60th anniversary of Servant of God Matilde Salem’s death

Tomorrow, Saturday 27 February, will be the 60th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Matilde Salem (1904-1961), a lay woman, very active in charity, who, thanks also to the collaboration with the Salesians of Middle East, knew how to live an authentic life of faith and benefit many needy people. Matilde Salem (née Chelhot) was born in Aleppo on November 15, 1904. The wealthy condition of the family did not prevent Matilde from a strong interior life. On August 15, 1922, she married Georges Elias Salem. However, the joy of this union was soon tarnished by the impossibility of becoming a mother and the bridegroom’s fragile health. In fact, on October 26, 1944 she became a widow. She could have rebuilt a life: beauty, wealth, noble trait, chosen friendships could have won her over. Instead, it was then that she discovered her true vocation: to dedicate herself totally to her neighbor with a wider love. Her family were the poor young people of her town. In collaboration with the Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Msgr. Isidoro Fattal, she undertook to carry out the grandiose project left by her Georges by will, committing the conspicuous capital he...

US Bishops: Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life – Vatican News

US Bishops: Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life In a letter to Congress, several committee chairmen of the US Bishops’ Conference have expressed their opposition to proposed legislation, warning that it poses legal and social threats to citizens. By Vatican News staff writer Five US Bishop committee chairmen have expressed their opposition to the recent reintroduction of the Equality Act (H. R. 5), scheduled to be voted upon by the House of Representatives in coming days. In a letter jointly signed by the chairs of the USCCB committees on Religious Liberty, Pro-Life, Marriage, Catholic Education and Domestic Justice, they highlight threats posed by the proposed law to both people of faith and of no faith, to the right of freedom of speech, as well as to faith-based charities and health-care workers with conscience objections, among others. Gender discrimination, abortion and the Equality Act The Bishops warned that the Equality Act, while purporting to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from discrimination, rather represents an imposition by Congress “of novel and divisive viewpoints regarding ‘gender’ on individuals and organizations;” including dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as a social construct. Re-echoing Pope...

Pope appoints new Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio – Vatican News

Pope appoints new Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio Pope Francis appoints Msgr. Gary W. Janak as the new auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, Texas (USA). By Vatican News staff writer The Holy Father on Monday named a new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas. Bishop-elect Gary W. Janak hails from the clergy of the Texan Diocese of Victoria. Pope Francis also assigned him the titular see of Dionysiana. Brief biography Msgr. Gary Janak was born on 22 March, 1962 in El Campo, Texas (USA). He did his ecclesiastical studies at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio from 1983 until 1988. Bishop-elect Gary received his Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. (1993-1995). He also received a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria (1995-1997). Msgr. Janak was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Victoria in Texas on 14 May 1988. Following his ordination, he served as Assistant Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Cathedral in Victoria (1988-1990), and as the Parish Priest of Saint Joseph Parish in Yoakum (1994-2003) and of Saint Philip the Apostle in El Campo (2003-2013). He also...

Bishops revise wording of Trinitarian Formula ending liturgical prayers

A revision to the English-language Roman Missal for use in Canada comes into effect on Ash Wednesday, which changes the wording of the Trinitarian conclusion of the Collect. By Vatican News staff writer The Canadian Bishops Conference (CCCB), in a Decree of implementation issued in December, and following a request from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacrament, adjusted the English-language wording of the conclusion of the Collect (the opening prayer) in the Roman Missal as approved for use in the country. Beginning from Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021, the word “one” is to be omitted from the conclusion of the Collect, as well as from other similar prayers in the liturgy, for example, the Blessing of Water at the Easter Vigil. In place of ending with “one God, for ever and ever”, the Collect will now end, “God, for ever and ever.” With this new change, the English version will now be consistent with the Latin text, and conform to translations into other languages, including French which is also an official language of the country. New wording helps to avoid doctrinal confusion The reason for the new wording, as requested by the Congregation for Divine...

Cardinal Czerny: young people and migrants at heart of better post-Covid world – Vatican News

Cardinal Czerny: young people and migrants at heart of better post-Covid world The Undersecretary of the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section addresses participants at an online seminar organized by Sophia University in Tokyo, one year after Pope Francis’ visit. By Michele Raviart The role of young people in shaping society will be central in the world that will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. We can only emerge better from this crisis if we overcome individualism and include those who are most vulnerable and marginalized, such as migrants and refugees. These are amongst the considerations raised by Cardinal Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in his speech during an online conference at the Catholic Jesuit Center of Sophia University in Tokyo. The effects of the pandemic on migrants The event took place one year from Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Japan and included a series of meetings to reflect on the Pope’s words – in particular, on the connection between “protecting all life” and the challenges the world is facing with Covid-19. Taking inspiration from the Pope’s reflections of the past months and the encyclical letter Fratelli tutti, Cardinal Czerny...

US Bishops announce team to address divergencies with next US President – Vatican News

No matter what the Electoral College does, these issues concern us all and we must be ready to defend life – all life – and the dignity of all human beings, everywhere.  May Jesus, Mary, and Joseph speak to the heart of our next President – whoever he may be – and the Vice President and all our public representatives to help our nation create laws that are in 100% keeping with our Judeo-Christian values. Source: US Bishops announce team to address divergencies with next US President – Vatican...