A Saint Visits Malta

In his apostolic exhortation on the call of holiness in today’s world, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis wrote: “The saints are distinguished by a spirit of prayer and a need for communion with God. They find an exclusive concern with this world to be narrow and stifling, and, amid their own concerns and commitments, they long for God, losing themselves in praise and contemplation of the Lord” (147). It was because his life was so deeply marked by constant prayer and, as a result, minced with the abundant fruit of useful apostolic labour, that we decided to bring in our midst the precious relic of Blessed Nazju Falzon at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre here in the island nation of Malta.

In fact, Blessed Nazju recently came to visit us at the Oncology Centre. Here I would like to publicly thank Fr Anton Farrugia OFM who helped so that this would take place. Blessed Nazju’s visit animated within us the great spirit of prayer. As a matter of fact, in each and every ward, including the day ward, the administration section and the reception area whereby his relic was put for prayer and veneration, many took the time to stop and pray before it. In their innermost core they must have intensely felt that this humble man, whose life was like that fragrant incense burning in front of God’s holy throne of grace, was generously interceding for them and their loved ones.

Regarding intercessory prayer, within the same apostolic exhortation, the Holy Father observes: “Prayer of intercession has particular value, for it is an act of trust in God and, at the same time, an expression of love for our neighbour… Intercessory prayer is an expression of our fraternal concern for others, since we are able to embrace their lives, their deepest troubles and their loftiest dreams. Of those who commit themselves generously to intercessory prayer we can apply the words of Scripture: ‘This is a man who loves the brethren and prays much for the people’ (2 Mac 15:14).” (no. 154).

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Beatification Process of Sr. Wanda Boniszewska has Started in Poland

The beatification process of Sr. Wanda Boniszewska – mystic and stigmatist from the Congregation of the Sisters of the Angels has begun. On November 9, 2020, there was a solemn session in the Chapel of the Archbishops of Warsaw, during which Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz has sworn the Tribunal to carry out this trial at the diocesan stage. Sr. Boniszewska spent the last years of her life in a religious house in Konstancin-Jeziorna, in the Archdiocese of Warsaw, according to the Polish Bishops’ Conference.

The metropolitan of Warsaw recalled today that “holiness is nothing else than constant union with the holiness of God.” He also asked the gathered people not to doubt the holiness of the Church. – The Church consists of weak and sinful people who strive for holiness. Our path to holiness is a response to everything that is weak and sinful in the Church, he emphasized.

The beatification process of Sr. Wanda Boniszewska begins 17 years after her death in the opinion of sanctity. It was initiated by her sisters from the Congregation of the Sisters of the Angels and will be led by the Archdiocese of Warsaw, where the candidate for the altar has died.

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Bishop Gábor Mohos, Infected with Coronavirus, Grateful for Prayers

“Take every measure of precaution very seriously, we are responsible for each other, and for our own selves, too,” said Bishop Gábor Mohos, head of the secretariat of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), who is fighting the coronavirus himself.

The IEC Secretariat’s staff pray for all those sick, those close to them, as well as for health service workers.

After more than eighty years it is Hungary again that has the privilege to host the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) – this sentence has lost nothing of its truth to this day. All that has changed is that given the world pandemic crises and the consequences that of, Pope Frances had decided this spring, in consultation with the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses and the Hungarian organizers of the Catholic World Meeting, to postpone the event – originally scheduled for 2020 September – by one year.

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Kenya’s Bishop Oballa Concerned About Family Violence

“The family is one of the most precious values that the Church holds and promotes. If things are right in the family, society will thrive. If things begin going wrong at the family level, society is going to be affected. God intended that as the first unit of society, the family should be a place of holiness, communion, and love”, says His Exc. Mgr. John Oballa Owaa, Bishop of Ngong, addressing the Coordinators of family life of his diocese who participated in the training seminar on the prevention of family violence. Fides News Agency reported the event.

A training workshop was organized by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Family Life National Office and it was the first in a series of trainings planned across the Catholic dioceses in Kenya to address the rising incidences of GBV in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Mgr. Owaa, said the Catholic Church is deeply concerned over the rising incidences of violence in families and called on couples to embrace compassion and love for one another.

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