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"Take courage. For just as you have borne witness to my cause in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.” Acts 23: 11
Reading of the Day

"And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say." Lk 12: 10-12

Saint of the Day
Saint Dominic

Born of wealthy Spanish nobility. Son of Blessed Joan of Aza. Joan had difficulty conceiving, and prayed at the shrine of Saint Dominic of Silos who had a tradition ofpatronage of that problem; when she became pregnantshe named the child Dominic in honour of the Saint. While pregnant, Blessed Joan mother had a vision that her unborn child was a dog who would set the world on fire with a torch it carried in its mouth; a dog with a torch in its mouth became a symbol for the Order which he founded, the Dominicans. At Dominic’s baptism, BlessedJoan saw a star shining from his chest, which became another of his symbols in art, and led to his patronage ofastronomy.

Bishops Petition US Congress for Emergency Aid for Catholic Schools
August 08, 2020. Struggling Families May not Afford Tuition.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap. of Boston, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. of Newark and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ of Oakland and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education cosigned a letter requesting that emergency aid to Catholic schools be included in the next federal COVID emergency relief package.

US Bishops Express Solidarity With Those Suffering in Lebanon
August 08, 2020. Appeal for All Nations to Assist.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement in solidarity with Lebanon after the explosion in the Port of Beirut:

Pope Francis Sends Donation of 250,000 Euros to Church of Lebanon
Pope writing a letter
Pope Francis has sent a donation of 250,000 euros to the Church of Lebanon.

This gesture was done through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and published by the Holy See Press Office today, Aug. 7, 2020.

Cardinal Turkson’s Message for Annual Day of Tourism
August 07, 2020. ‘The 41st World Tourism Day is observed this year in the uncertain context marked by the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic’.

Here is a ZENIT-working translation of the Message that the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, H.E. Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson sent, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, observed every year on September 27

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.