"While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ And pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." Mt 12: 46 - 50
Saint of the Day
Saint John Berchmans
Eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant. He early wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John Froymont. In 1615, he entered the newly founded Jesuit College at Malines, and the following year became a Jesuit novice. He was sent to Rome in 1618 to continue his studies, and was known for his diligence and piety, impressing all with his holiness and stress on perfection in little things. He died there on August 13. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, and he was canonized in 1888. He is the patron of altar boys. His feast day is November 26.
US National Collection Helps Religious Orders Care for Their Elderly Members
November 26, 2020. Scheduled for December 12-13.
The 33rd annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held in most U.S. Catholic parishes from December 12-13. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the appeal assists hundreds of religious order communities in providing for the ongoing needs of their aging Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.
In the matter of religious tolerance, “simple tolerance isn’t enough!” said Monsignor Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the United Nations in Geneva, during a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on November 22, 2020. “It’s about seeking mutual enrichment,” he explained.
The Syrian People Have Been brutally Driven Into Poverty
November 25, 2020. Interview with Jesuit Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo in Syria.
In Europe or rather countries of the West, hardly anyone is still talking about Syria. Is the war there really over?
Pope Moves 8 Closer to Sainthood
November 24, 2020. Includes Decree on Martyrdom of 127 Spaniards.
Pope Francis authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate 8 decrees, including a decree on the martyrdom of 127 Spaniards, Vatican News reported on November 24, 2020. Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the Prefect of the Congregation, presented the causes to the Pope, who approved them.
FEATURE: ‚ÄėNever Again: Confronting the Global Rise of Anti-Semitism‚Äô‚Äď US Embassy to Holy See & Holy See Join Forces
November 23, 2020. Cardinal Parolin: ‘The Holy See Condemns All Forms of Anti-Semitism, Recalling That Such Acts Are Neither Christian Nor Human’.
Condemning any form of anti-Semitism is fundamental … As we see its resurgence, we must say ‘Never Again!’
NEW: ‚ÄėLet Us Dream‚Äô ‚Äď A Conversation between Pope Francis & Austen Ivereigh
November 23, 2020. ‘Spiritual guidance for a world in crisis, a personal manifesto for profound social change, and a summons to each person to choose a better future’.
“Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future” is the first book written by a Pope in response to a major crisis, and offers the Pontiff’s practical guidance on how to reflect on the pandemic as an opportunity to make a better world.
Pope Francis at Angelus Reflects on Shepherd Who Will Judge
November 22, 2020. ‘The One Whom Men are About to Condemn is, in Reality, the Supreme Judge.
Pope Francis in his November 22, 2020, Angelus commentary spoke of the supreme irony that the one men condemned — Jesus — would, in the end, be the judge of all. And the judge would be one who served rather than enjoying the trappings of office.
Christ is the Only Hope for Happiness
November 23, 2020. A Homily on the Feast of Christ the King.
The following homily was presented on November 22, 2020, the Feast of Christ the King, at St. John Vianney Parish, Northlake, Illinois by Deacon James Sinacore.
Pope Celebrates Mass on Feast of Christ the King
November 22, 2020. ‘Let us not Give up on Great Dreams’.
Pope Francis wants people to persure their dreams — and he said today that God wants people to “race boldly and joyfully toward lofty goals.”
Video Message of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in Meeting ‚ÄėEconomy of Francesco‚Äô
November 21, 2020. Planned for Assisi but Held Virtually.
Pope Francis called told the young participants in “The Economy of Francesco” that it is time for change and urged them to be a part of it.
Vocations to Priesthood Increase in Venezuela
November 20, 2020. Despite Economic and Social Crisis and Pandemic.
The work of promoting vocations in Venezuela is bearing fruit. This year, despite the full social and economic crisis that the country is going through, aggravated by the pandemic situation caused by Covid-19, the vocational response to the ministerial life of priesthood has increased, with a total number of 804 seminarians, including young people who are in the preparatory phase or are studying philosophy and theology, reported Fides News Agency.
‚ÄėMay the Virgin of Guadalupe Sustain Your Hope,‚Äô Pope Urges Rome‚Äôs Pontifical Latin American College
November 20, 2020. Encourages Community of the Pius Pontifical Latin American College (Full Text).
‘May the Virgin of Guadalupe sustain your hope…’
Economy of Francis: Pope Will Take Part Virtually on Closing Day
November 20, 2020. Through a Video-Message.
At the end of the event ”Economy of Francis,” on Saturday, November 21, confirmed is Pope Francis’ virtual participation with a Video-Message to the young participants, connected with the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy.
Archbishop Follo: Christ, the King who has the Power of Love, Draws Good from Evil
November 20, 2020. With the invitation to look at Christ the King who from the Cross rules with merciful love.
XXXIV Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – Christ the King of the Universe, November 22, 2020
Ez 34.11-12.15-17; Ps 23; 1Cor 15.20-26.28; Mt 25: 31-46
Cardinal Becciu: I Have Filed Civil Action for Compensation of the Enormous Damages Suffered
November 19, 2020. Press Release of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.
Press Release of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu: In face of the press campaign that, since last September 24, L’Expresso,” has conducted seamlessly in relation to my person with a series of accusations, all absolutely without foundation, I have filed civil action through the law firm Callipari del Foro of Verona, for compensation of the enormous damages suffered.
Pope Praises Passionists Inaugurating Jubilee Year of 300th Anniversary of Their Foundation
November 19, 2020. Says ‘Contact with Word of God in Prayer & Reading Signs of the Times in Daily Events Will Enable You to Perceive Creative Presence of the Spirit Whose Outpouring Over Time, Points Out Answers to Humanity’s Expectations’.
A Holy Year on the occasion of the 300th Anniversary of its founding, will continue until January 1, 2022.
Pope Francis: Want a Model for Our Prayer? Look to Mary (FULL TEXT)
November 18, 2020. Focusing on Blessed Mother During General Audience, Says ‘How Beautiful It Would Be If We Too Could Be a Bit Like Our Mother!’.
A model for our prayer, at simple and at the most difficult of times? The Blessed Virgin Mary.
FEATURE: Cardinal Bo: ‚ÄėAdore the Tears : Avoid Intolerance‚Äô
November 17, 2020. Warning Against ‘Nauseating Uniformity,’ FABC President Acknowledges World Tolerance DaY.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC).
Another 200 Displaced Christians Families Return to Mosul and Nineveh Plain
November 17, 2020. News Released November 11, 2020.
There are about two hundred families of Christian displaced people who in recent weeks and in the near future have already returned or are preparing to return to their areas of origin, in the neighborhoods of Mosul and in the cities and villages of the Nineveh Plain, reported Fides News Agency.
Chemin Neuf: ‚ÄėA Life Without Risk Isn‚Äôt Christian,‚Äô Was Pope‚Äôs Message
November 16, 2020. To a Delegation of Leaders that Arrived in the Vatican.
“A life without risk isn’t Christian,” warns Pope Francis in a video filmed by a French delegation of the Chemin Neuf [“New Way”] Community, which arrived in the Vatican on November 12, 2020. “The Lord will not leave you alone,” he also affirms.