Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

In the NC Register:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart  of Mary Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the  iconic statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of 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,” wrote Cardinal Rino Fisichella.

Cardinal Fisichella, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for  the Promotion of the New Evangelization, made his remarks in a letter to Bishop  Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima.

According to the Portuguese shrine’s website,  the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will leave for Rome on the morning of Oct. 12  and return on the afternoon of Oct. 13. The statue normally resides in the  shrine’s Little Chapel of Apparitions.

The cardinal said that “all ecclesial entities of Marian spirituality” are  invited to take part in the celebration. Hundreds of movements and institutions  that emphasize Marian devotion are expected to attend, the Shrine of Our Lady of  Fatima says.

The two-day observance includes an Oct. 12 pilgrimage to the tomb of St.  Peter and moments of prayer and meditation. On Oct. 13, Pope Francis will  celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in the village of  Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She warned of violent trials in the 20th century if  the world did not make reparation for sins. She urged prayer and devotion to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary…

On 25th March 1984, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope John Paul II performed a ‘whole world consecration’ to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.



Seven Reasons Every Pastor Should Have a Blog

The title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe every pastor should have a blog? Yes I do. I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with them the benefits of such a discipline in writing.

Understand that writing a blog can begin simple with little time pressure. The pastor can commit to write 400 words a week in one post. I do recommend that the number of posts increase to at least twice a week later, but you need to start somewhere.

I think you will be amazed how much the blog benefits the church and your ministry. Here are seven reasons why it is so important…

Read them here.



Temporary Truce On Mount Athos

The Greek Reporter:

Monks on Mt. Athos fighting an eviction order have come to a truce with authorities for the meantime, officials said, although it was reported that the order will again attempt to be executed soon although the last time deputies went to the monastery they were assaulted by the clerics.

“In the period from August 1 to 31 no court decision is allowed to be enforced,” said the article of the Code of Civil Procedure, which ensures peace until the end of the month.

However, officials said they will resort to a new tack, according to which the enforcement may be done even in “the days excluded by the law,” provided that “the magistrate of the place of the enforcement gives the relative permission”.

The tension began after the evacuation of the Holy Monastery that was ordered by a bailiff. The command was given to start projects funded by ESPA and caused the reaction of the monks of the Esphigmenou Monastery.

The Monastery’s press office issued an appeal for help, “Today we were served mandatory evacuation of our delegation building in Karyes (building B). We will not leave our haunt just because the new fraternity wants to justify European funds. We will never leave our haunt to those who were baptized with the name New Esphigmenou Monastery against the Charter of Mount Athos,” it said.