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,...

Bind On the Breastplate of St. Patrick

SEAN FITZPATRICK “Go, Patrick,” a voice echoed through his sleep, “thy ship is prepared! Arise and go!” Patrick arose and went with a prayer on his lips. He slipped unseen from his master’s house and fled down the western shore where he saw a ship disembarking. “Thy ship departs, Patrick,” the voice cried again in his ears. Patrick plunged into the sea and caught a rope tossed to him by one of the sailors. After being kidnapped from his coastal home in Scotland to serve as a slave of a Druid priest in Ireland for six years, Patrick, the son of a Roman deacon, was free again. It was not the first time that Patrick would spurn pagan tyranny in his life. In years to come, he would end their oppression not by fleeing, but by bringing them freedom, arising armed and protected by a great, bright Breastplate bound to his soul. After escaping from Ireland, the young Saint Patrick traveled to a monastery in France where he met with his uncle, St. Martin of Tours. He began studying for the priesthood and was ordained under the patronage of St. Germain. After years of missionary work, Patrick was chosen...

Beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Servant of God Akash Bashir

By Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB        Lahore, Pakistan, 15 March 2022 — The 7th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, a past pupil of Don Bosco. The Christian community of Pakistan gathered today in a historic event, the formal beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Akash Bashir, a Past Pupil of Don Bosco. The first Pakistani citizen in the process of Beatification and Canonization. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the city of Lahore could not contain the crowd of faithful who gathered for the opening ceremony of the diocesan phase, as well as the solemn Eucharistic celebration. In an atmosphere of immense joy, devotion, and expectation, those present listened attentively to the memory of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, which took place just 7 years ago. The three members of the Tribunal and the Vice-Postulator, Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB, took the public oath required for this ceremony. The message sent by the World President of the Confederation of Alumni of Don Bosco, Mr. Bryan Magro, was also read. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the...

Akash Bashir, Who Died Protecting Catholic Worshippers in Pakistan, Named a Servant of God

Bashir died on March 15, 2015, when suicide bombers attacked St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Church of Pakistan. By Reprint of article by Katie Yoder/CNA World and NCR        2 February 2022 Lahore, Pakistan — When a suicide bomber attempted to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan in 2015, a 20-year-old volunteer security guard blocked him.        “I will die but I will not let you go in,” he reportedly told the terrorist armed with explosives. The attacker then set off a bomb, immediately killing himself and the man now recognized as a candidate for canonization: Akash Bashir.        Because of his actions, the church — with more than 1,000 Catholics inside — was saved from a direct blast.        Bashir died on March 15, 2015, when suicide bombers attacked St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Church of Pakistan. Located in Lahore, the churches stand in one of the country’s largest Christian neighborhoods.        Terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) later claimed the attacks that killed 17 people and injured more than 70, Vatican News reported.        Those numbers might...

Pakistani Church gets its first ‘Servant of God’

Akash Bashir sacrificed his life while stopping a suicide bomber from entering a church in 2015 Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore Published: February 01, 2022 06:27 AM GMT▾ A poster of Akash Bashir, who stopped a suicide bomber from entering a church. (Photo supplied)   Pakistani Catholics have begun praying for the intercession of a young bombing victim who has been accepted a “Servant of God,” launching the first cause for canonization of a local Catholic. Celebrating the feast of St. John Bosco on Jan. 31, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore announced that the Vatican has accepted Akash Bashir a Servant of God, paving the way for the first saint from the Islamic republic. “A great day for the Catholic Church in Pakistan. He offered his life as a sacrifice to save the lives of the Christian community at St. John’s Catholic Church, Youhanabad, Lahore. He is the first Pakistani Christian who has been raised to the rank of the Holy People of God,” said Father Francis Gulzar, vicar general of Lahore Archdiocese, in a notification.      Donate to UCA News with a small contribution of your choice In 2015, Akash, a 20-year-old volunteer, stopped a suicide bomber from entering the church. The attacker — from...