Bishop Urges UK and France to Address Why People Risk Lives Crossing English Channel

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has urged the UK and French governments to work together to eradicate the underlying reasons that result in migrants risking their lives in an attempt to cross the English Channel to reach Britain.

Home Secretary Priti Patel recently met with her new-to-post French counterpart, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, to discuss how the governments of the two countries can do more to tackle illegally-facilitated Channel crossings by small boats.

They signed a Declaration of Intent in which it was agreed that a Franco-British Operational Research Unit would target the network of criminal gangs behind migrant smuggling – collating and analyzing operational intelligence to prevent crossings from taking place and to dismantle the gangs behind them.

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Two Italian Missionaries Die of Coronavirus in Madagascar

The Catholic Church, in its missionary commitment in many parts of the world, is paying for its contribution to the Covid-19 pandemic which does not spare peoples and nations from all continents, according to Fides News Agency. In Antananarivo, two Italian missionaries have died. They had spent decades serving the African country and remained close to the population even during this pandemic period. On 21 July, Father Albano Passarotto, an 80-year-old Vincentian religious died, for 56 years a missionary in Madagascar and on July 23, Don Luigi Piotto, of the Opera Don Orione, 65 years old died, a missionary on the African island for 28 years.

Ordained a priest in 1965, Father Albano Passarotto always carried out his mission in Madagascar, dedicating himself especially to the poorest children, creating schools, orphanages, care centers, and structures that would guarantee education and assistance to the population and in particular to children. He currently ran a school in the south of the island that he had founded to guarantee hundreds of children the opportunity to study, as well as offering them two meals a day since most of them come from families who live in camps.

In 1992 Don Luigi Piotto had left for Madagascar. He spent all twenty-eight years of his missionary life in Antsofinondry, as Parish Priest, Director, in charge of the professional school. He had always been at the service of the poor. He dedicated his life in promoting the education of children and young people, ensuring them a worthy future. From 2003 to 2010 he was Coordinator of the Orionine Missions in Madagascar and had been appointed Director and Treasurer from the establishment of the “Marie, Reine du Madagascar” Delegation.

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Interview with Father Fernando Millan, Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Titus Brandsma

There was a journalist in the Church, who died in Dachau concentration camp at the height of World War II. His principal crime: opposition to Dutch newspapers being parameterized during the Nazi invasion. And he made this claim as a Carmelite friar, professor, and formator of youth. The journalist was Blessed Martyr Titus Brandsma.

On the occasion of the celebration of his feast, on July 27, and in order to learn more about his process of Canonization and the exemplary features of his figure for our times, Zenit talked with Spanish Carmelite priest Fernando Millan Romeral, Vice-Postulator of the Cause since last March.

–Q: You just took on the task of Vice-Postulator of Blessed Titus Brandsma’s Cause of Canonization. What are your plans to have him declared a Saint?

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All Things Work Together for Good

Homily We know that all things work together for good for those who love God. Romans 8:28 Do I really believe this? Do I know this about God? Most often this is beyond our understanding. That’s where our faith and trust in God gets engaged. In the midst of crisis I get anxious and worry or try to fix things, but that is an indication I’m not trusting God as I should. In the parables today we see the Kingdom of Heaven is the most precious thing and is present in the person of Jesus. In and through Jesus the blessings of God show. We see His forgiveness, salvation and mercy.

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ASK FATHER: Purify a ciborium using a cloth purificator?

From a Jesuit priest…

QUAERITUR:

I have a question regarding purification: In the Vetus Ordo, it is customary to purify the paten with the thumb and index finger. What is the correct way to purify a ciborium? In the Novus Ordo, the ciboria (as well as the paten) are usually purified with the purificator. I have done this since my ordination, but since I started celebrating the old rite, I have been wondering if this is correct (and if it is correct to purify the ciborium with the purificator in the old rite) since there will inevitably be particles that get stuck or remain on the purificator. Many thanks in advance!

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