Toward World Mission Day in Brazil

The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Brazil have published the brochures for the animation of the activities of the Elderly and Sick Missionaries – IEM. The aim is to animate, train and accompany the elderly, the sick, and people with physical limitations so that, according to each particular situation, they can live their missionary vocation, cooperating with the whole Church, according to Fides News Agency. This missionary activity is addressed to the elderly and the sick, and to the animators who are responsible for accompanying the local groups of the IEM. Laity, men, and women religious and the elderly, are united by the motto: “In joy or sorrow, we will serve the Lord!”.

The poster, created in view of World Mission Sunday on October 18, for the dissemination of the activity of elderly and sick missionaries, presents Pope Francis during a meeting with an elderly woman, which took place during his visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in 2015. The Pope often insisted on the fact that mission should not be reduced to “doing things”, but should be assumed and understood in an existential, totalizing perspective, in the completeness of the person, with all his being and his actions. The IEM presents the activities, objectives, suggested itineraries for meetings, commitments, and activities. A leaflet was also prepared for the formation and start-up of an IEM group, in which the understanding of missionary cooperation is deepened: the suffering, life, and prayer of these brothers and sisters are in fact a great missionary witness and an indispensable force for the missionary work of the Church. Finally, another leaflet is dedicated to prayer.

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Catholic Hospitals in Bangladesh Treat Patients with Ventilators Donated by Holy See

“Pope Francis has sent a ventilator for the intensive care unit as a gift. It is a blessing for us. It will be very useful for assisting coronavirus patients”: says to Agenzia Fides Father Kamal Corraya, Executive Director of the St. John Vianney Hospital of Tejgaon in Dhaka. Father Kamal says: “We are receiving reports of coronavirus patients. Our medical team provides advice over the phone to people infected with Covid-19, following isolated patients at home”.

The Holy See sent three ventilators to Bangladesh to support the fight against the coronavirus: one was sent to St. John Vinney Hospital, two others were sent to two Catholic hospitals in Dinajpur, and Jessore.

The “invisible enemy” of Covid-19 has also hit Bangladesh: “During this pandemic – notes Director Kamal – St. John Vianney Hospital has done its best to help infected people who suffer. Thanks to the agreements reached with the Health Department of the Government of Bangladesh, our hospital collects samples of coronavirus and sends them for tests to the Institute of Epidemiology, control, and research of diseases. Our doctors keep in touch with Covid-19 positive patients and advise them, motivate them, and provide them with the necessary instructions. It is a great support especially for the poorest. Over the past few months, we have collected samples for hundreds of people and have provided and continue to carry out tests regularly. We are about to open a new operating room which will soon be fully active. Our hospital is open and provides medical care to anyone who requests it”.

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San Francisco Archbishop Calls on Faithful to March for Mass

In his September 13 homily on the Cathedral Plaza, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco invited the faithful to participate in a public call for reopening churches for worship at a level consistent with other activities in San Francisco and with stringent health and safety protocols in place:  “I invite you all to participate in this public witness of our faith, and to invite your friends and fellow Catholics to join as well.”

On the morning of September 20, Eucharistic processions will begin at three parishes in San Francisco, meeting at UN Plaza by City Hall. From UN Plaza, the group will walk in Eucharistic procession up to the Cathedral and celebrate multiple Masses outdoors (with masks, and proper social distancing).

“I fear for our city, I fear for our nation. But we must not be ruled by fear. We walk by faith, not by sight. And so we must unite, pull together in a common witness of our faith and of the primacy of God. Plans are currently underway to make this happen,” the archbishop said in his homily. “Currently, faithful here in the Archdiocese have begun organizing public demonstrations of our faith for next Sunday, which will be expressed in the form of processions here to the Cathedral for our multiple Masses at 11:00. Yes, next week, our multiple simultaneous Masses on the Plaza will take place at 11:00, not 9:00. The public demonstrations will manifest the rich ethnic diversity of our people united in one Catholic faith. Many of the faithful will be Spanishspeaking, especially those coming from the Mission District, and so some Masses will be offered in Spanish, and others in English.

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Scandalous abuse story of former Vatican official raises questions about Benedict’s resignation

There is a case now before the criminal courts of Germany in which two priests testify to gruesome sexual abuse at the hands of a then-senior official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, Monsignor Christoph Kühn. One of the big questions in all this is what Pope Benedict knew of the situation if anything and what affect it may have had on his decision to resign the papacy. 

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