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"Then he said to me, ‘Go, I shall send you far away to the Gentiles.” Acts 22: 21
Reading of the Day

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.‘And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God." Lk 12: 6-9

Saint of the Day
Saint Doumit

There are numberous stories about Domitius and his devotion is widespread in Lebanon. There may have been, in fact, two saints who bore this name. One was a Persian monk who lived in Nisibus during the fourth century. He lived as a hermit on Mount Qoroch and was noted for his preaching and healing miracles. He suffered martyrdom under the pagan emperor Julian the Apostate in the year 363.

Another tradition reports that Domitius was a minister in the court of the Byzantine emperor Valens who was an Arian.

Archbishop Follo: Communion Overcomes the Storms of Life
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A – August 9, 2020

The Fazendas in Argentina – There is no Revenge Better than Love
August 07, 2020. Interview with Analía Rodríguez on Work to Halt Addiction.

Living trapped in addiction is a hell, not only for the addict but also for his family and all those around him.

Filipino Bishop: Fight Against Coronavirus is ‘Everybody’s Responsibility’
August 07, 2020. Urges People to Follow Health Directives.

A Catholic bishop said efforts to thwart the coronavirus won’t work unless the public “would do their part”.

Feast of the Lord’s Transfiguration
August 06, 2020. Celebrated Every August 6th. by Alejandro Vazquez-Dodero, Doctor in Canon Law

The Transfiguration of the Lord, which we celebrate every August 6, commemorates that passage in Jesus’ life in which He showed His divinity to the Apostles John, Peter and James. He “transfigured Himself” for them, that is, He showed them His divine nature. He, who is perfect God and man.

Pope Makes Surprise Visit to Basilica of Saint Mary Major
August 06, 2020. August 5, Anniversary of Dedication of Basilica.

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Saint Mary Major on Wednesday, the feast of the dedication of the Papal Basilica, reported Vatican News.

Caritas Launches Emergency Plan to Aid Beirut Explosion Victims
August 06, 2020. ‘The situation is critical and this is the first time that we have experienced a situation of such great magnitude’.

Caritas Internationalis expresses its solidarity and compassion to the Church of Lebanon, to the Lebanese people and to Caritas Lebanon, after the deadly blasts on August 4, that flattened parts of Beirut and killed at least 78 people and injured nearly 4,000.

Beirut: Charity Offers Emergency Food Package
August 06, 2020. Witnesses Compare Explosion to an ‘Atomic Bomb’

An emergency food package of £226,000 (250,000EUR) is to be rushed out to Beirut by a leading Catholic charity in the wake of the huge explosion on August 4.

Patriarch Rai: “Mysterious Explosion” in Beirut – We Ask Everyone for Help
August 05, 2020. Report by Fides News Agency.

Beirut, the bride of the East, Beirut, the lighthouse of the West, is wounded”. It is a “devastated city”, reduced to “a scenario of war without war”.

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
nuclear-bomb-explosion Public Domain Pictures
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: