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Pope Francis has declared two of his predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, saints of the Roman Catholic Church in an astonishing double-canonisation mass in St Peter's Square, what a wonderful spiritual celebration to finish off April!
Two of the most influential figures of the 20th century Church were canonised to the thunderous applause from over 800,000 pilgrims who gathered in the Vatican piazza to witness this amazing moment.  Both Popes played an intricate part in developing the Church as we know it today. St. John XXIII introduced extensive reforms to the tradition-bound Catholic Church through the assembly of the Second Vatican Council.
As a member of Oblate Youth, I was determined to find something written about St. John Paul II, on the subject of World Youth Day and I stumbled across this from Cardinal Wuerl. When asked what St. John Paul II meant to him with regards to World Youth Day, he had this to say:
“…he touched young people everywhere around this planet. I think WYD was really an inspiration of the Holy Spirit — an act of genius — because it concentrated the focus on bringing people together around the vicar of Christ. I remember bringing a group of pilgrims from my diocese to one of these World Youth Days and I said, “what is it aside from the Pope that most impresses you.” And the response was, “to be with so many young people who believe like I do; to be with so many young people who share the faith.” Because there is a tendency today to downplay the manifestation of the faith, to downplay and even marginalize the faith, and John Paul was telling all these young people, “It’s great to be a believer. I remember at WYD in Denver, at the closing Mass and talk, he said to young people, “Never be ashamed of your faith.” And then he paused and he said, “That’s not exactly what I wanted to say. What I wanted to say was ‘always be proud of your faith.’” And I think young people saw that in him, and felt empowered to profess, to live, to be a member of Church.”
As we celebrate the canonisation of both St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II we offer up this prayer for Pope Francis that he may continue to lead his flock with the same grace, humility and courage his predecessors showed; O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all Your faithful people, mercifully look upon Your servant Pope Francis, whom You have chosen as the chief Shepherd to preside over Your Church. We beg You to help him edify, both by word and example, those over whom he has charge, that he may reach everlasting life together with the flock entrusted to him, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Mother’s Day

On the 11th of May we will celebrate Mother’s day! So if you haven’t already brought your mummy something lovely (hint, hint; chocolates, flowers, gift cards, massages, holiday away, something pamper-ish, ect…NOT kitchen appliances – that just makes them mad and you could potentially be kicked out of the family will), now would be a good time as you reflect on the wonder that is your mother and the sacrifices she has made on your behalf. As we celebrate our mums, let us also remember those mothers we have lost, the mother’s who’ve had to give up their children, those who have lost their children through illness or tragedy as well as mothers who continue to look after their children well into adulthood because they are unable to look after themselves and also mothers who reach out to help other mother’s, through their compassion and experience, in times of strife or hardship. Let us also remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the example she set for women worldwide through her courage and strength as she accepted God’s calling.
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