Friday, March 27, 2020

Toronto: Beer and Pot Stores Stay Open While Churches Close

TORONTO, March 25, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — At least four Ontario Catholic archdioceses — including the province’s largest dioceses of Ottawa and Toronto — have locked their churches indefinitely in the face of the Wuhan flu pandemic even as the province’s pot, beer, and liquor stores remain open.
Premier Doug Ford’s government ordered a mandatory shutdown of all non-essential services that begins at midnight March 24 and will last at least 14 days, and which exempts 74 businesses or services deemed “essential” — including beer stores, the provincial Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) outlets, and cannabis stores.
But it is not clear at this point exactly what health authority ordered the closure of churches in particular regions, and specifically in Toronto.

Extraordinary Blessing Urbi et Orbi at 1800 Hours

The Vatican is in fact in self-quarantine. At 6:00 p.m. Pope Francis blesses Urbi et Orbi.

(Rome) The good news: Pope Francis also tested negative for coronavirus in the second test. The bad news: The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And two more messages: The Osservatore Romano has stopped printing because of the pandemic and today at 6 p.m. Pope Francis is giving an extraordinary blessing to Urbi et Orbi.

The closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher dates back to the Israeli government, which issued the order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation.
For the time being, the closure is for a week, as representatives of the Israeli police and the five churches that have a stake in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher announced at a joint press conference. The communities located in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where they are traditionally locked up at night, have announced that they will continue to celebrate the sacred liturgy at the usual times.

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem was closed by the Israeli government until Palm Sunday

"The prayers in the basilica continue with greater intensity."

"We will pray to ask Heavenly Father to end the pandemic, to heal the sick, to protect health workers, for wisdom for the shepherds and rulers, for the salvation of those who have lost their lives."

This is the statement in a statement released yesterday by the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton OFM, the Greek Orthodox and the Armenian Apostolic Patriarch of Jerusalem. According to the status quo regulation, these three churches share the administration of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Pope Francis has since been tested for a second time for coronavirus. A prelate from the Vatican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who lives in Santa Marta, had to be admitted to the Pontifical Gemelli Clinic because of the coronavirus. The second test also showed that the Pope was not infected.
Almost the entire Vatican is now in voluntary quarantine. Because of their old age, an above-average number of prelates belong to the risk groups.

A second test on Pope Francis was also negative.

Meanwhile, the Osservatore Romano has discontinued the printed edition with reference to the pandemic. There have long been plans to forego the costly paper output and to appear in a completely different form or only digitally. The Vatican is currently lacking the most important source of income, the endless queues of tourists who want to visit the Papal States.

As he announced last Sunday, the church leader will be leading the prayer of the faithful around the world at 6:00 pm tonight and praying for an end to the pandemic.

Pope Francis will say the prayer in front of St. Peter's Basilica, although St. Peter's Square will be deserted. The head of the church called on all Catholics to connect with him on the occasion through the various means of communication. During the prayer the word of God is read, followed by a few words of the Pope, then the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and finally the papal blessing Urbi et Orbi, with which the possibility of obtaining a complete indulgence is connected.

This special blessing is usually only donated twice a year: on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Because of the ongoing pandemic, Pope Francis decided to donate him today.

The Pope, through the great penitentiary, already last week gave all believers who pray for the end of the pandemic and for the dying the opportunity to have complete indulgences provided they meet the usual conditions as soon as they are able to do so again.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: InfoVaticana
Trans: Tancred


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

At Least 65 Priests Have Fallen to Corona in Italy

 At least 65 priests have already fallen victim to the corona virus in Italy.

(Rome) The count hurts. However, it is part of reality and therefore necessary: ​​at least 65 priests (as of March 23) have already died in Italy as a result of the coronavirus infection. The Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, documents their names. The oldest of these priests was 104 years old, the youngest 45 years old.

While devout Catholics criticize the pastoral measures in connection with the coronavirus or at least complain about a hesitant attitude, many priests are exposed in particularly hard-hit areas.
Although the diocesan priests make up only 0.05 percent of the total population, they make up one percent of the dead. This means that their share of coronavirus victims is twenty times higher than their share of the population. Numbers that say something.
The Bergamo diocese, like the province of the same name in Lombardy, is most severely affected by the coronavirus epidemic. At least 20 priests of the diocese have succumbed to the coronavirus. Most of them were still involved in pastoral care, despite some of them having advanced ages. They should be named as witnesses
Diocese of Bergamo
Monsignor Achille Belotti
Monsignor Tarcisio Ferrari
Don Mariano Carrara
Don Savino Tamanza
Don Battista Mignani
Don Alessandro Longo
Don Adriano Locatelli
Don Ettore Persico
Don Donato Forlani
Don Enzo Zoppetti
Don Francesco Perico
Don Gianni Pietro Paganessi
Don Remo Luiselli
Don Gaetano Burini
Don Umberto Tombini
Don Giuseppe Berardelli
Don Giancarlo Nava
Don Silvano Sirtoli
Don Tarcisio Casali

The oldest priest among the mountain masks was 91, the youngest 59 years old.
Pastoral care in the age of the corona virus presents priests with new challenges. The bodies are all being cremated in Italy by government order. A funeral is made impossible by the state because of curfew or restrictions on meetings, and by the church because of the suspension of Mass and religious ceremonies. The coronavirus infected mostly die lonely in intensive care units. The relatives cannot even say goodbye. Not to mention the concerns about cremation.
The dead among the priests who are mourned by the other dioceses:

Archdiocese of Milan

Don Giancarlo Quadri
Don Franco Carnevali
Don Cesare Meazza
Don Marco Barbetta
Don Luigi Giussani
Don Ezio Bisiello
Diocese of Parma
Don Giorgio Bocchi
Don Pietro Montali
Don Andrea Avanzini
Don Franco Minardi
Don Fermo Fanfoni
Don Giuseppe Fadani
Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio
Don Giorgio Bosini
Don Mario Boselli
Don Giovanni Boselli
Don Giovanni Cordani
Don Paolo Camminati
Don Giuseppe Castelli
Don Giovanni and Don Mario Boselli are twin brothers. Both died a few days apart.
Diocese of Cremona
Monsignor Giuseppe Aresi
Don Vincenzo Rini
Don Mario Cavalleri
Don Albino Aglio
Diocese of Brescia
Monsignor Domenico Gregorelli
Don Giuseppe Toninelli
Don Giovanni Girelli
Diocese of Pesaro
Don Zenaldo del Vecchio
Don Graziano Ceccolini
Don Giuseppe Scarpetti
Archdiocese of Trento
Don Luigi Trottner
Don Salvatore Tonini

The names of the priests who died in the other Italian dioceses:
Don Guido Mortari, Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla
Don Luigi Bosotti, Diocese of Pavia
Don Carlo Patti, Diocese of Lodi
Don Mario Defechi, Diocese of Casale Monferrato
Don Giacomo Buscaglia, Diocese of Tortona
Don Alessandro Brignone, Diocese of Salerno-Campagna-Acerno
Don Antonio Di Stasio, Diocese of Ariano Irpino-Lacedonia
Don Pietro Muggianu, Diocese of Nuoro

Dozens of diocesan priests are infected with the corona virus, some are in mortal danger.
Religious priest

The situation among religious has hardly been reconstructed. The Avvenire lists the following deaths:

P. Giuseppe Serighelli, Passionist (CP)
P. Edmondo Zagano, Passionist (CP)
P. Gerardo Bottarelli, Passionist (CP)
P. Remo Rota, Eucharist (SSS)
P. Nicola Masi, Xaverian Missionary (SX)
P. Kidane Berhane, Cistercian (OCist)
P. Tarcisio Stramare, Oblate of Saint Joseph (OSI)

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Avvenire (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred


Italian Priest Sacrifices His Life for Younger Patient

[Daily Mail] An Italian priest died of coronavirus after giving a respirator that his parishioners bought for him to a younger patient, it has been revealed. 

 Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, from Casigno in Italy's hardest-hit Lombardy region, died in a local hospital in recent days after being diagnosed with the virus.

Berardelli had been given a respirator - which are in desperately short supply - by parishioners concerned about his health but decided to give it to a younger patient who he didn't know but was struggling to breathe because of the virus. 


Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: A Chastisement from God

By David Martin

While the Coronavirus is not an epidemic in North America, it is reaching epidemic proportions in northern Italy. Note that it isn't Beijing or Hong Kong that have been the hardest hit with COVID-19, but the relatively small town of Bergamo, Italy (pop. 122,000), the epicenter of the epidemic, where over 600 people are dying each day from the virus.

Interestingly, it was the bishop and diocese of Bergamo that published the prayer to Pachamama on its website and that Pope Francis and his cardinals used in venerating the idol during the Amazonian Synod that convened Oct. 6-27.

Note too, that the Coronavirus first began infecting people in Wuhan just around the time when Francis and his cardinals were "praying" before the idol in Rome. It appears that Rome’s profanation of the temple is what spawned this plague!

This is not to mention that Rome has betrayed the Chinese underground Church by subjecting it to the harassment of Communist leaders that are trying to force-indoctrinate the faithful with Communist ideas. Is it any wonder that Italy has inherited China’s plague?

Punishment for Sin

Generally, we should see Coronavirus as a chastisement for the increasing worldwide plague of sin. But we should also note the obvious connection between this plague and Our Lady of Fatima’s warnings concerning “the errors” of Communism,” seeing that the Coronavirus’s release originated in Communist China.

Whether COVID-19 is a 'natural' occurrence or a bio-weapon that was sprung on us by globalists to tank the market and restrict our freedoms, it is—in the final analysis—a punishment from God to awaken and correct the Church. With that being the case, it is all the more important that the Church make reparation to the Heart of God, most especially by letting the light of True Faith shine forth against the wishes of the Communist deep-state. The Church must remain open.

Clearly, the satanically controlled media is using COVID-19 as a bio-weapon to instill worldwide fear and instability, and the bishops are spreading this virus of disinformation. There exists no pandemic in North America, and the statistics prove it. Only 1000 have died in the U.S. from COVID-19 compared to 45,000 people who die each year in America from influenza, so it is absurd that the bishops should bow to global elite masters by closing down our churches. The public Masses and processions need to increase!

For years the internationalists have sought to bring about a state of emergency so that they could put our nation on lockdown, but they couldn't succeed because the Sacrifice of the Mass continued to be said in our country.

However, the suspension of Masses has opened the way for globalists to shut our country down. A simple word from the bishops to re-open the churches and continue the Mass would avert this, but they unfortunately are assisting this globalist plan to shut down the Church.

Let us all be wary of the increasing restrictions upon our freedoms in the name of ‘personal health and public safety.’ History has taught us that times of crisis, confusion and panic are used to destabilize the populace and subjugate it to dictatorial powers.

Shall we soon become like Bergamo, Italy, where troops have now been brought in to enforce the lockdown? More and more it appears that *martial law is imminent.

God is our only hope in this crisis, so the U.S. bishops with one mind should agree to re-open the churches and reinstate the Masses, knowing that such a move is the only remedy for keeping America healthy and free. Without this, the lockdown will only continue to intensify until that time when we are eventually reduced to a police state.

*While President Trump’s move to activate the National Guard in several states is commendable, we pray that the globalists do not use his good intentions to steer America in the wrong direction. 


War: Turkish Security Forces Shoot at Greek Border Guards

As the Corona crisis paralyzes the world, the Islamic rush to Europe continues: Sunday evening hundreds of invaders tried to storm the Greek border. Turkish officials shot over 1,000 tear gas grenades at Greek border officials.

“At the Greek-Turkish border, there were again incidents at the Kastanies / Pazarkule crossing. A group of around 200 migrants felled a tree on Sunday evening and damaged the border fence on the Greek side,” reports Oe24.

"Turkish security forces have tried to help hundreds of Afghan, Pakistani and Syrian migrants across the Greek border," BBC commentator Babak Taghvaee reported on Twitter. "Turkish plainclothes intelligence officers fired tear gas grenades at Greek border guards."

"Is that a declaration of war by Turkey against Greece?" Asked the BBC correspondent. "The video clearly shows that Turkish officials fired tear gas and smoke grenades at Greek border guards to help Afghan, Pakistani and Syrian migrants cross the Greek border."

“On Sunday, Turkish police officers in Evros shot over 1,000 tear gas grenades at Greek border guards in the evenings. This is an attack on the EU's external border. Where's the reporting on that?” Said Petr Bystron, AfD chairman in the Foreign Affairs Committee. “It is always astonishing that the public service broadcaster wants to convince us that the illegal migrants are primarily children and families - although recordings circulating almost simultaneously on the Internet showed that the rush on the Turkish-Greek border was above all, done by young men from Pakistan and Afghanistan and not by families with young children.”

"The Federal Government continues to violate Article 16a of the Basic Law, the Schengen and Dublin rules and the Residence and Asylum Act through the additional admissions. The - purely verbal - ministerial decree of Thomas de Maiziere from 2015, according to which everyone should be admitted to Germany, must be lifted immediately by Interior Minister Seehofer and the effective border control restored,” said Bystron.

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