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shalomworld Two suspects have been arrested after an historic church on the Italian island of Sicily was broken into, vandalized and robbed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The culprits prized …More
shalomworld Two suspects have been arrested after an historic church on the Italian island of Sicily was broken into, vandalized and robbed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The culprits prized open the tabernacle in the 17th century Church of Saint Agatha before desecrating the Blessed Sacrament. They also damaged the statue of St. Agatha. Local police say they have arrested two men, and are looking for another man and woman, in connection with the crime. According to local reports, those apprehended were found to be in possession of a case containing consecrated hosts; a bottle of holy oils; a gold brooch; and coins from a vending machine. Holy See announces resignation of Cardinal Angelo Becciu One of the Vatican’s most senior clerics has surprisingly resigned from office. On Thursday the Holy See Press Office announced that Archbishop Angelo Becciu was stepping down as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and was also resigning his rights as a member of the College of Cardinals. No explanation was given, though, as to why the 72-year-old Italian cleric was quitting both roles. Cardinal Becciu had been linked to series of financial scandals during his time as second-in-command at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, a post he held from 2011 to 2018, although he had always denied any wrongdoing. Archbishop Cordileone leads Eucharistic procession in San Francisco More than a thousand Catholics participated in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of San Francisco on Sunday morning to pray for an end to the Californian city’s COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings. At present, the civic authorities in San Francisco are allowing only 50 people to gather for outdoor worship, while only one person at time may go inside a church. Led by the local archbishop, the Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Sunday’s procession made its way from the city’s Civic Center Plaza to St. Mary’s Cathedral where pilgrims dispersed to attend 18 different outdoor Masses. Harrison Butker: My primary vocation is helping my family get to heaven One of American football’s biggest stars says his primary vocation in life is to help his family get to heaven. Super Bowl winner Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs made his comments at the 55th annual College Councils Conference of the Knights of Columbus. The 25-year-old kicker joined the Knights himself while a student at Georgia Tech. He used his address to the present-day college knights to urge them to practice, what he called, a Christ-centered life on campus. Vatican reiterates its opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide Euthanasia and assisted suicide are intrinsically evil acts. That’s according to a new letter issued by the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which has also been approved by Pope Francis. Entitled "Samaritanus bonus,” meaning The Good Samaritan in English, the document addresses the issue of how best to care for persons in both critical and terminal stages of life. It explains the importance of honoring life at every stage and offers concrete ways to practice the teachings of the Church. Quoting Pope Saint John Paul II, the letter proposes that incurable is never synonymous with un-care-able. Pope Francis blesses “Voice of the Unborn” bell Pope Francis blessed a bell which symbolizes the cry of the unborn child in the womb and rings-out for end of abortion. Named “Voice of the Unborn,” the bell will be used at Marches for Life throughout Poland. After blessing the bell at the Vatican on Wednesday, Pope Francis also became the first to ring the bell. The new initiative is supported by Polish Knights of Columbus. Nine priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines The Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines has nine new priests. The ordinations took place on Thursday September the 17th at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cebu with numbers inside vastly reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions. Officiating was Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu. He told those being ordained that while the Coronavirus will be pass, the love of God remains forever. He urged his new priests to view their calling as a mission and to engage the world with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.