Iraq: Declaring Christmas a national holiday is a good omen

Submitted by munir on Sun, 12/20/2020 - 10:09

It is time to glaringly admit the initiation of a new phase for the Christian Iraqis marked by a promising and a bright future. It is also the time to mark the blowing of the "positive" winds of change in Iraq and the entire Middle East.

 

On December 16, 2020, the Iraqi parliament approved the bill which sanctions the birth of Lord Jesus Christ as a "holiday for everyone" with "annual frequency".

 

Advent Reminds Us to ‘Rejoice Always’

Submitted by munir on Wed, 12/16/2020 - 12:41

This is the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday, the Latin word gaudetebeing the imperative call to “rejoice” at the nearness of the coming of Christ. Our first reading is from the prophet Isaiah, who tells us of the One to come. He is anointed by the Lord and clothed with the “robe of salvation” and “a mantle of justice.” He rejoices “heartily in the Lord,” for God is the “joy” of his soul. 

 

"Let us turn our dreams into reality"

Submitted by munir on Mon, 12/14/2020 - 11:10

With life abounding with endless problems, the only option left for people to find possible solution to insurmountable problems is day- dreaming.

 

With Christmas celebrations to be shortly marked--at a time when they are being concomitant with financial and social problems triggered by the  Corona pandemic lockdowns and restrictions that have interrupted people’s lives and brought suffering on a global scale-- His Holiness  Pope Francis launched  a new book  titled, “Let Us Dream”.

Cantalmessa's Second Advent sermon: Faith in eternity helps create a fraternal world

Submitted by munir on Sat, 12/12/2020 - 10:40

Last week, in his first Advent sermon, Cardinal Cantalamessa reflected on the meaning of death. This week, he invited his listeners to meditate on another truth that the pandemic has brought back to the surface, that of the “instability and transience of all things.” “Everything,” he said, “is transitory: wealth, good health, beauty, physical strength.”

 

Mary of Guadalupe is Our Lady of “interculturality” and of “respect for the elderly”

Submitted by munir on Fri, 12/11/2020 - 22:52

Not all Catholics have an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at home. Technology comes to our aid. From our computers, from mobile phones we can easily find the beautiful Mexican Madonna that Pope Francis invites us to pray to receive the grace of plenary indulgence, extended to all the faithful of the world even remaining in their homes.

 

What the year of St. Joseph means, and how to gain the indulgences

Submitted by munir on Fri, 12/11/2020 - 13:04

The announcement that many people have been anxious and longing to hear for several years finally came on December  8 as Pope Francis declared the beginning of a Year of St. Joseph.

 

The timing was perfect, coming on the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX declaring St. Joseph as Patron of the Catholic Church and on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Joseph’s spouse.

 

St. Joseph, proclaimed patron of the Universal Church 150 Years Ago

Submitted by munir on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 10:43

 

December 8, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of the declaration by Blessed Pius IX.

 

December 8, 2020, marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX proclaiming St. Joseph as “Patron of the Universal Church.” The timing was providential, for several reasons. The date also celebrated the 16th anniversary of Pius IX’s proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.