Pope Francis’ November 2019 Intention

Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East
That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

Far too many wars, political divisions, conflicts and hostilities between the diverse religious communities within the Near East have left populations scared and crippled in moral, financial and spiritual ways. This race to dominate has led to vicious murders that have little regard or respect for one’s neighbor.

Local leaders have manifested horrendous attitudes of greed and thirst for power leading to domination and autocratic decision-making, manifesting little interest in what is the best for their people and for humanity as a whole.

May enough people in the Near East be sufficiently open and committed to practice repentance or “teshuvah,” working towards a change of attitude in order to encounter “the other” who is different. This will require greater efforts to engage in healthy dialogue. Such action will remove the possibility of losing hope. We remember the words of Pope John Paul II, how we “must not abandon ourselves to despair.” We pray with Pope Francis for a spirit of openness, for compassion and respect towards those we see as different; may this lead to eventual peace between different communities and diverse religions.- http://popesprayerusa.net

Liturgical Feasts/ Anniversaries/ Observances

(Legend: Ab=Abbot  Ap=Apostle  Pp=Pope  Bp=Bishop  Ch=Children  De=Deacon  Dr=Doctor  Kg=King Ma=Married  Mt=Martyr  Pr=Priest  Qu=Queen Re=Religious Vg=Virgin Fd=Founder, Hm=Hermit)

Nov 01: ALL SAINTS

Nov 02: ALL SOULS

Nov 03: 31st SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Nov 04: CHARLES BORROMEO* (Bp)

Nov 08: Elizabeth of the Trinity

Nov 09: DEDICATION OF LATERAN BASILICA**

Nov 10: 32nd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Nov 11: MARTIN OF TOURS* (Bp)

Nov 12: JOSAPHAT* (Bp, Mt)

Nov 15: Albert the Great (Bp, Dr)

Nov 16: Margaret of Scotland/Gertrude (Vg)

Nov 16: 34th Anniversary Demise of the late Bishop Rt Rev Dtk Simon Fung

Nov 17: 33rd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Nov 22: CECILIA (Vg, Mt)

Nov 18: Dedication of Ss Peter & Paul

Nov 21: PRESENTATION OF MARY*

Nov 23: Clement I (Pp, Mt)/Columban (Ab)

Nov 24: CHRIST THE KING

Nov 24: 38th ANNIVERSARY DEDICATION OF SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL

Nov 25: Catherine of Alexandria (Vg, Mt)

Nov 30: ANDREW** (Ap)

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