Sunday Musical Selection: O Magnum Mysterium

A reader wanted a version of O Magnum Mysterium, by Tomas Luis Victoria, first published in 1572, at the height of the Catholic restoration, a beautiful motet, normally sung at Christmas (it was originally the Midnight Mass antiphon) but works for any time of year:

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Poope Addresses ‘Banco Farmaceutico’ Foundation on 20th Anniversry

On the morning of Saturday, September 19, 2020, in Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the members of the “Banco Farmaceutico” Foundation on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of its founding. It collects and distributes pharmaceuticals to those in need.

The following is the Pope’s address to those present:

Address of the Holy Father

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New Emergency Department at Catholic hospital in Hyderabad, Pakistan

A new Emergency Department, equipped with cutting-edge technologies, has been inaugurated at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Hyderabad, a Catholic health facility managed by the diocese, with 150 beds, founded in Pakistan in 1958. This is what Fr. Robert McCulloch, a missionary of St Columban, for over 30 years president of the board of directors of the hospital, now General Procurator of the Missionary Society of St Columban reports to Agenzia Fides.

The missionary says to Fides: “I am very happy for the conclusion of this new ward which will offer emergency care to all those who need it. The new work was made possible thanks to the collaboration of all, public bodies, donors, missionaries, doctors. We thank the institutions for their help: this work will be in favor of the population of all cultures and religions, without any discrimination”. “Our hospital – continues Fr. Mc Culloch – intends to better care, with passion, compassion, and competence, offering appropriate care even to the poorest. And, through this work, it wants to give glory to God, announce and witness the Gospel of love and mercy in Pakistan”.

The Bishop of Hyderabad, Mgr. Samson Shukardin OFM was present at the inauguration ceremony of the new ward, held on 12 September, who recalled how, thanks to the work of the hospital, “the Pakistani Catholic Church testifies to being an integral part of society, helping to heal their wounds, and contributes to improving relations of peace, dialogue and harmony, working for the common good of the country”. The ward, it is noted, may also be useful in the fight against the coronavirus.

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That’s not fair! (25th Sunday of Ordinary Time)

The parable of the vineyard owner and the workers that Jesus tells in the Gospel today (Matthew 20:1-16) is unsettling because it seems so unfair. Like all parables, this one is supposed to provoke and unsettle us so that we can see some deeper spiritual truths. The parable teaches us that God’s grace is something we could never earn, it’s pure gift. It also shows us that in God’s eyes we all have the same dignity since God is equally generous with us. Finally, the Gospel challenges us to be generous like God, especially with those we don’t believe deserve our generosity.

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