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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, 3 June 2015

Three years old boy terminal ill dreams to be a priest and to "celebrate Mass"

Barretos - Sao Paulo, Brazil (Monday, 06/01/2015, from:  Gaudium Press) 

Every child has his own dreams. Some prefer to be superheroes to fight evil forces; others wish to choose a profession, such as being a doctor, engineer or architect. But Rafael has a different dream, quite unusual at his age: to become a priest.
Rafael Freitas, who is only three years old, suffers from cancer for the last 10 months at the Barretos Cancer Hospital, in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and he likes to attend Mass every day in the hospital's chapel.
He has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, meaning that he has a malignant tumor that develops in the nerve tissue of the adrenal glands.

Nevertheless, Rafael knows that, like a superhero, he needs to fight against evil. In his room he has a sort of an altar where he enacts the "moment of communion" dressed with a garment similar as the one the priest uses for Mass. He dreams of being a priest and one day, who knows, to celebrate Mass in the Sistine Chapel.
Rafael's mother, Patriana Silva Freitas, said that already when he was two years old his entertainment was to "celebrate Mass" at home. "His father and I we are ministers of the Eucharist. He always came with us to Mass and he paid attention in everything remembering by heart what the priest would say" she said.
At the hospital he met Father Sergio, the priest who celebrates Mass at the hospital's chapel. Fr. Sergio offered him a robe, and some other objects that are used for Mass, making Rafael very happy.
"He is a miracle. He fights for his life. We gave him the name of Rafael, in reference to the angel of healing. He is a gift from God and God willing he will recover and give us much joy" the mother said. (LMI)
From the Editor's Desk at Gaudium Press with information from the Barretos Cancer Hospital

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