An audience with Pope Francis is not as difficult as one might imagine. Indeed, there is no charge for visitors. That is for the Vatican weekly general audiences, not one to one or small of groups invited to meet the Pope personally.
Born in Porto, Nunes Barreto completed his studies in Salamanca and served as parish priest in the archdiocese of Braga. In 1545 he entered the Society of Jesus in Coimbra.
The classics of Christian spirituality are very important texts for spiritual reading, which is an aid to spiritual growth. Any person interested in spirituality and wishing to grow in his/her interior life, has read or will read the classics.
“If the Taliban found them, they’d probably kill them,” Mark Pfeifle, head of Off The Record Strategies told CNS. “They’re just in purgatory, waiting,” he said.
Music is the way we speak to God and the way He speaks to us. We should not waste this privileged way of getting in touch with Him. Sacred music becomes incessant prayer that borders, in the most fortunate cases, with mysticism, with the deepest form of elevation to God. It may happen that while listening to a motet by Victoria you feel plunged into something in which you seem to get lost. This is because, going back to Augustine again, to fill ourselves with what we are empty of, we must empty ourselves of what we are full of.
The Lord does not force us to follow him and so we too must proclaim His Word, without expecting everyone to respond to it, but on our part to fulfill our duty as much as possible.
Parishes of Macau arranged a second collection during the Sunday Mass on 16 January 2022. The donation was transferred to Caritas Macau to support Afghan refugees and children at the brink of humanitarian disaster. A total of MOP 400,000 was raised.
Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, whose feast we celebrate on the 28th of June, just before Saints Peter and Paul, was recently declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Francis.
The University of Saint Joseph is a step closer to fulfilling its aim to demonstrate that it is “a university in, of and for Macau” and “in, of and for China”. The Catholic-run University announced recently that it has signed exchange agreements with two higher education institutions from the neighbouring province of Guangdong.
The Prayer Service for Christian Unity, that usually brings together the different Christian denominations of Macau, will take place this Saturday, but it will be conducted in a virtual format only. The decision was made by the organizers early in the week, following the aggravation of the epidemic in several cities of the neighbouring province of Guangdong.