A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among the Bishops – Settimo Cielo

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If one then looks at the Americas, both North and South, the picture appears even more unfavorable for the pope.

In Canada, the six bishops of the region of Alberta have publicly taken a position against the go-ahead given by Francis to communion for the divorced and remarried, while in the United States the episcopal conference last November elected as its president Cardinal Daniel N. Di Nardo, precisely one of the thirteen cardinals of the memorable protest letter that infuriated Bergoglio at the beginning of the last synod.

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Source: A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among the Bishops – Settimo Cielo – Blog – L’Espresso

THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BY ST. BONAVENTURE – PSALM CXLIII

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PSALM 143

Blessed be thou, O Lady, who teachest thy servants to fight: and
strengthenest them against the enemy.

With thy lightnings and thy brightness scatter him: send forth thy darts,
that thou mayest confound him.

Glorify from on high thy hand: and let thy servants sing thy praise and thy
glory.

Raise up from earthly things our affection: from these eternal delights
refresh our interior.

Kindle in our hearts the longing for heavenly things: and deign to refresh
us with the joys of Paradise.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BY ST. BONAVENTURE – PSALM CXLII

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PSALM 142

O Lady, hear my prayer: incline thine ear to my supplication.

The spiteful enemy hath persecuted my life: he hath cast on to the ground
my ways.

He hath blackened me with his darkness: and my spirit is exceedingly
troubled.

Turn not thy face away from me: that I may not fall together with them that
tumble into the abyss.

Send forth thy light and thy grace: and repair anew my life and my
conscience.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

Vatican Committee Declares Medjugorje Apparitions as Real and of “Supernatural Origin”

The commission established by Pope Benedict XVI to study the apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, has  voted overwhelmingly to recognize as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981. The  17-man commission on Medjugorje was established by Benedict XVI in 2010, and was chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini.

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Source: Vatican Committee Declares Medjugorje Apparitions as Real and of “Supernatural Origin” – Veritas Vincit: “The Truth Shall Prevail”

THE PSALTER OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY BY ST. BONAVENTURE – PSALM CXLI

PSALM 141

With my voice I have cried to Our Lady: I have humbly entreated her.

I have poured out my tears in her sight: and I have set before her my
grief.

The enemy lieth in wait for my heel: he has spread his net before me.

Help me, O Lady, lest I fall before him: let-him be crushed beneath my
feet.

Lead my soul out of prison: that it may praise thee and sing to the mighty
God forever.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

Bishop Schneider: the Catholic family is the first bulwark against the current great apostasy – Voice of the Family

This address was delivered by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, on 19 May 2017 at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, which is organised by Voice of the Family.

 

The family has been created immediately by God, so the Magisterium of the Church teaches us (cf. Pius XI., Encyclical Divini illius magistri, 12). Pope Leo XIII says in his magisterial encyclical on marriage and family: “Marriage has God for its Author, and was from the very beginning a kind of foreshadowing of the Incarnation of His Son; and therefore there abides in it something holy and religious; not extraneous, but innate; not derived from men, but implanted by nature. Innocent III, therefore, and Honorius III, our predecessors, affirmed not falsely nor rashly that a sacrament of marriage existed ever amongst the faithful and unbelievers” (Concerning Innocent III, see Corpus juris canonici, cap. 8, De divort., ed. cit., Part 2, col. 723. Innocent III refers to 1 Cor. 7:13. Concerning Honorius III, see cap. ii, De transact., (op. cit., Part 2 col. 210).)” (Encyclical Arcanum Divinae, n. 19, 10 February 1880).

“The family therefore holds directly from the Creator the mission and hence the right to educate the offspring, a right inalienable because inseparably joined to the strict obligation, a right anterior to any right whatever of civil society and of the State, and therefore inviolable on the part of any power on earth” (Pius XI., Encyclical Divini illius magistri, 32). Parents are therefore under a grave obligation to see to the religious and moral education of their children (CIC 1917, can. 1113 and CIC 1983, can. 793).

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Source: Bishop Schneider: the Catholic family is the first bulwark against the current great apostasy – Voice of the Family

Reflections on blind activist Chen Guangcheng’s 5th Anniversary arriving in the United States

May 19 marked the five-year anniversary of Chen Guangcheng’s arrival in the United States.  WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn advocated tirelessly for Chen’s release from 2008 until his 2012 release and led an international coalition to free him.  What follows are her personal reflections at the time of this anniversary.

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Source: DEACON FOR LIFE: Reflections on blind activist Chen Guangcheng’s 5th Anniversary arriving in the United States