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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/31/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/30/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Monday, January 29, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/29/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/28/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/27/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Friday, January 26, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/26/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/25/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/24/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Daily Mass Readings

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/23/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Monday, January 22, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/22/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/21/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/20/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - 01/19/2018 - 4:00am
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/
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Survey: Americans overwhelmingly favor limits on abortion

EWTN Latest Catholic News - 9 min 47 sec ago
Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2018 / 11:12 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Most Americans, including those who identify as "pro-choice," support limiting abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy, at most, a new survey says.

Chile: The Pope Is “Truly Close to Victims” of Sexual Abuse,” Says Father Zollner

Zenit (The World Seen From Rome) - 46 min 11 sec ago

“The Pope is a person who has a very open heart; he is truly close to the victims” of sexual abuse, said Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, Director of the Center for the Protection of Minors of the Pontifical Gregorian University  and member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

In an interview with “Vatican News, on January 17, 2018, he commented on Pope Francis’ meeting with victims if sexual abuse on the part of priests, at the Apostolic Nunciature of Santiago de Chile, which took place in private the previous day, speaking of the Pontiff’s sorrow for these crimes committed by members of the clergy.

“Attention to the victims is truly at the vanguard of Pope Francis’ priorities,” affirmed Father Zollner. “His empathy, his closeness and also his spiritual assistance” are “so important that even very important stages of healing can take place.”

“What the Pope said yesterday, since his arrival at Santiago, and what he did thereafter, after having met victims, shows to what point he is aware: aware also of the fact that the Church must do much more to help the victims. And the Pope gives example, which is very important,” said the Jesuit.

Commenting on a press release of the Holy See Press Office, specifying that Pope Francis “listened to” the “sufferings” of the victims, “he prayed and wept with them,” said Father Zollner, which is precisely “ what a representative of the Church, a Bishop or a school Director must do where these events occurred: simply listen,” said Father Zollner. “Listening” is “what the great majority of victims of abuse seek and exact,” affirmed the Jesuit.

However, it’s not about a “simple listening,” but of “true listening, with an open heart and spirit,” he continued.

“Chile is a country of America where, for different reasons, including political and within the Church, the attention given to these phenomena is very great,” he added. However, “it’s not the first time “that Pope Francis meets victims of sexual abuse, recalled the priest. In July 2014 he met in the Vatican with a group of victims of abuse by priests. “I was also present on that occasion . . . I saw with my own eyes how the Pope reacted to so much suffering and pain,” he said.

Father Zollner said that since the Pope’s meeting with victims in July 2014, “The two persons I’ve accompanied have made great progress in their life and have had a ‘healing,” if we can say that.” “And, in a certain way, it’s a journey of reconciliation with their life, with this profound wound, and also with the Church.”

In regard to public interest on the subject of sexual abuse committed by priests, Father Zollner believes “it’s a subject that won’t leave us.”

“However, the Catholic Church also shows a diversity of responses concerning the different local Churches” which must be up to “receiving the victims and to do everything possible to continue and develop the capacity to prevent abuses.”

“We can’t change the past, but in the present, we must work so that these events are not repeated,” concluded Father Zollner.

Chile: Pope Blesses a Marriage in Mid-Air

Zenit (The World Seen From Rome) - 53 min 48 sec ago

A new surprising and initiative of Pope Francis took place on the plane, which took him from Santiago to Iquique, Chile, on January 18, 2018: the blessing of the marriage of a flight attendant and an air hostess in mid-air. The Sacrament of Marriage is valid, said the Holy See.

During the 2-hour flight of the Latam company, which traversed the 1,800 kilometers between the capital and the North of the country, as part of his 22nd International Apostolic Journey, the Holy Father blessed the marriage of a Chilean couple: Paula Podesta Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffando Elorriaga, 41, who had been married civilly for eight years. In 2010 an earthquake destroyed the church where they intended to exchange their vows.

According to the press on board the plane, the couple asked the Pope to bless their wedding rings. Francis asked them if they wished to be married religiously. “They were talking with the Pope. They told him they weren’t married in the Church. The Pope asked them if they wished to be married immediately. They said “yes,” said Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, who accompanies the Argentine Pontiff on all his trips.

The Vatican stated that the act of religious marriage of the couple — written on a simple A4 white paper — is valid: “Everything is official. There are witnesses, there is a document,” said the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

Paula Podesta Ruiz and Carlos Ciuffando Elorriaga have two children: Rafaella, 6, and Isabella, 3.

Translation by Virginia M. Forrester

 

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Jerusalem: Pope Calls for ‘True and Real’ Peace

Zenit (The World Seen From Rome) - 1 hour 17 min ago

Pope Francis has pledged that with regard to the Middle East he “will not fail to continue to invoke God for the cause of peace, of a true and real peace.”

His commitment came in a letter released by the Vatican on January 18, 2018. The Holy Father sent the letter to Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyib, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on the occasion of the International Conference in Support of Jerusalem, underway at Al-Azahr, in Egypt, from January 17 to January 18, 2018.

Here is a ZENIT translation of the Letter that the Holy Father Francis

To Distinguished Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyib

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

Excellency,

I received your letter of last December 16, regarding the Al-Azhar International Conference in Support of Jerusalem, which will take place on January 17. I thank you for your courteous invitation, and well as the kind expressions of esteem that you wished to express to me, and which I cordially return. As you revealed, on that day I will be committed in an Apostolic Journey, but from now on I assure you that I will not fail to continue to invoke God for the cause of peace, of a true and real peace. In particular, I raise heartfelt prayers so that leaders of Nations, and civil and religious Authorities everywhere, will commit themselves to avert new spirals of tension and to support every effort to have concord, justice and security prevail for the populations of that blessed Land, which I have so much at heart.

For its part, the Holy See will not cease to recall with urgency the necessity of the resumption of the dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians for a negotiated solution, geared to the peaceful coexistence of two States, within the borders agreed between them and internationally recognized, in full respect of the peculiar nature of Jerusalem, whose significance goes beyond any consideration of territorial questions. Only a special statute, also internationally guaranteed, will be able to preserve its identity, its unique vocation as a place of peace, to which the Sacred Places call, and its universal value, making possible a future of reconciliation and of hope for the entire region.

This is the sole aspiration of one who professes himself genuinely a believer and does not tire of imploring with prayer a future of fraternity for all. With these sentiments, I am pleased to renew to you my cordial greeting, invoking from the Most High every blessing for your person and for the high responsibility you cover.

From the Vatican, January 10, 2018

FRANCIS

© Libreria Editrice Vatican

[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

 

 

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Local March for Life Events

Catholic Telegraph - 1 hour 36 min ago
Members of Dayton Right to Life at the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo.

By Gail Finke

Monday is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decision that legalized abortion on demand, up until the moment of birth, in the United States and has led to the slaughter of more than 55 million unborn children.

Thousands from Greater Cincinnati attend the annual March for Life each year, but for those who can’t, a variety of events take place here. They kicked off Wednesday with Dayton Right to Life’s Pre-March Prayer Rally with state Rep. Niraj Antani at the Dayton Federal Courthouse. Remaining events include:

Thursday:
Archdiocese of Cincinnati student bus sendoff at Good Shepherd, 7 p.m.
Father Jan Schmidt will preside at a prayer service before the buses from Cincinnati-area schools depart for the March for Life. This event is often crowded; families and friends are welcome.

March for Life Prayer Vigil at St. Thomas More, 7 p.m.
Pray for those on the March for Life, and for support of the dignity of human life in our country.

 

Friday:
Day of prayer and penance in Covington
Live or work in the Diocese of Covington? All parish churches in the diocese will be open for prayer and for a Holy Hour today, and 10 chruchess (including the St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption) will hold a simultaneous Holy Hour at 7 p.m. For schedules and hours, visit the Diocese of Covington’s web page.

Mini March for Life at Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, noon
Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life sponsor this annual “mini march.” Assemble on the sidewalk in front of the business that takes the lives of 2,500-3,000 unborn children every year, pray in solidarity with the march in Washington, and witness to the world that the daily deaths at this building are not unnoticed.

Right to Life Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, noon
Pray in solidarity with the march in Washington at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Burlingtin (Ky.) March for Life, 5 p.m.
Live or work near Burlington, Ky.? The annual ecumenical March for Life begins at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Veterans Way begins at 5 pm; ends with a Holy Hour at IHM 7 p.m.

Saturday

34th Annual Pro-Life Rosary Procession and Rally in Cincinnati, 11 a.m.
A variety of pro-life groups sponsor this annual rosary procession and rally, which begins at City Hall at 11 a.m., processes through the streets with a large statue of the Virgin Mary, and ends with a rally at Fountain Square.  The noon rally will be emceed by Ohio State Representative Tom Brinkman and will feature speeches given by Michelle Ashley (State Director of Susan B. Anthony List) and Sheri Lawson (Executive Director of Healthy Beginnings). Shuttle service between Fountain Square and City Hall will be available beginning at 10 a.m. for those who park at the square, and will operate after the event to take people who parked near City Hall from the square. Plesee note: The Cincinnati Pro-Life Committee requires that signs and banners be approved by a member prior to start of procession.

Celebration of Life at All Saints Church, noon
Adoration in the Church begins at noon, followed by rosary, Celebration of Life walk on Montgomery Road, and hot chocolate at the parish fire pit. Spend all three hours, or just a few minutes celebrating the dignity and gift of human life.

Sunday:

Prayer Vigil to End Abortion in Troy, 2 p.m.
Andrew and Wade Dexter will speak about prematurity and respect for life at this vigil to be held at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.

Monday:

Holy Hour for Life at Old St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.
Old St. Mary’s invites all to pray for the protection and sanctification of all human life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Confession will be available. Concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 8 p.m.

Butler County Annual Pro-Life Prayer March in Hamilton
Meet at the Old Butler County Courthouse (High & Court Streets) and march seven times around this modern Jericho to call for an end to abortion on demand.

 

Is your pro-life event missing from this list? Email gfinke@catholiccincinnati.org with the details and we will add it. For maps and links for these events, and details of many other area Catholic events, see our ongoing events page at TheCatholicTelegraph.com/calendar.

Pope Francis in Chile: Don't water down the joy of faith

EWTN News - Americas - 1 hour 44 min ago
Iquique, Chile, Jan 18, 2018 / 09:37 am (EWTN News/CNA).- At Mass in Iquique Thursday morning, Pope Francis drew attention to the care Mary shows at the Wedding at Cana, pointing to her as an example of how we can help others share in the joy and celebration found in the Gospel.

The Cincinnati Catholic Men’s Conference Is Back!

Catholic Telegraph - 2 hours 2 min ago

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and CMG Booking, the Catholic Speakers Organization, have teamed up to revive America’s first Catholic Men’s Conference ever produced.

Started in 1994, The Cincinnati Catholic Men’s Conference was the first Catholic Men’s conference every produced in the United States. Hundreds of other Catholic Men’s conferences have since spawned from it and have modeled their conferences off of what Cincinnati pioneered.

2011 was the last year the Cincinnati Catholic Men’s conference occurred. The conference will make a strong comeback on April 28, 2018 and will be held at the beautiful Taft Theatre downtown Cincinnati; 317 E 5th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Featured speakers are: 1) EWTN’s Fr. Mitch Pacwa, who also started his career in Cincinnati at St. Xavier High School, 2) Father Larry Richards, Founder of Reason For Hope Foundation and renowned author,  3) Coach Gerry Faust, former head football coach of Moeller High School and the University of Notre Dame, 4) Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, who will be the main celebrant for Mass and deliver the Homily.

Event details: Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 9am to 4pm at the Taft Theatre downtown Cincinnati. Doors open at 8am. For more information visit www.CincinnatiMensConference.com

 

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