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You Were Hungry and I Sent Manna from Heaven

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sts were there)

I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Come to Me. I love you. Be not
fixed to the things of this world. Harken to Me, My child. I am truly here. I died that
you might live. Tell them and be attentive to Me, for you were hungry and I fed you. I
gave you manna from heaven and you knew I truly was present and in your midst. Harken to
Me. I call out to you and come with such longing for your love. I wait. I wait. Why do you
worry for such useless tasks? Oh, child, God is truly here, but you go after such
senseless things. When will you hear? Will you remain deaf forever? Listen, give Me your
love, sweet one. I beg you to be attentive to Me. My Heart is aching to
love you more. I
cry out to you and you do not hear. I am the Alpha. I am the Omega.

Come for My ardent love, child. I cry out to you. Take the time
and harken to My pleading. I give you all you need. Why do you go to other places? Oh, I
love you, I love you, I love you. I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus, burning and on fire for
love of you. I am here. I love you so.

R. There is such burning in my chest to behold
You, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The world stands still and in the moment I catch a
glimpse of eternity.

Jesus: I am your God and you know the glories of
heaven. What you feel is only a drop in the sea. What glories await him who loves and
serves the Lord. Your delights will be beyond any comprehension for I am truly God an

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d I
declare it so this very day. You will be with Me forever in heaven! Live to love and serve
Me! Do not waste one precious moment in remorse. Live only to draw others to everlasting
life. Your job is so important! Souls are at stake. Souls are being lost. You hold the
mighty medicine to turn hearts to the ardent on-fire love of Jesus and I say to you,
"Come, My beloved ones, creations of My dear Father, worry not for yourselves, but
harken to My call to love God and your brothers." It is in the realization of this
calling, through Me, that you will help others to be led to heaven.

I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. I lead, you follow. You love
and your hearts will radiate Me from inside of you. I want to live from your being. I want
to be one in you. I want to operate and reach My beloved ones through you. Harken to My
call. Please do not say, "No, I am too busy". Nothing here matters if it is not
My work.

Come to Me and be fed by Me Who loved you to My death and beckons
you to answer My call. Live in My love and live to love God and your brothers. Nothing
else matters, My child.

I am the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I am on fire, on fire, on fire
for love of you! You get up, you walk away and God awaits you, My precious children. I am
offended so by your indifference. Come and let Me caress you. Let Me hold you. Let Me feed
you. I am God, little ones, do you hear Me?

R. Time stands still and I behold my Lord. His
kingdom is not of this world. I behold the Son of God, truly present and in our midst. In
the silence we will know His presence. He is truly alive and here with me this day. The
closer I get to Him, I become one in Him and He becomes one in me. Oh, such oneness, to be
united to God this way! Is anything of any more importance than being one in God? Jesus,
make me one in You and let me know Your Father, my Father, through this union with You.

Jesus: Oh, blessed of My Father, to experience
the love of the one, triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

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R. How are we so blessed with this love and the
love of Mary, our mother? My heart pants for this love of God. That man can achieve such
union with God, that we can be one in Him and He one in us is so unbelievable. This is how
we share our love with one another. There is a oneness when we ardently love Jesus. We are
close to others because of His love in us. The more we love God, the more we can love each
other. There is an openness that we have that allows us to love as He loves through us.

Jesus: I will become one in you. You will become
one in Me as you open your hearts to My love. Be open, little ones. I want to love you and
love through you. Empty yourself of any impurities in your heart. Forgive your brothers.
Do not be angry. Keep yourselves clean and free from sin. Go to Confession. Fast, My
beloved ones. It is in fasting you are drawn close to Me. Do not give in to yourselves.
Discipline yourselves. This will increase your union with Me.

I am God. There is no better reward for your efforts than to
achieve union with God. I want this union with you. It is you who keep us apart. Die to
yourself, child, and live in Me. You must surrender your lives to Me and let Me operate
your very being. Die to self and live in Me.

R. Alleluia. And they knew new life. It was the
life of Christ that dwelled within them. Praise the Lord! Praise and honor to the one,
true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

He constantly says, "Unite in My love. I call you to be one
in Me. I am sent from the Father that you shall be one in Us."

Jesus: I am He Whose bootstraps you are unworthy
to tie, yet I come with such love for you. You will be one in Us. Unite in My love. Go out
into the world, spread the gospel, go to the highways and the byways, spread My love. My
love is the way. You will unite and become one when you love in Me for there is no
division in a heart of God. You must be one in Us. As the Father has sent Me, I send you
into the world to spread My love. Will you answer My call? Harken, for time is short. Your
brothers are in need of this work. In your actions of love you will preach My gospel. Go
and love one another as I have loved you.

R. Unity and love are coexistent. Hate and love
do not coexist. I must love, love everyone. He died for my precious brother. I must love
more and more like Him.

He is talking about unity. Unity is only achieved through loving.
To hate any man causes division. My heart must be pure, free from all hate. I cannot do
this alone. I need God’s love to love my brothers as He is calling me to do.

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WASHINGTON,

Nov. 30

/Christian Newswire/ — When most people are
celebrating the Christmas spirit of joy and love, the
American Humanist Association is playing the role of
Scrooge by placing ads on buses in New York,
Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ads
state "No God? …No Problem," and feature an image
of several people wearing Santa hats with the
phrase, "Be good for goodness sake."

The American Humanist Association is waging war
against Christmas, but their temper tantrum is
doomed to failure. An overwhelming percentage of
people in America believe in God and celebrate
Christmas. Rather than advance its "Godless"
agenda, the American Humanist Association has
shown just how far out of step it is with reality.

Liberty Counsel’s Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign
is entering its seventh year. The campaign is
designed to educate and, if necessary, to litigate to
make sure that the Christian aspect of Christmas is
not censored. The campaign has an impressive track
record of success.

As part of the campaign, Liberty Counsel has included
a "Naughty & Nice List" to help consumers make
choices concerning their Christmas shopping. The
Naughty & Nice list is posted at www.LC.org, and it lists
retailers which censor and which honor Christmas.

On its website, www.LC.org, Liberty Counsel offers a
Help Save Christmas(TM) action pack
(photo), which includes educational legal memoranda
to accurately inform government officials, teachers,
parents, students, private businesses, employees,
and others that it is legal to celebrate Christmas.

Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty
Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law,
remarked: "It is the ultimate ‘grinch’ to suggest there is
no God during a holiday where millions of people
around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It
is insensitive and mean. It is wrong to belittle Jews for
celebrating Hanukkah during the holiday season, and
it is wrong to offend all religions during Christmas.
Christmas is a time of joy and hope, not a time for
hate. Why believe in God? – Because Santa is not the
only one coming to town."



Open Letter to President Mubarak, of Egypt, to Urgently Intervene on Behalf of the Abused Christians of Egypt

MONTREAL, Quebec,

Nov. 30

/Christian Newswire/ — The Canadian Coptic
Association releases the following open letter to
President Mubara

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k of Egypt:

16 HATOR, 1726 of the Martyrs — November 25, 2009
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The Undersigned appeal to His Excellency Mr. Hosni
Mubarak – the President of all Egyptians – to urgently
intervene to salvage Egyptian Copts in general and in
particular the inhabitants of Farshout
(فرشوط ) from the
wrath of mobs who are mobilized with one resolve;
attacking, vandalizing, looting and destroying Copts’
properties, concurrently agitating a wave of hatred to
the Copts which would eventually seal their fate with a
communal massacre as what had happened in "Al
Zawia el Hamra", "El Kosheh", etc.

A dedicated politician of your calibre would never miss
the opportunity of recognizing the subversive activities
of sowing discord and fermenting divisions among
the Egyptians while it is the time to enjoy the peace
and tranquility you bestowed on Egypt by your firm
refusal to involve Egypt into the recent Middle Eastern
turmoil. We plead with you to arrest the perpetrators
who incited the mobs to attack the peaceful Copts;
and embark on a national educative program
managed by psychologists and psychiatrists to
cement the bond between the Copts and Muslims of
Egypt before it is irreversibly worn down.

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The signatories to this appeal are expecting President
Mubarak to take the necessary measures to hold
members of the ruling party, governor of Kena and
State Security Officers accountable, together with
those who fire up the mobs to loot, burn and sabotage
properties of the Copts in Farshout (فرشوط ).

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We strongly condemn the mass media who went into
vomiting their burning emotions for the news of the
rough handling of the Egyptians by other nationals, the
Algerians while did not bother to delve into the
genesis of this shameful national disaster. We also
abhor the State Security’s deliberate absentia, the
forced Deportation and the evacuation of the Copts of
Farshout (فرشوط ) from their homes and villages which
constitutes a blatant assault that is violating all
provisions of the Egyptian Constitution. The
constitution stipulates in Article 50 and 51 that it may
not prohibit any citizen from staying in a specific
destination, or coerced to reside in a particular place
except in the cases outlined by the Law, "and not" to
banish a citizen of the country or prevent his/ her return
to it. "

We strongly condemn these Nazi barbarisms while
stressing the right of each affected Copt to full
compensation for material, psychological and moral
damage as these Nazi acts will leave an inerasable
print of the ghoulish and monstrous portrayals of the
other side which are ideally our nationals of Egypt.
This sensational fear generously implanted by the
instigators of these Nazi acts into the psyche of Coptic
children will deprive them of the comfort of attending
either public or private locations for fear of going
through a similar experience.

In accordance with the provisions of the Law, please
allow the courts to hold the preacher of hatred,
accountable for the Nazi blunders against the Copts
and to be punished proportionally and specifically for
their derogatory and insulting actions to the symbols
of Christianity. We call on the State to bring all involved
in crimes of public defaming Christianity to justice so
as not to allow the current national fission to a
permanent cleavage of our ONE nation, Egypt.

This would necessitate abolishing the comic and
irrelevant "bedouin tribunals" where on purpose as
predetermined by the majority to deny the Copts their
rights without chances of appeal to a civil court. Alas,
as the civil courts are also infected with anti-Coptic
sentiments, please do not blame us for seeking
justice elsewhere.

Signatories:

Canadian Coptic Association

Middle East Christian Association

The Canadian Coptic Association appeals to all
International Human Rights Organizations to publicize
this Open Letter.


In prayerful union with the Confraternity of the Rosary I’m praying this Novena from today until  December 8th. Why not join me for your and my intentions?

NOVENA PRAYER

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, preserved from the slightest stain of sin, and enriched with all the treasures of divine grace, I thank you for the many blessings I have received through your most powerful intercession. You know my needs, my trials, my sufferings. Mother of mercy, I beseech you to hear my prayer, and to obtain for me of your Divine Son the favors I seek in this Novena.

(Here make your requests)

O Mother most pure, guide me in dangers, enlighten me in doubts, strengthen me in temptation, and help me to bear the crosses of life in union with your Son, so that one day, with you, I might share His glory. Amen.

THE MEMORARE

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

(Add your daily Rosary)

Have a blessed Advent!
Deacon John


November 30, 2009

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Catholic League president Bill Donohue opines as follows:

 

·         The menorah in Nashville’s Riverfront Park is okay by the ACLU, but the crèche in Clarksville, Tennessee is not. Why? The City of Clarksville paid $200 for the animals used in the nativity scene.

·         A woman from Manchester, Massachusetts was told she cannot have a live nativity scene outside her First Parish Church. Why? The church sits on the town common.

·         A life-sized crèche has adorned the Chambersburg public square in Pennsylvania for about a half-century, but there won’t be one this year: the decision to censor it was made after Carl Silverman decided he wanted to have a sign, “Celebrating Solstice—Honoring Atheist War Veterans” to accompany the manger.

·         Leesburg, Virginia traditionally displays a crèche, menorah and Christmas tree, but this year they have been banned.

·         Inside the Capitol in Olympia, Washington, all holiday displays have been nixed.

·         A nativity scene has been on display on the grounds of the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Wisconsin since World War II, but this year there will be none.

 

My favorite so far hails from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Under new rules, four displays are allowed in front of the Court House for a limited period of time, providing they are “content-neutral” in terms of their message. But symbols—religious or secular—are by their very nature content-spec

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ific, thus making the request positively oxymoronic.

 

But guess what? In Patchogue, Long Island they reverted back to calling their Christmas Boat Parade exactly that, shunning last year’s choice of a Holiday Boat Parade. And because Obama hired Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano there will be a Christmas tree in the Capitol once again, and not a generic Holiday tree. Kudos are especially deserved for Colorado’s Larimer County Sheriff, Jim Alderden, who not only is allowing crèches and menorahs, he is selling shirts reading, “Lighten Up. Just say ‘Merry Christmas’” and “Wishing You a Loud and Politically Incorrect ‘Merry Christmas.’”




“A little bit too dismissive”



LINCOLN, Nebraska, November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska explained in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com today his reasons for dropping the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection in his diocese, saying that CCHD head Bishop Roger Morin was "a little bit too dismissive" of concerns brought against the organization. 

Bishop Bruskewitz is one of five bishops confirmed so far to have chosen not to take up the collection this year for the national CCHD, the USCCB’s domestic anti-poverty arm. The others included Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine, Florida; Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin; and Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, at least three other U.S. bishops have called for reform of the CCHD. 

"We question the ideology of [CCHD]," the bishop explained in the interview, "and … we are shocked at the scandalous participation with the ACORN organization and also the participation with other organizations of questionable moral values or standards." 

The organization came under fire in the months leading up to this past weekend’s national collection due to reports documenting how numerous grantees have promoted or are promoting activities contrary to Church teaching, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex "marriage." In fact, the Reform CCHD Now coalition announced last week that $1.3 million is allocated to questionable groups. Additionally, critics have charged CCHD with favoring "left-leaning" groups in the spirit of infamous community organizer Saul Alinksy. 

CCHD ceased funding ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), a liberal network of community activism groups, last year due to concerns about "financial management" and "political partisanship." CCHD had given ACORN over $7 million in grants during the previous ten years. ACORN came under renewed scrutiny this year after sting operations caught several ACORN offices condoning child prostitution and sex trafficking. 

"It’s so extremely controversial," the bishop said about CCHD. There have been "many negative resonances about it from people throughout the diocese and beyond the diocese," he said, adding that the "controversial character made it appear that [CCHD] was not effective" in meeting its purposes. 
His diocese doesn’t "rule [CCHD] out entirely," he said, but he would only reconsider the collection if there were "some changes in the organization itself, or its purposes, or its goals." 

The collection "served very little purpose for us," he said, noting that the Lincoln diocese has not received funds from CCHD. "We do have a very extensive Catholic Social Services, St. Vincent de Paul activity here in the diocese," he said, "which supplies the needs of those who are impoverished, of those who need assistance to come out of poverty." 

Bishop Roger Morin, chairman of the USCCB’s subcommittee on the CCHD, delivered a passionate plea in defense of the organization at last week’s USCCB plenary meeting. While pledging their commitment to ensure grantees’ respect for Catholic teaching, he decried the "outrageous" allegations made by CCHD’s critics that it funds pro-abortion or anti-family organizations. 

But Bishop Bruskewitz expressed displeasure with Bishop Morin’s report, saying the bishop did not adequately consider the criticisms brought against the CCHD. 

"I didn’t think [the report] took into account sufficiently the negatives that have been bantered about with regard to the organization," he said. He said Bishop Morin was "obviously defending the organization he had been involved in different areas," and now for which he’s the chairman. 

The report, further, "lacked some of the interests" that concerned people "have brought to the fore," he said. "I think he was perhaps a little bit too dismissive of them." 

Nevertheless, he maintained that he has "no objection" to people supporting CCHD should they choose. If "people [who] like this organization … want to send money to it, even from my diocese, they can," he said. "But I’m not going to take up the collection."


From http://www.calcatholic.com/



LANSING, Mich.,

Nov. 30

/Christian Newswire/ — Operation Rescue has filed
formal complaints against abortionist Alberto Hodari
with the Michigan Attorney General’s office and with
the Michigan Department of Community Health,
asking for investigations in to criminal misconduct in
the alleged forced abortion of Caitlin Bruce last year.

Ms. Bruce filed a civil suit against Hodari in June. In
her suit, she says she withdrew her consent for an
abortion after seeing her baby on an ultrasound. She
accuses Hodari and his assistant of holding her down
and covering her mouth to muffle her screams while
Hodari viciously forced an abortion upon her.

"We have filed the appropriate complaints to insure
that the correct authorities are also investigating
possible criminal charges and causes for discipline
against Hodari’s medical license," said Operation
Rescue President Troy Newman.

Judy Climer, director of Flint Right to Life, has also
filed a separate, similar complaint with the Michigan
Attorney General.

Bruce never filed her own criminal complaint
because "she was young and knew it wouldn’t bring
her baby back," according to a story that appeared
Sunday in the Flint Journal.

"While these complaints are too late to help Ms.
Bruce, they may serve to prevent this horror from being
inflicted upon other women," said Newman. "In fact,
evidence shows that Hodari has likely forced
abortions on women for at least two decades."

The Flint Journal article indicated that an abortion
clinic employee present during Bruce’s abortion said
in a statement that was filed with the suit that Hodari
told Bruce that he would not do her abortion and was
sending her home, but instead forced the abortion on
her. He then grinned as he completed the abortion.

Another woman recently told of a similar experience
with Hodari in 1988. Jennifer McCoy never considered
abortion and had been taken to Hodari’s clinic at age
16 under the pretence of receiving a routine obstetrical
examination. Hodari assured her that he was only
examining her to determine how far along she was,
when suddenly Jennifer felt the sharp pain of the
abortion.

"These two accounts are far too similar to be a
coincidence," said Newman. "Even though Hodari
denies any wrongdoing, he has also made it clear that
he believes abortionists have a ‘license to lie.’ We are
convinced that he lied to Mrs. McCoy, he lied to Ms.
Bruce, and now he’s lying about his culpability in
these horrific crimes. Hodari’s behavior is that of a
maniac that has likely been abusing women for at
least 20 years. It is time that the legal system brings
his reign of terror to an end."

Read the
Flint Journal article.

Watch video
showing Hodari saying abortionists have a
"license to lie."

Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life
Christian activist organizations in the nation and has
become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in
America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in
a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in
2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its
innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing
and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal
means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the
abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion
and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-
born in obedience to biblical mandates.





Tis the Season of ‘The Gospel of Life’


When you think about it – the Church has
two special times of the year when it asks Christians to set a time
aside for prayer and reflection (and fasting) -Advent and Lent-.


Why Advent?


Because…


As John Paul tells us in Dominum Et Vivificantem:


  • " Creation is thus completed by the Incarnation and since that
    moment is permeated by the powers of the Redemption, powers which fill
    humanity and all creation." #52


  • "The mystery of the  Incarnation constitutes the climax of this (God’s) giving, this divine self-communication" #50


  • "What was accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit "in the
    fullness of time" can only through the Spirit’s power now emerge from
    the memory of the Church. By his power it can be made present in the
    new phase of man’s history on earth: the year 2000 from the birth of
    Christ." #51


  • "But it must also be remembered that for us Christians this event
    (the Incarnation) indicates, as St. Paul says, the ‘fullness of time’,
    because in it human history has been wholly permeated by the
    ‘measurement’ of God himself: a transcendent presence of the ‘eternal
    now.’ " #49


Advent is that time to get in touch with that " divine
self-communication", to become aware of  "human history that is
permeated by the measurement of God himself" and the "powers of the
Redemption, powers which fill humanity and all creation". Right now in
our world’s history we desperately need this power of the Incarnation
to " be made present in this new phase of man’s history on earth".


We must realize that Advent and Christmas is a time where God is prepared to pour out anew many graces upon his children. Pro-lifers:
in a special way this is our season. We who are pro-life should use
this time when Christ came to our world first in a womb and then in a
manger  to renew ourselves to go out and build a ‘culture of life’.

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Visit the website: Unborn Word Alliance
Visit the blog version of: Unborn Word of the day


VATICAN – At First Sunday of Advent Angelus, Benedict XVI
highlights that “Jesus Christ is not only for Christians, or believers,
but for all men,” and recalls that “the Church does not cease to combat
AIDS, through her institu
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tions and the personnel dedicated to it.”

Vatican
City (Agenzia Fides) – “The contemporary world needs above all hope: It
is needed by developing peoples, but also by those economically
developed. We increasingly see that we are in the same boat and that we
must all be saved together. Above all, seeing so many false securities
crumble, we realize that we need a trustworthy hope, and this is found
only in Christ…Hence, we can affirm that Jesus Christ is not only for
Christians, or believers, but for all men, because he, who is the
center of faith, is also the foundation of hope. He is the hope that
every human being constantly needs.” These were the words with which
the Holy Father Benedict XVI opened his speech prior to the praying of
the Angelus on Sunday, November 29, the First Sunday of Advent, in
addressing pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

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Making reference to the new Liturgical Year, which begins with Advent,
the time of preparation for the Birth of the Lord, the Holy Father
highlighted that the II Vatican Council insists on the fact that
“Christ is the center of the liturgy. It is similar to the sun, around
which rotate the planets. Around the liturgy rotate the Blessed Virgin
Mary — she is the closest — and the martyrs and the other saints.” He
then invited us all to gaze upon the Virgin Mary, who “fully incarnates
the humanity that lives in hope based on faith in the living God,” the
Virgin of Advent: “Let us enter her school, to truly enter this time of
grace and to welcome, with joy and responsibility, the coming of God to
our personal and social history.”

After the Angelus, the Holy Father recalled World AIDS Day, with these
words: “This coming Dec. 1 the World AIDS Day will be observed. My
thought and my prayer go to all persons affected by this sickness, in
particular children, to the poorest and to those who are rejected. The
Church does not cease to combat AIDS, through her institutions and the
personnel dedicated to it. I exhort everyone to make their own
contribution with prayer and care, so that those who are affected by
the HIV virus will feel the presence of the Lord who gives support and
hope. Finally, I hope that, by multiplying and coordinating efforts,
this sickness will be halted and eradicated.” (SL)

(Agenzia Fides
30/11/2009)

Links:
Text of the Holy Father’s address, in various languages
https://www.fides.org/_gestione/fidesweb/attachments/index/lan:ita#



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