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"I implore you, brothers, be as I am, because I have also become as you are.” Gal 4: 12
Reading of the Day

"This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’ Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ They were saying, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, "I have come down from heaven"?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day." Jn 6: 40 - 44

Saint of the Day
The king, Yazdegerd, ordered the bishop to rebuild the temple he had burnt. The bishop refused and the king ordered him to be executed. The king also ordered that Christians be obligated to present sacrifices to the sun god. If they refused, they were to be tortured. James, though a friend of the king numbered among the Christians.

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…’

Economy of Francis: Pope Will Take Part Virtually on Closing Day
November 20, 2020. Through a Video-Message.

At the end of the event ”Economy of Francis,” on Saturday, November 21, confirmed is Pope Francis’ virtual participation with a Video-Message to the young participants, connected with the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy.

Archbishop Follo: Christ, the King who has the Power of Love, Draws Good from Evil
Archbishop Francesco Follo, courtesy of the Holy See Mission , UNESCO
November 20, 2020. With the invitation to look at Christ the King who from the Cross rules with merciful love.

Roman Rite
XXXIV Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – Christ the King of the Universe, November 22, 2020
Ez 34.11-12.15-17; Ps 23; 1Cor 15.20-26.28; Mt 25: 31-46

Cardinal Becciu: I Have Filed Civil Action for Compensation of the Enormous Damages Suffered
November 19, 2020. Press Release of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.

Press Release of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu: In face of the press campaign that, since last September 24,  L’Expresso,” has conducted seamlessly in relation to my person with a series of accusations, all absolutely without foundation, I have filed civil action through the law firm Callipari del Foro of Verona, for compensation of the enormous damages suffered.

Pope Praises Passionists Inaugurating Jubilee Year of 300th Anniversary of Their Foundation
Pope writing a letter
November 19, 2020. Says ‘Contact with Word of God in Prayer & Reading Signs of the Times in Daily Events Will Enable You to Perceive Creative Presence of the Spirit Whose Outpouring Over Time, Points Out Answers to Humanity’s Expectations’.

A Holy Year on the occasion of the 300th Anniversary of its founding, will continue until January 1, 2022.

Pope Francis: Want a Model for Our Prayer? Look to Mary (FULL TEXT)
November 18, 2020. Focusing on Blessed Mother During General Audience, Says ‘How Beautiful It Would Be If We Too Could Be a Bit Like Our Mother!’.

A model for our prayer, at simple and at the most difficult of times? The Blessed Virgin Mary.