Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord: August 6

This feast became widespread in the West in the 11th century and was introduced into the Roman calendar in 1457 to commemorate the victory over Islam in Belgrade. Before that, the Transfiguration of the Lord was celebrated in the Syrian, Byzantine, and Coptic rites. The Transfiguration foretells the glory of the Lord as God, and His Ascension into heaven. It […]

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Peter To Rot Remembered in Papua New Guinea

“The life of Peter To Rot is an example of good seed, a firm rock, a commitment of faith and courage, especially during times of war and Japanese occupation. Courage is the strength of the mind, enlightened and supported by the grace of God, capable of overcoming any challenge life presents us. Peter To Rot showed us the way”: said Father Joseph Liaia, CP, during the mass celebrated in St. Joseph Parish in Boroko, commenting on the parable of the seed, present in Matthew’s Gospel, applying it to Peter ToRot (1912-1945), catechist, family man, and martyr, first blessed Papuan.

The celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the beatification of Peter To Rot presided over by Pope John Paul II in 1995, and for the 75 years of his martyrdom, which occurred in 1945, continue in Boroko, reported Fides News Agency.

The Church of Papua New Guinea is seeking new impetus starting from the testimony of the groom and man of faith of Blessed To Rot, who encourages couples and all families, said the priest, “to live marital relationships and commitments to God, allowing good seeds to grow with sweetness, patience, respect, and trust in the Lord always, and especially during times of difficulty and uncertainty”.

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Statement on Nuclear Weapons by Bishops of England and Wales

During his historic visit to Japan last year, Pope Francis declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possession of atomic weapons is immoral”. Seventy-five years on from the unprecedented and horrific destruction of life at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we are called to reflect prayerfully upon the UK’s own possession of nuclear weapons.

Pope Francis reiterated that the threat of mutual destruction, the massive loss of innocent lives and the annihilation of any future for our common home, is completely incompatible with our efforts to build peace. “If we really want to build a more just and secure society, we must let the weapons fall from our hands”, said the Pope.

He also reminded us that it is unjust to continue squandering precious resources on manufacturing, maintaining, and upgrading ever more destructive technology. The cost of nuclear weapons should be measured not only in the lives destroyed through their use but also the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable people, who could have benefited were such vast sums of public money invested in the Common Good of society instead. The Scottish and English and Welsh bishops’ conferences have in the past called on the UK government to forsake its own nuclear weapons.

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Video for Pope’s August Prayer Intention: The Maritime World

Pope Francis has released a video to accompany his August prayer intention, which is for people “who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen, and their families”.

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, formerly known as the Apostleship of Prayer, organizes and disseminates “The Pope Video”.  The network is a pontifical initiative, whose mission is to pray and encounter the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church that concern the Holy Father, expressed in his monthly intentions.

“The life of sailors or fishermen and their families is very difficult,” Pope Francis notes in the video message in his native Spanish language.  “Sometimes they are victims of forced labor or are left behind in distant ports.

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