JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – On March 17, the world celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Also known as Feast of St. Patrick, the date marks the commemoration of the Irish patron saint’s death and the role he […]
No other Pope has done more to heal the painful wounds and did more than anyone else in history to effectively erase the scourge of antisemitism, emphasized the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich in his Sunday, May 17, 2020, announcement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II.
He points out that the Jewish community of Poland, together with Jews throughout the world, always remembers the life of Pope John Paul II. “In the centennial year of his birth, we take a moment to recognize the profound impact he had on the world as a whole and for us particularly on Jewish-Christian reconciliation and dialogue. Pope John Paul II embodied the essential quality of mutual respect and honoring every human being as a creation of God. No other Pope has done more to heal the painful wounds and did more than anyone else in history to effectively erase the scourge of antisemitism” – wrote Rabbi Schudrich.
He notes that Pope John Paul took bold steps within the contacts with the Jewish community. “Recognizing Jewish suffering during his visit to Auschwitz, acknowledging the State of Israel as central to Jewish life and faith and apologizing for Christian persecution of Jews throughout history, act as testaments to his ultimate aspiration regarding Jewish/Christian relations: the Pope stated his unwavering desire to not just mend the fracture but to +deepen dialogue in loyalty and friendship, in respect for one another’s convictions, taking as a fundamental basis the elements of the revelation which we have in common as a great spiritual patrimony+” – he emphasized.
At the May 14, 2020, Mass for Carers at Newcastle Cathedral, Bishop Robert Byrne CO prayed for frontline workers and those who have suffered greatly as a result of the virus. He will also remember those who have died.
He reflected on how “the pandemic has made us uncertain of the future, frustrated and even downright frightened and confused” and how “it is not just a challenge to be faced, but also a call to have a faith that trusts in the Lord.”
“Our prayer this evening is not merely that we be spared the pain of this disease. We also pray that we will have the faith to come through this period, maybe battered and scarred – but with a renewed sense of God in the midst of the storms that have come down upon us. Let ask for wisdom and strength for all in leadership and in the medical services, that they can have strength to continue their dedicated service. But we also ask for the grace to face these storms, trusting that God is not curled up in a corner, asleep and unconcerned about us.”
Appointment of bishop of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico
The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico, the Reverend Fr. Luis Miranda Rivera, O.Carm., episcopal vicar of the pastoral zone of San Juan-Santurce, and parish priest of the Santa Teresita parish of the archdiocese of San Juan de Puerto Rico.
Reverend Fr. Luis Miranda Rivera, O.Carm.
The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have revamped and reorganized their internationally renowned website about the Extraordinary Form, SanctaMissa.org. This website first launched in 2007 has been viewed by millions around the globe. The site offers a wide range of information, including video tutorials, lists of important documents, FAQs, and Gregorian Chant resources, all of which can help anyone from the celebrant to the laity in learning more about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
Many Catholic parishes have closed during the pandemic, but one marriage renewal ministry is seeking to reopen the doors of the “domestic church,” the family, during lockdown. “The doors of so many parishes are closed, or have been closed, and the doors to so many domestic churches have opened up again,” said Mary Rose Verret, co-founder of “Witness to Love” marriage prep ministry and the “Be Light” marriage renewal date night series.
Today is the feast of St. Simon Stock, who received the Brown Scapular from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1251. Fr. Michael-Joseph of Saint Thérèse shares the history, spirituality, and the practice of being enrolled in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.