The Bishops of the United States have offered this image of the Cross, with the prayer for peace composed by the leader of Iraq's Catholics, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako. The US Bishops have called for a special day of prayer for peace in Iraq on August 17, and for Masses to be offered for the same intention.
Peter and Paul were “transformed” by the God’s mercy, Pope Francis said at his weekly Angelus address on Sunday
The Church in Rome, the Pope noted, has always celebrated a single feast for the two great Apostles of Rome. “Faith in Christ made them brothers, and martyrdom made them one,” he said.
Both Saint Peter and Saint Paul were personally chosen by Christ, “and they responded to the call by offering their whole lives.” Although Peter had denied Christ, and Paul had persecuted the Church, “the grace of Christ accomplished great things in them, it transformed them!” the Pope said. “Both welcomed the love of God and allowed themselves to be transformed by His mercy; they became friends and apostles of Christ.” And so, Pope Francis said, “they continue to speak to the Church, and still today they show the path of salvation.”
John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized Sunday by Pope Francis in an unprecedented ceremony witnessed by huge crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Millions more around the world watched as two former pontiffs were for the first time installed as saints in a dual canonization. The faithful and the curious packed the streets of Rome around the Vatican before dawn, hoping to gain entry to St. Peter's Square and catch a direct glimpse of church history in the making. Vatican Radio put the crowds at some 800,000 in the St. Peter's area, including the square and the roads and gardens around it. Another 500,000 followed the proceedings on giant screens set up around Rome, according to estimates based on police aerial shots
I wish to sent you in this Holy Season of the Celebration of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ a blessed and jouyous Easter!
Through Him, with Him and in Him, we are called to live toward the Kingdom of God. Christ Jesus gave himself up, so we might live. God has sealed the eternal and everlasting covenant once and for all with His own blood in Christ.
What love is this that God has shown to us? No words, no thoughts can measure, or full express this LOVE that is eternal, and forever bestowed on us. Such divine Mystery draws our soul near to our Creator who shows forth HIS mercy and Love to us, unfaltering, and unheard of... We all are in HIS care, and from around the World we give HIM praise!
May this Easter be a celebration of your love for all that are in your care, as bishops, priests, deacons, laity, all of you who prayerfully look toward the East to await HIS Second Coming in Glory.
Oh wondrous Love that sees through and through our Soul awaiting its Union with God, our Creator.
Oh unspeakable Mystery of this Easter Glory that has caught our hearts and minds, and will not let go, until we see with eye to eye the Divine LOVE that created us, and which is now within us, and shows us the way home to heaven.
Oh Love undivided, we seek you day by day, and long for you, as our thirsty soul longs for the water of salvation.
Oh unending joy that springs from this Mystery of Salvation and continues to satisfy our hungry hearts.
Oh God, may your LOVE give all of us more eagerness to serve all of God's creation, and to bring forth the fruits of the Holy Spirit, so that the world will know that you will unite all of your people wherever they might be.
Yours in Christ,our Redeemer ++Karl
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