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posted Jan 10, 2018, 11:47 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 11:47 PM ]

Pope’s schedule for Jan.-Feb.

January 25, Thursday
Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul
51st Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls: Celebration of Second Vespers

January 28, Sunday
Basilica of Saint Mary Major: Holy Mass on the occasion of the Feast of the Translation of the icon of the Salus Populi Romani

February 1, Friday
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
22nd World Day of Consecrated Life
St. Peter’s Basilica: Holy Mass with the Members of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life

February 14, Ash Wednesday
Church of Saint Anselm: Statio and penitential procession
Basilica of Saint Sabina: Holy Mass, blessing and imposition of the Ashes

February 18, Sunday
First Sunday of Lent
Ariccia: Beginning of Spiritual Exercises for the Roman Curia

February 23, Friday
Conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises for the Roman Curia

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Marches draw 1.2 million

Under the motto ‘God is for everyone’, 1.2 million Poles in more than 660 cities and towns in Poland and abroad joined in the March of the Three Kings. This year’s event was accompanied by fundraising “Kings for the East”, the income from which will be delivered to cultural and educational institutions operating beyond the eastern border as well as in Poland for the benefit of the eastern citizens.


Pope baptises 34 babies

Pope Francis baptised 34 cooing and crying babies in the splendour of the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 7, and encouraged their parents to make sure the “language of love” is spoken at home.

With Michelangelo’s famed frescoes on the ceiling overhead, the parents — some with other young children in tow — brought 18 girls and 16 boys forward to Pope Francis in the annual ceremony. Many of the parents of the baptised babies are Vatican employees.


Vatican app for homilies

A new Vatican-sponsored app will help priests to follow the advice of Pope Francis, preaching homilies that are short and simple “so that everyone can understand.” The new Clerus-App (clergy-app), sponsored by the Vatican’s communication department and its Congregation for the Clergy, offers homily ideas, Gospel studies and meditations in order to help priests in an accessible way. Currently available in Italian, but with plans for an English version, the app has already received more than 1,000 downloads.


Prisoners contribute to Papal visit

For three months, prisoners of twelve Peruvian prisons made about 300,000 rosaries. This initiative of the National Penitentiary Institute, in coordination with the Archdiocese of Lima, will help to cover the organisational expenses that the Church of Lima will have to support for Pope Francis’ visit, as well as allowing 650 prisoners to feel part of this great climate of joy and hope.

Fr Luis Gaspar Uribe, executive director of the Pope’s visit to Lima, talking to the inmates of the “Virgen de Fatima” prison, told them: “You must not be ashamed. God is not ashamed of you. Peru will see what you can do with your own hands.” Martha Hualinga, who has served a sentence in Virgen de Fátima prison for eight years, and who took part in the initiative, said that in every rosary that she made there was commitment and dedication, but also the hope that things will improve for her, since she has learned from her mistakes.


Missal in Braille

An Order of Mass for the older Latin form of the liturgy is to be produced in Braille in what is believed to be the first of its kind. The Latin Mass Society (LMS) is working to produce the missal with the help of the UK-based Torch Trust, a Christian charity that supports people with sight loss.

Joseph Shaw, LMS chairman, said that LMS was also preparing a large-text ‘Bishop’s Canon’, which contains the Canon of the Mass and other important texts, for use by priests with poor eyesight.


Central African Republic
A priest engaged in peace attacked in Bangassou

A priest engaged in dialogue and reconciliation in the Central African Republic was attacked by unknown persons. We are talking about Fr Alain Blaise Bissialo, parish priest of the parish of Christ the King of Tokoyo and president of the Bangassou Peace and Mediation Committee, in the south-east of the Country.