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"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near." Phil 4: 4-5
Reading of the Day

"When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: ‘A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.’ As he said this, he called out, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that "looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand." ‘Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance." Lk 8: 4 - 15


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COMECE calls on European Parliament to protect all life
European Parliament
25 February 2021. European Bishops have emphasized the importance of the protection of care of all life in a letter to the President of the European Parliament in the wake of a recent resolution on abortion in Poland.

By Vatican News staff writer


Brazil: Churches open their doors to thousands displaced by floods
Chapels welcome displaced persons in Sena Madureira, Acre, Brazil 25 February 2021. Churches open their doors in Brazil's western Amazon region after days of flooding cause the displacement of thousands of families.

By Vatican News staff writer


Lent: a time for renewing faith, hope and love
Lent. "The Holy Spirit drives us too, like Jesus, into the desert" (Pope Francis)24 February 2021. In this period of preparation leading to Easter, and starting from themes tied to the Lenten journey, we offer reflections of Pope Francis. To experience Lent in hope, the Pope writes in his Message for Lent 2021, means "receiving the hope of Christ, who gave His life on the Cross".

Amedeo Lomonaco – Vatican News


Holy See reiterates calls for nuclear disarmament, arms control
Nuclear weapons24 February 2021. During the High-Level Segment of the 2021 Conference on Disarmament, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, highlights the importance of joint efforts geared towards disarmament, calling it an “ethical imperative” as the world continues on the path towards peace and fraternity.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ


Archbishop Gallagher to UN: Inalienable human rights must be defended
Archbishop Gallagher to UN: Inalienable human rights must be defended -  Vatican News
23 February 2021. The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States sends a video message to the United Nations, and highlights the inalienable nature of human rights that must be respected, even amid measures implemented to curb the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ


Catholic leaders call on EU to speed up vaccine rollout
A health worker in Bosnia receives a Covid-19 vaccine
23 February 2021. The Bishops of the European Union, and Caritas Europa, are calling on the EU to ensure an equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, as the 27-nation bloc struggles to ramp up its rollout.

By Devin Watkins


Holy See: Post-Covid-19 recovery will require better multilateral cooperation
A security guard wears a mask inside a store in New Delhi, India23 February 2021. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva, expresses the Holy See's desire for improved multilateral cooperation in the wake of the pandemic, in an address to the UN's trade conference.

By Lisa Zengarini


Pope Francis: 'Pass on the fire of Jesus’ merciful love'
Pope Francis during Mass on the Sunday of Divine Mercy, 19 April 2020, in the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia near the Vatican
22 February 2021. Pope Francis says we are called to pass on “the fire of Jesus’ mercy”, in a letter marking the 90th anniversary of the first apparition to St Maria Faustina Kowalska in Płock, Poland.

By Christopher Wells


Pope Francis: With faith, prayer and penance we overcome evil
Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus21 February 2021. Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis explained how the Word of God shows us the path to live fruitfully the 40 days of Lent we have just embarked upon.

By Vatican News staff writer


Pope: Caring for others a ‘vaccine’ against individualism
A nurse holds hands with a Covid-19 patient in an intensive care unit in an Italian hospital
20 February 2021. In a letter addressed to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis remembers doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel who have died in the performance of their duties during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Christopher Wells


Pope authorizes eight decrees concerning candidates for sainthood
Statues of saints atop the colonnade of St Peter's Square
20 February 2021. Pope Francis on Saturday authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate eight decrees, including a decree confirming a miracle.

By Robin Gomes


Twenty years ago: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is created cardinal
Image result for Twenty years ago: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is created cardinal20 February 2021. Twenty years ago, on 21 February 2001, Pope Saint John Paul II created forty-four new Cardinals – including the then - Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Looking back at the homilies and speeches of Cardinal Bergoglio, we see themes and reflections that have become important priorities in his pontificate.

By Amedeo Lomonaco


Zollner: Day for victims of abuse an important moment for the Church
Father Hans Zollner, SJ, addressing a gathering in Lima, Peru 20 February 2021. Father Hans Zollner, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks to Vatican Radio about the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse, which many bishops' conferences observe on the first Friday of Lent.

By Robin Gomes


Pope on sports: "A pathway to life, maturity and holiness"
A Sampdoria player during a game19 February 2021. Pope Francis meets with the president, coach and players of Italy's Sampdoria football team of Genoa.

By Amedeo Lomonaco


Pope to Proclaim the Promise Congress: 'Dream and look ahead!'
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19 February 2021. Pope Francis sends a video message to participants of the 2021 Religious Education Congress hosted online by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This year marks the Congress's 65th anniversary and the 50th of its Youth Day. 56 speakers from around the US will give talks hoping to inspire and transform Church members in proclaiming the Gospel, giving voice to justice, and serving others.

By Vatican News staff writer


Holy Land: Franciscans offer virtual Way of the Cross during Lent
One of the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem
19 February 2021. The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land present a virtual Way of the Cross alternative for the faithful during Lent because for the second successive year, pilgrimages are not possible due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

By Vatican News staff writer


Vatican: No punishment for those who refuse Covid-19 vaccine
A nurse administers a Covid-19 vaccine
19 February 2021. The Vatican City State Governorate releases a statement explaining a recent decree on the need to vaccinate employees who work in public-facing jobs, saying the directive seeks to strike a balance between protecting the community and an individual’s freedom of choice.

By Vatican News


Croatia ‘severely tried by earthquakes but strong in faith’ – Nuncio
Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia
18 February 2021. Ahead of his meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday, the Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia describes the pain endured in the Balkan nation due to a pair of damaging earthquakes and the ongoing pandemic.

By Devin Watkins


Pope to Brazilians: Lent, a time to be brothers and in dialogue
Church of Our Lady of Silence in Brazil.
17 February 2021. As the Brazilian Bishops' Conference (CNBB) and the National Council of Christian Churches (CONIC) kick of their joint Ecumenical Fraternity Campaign (CFE) on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis urges Christians in the country to overcome divisions and unite around life in order to overcome the pandemic.

By Robin Gomes


British bishops decry discriminatory resuscitation orders
Pope Francis visits a center for disabled persons in Sicily18 February 2021. The Bishops of England and Wales issue a statement in which they describe DNACPR orders for people with learning disabilities as "shocking" and “unacceptable".

By Lisa Zengarini