Thursday, 11 October 2018

# Saints

Pope Saint John XXIII


The 11th of October is the feast day of Pope Saint John XXIII (25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963). He was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. He is the patron saint of Papal delegates, Patriarchy of Venice, the Second Vatican Council, Christian unity, the Diocese of Bergamo, Sotto il Monte, Valsamoggia, and the Italian Army.

Pope Saint John XIII lived between 1881 till 1963. He was the third of thirteen children born to a poor sharecropping family who lived in Lombardy, Italy. At the age of 12, he entered the seminary, served a short stint in the Italian Army, and in 1904 was ordained a priest. He later became a military chaplain during World War I. Later he served in Rome and rose in ecclesiastical rank, becoming bishop and later cardinal-patriarch of Venice. He was unexpectedly elected as the 261st Pope when he was 76 years old and took the name of John, which had not been used for over 500 years. To the surprise of all, he called the Second Vatican Council and precided over its first session. However, he died of stomach cancer, reigning as Pope for less than 5 years. He had a special concern for the equal dignity of humanity, Christian unity and world peace. He was called the “Good Pope” or “il Papa buono” in Italian. He was canonised by Pope Francis who also canonised Pope John Paul II in 2014.

Image: Portrait of Pope Saint John XXIII

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you.

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