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Irapuato     16/04/2011 15:44
MATTVNY Nov 4, 2010 Each year the monk experiences Christ’s Passion during the Holy Week in the bloodiest of fashions: flagellation, the crown of thorns, crucifixion, death and resurrection. And for the first time ever in motion picture history, a film team has been given permission to film the Passion of Christ, “live” so to speak.

The author accompanied the monk in the seclusion of his monastery near Rome for more than a year. Visiting him is like setting off on a journey back through time, to the middle of the thirteenth century. The monastery in Umbrias mystical landscape has fallen into decline, half of the buildings lie in ruins in the shimmering heat. It is an old monastery, Francis of Assissi himself is supposed to have lived here. The portals are still magnificent though, partly covered in ivy. The monk lives here, secluded from the world with his fellow brothers – the Apostles of God. This religious community was founded by Brother Elijah – the monks try to live their lives and practise Christianity in the way originally preached by Jesus.

Brother Elijah and the Apostles of God are slowly re-building the monastery through sheer hard work – a future home for street kids from Naples or Palermo. Despite the fact that this community practises the earliest form of Christianity, the modern world is by no means unfamiliar to the “new Francis”. Monks live together with nuns in the monastery and the small monastic community is financed by produce from the monasterys garden and the large number of domestic animals and livestock – but first and foremost, the small pharmacy with medicinal herbs from the garden. And the entire undertaking enjoys the blessing and support of the monks bishop and the Vatican.

Days After Medjugorje Comment, Pope Downplays Predictable Visions

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Pope Francis delivers his daily Mass homily June 9 at he Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse.


VATICAN CITY — Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself.

In his June 9 daily Mass at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, Pope Francis cautioned against those who look for God “with these Christian spiritualties that are a little ethereal,” calling them “modern Gnostics.”

These people, he said, “tell you this or that: No, the last word of God is Jesus Christ. There is no other!”

He also warned against those “who always need novelty of Christian identity. They’ve forgotten that they were chosen, anointed, that they have the guarantee of the Spirit, and they seek.”

Francis observed that there are those who might ask, “But where are the seers who tell us today [about] ‘the letter that the Madonna will send us at four in the afternoon …’”

He cited this type of predicted vision as an example of those who base their faith on novelties, explaining that these people “live from this.”

However, “this isn’t Christian identity. The ultimate word of God is named ‘Jesus,’” he said.

The alleged Marian apparitions of Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, are the only apparitions said to still happen almost daily since their first occurrence in 1981.

Out of the original six children, known as “seers,” who began to experience phenomena that they have claimed to be apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1981, three claim that they continue to receive visions every afternoon because not all of the secrets intended for them have been revealed.

Pope Francis’ reference to predictable visions comes just days after he disclosed to journalists that a decision on the authenticity of the alleged Medjugorje apparitions could be coming soon.

“We’re at this point of making decisions … and then they will be announced,” the Pope told journalists during a brief in-flight news conference June 6, while on his way back from the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. He also revealed that “some guidelines will be given to bishops on the lines they will take.”

In his daily homily on Nov. 14, 2013, Francis cautioned against a misguided “spirit of curiosity” that can also take our vision off of Christ, focusing instead on such predictable visions.

One might be tempted to say, “But I know a visionary who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady,” he said on that occasion. Our Lady, he stressed, “is the Mother of everyone! And she loves all of us. She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day.”


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POLAND: Newly elected President Duda saves the Corpus Christi from desecration.

POLAND: Newly elected President Duda saves the Corpus Christi from desecration

(translated from Polish)


On the National Thanksgiving Day, which was established in late 18th Century to commemorate Poland’s patriotic struggle for independence, thousands of the inhabitants of Warsaw took part in an annual open-air Holy Mass, also massively attended by top state officials with the President-Elect Andrzej Sebastian Duda in person.

During the Holy Communion a sudden gust of wind blew off one of the consecrated Hosts from the chalice that was held by a priest giving the Corpus Christi to the gathered believers. Unseen by any of the participants, a small Host dropped on the ground and then driven by the wind rolled along the pavement for a several meters before It finally stopped in front of the kneeling and praying newly elected President Andrzej Duda. Having spotted the Holy Host rolling on the ground,  the President spontaneously rushed to catch It with his hands and then strode up to the altar where he handed It over to the Cardinal Nycz, who was celebrating the Mass.

This unprecedented event was caught by the camera eye and could be observed on TV screens by millions of Poles all across the country.,artykuly,550419.html