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,...

Pope: May we all join in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Vatican News

During the Angelus Pope Francis recalls this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from 18 to 25 January and invites everyone to offer up their struggles and suffering in favor of Christian unity. By Vatican News staff writer Pope Francis has invited everyone to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from 18 to 25 January, which this year focuses on a theme relating the experience of the Magi, who came from the East to Bethlehem to worship the Messiah King: “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him.”  Pope to close Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with vespers The Pope said that in a similar way, Christians of diverse backgrounds and traditions “are pilgrims on our way to full unity” who come closer to our goal when keeping our gaze fixed on Jesus. The Pope encouraged us to pray for Christian unity and also offer up our struggles and suffering. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has published resource materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity available to all.  Source: Pope: May we all join in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Vatican...

Fr. Arthur J. Lenti, SDB (1923-2022) – RIP

Salesian Congregation Has Lost a Giant by Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB             Fr. Arthur J. Lenti, SDB, passed from earthly life into eternity early on the morning of January 6. A member of the Salesian community of Bellflower, Calif., he had been hospitalized in nearby Downey.  Fr. Lenti, affectionately known to his confreres as Arthur or Art, died 25 days short of his 99th birthday. He had been a professed Salesian for 81 years and a priest for 71 years.             Arthur was born at Bassignana in the Alessandria province of Piedmont on Jan. 31, 1923.  His parents were Pietro and Maria.  He attended high school in Penango, Italy.             Arthur entered the Salesian novitiate at Colle Don Bosco, the birthplace of our founder, in 1939 and almost immediately was sent to the U.S.  He entered St. Joseph’s Novitiate in Newton, N.J., on August 15, 1939, and made his first profession there on Sept. 14, 1940.  He spent the rest of his Salesian life as a member of the San Francisco Province.             Since it was the practice at the time that the novices took some college courses, Bro. Arthur graduated from Don Bosco College in June 1943 with...

Ethiopia: Salesian missionaries arrested in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian soldiers  CHURCH ETHIOPIA WAR UN RELIGIOUS Amid a recently declared state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have begun a crackdown on people that the government says are “supporters” of the rebellious Tigrayan forces. The arrests have included Salesian missionaries, as well as 72 humanitarian aid truck drivers and 16 other UN humanitarian staffers. By Vatican News staff writer Government forces in Ethiopia raided a centre run by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Addis Ababa and arrested 17 people, including priests, religious brothers, and employees, amid a general climate of uncertainty and tension in the country brought about by the year-long war between the government and Tigrayan forces. Reports say that the raid was carried out on 5 November on a centre in Gottera, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, and the 17 people who were arrested were taken to an unknown destination. The motive for their arrest remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Salesians, who have worked in Ethiopia since 1975, are continuing to pray for peace and unity in the country, and for the safe return of their arrested brothers. Tense situation The war in Ethiopia has not spared civilians, as thousands have died and millions have been displaced, forced...

Pope to conclude Marathon of Prayer with Rosary in Vatican Gardens – Vatican News

Pope Francis will lead the faithful in the prayer of the Rosary on Monday, 31 May, at the conclusion of the month-long Marathon of Prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. By Christopher Wells Pope Francis will lead the faithful in praying the Rosary on the last day of May, concluding a month-long Marathon of Prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of social and work-related activities throughout the world. Mary, Untier of Knots For the final night of prayer, Pope Francis asked that an image of Our Lady Untier of Knots be set up in the Vatican Gardens, which will serve as an open-air shrine for the occasion. The Holy Father has always had a strong devotion toward the image, which comes originally from Augsburg, Germany. The 18th century painting shows the Blessed Virgin Mary untying knots in a white ribbon held by two angels, surrounded by biblical scenes expressive of hope, mercy, and victory over evil. The current Bishop of Augsburg, Bertram Johannes Meier, is bringing a copy of the original image to Rome for next Monday’s event, which will then be given to Pope Francis. Bishop Meier will lead a Solemn Procession...