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« Reply #8700 on: May 31, 2020, 06:43:29 PM »

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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/pope-francis-pentecost-homily-unity-self-giving.html

Pope at Pentecost: Holy Spirit unites Christians as God’s children in self-giving
31 May 2020, 10:38

On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope Francis urges Christians to ask the Holy Spirit to free them from the paralysis of selfishness and make a gift of themselves by serving and doing good. Playback included.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, with a limited number of the faithful in attendance, as health protocols of the Covid-19 pandemic are still in place in Italy and the Vatican.

During the May 31 Mass, he urged the Holy Spirit to make Christians builders of unity. “Grant us the courage to go out of ourselves, to love and help each other, in order to become one family,” he prayed.   

Pentecost, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Virgin Mary and the Apostles in Jerusalem, as narrated in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1-22), is regarded as the birth of the Church. 
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/full-text-pope-francis-homily-on-pentecost-sunday-25977
Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday

YouTube video at the link below--
May 31 2020 Holy Mass for Pentecost Pope Francis
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« Reply #8701 on: May 31, 2020, 07:01:59 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-05/pope-francis-church-is-reconciled-community-ready-for-mission.html

Pope Francis: Church is reconciled community ready for mission
31 May 2020, 12:13

At the Regina Coeli on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis reflects on the missionary character of the Church.
By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis appeared at the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday for the recitation of the Regina Coeli with the faithful.

Due to health measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holy Father in recent weeks had been leading the Sunday Marian prayers, as well as his weekly General Audiences, from the Library of the Apostolic Palace.

Reconciled and ready for mission

In his reflections on Sunday, Pope Francis noted that the Solemnity of Pentecost commemorates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of the day “takes us back to the evening of Easter”, when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room. The Lord’s greeting, “Peace be with you”, was an expression of reconciliation and forgiveness for the disciples who had abandoned Him in His Passion.

“By forgiving and gathering His disciples around Him”, the Pope said, “Jesus makes them His Church: a community reconciled and ready for mission”.
 
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31 May 2020, 12:20

https://zenit.org/articles/regina-caeli-address-on-the-solemnity-of-pentecost/
Regina Caeli Address: On the Solemnity of Pentecost
May 31, 2020 15:11  Virginia Forrester

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May 31 2020 Regina Coeli prayer Pope Francis
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« Reply #8702 on: June 01, 2020, 01:54:26 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-06/pope-francis-motu-proprio-vatican-public-contracts.html

Pope Francis enacts new Vatican law for awarding public contracts
01 June 2020, 12:00

Pope Francis releases an Apostolic Letter creating legislation to govern the awarding of public contracts of the Holy See and Vatican City State, which shall follow the principles of transparency, centralized control, and competition to reduce the risk of corruption.
By Vatican News

The Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio released on Monday by Pope Francis is the result of four years of work carried out by several Vatican offices. The text will serve as a single reference point for awarding public contracts to external entities.

The Letter is entitled “On transparency, control and competition in the procedures for awarding public contracts of the Holy See and Vatican City State”. It is composed of 86 articles with an additional 12 relating to juridical protection in cases of litigation.

The piece of legislation is in conformity with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, signed in Merida. It replaces previous regulations in force at Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) and the Governorate of Vatican City State. It extends to all Entities of the Holy See which up to now lacked their own laws governing contracts and public works.
 
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« Reply #8703 on: June 01, 2020, 01:57:28 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-06/pope-francis-message-to-consecrated-virgins-50-years.html

Pope to Consecrated Virgins: Be women of mercy, experts in humanity
01 June 2020, 15:00

In a Message on the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of the revised Rite of Consecration of Virgins, Pope Francis reminds Consecrated Virgins that through their calling they reflect the unity of the Church, the Bride of Christ.
By Francesca Merlo

Pope Francis opened his message to Consecrated Virgins by describing their vocations as “a sign of hope” which points "to the fidelity of the Father”. Even today, the Pope said, He awakens “the desire to be consecrated to the Lord in virginity” in the hearts of some women.

Pope Francis continued by saying that, accompanied by their Bishops, Consecrated Virgins have become “increasingly conscious of the distinctive nature” of their consecrated life. “The gift of your vocation finds expression within the symphonic unity of the Church, which is built up when she can see in you women capable of living the gift of sisterhood”, said the Pope.
 
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« Reply #8704 on: June 01, 2020, 02:00:29 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-06/pope-appointment-canada-dioceses-union-laurier-jerome-poisson.html

Pope Francis unifies 2 Canadian dioceses and appoints bishop
01 June 2020, 12:15

Pope Francis unifies the Canadian Dioceses of Mont-Laurier and Saint-Jérôme as "in person episcopi", and appoints Bishop Raymond Poisson as the bishop of the newly-created Diocese.
By Vatican News

"The Holy Father has united 'in persona episcopi' the Diocese of Mont-Laurier with that of Saint-Jérôme and at the same time has appointed Bishop Raymond Poisson of Saint-Jérôme as also Bishop of Mont-Laurier," the Holy See Press Office said in a statement on Monday.

The Latin term “in persona episcopi” literally means “in the person of the bishop”, and is used by the Catholic Church to indicate the union of two or more dioceses, in which the structures of each diocese such as cathedrals, seminaries and curial offices are left unchanged, except with the episcopal ministry, which is exercised by a single bishop.

It is a mild form of union between dioceses and can be a temporary provision. In some cases the “in persona episcopi” acts as a transition towards full union as a single diocese, known as “aeque principaliter”.
 
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« Reply #8705 on: June 01, 2020, 02:04:34 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-06/pope-francis-donates-ambulance-for-rome-poor.html

Pope dedicates ambulance to care for Rome’s homeless
01 June 2020, 18:05

Pope Francis dedicates a Vatican ambulance to serve the poor who sleep rough on the streets of Rome.
By Devin Watkins

On the morning of Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis blessed a Vatican ambulance which will serve the poor of Rome.

The Pope entrusted the ambulance to the Office of Papal Charities, under the direction of Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner.

According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the ambulance belongs to the Vatican's fleet and has SCV (Vatican) license plates.

It will now be used exclusively to assist “the poorest, who remain almost invisible to Institutions.”
 
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« Reply #8706 on: June 02, 2020, 08:46:12 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-06/we-run-together-an-instance-of-solidarity-amid-trying-times.html

“We run together”: An instance of solidarity amid trying times
02 June 2020, 16:57

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, speaks to Vatican News about “We Run Together”, a charity fundraising sports initiative scheduled for 8 June.
By Vatican News

In a generous show of solidarity, athletes from all over Italy will be participating in “We Run Together”, a charity fundraising auction on 8 June to provide support for medical personnel in hospitals in the northern cities of Brescia and Bergamo, particularly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The charity fundraising auction will be hosted by charitystars.com, a fundraising campaign website.

The initiative is organized by Athletica Vaticana (the Vatican’s first sports association), Fiamme Gialle (the sports section of the Italian police force), the Courtyard of the Gentiles (a Vatican platform for open dialogue on faith and culture), and Fidal-Lazio (the Italian federation for light athletics).

Items to be auctioned include objects and awards donated by multi-medal Olympic champions and some articles offered personally by Pope Francis.

In preparation for the event, Pope Francis met with a small delegation of some of the athletes billed to participate in the charity initiative on 20 May in his private library in the Vatican. On that occasion, he expressed his joy at the initiative and reminded them of the example of medieval pilgrims who walked “in step with the weakest.”
 
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Cardinal Ravasi explained that every week from 8 June to 8 August, objects will be auctioned on charitystars.com, a virtual fundraising website.

The auctions will kick off with an item donated by the Pope - a bicycle personalized with the colors of the Holy See that the Holy Father received from world cycling champion, Peter Sagan. Other objects that will be auctioned include competitive equipment and jerseys from several athletes.

There will also be the possibility of going on a tour on the Luna Rossa, a sailing boat currently docked in the harbor of Cagliari in Sardinia. In addition, some athletes are offering the opportunity of having dinner with some of the winners.
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« Reply #8707 on: June 03, 2020, 11:59:54 AM »

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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-06/pope-at-audience-god-does-not-abandon-us-he-is-companion-and-g.html
Pope at Audience: God does not abandon us, He is companion and guide
03 June 2020, 09:38

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience on Wednesday continues his catechesis on prayer, focusing his attention on the “prayer of Abraham”.
By Vatican News

At the centre of Pope Francis’ catechesis on prayer at his General Audience on Wednesday was the figure of Abraham.

The Pope explained that with this “father in faith”, we see a new way of relating to God.

Abraham, recounted Pope Francis, hears a voice that resonates in his life. It’s the “voice that encourages him to uproot himself from his homeland, from the roots of his family,  to move towards a new, different future.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/popes-general-audience-on-the-prayer-of-abraham-full-text/
POPE’S GENERAL AUDIENCE – On the Prayer of Abraham (FULL TEXT)
June 03, 2020 14:30

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Pope Francis: No tolerance for racism, but without violence
03 June 2020, 09:54

Pope Francis spoke at the General Audience about the protests in the United States following the killing of George Floyd, saying we cannot claim to defend the sacredness of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion.
By Vatican News
 
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« Reply #8708 on: June 03, 2020, 12:19:17 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-06/vatican-santa-marta-dispensary-reopening.html

Covid-19: Vatican’s Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary reopens
03 June 2020, 16:14

Forced to shut down for more than two and a half months because of the Covid-19 crisis, the Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary is getting ready to provide medical care to needy families.
By Robin Gomes

With the coronavirus emergency still not over altogether, the Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary in the heart of Vatican City began taking all the necessary precautions on June 3, to re-start its services for needy children and pregnant women.

"In a few days everything will be back to normal as before," said volunteers at the Dispensary. One of them, Valentina Giacometti, said, "The Dispensary must necessarily offer a sign of presence," adding they are close to those who are currently experiencing the greatest economic and social difficulties.

Regulated access

New mothers from all over the world come to Santa Marta Paediatric Dispensary, which is part of the activities of the Office of Papal Charities, the Holy See’s department charged with exercising charity to the poor in the name of the Pope.
 
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« Reply #8709 on: June 03, 2020, 12:25:30 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-06/vatican-museums-pontifical-gardens-covid-19-gratitude-medical.html

Vatican offers token of gratitude to medical staff for its work during pandemic
03 June 2020, 16:56

The Vatican Museums and the Apostolic Palace and Gardens of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo open their doors free of charge to all doctors, nurses and other medical staff in a sign of gratitude for their work on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.
By Vatican News

As Holy See authorities ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vatican Museums and the Gardens of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo reopen their doors to welcome back the public after more than two long months of closure.

In doing so, they have decided to thank all doctors, nurses and medical personnel for the work they have been carrying out in public and private health facilities across Italy.
With over 233,000 reported infections and more than 33,500 deaths from Covid-19, Italy is one of the hardest-hit nations in the world.

Throughout the months of lockdown, Pope Francis never tired of thanking all medical personnel for their invaluable work, carried out at the risk of their lives, praying for them and for their families incessantly.

So, as a sign of gratitude, the Governorate of Vatican City State has announced that for one week, all medical personnel will have free access to the Vatican Museums and for two weekends to the complex of the Papal Villas of Castel Gandolfo in the Alban Hills just outside Rome.

A statement says the initiative will be valid at the Museums from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 June, while the Pontifical Villas will welcome health workers on the weekend of the 6 and 7 June, and again on the following one.

The Museums were opened to the general public on 1 June; the Pontifical Villas and Gardens are due to open on 6 June.

Of course, all visitors are requested to observe a series of modalities, procedures and rules to ensure the safest conditions for all.
 
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« Reply #8710 on: June 04, 2020, 06:33:57 PM »

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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-06/pope-francis-prayer-intention-june-2020-compassion.html

Pope's prayer intention for June: Compassion for the world amidst Covid-19 pandemic
04 June 2020, 17:00

Pope Francis on Thursday releases a video message accompanying his prayer intention for June, which this month is that "all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus."
By Vatican News

In his prayer intention for the month of June 2020, Pope Francis asks everyone to pray for those who are suffering, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to inflict all sorts of difficulties around the world.

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

The full text of his intention is below:
 
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