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April 2013

Scotland's Catholics to Help Syrians

Catholic people in Scotland is showing support for the people of Syria by holding a concert and Mass for those affected by ongoing turmoil in the middle-eastern country.  Aid to the Church in Need has organised the events to raise money so that the Church may help those who have been forced to flee their homes.
 
The concert, led by Christian singer Marilla Ness, will take place in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin on Thursday 9 May at 7.30pm.  The Mass will take place a few days later on Monday 13 May at 7.

Pro-life? Then we need your help!

Please find the time to sign up to the European Citizens Initiative in favour of life by clicking the link, below.
 
This initiative was approved by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and claims that the human embryo is "One of Us", a statement all pro-lifers will surely agree with.  Please support them in protecting and respecting the dignity and integrity of the unborn child by signing up today:
 
 
 

John Paul II's Canonisation Moves a Step Closer

 
 
The sainthood of blessed John Paul II appears to be getting closer after the medical council of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognised one healing as 'inexplicable'.
 
If the miracle is also approved by theologians and the Church's cardinals, which it is expected to be, then John Paul, who died in 2005, will be declared a saint by Pope Francis.
 
Some are suggesting his canonization will be celebrated as soon as Sunday 20th October, two days before the liturgical holiday assigned to blessed John Paul II.

Pro-Life in Action: 500,000 Filipinos Gather in Support of Life

 
 
If you ever doubted the value of life to the people of the Philippines, then doubt no more.  The image, above, tells its own story as a massive half million people gather in Paranaque City on 13th April to show support for six pro-life candidates ahead of a political election in May.
 
The movement consists of over 40 Catholic lay organisations whose focus is the protection of life and family and they aim to ensure pro-life candidates are elected in the May election after recent anti-life moves by the government.

Spread the Good News of the Gospel of Life to the World

Good turnout tonight at the monthly pro-life Mass in Glasgow!
Father Ross gave an excellent homily, suggesting we use the Apostles as our role models in being persistent and confident in spreading the Gospel of Life to the world; a world that doesn't want to hear what we have to say about the sanctity of life.

Homily Reflection - be encouraged to tell people about your faith

This homily reflection is based on a homily from a parish in the Archdiocese of Glasgow this weekend:
My personal feeling is that the principal theme of the homily was to encourage the congregation to be more courageous when faced with questions and ridicule about their faith.
We were told that, when faced with people questioning our faith and asking why we believe in certain things, such as God and the Eucharist, we should see these situations as a real opportunity. That is, a real opportunity to be open and honest about our faith; an opportunity to be open and honest about what attracts us to our faith.

As children of God we must shift the gaze of humanity upwards, towards the Father

The Pope, in his General Audience on Wednesday, reflected on St Peter’s belief that the Resurrection of Jesus is something new and that it results in us “being freed from slavery and sin and we become children of God, that we are born to new life.”
 
This, the Pope says, happens to us “in the Sacrament of Baptism.”  Through Baptism we are born as children of God and are treated as His children.  The Pope continued “He understands us, forgives us, embraces us, loves us even when we make mistakes…this is a beautiful thing, beautiful!

Pope Francis Warns Against Gossip

 
 
Following on from his recent homily where he warned about the amount of complaining we do, Pope Francis has now suggested we should be more careful not to gossip in our daily lives.
 
He told the congregation that meekness in the community is a “forgotten virtue” and that this virtue has many enemies, the principal being gossip.
 
The pope said “When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticise others – these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including me – these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community.

We Must Not Close Ourselves Off in Complaints, Warns Pope Francis

 
 
Pope Francis has spoken of how complaining can be harmful to our lives and that we should strive to avoid it as best we can.
 
At a recent Mass he referred to the disciples in the wake of Christ’s crucifixion, including the two who were met by the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus.  The Pope suggested that all of the disciples were afraid after Christ’s crucifixion and that they were sad and complaining.  He said “the more they complained, the more they were closed in on themselves: they did not have a horizon before them, only a wall.

BBC 4 Documentary Fails to Acknowledge Spiritual Aspect of Catholic Church

The BBC 4 documentary on the Vatican was very interesting in the sense that it gave us a behind the scenes look at Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and also a look at the tomb of St Peter.
It was also interesting in that it followed a part of the lives of some young people serving the Holy Father and guards charged with his protection.
Sadly, however, the documentary gave very little credence to the very core of the Church and that is its spiritual and supernatural aspect. While it followed the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi through the streets of Rome, the narrator focused on the Pope traveling in the 'Pope-mobile' and spoke of the thousands of faithful following him.
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