldn’t you think a saint would relent?
Not this saint! She confidently told Our Lord that she just wouldn’t let him leave the convent. She explains:
“At this, a powerful love for Jesus rose up in my soul, I answered, ‘And I, I will not let You leave this house, Jesus! And again Jesus disappeared while the Host remained in my hands. Once again I put it back in the chalice and closed it up in the tabernacle.”
This time, it was Jesus who relented. “And Jesus stayed with us.”
But the polish nun didn’t leave it at that. Jesus had said he had wanted to leave due to “things here which displease me.” So, in a very saintly manner, she took it on herself to try to atone for the problems: “I undertook to make three days of adoration by way of reparation.”
And that’s all she says about the encounter. What an incredible story of a wonderfully personal and intimate encounter with Our Lord!
St. Faustina, please pray for us!

Source:


Diary Of St. Faustina, ‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’.

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Body Of African Bishop Suspected To Have Committed Suicide Found.

Body of African bishop who reportedly committed suicide found.


The body of Cameroon Bishop Jean-Marie Benoît Balla, who has reportedly committed suicide, has been found, African sources have reported.

The Bishop of Bafia in Cameroon had been declared missing earlier last week when his car was spotted on Wednesday near the Sanaha river, near the nation’s capital, Yaoundé.




A note was reportedly found in his car, which read: “Do not look for me! I am in the water.”




While many believe this was the bishop’s suicide note, others believe he may have been murdered, due to other unsolved murders of priests in the country. Boko Haram has been accused of kidnapping priests and nuns in the country.

The La Croix newspaper in its edition for Africa reported that the Cameroonian Bishops’ Conference had issued a communique asking for prayers to find the Bishop, in whose car “the police have not found any sign of violence or blood.”




Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life Africa,
posted a series of photos of the Bishop’s car and pleas for prayers early in the morning on Friday, June 2.



On June 1, fishermen discovered the body of the bishop underneath a bridge. He was 58 years old.
Investigations into his death are ongoing.

Bishop Balla was born on May 10, 1959. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Yaoundé on June 20, 1987.
He was appointed Bishop of Bafia on May 3, 2003 and consecrated on July 12 of that same year. The Diocese of Bafia has more than 200,000 Catholics.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

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Here Is What St. Padre Pio Told St. John Paul II Alone About The Most Private Details Of His Stigmata

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’.

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​Terror Bomb-Blast At The Vatican City Yesterday, The True Story

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.”

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Saint Faustina’s Little Known Litany To The Holy Eucharist.

Some of us may have probably heard of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which was given to St. Faustina by Christ. But have you heard of her beautiful Litany to the Blessed Host?

St. Faustina was one of the great mystics of the 20th century, and she recorded her amazing regular supernatural experiences in her diary.

In a passage dated January 4, 1935, she explains the holy way she spent the final hours of 1934: in intense prayer before Christ in the Eucharist. (Diary, 352ff) Then, as the clock struck midnight, she broke out into a litany of praise to Jesus in the Eucharist!
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Pope Francis Listens To Testimonies Of Earthquake Children Survivors, Tells Them To Trust In Jesus.

Pope Francis with one of the survivors of the earthquake.

Pope hears testimonies of earthquake children, asks them to trust in Jesus.

Pope Francis listened to the testimonies of several children from earthquake-struck areas on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Vatican. 
On Saturday June 3rd 2017, Pope Francis met with 400 children from towns hit by earthquakes in central Italy, telling them that during times of tragedy and natural disasters, we must deepen our trust in the Lord, who helps us.
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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 50

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).

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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 49

ANOINTING 

“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).

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Only 7 Women In The World Can Wear White To See The Pope

Only 7 women in the world can wear white to officially meet the Pope.

This is the traditional protocol of the “privilège du blanc.”




President Donald Trump’s first visit to Pope Francis captured the world’s attention for various reasons, both because of their differences of perspective on sensitive issues and also because both Melania and Ivanka wore a black dress and veil to meet the Holy Father.
The Holy See does not impose a compulsory dress code, but does suggest a protocol for state visits and hearings with the Pope, both for men and women.
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7 Sanctuaries Linked By A Straight Line: The Legendary Sword Of St. Michael The Archangel.

Map of the 7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line.

7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of St. Michael.

According to legend, the sacred line represents the blow with which St. Michael sent the Devil to hell.
A mysterious imaginary line links seven monasteries, from Ireland to Israel. Is it just a coincidence? These seven sanctuaries are very far from each other, and yet they are perfectly aligned.
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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 48

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).

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Sad News!!! Catholic Archbishop Commits Suicide By Jumping Into The River

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.

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New South Korean President Moon Jae-in Poses With Pet Cat In The Blue House.

Moon Jae-in with pet cat. Photo credit – CGTN


New South Korean President Moon Jae-in poses with pet cat in the presidential Blue House

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in tweeted photos of himself and pet cat Jjingjjingi at home in the presidential Blue House, writing “The separated family members reunited.” 

Moon, an active animal rights promoter, has several pets and they have been joining him in the Blue House, which is now home to a cat for the very first time. “Jjingjjingi isn’t familiar with the new environment yet so she doesn’t go outside and clings to me and does not let go when I watch TV,” the tweet continued. 

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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 47

DIVINE SANCTIFIER

“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).

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Rev. Fr. Hilary Nanman Dechelem Appointed Bishop of Bauchi: He Was My Parish Priest

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Msgr Hilary Nanman Dechelem Appointed Bishop of Bauchi

His Holiness Pope Francis has today, Wednesday 31st May, appointed as bishop of Bauchi diocese, Rev Fr Hilary Nanman Dechelem C.M.F.

He is at present parish priest of Church of Immaculate Conception Upperhill, Makurdi. Born June 3 1966 in the former Benue Plateau State. He is a native of Moeda–Kwalla from Kwampan Local Government Area of Plateau State. Attended Primary School in L.E.A School Kabala, St Catherine’s Makurdi and Central Primary School, Awe, Nassarawa State respectively. Attended Secondary Education at St Peters College Toto, St John Bosco, Doma and Government Secondary School Obi all in Nassarawa State. Was admitted by the Claretian Missionaries in 1986 at Nekede Owerri for Postulancy. Had first Religious Profession on 8th September 1988 at Utonkon, Benue State and  Final Religious Profession on 13th September1993 at Maryland, Nekede, Owerri.

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How Did A Stone Seal Jesus Tomb?

The Risen Christ with Mary Magdalene

If you have a mental picture of a large disk rolling away, think again.
When you imagine the stone that was rolled away from the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection, what do you see in your mind? We dare say that many people think of a nice round disk-shaped stone that merely needs a little push to get it rolling.

But recent archaeological studies on the matter suggest otherwise.
Disk-shaped stones to seal the caves in which people were buried in Jesus’ time were rare, as archaeologist Amos Kloner found out. Kloner could find only four such arrangements out of the more than 900 Second Temple-period burial caves around Jerusalem. And those four belonged to royal or well-to-do persons.
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Feast Of The Visitation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary – May 31.

Ordinary Time: May 31st


Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


[The Visitation]
COLLECT PRAYER




Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us, we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The feast of the Visitation recalls to us the following great truths and events: The visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation; the cleansing of John the Baptist from original sin in the womb of his mother at the words of Our Lady’s greeting; Elizabeth’s proclaiming of Mary—under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost—as Mother of God and “blessed among women”; Mary’s singing of the sublime hymn, Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”) which has become a part of the daily official prayer of the Church. The Visitation is frequently depicted in art, and was the central mystery of St. Francis de Sales’ devotions.

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The Mass of today salutes her who in her womb bore the King of heaven and earth, the Creator of the world, the Son of the Eternal Father, the Sun of Justice. It narrates the cleansing of John from original sin in his mother’s womb. Hearing herself addressed by the most lofty title of “Mother of the Lord” and realizing what grace her visit had conferred on John, Mary broke out in that sublime canticle of praise proclaiming prophetically that henceforth she would be venerated down through the centuries:

    “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me, and holy is His name” (Lk. 1:46).
—Excerpted from the Cathedral Daily Missal.




This feast is of medieval origin, it was kept by the Franciscan Order before 1263, and soon its observance spread throughout the entire Church. 
Previously it was celebrated on July 2. Now it is celebrated between the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the birth of St. John the Baptist, in conformity with the Gospel accounts. Some places appropriately observe a celebration of the reality and sanctity of human life in the womb. The liturgical color is white.


The Visitation.

And Mary rising up in those days went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah. [Lk. 1:39]

How lyrical that is, the opening sentence of St. Luke’s description of the Visitation. We can feel the rush of warmth and kindness, the sudden urgency of love that sent that girl hurrying over the hills. “Those days” in which she rose on that impulse were the days in which Christ was being formed in her, the impulse was his impulse.

Many women, if they were expecting a child, would refuse to hurry over the hills on a visit of pure kindness. They would say they had a duty to themselves and to their unborn child which came before anything or anyone else.

The Mother of God considered no such thing. Elizabeth was going to have a child, too, and although Mary’s own child was God, she could not forget Elizabeth’s need—almost incredible to us, but characteristic of her.

She greeted her cousin Elizabeth, and at the sound of her voice, John quickened in his mother’s womb and leapt for joy.

I am come, said Christ, that they may have life and may have it more abundantly. [Jn. 10, 10] Even before He was born His presence gave life.

With what piercing shouts of joy does this story of Christ unfold! First the conception of a child in a child’s heart, and then this first salutation, an infant leaping for joy in his mother’s womb, knowing the hidden Christ and leaping into life.

How did Elizabeth herself know what had happened to Our Lady? What made her realize that this little cousin who was so familiar to her was the mother of her God?

She knew it by the child within herself, by the quickening into life which was a leap of joy.

If we practice this contemplation taught and shown to us by Our Lady, we will find that our experience is like hers.

If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go with eager wills, “in haste,” to wherever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that He desires to be in that place, we shall find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His love.

And the answer we shall get from others to those impulses will be an awakening into life, or the leap into joy of the already wakened life within them.

-Excerpted
from The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander

Patronage: St. Elizabeth: Expectant mothers.

Symbols:
St. Elizabeth or Elisabeth: Pregnant woman saluting the Virgin; Elderly woman holding St. John Baptist; huge rock with a doorway in it; in company with St. Zachary.


Things to Do:



    Read Luke 1:39-47, the story of the Visitation. Read and meditate on the words of the Magnificat and the Hail Mary, two prayers from this feast. For those with children, depending on the ages, assign memorization for these prayers. Also discuss the meaning of the text as a family.

    This feast reminds us to be charitable to our neighbors. Try to assist some mother (expectant or otherwise), visit the elderly or sick, make a dinner for someone, etc. 

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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 46

DIVINE FREE GIFT

“And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young me shall see vision: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days I will pour out my Spirit” (Joel 2:28-29).

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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 45

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LORD OF JUSTICE AND COURAGE 

“But as for me, the Lord fills me with His Spirit and power; and gives me a sense of justice and the courage to tell the people of Israel what their sins are” (Micah 3:8).

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How To Dress If You Are Going To Meet The Pope.

How to dress if you’re going to meet the pope.




Following protocol is a way to show respect, and that is itself a sign of charity.




Most people can only dream of an opportunity to meet the pope face to face, but if that dream ever does come true, here’s something to take into account: there’s a dress code.

The code applies especially to heads of state, and notes differences between formal state visits and informal encounters.
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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 44

DIVINE TRUTH AND REVEALER

“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of his own, but will speak whatever He hears, and He wil reveal to you things to come” (John 16:13).

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