Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecasts Information for Christmas, Day of Peace Ceremonies

October 27, 2009

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of the ceremonies presided over by Pope Benedict XVI on Christmas and New Year’s Day. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).

  • Thursday, December 24, 2009, Christmas Eve, 21:00 to 23:00 hours, Midnight Mass, presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Friday, December 25, 2009, Christmas Day, 11:00 to 11:45 hours, Christmas Message and Blessing “Urbi et Orbi” (”To the City of Rome and to the World”) of Pope Benedict XVI from St. Peter’s Square.
  • Friday, January 1, 2010, Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, 09:00 - 10:45 Mass, presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica on the occasion of the 43rd World Day of Peace.
  • The broadcasts will be offered free of charge to all broadcasters via Eurovision through its World Feed Service.  A satellite domestic feed for the US and Canada (most likely Galaxy 17, Ku-band) is planned for the Christmas Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Blessing “Urbi et Orbi.”  Details concerning the various satellites and frequencies will soon be posted on  and Texts and background information for television producers and commentators can also be found on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications’ website (
    Television commentaries from the Vatican in English, Spanish and French will be offered on the satellite audio channels. Commentary in other languages may be requested from Vatican Radio’s International Relations Office ([email protected]), which will provide them on a first come, first served basis, depending on availability.
    For those unable to receive the broadcasts through the above mentioned service provider, alternative satellite reception possibilities can be explored. Send email to: [email protected].

    Archbishop Dolan Named Bishops’ Moderator of Jewish Affairs, Succeeds Cardinal Keeler, Archbishop-Emeritus of Baltimore

    October 27, 2009

    WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York has been named Moderator of Jewish Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), succeeding Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop-emeritus of Baltimore, in that role.

    Cardinal Francis George, USCCB president, made the appointment, which is effective November 11, and is for five years.

    In announcing the appointment, Cardinal George noted the New York Archdiocese’s “long history of cooperation and friendship between Catholics and Jews.”

    “Since the Second Vatican Council, important strides in this relationship have been made through dialogue and collaboration in countering racism, anti-Semitism and other offenses against human dignity,” Cardinal George said in the letter of appointment. “Our Episcopal Conference, through the leadership of your predecessors in New York, and especially through the tireless and generous service of Cardinal William Keeler, has sought to contribute to the work of reconciliation between the Church and the Jewish people after centuries of mutual estrangement. While we look back with gratitude on nearly a half century of progress in these efforts at healing and renewal, we also know that important and pressing challenges lie ahead for us.”

    Cardinal George said news of this appointment will be appreciated by the Bishops of the United States, as well as by friends and colleagues in the Jewish community who have come to know Archbishop Dolan as a good listener and faithful interpreter of the historic ties that bind the two communities together.

    “Above all else,” Cardinal George said, the Jewish community will find Archbishop Dolan to be “a friend who communicates the joy of his own faith, while at the same time conveying profound respect for the spiritual gifts of the other.”

    Archbishop Dolan will join Cardinal Keeler on November 11 for the semi-annual USCCB’s consultation with the National Council of Synagogues.  This will be the last Catholic-Jewish meeting at which Cardinal Keeler serves as co-chair.

    Pope Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, Bishop Francis X. Irwin

    October 27, 2009

    WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation Bishop Francis X. Irwin from the office of auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston. In January, Bishop Irwin reached the canonical age for retirement of bishops, 75. The acceptance of the resignation was made public by the Vatican October 20.  
    Pope John Paul II appointed Monsignor Francis Irwin as Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and Titular Bishop of Ubaza on July 24, 1996.
    Francis X. Irwin was born January 9, 1934, in Medford, Massachusetts. He did his theological studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and attained a degree in Social Work at Boston College. He was ordained a priest on February 2, 1960, in Boston. 
    Prior to his appointment as bishop, Monsignor Irwin served as pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, Mass., 1993-1996; pastor of St. Suzanna Parish, Dedham, Mass., 1991-1993; archdiocesan secretary for Social Services, 1985-1993; and archdiocesan director for Catholic Charities, 1982-1985. Prior assignments also include working with Catholic Relief Services in Thailand, 1981-1982.

    The Archdiocese of Boston has a total population of 3,844,675 people, of which 1,484,661, or 39 percent, are Catholic.


    October 27, 2009

    VATICAN CITY, 26 OCT 2009 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique late this morning:

    “On Monday 26 October in the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, the study commission made up of experts from “Ecclesia Dei” and from the Society of St. Pius X held its first meeting, with the aim of examining the doctrinal differences still outstanding between the Society and the Apostolic See.

    “In a cordial, respectful and constructive climate, the main doctrinal questions were identified. These will be studied in the course of discussions to be held over coming months, probably twice a month. In particular, the questions due to be examined concern the concept of Tradition, the Missal of Paul VI, the interpretation of Vatican Council II in continuity with Catholic doctrinal Tradition, the themes of the unity of the Church and the Catholic principles of ecumenism, the relationship between Christianity and non- Christian religions, and religious freedom. The meeting also served to specify the method and organisation of the work”.


    October 27, 2009

    VATICAN CITY, 26 OCT 2009 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received members of the Pontifical Biblical Institute which is currently celebrating its centenary. The institute was founded by Pope Pius X.

    Benedict XVI greeted Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and expressed his thanks to Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The Jesuits, “not without considerable effort, invest financial and human resources in running the Faculty of the Ancient East, the Biblical Faculty here in Rome and the institute’s office in Jerusalem”, said the Pope. He also extended his greetings to include the rector, professors and students of the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

    “This centenary represents a goal and, at the same time, a starting point”, said the Holy Father. “Enriched by the experience of the past, you continue your journey with renewed enthusiasm, aware of the service to the Church that is asked of you: that of bringing the Bible into the life of the People of God that they may know how to face the unprecedented challenges that the modern age poses to the new evangelisation. Our shared hope is that, in this secularised world, Sacred Scripture may become not only the heart of theology but also a source for spirituality and for vigour of faith among all who believe in Christ”.

    The Holy Father recalled that the Vatican Council II Dogmatic Constitution “Dei Verbum” highlighted “the legitimacy and importance of the historical- critical method, identifying therein three essential elements: attention to literary genres; study of historical context; and the examination of what is often called ‘Sitz im Leben’. …The conciliar text also adds another methodological indication. Given that Scripture is a single thing rooted in the one People of God, which has carried it through history, it follows that reading Scripture as a unified whole means reading it on the basis of the Church, … and maintaining faith in the Church as the true key for its interpretation.

    “If exegesis also wishes to be theology, it must recognise that faith is the Church is that form of ’sympathy’ without which the Bible remains a closed book. Tradition does not close access to Scripture, but it opens it. Furthermore it is the Church, in her institutions, that has the decisive word in the interpretation of Scripture. It is, in fact, the Church that is entrusted with the task of authentically interpreting the Word of God as written and transmitted, exercising her authority in the name of Jesus Christ”.


    October 27, 2009

    VATICAN CITY, 25 OCT 2009 (VIS) - After celebrating Mass this morning, Benedict XVI emerged into the atrium of the Vatican Basilica to pray the Angelus with faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Before the Marian prayer the Pope spoke of the recently-concluded Synod for Africa, describing it as “three weeks of prayer and of listening to one another, in order to discern what the Holy Spirit is saying today to the Church that lives on the African continent, but also to the universal Church”.

    The Pope then referred to the happiness of the Synod Fathers “at the dynamism of Christian communities, which continue to grow in quantity and in quality. We are grateful to God for the missionary energies that have found fertile terrain in many diocese and that find expression in the sending of missionaries to other African countries and to other continents”.

    The Synod also gave “particular emphasis to the family, which in Africa too represents the primary cell of society and which today is threatened by ideological currents, some of which come from outside. And what can we say of the young people exposed to this kind of pressure, influenced by models of thought and behaviour that contrast with the human and Christian values of the African people?”

    The Synodal assembly also turned its attention to “the current problems facing Africa and its great need for reconciliation, justice and peace”, to which the Church responds with “the announcement of the Gospel and with human promotion”, making every effort to ensure “that no-one remains without vital necessities, and that everyone can lead a life worthy of human beings”.

    The Pope then addressed “all the people of Africa, in particular those who share the Christian faith”, ideally consigning the final message of the Synod to them. “I encourage you with the words of the Lord Jesus”, he said, “be light and salt of the beloved land of Africa”.

    Finally, Benedict XVI recalled that a Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops will be held next year, announcing that he will deliver that event’s “Instrumentum laboris” to participants during his forthcoming visit to Cyprus.

    After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father spoke of this morning’s beatification in the Italian city of Milan of Fr. Carlo Gnocchi, “a great educator of children and young people”. During World War II he acted as a military chaplain in the Italian “Alpini” regiment, accompanying them on their retreat from Russia during which he escaped death by a miracle.

    “It was then that he decided to dedicate himself entirely to works of charity. Thus, as Milan was being rebuilt, Don Gnocchi worked to ‘rebuild the human person’, gathering orphans and child victims of war and offering them help and education. He gave all of himself unto the end and, dying, donated his corneas to two blind children”.

    “His work has continued over time and currently the Don Gnocchi Foundation is a leader in caring for people of all ages who need therapy and rehabilitation. I greet Archbishop Tettamanzi, archbishop of Milan and … make the motto of this beatification my own: ‘On the side of life, always’”.

    Purpose of White Ribbon Against Pornography

    October 27, 2009

    logoMimNEW YORK, Oct. 26 /Christian Newswire/ -This year, the annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week runs Sunday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 1. WRAP Week is intended to inform the public and public officials about the harms of pornography and the need to enforce obscenity and related laws.

    Resources for individuals and groups are available at (”WRAP Campaign”). These include information about ordering white ribbons and a sheet describing what citizens can do during WRAP Week and throughout the year, sample letter to U.S. Attorney General Holder, sample letter to state prosecutors, sample Proclamation, and sample prayers and sermons.

    MIM President Robert Peters had the following comments:

    “Our nation is facing a moral crisis which is giving rise to, among other things, teen promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS), abortions, children born to single mothers, divorces, sexual abuse of children, rape, trafficking in women and children, on-the-job sexual harassment and lost worker productivity. The costs associated with these problems are incalculable.

    “It is clear that the explosion of hardcore pornography on the Internet and elsewhere is fueling this moral crisis. It is also clear that ignoring the problem (the Clinton administration) and failing to take necessary steps to effectively curb the problem (the Bush administration) won’t solve the problem.

    “The government’s ongoing failure to enforce federal obscenity laws should be a matter of great concern to President Obama and Attorney General Holder.

    “While enforcement of obscenity laws is not the whole answer to the pornography problem, vigorous enforcement will put many hardcore pornographers out of business and encourage others to get or stay out. It will also send the message that pornography is a moral and social evil. Youth especially need to hear this message.

    “The Supreme Court has held that obscenity laws can be enforced against ‘hardcore pornography,’ and these days most commercially distributed pornography is ‘hardcore.’ Among other things, hardcore pornography depicts teen promiscuity, group sex, gang bangs, marital infidelity, sex with prostitutes, siblings and animals, sex mixed with excrement, and the rape and torture of women.

    “The Court has also said there are ‘legitimate governmental interests’ at stake in stemming the tide of commercialized obscenity, which include protecting public safety, family life, and morality, and maintaining a decent society.

    “Clearly, children also need protection both from exposure to hardcore pornography and from sexual predators who use this material to groom their victims and arouse themselves.”

    Thomas More College Consecrated to Sacred Heart, Faculty Profess Loyalty to the Church

    October 27, 2009

    Merrimack, New Hampshire (MetroCatholic) — This past week an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was enthroned in the crowded Chapel of the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and the College was consecrated to the Sacred Heart.

    “Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini… Qui fecit coelum et terram.” With these words began the traditional ceremonials little seen or heard at Catholic institutions in recent decades as Thomas More College Chaplain Father John Healy blessed a large icon recently completed by the College’s Artist-in-Residence, David Clayton.

    Once a traditional and wide-spread devotion, the act of enthronement and consecration has fallen into great neglect. “It was important that my first year as president begin with this clear display of devotion,” said Dr. William Fahey, President of Thomas More College. “Pius XII referred to the devotion to the Sacred Heart as the ‘devotion of devotions.’ It is a simple spiritual and intellectual acceptance of the person and mission of Our Lord. I like to explain the Sacred Heart devotion as a deep meditation on the Kyrie of the Mass—we accept Jesus as the Christ, the redeemer, as our Sovereign Lord, and we accept His mission as a mission of mercy for all men.”

    “Both John Paul II and now Benedict XVI have emphasized that our own humanity is best understood to the degree that we know and experience the humanity of Christ,” said Fahey. “It seems natural that our College, which is so focused on the humanities, should have this as a central liturgical moment in its academic year.”

    The Mass celebrated was that of the Sacred Heart. Professor John Zmirak noted that the celebration took place on the eve of the 16th—exactly between the current and traditional dates of the Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque—perhaps the greatest proponent of the devotion. “That is consoling and interesting given the emphasis that is now being made by the Holy Father on finding links and points of continuity between the long Catholic tradition and the Church’s recent developments and changes,” said Zmirak.

    Enthronement and Consecration to the Sacred Heart became common in the second half of the 19th century. The devotion itself, of course, is scriptural and one can find key proponents in every age—St. Augustine, St. Bernard, St. Albert the Great, Ignatius of Loyola, and many others. But the specific act of consecration developed over the last two centuries.

    Faculty, staff, and students joined first in praying the ancient “Litany of the Sacred Heart” and then in offering the traditional prayer, pledging to the Sacred Heart to strive in “person…life…actions…pains, and sufferings… to do all things for the love of Him, at the same time renouncing what is displeasing to Him.”

    Thomas More College senior, Paul Kniaz, said, “We’re all trying to restore the image of Christ’s Sacred Heart in ourselves. I think that is something we can do as a community as well. This event established our education as having that as its goal.”

    Through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whole states consecrated themselves to the Sacred Heart, including Ireland, Poland, Spain, Portugal, and Ecuador. In the United States certain schools and colleges, religious communities, and families would enthrone the Sacred Heart and make the act of consecration.

    In 1943, one day in Chicago alone, 125,000 people made the act of consecration. In 1953, the Catholic University of America enthroned the Sacred Heart and consecrated itself to it. A large painting of the Sacred Heart once faced all those who entered the University’s central building, McMahon Hall.

    Devotion to the Sacred Heart has nearly disappeared among Catholic academic institutions and the images have largely been moved or taken down.

    “It’s sad that there hasn’t been a greater revival,” remarked President Fahey. “Leo XIII firmly established the devotion; Pius XII enriched its popular appeal. John Paul II spoke about the devotion again and again, and Pope Benedict has always been a proponent of the Sacred Heart. Recently, he issued a letter to the Jesuits encouraging its revival and this summer he opened the Year of the Priest on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.”

    In the middle of the Mass—after the homily—the faculty recited the Profession of Faith before the Tabernacle. The Profession contains the Creed as well as a testimony accepting the entirety of Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Church. It also calls for the professor to promise to “adhere with religious submission of will and intellect” to all authentic Catholic teachings which are presented by the “Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops” whenever they “exercise their authentic Magisterium.” “It was very unifying to see the entire faculty together making that decision to adhere to the Magisterium,” said Thomas More College senior Lucy Domina. “It really emphasized the connection between a devotion to the Sacred Heart and cooperation with the Church’s teaching authority.”

    Dr. Fahey then, with right hand on the chapel Bible, took the Oath of Fidelity on Assuming Office, pledging to see that under his leadership the College will safeguard “the deposit of faith in its entirety” and “faithfully hand it on and explain it.” Both the Profession and the Oath are required by Canon Law, but the knowledge of this law appears little known and its observance rare. All faculty teaching theology or Sacred Scripture at Thomas More College have also received the Mandatum from the Bishop of Manchester.

    The Mass was celebrated in Latin and English with traditional hymns honoring the Sacred Heart and the sovereignty of Christ. Thomas More College’s choir also provided a communion meditation by Thomas Tallis. The Mass concluded with the singing of the Te Deum.

    “I thought it was a very beautiful ceremony,” said Thomas More College senior Luke Chichester. “I hope it can bring the community closer, through an enriched prayer life and dedication to a common goal, as embodied in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

    After Mass, the College retired to the dining hall and enjoyed a feast of seafood and wine.

    The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a four-year college that provides the rising generation with an education that forms them intellectually and spiritually within the Catholic intellectual tradition. Additionally, the College has launched entrepreneurial new centers that seek to advance the teachings of the Catholic Church beyond the confines of its campus. These centers include the Vatican Studies Center, the Center for New England Politics and Culture, and the Center for Faith and Culture in Oxford, England.

    New President Appointed at Thomas Aquinas College

    October 27, 2009

    SANTA PAULA, CA (MetroCatholic) - At its fall meeting today, the Board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College appointed Dr. Michael F. McLean the fourth president of the 38-year old institution. Dr. McLean will succeed interim president Peter L. DeLuca who took office this past April after the tragic death of the school’s 18-year president, Dr. Thomas E. Dillon.

    A member of the teaching faculty of the college since 1978, Dr. McLean holds a BA in philosophy from Saint Mary’s College of California and a PhD also in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. He has served in a number of capacities at the college including as assistant dean for student affairs, vice president for development, and since 2003, dean of the college and member of its Board of Governors.

    On announcing the appointment, Chairman of the Board of Governors Mr. R. James Wensley said, “We on the board look forward with great faith and optimism to the continued ability of the school to produce outstanding graduates under Dr. McLean’s leadership. ”

    Founding president, Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, now a tutor at the college, commented on Dr. McLean’s appointment saying, “Michael McLean has been a superior teacher, a superior dean, and a successful vice president for development. He is, therefore, not only qualified but competent and capable of the highest kind of leadership for the college today.”

    Perhaps unique in America, Thomas Aquinas College is required by its bylaws to seek among the existing members of its teaching faculty for presidential candidates. During this past summer, therefore, a faculty nominating committee consulted with senior faculty members to determine candidates whose names were delivered to a corresponding committee of the Board of Governors. After extensive interviews with those candidates, that committee of the board recommended Dr. McLean to its full membership; governors then voted unanimously to appoint him president.

    Says founder and outgoing interim president, Peter DeLuca, “At the time of our founding, in the late 1960’s, we were keenly aware of the terrible erosion of Catholic identity that was occurring at many, if not most, of our country’s Catholic colleges and universities. Intent on doing all we could to ensure the integrity of our new college over time, we put in a place a presidential selection process that would conduce to the preservation of Thomas Aquinas College’s strong Catholic character and its unique program of Catholic liberal education. Thus, we determined that the selection of a president would be best made from among those who know the college firsthand and have devoted their lives to implementing its founding principles in the classroom.”

    In comments following his appointment, incoming president Dr. McLean said, “I am humbled and deeply honored. I appreciate the careful way in which the faculty and board conducted the presidential selection process. I have a deep love for the College, for the faculty, and for the students and will commit myself completely to preserving the College’s mission, purpose, and fidelity to the Catholic Church. Together with the board and the faculty, and with God’s help, I will work to ensure that the College continues to attract eager and diligent students and remains in its present strong financial condition.”

    At the request of the Board of Governors, Mr. DeLuca will continue to serve as interim president until the end of the first semester later this year. Dr. McLean will take up his new office as president in January, at the start of the second semester; his inauguration will take place on the campus on Saturday, February 13, 2009.

    Michael F. McLean was born on January 31, 1947. He holds a BA in philosophy from Saint Mary’s College of California and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. McLean was appointed to the faculty of Thomas Aquinas College in 1978 and has served as a tutor since that time. In addition, he has served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Vice President for Development, and from 2003 to the present, as Dean of the College and as a member its board of governors.

    After graduating from St. Mary’s College, Dr. McLean served one year as a Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Vincent, British West Indies. He then served another three years as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, with responsibilities for shipboard operations and rescue coordination.

    A long-time resident of Santa Paula, California, Dr. McLean has been active in the local community and at his parish church, St. Sebastian. He is a co-founder of the Great Books Seminars in nearby Ojai, California, and has been a member and president of the board of directors of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, California.

    Dr. McLean enjoys hiking, backpacking, classical music, opera, and gardening. He and his wife of 42 years, Lynda, are the parents of three children, and grandparents of four.

    Thomas Aquinas College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college with a fully-integrated curriculum composed exclusively of the Great Books, the seminal works in the major disciplines by the great thinkers who have helped shape Western civilization. There are no textbooks, no lectures and no electives. Instead, under the guidance of faculty members and using only the Socratic method of dialogue in classes of no more than 20, students read and discuss the original works of authors such as Euclid, Dante, Galileo, Descartes, the American Founding Fathers, Adam Smith, Shakespeare, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Einstein, Aristotle, Plato, St. Augustine, and of course, St. Thomas Aquinas. Graduates consistently excel in the many world-class institutions at which they pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, medicine, business, theology.

    October 27, 2009 – Daily Mass Readings

    October 27, 2009

    Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1
    Rom 8:18-25

    Brothers and sisters:
    For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us. For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity: not willingly, but by reason of him that made it subject, in hope. Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that every creature groaneth and travaileth in pain, even till now. And not only it, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit: even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption of the sons of God, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for? But if we hope for that which we see not, we wait for it with patience.

    Responsorial Psalm
    Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6

    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
    When the Lord brought back the captivity of Sion,
    we became like men comforted.
    Then was our mouth filled with gladness;
    and our tongue with joy.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
    Then shall they say among the Gentiles:
    The Lord hath done great things for them.
    The Lord hath done great things for us: we are become joyful.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
    Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as a stream in the south.
    They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
    Going they went and wept,
    casting their seeds.
    But coming they shall come with joyfulness,
    carrying their sheaves.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

    Lk 13:18-21

    Jesus said, To what is the kingdom of God like, and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and cast into his garden: and it grew and became a great tree, and the birds of the air lodged in the branches thereof.

    And again he said: Whereunto shall I esteem the kingdom of God to be like? It is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.


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    The Challoner Douay Rheims version was prepared by Bishop Richard Challoner, about A.D. 1749-1752, by revising the original Douay Rheims version and by comparing it to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible.

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