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Unemployed Remembered in Pope’s June Prayer Intentions

Vatican City, May 30, 2014

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions this month focus on unemployment as well as evangelization in Europe.Today, the Apostleship of Prayer announced the intentions chosen by the Pope for June.The Pope’s general intention is “that the unemployed may support and find the work they need to live in dignity.”For his mission intention, the Holy Father prays “that Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers.”(D.C.L.)

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NOVENA to the HOLY SPIRIT – DAY 2 of 9




SECOND DAY (Saturday, 6th Week of Easter)

Come. Father of the poor. Come, treasures which endure; Come, Light of all that live!

The Gift of Fear

The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.” Continue reading

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Novena to the Holy Spirit- Friday, DAY 1 of 9

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light! From Your clear celestial height, Your pure beaming radiance give!  


The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

The Holy Spirit

Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared—sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”  Continue reading

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Pro-Lifers Counter Pro-Abortion Twitter Campaign

Coalition of Pro-Choice Groups Set May 28 as a Day for Promotion of Abortion as ‘Women’s Health’ in Developing World

Pro-Lifers Counter Pro-Abortion Twitter Campaign
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2014 ( – Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries joined today in a Twitterstorm on women’s health and abortion in developing countries.Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is sending out Tweets from his account, @frfrankpavone, as are members of the Pastoral Team, including Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper, @bryankemper, and Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, @alvedaking. Janet Morana, executive director, is sending Tweets from @recallabortion and @regretabortion.
Through her work at the United Nations as PFL’s Special Representative, Marie Smith, director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, part of Gospel of Life Ministries, learned that today, #May28, a coalition of pro-abortion groups would take to Twitter to promote abortion as “essential healthcare for women” and for its inclusion in the next set of goals being created at the United Nations.
Smith brought the event to Kemper’s attention last week. Since then, he and Andy Moore, director of online communications for Americans United for Life, have been publicizing the event across the social media universe.“Pro-life Tweeters gave a major push back to the global promotion of abortion as part of women’s health as pro-abortion activists marked May 28 as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health,” Smith said. “May 28 was supposed to be a day when a cacophony of pro-abortion organizations and radical feminist groups came together to advance global access to abortion, but their plans was interrupted.”Kemper commented:  “Once again the pro-life generation has risen up and taken over the Twittersphere as we have dominated #womenshealth by as much as 15 to 1 during the pro-abort Tweetfest. The youth are always called the leaders of the future but they are showing they are the leaders of today by flooding Twitter with the truth that abortion is not #womenshealth. Stand True, the youth outreach of Priests for Life is dedicated to educating, activating and equipping this generation and we are excited to see today’s successful takeover of the pro-abortion Tweetfest.” “We really can’t underestimate the value of this kind of social engagement,” said Father Pavone. “We are directly reaching people all over the globe with important, informative messages about how abortion is not healthcare in any circumstance.” Continue reading

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Swiss Euthanasia Group Says It Will Assist Suicides of Healthy Elderly People

Assisted suicide is facilitated in Switzerland by suicide groups who assist the suicide deaths of their members. The assisted suicide groups charge a “membership fee” and fees for assisted suicide itself. Assisted suicide groups have their own “rules and regulations.” There are few national regulations for assisted suicide in Switzerland.

Assisted suicide is when someone, or a group, assists the suicide of a person who has asked to die.

Last weekend, at their annual general meeting, Exit, an assisted suicide group in Switzerland, decided to extend assisted suicide to healthy…

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Pope Francis: Terrorism is Bad in Origins, Bad in Results

Jerusalem, May 27, 2014

Pope Francis has said terrorism is fundamentally criminal, born of hate and a dead-end street.

Speaking at the tomb commemorating the victims of terrorism in Israel yesterday, the Holy Father said: “I want to say, with great humility, that terrorism is bad! It is bad in its origins and it is bad in its results. …

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The Father Will Give You the Spirit of Truth

Rome, May 23, 2014

Sixth Sunday of Easter: Cycle A

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to his Apostles after his departure from this world. The Holy Spirit is the Advocate who defends the Apostles and the Spirit of Truth who guides and enlightens them on their journey to the Father.

Jesus declares that the world cannot accept the Spirit of Truth. It rejects the judgment of the Spirit because it chooses to remain in sin. …