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Monday, October 31, 2022

Let Us Pray for Peace to Christ the King through the Intercession of Our Lady!

Editor's Comment: Let all on earth, especially Catholics, pray and do penance for an end to the war between Russia and Ukraine. As we celebrate All Saints and All Souls Day, we can turn to allies in heaven and in purgatory to join in our plea for a just peace. No conflict between nations is a black and white event. Personally, I believe there have been very few wars that were just according to the teachings of Just War Theory. And often, historians find that wars were deliberately provoked to benefit cetain elite groups by increasing their power and control and their riches. May God have mercy on us all and prevent a third World War which we very much deserve for our diabolical disorientation!

Russian Catholic Bishops Courageous Under Putin

T. S. FlandersOctober 31, 2022

Above: the Latin rite Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow, which was restored and rebuilt after the fall of Soviet Communism.

Since the invasion of Ukraine by Putin in February this year, the Russian Catholic bishops have shown the courage incumbent upon successors of the Apostles. We must remember that our brethren in Russia, of the Latin and Greco-Slavonic rites, are a tiny minority who were viciously persecuted under the Soviets, and have slowly built back their churches and numbers over the past few generations.

As war propaganda has escalated in Russia, this has only increased the tension upon Catholics as direct criticism of the war is an illegal and chargeable offence. Faced with the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian bishops fearlessly called Russian politicians to their responsibility for aggression before God.

Consecration of Russia

With the March 25 consecration of Russian and Ukraine to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, it is clear that the Blessed Virgin has galvanised the Russian and Ukrainian Catholic bishops to lay down their life for their sheep. Tirelessly His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who proclaimed that the Consecration would be “victory over evil,” continues daily to shepherd his flock, our Ukrainian Catholic brethren, in the face of invasion and the horrors of war. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Bishop Ihor Isichenko has led his entire diocese into the Catholic Church. [Read more at OnePeter5...]

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