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"Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Rev 2: 29
Reading of the Day

"‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, "You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right." So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, "Why are you standing here idle all day?" They said to him, "Because no one has hired us." He said to them, "You also go into the vineyard." When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, "Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first." When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, "These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat." But he replied to one of them, "Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?" So the last will be first, and the first will be last." Mt 20: 1 - 16

Saint of the Day
Saint Cosmas & Damian

Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in Arabia, who had become eminent for their skill in the science of medicine. Being Christians, they were filled with the spirit of charity and never took money for their services. At Egaea in Cilicia, where they lived, they enjoyed the highest esteem of the people. When the persecution under Diocletian broke out, their very prominence rendered them marked objects of persecution. Being apprehended by order of Lysias, governor of Cilicia, they underwent various torments about the year 283. Their feast day is September 26th. They are patron saints of pharmacists.

Holy Father Addresses UN General Assembly (Full Text)
September 25, 2020. Pandemic is Time to Rethink Way of Life, Economics, Social Systems.

Pope Francis today addressed the United Nations General Assembly, calling for the organization to continue to focus on human rights and the environment. Due to the pandemic, his address was sent in a pre-recorded video in Spanish.

Coronavirus Requires ‘Pandemic’ Response, says Cardinal Tagle
September 25, 2020. ‘I believe without the spirit of dialogue and a culture of dialogue, this pandemic will just get worse’

A Vatican official on Friday said that the only way to emerge stronger from the coronavirus pandemic is through dialogue, reported CBCP News.

US Bishop Paprocki: Abortion Remains ‘Preeminent’ Issue
September 25, 2020. Address Questions of Faithful in Light of Upcoming Elections.

The following reflection in light of the upcoming US elections was presented by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois. It was published on September 20, 2020, in “Catholic Times,” the publication of the diocese.

Pope Francis Cites Pandemic in Message to European Bishops
September 25, 2020. ‘The experience of this pandemic has left a deep mark in all of us’.

Pope Francis sent the message below to the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) on the occasion of its Plenary Assembly, which takes place online from 25 to 26 September.

Pope Francis Featured in New Video Ahead of Sunday’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees
September 25, 2020. ‘Forced Like Jesus Christ to Flee’.

The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) will be celebrated Sunday 27 September 2020.

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Urges Lawmakers to Recognize Contributions of Immigrant and Refugee Essential Workers and Support Workers and Their Families
September 25, 2020. Stresses Inherent Dignity of Labor.

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, submitted testimony to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship during a hearing titled “Immigrants as Essential Workers During COVID-19.”

Archbishop Follo: Obedience is Love Put into Practice
September 25, 2020. To obey God the Father means to do his will, to love good, to choose good, to want good, to do good.

Roman Rite – XXVI Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – September 27, 2020
Ez 18.25-28; Ps 25; Phil 2,1-11; Mt 21.28 to 32.

US President Donald Trump Announces He Will Sign ‘Born Alive’ Executive Order
September 24, 2020. ‘We believe that every child — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of God’.

US President Donald Trump on September 23, 2020, announced that he will sign the “Born Again Executive Order” that will require that every baby born alive “no matter what their circumstances will receive the medical care they deserve.”

FEATURE: Archbishop Stankevics of Riga: Human Rights Come from Being Made in God’s Likeness; Natural Law, God’s Law, Brings True Happiness
September 24, 2020. Two Years Exactly Since Pope Francis Visited Latvian Capital of Riga.

Two years ago exactly, on Sept. 24, 2018, the Holy Father visited Latvia’s capital of Riga during his whirlwind trip to the Baltic Nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which ZENIT English covered from the Papal Flight.

Testimonies from Virtual Pre-meeting of International Eucharistic Congress
September 24, 2020. ‘The world has closed up, our hearts have opened up’.

“The world has closed up, our hearts have opened up” – was the title of the unique online pre-meeting, organized by the Secretary of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) that has been postponed to next September. Faithful should have attended the Catholic world meeting between 13 to 20 September in Budapest. However, the pandemic has overwritten the plans, and the event is going to be held in September 2021.

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…