#ShortNews: Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in annual miracle

The miracle takes place on the anniversary of the martyrdom of San Gennaro (St. Januarius) in September 305 AD.

The first historical reference to the liquefaction of the martyr’s blood is dated 1389. Although now a headline-making saint, little is known about San Gennaro except that he was bishop of Benevento to the south of Naples and was martyred during the persecution of Christians spearheaded by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. According to legend, his body and head, still dripping blood, were gathered up by an old man and taken to a safe place while a local woman filled a phial with his spilt blood.

The dried blood of the saint is preserved in two glass phials and traditionally liquefies three times a year, the Church says, thanks to the devotion and prayers of the faithful. The liquefaction process sometimes takes hours, even days, and on occasions fails to happen at all.

Read full story: http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/09/19/bishop-falls-ill-at-san-gennaro-miracle_b2c86944-8b2b-4be7-85db-380e7866672d.html

#ShortNews: Five things every Catholic can do to end the abuse crisis

For the vast majority of Catholics this approach to the abuse crisis is, in fact, delusional. The number of faithful Catholics who can contribute anything at all to any sort of resignation effort is vanishingly small. On this basis alone, any sort of commitment on our part to the removal of the current pope is a tremendous distraction. And the great problem with distractions—throughout the whole long history and life of the Church—is that they are used by Satan to prevent us from tending to our own holiness.

What can I do?

1. Speak (and live) the truth about human sexuality
2. Be unflinchingly honest about the nature of the current abuse crisis
3. Communicate with your pastor and your bishop
4. Strengthen your relationship with the Church
5. Pray and Sacrifice

Read full article by Jeffrey Mirus; https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/articles.cfm?id=752

#ShortNews: Vatican-China pact includes good and bad: analysis

Two days after what so many have called a “historic agreement” between China and the Holy See on the appointment of bishops, attempts to understand and evaluate its scope continue. The sober announcement of the Vatican Press Office – while all the journalists were busy elsewhere, on Pope Francis’ journey to Lithuania – was greeted with a mix of optimism and dark pessimism.

Among the optimists, the adjective “historic” abounded, forgetting that the agreement has been labelled “provisional”, subject to “periodic evaluations”, and that the Holy See Press Office director spoke of the “beginning” of “a process” and not of its “end”.

For the pessimists, it is “the beginning” of a total sell out of the Chinese Church to the State which, as is already the case, will do what it wants, that is, transform it into a Party instrument. They also point out the silent suffering that Catholics official and unofficial have had to bear for almost 70 years.

Read full article here: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-Vatican-agreement:-some-positive-steps,-but-without-forgetting-the-martyrs-45023.html