Without commenting on the authenticity of the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Pope Francis appointed a Polish archbishop to study the pastoral needs of the townspeople and the thousands of pilgrims who flock to Medjugorje each year.
Thousands of pilgrims travel to the small town each month to meet the alleged seers and to pray. But because the apparitions have not been officially approved, the Vatican said dioceses should not organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje. However, Catholics are free to visit the town and pray there. The local Diocese and the Franciscans who minister in the town should organize pastoral care for them.
The Pope chose Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga as his special envoy to Medjugorje with the mission to acquire a deeper knowledge of the current pastoral situation and on the needs of the faithful who go there on pilgrimage. In this announcement, the Vatican said that Archbishop Hoser "is expected to finish his mandate as special envoy by summer of this year."
With the recent discovery of new Dead Sea Scroll caves in the Judean cliffside, the interest in religious manuscripts are again on the rise. A professor, along with students at The Catholic University of America, had a unique opportunity to look at one of North America's largest collections of Ethiopian religious manuscripts.
Have a look at what they had to say:
If you happen to be in the Buffalo area tomorrow, you might be interested in attending this event. The Department of Pro-Life Activities at the Diocese of Buffalo is hosting their 6th Annual Benefit dinner for the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, at 6:00 PM at the Millennium Hotel with opening Remarks by the Bishop of Buffalo, Bishop Richard Malone and keynote speaker: Fr. Thomas Rosica.
For information and tickets, you can visit their website.
And finally, it seems there wasn't much room for love in the empire of Claudius Gothicus in 269 AD. Apparently, he banned marriage because he believed that single men made better soldiers .
Love, however, always finds a way and those who wanted to marry found an ally in the priest Valentine who agreed to perform the sacrament in secret.
When Claudius discovered what he was doing, he had Valentine beheaded on a roadway just north of Rome.
The Church later named him a martyr, for giving up his life for his love of God and love for the sacrament marriage, proof that love is indeed worth celebrating.
That is it for Perspectives Daily! Have a great St. Valentine's day.
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