Venezuelan Bishops Issue Statement Ahead of Elections

The Standing Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela sends a message to the people of God in view of the legislative elections for the renewal of the unicameral Parliament, scheduled for December 6, reported Fides News Agency. In this context, she reaffirms what had already been declared: “far from contributing to the democratic resolution of the political situation that we are currently experiencing, they tend to worsen it and will not help to solve the real problems of the people”.

At the same time, the Bishops re-launch the urgent appeal “to all those who dedicate their efforts to politics and to the various civil society organizations, to continue to make common efforts to restore the nation’s democratic rights”. They, therefore, recall that all initiatives are necessary and important, such as popular consultation, as “people have full right to express themselves through the legitimate channels guaranteed by the Constitution, by expressing their opinion as an authentic social subject”.

Faithful to their ministry as Pastors and as citizens of Venezuela, the Bishops invite “to a serious discernment that will lead us to seek a just, peaceful, democratic and negotiated resolution among all Venezuelans, to the multifaceted crisis that is affecting Venezuela”. They, therefore, exhort not to be overwhelmed by discouragement. On the contrary, “we must continue to do everything possible and to work for the unity, peace, and prosperity of the nation, putting the common good first”.

Spread the love

Read the Whole Article at https://zenit.org/

Prayer of Entrustment to Mary for Feast of Immaculate Conception

The Cardinal Vicar writes to the families of the diocese and sends the text of the prayer to be recited at home. During the day of next Tuesday, the Franciscans of the Twelve Holy Apostles will be present in front of the monument behind Piazza di Spagna to support those who still want to go for a spontaneous homage to the Virgin Mary.

For this year’s celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will be entrusting the city of Rome and its inhabitants, as well as the many sick people throughout the world, to the maternal care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But the act of devotion will be undertaken privately, according to a statement issued on November 30 by the Director of the Holy See Press Office.

 On Tuesday, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated. In view of the day, the diocese of Rome invites to pray to the Virgin Mary in one’s home. In fact, the Cardinal Vicar Angelo De Donatis has sent a letter to families with the prayer of entrustment to Mary prepared for the occasion. Attached is the full text of the prayer.

Spread the love

Read the Whole Article at https://zenit.org/

Walk Raises Money for Beirut Explosion Victims

A member of an ancient Chivalric Order, who wanted to raise money for a Catholic charity following the Beirut explosion, walked more than 70 miles in temperatures that peaked close to boiling.

Not even a fracture deterred Ethan Bradley, 27, from completing the sponsored walk around the perimeter of Singapore Island, a task he accomplished in under 28 hours.

So daunting was the task that Ethan – nursing his arm in a cast – started hallucinating.

Spread the love

Read the Whole Article at https://zenit.org/