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Pope Francis visited Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI for Christmas

(Aleteia) Pope Francis visited his predecessor on the Thursday before Christmas, stopping in to bring his Christmas greetings to Benedict XVI in his home at the Mater Ecclesiae convent. The Vatican press office reported about the visit on Tuesday.

The pope and pope emeritus prayed together briefly and then visited for about a half hour, the press office said. Francis visits Benedict at least at Christmas and Easter, and also accompanies the new cardinals when they go to visit the retired pope after receiving their red hats.



Egypt says at least 11 killed in attacks on Christian church, business

 (Crux) At least 11 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire outside a church and a Christian-owned business in a south Cairo suburb, Egypt’s Health Ministry spokesman said Friday. It was the latest attack targeting the mostly Muslim country’s embattled Christian minority.

Late Friday, a local affiliate of the Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the assault through its Amaq news agency, though it provided no evidence for the assertion.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the attack outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina left at least one policeman dead and eight others wounded, including two critically. The attack took place when two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside the church, he said.

Egyptian security officials said earlier that two policemen were killed in the shootout and the discrepancy was not immediately clear. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Egypt’s Christian minority has been targeted by Islamic militants in a series of attacks since December 2016 that left more than 100 dead and scores wounded. The country has been under a state of emergency since April after suicide bombings struck two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday in an attack that was claimed by the local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, have long complained of discrimination in the Muslim-majority nation, and say authorities have often failed to protect them from sectarian attacks.


Aurelio Porfiri


Many have observed that the United States had a significant role in the past century that we are rediscovering once more today. This is true in the Catholic Church and in many other areas. What do you think?


Yes, unfortunately there has been a frightening decline of Christian culture in my country. I grew up during the ‘50s, when American society was marked by a Christian character, mostly Protestant but nevertheless faithful to the Christian identity. In those times, we knew about things that have become common today: the reality of abortion, of people who manifest homosexual tendencies, whose personal dignity we always respected, but we were formed to see these acts as absolutely unacceptable, against the nature that God had created for us.

However, in recent decades my country has moved in the direction of a rampant secularism. Now, every year in America, more than a million children are killed in the womb, the practice of recognizing unions between two people of the same sex as marital unions has been imposed, and an attack has been mounted on religious liberty: the government—which has become a very powerful agent of this secularism—forbids the Catholic Church and Catholics from following their conscience regarding the practice of abortion. The Church herself must accept what are considered homosexual ‘marriages’.

Marian Apparitions (48) — Wisconsin, America

Adele Brise was born in Belgium in 1831. She and her farm family moved to the Bay Settlement area near Green Bay, Wisconsin sometime in the early 1850’s. The US Bishops had already declared Mary to be the patroness of the US in 1846. In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which states that Mary was conceived without original sin. Just four years later, in 1858, at Lourdes, France, Mary appeared to St. Bernadette and declared that she was The Immaculate Conception. A year later, in 1859, the twenty eight year old Adele was surprised to see Mary appear to her in the wooded area of her farm in Wisconsin. As usual, her appearance had a very definitive purpose. Mary asked her to pray for poor sinners, to teach the young children how to make the sign of the cross, and to teach them about the catechism and the sacraments. Her exact statement is as follows:

DEVOTION TO ST FRANCIS XAVIER (1) – The phalanx relic

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

At least in one aspect, Luis Eduardo Mendia de Castro, Count of Nova Goa, and St Francis Xavier have one thing in common. It is the word “Nova”, nickname in the count and part of the Basque term “Echaberri” (of “echa”, house, and “berri”, new (nova)) that is in the origin of the name Xavier, common in the kingdom of Navarre.

But that is not where the bond is established. Nor is it by hereditary means, as that is a matter for other researches that would lead us to personalities linked to universes as diverse as the arts, literature, archeology, politics or military life.

Let us say that the connection of the Nova Goa family to the illustrious son of Navarre is a matter of devotion. One may even say, a case of extreme devotion.



As Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, pope appeals to keep status quo


(Crux) Pope Francis made foreign politics the focus of his weekly general audience, pinpointing the highlights of his recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh and calling on the international community not to destabilize the current situation in Jerusalem.

“I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days and, at the same time, I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant Resolutions of the United Nations,” the pope said Dec. 6 in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made clear his intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy there from its current position in Tel Aviv. The decision could potentially dismantle 22 years of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and would likely enrage Muslims who view Jerusalem as the potential capital of the Palestinian state.

“Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, where the Holy Places for the respective religions are venerated, and it has a special vocation to peace,” Francis said. “I pray to the Lord that such identity be preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the entire world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail, to avoid adding new elements of tension in a world already shaken and scarred by many cruel conflicts.”

The pope experienced firsthand the consequences of war and conflict during his recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. His was the first papal trip to Myanmar, a country that has recently been making headlines all over the world due to what the United Nations has called “textbook ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority there.


Rev José Mario O Mandía

Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh included two meetings with young people: one on November 30 at St Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon and another on December 2 Notre Dame College in Dhaka. Here are some key lessons from those two encounters.

MARIAN APPARITIONS (46) – L’ile Bouchard, France

December 8, 1947 was going to be a very special day for three little girls, Jacqueline Aubrey (12), her sister Jeanette (7), and their cousin, Nicole Robin (10). It was the feast of the Immaculate Conception and also the day they would meet the Virgin Mary. The girls had eaten their lunch at home and were returning to school when Jacqueline suggested they stop on the way back to visit the chapel.


Aurelio Porfiri

There is an interesting book about the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (it would be very useful also for those celebrating in the ordinary form): Father James Jackson’s Nothing Superfluous. An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St Gregory the Great (Redbrush 2016). It makes for great reading, written with the accessible style of Father Jackson.


Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Of the Portuguese characters who had their lives linked to Macau and Cambodia, the best known is the poet Luiz Vaz de Camões.

After a mandatory internship in the militia, Camões is appointed principal ombudsman in Macau. He is in charge of inventorying and provisionally managing the assets of deceased or disappeared persons. There are those who admit that in Macau, in the grotto of Patane, the poet has written part of Os Lusíadas, a work that portraits the epic journey of Vasco da Gama and other tragic-maritime heroes filled with mythology, passion, adventure and greed.


Tej Francis


Pope Francis ordains 16 priests in Bangladesh

(CNA/EWTN News) Celebrating Mass in the Bangladeshi capital on Friday, Pope Francis ordained 16 men to the priesthood. “Beloved brothers and sisters: because these our sons … are now to be advanced to the Order of priests, consider carefully the nature of the rank in the Church to which they are about to be raised,” he exhorted the crowd in his homily, which is that provided in the Roman Pontifical.