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"So that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.” 1Cor 1: 31
Reading of the Day

"As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people." Mt 4: 18 - 23

Saint of the Day
The first Apostle. Fisherman by trade. Brother of Simon Peter. Follower of John the Baptist. Andrew went through life leading people to Jesus, both before and after the Crucifixion.

Missionary in Asia Minor and Greece, and possibly areas in modern Russia and Poland. Martyred on an saltire (x-shaped) cross, he is said to have preached for two days from it.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A Conversation with Cardinal Sim: The World-traveled Engineer (Who Initially Declined Ordination to Priesthood) Who Would Become Brunei’s 1st Bishop & Cardinal
November 30, 2020. “When Pope Francis asked ‘Where are you from?’ I answered: ‘Brunei’ He surprised me with his next words: ‘Ah, paradiso! (Ah Heaven!)”

Here is a ZENIT exclusive interview with Cardinal Cornelius Sim, Apostolic Vicar of Brunei, the first Cardinal of the tiny nation on the island of Borneo, in two distinct sections surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea.

‘Advent Is a Call to Hope; Faith Is a Love Story’ — Pope Francis Ushers in New Liturgical Season in the Vatican (Full Homily)
November 29, 2020. Day After Consistory, Calls for Simple Family Prayer Together & Increased Vigilance.

Advent is a continuous call to hope: it reminds us that God is present in history to lead humanity to its ultimate goal and fullness, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. God is with us, present throughout history, beside us and supporting us. He never abandons us and, amid life’s storms, extend His hand and free us.

Pope Reminds Faithful that Advent is Time of Expectation and Hope
November 29, 2020. Full Text of Sunday Angelus Address.

Pope Francis today welcomed the Advent season with a reminder for the faithful around the world that it is a time of  “expectation and hope”.

Benedict XVI Visited by New Cardinals With Pope Francis
November 29, 2020. Heartwarming Photos Capture Encounter in Mater Ecclesiae Following Consistory.

Following the Consistory, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was visited by the new Cardinals created on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 by Pope Francis.

‘At Christmas, Let’s Listen to Grandparents and Elderly’ – Vatican Issues Invite to Treasure Their Wisdom
November 27, 2020. Invites Young People to Post on Social Media a Memory, Piece of Advice, or a “Gift of Wisdom” They Received #aGiftOfWisdom.

“A Gift of Wisdom: At Christmas, let’s listen to grandparents and the elderly.”

LEBANON: ‘We Have to Rise Again from the Ruins’
November 27, 2020. Report from Director of Holy Rosary Hospital in Beirut.

“Oh my God!” – exclaims Sister Nicolas Akiki, the director of the hospital. This is the first time she has been into this part of the hospital since it was devastated by the explosion of 4 August in the port of Beirut. Her hand goes to her heart and she struggles to hold back the tears as she gazes in silence at the wreckage. Her face reveals the anguish she is feeling at the sight of so many years of hard work and sacrifice, destroyed in the space of seven short seconds.

Archbishop Follo: Advent: waiting for God
Archbishop Francesco Follo, courtesy of the Holy See Mission , UNESCO
November 27, 2020. With the invitation to live the advent by preparing the nativity scene at our home and in our heart to welcome Christ, the Emmanuel, God always with us.

Roman Rite: 1st Sunday of Advent – Year B – November 29, 2020

Is 63, 16-17.19; 64.2 to 7; Ps 80; 1 Cor 1, 3-9; Mk 13, 33-37

Maradona’s Death: Pope Francis’ ‘Affectionate’ Thought and Prayer for Him
November 26, 2020. ‘I Was Waiting for You,’ the Pope Said to Him on One Occasion.

Informed of the death of Argentine soccer champion Diego Armando Maradona, Pope Francis thought back with affection to the occasions of meeting him in recent years and he is remembering him in prayer, as he has done over the last days, on learning of his state of health,” said on Wednesday evening, at about 9:00 pm November 25, 2020, Matteo Bruni, Director of the Holy See Press Office. Maradona said at one point: “I’m Francis’ first fan.”

US National Collection Helps Religious Orders Care for Their Elderly Members
November 26, 2020. Scheduled for December 12-13.

The 33rd annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held in most U.S. Catholic parishes from December 12-13. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the appeal assists hundreds of religious order communities in providing for the ongoing needs of their aging Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.

Inter-Religious Dialogue: ‘Tolerance Isn’t Enough,’ says Monsignor Jurkovic
November 26, 2020. Intervention in Saudi Arabia.

In the matter of religious tolerance, “simple tolerance isn’t enough!” said Monsignor Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the United Nations in Geneva, during a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on November 22, 2020. “It’s about seeking mutual enrichment,” he explained.

The Syrian People Have Been brutally Driven Into Poverty
November 25, 2020. Interview with Jesuit Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo in Syria.

In Europe or rather countries of the West, hardly anyone is still talking about Syria. Is the war there really over?

Pope Moves 8 Closer to Sainthood
Sculptures of saintsNovember 24, 2020. Includes Decree on Martyrdom of 127 Spaniards.

Pope Francis authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate 8 decrees, including a decree on the martyrdom of 127 Spaniards, Vatican News reported on November 24, 2020. Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the Prefect of the Congregation, presented the causes to the Pope, who approved them.

FEATURE: ‘Never Again: Confronting the Global Rise of Anti-Semitism’– US Embassy to Holy See & Holy See Join Forces
November 23, 2020. Cardinal Parolin: ‘The Holy See Condemns All Forms of Anti-Semitism, Recalling That Such Acts Are Neither Christian Nor Human’.

Condemning any form of anti-Semitism is fundamental … As we see its resurgence, we must say ‘Never Again!’

NEW: ‘Let Us Dream’ – A Conversation between Pope Francis & Austen Ivereigh
November 23, 2020. ‘Spiritual guidance for a world in crisis, a personal manifesto for profound social change, and a summons to each person to choose a better future’.

“Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future” is the first book written by a Pope in response to a major crisis, and offers the Pontiff’s practical guidance on how to reflect on the pandemic as an opportunity to make a better world.

Pope Francis at Angelus Reflects on Shepherd Who Will Judge
November 22, 2020. ‘The One Whom Men are About to Condemn is, in Reality, the Supreme Judge.

Pope Francis in his November 22, 2020, Angelus commentary spoke of the supreme irony that the one men condemned — Jesus — would, in the end, be the judge of all. And the judge would be one who served rather than enjoying the trappings of office.

Christ is the Only Hope for Happiness

November 23, 2020. A Homily on the Feast of Christ the King.

The following homily was presented on November 22, 2020, the Feast of Christ the King, at St. John Vianney Parish, Northlake, Illinois by Deacon James Sinacore.

Pope Celebrates Mass on Feast of Christ the King
November 22, 2020. ‘Let us not Give up on Great Dreams’.

Pope Francis wants people to persure their dreams — and he said today that God wants people to “race boldly and joyfully toward lofty goals.”

Video Message of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in Meeting ‘Economy of Francesco’
November 21, 2020. Planned for Assisi but Held Virtually.

Pope Francis called told the young participants in “The Economy of Francesco” that it is time for change and urged them to be a part of it.

Vocations to Priesthood Increase in Venezuela
Venezuela Flag, wikipedia commons
November 20, 2020. Despite Economic and Social Crisis and Pandemic.

The work of promoting vocations in Venezuela is bearing fruit. This year, despite the full social and economic crisis that the country is going through, aggravated by the pandemic situation caused by Covid-19, the vocational response to the ministerial life of priesthood has increased, with a total number of 804 seminarians, including young people who are in the preparatory phase or are studying philosophy and theology, reported Fides News Agency.

‘May the Virgin of Guadalupe Sustain Your Hope,’ Pope Urges Rome’s Pontifical Latin American College
November 20, 2020. Encourages Community of the Pius Pontifical Latin American College (Full Text).

‘May the Virgin of Guadalupe sustain your hope…’