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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 »

Bishop Joseph Sun Yuan Mo

(1920 - 2006)

Bishop Joseph Sun Yuan Mo was 85-year old bishop of the Chinese diocese of Linfen. He was born on Nov. 7, 1920, in Zhuangyuan, Hongdong district, 585 kilometers (360 miles) southwest of Beijing.


He entered the diocesan minor seminary at 15 and then studied philosophy and theology at the major seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1948.


After a few years of teaching at Fu Jen Catholic University in Beijing, he was sent to minister in the southern province of Guanxi.


"During the difficult period of the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976, he returned to the town where he was born," recalled Fides. "He was eventually arrested there and condemned to 13 years of forced labor for 'reeducation.'"


Years later, after his release, he resumed his ministry. Consecrated bishop, he was in charge of the pastoral care of the diocese, first as auxiliary and, since 1991, as ordinary. The diocese has 36 priests, 60 nuns and 30,000 Catholics.

He had been seriously ill for years. He death on February 23 was confirmed by the Fides Agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Numerous faithful attended an afternoon mass every day for six days after the prelate's death.

For more information about Catholic Priests and the Cultural Revolution in China, please visit Cardinal Kung Foundation

 

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February 31
FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES

On this day we also remember and offer prayers for those who are sick and suffering. Read More »

February 17
SEVEN FOUNDERS OF THE ORDERS OF SERVITES

Seven members of Florentine Confraternity founded the Order of Servites of the blessed Virgin Mary. Read More »

February 21
PETER DAMIAN

Bishop and Doctor of the Church. "Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which. Read More »

February 22
CHAIR OF ST. PETER

Since early times, the Roman Church has had a special commemoration of the primatial authority of St. Peter. Read More »

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