The first universal Synod happened around 50 A.D. in Jerusalem, and Saint Peter and Paul took part, but, even more importantly, the Holy Spirit was present to guide the Church in view of solutions to problems.
Fr Emil Kapaun, war hero, saved many lives while risking his own. His fearless charity may qualify him for sainthood. On the battlefield, numerous times he carried wounded men to safety, helped dying men, and gave much spiritual and human comfort.
Five sisters, out of six, from the same family joined the same contemplative order in Spain in only two years. Surprisingly the Spanish nuns had not talked to each other about their vocations before entering the Iesu Communio community.
The diocesan phase of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops – the first ever decentralized Synod – begins this Saturday in the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, with the celebration of a Solemn Mass, followed by a meeting between Bishop Stephen Lee and the local parish priests. Dedicated to the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission,” the process which is just now beginning, looks to hear from voices on the margins of the Church and Pope Francis wants every Catholic to have a word.
ACN calculates that more than 340 million Christians “live in a country where they suffer some form of persecution, such as arbitrary arrest, violence, a full range of human rights violations and even murder.”
While always having a house full of kids to look after, they had four more of their own, adopted one more, and have eleven grandchildren.
On Tuesday, October 12th, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Aparecida, the Solemnity of the Queen and Patron of Brazil.
Born in Macau, Father Stephen Tong will assume the role of Provincial of the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus on November 1st, succeeding the Bishop-elect of Hong Kong, Stephen Chow. “A man of intelligence and good reasoning,” Tong Chak-long faces a delicate and challenging mission, fellow Jesuít Luís Sequeira told O Clarim.
In a radio interview with Spanish COPE, Pope Francis told how nurses saved his life – twice, recently, and in 1957. The Pope talked too about his recovery from surgery, his home confinement, and revealed too what and who helped bring about Laudato Si’.
“I was brought up with nothing, we were very poor. I had no toys and no Christmas presents. I shared a room with my brother and two sisters and my parents slept in the other.