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"But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Eph 4: 7
Reading of the Day

"Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life." Jn 12: 20-25

Saint of the Day
Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. The temptation for many modern readers (including the author) would be to see little to identify with in these graces and walk away without seeing more. The other temptation would be to become so fascinated with these stories that one would neglect to dig deeper and learn the real lessons of her life.

Pope Commemorates 25 Years of ‘Ut Unum Sint’ — Grateful for Past & Hopeful for Future
Pope writing a letter
May 25, 2020. In Letter to His ‘Dear Brother’ Cardinal Koch Recalling JPII’s Encyclical on Ecumenism, Praises Two New Initiatives.

“On this anniversary, I give thanks to the Lord for the journey he has allowed us to travel as Christians in quest of full communion. I too share the healthy impatience of those who sometimes think that we can and should do more.”

Regina Caeli: Pope Notes World Day of Social Communications
May 24, 2020.‘That you may tell your children and grandchildren’.

After praying the Regina Caeli on May 24, 2020, Pope Francis reminded listeners around the world that it is World Day of Social Communications.

Pope Francis Announces Special Year of Laudato Si’
May 24, 2020. Introduces Special Prayer for all the Faithful.

Pope Francis on May 24, 2020, marked the fifth anniversary of the Encyclical Laudato Si’, his call for the care of the earth and the poor. He also announced a special Year of Laudato Si’, which will run through May 24, 2021.

Regina Caeli Address: Solemnity of the Ascension on the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today, before and after praying the midday Regina Caeli from the Library of the Apostolic Vatican Palace.
FEATURE: ‘Even If Silence of Holy Saturday Still Lingers On,’ Cardinal Bo Says ‘Let Gallant Victory of Ascension Fill Our Hearts Today’
May 22, 2020. FABC President Says Our Lives, Even If Challenging, Are a ‘Love Letter’ From God.

Let the gallant victory of the Ascension fill our hearts today…
Archbishop Follo: The Ascension of Christ is not a Spectacle but an Event in Which we are Included
May 22, 2020. With the invitation to celebrate with joy the fact that with the Ascension Christ brought the humanity into the heart of God.

Ascension of the Lord – Year A – May 24th, 2020
Pope Francis’ Message to Pontifical Mission Societies (Full Text)
Pope Francis greets a group of Missionaries of Charity at Santiago de CubaMay 21, 2020. They Were to Meet in Rome for Their Annual General Assembly, But Event Was Postponed Due to Pandemic.

When they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.

During Pope’s 1st Audience in Months, Pope Tells Young Athletes That Doing for Others Is What Gives Joy
May 21, 2020. Small Group Stayed Socially Distant in Pope’s Library Following General Audience.

Marking his first audience in months, yesterday, May 20, 2020, after his weekly Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis received a small number of athletes who were to participate today, May 21, in an international event called “We Run Together.”

‘A Work That Is Not Our Own: the Sources of Mission,’ by Andrea Tornielli
May 21, 2020. With His Message to Pontifical Missionary Societies, Says Pope Puts on Guard Against Some Pathologies that Risk Distorting the Missionary Activity, Obscuring the Action of Grace

BY ANDREA TORNIELLI, Vatican’s Editorial Director
POPE'S GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Prayer & Mystery of Creation (FULL TEXT)
May 20, 2020. ‘Prayer illumines you: it illumines your soul, it illumines your heart and it illumines your face, even in the darkest times, even in times of great sorrow’.

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 am from the Library of the Apostolic Vatican Palace.

Pope at General Audience: We Are Not Insignificant, But Each the Child of a Great King

We are not insignificant, each and every person is the child of a Great King, our Heavenly Father…

Pope Francis Marks Saint John Paul II Centenary with Video to Polish Youth
May 19, 2020. ‘Saint John Paul II was a Gift of God to the Church and to Poland, Your Motherland’.

Pope Francis joined the observance of the May 18, 2020, centenary of Saint John Paul II’s birth by issuing a video message to the youth people of Poland.

Feast of Saint Faustina Added to Roman Calendar
May 18, 2020. Optional Memorial will be October 5.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree on Monday, May 18, inscribing the celebration of Saint Maria Faustina (Helena) Kowalska, virgin, in the General Roman Calendar, reported Vatican News.

ANNIVERSARY INTERVIEW: As the Angelicum Launches New Institute, Rector Says ‘We’d Like to Invite John Paul II to a Conversation in the Contemporary World’
Polish Father Michał Paluch, O.P. Reflects on Great Saint’s Legacy Saying ‘We Want to Make Him Alive’ & ‘Our Partner in Discussion,’  for He Helped Show the ‘Right Approach in This Very Complicated World’

May 18, 2020. “We would like to invite Saint Pope John Paul II to a conversation in the contemporary world and the contemporary culture.”

‘God Really Visited His People When He Sent the World John Paul II’, Pope Francis Says of Polish Saint’s 100th Birthday
May 18, 2020. On Centenary of JPII’s Birth, Pope Francis Praises Predecessor Pope Saint John Paul II.

When God sent the world John Paul II, He really visited his people…

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: 100 Ways Pope Saint John Paul II Changed the World
May 18, 2020. Book by Patrick Novecosky Who Knew Polish Saint Makes You Know Him Better Too.

How can one possibly try to wrap their mind around, somewhat rapidly, the countless ways a beloved pontiff, genius, and now saint, changed the world during his 26-year pontificate that drew with a close on April 2, 2005, on Divine Mercy Sunday?

ANNIVERSARY FEATURE: ‘I Served a Saint,’ Former Swiss Guard Recalls Serving Saint John Paul II in New Book
Mario Enzler has cooked up a tantalizing appetizer for what is the remarkable feast of the life of Saint Pope John Paul II.

Chief Rabbi of Poland on John Paul II
May 18, 2020. ‘No One in History has Done More to Erase the Scourge of Antisemitism’.

No other Pope has done more to heal the painful wounds and did more than anyone else in history to effectively erase the scourge of antisemitism, emphasized the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich in his Sunday, May 17, 2020, announcement on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II.

Regina Caeli: Holy Father Recalls Centenary of Saint Pope John Paul II’s Birth
May 17, 2020. Will Celebrate Monday Mass from Saint’s Burial Place in the Vatican.

Pope Francis on Sunday, May 17, 2020, reminded the world that tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the birth of  Saint Pope John Paul II.

Sunday Santa Marta: Pope Reminds Faithful We are Never Alone
May 17, 2020. Holy Father’s Last Live Broadcast of Mass from Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis celebrated the last Mass broadcast live from the Casa Santa Marta chapel on Sunday praying for trash collectors and reminding us that we are not orphans because we have a Father in heaven. Vatican News reported the account of the service.