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Sunday October 20th. 2013
Pope Francis in Assisi at the tomb of St. Francis.
Recently,  Pope Francis visited Assisi, and spent the first three hours of the day with disabled children and poor people. Only afterwards did he finally head to the much venerated tomb of St. Francis. The obvious message was that the Pope prefers spending time with people in need rather than at historic shrines. Thousands gathered at Assisi to welcome Pope Francis on the feast of his namesake, St. Francis. He called on the whole Church to imitate St Francis by embracing poverty and stripping itself of the "spirit of world". "A Christian cannot co-exist with the spirit of the world," he said. “Worldliness leads us to vanity, arrogance, pride. And this is an idol; it is not of God.", The Pope spoke in the "stripping room" of the Assisi where the saint shed himself of his rich clothes and embraced a life of poverty . "This is a good occasion God inviting the Church to strip itself," the Pope said, adding that he directed his invitation not merely to the hierarchy and
clergy  but to all the Church's members, and that he sought renunciation of spiritual complacency as well as material riches. "It is so sad to find a worldly Christian, who thinks he enjoys the security of the faith and of the world. One can't have it both ways."  Immediately before the Mass, Pope Francis greeted the parents and the young patients, many of whom were confined to wheelchairs. Throughout his visit, the room resounded with their cries and moans.  "We are among the wounds of. Jesus," the Pope said. "Jesus is hidden in these kids, in these children, in these people. On the altar we adore the flesh of Jesus, in the Eucharist; in them we find the wounds of Jesus." The Pope noted that Jesus' body after the Resurrection was unblemished except for the five wounds he had received during his crucifixion. "He wanted to preserve only the wounds, and he took them with him into heaven," the Pope said. "We treat the wounds of Jesus here, and in heaven he shows us his wounds and tells all of us, all of us: 'I am waiting for you.''
Award-winning singers take USA by storm EILIDH DAVIES, Invergarry, and Calum MacLeod, gold medallists at last year's Mod in Dunoon, were the guests recently of Commun Gaidheleach America who invited them, all expenses paid, to sing at the Mod America, Pennsylvania, Virginia. They received a great welcome, and both said it was a fantastic opportunity to share their love of Gaelic songs with a new audience. They also spent some time in Washington where they met many enthusiasts, and  Eilidh performed at a ceilidh.  John Morriosn, chief executive of An Commun Gaidheleach, said the continued interest from the USA and Canada in the Gaelic language, culture and tradition proves Gaelic has an international dimension spanning the Atlantic. Something very special happened to Eilidh during her visit to America, where she was joined later by her boyfriend, Garry Paterson, for an extended week. She came back radiant with the news that she and Garry had become engaged. Garry lives in Wales, but they hope to set up home in Inverness after their marriage as Guy has been offered a transfer by BT. We wish  Eilidh and Garry every happiness as they prepare for their wedding in the future. In the photo you can just see the ring which is made of Welsh gold with a lovely diamond set in the middle.
Catholic opera star tells pupils that the sky's the limit THE AMERICAN OPERA singer, who was the fantastic star of this year’s  Last Night of the Proms, has told Catholic pupils in Kansas to dream big. Joyce DiDonato, described as a "prodigy of nature" and "possibly the greatest coloratura soprano alive", was speaking to pupils at St Ann’s School, Prairie Village, where she grew up in a Catholic family. She said she used to dream of becoming a pop star. "Opera was something 1 didn't understand," she said.” She recalled going to Mass at the school every Sunday and sitting in the front row. You're sitting right here in front of me now" she told her young audience, "and you have no idea what you can do with your life. 1 want to remind you the sky is the limit - what you dare to dream really can come true!"  Those who watched the Last Night of the Proms must have been  entranced not only by the beauty of Joyce DiDonato’s singing but the incredible ease with which she reached notes that one would have thought well beyond the compass of any soprano.