Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions, July 2009

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The general intention

That Christians in the Middle East may live their faith in complete freedom and
become instruments of reconciliation and peace.

The missionary intention

Through the witness of the faithful, may the Church be the seed and
soil of a humanity reconciled to be God’s one true family on earth.


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Ecumenical work requires respect & love

Respect and love are essential in the work of ecumenical dialogue, the Pope
observed at a gathering of Orthodox leaders in Rome for the Solemnity of Saints
Peter and Paul. Each year the Patriarch sends a delegation to Rome for June
29th and the Pope reciprocates by sending a delegation to Constantinople for
the feast of Saint Andrew on November 30th to share in prayer, dialogue and
fraternity. Watch the video clip.

A hallmark of Pope Benedict’s petrine ministry


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First Holy Martyrs of the Roman Church

Martyrs.jpgFather, You sanctified the Church of Rome with the blood of her first martyrs. May we find strength from their triumph.

The Church commemorates those who gave their lives for Christ and the Church under the persecution of Nero around the year of A.D. 64.


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Archbishop Dolan takes Rome by storm

Pope & new abps.jpgArchbishop Timothy Dolan of New York received his pallium today from Pope Benedict XVI as a sign of communion with the Pope. He joined 33 new archbishops including 4 other Americans who received their pallia too.

Joanna Malloy of the NY Daily News is covering the archbishop’s trip; be sure to read the related articles as they provide a picture of New


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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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