Totus Tuus - To Jesus through Mary.

To impel the beauty of the new evangelization – this is the charism of the Heralds of the Gospel; Its founder, Monsignor João Dias explains."The Heralds of the Gospel is a private association of faithful with a very special charism based essentially on three points: the Eucharist, Mary and the Pope."

The Heralds of the Gospel are an International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right, the first to be established by the Holy See in the third millennium, during a ceremony which occurred during the feast of the Chair of St. Peter (February 22) in 2001.

The Heralds of the Gospel strive to be instruments of holiness in the Church by encouraging close unity between faith and life, and working to evangelize particularly through art and culture. Their apostolate, which differs depending upon the environments in which they work, gives pride of place to parish animation, evangelizing families, providing catechetical and cultural formation to young people, and disseminating religious Iiterature.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

St Pio of Pietrelcina

"I only want to be a poor Friar who prays."

Today we celebrate the feastday of Padre Pio. He was born in 1887 in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina. He joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of sixteen and was ordained a Priest seven years later. For fifty years at the monastry of San Giovanni Rotundo, he was a much sought after as a spiritual advisor and confessor, whose life was devoted to the Eucharist and prayer.
In 1918 he became the first Priest to receive the stigmata. In 1956 he founded the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital that serves 60,000 people a year.
In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio on June 16, 2002. The Holy Father stressed Padre Pio's witness to the power of suffering. If accepted with love, the Holy Father stressed, such suffering can lead to "a privileged path of sanctity."

St. Pio, pray for us!

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