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Government Refuses to File Charges Against Christian Leader Who was Arrested for Praying on a Public Sidewalk in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, June 30 /Christian Newswire/ — During the arrangement of Rev. Patrick Mahoney in Washington, D.C., the US Attorney failed to appear and file formal charges against Rev. Mahoney for his June 8 arrest on a public sidewalk in front of a Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C. 

This action by the Department of Justice indicates that Rev. Mahoney was clearly praying on a public sidewalk and his actions did not violate the law. 

These actions also demonstrate that the City of Washington, D.C. erred in arresting Rev. Mahoney for simply expressing his First Amendment rights in the public square and that Planned Parenthood is misleading pro-life activists by saying the sidewalk in front of their clinic is "private." 

The Christian Defense Coalition plans a major event at Planned Parenthood, Washington, D.C. August 13-14 in which people will join in prayer on the public sidewalk where Rev. Mahoney was arrested. 

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments,

    "It was a disgrace and an outrage that the City of Washington, D.C. arrested me for praying on a public sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. It was clear that I did not violate the law for simply celebrating my free speech and First Amendment rights in the public square. 

    "The US Attorney did not file formal charges because they recognized this also. They knew it would be laughable to try to prosecute a minister for praying on the public sidewalk. We now call upon the City of Washington, D.C. to stop intimidating and harassing peaceful citizens who simply want to publicly pray and counsel. 

    "On August 13-14, we will be calling people to come join the Christian Defense Coalition and pray with us on the sidewalk at Planned Parenthood. Our prayer and hope is that our nation’s capital will choose to celebrate free speech and not crush it."

For more information or interviews call: 

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney at 540.538.4741 




Why Does the River Turn?

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WHY is God letting me suffer in this way? Why are there so many obstacles to happiness and growing in holiness? Why does life have to be so painful? It feels as though I go from valley to valley (even though I know there are peaks in between). Why, God?




‘Unique for a Reason’

USCCB News Release 
June 29, 2010 

WASHINGTON — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage has launched a new initiative for the protection of marriage, entitledMarriage: Unique for a Reason. The initiative is to help catechize and educate Catholics on the meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. 

The launch comes with the release of the first of five videos. The first video is called Made for Each Other and includes a Viewer’s Guide and Resource Booklet. It explores sexual difference and the complementarity between man and woman as husband and wife in marriage. Later videos will treat the good of children, the good of society and what constitutes discrimination, religious liberty, and issues particular to a Latino/a audience. 

“The Committee’s efforts are grounded in the recognition that marriage, as the union of one man and one woman, is at the heart of a flourishing society and culture,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, chairman of the Committee. “The truth of marriage lies at the very core of a true concern for justice and the common good. Promoting marriage is crucial to the New Evangelization. These initial materials seek to provide a key starting point, a compass, for assisting Catholics and all people of good will in understanding why marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman.” 

The DVD, guide, and booklet are intended for use by priests, deacons, catechists, teachers and other leaders. Potential uses include instruction for young adult groups, adult faith formation, and seminary and diaconate education. 

For materials online, Click Here

To purchase from USCCB Publishing, Click Here.

 Mary’s Shelter June Newsletter

Vol. 2, No. 6


We have been very busy the last few months preparing for our Summer Soirée and Fundraiser on August 13th.  We are new to this kind of fundraising and are so grateful to our loyal supporters who have been helping us along the way.  We are excited about the positive direction in which we are moving at Mary’s Shelter, which is evident by the success of so many of our residents.  Please read about some of the wonderful changes our ladies have made in their lives.  These important milestones and successes would not have been possible without your prayers and support.  Thank you for helping these women to hope for more.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 13th!

God Bless.  

Kathleen Wilson, Director

"Look at the mothers who truly love their children: how many sacrifices they make for them. They are ready for everything, even to give their own blood so that their babies grow up good, healthy and strong. "

-St. Gianna Beretta Molla


Friday, August 13th, 2010

7-9 pm 
Summer Soirée and Fundraiser 
in support of 
Mary’s Shelter

homes for women facing a crisis pregnancy 

 Guest Speaker – Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia 

Master of Ceremonies – David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life 

Venue graciously provided by St. Michael the Archangel High School, Fredericksburg, VA

  Please contact
or call 
540 623 5778 for more information.

Proudly Introducing

Baby Nadia, born 6/17/10 

nadia  pink 

Photograph courtesy of Lori Elizabeth Photography

Resident Profiles

The following are profiles of some of our current residents.  All names are fictitious. 

MONICA:  Monica has had a difficult first month at Mary’s Shelter.  During her last month of pregnancy, the teeth in the back of her mouth began falling out, and the pain was really unbearable.  There was nothing the dentist could do for her until after she delivered her baby, so she suffered for weeks.  Finally, at a routine prenatal appointment, the doctor discovered that her kidneys had stopped working, and so she was induced the same day.  Fortunately, Monica was far enough along in her pregnancy that her baby, Nadia Olivia, suffered no ill effects from the emergency induction.  Less than a week after delivery, Monica was back at the library, doing her on-line college program with a toddler on her lap, a baby in a car seat, and two girls playing at computers beside her.  We are all very impressed by Monica’s determination to achieve her goals.  Clearly, little things like oral surgery, kidney malfunction, and childbirth are not going to stop her!

PAULINA: Our newest resident, Paulina, needs a lot of prayers.  She came to us from the Hope House where she had failed to get a job, and therefore, could no longer be a part of their program.    She is not very far along in her pregnancy and is, sadly, still very abortion-minded.  This baby will be her fourth child.   She currently has custody of only one child, her youngest who just turned 1.  She has many difficult issues to deal with, and so we would appreciate prayers both for her and her children, as well as for our staff who must discern how best to work with her.

ISABEL:  Last month, Isabel passed the GED, a real triumph for our 33 yr. old resident.  This fall, Isabel will be entering Germanna Community College as a full-time student.  She is currently doing volunteer work for Mary’s Shelter while she patiently waits for the arrival of her baby boy at the end of July.  We are so proud of her achievement and the good example she is setting for our younger residents that it is never to late to reach your goal if you persevere.  

CATHERINE:  Catherine is placid and sincere, genuine yet often expressionless.   She has proven to all of us here at Mary’s Shelter that she is the embodiment of the expression, "still waters run deep".  Just a short time ago, she was hospitalized for seizures, was stripped of her driver’s license, and was feeling demoralized.  Catherine, however, did not let adversity stand in her way for long.  She applied to Career Training Solutions and was told that if she could pass the entrance exam, she would be awarded a full tuition scholarship.  Catherine has some learning disabilities, so we were worried that she might not pass.  But Catherine was not worried, and she passed!  She has started working at two different jobs and plans to continue working at night while in school.  She has also continued to hold semi-monthly bake sales at Giant, helping to raise over $1200 towards the educational expenses of our residents.  We are very impressed with Catherine’s perseverance and positive attitude and now know that behind a mild exterior lies a fiercely determined woman!

CELINE:  We wish Celine well as she moves on from Mary’s Shelter.  We are going to miss her quirky personality and her great sense of humor.  Celine has decided to move to New Jersey where a cousin has offered her an affordable basement apartment.  She is happy to be closer to her family and is confident she can regain her former job.  Please continue praying for her high-risk pregnancy and that her living arrangement turns out to be as good as it seems.

In addition to the moms you have read about, Mary’s Shelterprovides homes to other mothers and children.  Please keep themALL in your prayers.

Volunteer Corner

amanda picAn Interview with Amanda Lord  

Amanda Lord has been an intern at Mary’s Shelter for four months. She is the proud birthmother of a 5 yr. old boy and a self-proclaimed pro-life activist. 


Q: Please describe your role as an intern at Mary’s Shelter.  

My role as an intern at Mary’s Shelter is sending thank-you notes for donations, keeping an eye on the residents, and doing everything I can to help with the day-to-day function of the home.

Q: Tell us a little about your background.

I grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida. As the only daughter raised by a single father, I have always been a bit of a tom-boy. I graduated from high school while pregnant and living in a maternity home. When I was 20, I moved to Texas to attend college. Knowing that God was calling me to fight for the lives of pre-born babies, I dropped out and moved to California to be a full-time pro-life activist activist. 

Q: What motivated you to want this job?

As a pro-life activist, I ask women to not abort their babies. Interning with Mary’s Shelter has given me the joy of helping women who decide to let their babies live!

Q: What do you feel you have to offer to the residents at Mary’s Shelter?

My experience with a crisis pregnancy has allowed me to relate to the women because I can understand what it is like to live through such trying times. I understand the enormous pressures of being homeless and pregnant without any hope. But I also know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I do my best to show them that. 

Q: How would you describe you relationship with the residents?
I have grown quite close to a couple of the ladies of Mary’s Shelter. I strive to be there for the girls to give them advice or just be there for them to talk to.  Each relationship I have with the women of Mary’s Shelter is a true blessing.

Q: What place does God have in your life?

I can say with certainty that if it were not for Jesus Christ, I would not be alive today. He is my Savior and the Lord of my life.

Q: What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be a housewife and mother while working with women facing crisis pregnancies. 

The Mary’s Shelter Summer Soirée Decorating Project

Do you have an old wooden ladder or rustic wheel barrow?  Would you like to decorate your ladder or wheel barrow and bring it to the Summer Soir
ée Fundraiser?  If so, or if you are intrigued and would like more information, please contact us

pretty ladder

ladder with lights


Our Knitting Class Needs Donations! 

tayani knittingPlease consider a donation of knitting needles or yarn for our semi-monthly knitting classes.  If you are interested in making a donation of supplies, or would like to know what is specifically needed, please contact Ginny Foreman

Thank You!

*We would like to extend a big thank you and loving farewell toFather John Riley, who has been a tremendous supporter of Mary’s Shelter from the very beginning.  We wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his life at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado.  Although we are happy for him and all the lives he will touch in Denver, he will be sorely missed by so many of us here in Virginia.

*Thank you to St. John the Beloved Catholic Church for the very generous donation and sponsorship of one of our ladies during her stay at Mary’s Shelter.  Thank you also for all the wonderful baby items. We appreciate your support and friendship.

*Thank you to Margaret Williamson for helping our residents to host a Pampered Chef party.  All the proceeds, as well as Margaret’s commission, went towards the purchase of badly needed cooking supplies for our homes.  We had a great turn-out for the party, and Margaret showed our ladies how to prepare several easy and delicious dishes.  Thank you to everyone who came, and especially to those who couldn’t come but placed an order online!  The residents and cooking class instructors are extremely grateful for all the new supplies.

*Thank you to Fr. Bjorn Lundberg from St. Mary’s Catholic Church for taking part in our Saturday Night Speaker Series.  Fr. Lundberg really has a gift for speaking, which was proven by the mix of tears and laughter around the room.  Our residents desperately need such words of encouragement, wisdom and hope.  We hope you will come back again soon!

*A huge thank you to Lori Fowlkes for working so tirelessly on our invitations for the Summer Soirée!  They are truly works of art.  If you would like to see one, make sure you are on our mailing list!  Email your address to:

*We would like to send a big shout-out to AKA Printing and St. Michael the Archangel High School for their incredible out-pouring of help and generosity.

*Thanks to Rachel Luciani and the Daisy Troop 3771 for their donations.  We are so thrilled that you could come to the shelter to visit and spend time with some of our tiny residents!


A Final Thank You

We are very grateful to the wonderful volunteers, prayer warriors, and donors who are crucial to the survival of Mary’s Shelter. Through your ongoing support, we pray that this ministry will continue to foster a culture of life in our community for many years to come.

We hope you will continuing praying for the success of our"Fulfill the Promise" Campaign. Please help us by spreading word!

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Thank you and may God Bless you!

The Directors and Staff of Mary’s Shelter

African American auxiliary bishop from Chicago speaks in Sacramento

Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry concelebrated a Mass with Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto on Sunday, June 27, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to celebrate the accomplishments of Catholic African-American college, high school, and eighth grade graduates. 

The Mass was followed by a reception, during which a small group of pro-lifers met with the bishops. The event was sponsored by the Black Catholic Council of the Diocese of Sacramento. 

In his homily, Bishop Perry encouraged the graduates to remain faithful to the Church, to honor their parents, and to avoid the materialistic temptations facing today’s youth. 

Bishop Perry, who is African American, has been outspoken in promoting a culture of life and calling attention to the disproportionate number of abortions killing black babies. He is the author of “Abortion and its Impact on the Black Community,” a statement posted on the Chicago archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics website. 

In the statement, Bishop Perry quotes African American Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley of Washington, D.C., who noted, “Since the Roe v. Wade decision, the number one cause of death in the African American community is abortion. We have lost 13 million lives. To put that in perspective, that is one third of our present black population. 1,452 black children are lost each day to abortion!” 

Abortion, said Bishop Perry in the statement, “is a topic essentially kept hush-hush in the black community,” while “The right to abortion is quietly spelling the decimation of the black community in our society.” 

Bishop Perry encouraged parish pro-life activities. “In parishes and in dioceses all over the country Catholics consider the subject of abortion one of the chief witnesses of our modern times for which we are pledged to continue to raise awareness about alternatives to abortion, particularly, to let women in trouble be aware that they have other options,” said Bishop Perry in “Abortion and its Impact on the Black Community.” 

“We run up against public protest that abortion is a right, a choice, a medical procedure like any other for which women should not be deprived of their reproductive freedom and their right to health care in this vein,” said Bishop Perry. “These protestations attempt to deter people from the fundamental truth that a human life is murdered by abortion and based upon conscientious considerations, let alone Christian belief, every life, even one conceived under difficult circumstances deserves a chance.” 

One of the largest abortion businesses in California is Family Planning Associates (FPA), founded by Dr. Edward Allred. FPA also operates three of Chicago’s largest abortion facilities, which have performed thousands of abortions on black and Hispanic women. 

Allred became a multi-millionaire racetrack owner from the profits of FPA abortions. He openly stated his racist philosophy in a 1980 interview with The San Diego Union. “Take the recent influx of Hispanic immigrants: Their lack of respect for democracy and social order is frightening,” he told the newspaper. “I hope I can do something to stem that tide. I’d set up a clinic in Mexico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calexico would help. The survival of our society could be at stake… When a sullen black woman can decide to have a baby and get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to all of us it’s time to stop. In parts of South Los Angeles having babies for welfare in the only industry the people have.”



Mary Vitamin for June 30th

 Topic: the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Priesthood


St. Peter Julian Eymard

Pray, therefore, for the priesthood; beg that vocations to it may be multiplied; labor to obtain holy, zealous priests for the people. This was Mary’s prayer, her apostolate of predilection.


St. Peter Julian Eymard

And now, she not only begs her Son for holy vocations, but she guards and protects them. The priest is Mary’s privileged child. It is she who trains him to piety in youth and shields his virtue; she it is who nourishes his fervor, who leads him by the hand to the foot of the altar and
presents him to the Bishop, as once she offered Jesus in the
Temple. She encourages him in the thousand sacrifices of study, in his combats against fear of the priestly responsibility. The priest formed by Mary!_O good and holy priest, how well Jesus will receive thee!

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, (Eymard Library): 138-9.


Today, my prayer will be for vocations, a prayer close to the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 By priests, Jesus receives that sacramental life which He consecrates to the glory of His father; by them, He is more glorified than by even the most devout of the Faithful. He has given them all His rights and all His power.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, (Eymard Library), 138.

 Marian Vow:

The sixth of the Seven Biblical Guideposts: Acts

It is the mission of the Mother of the Church, of the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, of the Queen of the Apostles in prayer at the Cenacle. The Eucharist, the Holy Spirit, our Lady, the Church: the Immaculate is at the center with her mission of gathering all her children into the Church animated by the Holy Spirit at the foot of the Tabernacle.

Marian Seraphic Pathways 

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thanks be to God for graces received.

Related sites: Castle of the Immaculate & AirMaria


August 20, 1994

My Sufferings Were For You, Child

Mary speaks:  I cannot express in words how I suffered. I have given you some experience in my sufferings.

My suffering was so deep, only by God’s grace could a human person experience such suffering.

There were not wounds, there was no blood, there was, my child, only the experiences of my heart. My heart was pierced so deeply with a sword. Such deep pain, a sword piercing would not describe the pain I had. Do you wonder how deep did the sword pierce my heart? The depth was incomprehensible. My life was lived in such connectedness with my Son, in such intimacy with Him. I watched my beloved Son, to Whom I was so closely united for 33 years, suffer so dishonorably.

My sufferings were for you, child. I love you as no earthly mother ever loved a child. I am your most loving Mother. If I underwent such suffering for you, do you think I would not be protecting and loving you now? I have not gone. I am with you!

If I could only tell you what I saw: my Son suffering for love of you. If I could let you see through my eyes what He suffered for love of you!

If you meditate on His Passion in the rosary and the Stations, you see His immense love. I will help you to see His love more and more through my eyes.

I appear to tell all of this suffering. This is the key to understanding how much you are loved. Think of what I saw, look through my eyes, hold His lifeless body under the cross, meditate on the Seven Sorrows that I hold deep in my heart. It is there you will know His immense love. Look at my Son through a mother’s eyes. Look at Him as He dragged the heavy cross on His way to the Crucifixion. Stand by and watch them pull His hair and drag Him away, and beat His precious bare body. Stand with me, little ones, as I walked with Him and look through my eyes. You will realize more His great love for you.

Go to Him, love Him, He is in the Eucharist this day. He longs, longs for your individual love. He is your lover, on FIRE for love of you. I love you so much.

I am Mary, your Mother.

Emotions (ecstasies):

R.    I experienced great graces and insights into Jesus and Mary’s sufferings. The veil was lifted and I felt so deeply the presence of God. It is His presence that saturated my being, a connectedness to Him and this deep intimacy with Him alone. This world seems non-existent and I am wrapped into the experience. Time seems to stand still and I behold the presence of God, deep, deep in my being. On Christmas day after Mass, 1993, I had such immense pain, I could hardly stand it. Pains in the heart, not physical pain, an understanding of agony in my heart. On January 6, 1994, I was elevated to such a high level, saturated in His love, then after Communion such immense agony in my heart. Agony inexpressible in words.

Saint Dominic: His Mother’s Favorite 



By Nora V. Clemente-Arnaldo 

Just like any caring and loving mother, Doña Jane de Guzman wanted her favorite child to be successful. There were moments though when she wondered what the future held for him. She was always having the strangest dreams about him as she would see him with a bright light shining round his head and his eyes aflame as though he were seeing things which only he could see. Sometimes she would hear voices calling out, “It is Dominic de Guzman who is going to speak. W

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e must come and see him.”

But most often, according to M.V. Woodgate’s “Saint Dominic,” she had a dream which did not seem to be connected with him at all. It was of a little dog with a flaming torch coming out of its mouth. To her, it was such a funny little animal that she could not help but laugh at it. Yet, when she described it to a wise woman who lived in the town, the latter did not laugh. She said that the appearance of this dog meant that her favorite child would someday speak words so wonderful that they would set the world on fire.

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30 Years After Harris v. McRae, Landmark Decision Holds New Significance During Kagan Confirmation Hearings

WASHINGTON, June 30 /Christian Newswire/ — On June 30, 1980 – 30 years ago today – Americans United for Life (AUL) successfully defended the Hyde Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case Harris v. McRae, resolving a four-year legal battle to ensure that Congress may prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortion. 

The Kagan tie-in? 

Harris v. McRae has prevented taxpayer-funded abortion under Medicaid for three decades, and established a legislative standard set by the Hyde Amendment. This narrow 5-4 decision has had a major impact on an issue upon which seven out of ten voters agree – public funds should not be used for abortion. 

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, reminded supporters in a speech last week, "We won Harris v. McRae with one vote." 

Among those who opposed the decision were Justice John Paul Stevens, whose seat President Obama proposes to fill with Elena Kagan, and Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom Kagan clerked and has repeatedly singled out as someone she admires. Marshall, an advocate of unrestricted abortion, thought that a judge should "do what [he] thinks is right and let the law catch up." 

Elena Kagan’s record as a pro-abortion political operative who has pre-judged the abortion issue clearly demonstrates that she would use her position as a judge to impose her extreme views upon the American people, rather than impartially interpreting the law. 

Dr. Yoest, who is scheduled to testify tomorrow before the Senate Judiciary Committee, will raise this critical point. 

Today, with a full day of questioning ahead, Senators need to ask Elena Kagan what she thinks of Harris v. McRae. Will she respect this precedent or will she, like her hero Aharon Barak, "adapt the law to life’s changing needs"? 

Brief Background of Harris v. McRae: 

In 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of certain federal tax dollars to pay for abortion. Cora McRae challenged the Hyde Amendment, taking action against Patricia Harris, then Secretary of Health and Human Services. On June 30, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the funding restrictions of the Hyde Amendment were constitutional. 

Harris v. McRae is a landmark decision because it ensures that Congress can prohibit the use of taxpayer funds for abortion. 

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. 

AUL’s legal team has been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation. 

Recently, Americans United for Life detailed the facts on taxpayer-funding of abortion during the debate over federal health care legislation, provided legal assistance to states working to opt out of abortion provisions created by federal health care law, and has played a major role in educating policymakers on the record of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.


Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – “God is close to his faithful servants and frees them from all evil, and frees the Church from negative powers.” This was the theme of the biblical texts proclaimed on the Solemnity of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, according to the Holy Father Benedict XVI, who presided the Mass at the Vatican Basilica, concelebrated by 38 Metropolitan Archbishops who received the pallium. 
“In the first reading – the Holy Father said – a specific episode is narrated that shows the Lord’s intervention to free Peter from prison. In the second Paul, on the basis of his extraordinary apostolic experience, is convinced that the Lord, who already freed him ‘from the mouth of the lion’ delivers him ‘from all evil,’ by opening the doors of Heaven to him. In the Gospel we no longer speak of the individual Apostles, but the Church as a whole and its safekeeping from the forces of evil, in the widest and most profound sense. Thus we see that the promise of Jesus – ‘the powers of hell shall not prevail’ on the Church – yes, includes the historical experience of persecution suffered by Peter and Paul and other witnesses of the Gospel, but it goes further, wanting to protect especially against threats of a spiritual order.”

Continuing his homily, the Pope highlighted: “if we think of the two millennia of Church history, we can see that – as the Lord Jesus had announced (cf. Mt 10.16-33) – Christians have never been lacking in trials, which in some periods and places have assumed the character of real persecution. These, however, despite the suffering they cause, are not the greatest danger for the Church. In fact it suffers greatest damage from what pollutes the Christian faith and life of its members and its communities, eroding the integrity of the Mystical Body, weakening its ability to prophesy and witness, tarnishing the beauty of its face.” Faced with this reality, therefore, there is “a guarantee of freedom promised by God to the Church, it is freedom from the material bonds that seek to prevent or coerce mission, both through spiritual and moral evils, which may affect its authenticity and credibility.”
Associating the theme of the Church’s freedom to the rite of the imposition of the Pallium, Benedict XVI explained that “historically, union with the Apostolic See, ensures the particular Churches and Episcopal Conferences freedom with respect to local, national or supranational powers, that can sometimes hinder the mission of the ecclesial Church. Furthermore, and most essentially, the Petrine ministry is a guarantee of freedom in the sense of full adherence to truth and authentic tradition, so that the People of God may be preserved from mistakes concerning faith and morals. Hence the fact that each year the new Metropolitans come to Rome to receive the pallium from the hands of the Pope, must be understood in its proper meaning, as a gesture of communion, and the issue of freedom of the Church gives us a particularly important key for interpretation. This is evident in the case of churches marked by persecution, or subject to political interference or other hardships. But this is no less relevant in the case of communities that suffer the influence of misleading doctrines or ideological tendencies and practices contrary to the Gospel. Thus the pallium becomes, in this sense, a pledge of freedom.”
Lastly, the Pope highlighted the ecumenical meaning of Christ’s promise that the powers of hell will not prevail over the Church: “one of the typical effects of the Devil is division within the Church community. The divisions are in fact symptoms of the power of sin, which continues to act in members of the Church even after redemption. But…the unity of the Church is rooted in its union with Christ, and the cause of full Christian unity – always to be sought and renewed from generation to generation – is well supported by his prayer and his promise.” (SL) (Agenzia Fides 30/06/2010)

Complete text of the Holy Father’s homily, in Italian