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"If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!” 1Cor 9: 16
Reading of the Day

"Jesus put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’ He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’ Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet: ‘I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world." Mt 13: 31 - 35

Saint of the Day
Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

Confessor and Jay brother, also called Alonso. He was born in Segovia, Spain, on July 25, 1532, the son of a wealthy merchant, and was prepared for First Communion by Blessed Peter Favre, a friend of Alphonsus' father. While studying with the Jesuits at Alcala, Alphonsus had to return home when his father died. In Segovia he took over the family business, was married, and had a son. That son died, as did two other children and then his wife. Alphonsus sold his business and applied to the Jesuits.

Archbishop Follo: Humanity Bloomed in Heaven
Archbishop Francesco Follo, courtesy of the Holy See Mission , UNESCO
October 30, 2020 . The commemoration of the Dead is a Family Feast that Celebrates our Dead Who we Know are Happy in Heaven and Who Want us Happy with Them.

Roman Rite and Ambrosian Rite – Solemnity of All Saints and Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Year A – November 1 and November 2, 2020

Pope Francis Prays for Victims in Latest Attack on Catholics in France: ‘Terrorism & Violence Can Never Be Accepted’
October 29, 2020. After Decapitation & Murder in Cathedral of Nice, Pontiff Calls for Responding to Evil With Good.

Pope Francis has mourned the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France, this morning, expressing his closeness to the French people, and reminding that ‘terrorism and violence can never be accepted.’

FEATURE: Who Was Fr. Michael McGivney and What Could Make Him a Saint?
October 29, 2020. Founder of Knights of Columbus Inspired a Parish, then the World.

The beatification of Knights of Columbus Founder Father Michael McGivney will be held on October 31, 2020, in Hartford, CT.

Nine Come a Step Closer to Sainthood
The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs
October 28, 2020. Pope Approves Miracles, Martyrs, Heroic Virtues

Pope Francis has authorized the promulgation of several decrees regarding nine people who are on the path toward canonization, Vatican News reported on October 28, 2020.

October 28, 2020. ‘Please excuse me if I do not come down to greet you: I will greet you from here but I hold you in my heart’.

Here is the Vatican-provided English text of Pope Francis’ words at today’s General Audience today, Oct. 28, 2020, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall:

‘Keep heart, Be heart, Give heart!’
October 28, 2020. Pastoral Letter from Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns, Ireland.

Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns, Ireland has written a Pastoral Letter (below) to the people of the Diocese of Ferns for the month of November.

Pope Francis to Europe: Be Yourself! Rediscover Your Ideals.. Remain Under the Protection of Your Patron Saints
Pope writing a letter
October 27, 2020. Francis Sends Letter to Cardinal Parolin on 40th Anniversary of COMECE, 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Holy See & EU and of Presence of Holy See as Permanent Observer at Council of Europe (Full Text).

Be yourself… Rediscover your ideals… Remain under the protection of your patron saints…

Pope Stresses Role of Woman in Church
October 26, 2020. Audience with Docents and Students of the Pontifical Theological Faculty ‘Marianum’.

Pope Francis 0n October 24, 2020, received in audience, in Paul VI Hall, the docents and students of the Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum in Rome, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Faculty’s foundation.

Angelus: Pope Speaks of Jesus’ Great Commandment (Full Text)
October 25, 2020 0. ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind’

Pope Francis today stressed the importance of love for God and neighbor in his remarks before praying the noonday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Love is the Greatest of all Commandments
October 25, 2020. Cardinal Bo’s Homily for 30th Sunday of Year.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Fratelli  Tutti, ( Brothers all)

Cardinal Parolin’s Address to International Conference of Foundation Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice
October 23, 2020. ‘The Milestones of an Integral Ecology for a Human Economy’.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin stressed the importance of developing an integral ecology in a message on October 23, 2020, to an online international conference held by the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice Foundation. Below is the text of the Cardinal’s address, as well as a video.

Pope Renews Call for Integral Ecology at in Message to Focolare Event
October 23, 2020. ‘New ways towards Integral Ecology’.

Pope Francis on Friday told participants in an online conference sponsored by the Focolare Movement that there is an urgent need for a new and more inclusive socio-economic paradigm that reflects the truth that we are “a single human family.”

Poland: Tribunal Acknowledges that Eugenic Abortion is Unconstitutional
October 23, 2020. Ruling Issued on Feast Day of St. John Paul II.

The Constitutional Tribunal of Poland issued a ruling on the eugenic motive, acknowledging that it is inconsistent with the Constitution. The verdict was handed down by the majority of the judges on October 22nd, the feast day of St. John Paul II.

Archbishop Follo: The Command of Love is New Because it is a Gift and Not a Law
October 23, 2020. With the wish to understand that the «duty» of loving God and our neighbor takes love away from volubility and anchors it to eternity

Roman Rite – XXX Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – October 25, 2020
Ex 22.21-27; Ps 18; 1 Thes 1.5-10; Mt 22, 34-40

FEAST DAY SPECIAL: 100 Ways Pope Saint John Paul II Changed the World
October 22, 2020. Feature from Zenit’s Archives on New Book Helps You Know Beloved Pope Even Better Than Before.

The feast of St. John Paul II is marked on October 22, the anniversary of the inauguration of his pontificate. Here we bring you this special on the beloved Polish Pope from ZENIT’s Archives

Interview: President of Polish Bishops’ Conference on Feast Day of St. John Paul II
October 22, 2020. Highlights Meetings with Cardinal Wojtyła, Priorities of John Paul II’s Pontificate, and Personal Holiness of the Polish Pope.

Archbishop, you witnessed the moment when Karol Wojtyła was elected to the See of Peter. Could you please tell us a few words about the circumstances in which it happened and your reaction to the election?

Pope Francis: Financial Aid to Families of Crew Members of M / V Gulf Livestock 1 Ship
October 21, 2020. Press Release from Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Pope Francis has decided to send — through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development — a financial contribution to all the families of the crew members of the M/V Gulf Livestock 1 ship (39 Filipinos, 2 Australians, and 2 New Zealanders) which sank in the Sea of Japan close to the Amami Oshima Island last September 2, after having experienced the failure of the main engine while typhoon Maysak was raging.

FEATURE: ‘Let’s Ask Crucified God to Grace Us With More Unity & Fraternity’ — Pope Appeals for Peace at Sant’Egidio’s Prayer for Peace
October 20, 2020. Ceremony Held Safely in Italian Capitol During Pandemic.

“Let us ask the crucified God to grant us the grace to be more united and more fraternal…”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: As Pope to Participate Amid Pandemic in Sant’Egidio Encounter, Community’s President Marco Impagliazzo Says ‘Prayer Is at Root of Peace’
October 20, 2020. Warning Against Discouragement, Impagliazzo Says It’s Time for Religions to Invoke God Together.

In this difficult time, there is a need for words of peace and hope, which indicate a future for humanity overwhelmed by the pandemic. People feel the need to pray…

Pope at Angelus Marks World Mission Day
October 18, 2020. Gives Thanks for Release of Kidnapped Father Pier Luigi Maccalli.

“Today we celebrate World Mission Day, which has the theme Here I am, send me. Weavers of fraternity,” Pope Francis said today after praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.