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"Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1Cor 3: 16
Reading of the Day

"The Lord Jesus says: ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away." Mk 4: 21 - 25

Saint of the Day
Saint Pope John Paul II

Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941.

He made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Cracow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama.

FEAST DAY SPECIAL: 100 Ways Pope Saint John Paul II Changed the World
October 22, 2020. Feature from Zenit’s Archives on New Book Helps You Know Beloved Pope Even Better Than Before.

The feast of St. John Paul II is marked on October 22, the anniversary of the inauguration of his pontificate. Here we bring you this special on the beloved Polish Pope from ZENIT’s Archives

Interview: President of Polish Bishops’ Conference on Feast Day of St. John Paul II
October 22, 2020. Highlights Meetings with Cardinal Wojtyła, Priorities of John Paul II’s Pontificate, and Personal Holiness of the Polish Pope.

Archbishop, you witnessed the moment when Karol Wojtyła was elected to the See of Peter. Could you please tell us a few words about the circumstances in which it happened and your reaction to the election?

Pope Francis: Financial Aid to Families of Crew Members of M / V Gulf Livestock 1 Ship
October 21, 2020. Press Release from Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Pope Francis has decided to send — through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development — a financial contribution to all the families of the crew members of the M/V Gulf Livestock 1 ship (39 Filipinos, 2 Australians, and 2 New Zealanders) which sank in the Sea of Japan close to the Amami Oshima Island last September 2, after having experienced the failure of the main engine while typhoon Maysak was raging.

FEATURE: ‘Let’s Ask Crucified God to Grace Us With More Unity & Fraternity’ — Pope Appeals for Peace at Sant’Egidio’s Prayer for Peace
October 20, 2020. Ceremony Held Safely in Italian Capitol During Pandemic.

“Let us ask the crucified God to grant us the grace to be more united and more fraternal…”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: As Pope to Participate Amid Pandemic in Sant’Egidio Encounter, Community’s President Marco Impagliazzo Says ‘Prayer Is at Root of Peace’
October 20, 2020. Warning Against Discouragement, Impagliazzo Says It’s Time for Religions to Invoke God Together.

In this difficult time, there is a need for words of peace and hope, which indicate a future for humanity overwhelmed by the pandemic. People feel the need to pray…

Pope at Angelus Marks World Mission Day
October 18, 2020. Gives Thanks for Release of Kidnapped Father Pier Luigi Maccalli.

“Today we celebrate World Mission Day, which has the theme Here I am, send me. Weavers of fraternity,” Pope Francis said today after praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

Angelus: Pope Francis Comments on Jesus’ Parable of the Coin
October 18, 2020. Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s’.

Should the occupied people of Israel pay taxes to Caesar? That was the question Jesus’ enemies used to set a trap in today’s Gospel reading from the 22nd chapter of Matthew.

Pope Francis Sends Video-Message to Members of FAO on Occasion of 75th Anniversary of Its Institution
October 16, 2020. ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain.Together. Our Actions Are Our Future’.

Here is a translation of the text of the Holy Father Francis’ Video-Message to the Members of FAO, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its institution.

Archbishop Caccia Addresses UN on Sustainable Development
October 16, 2020. ‘Protecting our common home for present and future generations is one of the most urgent demands of our time’

Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed the Seventy-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Second Committee Agenda Item 19 on “Sustainable Development” United Nations, New York, October 13, 2020.

The Catholic Church by the Numbers
St. Peter's Square, Vatican City
October 16, 2020. Special Feature for 94th Mission Sunday – October 18, 2020.

Like every year, in view of World Mission Day, which this year celebrates its 94th anniversary on Sunday, October 18, 2020, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world.

Logo of World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 Unveiled
October 16, 2020. Mary Arose and Went with Haste’.

The logo of World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 was unveiled on Friday, October 16, 2020.

The new WYD (JMJ) logo was inspired by the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the event, which will take place in Lisbon (“Mary arose and went with haste”, LC1, 39), and by the Portuguese cultural and religious features. This will be the first WYD in Portugal.

APPEAL: For ‘Tormented’ Syria, Hit by Bombs & Poverty, ‘Time Is Running Out’ — Cardinal Zenari Appeals to Diplomats in Vatican
October 16, 2020. After Bombs of War, 80% of Country Hit by ‘Bomb of Poverty’, Cardinal Parolin Welcomes Apostolic Nuncio to Middle East Nation ‘Hit by Litany of Horrors’.

A litany of horrors every day comes to us from that tormented nation

Archbishop Follo: We are the Coin with the Image of God
Archbishop Francesco Follo, courtesy of the Holy See Mission , UNESCO
October 16, 2020. With the wish to understand that being ‘coins’ with the image of God means having imprinted on us the love of God to share.

Roman Rite – XXIX Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – October 18, 2020.
Is 45, 1.4-6; Ps 96; 1 Thes 1, 1-5b; Mt 22, 15 to 21

Caritas Call for Action on World Food Day: October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020. Most Vulnerable Deprived of Right to Food Due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

On World Food Day, October 16, Caritas Internationalis calls for targeted actions to fight food insecurity, by protecting the environment, stopping conflicts, promoting small-scale sustainable agriculture programs, and identifying priority food security zones.

FEATURE: Amid Pandemic, Bishop of Arabia Appeals to Rediscover Life Awaiting Us, for We Are ‘In the World, Not of the World’
October 15, 2020. ‘Look to Jesus as the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,’ Bishop Hinder Says, Warning: ‘do not let the struggles we have to pass through limit our horizon’

As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the Apostolic Vicar of Souther Arabia, has offered his people meaningful and comforting reminders: we are “in the world, not of the world”; we never fall out of the Lord’s protective hands; with Jesus, we are never shipwrecked.

Vatican at UN: Statement on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism
October 15, 2020. ‘Terrorism violates human dignity and fundamental human rights’.

Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations commented on the threats of terrorism during the Seventy-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sixth Committee, Agenda Item 114, “Measures To Eliminate International Terrorism” on October 12, 2020.

St. John Paul II’s Secretary Encourages Endorsing the International Appeal on the 42nd Anniversary of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Election
October 14, 2020. Appeal will be Presented October 16.

The need to transmit Karol Wojtyła’s teaching to the next generations is becoming increasingly evident, asserts his long-time Secretary in the invitation to support the International Appeal of Professors and Academic Teachers who, on the occasion of the 42ndanniversary of Saint John Paul II’s election, encourage deepening his thinking and scientific achievements.

Pope: Sorry I Greet from Afar, But Let’s Be Prudent & Follow Recommendations to End This Pandemic
October 14, 2020. Gives Explanation to Crowds at Conclusion of General Audience.

I apologize for greeting you from afar, but let us follow the safety measures and authorities’ recommendations, in order to end this pandemic.

Pope’s Assurance at General Audience: ‘God Is Not Deaf to Our Prayers’
October 14, 2020. ‘The Psalmist’s repeated cry, ‘How long, Lord?’, is itself an acknowledgment that, amid our every trail and tribulation, God hears our voice and never abandons us’.

God is not deaf to our prayers; rather, He is there beside us, never abandoning us…

INTERVIEW: Integrating Faith & Science at Catholic Polytechnic University
October 13, 2020. Including Friendship with Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Dr. Jennifer Nolan Shares Important Novelties of Catholic Polytechnic University.

Integrating faith and science. An always debated question, which often seems to be a contradiction, but which informed Catholics know is not.