Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, opened the “Misericordiae Vultus” Conference with a reflection on the words of Pope Francis in his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, No. 14.
By Sr. Ana María Lapeña, SHM
Cuapa is a town with a population of 5,000 situated in a small valley in the Municipality of Juigalpa, in Chontales, Nicaragua. Its people are very simple folk, small cattle ranchers who live a rustic lifestyle and raise cattle for family consumption.
This peaceful corner of Nicaragua is where Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, began to manifest herself to one of the local farmers, who received a message from the Queen of Heaven in 1980. Two years later, the Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Managua authorized the publication of the Report on the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Cuapa.
His name was Bernardo and he was the sacristan of the town. From his childhood he had helped clean the chapel, wash the altar linens, ring the bells for the recitation of the Rosary in the evening... All this he did with sincere desire to serve God, in spite of those who made him a laughingstock.
By Fr. Rafael Alonso Reymundo
A Lay Member of the Home in Holland wrote us, saying,“This evening we had a silent procession. First, we had Mass with Cardinal Eijk and all the bishops. This procession takes on special significance in Amsterdam, as it is a city of so many sins. And yet, the Lord shows us His great Love in the Eucharist.
From 1981 to 1989, Our Lady came once more to visit her children, this time on the continent of Africa. She appeared in the small town of Kibeho, in the Diocese of Gikongoro (Rwanda), as the “Mother of the Word, Our Lady of Sorrows.” She came to call her children to conversion and repentance – “Repent, repent!”.
By Sr. Emma Haynes, SHM
...that same Spirit that prays in us and makes us exclaim “Abba, Father,” what is to keep Him from leading us to call the Mother that Christ gave us from the cross, “Mommy”?
By Fr. Félix López, S.H.M.
Every day of the year Catholics confess the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the beginning of Mass: “Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, beatæ Mariæ semper Virgini “ ...
By Sr. Elena Braghin, S.H.M.
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