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"Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor* I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God.” Rev 1: 7
Reading of the Day

"John said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. ‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. ‘For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." Mk 9: 38 - 50

Saint of the Day
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Born to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars in Morcone, Italy and joined the order at age 19. Suffered several health problems, and at one point his family thought he had tuberculosis. Ordained at age 22 on 10 August 1910. While praying before a cross, he received the stigmata on 20 September 1918, the first priest ever to be so blessed. As word spread, especially after American soldiers brought home stories of Padre Pio following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for both the pious and the curious.

POPE’S GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Healing the World (VIII) – Full Text
September 23, 2020. ‘The Lord’s promise is: ‘I will make all things new”.

Below is the address by Pope Francis given at his weekly General Audience, today, Sept. 23, 2020, to the faithful present in the Vatican’s Courtyard of San Damaso of the Apostolic Palace.

Towards Mission Sunday in Austria
September 23, 2020. A Painting to Learn About the Life and Work of Pauline Jaricot.

A painting of the venerable servant of God Pauline Jaricot (1799-1862) will have a place of honor on the wall in the meeting room of the National Direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Austria, reported Fides News Agency.

Pope to Philippine Catholic schools: Form Authentic Witnesses to Christ
September 22, 2020. Message to Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Congress.

Pope Francis called on Philippine Catholic educators to hone their students not just to become outstanding learners but also as authentic witnesses of faith, reported CBCP News.

US Bishop Migration Chairman Comments on Upcoming World Day for Migrants and Refugees
September 22, 2020. To be Observed Sunday, September 27.

The Vatican has designated Sunday, September 27 as the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 106th observance of this day is “Forced like Jesus Christ to Flee” a focus on the plight of internally displaced persons.

Michael Lonsdale Enters ‘A Light that Is Never Extinguished’
September 22, 2020. The Great Actor, A Witness, Died in Paris.

“Life is but a brief passage on earth, but it is prolonged eternally in a light that is never extinguished,” said Michael Lonsdale. The great actor, 89, died in his sleep in Paris on Monday, September 21, 2020, falling asleep in God.

‘Samaritanus Bonus: on the Care of Persons in the Critical & Terminal Phases of Life’ (FULL TEXT OF CDF LETTER)

September 22, 2020. ‘The Sovereign Pontiff Francis, on 25 June 2020, approved the present Letter, adopted in the Plenary Session of this Congregation, the 29th of January 2020, and ordered its publication’

‘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.