In exceptional Angelus address, Pope begs Putin to end the war

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA Published on 10/02/22 “What is to happen next? … In the name of God and in the name of the sense of humanity that dwells in every heart, I renew my call for an immediate ceasefire.” Each week from the window of his study, the Pope offers a reflection on the Gospel reading from the Sunday Mass and then leads the faithful in praying the midday Angelus. But this October 2, Pope Francis did something quite different: he made an earnest and passionate appeal for the end of the war in Ukraine. While the Pope expressed his sadness at the “rivers of blood and tears spilled in these months,” he also asked a pressing question: And what about the fact that humanity is once again faced with the atomic threat? It is absurd. Here is a Vatican translation of what the Pope said. This appeal joins with more than 80 other appeals the Pope has made for an end to the war, although this appeal is unique both in the format and in directly addressing Putin. ~ Dear brothers and sisters, buongiorno! The course of the war in Ukraine has become so serious, devastating, and threatening,...

A motto and a logo on the road to canonization of Artemides Zatti

02 September 2022 (ANS – Rome) – Animating a historic event for the Salesian Congregation and Family, such as the canonization of Artemide Zatti, requires an image and a phrase that are able to accompany on the path of preparation and during the event itself. Thus, on the part of the General Postulation of the Congregation, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni invited a team of Salesians and lay people, both from Italy and Argentina, to think together about a motto and a logo that would express as clearly as possible the radiant and at the same time simple figure of Artemide Zatti. After several suggestions of possible mottos, the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, together with the Postulator General, Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, presented the canonization motto “I believed, I promised, I was healed”. Almost all of the proposals had as a common basis these three words uttered by the future saint when bearing witness to his miraculous recovery from tuberculosis and, consequently, the origin of his vocation to serve the sick and the poor. They are three verbs that mark a spiritual journey of abandonment into God’s hands and dedication to the good of others. He, who was healed, would now...

Argentina – The believing Br. Zatti

06 September 2022 (ANS – Buenos Aires) – In view of the canonization of Artemides Zatti, SDB, we share some articles of reflection and investigation on some traits of the future saint, prepared by the Salesian Bulletin of Argentina, the country where “the relative of the poor” lived his entire Salesian life. “There are as many stories of faith as there are believers, since each one gives himself with his own personality.” Romano Guardini (The Life of Faith) The vital act of faith is the personal story of the believer. If we say that at the roots of faith is a gift from God, we must also make sure that this gift is received by a person. Therefore, we need to know who the person is and his or her personality, because that is where his or her faith resides. Faith as personal adherence to God has been a personal story for Zatti, leading him to holiness in concrete work, in caring for the sick, in the world of health care. “I believed, I promised, I was healed” Zatti’s Christian faith began with his baptism in Boretto, near Reggio Emilia, in the basilica of San Marco on the same...

Day of Prayer and Fasting May 13, 2022

 On Tuesday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced that the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Friday, May 13th will be a day of united prayer and fasting for peace in our world and the end to legal abortion in the United States. We are inviting you to answer the call to prayer by joining Family Rosary Across America on Friday, May 13th at 7 PM CT; lift up these intentions as well as your own with families across the nation to the heart of Mary, our Mother.Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of Peace, pray for us!Your Friends at Relevant Radio   The Relevant Radio® Mission:Bringing Christ to the world through the media© 2022 Relevant Radio,...