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Global hour of power – shout it from the rooftops!

In a world first, Pope Francis is inviting everyone around the globe to participate in an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. This is to take place on 2nd June at 5pm-6pm (Vatican local time.)

Sydney-siders… this means an early morning that hopefully comes with Divine protection against “Monday-itis!” This will be Monday at 1.00am, EST.

Here are the times for a few other places around the world:

Houston, TX USA:                 Sunday 10.00am
Los Angeles, CA USA:           Sunday 8.00am
London, UK:                           Sunday 4.00pm
Seoul, South Korea:              Monday 12.00am (Yep, Sunday Midnight)
Mumbai, India:                      Sunday 8.30pm
Jerusalem, Israel:                  Sunday, 6.00pm

What wonderful leadership this initiative represents! Blessed be God for the gift of Pope Francis, who truly is leading his flock to the Lord. Let us follow – let us all participate in this holy hour if at all possible. What a wonderful thing to be a part of, the very first time in human history where there has been a global coordinated effort to ensure that someone in every place on earth is praising God ALL AT THE ONE TIME!

The holy Father’s intentions are:

1. “For the Church spread throughout the world and united today in the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity. May the Lord make her ever more obedient to hearing his Word in order to stand before the world ‘ever more beautiful, without stain or blemish, but holy and blameless.’ That through her faithful announcement, the Word that saves may still resonate as the bearer of mercy and may increase love to give full meaning to pain and suffering, giving
back joy and serenity.”

2. “For those around the world who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running, and slave labour. For the children and women who are suffering from every type of violence. May their silent scream for help be heard by a vigilant Church so that, gazing upon the crucified Christ, she may not forget the many brothers and sisters who are left at the mercy of violence.
Also, for all those who find themselves in economically precarious situations,
above all for the unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners,
and those who experience marginalization. That the Church’s prayer and its
active nearness give them comfort and assistance in hope and strength and
courage in defending human dignity.”

Thankyou to the Vatican Radio website for reporting this exciting event!
Update: Vatican News Service have released a booklet for this event – click here to download

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Aussie representation at Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass

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Credit: Marta Jiménez Ibáñez/Catholic News Agency

Among the 200,000 pilgrims that attended the Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on the Feast of St. Joseph were a small group of Australians who attended as representatives of the young adult community. One of them was my brother, a recent law graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. lawGrad had the distinguished privilege of carrying the Australian flag at the Mass, and it turns out that this flag was the biggest flag from any nation to appear in St. Peter’s Square that day! This was not a deliberate thing, but it turned out to be a fortunate thing for me, for it obviously attracted a great deal of media attention and as such I was able to watch my brother on news broadcasts even though he was half a world away!

Australian Catholics had more representation at the Mass than was perhaps widely known. The Deacon who retrieved the Fisherman’s ring from the tomb of St. Peter and presented it to the Holy Father is a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Sydney. In fine voice, the Deacon also sang the liturgical instructions and the general intercessions. Striking in his humility, the Deacon later insisted on social media that the highlight of the Mass was receiving the Eucharist from the hands of the Vicar of Christ.

Proud to be Aussie, proud to be Catholic… yet humble in Christ. This is the picture that our Australian representatives in Rome have painted.

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Demonstrates comparative size of the Australian flag with those others surrounding it. Credit: ABC News 24

 

A similarly strong sense of identity, side by side with humility, shines forth from the Holy Father’s papal motto, “Lowly, yet chosen.” Building upon this theme in the homily of his Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis called upon those who hold positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life to exercise an authentic leadership that is tempered with the humility, the goodness and the tenderness so crucial to the vocation of ‘Protector’ as exemplified by St. Joseph.

The words of Pope Francis should give great hope to Catholics in Australia. We are not wrong in looking to our bishops and priests to be protectors. Further, we are called to join them in protecting the elderly, children and the weak in our community, along with the environment in which we live.


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vatican web has a new look…

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The site has changed several times now, to reflect the transition from Pope Benedict to Sede Vacante and now to Pope Francis. For anyone interested in a tiny tidbit of history, you can see what it used to look like here.


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black smoke, white smoke… holy smoke!

Vatican news is reporting that there will be two smoke signals on each day of the conclave until a new Pontiff is elected. These are scheduled for around noon and 7pm Rome time. That means That in my little corner of the Earth, TV sets or laptops should be checked at 10pm AEDT and 5am AEDT each day, if there is to be any chance of seeing the announcement live.

10pm? Easy.

5am? I haven’t risen at that hour since I left the Motherhouse! A little help may be required here… Enter: Aussie Pope Alarm! Some genius employed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has built a system that sends a text message straight to your mobile phone if the white smoke appears. Thank you, ACBC!

Of course, the times above assume that both ballots in each morning and each afternoon session are allowed to proceed owing to the first of the two in each session being unsuccessful. If a successful election occurs on a FIRST ballot, the signals will appear at either 8.30pm AEDT or 3.30am AEDT.

So for now? It’s time to watch and pray…