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Our Lady of Sorrows

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the seven great sorrows which Mary lived in relation to Her Son, as they are recorded in the Gospels or through Tradition. Today we are invited to reflect on Mary's deep suffering:1. At the prophecy of Simeon: "You yourself shall be pierced with a sword - so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare." (Luke 2:35).2. At the flight into Egypt; "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt." (Mt 2:13).3. Having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem; "You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow." (Luke 2:48).4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary; 5. Standing at the foot of the Cross; "Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother." (John 19:25).6. Jesus being taken from the Cross; 7. At the burial of Christ.Prior to the Second Vatican Council, there were two feasts devoted to the sorrows of Mary. The first feast was insitituted in Cologne in 1413 as an expiation for the sins of the iconoclast Hussites.  The second is attributed to the Servite order whose principal devotion are the Seven Sorrows.  It was institued in 1668, though the devotion had been in existence since 1239 - five years after the founding of the order.

Pope to visit Thailand, Japan in November (Vatican Press Office)

Pope Francis will visit Thailand from November 20-23 and Japan from November 23-26, the Vatican press office announced on September 13. In Japan, he will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.

Priests in Tasmania to face up to 21 years in jail if they fail to report abuse revealed in Confession (The Australian)

“People in religious ministry (will now be) mandatory reporters of child sexual abuse, even when they have obtained that knowledge in the confessional,” said Elise Archer, attorney general of the Australian island state (map).

Wyoming diocese says it's substantiated 3 more allegations against former bishop (Casper Star-Tribune)

The Diocese of Cheyenne announced in 2018 that Bishop Joseph Hart was guilty of the sexual abuse of minors. Bishop Hart, now 87, was a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (1956-1976), auxiliary bishop of Cheyenne (1976-78), and bishop of Cheyenne (1978-2001). He resigned five years before the typical retirement age of 75 and has denied committing sexual abuse.

Diocese of Rochester files for bankruptcy (Democrat & Chronicle)

“I begin by renewing my sincere apology to all those who have suffered sexual abuse by those clerics or Church personnel who violated their position of trust,” Bishop Salvatore Matano said. “We believe this is the only way we can provide just compensation for all who suffered the egregious sin of sexual abuse, while ensuring the continued commitment of the Diocese to the mission of Christ.”

US Senate passes legislation to hold China accountable for rights abuses in Xinjiang (Radio Free Asia)

The Chinese government has detained over a million Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang (map).

Vatican UN nuncio laments 'cycle of violence' surrounding 9/11 attacks (CNS)

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, spoke at an event hosted by the Maryknoll Sisters at the UN.

Papua New Guinea bishop arrested for 'defamation' of police (AsiaNews)

Bishop Rolando Crisostomo Santos of Alotau-Sideia denounced the burning of 19 homes by police.

Defend the Christian presence in Nineveh, Cardinal Sako urges (AsiaNews)

Born in 1948, Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako has led the Chaldean Catholic Church since 2013. The church is among the Eastern Catholic churches in full communion with the Holy See.

Be faithful to your roots and tradition, Pope tells Discalced Augustinians (Vatican News)

Approved by the Vatican in 1610, the Order of Discalced Augustinians (Italian-language website) began as a reform movement within the Order of St. Augustine.