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The Catholic faithful celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ on June 10. This Eucharistic celebration, which is also called Corpus Christi, is a solemn commemoration of the institution of that sacrament. It is also the Church's official act of homage and gratitude to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist gave to the Church her greatest treasure.
We Catholics believe that the historical event of Jesus' Last Supper, described in each of the four Gospels, is one of the greatest mysteries of our holy faith. During that evening, the Lord Jesus, while he ate with his disciples, took bread, blessed it, broke the bread and gave it to them saying: “Take; this is my body”. He then took the cup, gave thanks and gave it to them. And all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many”
The observance of Corpus Christi, therefore, accents the joyous aspect of Holy Thursday. The wondrous mystery of the Lord’s real presence under the Eucharistic celebration is also carried out in the transubstantiation. May we venerate then this wonderful sacrament by a special form of adoration as we share Jesus’ joy in His resurrection.

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On Mary’s Month and Brazil Pilgrimage

“I would like to entrust to the Holy Virgin, Mother of the Church, my apostolic voyage to Brazil March 9-14.” Pope Benedict XVI delivered his address for the month of Mary on May 6 before reciting the Regina Caeli in St. Peter’s Square. Below is a copy of his message as translated by Zenit. * * *

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

The month of May began several days ago. For many Christian communities this is the Marian month par excellence. As such, in the course of the centuries it has become one of the peoples' dearest devotions and has been valued by pastors as a propitious occasion for preaching, catechesis and community prayer.

After the Second Vatican Council, which emphasized the role of Mary most holy in the Church and in salvation history, Marian devotion underwent a profound renewal. And the month of May, coinciding at least in part with the Easter season, is quite propitious for illustrating the figure of Mary as the Mother who accompanies the community of disciples united in prayer in expectation of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:12-14).



The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Friday following the second Sunday after Pentecost. In addition to the liturgical celebration, many devotional exercises are connected with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of all devotions, devotion to the Sacred Heart was, and remains, one of the most widespread and popular in the Church.
The feast of the Sacred Heart was approved for specified dioceses by Clement XIII in 1765, and extended to the whole Church by Pius IX in 1856. In 1889 Pope Leo XIII elevated it to the rank of first class, and through an encyclical letter in 1899 dedicated the whole Catholic world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

According to the Scriptures, the term "Sacred Heart of Jesus" denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The "Sacred Heart" is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers.

Specifically, the Gospel of St. John recounts the showing of the Lord's hands and his side to the disciples and of his invitation to Thomas to put his hand into his side. This event has also had a notable influence on the origin and development of the Church's devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is then a wonderful historical expression of the Church's piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work.

Hence, the faithful are invited to penetrate the mysteries of Christ by contemplating the wound opened in his side. As St. Augustine writes: "Access is possible: Christ is the door. It was opened for you when his side was opened by the lance. Remember what flowed out from his side: thus, choose where you want to enter Christ. From the side of Christ as he hung dying upon the Cross there flowed out blood and water, when it was pierced by a lance. Your purification is in that water, your redemption is in that blood".


"Receive the Holy Spirit!"
John 20:19-23

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."2 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

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June 13
St. Anthony of Padua (1231).

There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustiian Order and then left it in 1221 to join the Franciscan Order, at the age of 26.

June 14
St. Eliseus (Ninth Century B.C.).

He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St. Elias. When Elias, whose feast is July 20, was taken up in a fiery chariot, he let his cloak fall upon St. Eliseus, who then became his successor.

June 15

St. Vitus (303).

Vitus, whose name can also be Guy, was a child saint, entrusted by his pagan parents to the care of a Catholic nurse, Crescentia, and her husband, Modestus. They secretly baptized him and brought him up as a Catholic. When his father discovered that he had become a Catholic, he handed him over to the pagan governor of Sicily, where he lived as punishment.

June 16
St. John Francis Regis (1640).

He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus. He entered the Society of Saint Ignatius when he was 19 years old, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. His great crusade was to bring all Prot­estants back from the heresies into which they had fallen in the 16th century.

June 17
St. Botolph (680).

Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches dedicated to him in England. An English town, origi­nally called Saint Botolphstown, was later contracted by the style of utterance for which the English are famous, to Botolphstown, then Botolphston, then Botoston, and then Boston.

June 18
Sts. Mark and Marcellian (Third Century).

They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were martyred under Diocletian.

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Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Vietnamese Roman Catholic priest and advocate for religious freedom, had spent a lifetime attempting to exercise his right to freedom of expression and freedom of worship.Father Nguyen Van Ly was ordained as a priest in 1974. He taught at a seminary in Hue, and served as secretary to the then Bishop of Hue Monsignor Philippe Nguyen Kim Dien.



The Saviour's Heart invites us to return to the Father's love, which is the source of every authentic love: "In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins". Jesus ceaselessly receives from the Father, rich in mercy and compassion, the love which he lavishes upon human beings. His Heart particularly reveals the generosity of God towards sinners. God's reaction to sin is not to lessen his love, but to expand it into a flow of mercy which becomes the initiative of the Redemption.

- Pope John Paul II, Message on the centenary of the consecration of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Tour of the Relics of the Passion
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City of Santa Fé, in New Mexico, USA.
A mystery of over 130 years and attracting around 250 thousand visitors every year. Point of attention : Loretto Chapel

What makes this chapel different from all others is that the subject of the supposed miracle that took place in it is a Staircase....


“The Gift of the Holy Spirit”

Do you know and experience in your life the gift and power of the Holy Spirit? After his death and resurrection Jesus promised his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit. Receive the Holy Spirit! Jesus knew his disciples would need the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission entrusted to them.


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