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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Pope Francis to consecrate the world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

By on Thursday, 22 August 2013
Pope Francis (AP)
Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on October 13. The consecration will take place as part of a pilgrimage that will bring thousands of members of groups promoting Marian piety to the Vatican.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal announced in early August that Pope Francis requested that the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima be brought to the Vatican for the celebration.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, wrote in a letter to Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima: “The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.”
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is scheduled to travel to Rome on October 12. It will be only the 11th time since the statue was made in 1920 that it has been removed from the Portuguese Marian shrine.

Pope Francis and the pilgrims will welcome the statue to St Peter’s Square during an evening prayer service on October 12. The statue will then be taken to the Rome Shrine of Divine Love, where the Diocese of Rome plans an all-night vigil.

The statue and the pilgrims will return to St Peter’s Square on October 13 for the recitation of the rosary and Mass with Pope Francis. In a press statement, the directors of the Fatima shrine said Pope Francis will consecrate the world to Mary during the event.

The Marian pilgrimage is part of the Year of Faith celebrations that will resume in late September with an international meeting of catechists.

The International Conference on Catechesis will run from September 26-28 and will bring together leaders of national and diocesan offices for religious education. After the conference they will begin a two-day Year of Faith pilgrimage to the tomb of St Peter and they will also celebrate Mass with Pope Francis.

In another Year of Faith event, Catholic families from around the world will gather in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo and walk to St Peter’s Square for a celebration of family life with Pope Francis on October 26. The Pope will celebrate Mass with the families in St. Peter’s Square on the following day.

The Year of Faith, convoked by Benedict XVI to mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, will conclude on November 24.

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Why Catholics are Going to Hell?

Lwanga: One who preaches against Church is ignorant
Publish Date: Aug 17, 2013
Lwanga: One who preaches against Church is ignorant

The Kampala archbishop led hundreds of faithful in a holy mass at the Queen of Peace Shrine, Kiwamirembe. PHOTO/Juliet Lukwago
By Juliet Lukwago           

The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has blamed some Christians who abominate their religion after getting involved and achieving recognizable political positions.

“It is deplorable that some of our fellow Christians tend to detest and sometimes completely forget about God as their creator and their religion after achieving high political positions,” he said.

He made the remarks while leading hundreds of Christians in a holy mass at the Queen of Peace Shrine, Kiwamirembe on Thursday to mark Assumption Day – a day on which Mother Mary is assumed to have ascended into heaven.

During his homily, Lwanga went on to place fault on some people who go about places criticizing other peoples’ religions, particularly the Catholic religion, under the guise of preaching the Gospel.

However, he urged the faithful not to get discouraged by such criticisms, but instead continue praying to God and asking the Virgin Mary to intercede for them.

“When such people start confrontational and provocative utterances against the Catholic Church, you should not retaliate, but continue to pray to God to give you more courage in strengthening your faith, because anyone who preaches against the Catholic Church is ignorant."

He urged the faithful to always exercise maximum humility and take the example of the Virgin Mary, who was not from a humble background and exhibited humility and simplicity.

The prelate announced that from then on, his archdiocese would be marking Assumption Day at Kiwamirembe, also known as the hill of apparitions. Assumption Day is celebrated by Catholics across the globe on August 15 of every year.

Lwanga said Kiwamirembe has become a much sought-after meeting point for faithful wishing to hold their private prayers every day.

The site, at the top of the hill off Entebbe Road in Kajjansi, was dedicated to the Virgin Mary 25 years ago and subsequently named Kiwamirembe.

The Kampala archbishop narrated how Kiwamirembe pilgrimages started off during the liberation war of 1979.

Many people lost their lives and property and some thought that God had forgotten them, he said.

But during that period of desperation, Fr. John De Bernard, who was the parish priest of Lweza, prayed to Mother Mary, pledging to erect a shrine and dedicate it to her if peace was restored in Uganda.

And so it was after the war.
On his part, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, USA, Joseph Perry (right) hailed the wonderful work the Catholic Church is doing in Uganda.
He advised Christians to surrender their lives to God, their creator in whatever they do.

Lwanga said registration of Christians who would like to attend the canonization of the late popes John Paul II and John XXIII is underway in the chancellor’s office.

This followed the approval by Pope Francis of the canonization of the deceased pontiffs.