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"I am the Alpha and the Omega,”* says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” Rev 1: 8
Reading of the Day

"Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘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, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ And he said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power." Mk 8: 34 - 9: 1

Saint of the Day
Saint Matthew

Little is known about St. Matthew, except that he was the son of Alpheus, and he was likely born in Galilee. He worked as a tax collector, which was a hated profession during the time of Christ.

According to the Gospel, Matthew was working at a collection booth in Capernaum when Christ came to him and asked, "Follow me." With this simple call, Matthew became a disciple of Christ.

‘Each One Is Beautiful to God’ – Pope Francis Receives Autistic Little Ones
September 21, 2020. Expressing How Much God Loves Them, Francis Tells Children: ‘I Am Happy to See Your Faces & I Can Read in Your Eyes You Are Happy to Be With Me Too’.

Each one is beautiful to God who loves us…

FEATURE: Freeing Mary From Mafia Manipulation
September 21, 2020. A New Specific Department of the Pontifical Marian Academy Is Devoted to Combatting Phenomena Where Figure of Blessed Mother Is Manipulated by Organized Crime.

The figure of Mary must be freed from mafia manipulation.

Pope Addresses ‘Banco Farmaceutico’ Foundation on 20th Anniversary
September 21, 2020. Stresses Need to Address ‘Pharmaceutical Marginality”.

On the morning of Saturday, September 19, 2020, in Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the members of the “Banco Farmaceutico” Foundation on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of its founding. It collects and distributes pharmaceuticals to those in need.

With ‘High Professional Conscience,’ Christian Journalists Are Required to Offer a New Witness
September 18, 2020. Francis Tells Belgian Christian Publication ‘Tertio’ to Transmit Hope.

By one’s high professional conscience, the Christian journalist is required to offer a new witness in communications…

Archbishop Follo: Called by God at Any Time of the Day
Archbishop Francesco Follo, courtesy of the Holy See Mission , UNESCO
September 18, 2020. With the invitation to understand that God “pays” all the workers in his vineyard by giving each of them “only one” denarius: Christ.

Roman Rite – XXV Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 20 September 20, 2020

Young Catholic Receives ‘Creating on the Margins Award’ from Catholic Campaign for Human Development
September 18, 2020. Kyrstin Weiler of Diocese of Belleville.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has named Kyrstin Weiler of the Diocese of Belleville as the national winner of the 2019-2020 Creating on the Margins contest.

Pope to Virtually Address UN General Assembly on September 22, Confirms Vatican
September 17, 2020. From Our Archives, We Bring You the Pope’s Full Address to the UN in New York in 2015.

Pope Francis will virtually address the UN General Assembly. Responding to journalists’ questions, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, confirmed this.

Pope to Bergamo: ‘Dear Brother Priests With Old Age or Bitter Illness, I Feel Need to Say Thank You’
September 17, 2020. ‘To Her, Mother of priests, I remember in prayer the many deceased priests due to this virus & those facing the course of rehabilitation’ (Pope’s Message to Participants in the Sixth Day of Elderly & Sick Priests of Lombardy).

 “Dear brothers living the time of old age or the bitter hour of sickness, I feel the need to say thank you.”

Pope Remembers ‘Martyrdom’ of Fr. Roberto Malgesini, Priest Murdered in Como
September 16, 2020. Remembers That Italian Priest Had Been Helping the Tunisian Immigrant With Mental Illness Who Killed Him.

“I give praise to God for the witness, that is, for the martyrdom, of this witness of charity towards the poorest.”

Pope at General Audience: Amid Pandemic, We Need to Learn Again the Art of Contemplation
September 16, 2020. In Order to See How Creation & One Another Reflect God’s Infinite Wisdom, Goodness & Beauty.

“In order to regain a proper sense of our place within God’s creation, and of our call to respect and care for the earth and one another, we need to learn anew the art of contemplation.”

Toward World Mission Day in Brazil
September 16, 2020. Witness of Elderly and Sick an Indispensable Force for Missionary Work.

The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Brazil have published the brochures for the animation of the activities of the Elderly and Sick Missionaries – IEM.

Pope Offers Advice to Protestors – and Those Being Protested
September 13 . Need for Dialogue and Reconcilliation.

Pope Francis on September 13, 2020, had suggestions for those engaged in protests of various issues around the world, as well as those who are the targets of protests.

Pope at Angelus Recalls Compassion of Jesus (Full Text)
September 13, 2020. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full’.

Jesus always had compassion, Pope Francis recalled during his September 13, 2020, Angelus address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He drew his comments from the day’s Gospel, Mt. 18:21-35, the parable of the indebted servant and master.

Pope Francis Stresses Importance of Relationships in Patient Care
September 11, 2020. Addresses Online Gathering of International Gynaecologic Cancer Society.

Pope Francis on September 11, 2020, stressed the importance of human relationships in caring for the sick, refusing to allow financial concerns to dominate healthcare.

International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) Sets New Date
September 11, 2020. Will Hold Virtual Gathering in Advance.

“The world has closed up, our hearts have opened up” – a unique event is on the way! The organizers of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) that has been postponed for next September are working on to have an online pre-meeting.

Archbishop Follo: When We Forgive, We Imitate God
September 11, 2020. ‘Who manifests his omnipotence in the highest way with forgiveness and compassion’.

Roman Rite: XXIV Sunday of Ordinary Time – September 13, 2020

Lebanon in Crisis: ‘We Need a Miracle’
September 11, 2020. ACN Updates Situation in Wake of August Explosion.

Quietly and politely they form a line in the hot sun outside the Socio-Medical Intercommunity Dispensary in the poor Beirut neighborhood of Nabaa.  Some are elderly and live alone.  Others have families to feed.  All have put aside any embarrassment in accepting a handout, in order to eat.

Pope: We Must Act Together, Not Alone, When Facing Complex Migration to Europe
September 10, 2020. Addressing ‘Snapshots From the Borders,’ Appeals for ‘Concrete Solidarity and Shared Responsibility’.

When facing complex migration phenomenon, Pope Francis says we must act together, not alone…
Full Text of Pope’s September 9 General Audience Address
September 09, 2020. Christian Response to Pandemic Based on Love.

 Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ address at his weekly General Audience, on September 9, 2020, the second week since the virus’ outbreak, where the faithful could be present in the Vatican’s Courtyard of San Damaso of the Apostolic Palace. The text was provided by the Vatican.

‘Brothers All’: An Encyclical of the Blood of Martyrs
September 09, 2020. Enlightenment of a Franciscan.

“Brothers All” is the title of the Encyclical on fraternity and social friendship, which Pope Francis will sign on Saturday, October 3, 2020, in Assisi.