Daily Archives:February 12th, 2018

Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

VATICAN CITY – After delivering his weekly Sunday catechesis and praying the Angelus with the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square on 11 Feb 2018, Pope Francis declared “Registration opens today for World Youth Day, which will take place in Panama in January 2019. Right now, along with two young people, I too will register on the internet.”

Then with the help of two people on either side, Pope Francis registered himself. “There.” He said, “I am now enrolled as a pilgrim to World Youth Day. I invite all young people around the world to live this event of grace and fraternity with faith and enthusiasm, either by going to Panama or by participating in their communities,” the Pope said.

World Youth Day will take place in Panama from 22-27 January 2019. Pilgrims can now register online here, just like the Pope did!

Pope Francis then sent cordial greetings to the “millions of men and women who will celebrate the Lunar New Year” on 15 February. He hopes that they “will live ever more in solidarity, fraternity, desiring to do good, to help create a society in which every person is welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated.” And he invited them to pray for peace.

The Pope then greeted families, parishes, and groups from Italy, Spain, and Portugal. He greeted in a particular way the Congolese community from Rome present in the Square. “I join in its prayer for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” he said, and reminded everyone that “this intention will be particularly present on the Day of Prayer and Fasting that I have called for February 23.”

After greeting newly confirmed young people from Italy, the Pope concluded addressing the sick. Invoking Our Lady Help of the Sick he prayed that they might “find comfort in body and spirit, thanks to adequate health care and the fraternal charity that knows how to give concrete and supportive attention to those in need.” – Bernadette Mary Reis fsp, Vatican News

Two to be ordained deacons in March

L-R: Deacons-to-be Russell Lawrine and Gilbert Marcus pose for the camera after a meeting on their forthcoming  diaconal ordinations, 11 Feb 2018, Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.

KOTA KINABALU – Archbishop John Wong has accepted two seminarians to be ordained deacons on 11 March 2018 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing at 5 pm.

Russell Lawrine, 31, hails from Tenghilan.  After working for a couple of years, he entered the English Year programme (aspirancy) at the Catholic Diocesan Centre Penampang in 2008, Initiation Year Kota Kinabalu in 2011, and went on to finish his philosophical and theological studies at St Peter’s College Kuching from 2012-2017.  Currently, he is having his pastoral ministry at the cathedral.

His companion, Gilbert Marcus, 36, is the younger brother of Fr Florian.  He hails from Inobong Parish and has worked for about eight years before entering the English Year in 2010.  He was accepted into Initiation Year in 2011 along with Lawrine and some others.  He also finished his formative studies in Kuching in 2017.  He is now serving in St Michael Penampang.

Cathedral parish celebrates Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on World Day of the Sick

Abp Wong and his assistants anoint those who are sick in the pews in conjunction with World Day of the Sick, Sacred Heart Cathedral Karamunsing, 11 Feb 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral parish here observed World Day of the Sick by celebrating the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on Sunday afternoon, 11 Feb 2018.

Over 200 parishioners turned up for the celebration presided by Archbishop John Wong.

In his homily Abp Wong touched on the message of Pope Francis on the role of Mary as Mother and refuge of those who are sick.  He also touched on the gospel of the day – the healing of the leper out of compassion by Jesus.

Then the prelate, together with his three assistants, went among those who are sick, aged (above 70 years), terminally ill, or preparing for any major operation and anointed them on the forehead and hands.

The rite ended with a blessing-prayer (sprinkling of holy water) on those who have minor complaints or ailments.

Meanwhile, in his Angelus address at the Vatican, Pope Francis shared his reflection on the gospel.

That Jesus touches the leper is “the most disturbing fact,”  Pope Francis said. “Touching a leper meant you were infected, interiorly as well as spiritually.”

Pope Francis then made an important observation: “In this case the impurity does not flow from the leper to Jesus to transmit the disease, but from Jesus to the leper to purify him.”

Jesus’ compassion and audacity are admirable because he is consumed with “the desire to free that man from the curse that oppresses him.” In our case, it is “sin that makes us unclean.” So the Pope asked the crowd to pause and to beg the Lord for the gift of being cleansed from “the diseases of the heart from which we need to be cleansed, turning to Jesus like the leper did: ‘If you want to, you can cleanse me!’ ”

February 11 was the 26th World Day of the Sick, a commemoration instituted by St John Paul II. The World Day of the Sick takes place each year on the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The title of Pope Francis’s message for the day is “Mater Ecclesiae [Mother of the Church]: ‘Behold, your son… Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.’“ (Jn 19:26-27)

In his letter instituting the commemoration, St John Paul wrote that the day should be “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church and of reminding everyone to see in his sick brother or sister the face of Christ who, by suffering, dying, and rising, achieved the salvation of mankind.” – kksoccom/vatican news/cwn

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