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St. William of Vercelli: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, June 25, 2024

William of Vercelli, Saint 1085-1142. founder, born in Vercelli Italy he was brought up as an orphan became a hermit on Monte Vergine, Italy after a pilgrimage to Compostella and attracted so many followers that a monastery was buillt. By 1119 his followers were united in the Benedictine congregation, the Hermits of Monte Vergine (Williamites) which he headed. The austerity of his rule led to dissension among his monks to restore peace he left and was taken under the protection of Roger I of ...

Pope appoints new Bishop of Hangzhou in China

On Saturday, June 22, Pope Francis appointed Giuseppe Yang Yongqiang as bishop of Hangzhou relocating him from Zhoucun in East China’s Shandong province. The appointment falls withinthe Agreement between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China. The prelate had participated in the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

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Russia's Dagestan region mourning after terrorist attacks in churches and synagogues

Russia's southern region of Dagestan begins three days of mourning after a rampage by suspected Islamic militants who killed 19 people, most of them police, and attacked churches and synagogues in coordinated assaults in two cities.

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Pope confirms Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati will be canonized 'soon'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said that Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati "will be a saint soon."

Known as "the Man of the Eight Beatitudes," he was beatified by St. John Paul II in 1990 after his sainthood cause was launched in 1932. The Polish pope had said the young blessed, who died at the age of 24 in 1925, had served as "a beneficial influence" on him during his youth in Poland and that as a student he "was impressed by the force of his Christian testimony." 

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Italian Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a struggling student who excelled in mountain climbing. He had complete faith in God and persevered through college, dedicating himself to helping the poor and supporting church social teaching. He is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS file photo)

Pope Francis recalled the Italian blessed's example during a meeting June 24 at the Vatican with volunteers of the Circolo San Pietro, an organization founded in 1869 to support papal charities in Rome.

He told the group how beautiful it was for older generations to hand down their faith through concrete charitable action.

"Think of how much richness of lived faith, of concrete charity, of love for the poor that can be passed down by an elder person's example. And think of how much energy, how much creativity, how much impetus a young person can give," he said.

"I am reminded of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati -- soon to be a saint -- who went to the homes of the poor in Turin to bring help," the pope said.

Even though he was from "a well-to-do, upper middle-class family," he did not grow up sheltered and protected from the real world and he did not "lose himself living the high life because the vitality of the Holy Spirit was in him, there was love for Jesus and for his brothers and sisters," Pope Francis said.

While the pope did not offer a date or any other details about the expected canonization, he reinforced recent remarks by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints.

The cardinal spoke at the 18th national assembly of the Italian Catholic Action in Sacrofano, 16 miles north of Rome, April 26. Blessed Frassati was active in Catholic Action and the Popular Party, which promoted the church's social teaching. He once said, "Charity is not enough; we need social reform."

"I would like to tell you that the canonization of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is now clear on the horizon and looks to be (possible) for the next jubilee year," said the cardinal, who was interrupted by a long applause, according to Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference.

The cardinal said the blessed was a "marvelous model of Christian life," and he quoted St. John Paul who saw him as a young man "immersed in the mystery of God and dedicated to the constant service of his neighbor."

The young man defended the faith through his generous charity to the marginalized, the cardinal said. Blessed Frassati joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the age of 19 to help those in need and at 21 he joined the Third Order Dominicans, a lay order.

Israeli forces to deploy to Lebanon border as Gaza operation slows

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the intense phase of fighting Hamas in Gaza is drawing to a close.

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St. John the Baptist: Saint of the Day for Monday, June 24, 2024

John the Baptist was a contemporary of Christ who was known for evangelization and his baptizing of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was born through the intercession of God to Zachariah and Elizabeth, who was otherwise too old to bear children. According to scriptures, the Angel Gabriel visited Elizabeth and Zachariah to tell them they would have a son and that they should name him John. Zachariah was skeptical and for this he was rendered mute until the time his son was born and named John, in ...

Pope Francis donates third ambulance to Ukrainian hospital

Pope Francis sends Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Charity, to Ukraine for the eighth time, to deliver a third ambulance and medicine to help the suffering population.

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Cardinal Czerny: Seafarers face ‘injustice, exploitation, and inequality'

In a message for Sea Sunday, Cardinal Michael Czerny writes that seafarers experience the “boundless beauty” of the seas, as well as their “physical, spiritual, and social darkness”.

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Archbishop Gänswein appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Baltic States

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Georg Gänswein as Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

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Pope praises St Peter's Circle for 155 years of selfless service

Ahead of the Jubilee of Hope, Pope Francis applauds St. Peter's Circle for their work to the Church and invites them to intensify their efforts by passing down their heritage and cultivating love and charity.

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