The Virgin Mary in Andrea Mantegna's San Zeno ...

The Virgin Mary in Andrea Mantegna’s San Zeno Altarpiece combines pseudo-Arabic halos and garment hems, with a Turkish carpet at her feet (1456-1459). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bless, O my soul, the Virgin Mary: her honor and her magnificence forever.

Thou hast clothed thyself with beauty and comeliness: thou art clad, O
Lady, with a shining garment.

From thee proceeds the healing of sins: and the discipline of peace, and
the fervor of charity.

Fill us, thy servants, with holy virtues: and let the wrath of God not come
nigh unto us.

Give eternal joy to thy servants: and forget them not in the death

Glory be to the Father, etc.

Emergency Aid for Catholic Churches in South Sudan

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English: A village in South Sudan

English: A village in South Sudan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toposa Children in South Sudan

Toposa Children in South Sudan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear John,

The images of starving children are so terrible that some people might turn away.  But our traditions and faith make it impossible to ignore the human suffering of our brothers and sisters.  That’s why we’re partnering with the Conference of Catholic Bishops in South Sudan to feed hungry families who have turned church compounds into makeshift refugee camps.

According to local parish priests on the ground, thousands are seeking refuge at Catholic compounds. Women, children and the elderly are sleeping inside churches or in classroom buildings.  Many more are living under tarps and tents outside.  The total number of internally displaced people seeking help from the diocese is hard to measure, as increasing numbers of women, children and families come out of the bush, looking for safety and food.

“Please come to our aid – help me respond to immense humanitarian difficulties which have befallen my diocese.”  
Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio
What can you do? During Lent, I’m asking for your financial sacrifice and commitment to feed the hungry.  Just $100 can help a local Catholic church in South Sudan feed a refugee family.

Our work with starving children is more than difficult – it causes a pain felt deep in the heart.  Your gift can keep children and their families alive.  Thank you for answering the SOS we’ve received from the Catholic community in South Sudan.  Please pray for peace for these beautiful people who deserve God’s mercy and love.

Yours in gratitude,

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CMMB – Healthier Lives Worldwide

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Knights of Malta. The Mystery of Those 30 Million Swiss Francs – Settimo Cielo

The saga of the Knights of Malta has been expanded with a new chapter, staged by the Grand Chancellor of the order, the German baron Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, in an interview in the widely read German newspaper “Bild” on March 16.

In the interview, conducted by Nikolaus Harbusch, a well-known journalist who specializes in financial crimes, the Grand Chancellor conformed that at the beginning of this month the order received the first installments of a donation of 30 million Swiss francs, after verifying the correct provenance of the sum and the reliability of the person with whom on March 1 it signed the transfer agreement, identified by the “Bild” as Ariane S. and a fiduciary of the CPVG trust in Geneva, registered in New Zealand, which is the trustee of the money.

According to the investigations of the “Bild,” however, the trail of this endowment still has its obscure points. And the order of Malta itself had initially reported the fiduciary of the CPVG trust to the Geneva courts for embezzlement, an accusation that was withdrawn shortly before the framework agreement lat March 1.

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Source: Knights of Malta. The Mystery of Those 30 Million Swiss Francs – Settimo Cielo – Blog – L’Espresso

Has Pope Francis Finally Addressed the “Dubia”? — “No to Communion for Remarried Divorced and Abortion Politicians”

Chile’s Bishops report concerning their visit to Rome that Pope Francis declared a “clear no”
to Communion for the remarried divorced and for politicians who promote abortion.  Has the Pope changed his disposition? The President, Msgr. Santiago Silva and General Secretary, Auxilliary Bishop Fernando Ramos (Right)

(Rome) As it appears, Pope Francis has no longer any “doubts”, according to the reports of the Chilean bishops who recently made their ad limina visit to Rome. The papal statements reported by them are a radical turn-around. “Since it is unacceptable that the President of the Chilean Episcopal Conference and his Secretary General have invented the words of the Pope, the news is of the utmost importance,” said the Spanish columnist, Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña. “As Fernandez de la Cigoña says,” some of the statements sound as if Cardinal Burke had spoken.

The Chilean daily El Mercurio conducted a joint interview with the President and Secretary General of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference. One focus was the ad limina visit to Rome and the question of the remarried and divorced. Both confirmed that  Pope Francis instilled to them a clear “no to the Communion for remarried divorced persons and for politicians who pronounce for abortion.”

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Source: The Eponymous Flower: Has Pope Francis Finally Addressed the “Dubia”? — “No to Communion for Remarried Divorced and Abortion Politicians”


Another view of Our Lady of Fatima by Valeška,...

Another view of Our Lady of Fatima by Valeška, which now resides at Trinity Heights Shrine in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bless, O my soul, the Mother of Jesus Christ: and all that is within me,
glorify her name.

Forget not her benefits: nor her grace and consolation.

By her grace sins are forgiven: and by her mercy maladies are healed.

Bless her, all ye powers of Heaven: glorify her, ye choirs of the Apostles
and Prophets.

Bless her, O ye sea, and the islands of the nations: sing a hymn to her,
all ye heavens and the dwellers therein.

Glory be to the Father, etc.