Abp Viganò Asks Bishops, Priests to Pray Exorcism ‘Against Satan’ on Holy Saturday

By Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, LifeSiteNews – In these modern times of terrible tribulation, when the pandemic has deprived Catholics of Holy Mass and the Sacraments, the Evil One has gone into a frenzy and multiplied his attacks to tempt souls into sin. These blessed days of Holy Week, which used to be the ideal time to go to Confession to prepare ourselves for our Easter Communion, now see us locked inside our houses, but they cannot stop us praying to Our Lord.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Passiontide Chronology: Holy Thursday (2019)

By Msgr. Charles Pope – According to the Synoptic Gospels, sundown of Holy Thursday ushered in the Passover. Later on this evening, the Lord will celebrate the Passover meal with His disciples. We ought to be mindful that the unleavened bread Jesus will take in His hands is called “the bread of affliction.” Scripture says, You shall eat [the Passover] with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction—for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste—that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt (Dt 16:3).

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: St. Padre Pio and the Attack on the Priesthood (Video)

Fr. Mark Goring, CC: St. Padre Pio and the Attack on the Priesthood (Video)

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Is the Coronavirus Pandemic a Judgment From God? by Mary Healy

By Mary Healy, EWTN News – On the other hand, some theologians and ordinary people have noted that many passages in Scripture speak of calamities, including pestilence (deadly infectious disease), as God’s judgment on human sin… God warns his people, for instance, that if they rebel against him, “I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy” (Leviticus 26:25). Even in the New Testament, the Book of Revelation depicts a rider on a pale horse who was “given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth”…

Team of Young Chicago Priests Answer the Call to Anoint COVID-19 Patients, by Jonah McKeown

By Jonah McKeown, CNA – The Archdiocese of Chicago has assembled a team of 24 priest volunteers— all under age 60, and without pre-existing medical conditions— to administer sacramental anointing of the sick to Catholics with COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic… Father Matthew O’Donnell, pastor of St. Columbanus Parish on the city’s South Side, has been a part of the team for about three weeks, and told CNA that so far he has anointed two people with COVID-19… “I know that all of us who are doing this ministry in Chicago right now are doing it because we believe that this is what we’re called to do as priests, to be present to people,” Fr. O’Donnell told CNA.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Closes Churches for Easter But Lets Abortion Clinics Kill Babies, by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Kansans are being told to stay home from church on Easter Sunday and limit all gatherings to 10 people or fewer as coronavirus cases begin to peak in the U.S… Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order is supposed to save lives. But she excluded the most vulnerable when she allowed abortion facilities to remain open through the health crisis… The Kiowa County Signal reports pro-life lawmakers in the state criticized Kelly for showing favoritism to the abortion industry, which destroys lives, while so many Kansans are sacrificing to save them.

(One) US Bishop Vows to ‘Refuse’ COVID-19 Vaccine if Made From ‘Aborted Fetal Tissue’, by Martin Bürger

By Martin Bürger, LifeSiteNews – ‘I will not kill children to live,’ Bp. Joseph Strickland insisted… According to Children of God for Life, during a hearing of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a physician revealed how he harvested the fetal cells… “So I isolated retina from a fetus, from a healthy fetus as far as could be seen, of 18 weeks old,” Alex van der Eb said. “There was nothing special with a family history or the pregnancy was completely normal up to the 18 weeks, and it turned out to be a socially indicated abortus — abortus provocatus, and that was simply because the woman wanted to get rid of the fetus[.] … [W]hat was written down was unknown father, and that was, in fact, the reason why the abortion was requested.”

Wuhan Vaccine Immoral? by Rodney Pelletier

By Rodney Pelletier, Church Militant – In the rush to find a vaccine to lessen the loss of life due to the Wuhan virus, vaccines containing aborted fetal cells are being tested, and they may become mandatory… Two American pharmaceutical companies, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, are incorporating aborted fetal cells into experimental vaccines, which — if successful — could entail mass-forced vaccinations… Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest companies in America catering to baby needs, is also ironically one of the leading corporate sponsors of abortion.

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: The Pandemic and Repentance

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – Throughout the Old Testament, when evil befell the Israelites, they consistently interpreted their sorry plight as God’s righteous punishment for their sins. Three examples readily come to mind… First, when the chief prince, Haman, convinced the Persian king, Ahasuerus, to destroy the Jews, Queen Esther – who was Jewish – besought the Lord to deliver her exiled people from the evil that had come upon them. In fasting, Esther prayed …..

Amid Coronavirus Trials, Think of Heavenly Things, by John Horvat II

By John Horvat II, The Stream – It is told that Saint Augustine (354–430), bishop of Hippo, would preach to his flock on the happiness of Heaven amid his troubled times. All who heard him would become inflamed with the love of God… With each word that came from his lips, the people became more captivated by his descriptions. It was if they were transported to the magnificent feast of Heaven and enjoying the celestial beatitude, so compelling was his account. They were enthralled by this vision of the rewards that would be theirs should they be faithful to God’s Word.

Opinion: God Help Us All: Dr. Fauci Knows Exactly What He’s Doing, by Michael Thau

By Michael Thau, American Thinker – Last Thursday, the scientific mastermind behind the economic carnage and spirit-crushing isolation now constituting the two main pillars of America’s ingenious new public health strategy delivered some bad news. Dr. Fauci says we’ll have to keep living like this until the virus is eradicated… No remotely similar brutal experiment in tough love has ever been tried. So it’s anyone’s guess how bad things will get. The Great Depression saw just three consecutive years averaging around a 9% decline in GDP. Unemployment peaked at 25%. Much worse is already projected in just the coming months.

Fr. Mario Alexis Portella: Suffering with the Saints

By Fr. Mario Alexis Portella, Crisis Magazine – This year, due to the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, in many parts of the Catholic world the faithful will not be allowed to partake in the Holy Week ceremonies; the liturgical celebrations will be carried out behind closed doors. While the world has been occupied with the spread of the coronavirus—especially since it appears to be the only tragedy covered by the mainstream media—one “pandemic” which has been all but put on the back burner should remind us of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.

Outrageous! Dr. Birx Went All-In on Bill Gates-Funded Coronavirus Model – Sits on Gates-Funded Foundation Board, by Cristina Laila

By Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit – Dr. Birx decided to throw away several proposed models for the Coronavirus outbreak and went all-in on a single model funded by Bill Gates… As TGP reported Thursday, the IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) model for the Coronavirus the White House is relying on is complete garbage… The US economy has been virtually shut down, unemployment spiked and small businesses are on the verge of shuttering based on faulty projections… The IHME model, which is funded by Bill Gates, is using New York and New Jersey data and applying it to the rest of the US.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke: Message for the Holiest Week of the Year

From the beginning of my service as Bishop of a diocese, it seemed that every year as the celebrations of Christmas and Easter approached, there would be a profoundly sad event in the diocese or difficult crisis to face for the good of the diocese. Just as I was anticipating with joy the celebrations of the great mysteries of our salvation, something would happen, which, from a human point of view, put a dark cloud over the celebrations and called into question the joy they inspired. Once, when I commented to a brother Bishop about this distressingly too regular experience, he simply responded: “It is Satan, trying to steal your joy.”

Cdl. Pell Unanimously Acquitted of Sex Abuse Charge by Australian High Court, Will Be Freed, by Paul Smeaton

By Paul Smeaton, LifeSiteNews – ‘It is alarming that a man had to spend nearly 14 months in prison on the uncorroborated say-so of a single accuser, despite having multiple alibis. There is a need for both the police and the public prosecutor to respond to charges of malicious prosecution,’ said a former altar boy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne… The High Court of Australia has acquitted Cardinal George Pell of his convictions of historic child sexual abuse and ordered his release from prison, in a unanimous decision by the court’s seven justices.

Bishops Can Do More to Provide Sacraments Despite Coronavirus Fears, Open Letter Claims, by Kevin Jones

By Kevin Jones, CNA – In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, the nationwide shutdown of Catholic churches has halted regular Mass attendance and impeded access to other sacraments for the Catholic faithful. Now, some Catholics have endorsed an open letter asking the Catholic bishops to do everything possible to make the sacraments more available… “We don’t absolutely need to have the Eucharist, but we want to be in the presence of the Eucharist, we want to have Mass said. We want adoration, we want processions, we want all these things,” she told CNA April 2, describing the goals of the open letter and its supporters.

From Wuhan to You and … by Terence P. Jeffrey

By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews – Since the first few Americans returned from Wuhan unwittingly carrying this virus, the situation has dramatically escalated. As of Tuesday, the CDC estimated there were 374,329 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 12,064 COVID-19 deaths… “So,” Pompeo told Perkins on March 24, “Every day that the Chinese Communist Party sat on this information and didn’t do the right thing, and instead punished doctors who were attempting to alert the world about what was taking place there in Wuhan, increased the number of people who would be exposed, and thereby put all of us all around the world — and the Chinese people as well — put them at unnecessary risk, too.”

Keeping the ‘Catholic’ in Catholic Distance Learning, by Patrick Reilly

By Patrick Reilly, National Catholic Register – Faithful Catholic schools are far better for Catholics than public schools. But how do they maintain their distinctive advantage when students are forced to stay home?… In important ways, Catholic schools are doing just that with the help of students’ parents. And in this time of anxiety and isolation, the special character of Catholic schools is more important than ever….

Daily Reading & Meditation: Holy Thursday (April 9)

Jesus’ supreme humility and unfailing love Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading: John 13:1-15  (alternate reading for Holy Thursday chrism liturgy: Luke 4:16-21) 1 Now before the feast of […]

Founder’s Quote

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; […]

Saint of the Day for April 9: St. Casilda (d. c. 1050)

By Franciscan Media Saint Casilda’s Story – Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach […]