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"For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer." Phil 1: 21-22
Reading of the Day

"From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? ‘For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom." Mt 16: 21 - 28


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Pope at Audience: Contemplative prayer ‘a guide along path of love’
Pope Francis leads the weekly General Audience
05 May 2021. At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis focuses his catechesis on contemplative prayer, and says contemplation helps guide us in following Jesus along the path of love.

By Devin Watkins


Pope’s May prayer intention: ‘For the world of finance’
Pope's May prayer intention: 'For the world of finance' - Vatican News
04 May 2021. Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of May 2021, and calls for regulators to limit speculation in financial markets and protect ordinary people.

By Devin Watkins


Pontifical Mission Societies gear up for 200th anniversary celebrations
Pope Francis incenses an image of Pauline Jaricot05 May 2021. The Pontifical Mission Societies begin preparations to mark the 200th anniversary of their foundation, which takes place on 3 May 2022.

By Vatican News staff writer


Pope: Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, six others to be named saints
The martyrdom of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai
03 May 2021. At a Consistory on Monday, Pope Francis confirms the vote of the Cardinals to proceed with the canonization of seven Blesseds, with the date of the forthcoming canonizations to be announced in due course.

By Christopher Wells


Pope to altar servers: “Offer your hands, thoughts and time to Jesus"
Pope Francis 03 May 2021. Pope Francis sends a message for the 25th National Pilgrimage of the altar servers of Portugal, urging them to “put the enthusiasm of their age into the encounter of Jesus” and to “be original” as they bring forth the gifts and the unique personal talents the Lord has given them.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ


Pope at Regina Coeli: A truly Christian life bears witness to Christ
Pope Francis during the Regina Coeli in St. Peter's Square02 May 2021. Pope Francis addresses the faithful on the fifth Sunday of Easter and reflects on how in order to bear witness to Christ, it is necessary to be united with Him and abide in HIm actively,

By Linda Bordoni


Pope sends message as new Cathedral blessed in Madagascar
Pope sends message as new Cathedral blessed in Madagascar - Vatican News01 May 2021. Pope Francis sends a video message to Madagascar to mark the consecration of the new Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Miandrivazo.

By Devin Watkins


Pope urges Catholic Action to “listen” to the suffering of people
Pope Francis addressing members of the Italian Catholic Action association on April 30, 2021. 30 April 2021. Pope Francis on Friday received some 80 members of the Azione Cattolica Italiana (ACI), or Italian Catholic Action, a popular lay Catholic association that functions under the Italian bishops’ conference.

By Robin Gomes


Pope allows Cardinals, Bishops to be tried by Vatican tribunals
Judicial offices of Vatican City State
30 April 2021. Pope Francis has issued a new Apostolic Letter “motu proprio,” which modifies the judicial system in Vatican City State. Until now, Cardinals and Bishops could only be tried by the “Corte di Cassazone” (Court of Cassation, the Vatican’s Supreme Court), presided over by a Cardinal. With the new motu proprio, the Pope allows Cardinals and Bishops to be tried by a court of first instance, with the stipulation that cases will still have to be authorised by the Supreme Pontiff.

By Vatican News


UK Bishops supporting global “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative
File photo of people joining hands29 April 2021. Ahead of the global “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative to be held between the celebrations of the Ascension and Pentecost, from 13 to 23 May 2021, the Bishops of England and Wales are encouraging Catholics to pray for and share their faith with people who don’t belong to the Church.

By Lisa Zengarini


New anti-corruption law for members of Vatican management
View of St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Francis releases a Motu proprio requiring a declaration on the part of senior management and administrators that they are clear of convictions or investigations regarding terrorism, money laundering or tax evasion. They will also be prohibited from placing assets in tax havens or investing in companies whose principles are against the Church’s doctrine. All employees are prohibited from receiving gifts worth more than 40 euro.

By Vatican News


Pope at Audience: Meditating is a way of encountering Jesus
Pope Francis
28 April 2021. Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer during the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis explains the importance of meditation, highlighting that it is a means of prayer that helps us encounter Jesus and find ourselves.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ


South Sudan: In Rumbek Diocese, the question all are asking: Why?
Fr Christian Carlassare recovers in Hospital in Nairobi
28 April 2021. Following the shooting and wounding of the Bishop-elect of Rumbek Diocese, authorities have placed all officials and workers at the Bishop’s residence and diocesan office, including clergy, under investigations.

Paul Samasumo – Vatican News


Pope praying for Bishop-elect of South Sudan after shooting attack
Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare with his community in South Sudan27 April 2021. According to a Holy See Press Office statement Pope Francis was immediately informed of the attack against the bishop-elect of Rumbek, Fr Carlassare, on Sunday night and is praying for him.

By Paul Samasumo – Vatican News


Jesuit Fr. Swamy: A caged bird sings for his birthday in prison
A poster calling for Fr. Stan's release from prison
As Father Stan Swamy celebrates his 84th birthday in an Indian prison cell, numerous Church leaders voice calls for his release, with his fellow Jesuits saying “a caged bird still can sing.”

By Devin Watkins


Global immunization campaign aims to save lives amid Covid disruptions
A child receiving a vaccine in Chile
The UN Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF), WHO, and GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance, launch Immunization Agenda 2030 (IA2030) to respond to gaps in vaccination coverage across the globe. Currently, 60 lifesaving campaigns have been postponed in 50 countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ


Christian Churches in Germany prepare for Ecumenical Convention
Eichstätt Cathedral
27 April 2021. Germany's Christian Churches prepare for their Third Ecumenical Kirchentag (ÖKT).

By Lisa Zengarini


Pope to Poor Clares: Never tire of offering prayerful, consoling presence
Pope Francis26 April 2021. Pope Francis meets with a group of Poor Clare nuns whose convent in the Italian town of Paganica was destroyed in a 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, and says they have offered a sign of hope amid tragedy.

By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ


Pope Francis donates medical equipment to Armenia
Archbishop Bettencourt blesses the new ambulance26 April 2021. Pope Francis expresses his affection for the people of Armenia with a gift of medical equipment, including a new ambulance.

By Devin Watkins


Pope announces Consistory for vote on Canonizations
That of Blessed Charles de Foucauld is one of the seven causes for sainthood to be debated at a Consistory in the Vatican on 3 May
Cardinals will vote on proceeding with the canonizations of seven Blesseds, including those of Blessed Charles de Foucauld and of the first Indian layperson to be elevated to that rank.

By Vatican News staff writer