VATICAN CITY - 26 April 2016, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate decrees regarding:
VATICAN CITY - At 10:00 a.m., in the Concistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis held an ordinary public consistory during the celebration of midmorning prayers for the canonization of Blesseds:
During September, as in all of Ordinary Time (formerly known as Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy does not focus on one particular mystery of Christ, but views the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the Gospels, and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for us to be a follower of Christ. During Ordinary Time we can concentrate more on the saints and imitate their holiness as Christ's followers.
Carmelite Father Romano Gambalunga, is the new Postulator leading the Cause of Beatification of Sister Lúcia.
He was born in Trento in 1970. He made his Solemn Profession as a Discalced Carmelite in 1996 and was ordained a priest in 1997.
He graduated in Spiritual Theology at the Institute of Spirituality at the Faculty of Theology Teresianum in Rome, and in Philosophy and Spirituality at the Pontificio Ateneu S. Anselmo in Rome, where he also earned a doctorate in the History of Theology.
He was appointed Postulator General of the Order of Discalced Carmelites on June 6, 2012, succeeding the previous Postulator P. Iidefonso Moriones.
In July 2013, he moved to Portugal, and took charge of the Diocesan phase of the Process, to deepen his knowledge about the development of the Cause of Beatification of Sister Lúcia and visit the places where she lived, Fátima and Coimbra.
It was concluded that the work of the Cause of this Servant of God is very large, given to her long life, her many writings and with the many issues that she was involved and related to. In his opinion, the Process is to be developed in the best possible way, since a large part of the work has been done which is necessary for the completion of this diocesan phase. He expressed the desire that soon, the Cause could reach Rome, there, to give a continuation to its development.
P. Romano also took knowledge of two cases that may be considered miracles, that will be analyzed and studied in Rome, by competent experts.
August 9, 2013. (Romereports.com) The church of San Francesco a Ripa is the first parish in Rome dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. It was built in 1231, at the same place where the saint himself stayed, during his trip to Rome.
__Maria Goretti's heroic story of love and forgiveness would not be complete without one of its first miraculous fruits: the conversion of Alessandro Serenelli, Maria's murderer.
Immediately after his brutal assault on young Maria Goretti, Alessandro was imprisoned temporarily in Nettuno and then transferred to Regina Coeli prison in Rometo stand trial. After vehemently denying his guilt, he finally broke down in the face of overwhelming testimony. Since he was a minor, he was sentenced to only thirty years hard labor.A priest came to see him soon afterward, and he turned on the cleric in rage, howling like a maniac and lunging at him.In the days which followed, Alessandro lost his appetite and grew nervous. After six years of prison, he was near the brink of despair. Then one night, Maria appeared to him in his cell. She smiled at Alessandro and was surrounded by lilies, the flower symbolic of purity.From that moment, peace invaded Alessandro's heart, and he began to live a constructive life.After serving his sentence, Alessandro took up residence at a Capuchin monastery, working in the garden as a tertiary. He asked pardon of Maria's mother and accompanied her to Christmas Mass in the parish church where he spoke before the hushed congregation, acknowledging his sin and asking God's forgiveness and the pardon of the community.Forty years later, on June 24, 1950, Maria was canonized at St. Peter's basilica in Rome, with Alessandro's heart now firmly converted to the Lord. A miraculous fruit of Maria's life, indeed!
Alessandro Serenelli died on May 6th, 1970 in the Capuchin convent of Macerata. He left the following testimony, dated May 5, 1961, as his spiritual legacy:
_"I'm nearly 80 years old. I'm about to depart. "Looking back at my past, I can see that in my early youth, I chose a bad path which led me to ruin myself.
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As we end this month, we would like to thank Most especially The Almighty God for the success of our activities once again this month. We Hope that Our Lord will continue to guide all our activities and bless all our efforts for the Greater glory of his Name. Also, we would like to thank all those who donated financial assistance for our on-going mission. It will really help us for our block rosaries in different poor Barangays and help us prepare for our grand exposition of relics on October. Let's once again remember the events that Happened recently namely: The Block Rosary at Brgy. Baybay, The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Y.E.P. Batch 9 Prayer Meeting. For more photos please visit our official Facebook fanpage http://www.facebook.com/ajpmclm
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
The relics of the body of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will be permanently exhibited for veneration beginning on June 1.
The prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, will preside at the celebration of the Eucharist to begin the exhibition, which will take place on 11 a.m. on June 1, at the church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. All those who work with him in the dicastery will join him in pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo to venerate the remains of the saint. Concelebrating with the Cardinal will be Very Rev. Michele Castoro, Archbishop of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, Very Rev. Marcello Bartolucci, Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and many priests, both Capuchins and diocesan.
The body of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will remain in the same place, namely in the center of the lower church dedicated to the saint, in a glass reliquary.
This decision was made after many phone calls, emails, letters, and the continuous requests of the pilgrims who come to San Giovanni Rotonodo, in which they express the desire to be able to pray once again before the relics of the revered Capuchin.
The friars and the Archbishop have seen fit to carry out this initiative precisely in this Year of Faith, certain that it will renew the spiritual benefits that came from the last exhibition (April 24, 2008 - September 24, 2009), and, in particular, to awaken faith in the hearts of the many pilgrims, a virtue of which Padre Pio was and continues to be an exemplary witness in his writings, with his spirituality, and, above all, with the constancy of his life.
Press office of the Friars Minor Capuchin of the Province of ‘Sant'Angelo e Padre Pio' (Foggia, Italy)
As we end this month, we would like to thank Most especially The Almighty God for the success of our activities once again this month. We Hope that Our Lord will continue to guide all our activities and bless all our efforts for the Greater glory of his Name. Also, we would like to thank the Family Rosary Crusade for donating some of their rosaries to us for our on-going mission. It will really help us for our block rosaries in different poor Barangays. Let's once again remember the events that Happened recently namely: The May Crowning with Catechesis, Veneration of the Relic of 5 Passionist Saints, St. Arcangelo Tadini and St. Rita of Cascia, and the Block Rosary at Brgy. Baybay. For more photos please visit our official Facebook fanpage http://www.facebook.com/ajpmclm
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
NOVENA PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
AND IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
O Heart of Jesus pierced for our sins and giving us your Mother on Calvary! O Heart of Mary pierced by sorrow and sharing in the sufferings of your divine Son for our redemption! O sacred union of these Two Hearts! Praised be the God of Love who united them together!
May we unite our hearts and every heart so that all hearts may live in unity in imitation of that sacred unity which exists in these Two Hearts. Triumph, O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary! Reign, O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! – in our hearts, in our homes and families, in the hearts of those who as yet do not know you, and in all nations of the world. Establish in the hearts of all mankind the sovereign triumph and reign of your Two Hearts so that the earth may resound from pole to pole with one cry: Blessed forever be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary!
Obtain for me a greater purity of heart and a fervent love of the spiritual life. May all my actions be done for the greater glory of God in unions with the divine heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Hear and answer our prayers and intentions (mention your petition) according to your most merciful will. Amen.