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More than 100 dignitaries have signed the Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family. Every pro-family person should sign this appeal before the upcoming Synod in Rome.

King Kigeli V signing the Appeal to Pope Francis

 

 

  • Kigeli V, exiled King of Rwanda
  • Dr. Alejandro Ordóñez Maldonado, Attorney General of the Republic of Colombia
  • Wolfgang Waldstein, Professor emeritus of the University of Salzburg, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Germany)
  • The Most Rev. Wolfgang Haas, Archbishop of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
  • Joseph M. Scheidler and his wife, Founder and National Director of the Pro-Life Action League of Chicago (USA)
  • The Most Rev. Aldo di Cillo Pagotto, SSR, Archbishop of Paraíba (Brazil)
  • H.R.H. Prince Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza, Head of the Royal House of Portugal
  • Dr. Adolpho Lindenberg, Co-founder of the Brazilian Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family, and Property; President of the Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Laise, OFM Cap., Bishop emeritus of San Luis (Argentina)
  • Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator (USA)
  • Josef Seifert, philosopher, former President of the International Academy of Philosophy, member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (Germany)
  • H.I.R.H. Prince Dom Luiz of Orleans-Braganza, Head of the Imperial House of Brazil
  • His Eminence Jorge Arturo Cardinal Medina Estévez (Chile)
  • Roberto de Mattei, Professor at the European University of Rome, president of the Lepanto Foundation (Italy)
  • H.H. Duke Paul of Oldenburg and his wife H.H. Duchess Pilar of Oldenburg (Germany)
  • His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke (Vatican)
  • Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-KS)
  • Mrs. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List (USA)
  • His Eminence Janis Cardinal Pujats, Archbishop Emeritus of Riga (Latvia)
  • H.I.R.H. Prince Dom Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza (Brazil)
  • Carlo Casini, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Movement for Life (Italy)
  • H.R.H. Duchess Marie-Cécile of Oldenburg (Germany)
  • Austin Ruse, K.M., President of the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
  • H.S.H. Alois Konstantin Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and his wife H.R.H. Anastasia Victoria Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (Germany)
  • João Filipe Osório de Meneses Pitta, Conde de Proença a Velha and his wife Maria Isabel José de Mello Osório, Condessa de Proença a Velha (Portugal)
  • John-Henry Westen, Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com, Co-founder of Voice of the Family (Canada)
  • Dr. Caio Xavier da Silveira, Co-founder of the Brazilian Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP), President of the Fédération Pro Europa Christiana (France)
  • Anna Zaborska, Member of the European Parliament and her husband Wladimir Zaborski (Slovakia)
  • John Smeaton, Director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Children (SPUC), Co-founder of Voice of the Family (UK)
  • General Carlos Alfonso Tafur Ganoza, Former Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian army (Peru)
  • Admiral Oscar Jahnsen Raygada, Former Commander-in-Chief of the Peruvian Navy (Peru)
  • Ryszard Legutko, Member of the European Parliament, Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
  • Ambassador Armando Valladares and his wife. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (USA)
  • Victor Khroul, Associate Professor, Moscow State University; Visiting Professor of Robert Morris University, USA (Russia)
  • The Most Rev. Milton Kenan Junior, Bishop of Barretos (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. René Coba Galarza, Bishop of the Military Services (Ecuador)
  • The Most Rev. Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana (Kazakhstan)
  • Prof. Dr. Massimo de Leonardis, Professor of History of International Relations and Director of the Department of Political Sciences at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart -Milan (Italy)
  • Principe e Principessa Ferdinando Massimo (Italy)
  • Principe e Principessa Carlo Massimo (Italy)
  • The Most Rev. R.G.L.M. Mutsaerts, Auxiliary Bishop of ’s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)
  • Prince Armand de Merode (Belgium)
  • M.se Luigi Coda Nunziante, President of Associazione Famiglia Domani, and his wife Marchesa Gabriella Coda Nunziante Spalletti Trivelli (Italy)
  • The Most Rev. Alano Maria Pena OP, Archbishop Emeritus of Niterói (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. Victor Galeone, Bishop Emeritus of Saint Augustine (USA)
  • Bernard Antony, President of Chrétienté-Solidarité (France)
  • Mercedes Arzú Wilson, Founder and President of the Family of the Americas (USA)
  • Rev. Msgr. Juan-Miguel Ferrer Grenesch, former Under-secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Canon of the cathedral of Toledo (Spain)
  • Robert Royal, President of the Faith and Reason Institute and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing (USA)
  • Rev. Msgr. Dr. Roman Kneblewski, Rector of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus Parish in Bydgoszcz (Poland)
  • Senator Bernard Seillier, Vice-President of the Movement for France, and his wife Françoise Seillier, Former Member of the European Parliament (France)
  • Virginia Coda Nunziante, President of March for Life Committee (Rome, Italy)
  • Jeanne Smits, journalist (France)
  • Demetrio Tupac Yupanqui, Chief of the Clan of the Inca Kings, Former Professor of Linguistics at Cornell University (Peru)
  • Antonello Brandi, President of Pro Vita (Italy)
  • The Rt. Rev. Emanuel d’Able do Amaral OSB, Archabbot of São Bento of Bahia (Brazil)
  • H.R.H. Countess Hélène of Limburg Stirum (Belgium)
  • Luke Gormally, Director Emeritus of The Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics [since 2010: The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford]; Ordinary Member The Pontifical Academy for Life (UK)
  • Gianfranco Amato, President of Lawyers for Life (Italy)
  • Duca e duchessa Antonello del Balzo di Presenzano (Italy)
  • Dr. Juvenal de Arruda Furtado, Head of the legal department of the Federal Savings Bank, State of Ceará (Brazil)
  • Graf und Gräfin Benedikt Piatti (Austria)
  • Jaime Mendez de Vigo y del Arco and his wife ID Prinzessin Monika zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (Spain)
  • Conte Giorgio Piccolomini (Italy)
  • Dom João de Castro de Mendia,Conde de Resende (Portugal)
  • Conte e Contessa Gustavo Figarolo di Gropello (Italy)
  • Terrence M. Scanlon, President of the Capital Research Center (USA)
  • Christa Meves, author, child and adolescent psychotherapist (Germany)
  • H.R.H. Prince Dom Antônio of Orleans-Braganza (Brazil)
  • The Most Rev. Áureo Patricio Bonilla Bonilla OFM, Vicar Apostolic of San Cristobal, Galápagos (Ecuador)
  • Héctor Riesle Contreras, former Chilean ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife Archduchess Alejandra of Habsburg (Chile)
  • María Josefa González de Orbegoso y Alvarado, Condesa de Olmos (Peru)
  • Mathias von Gersdorff, author, President of the German Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) (Germany)
  • Prof. Robert Lazu, Ph.D. and his wife. Philosopher and writer. Assistant Professor at Western University--Timisoara (Romania)
  • Slawomir Olejniczak, President of the Fr. Piotr Skarga Foundation (Poland)
  • Ing. Rafael Rey Rey, Peruvian Representative to the Andean Parliament. Former Peruvian Ambassador to Italy (Peru)
  • Prof. Hubert Gindert, Editor-in-Chief of Der Fels, President of the German Catholic Forum (Germany)
  • José Roberto Leme Alves de Oliveira, Judge (Brazil)
  • Conte e contessa Giovanni Vannicelli Casoni (Italy)
  • Comte Michel de Rostolan (France)
  • Slawomir Skiba, Director of the magazine Polonia Christiana (Poland)
  • Dr. Juan Vicente Ugarte del Pino, lawyer, former President of the Peruvian Supreme Court (Peru)
  • Baron et Baronne Cédric Peers de Nieuwburgh (Belgium)
  • Dr. Miguel Nagib, Advisor for the State of São Paulo to the Federal Government (Brazil)
  • Sr. e Sra. Mario Münzenmayer Abarca, former members of the Pontifical Council for the Family (Chile)
  • Ambassador Emilio Barbarani (Italy)
  • Dr. Thomas Ward, Founder and Vice-President of the National Association of Catholic Families, Corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for life (UK)
  • Dr. G.J.M. Van den Aardweg, psychologist and psychotherapist, Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of NARTH (The Netherlands)
  • Prof. David Magalhães, Assistant Professor at the School of Law in the University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Maria Madise, Coordinator of Voice of the Family (UK)
  • Jean Pierre Maugendre, President of Renaissance Catholique (France)
  • Baron et Baronne Rudolf Pfyffer von Altishofen (Switzerland)
  • Dr. Gilberto Callado de Oliveira, State Prosecutor for the State of Santa Catarina (Brazil)
  • Eduardo Soto Kloss, Doctor of Law, University of Paris and author (Chile)
  • Olivier Figueras, journalist (France)
  • Prof. Pietro De Marco, Professor at the University of Florence (Italy)
  • Federico Iadiccico, former councillor of the Province of Rome (Italy)
  • Bronislaw Czech, retired Judge of the Supreme Court (Poland)
  • Jacek Bartyzel, Professor of Social Science at Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)
  • Grzegorz Kucharczyk, Professor of History at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)
  • Michal Wojciechowski, Professor of Theology, Head of the Department of Biblical Theology at the University of Warmia – Mazury (Poland)
  • Deacon Francisco Eloi Martinho Prior Claro (Portugal)
  • Dom Álvaro Manuel Nogueira Barba de Menezes, President of the Real Associação of Viseu (Portugal)
  • Anne Bernet, writer (France)
  • Mme. Bérénice de Montpellier d’Annevoie (Belgium)
  • M. Philippe Pichot-Bravard, Professor of the History of Law at the University of Brest, writer (France)
  • Alessandro Gnocchi, writer and journalist (Italy)
  • Gianandrea de Antonellis, President of the European Institute for Studies, Research and Formation--IEREF (Italy)
  • Dr. Carlos Alfredo Benítez Meabe, lawyer and legal expert (Argentina)
  • Fernando Moreno Valencia, author, former university professor (Chile)
  • Paolo Deotto, Director of Riscossa Cristiana (Italy)
  • Giovanni Turco, philosopher at the University of Udine (Italy)
  • Mario Correa Bascuñán, Professor, former University President (Chile)
  • John Laughland, writer and journalist (UK)
  • Coronel António Feijó de Andrade Gomes, President of the Military Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Portugal)
  • Guillaume de Thieulloy, Director of Riposte Catholique (France)
  • Dom Francisco de Bragança Van Uden (Portugal)
  • Justin Shaw and his wife Caroline Shaw (England)
  • Colonel James Bogle, President of the International Una Voce Federation (UK)
  • Dr. Joseph Shaw, Chairman of The Latin Mass Society (UK)
  • Piers Paul Read, novelist, historian and biographer (UK)
  • Dr. Luís Filipe Esquivel Freire de Andrade, Order of Malta (Portugal)
  • Rev. Msgr. André Reyne, Dean of the Metropolitan Chapter of Notre-Dame des Doms of Avignon (France)
  • Mariusz Blochowiak, Publisher of the magazine Egzorcysta (Poland)
  • Anna Razny, Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Head of The Russian Contemporary Culture Department (Poland)
  • Mieczyslaw Ryba, President of the Club of Catholic Intelligence them. Prof. Czeslaw Strzeszewski in Lublin, Vice-Chairman of The Lublin City Council (Poland)
  • Pawel Skrzydlewski, Associate Professor at The State School of Higher Education in Chelm, Lecturer of philosophy (Poland)
  • Radoslaw Brzózka, board member of the Catholic Intelligence Club them. Prof. Czeslaw Strzeszewski in Lublin (Poland)
  • Bogna Bialecka, psychologist, publicist, author of books about marriage and education of children (Poland)
  • Fr. Cor Mennen, Canon of the cathedral chapter of ’s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)
  • Cristina Siccardi, writer (Italy)
  • Carlo Manetti, journalist and teacher (Italy)
  • Hedwig Freifrau von Beverfoerde, pro-family activist (Germany)
  • Felizitas Küble, Director of the Publishing House Komm Mit, President of Christopheruswerk (Germany)
  • Padre Ioan Chisarau, President of Dono della Vita Association, Parish priest (Romania)
  • Rev. Fr. Pavlo Vishkovskyi, Prior Provincial of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate for Ukraine, Russia and Crimea
  • Rev. Fr. Efrem Jindrácek OP, Vice-Dean of the School of Philosophy of the Angelicum, Rome (Italy)
  • Benjamin Harnwell, Founder and Director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (Italy)
  • Maria Guarini, Director of the website Chiesa e Posconcilio (Italy)
  • Michael Hesemann, author (Germany)
  • Dr. Artur Górski, a Member of the Polish Parliament (Poland)
  • Roman Konik, Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics at Institute of Philosophy University of Wroclaw (Poland)
  • Arkadiusz Robaczewski, philosopher and writer, President of the Center for Culture and Tradition Vienna 1683 (Poland)
  • The Most Rev. Libardo Ramírez Gómez, Bishop Emeritus of Garzón, President of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Appeals of Colombia
  • The Most Rev. Antonio Juan Baseotto, C.SS.R., Bishop Emeritus of the Military Services (Argentina)
  • Hadley P. Arkes, Professor in American Institutions (Political Science) Amherst College (USA)
  • C. Preston Noell III, President of Tradition, Family, Property, Inc. (USA)

 


 

 

 

DAILY QUOTE for February 24, 2019

God wishes to be served to the last breath, to the exhaustio...

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February 24

God wishes to be served
to the last breath, to the exhaustion of the last drop of strength,
and He multiplies our capacities for suffering and doing
so that our dedication may reach the extreme limit
of the unforeseeable, the improbable, the miraculous.
The measure of the love of God is
to love Him without measure, said Saint Francis de Sales.
The measure of fighting for God consists
in fighting without measure, it may be said.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

  
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SAINT OF THE DAY

St. Praetextatus

Fredegund, mistress of King Chilperic, a murderous woman res...

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St. Praetextatus

Praetextatus became the bishop of Rouen, France, in 549. The thirty-five years during which he occupied the position of bishop were riddled with troubles involving the Frankish monarchy, a result of which was a time of exile for the saint.
Among the players of this political drama was Fredegund, mistress of King Chilperic, a murderous woman responsible for several deaths in the royal family. Fredegund despised Praetextatus and opposed his return from exile, but a council in Rouen overruled her interference and reinstated the holy bishop to his see.

“The time is coming when you shall revisit the place of your exile.” She threatened the saint shortly before his death. “I was a bishop always, whether in exile or out of exile, and a bishop I shall remain; but as for you, you shall not always enjoy your crown.” He said, as he urged the queen to convert.

The wicked queen refused to reform her life, and in 586 as Praetextatus was offering Holy Mass, Fredegund had an assassin stab him under the arm. The mortally wounded bishop managed to drag himself to the altar and receive Holy Communion before he died.

WEEKLY STORY

Holding Hands with The “Gate of Heaven”

Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of...

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Holding Hands with The “Gate of Heaven”


Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of the most beautiful. This title gained a new meaning for me when I arrived for a Fatima home visit at the house of Dominique McGuire and found her in tears. Her mother, Marie Jeannine Michel, a native from Haiti, had suffered a massive heart attack the day before and was now dying.

I was more than happy to take the statue to visit her at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was painfully clear, when we arrived in the Intensive Care Unit, that this poor soul was reaching the end.

Over the next couple of hours we prayed numerous rosaries, litanies and the prayers for the dying by her bedside. We also struggled to provide the dying women with all the spiritual assistance we could.

As we prayed, the attending nurse, who happened to be Catholic, kept calling local Churches to find a priest who would administer last rites. Whenever she entered the room to care for Mrs. Michel she would join in the responses to the Hail Mary. Overwhelmed by the scene, she exclaimed, “I hope when I am dying someone will bring the statue to visit me and pray the rosary.”

Moments before the priest arrived, Dominique asked me if I had an extra scapular for her mother. I did not. As the priest administered the last rites I scurried from the room in search of this precious sacramental, only to find I was the only person wearing one. Mrs. Michel was in much more need of it than me, so with the help of a doctor we temporarily removed her oxygen mask and placed my scapular around the dying woman’s neck. Dominique then took her Miraculous Medal and pinned it on to the scapular.

The most moving part of this visit occurred when Mrs. Michel opened her eyes and showed signs she wanted to speak. When they removed the oxygen mask, Dominique told her mother, in their native tongue, that “Momma Mary” was in the room.

Since Mrs. Michel seemed to be already looking into eternity, with a type of “fog of death” in her gaze, I carried the statue over next to her bed. Surprisingly she reached up and took hold of our Lady’s hands and held on for some moments. The oxygen mask was then replaced as the nurse administered morphine to deaden the pain she was experiencing.

Mrs. Michel died at 6:00 AM the following morning with Dominique praying beside her bed.

While the America Needs Fatima home visitation program is a very rewarding apostolate, nothing on earth compares to the satisfaction of a visit like this. A person going through such a moving ordeal, however, could naturally ask, “Was there something more we could have done?”

In the case of Mrs. Michel, the answer is a resounding no. She received the last rites of Holy Mother Church, was clothed in the brown Scapular, and was almost continuously surrounded by the melodious sound of the Angelic Salutation.

Hours before she passed into eternity, Mrs. Michel also had the grace to hold hands with She who truly is the Gate of Heaven.

By: Norman Fulkerson

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Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of the most beautiful. This title had a new meaning for me when I arrived for a Fatima home visit at the house of Dominique McGuire and found her in tears.

Novena to 
St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His Catholic people, I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession.

For the love of God, Who hast made thee so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer.

Thou knowest the value of my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me.

I desire to imitate thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men. And since thou art God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request:

(Here mention your request)

Saint Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in thy prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, my petition will be granted.

Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs.

Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever. Amen