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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

VATICAN WATCHER GAUGES POPE'S FIRST YEAR

Andrea Tornielli, a Vatican-watcher for the newspaper II Giomale and author of “Benedict XVI, Custodian of Faith” gauged Pope Benedict XVI’s first pontifical year during an interview with the Zenit.


Tomielli pointed out Pope Benedict’s difference with that of late Pope John Paul II. On the objective differences due to age formation, Tomielle recounted that Pope Benedict was a theologian who had lived in the Curia for 23 years and got elected at the ages of 78. Meanwhile, Pope John Paul was a philosopher who came from a diocese and got elected at 58.


Pope Benedict’s difference that most impressed the Vatican watcher is the Pope’s attempt to make Christ’s light shines not the Pope’s light. The Pope said this before imparting the blessing “urbi et urbi” (to the city of Rome and the world) in the Sistene Chapel a day after his election.


The Pope reduces public appearances and no longer presided at beatification. Most of all, he introduced the Eucharistic Adoration at the end of important celebrations such as the World Youth Day.

Tomeilli added that the Pope Benedict XVI is more with words and he is more restrained compared to Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict seems also to look more toward Europe and the risk that it might lose its identity while Pope John Paul II was more projected in global dimensions.


But on the doctrinal point of view, the Vatican watcher said that there is absolute continuity.

Regarding Benedict XVI’x essential pontificate lines, Tomielli believes that it’s the proclamation of the Christian faith as an event of salvation and not as series of dogmas, moral norms, prohibitions and rites. Pope Benedict spoke continually of joy in the previous year’s Cologne.

For Pope Benedict, Christianity is an encounter with beauty. With this there is the possibility of a more authentic, more beautiful, more exciting life as Christians find fuller life.


When asked to asses the encyclical “Deus Caritas Est”, Tomielle stated that it has an exceptional beginning. Many of those who wished to “recruit” Pope Benedict were expecting a programmatic encyclical against relativism or in favor of Christian identity. These people wanted to make the Pope as a symbol of political projects oriented to reaffiming Europe’s identity and erect walls against Islam. However, Pope Benedict astonished everyone by speaking of the love of God.


Meanwhile, on the change of Curia’s governance, Tomielle stressed that the Pope will continue to streamline free energies that are not used well and above all make a “lighter” and more functional Roman Curia.


Pope has said and written on several occasions that the Roman Curia has become too large and is too bureaucratized. He doesn’t want to write many documents because he believe that his tasks is to assimilate his predecessor’s magisterium. In fact, he did not publish the “Letter to Priests on the Occasion of Holy Thursday” this year. Instead, he began to restructure the Curia by uniting the two pontifical councils.


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AUGUST 1
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

St. Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy, in 1732. Read More »

AUGUST 2
ST. EUSEBIUS

St. Eusebius was born on the island of Sardinia, Italy, around 283. Read More »

AUGUST 3
ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

St. Peter Julian Eymard was born in a small town in the diocese of Grenoble, France in 1786. Read More »

AUGUST 4
BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE

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AUGUST 5
DEDICATION OF ST. MARY MAJOR

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AUGUST 6
THE TRANSFIGURATION

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AUGUST 7
ST. CAJETAN

St. Cajetan was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1480, the son of a count. Read More »

AUGUST 8
ST. DOMINIC

St. Dominic was born in Castile, Spain, in 1170. Read More »

AUGUST 9
BLESSED JOHN OF RIETI

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AUGUST 10
ST. LAWRENCE

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AUGUST 11
ST. CLARE

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AUGUST 14
ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

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AUGUST 15
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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AUGUST 16
ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY

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AUGUST 17
BLESSED JOAN DELANOUE

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AUGUST 18
ST. JANE FRANCES DE CHANTAL

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AUGUST 19
ST. JOHN EUDES

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AUGUST 20
ST. BERNARD

St. Bernard was born in 1090 in Dijon, France.Read More »

AUGUST 21
ST. PIUS X

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AUGUST 23
ST. ROSE OF LIMA

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AUGUST 24
ST. BARTHOLOMEW

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AUGUST 25
ST. LOUIS OF FRANCE

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AUGUST 25
ST. JOSEPH CALASANZ

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AUGUST 26
ST. ELIZABETH BICHIER

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AUGUST 27
ST. MONICA

St. Monica, the famous mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332 in Tagaste, northern Africa. Read More »

AUGUST 28
ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine was born in Tagaste in modern Algeria on November 13, 354. This famous son of St. Monica spent many years in wicked living and in..Read More »

AUGUST 29
BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

St. John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus. His mother was St. Elizabeth and his father was Zechariah. Read More »

AUGUST 30
ST. PAMMACHIUS

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AUGUST 31
ST. AIDAN

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