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"Peter thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the church was fervently being made to God on his behalf.” Acts 12: 5
Reading of the Day

"Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.’ He answered them, ‘And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, "Honour your father and your mother," and, "Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die." But you say that whoever tells father or mother, "Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God", then that person need not honour the father. So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word of God. You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said: "This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines." Mt 15: 1-9

Saint of the Day
Saint Maria Goretti

Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. In 1896 the family moved to Ferriere di Conca. Soon after, Maria's father died of malaria, and the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive. In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God's forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Msgr Georg Ratzinger, Older Brother of Benedict XVI, Told by Dear Friend & Co-Author of ‘My Brother, the Pope’
July 06, 2020. Here’s an in-depth, personal account told by German Author, Historian, & Family Friend Dr. Michael Hesemann.

Georg Ratzinger “was a man who hid his brilliance and greatness behind his even greater humility. A kind soul, a true gentleman, so warm-hearted and friendly to everyone, with a wonderful, charming, typical Bavarian mischievous sense of humor…”

Vatican’s Sea Sunday Message
July 06, 2020. To pray in a special way for the people of the sea who work far away from their countries, loved ones & local Churches.

Here is the message released by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development for “Sea Sunday”, to be celebrated on July 12, 2020:

Pope Releases Video for July Prayer Intention
July 03, 2020 . May Families be Accompanied with Love, Respect, and Guidance.

Pope Francis has released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for July, which this month is for families that they be “accompanied with love, respect, and guidance.”

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

Pope Sends Aid to World Food Program
Pope Francis, St Peter's Square © L'Osservatore Romano
July 03, 2020. Through the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development.

Following the growing concern over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection at the global level, Pope Francis has decided to send — through the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development and with the collaboration of the Holy See’ Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD and the World Food Program (WFP) –, a symbolic donation of 25 thousand euros to the WFP, as a further sign of solicitude in face of the present emergency underway.

Statement by the Irish Bishops’ Council for Life
July 03, 2020. Regarding the Report of the Department of Health on ‘Termination of Pregnancy’ in 2019.

The following statement was issued on July 3, 2020, by The Council for Life, an initiative of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, chaired by Bishop Kevin Doran.  The Council’s objective is to promote the Church’s teaching on the dignity and value of every human life from conception to a natural end.  The role of the Council is to advise and advocate for the Church in Ireland on a consistent ethic of life and care for those most at risk.

On Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, Patron of Chaldean Church
July 03, 2020. Commentary by Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldeans.

As the Chaldean Church is preparing to celebrate the Feast day of its’ patron, Saint Thomas the Apostle, on the 3rd of July, I would like to congratulate our daughters and sons on this occasion, wherever they are, and to let them know that I am keeping them in my prayers.

Archbishop Follo: To Rediscover Ourselves as Children, we Must be ‘Little’
July 03, 2020. In the Gospel of this Sunday, Jesus Shows us the Concrete way for our Freedom to Open us up to Welcoming Him and we Walk with Him Towards the Fulfillment of our Destiny.

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – July 5, 2020

Pope Francis to Benedict XVI: May the Lord Introduce Msgr. Georg Ratzinger to Heavenly Homeland & Grant Him Prize Prepared for His Faithful Servants
July 02, 2020. Thanks Pope Emeritus for Informing Him First About His Brother’s Passing & Assures Closeness.

May the Lord in his goodness introduce Monsignor Georg Ratzinger to the homeland of Heaven and grant him the prize prepared for the faithful servants of the Gospel…

Corona and the Message of Love
July 02, 2020. Maria Voce and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

By Alon Goshen-Gottstein, specialist in interreligious dialogue

Pope Francis’ Summer Break Has Begun
July 01, 2020. General Audiences Suspended Throughout July.

As is the case every summer, Pope Francis takes a break from his public meetings: his weekly Wednesday morning General Audiences are suspended throughout July.

Holy Father’s Angelus Address for Feast of Sts Peter and Paul
June 29, 2020 . I spiritually Embrace my Dear Brother, the Patriarch Bartholomew’.

Below is the Angelus Address Pope Francis delivered on June 29, 2020, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome.

Coronavirus: Pope Francis Donates 35 Respirators
June 29, 2020. Over the Last Weeks.

To help in the present coronavirus health emergency, in the past weeks Pope Francis has donated an additional 35 respirators to 13 different countries.

Pope at Angelus Asks Prayers for those Suffering in Yemen
June 28, 2020. Also, Pray for Victims of Floods in Western Ukraine.

After praying the Angelus June 28, 2020, with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis asked for prayers for those experiencing a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, a nation beset by civil war for the past five years.

Pope Taps 4 Filipino Priests as New ’Missionaries of Mercy’
June 26, 2020. ‘The Church wants to bring the grace of forgiveness to everyone’.

Pope Francis has appointed four Filipino priests to a special mission: to further spread the works of mercy.

‘The Way of Beauty, A Source of Catechesis,’ Says Monsignor Fisichella
Salvatore Fisichella
June 26, 2020. And the Proclamation of Mercy.

“The Directory has put the way of beauty as one of the “sources” of catechesis,” explains Monsignor Rino Fisichella who on Thursday, June 25, 2020 presented in the Vatican the new “Directory” for catechesis, fruit of an inter-dicasterial endeavour and of the consultation of dioceses, followed closely by Pope Francis, who approved it last March.

Publication of ‘Directory for Catechesis’ Marks ‘Joyful Event in Life of the Church,’ Says Archbishop Fisichella
June 25, 2020. Document Prepared by Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation Presented in Vatican.

At 11.30 this morning, a press conference was held in the “John Paul II” Hall of the Holy See Press Office to present the Directory for Catechism prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation.

For Feast of Nativity of St. John Baptist, Pope Invites Witnessing Gospel With Courage
June 25, 2020. Encourages Faithful to Keep Harmony & Friendship, Which Support ‘Credibility of Any Proclamation of the Faith’.

Like Saint John the Baptist, “witness the Gospel with courage, beyond our differences, keeping harmony and friendship, which support the credibility of any proclamation of the faith.”

US Bishops’ Religious Liberty Chairman Announces Religious Freedom Week
June 24, 2020. Runs Through June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

June 24, 2020. ‘Favoured by God even from his youth, he is chosen for a unique mission that would play a central role in the history of the people of God and in our own faith’.

Bishop Mark O’Toole Invites Priests to Look Back on Their Ordination Day ‘With a Sense of Deep Joy’
June 23, 2020. In a message for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of all priests, Bishop Mark O’Toole, the Bishop of Plymouth, has invited priests to look back on their ordination day “with a sense of deep […]