Friday, July 5, 2013

News from the Vatican

"Friends, it is a beautiful day for our universal Catholic Church! Pope Francis has written a new encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” and prepared the way for our beloved Popes, Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II to be canonized. He also approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Ven. Alvaro del Portillo y Diez of Opus Dei and recognized the martyrdoms and heroic virtues of many others. Let’s thank God today for the lives of the saints!"

-Archbishop Jose Gomez

Today, three major events have taken place in the Vatican :  

1.) The offical release of Pope Francis' first Encyclical, "Lumen Fidei", The Light of Faith. 

2.) The approval of Pope Francis on the Canonizations of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII 

3.) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI joins Pope Francis in a dedication ceremony of a statue of St. Michael the Archangel in the Vatican Gardens.  

I.)  Encyclical "Lumen Fidei" 

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II) Approval of Canonizations of 
Blesseds John Paul II &

"Today’s announcement that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has approved the cause for canonization of two of his beloved predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, is an occasion of great joy for the entire Church!

These two great Popes each had a profound impact on the Church and the world. In beginning the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII helped present the timeless teaching of Jesus and His Church in the modern age. And, Pope John Paul II helped to bring that teaching to every corner of the globe, as a tireless missionary for the faith.

I know that today’s news has gladdened the hearts of the faithful throughout the world, just as it did for me. I look forward to being with Pope Francis when he raises to the altars of sainthood these two tremendous apostles of Jesus."

-Cardinal Timothy Dolan

III.) Benedict XVI joins Pope Francis in dedication ceremony

(Vatican Radio) To the joy of Vatican City State workers, Friday morning Pope Francis was joined by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the gardens for a ceremony during which the Holy Father blessed a statue of St Michael Archangel, at the same time consecrating the Vatican to the Archangel’s protection.
Following a brief ceremony, Pope Francis addressed those present noting how St. Michael defends the People of God from its enemy par excellence, the devil. He said even if the devil attempts to disfigure the face of the Archangel and thus the face of humanity, St Michael wins, because God acts in him and is stronger:
"In the Vatican Gardens there are several works of art. But this, which has now been added, takes on particular importance, in its location as well as the meaning it expresses. In fact it is not just celebratory work but an invitation to reflection and prayer, that fits well into the Year of Faith. Michael - which means "Who is like God" - is the champion of the primacy of God, of His transcendence and power. Michael struggles to restore divine justice and defends the People of God from his enemies, above all by the enemy par excellence, the devil. And St. Michael wins because in him, there is He God who acts. This sculpture reminds us then that evil is overcome, the accuser is unmasked, his head crushed, because salvation was accomplished once and for all in the blood of Christ. Though the devil always tries to disfigure the face of the Archangel and that of humanity, God is stronger, it is His victory and His salvation that is offered to all men. We are not alone on the journey or in the trials of life, we are accompanied and supported by the Angels of God, who offer, so to speak, their wings to help us overcome so many dangers, in order to fly high compared to those realities that can weigh down our lives or drag us down. In consecrating Vatican City State to St. Michael the Archangel, I ask him to defend us from the evil one and banish him. "
"We also consecrate Vatican City State in St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus, the guardian of the Holy Family. May his presence make us stronger and more courageous in making space for God in our lives to always defeat evil with good. We ask Him to protect, take care of us, so that a life of grace grows stronger in each of us every day. "

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