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"I am prepared not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21: 13
Reading of the Day

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practised without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel! ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean." Mt 23: 23-26

Saint of the Day
Moses the Prophet

The glorious Prophet Moses, God-seer, is the pinnacle of the lovers of wisdom, the supremely wise lawgiver, the most ancient historian of all. His name means one who draws forth, or is drawn from, that is, from the water. His life is narrated in the Bible(Exodus 2 through Deuteronomy 34:12).  

Moses' role as a prophet is complex and diverse, but one of the predominant themes of relevance to the Early Church is prefigured in Deut 18:15.  

Recalling Tragic Explosions in Beirut, Pope Appeals for International Community to Help Lebanon
August 05, 2020. Urges All Faithful to Join Him in Prayer.

Recalling the horrendous and deadly explosions in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut yesterday, Pope Francis has called upon the International Community to help.

August 05, 2020. ‘We Must Keep Our Gaze Firmly Fixed on Jesus’.

This morning’s general audience took place at 9.25 in the Library of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The Holy Father began a new catechesis series on healing the world.

Keep Your Eyes Fixed Firmly on Christ’ – Pope’s Advice at 1st General Audience Since Summer Break
August 05, 2020. In the Midst of This Pandemic, Eyes on Christ & With This Faith, Embrace Hope His Kingdom Gives Us.

Aware of our vulnerability, we must keep our eyes fixed firmly on Christ… In the midst of this pandemic, with strong faith, we must embrace the hope His Kingdom gives…

August 4: Feast of Saint John Mary Vianney
August 04, 2020. Master of Penance.

Saint John Mary Vianney, the “Cure of Ars, Patron of priests, was enamored of the Eucharist and a master of penance. Among others, he received the gift of tears. With his sanctity already in life, he moved the Europe of his time.”

Third Polish Youth Congress Occurs Online
August 03, 2020. ‘Called to Holiness’.

“It is important that young Poles living in different parts of the world have the opportunity to get to know each other and to form a Christian formation,” said Bishop Wiesław Lechowicz, KEP Delegate for Polish Emigration, in greetings to the participants of the Third Polish Youth Congress, which took place on August 1 online.

Holy Father’s Message to Young People, Gathered in Medjugorje on Occasion of Their Annual Meeting
August 03, 2020. ‘It Offers You All the Possibility to Encounter Jesus Christ Alive’.

Here is a translation of the Message read yesterday evening, August 1, which the Holy Father Francis sent to young people gathered in Medjugorje, on the occasion of their annual meeting, and delivered to the Apostolic Nuncio in Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Monsignor Luigi Pezzuto.

Pope Invites All to Receive ‘Pardon of Assisi’
August 02, 2020. Plenary Indulgence Granted to St. Francis.

You may still have this to receive the plenary indulgence known as the “Pardon of Assisi”. Pope Francis urged everyone to take advantage of this opportunity in comments following Sunday’s Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Proclaims Closeness to Faithful of Nicaragua After Crucifix Burned
August 02, 2020. Attack Friday in Cathedral of Managua.

Pope Francis offered prayers on August 2 for the faithful of Nicaragua following the damaging on July 31, of the crucifix in the Cathedral of Managua.

English Bishops Clarify Catholic Position on Vaccination
July 31, 2020. Vital to Protect the Most Vulnerable.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales responsible for Healthcare and Life issues have released a paper providing clarity and assurances on the moral issues surrounding vaccination and to encourage Catholics to commit to protecting the most vulnerable in society.

Archbishop Follo: The bread, Blessed and Shared, Increases
Archbishop Francesco Follo, courtesy of the Holy See Mission , UNESCO
July 31, 2020. With the invitation to share not only some bread but also the meaning of life.

Eighteen Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – August 2, 2020

Roman Rite Is 55.1-3; Ps 145; Rm 8,33.37-39; Mt 14:13-21

US Bishops’ Migration Chair Asks Prayers for Trafficking Survivors
July 30, 2020. Today is UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

The United Nations designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. . . in 2013 to raise awareness of the devastating impact human trafficking has on women, men, and children and to promote survivors’ rights and human dignity. The international day is observed annually in the United States and throughout the world.

US Bishops’ Head Marks Anniversary of Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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July 30, 2020. We ask our Blessed Mother Mary, the Queen of Peace, to pray for the human family, and for each one of us’ .

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on July 30 issued the following statement on the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

Spokesman for Polish Episcopate: Act of Consecrating Homeland to Heart of Jesus
July 29, 2020. A Pastoral Program for the Faithful.

 Dedication of our Homeland to the Heart of Jesus is not only an act of entrusting Poland before the war with the Bolsheviks, but it is a pastoral program for the next decades for millions of Catholics in our Homeland, said Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik, spokesman of the Polish Bishops’ Conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Polish nation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Church Participates in Humanitarian Service and Control of Covid-19 in India
July 29, 2020. Working in Largest Slum in Asia.

The parish of Saint Anthony in the area of Dharavi, in the archdiocese of Bombay, is offering its contribution to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world, in the Mumbai area (western India), and for the sustenance of the local population, which is in conditions of extreme poverty. Fr. Christopher D. Jeyakumar, parish priest of Saint Anthony, told Agenzia Fides that it is “a good result in the fight against coronavirus and in the work of social solidarity”.

Bishop of San Carlos: The Plagues of Egypt are Nothing Compared to What Venezuela is Going Through
July 28, 2020. Interview with Aid to the Church in Need.

According to the latest study published by the independent statistical studies platform ENCOVI, the levels of poverty and inequality would have placed Venezuela in positions previously unimaginable for the Latin American context.

FEATURE: ‘Let Hagia Sophia Be’ – Cardinal Bo Decries Its Conversion as ‘Undermining Freedom of Religion or Belief’
July 27, 2020. President of Asian Bishops Says It Is His Responsibility to Denounce All Rejections of Religious Freedom for Every Persecuted Religion.

Let Hagia Sophia be, urges Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, who says its conversion represents an undermining of freedom of religion.

Statement by Catholic charity ACN International on Hagia Sophia Reconvert into Mosque
July 24, 2020. ACN views the proposed reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque with grave concern’. 

The executive president of ACN International, Dr. Thomas Heine-Geldern, has issued the following statement concerning the Turkish government‘s decision to allow Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to be used as a mosque:

Archbishop Follo: Joy is the Strength to Decide

July 24, 2020. With the invitation to give everything in order to have more again.

 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – July 26, 2020
Catholic and Orthodox Bishops of Australia: Joint Statement on Hagia Sophia
July 24, 2020. Our fear is that this could aggravate tension between Christians and Muslims’.

We are not politicians but pastors, sent by Jesus Christ to proclaim his peace to everyone.

The Heart Melts’ Organization Hands Out Food and Blankets in Rome
July 24, 2020. To the Homeless.

For the third time since December, the non-profit Florentine “The Heart Melts” organization has donated food and blankets to the homeless in Rome.