750º Anniversary of Corpus Christi

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This year is the 750th anniversary of the institution of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi as a holy day of obligation for the Universal Church. In the Bull of Institution in Pope Urban IV’s “Transiturus de hoc mundo,” issued August 11th, 1264, the Holy Father affirms: “Although the Eucharist is celebrated solemnly every day, we deem it fitting that at least once a year it be celebrated with greater honor and a solemn commemoration. Indeed we grasp the other things we commemorate with our spirit and our mind, but this does not mean that we obtain their real presence. On the contrary, in this sacramental commemoration of Christ, even though in a different form, Jesus Christ is present with us in his own substance. While he was about to ascend into Heaven he said ‘And lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age’ (Matthew 28:20)”.

By Sr. María Luisa Belmonte, S.H.M.

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Pope Francis addresses the youth of Asia at the Shrine of Solmoe

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This past February 7th, Pope Francis authorized the publication of the decree that recognizes the martyrdom of the servants of God Paul Yun Jichung, a Korean layman, and 123 other martyrs assassinated in Korea out of hatred for the faith between 1791 and 1888. The Pontiff himself will preside the beatification ceremony during his upcoming trip to South Korea, the 14th to the 18th of August, 2014. In 1984, Pope John Paul II canonized 103 other martyrs of the Korean Church. Prominent among these martyrs is Saint Anthony Kim Taegon, priest and martyr.
By Sr. M. Luisa Belmonte, S.H.M.

Interview
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Massimo Gandolfini, age 62, is married and has seven adopted children and four grandchildren. In 1977, he earned a degree in Medicine and Surgery, specializing in Neurosurgery, Neurology and Psychiatry. He is currently Director of the Department of Neurosciences  at the Institute for Clinical Health Care in Brescia (Italy), where he also serves as Primary Neurosurgeon. He is also the National Vice-President of the Association “Science and Life” and medical expert on neuroscience for the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints.    

“What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences.”

nombre1Veneration of the name of Jesus has always been accompanied by that of His Mother, Mary.

...that same Spirit that prays in us and makes us exclaim “Abba, Father,” what is to keep Him from leading us to call the Mother that Christ gave us from the cross, “Mommy”?

By Fr. Félix López, S.H.M.

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Fabio de Miguel, better known by his stage name, Fabio McNamara, was one of the initiators of the “Movida Madrileña” in the 80s.  His influence in this movement was such that, years later, Pedro Almodóvar himself would comment: “We learned everything from Fabio.”  This is his testimony, taken from the Spanish version of the program “Changing Tracks”, produced by H.M. Television.  It is also available on the internet at eukmamie.org.

From Madrid nightlife to serving God

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He defended both human rights and divine rights, with his powerful words, showing himself to be courageous and daring, using the strength of reason and assuming the risks of speaking out in this manner...

By Sr. Beatriz Liaño S.H.M.

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Giulia Gabrieli passed away at a young age on August 19, 2011, while the Way of the Cross for young people at World Youth Day in Madrid was coming to an end. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with sarcoma following a visit to the hospital for a swollen left hand. She would pass away two years later, leaving behind a remarkable legacy. 

By Sr. Mari Carmen Checa, S.H.M.

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This past July 5th, in an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Alvaro del Portillo y Diez de Sollano, Prelate of the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei.

By Sr. Mª Luisa Belmonte S.H.M.

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About a year ago, this magazine published an article about the missionary experience of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Puyo (Ecuador), accompanied by students from the “Sagrada Familia” School. The experience was so enriching that we decided to go again as soon as we could.

“Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me.”