Michael Nnadi will inspire a new generation of gospel defenders, says Bishop Kukah
Commenting on the kidnap and murder of the seminarian Michael Nnadi and Mrs. Bolanle Ataga, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto said that, “For us as Christians, while we greatly mourn their passing, their deaths are gains, not losses.” Bishop Kukah’s reflections on the increasing Christian persecution in the country was published by Aid to the Church in Need website. He said, nurturing the culture of hate has led Nigeria to “ignorance, destitution, and poverty” from which the brutal bandit groups emerge. Recently, one of Michael Nnadi’s abductors, Mustapha Mohammed, (26) was arrested. He confessed that Michael was murdered for persistently asking the kidnappers to repent and turn their lives around from their evil ways.
French court lifts ban on gatherings at places of worship
The French Council of State has ordered the government to lift the general and absolute ban on assembly in places of worship within eight days. In the order issued on May 18, the administrative court of France recalled that the freedom of worship, which is a fundamental freedom, also includes the right to participate collectively in ceremonies, in particular in places of worship. As per the decree issued on May 11, the Prime Minister of France had prohibited all gatherings and meetings at worship places. Only funerals were exempted, limiting the participant number to twenty.
Holy rosary sustains American priest through Covid-19 hospitalization
An American priest who survived five days in Intensive Care with COVID-19 says he was sustained throughout by the power of prayer and, especially, the Holy Rosary. Father Ryan Riley of the Diocese of Lansing in Michigan was admitted to hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19 related hypoxia and severe dehydration on Friday of last week. Now in self-isolation and recovering at home, the young priest says that the Holy Rosary continually brought him solace and strength during his time in the ICU at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Pope Francis: Prayer is the first force of hope
At the weekly General Audience, continuing his cycle of catechesis on prayer, Pope Francis meditated on “the mystery of Creation.” He said that contemplating this mystery of existence is what stirs the heart to prayer. Pope Francis said that “The relationship with God is the greatness of each human person: his or her enthronement.” He stated that prayer is the first force of hope. Pope Francis then asked the faithful to trust in the power of prayer in all the hardships of life. He said every person is called to be the bearer of joy.
Angelicum inaugurates St. John Paul II Institute of Culture
In honor of St. Pope John Paul II, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome has established a cultural institute within the Faculty of Philosophy. The saint was a philosophy student at the Angelicum from 1946-1948. Inaugurated on his birth centenary, St. John Paul II Institute of Culture is supported by two Polish foundations, Futura Iuventa and Saint Nicholas. On the occasion, Pope Francis sent a letter to Fr. Michał Paluch, O.P., the Rector of Angelicum on May 18. Pope Francis quoting JPII’s first encyclical, Redemptor Hominis, asked the institute to keep his vision and approach alive.
Archbishop Aquila ordains five new priests for Denver archdiocese
Amidst the coronavirus crisis, the Archdiocese of Denver witnessed the ordination of five men to priesthood on May 18. Even though only a few family members and clergy were present at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the deacons beamed with joy on the most memorable day of their lives. Archbishop of Denver, Samuel J. Aquila presided over the ordination Mass. The newly ordained priests are: Fathers Christian James Mast, Chris Marbury, Chris Considine, Juan Adrian Hernandez Dominguez and Juan Manuel Madrid. Archbishop Aquila asked the new priests to be witnesses to Christ in the world by their love and by the lives that they live.