World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 17 – 30, 2012

World Mission Rosary Intentions

December 17 – 30, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary English; Spanish; Italian

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Maria Goretti, the Patron Saint of Rape Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Rape Map of Democratic Republic of the Congo Extract from: UN alleges rapes in DR Congo unrest: “The UN has accused government troops and M23 rebels of raping and killing civilians and looting towns during battles in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last month. The United Nations said on Friday that UN investigators had confirmed that M23 rebels and government troops had committed serious abuses in their battle for control of mineral-rich North Kivu province and its capital Goma. The investigations indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other human rights violations after they retreated from Goma following its capture by M23 rebels. The UN mission could not confirm reports that 72 rapes were committed in the Minova area, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) south of Goma, but its initial investigation found that several violations, including rape and looting, were committed by Congolese army elements, UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said. ‘Preliminary investigations by MONUSCO indicate that several human rights violations, including rape and looting, were committed by FARDC (Congolese army) elements (in Minova),’ del Buey told reporters in New York. ‘MONUSCO cannot confirm the reported figure of 72 rapes but is on the ground conducting further investigations,’ he said.” See also: U.N. Confirms Rapes in DR Congo Unrest, Why eastern DR Congo is ‘rape capital of the world’, UN investigates rapes in DR Congo unrest. Videos: Rape in a lawless land.

Saint Maria Goretti: Patron Saint of Rape Victims (Feast Date: July 6) Extract from Saint Maria Goretti:  Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. . . . the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.  In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God’s forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. The vision of Maria in a dream led to Alessandro’s conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.” See pictures of Saint Maria Goretti,  July 6 – Saint Maria Goretti: Patron Saint of Rape Victims, Official Prayers to Saint Maria Goretti and video: Saint Maria Goretti. See also: July 6 – Saint Maria Goretti: Patron Saint of Rape Victims.

Oceania (Blue Beads)  

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of New Zealand, may come to the aid of those affected by the rare tornado in Auckland, New Zealand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster: Tornado  Map of New Zealand Extract from Rare tornado kills 3 in New Zealand’s largest city: “An unusually destructive tornado swept through neighborhoods around New Zealand’s largest city Thursday, killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes. The small tornado hit Hobsonville and Whenuapai, western suburbs of Auckland, during a midday storm that also uprooted trees, damaged buildings and caused flooding that closed roads. Authorities said that as well as those who died, seven people suffering a range of injuries were admitted to hospitals. Thursday’s tornado was the deadliest in New Zealand in more than 60 years. Although the country reports about seven tornados on average each year, most are small, mild and do little damage. New Zealand’s temperate maritime climate means it isn’t prone to the large, destructive tornados that plague places like the American Midwest. Auckland Council spokesman Glyn Walters said the storm made about 150 homes uninhabitable. He said some of those homes had roofs torn off or were severely damaged while others had more minor damage or had lost power. He said 250 residents were taken to an air force base at Whenuapai, where council staff and welfare workers were assisting them.” See also: New Zealand tornado: freak storm hits Auckland suburb, Tornado hits small West Coast town, Rare tornado kills three in New Zealand. VIDEOS: Deadly, rare tornado hits New Zealand, Three dead as tornado strikes New Zealand city.

Saint Francis Xavier: Patron Saint of New Zealand (Feast Date: December 3) Extract from Saint Francis Xavier: “Tremendously successful missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000 converts. His epic finds him dining with head hunters, washing the sores of lepers in Venice, teaching catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month. He tolerated the most appalling conditions on long sea voyages, enduring extremes of heat and cold. Wherever he went he would seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, and he saw the greater part of the Far East. Had the gift of tongues. Miracle worker. Raised people from the dead. Calmed storms. Prophet. Healer.” See picture of Saint Francis Xavier. See also: December 3 – Saint Francis Xavier: Patron Saint of Missionaries, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Indianapolis, Apostleship of Prayer, and Against Epidemics.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Peter Gonzalez, the Patron Saint of Mariners, may come to the aid of those affected by the shipwreck in the North Sea.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Baltic Ace Car Carrier Collision with Corvus J. Map of Netherlands Extract from Baltic Ace Sinking: Body Found in North Sea Search for Seven Missing Crew: “One of the seven crew missing after the Baltic Ace cargo ship sank yesterday has been found dead in the North Sea by search and rescue teams. This brings the confirmed death toll to five. The other six crew members are presumed dead, but the search for their bodies continues. The Baltic Ace ship, which was carrying cars, collided with the Corvus J in the North Sea 40 miles from the Dutch coast last night. Crew members from the Baltic Ace were forced to abandon ship after it started to sink quickly. The Corvus J was badly damaged but did not sink. None of its crew were harmed. Four people from the Baltic Ace were confirmed dead and 13 other were rescued. A further seven were missing and the coast guard called off the search for them at 2.00am. They resumed the search this morning, but were looking for bodies rather than survivors. The crew members were from Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine and the Philippines. Two of those confirmed dead and three of the missing men are believed to be Polish. The captain, who was also Polish, survived.” See also: Ships collide in North Sea, killing 4, Baltic Ace, Cargo Ship, Sinks In North Sea After Colliding With Another Vessel, Baltic Ace death toll. VIDEO: Baltic Ace shipwreck: Dutch coastguards call off search.

Saint Peter Gonzalez: Patron Saint of Mariners (Feast Dates: April 14) Extract from Bl. Peter Gonzales: “Peter Gonzales, also known as St. Elmo or St. Telmo, was born to a Castilian family of nobility. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, named canon of the local cathedral, famous for his penances and mortifications, joined the Dominican Order, preached and made chaplain of the court of King St. Ferdinand III. He converted and influenced the soldiers of his country, evangelized, and died on Easter Sunday. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741. Peter evangelized throughout his country and all along the coast. He had a special fondness for sailors. He used to visit them aboard their ships, preaching the Gospel and praying for their needs.” See PICTURE of St. Peter Gonzales. See also April 14 – Saint Peter Gonzales: Patron Saint of Mariners.

America (Red Beads)    

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, the Patron Saint of Aviation, may come to the aid of those affected by the Jenni Rivera Learjet accident near Monterrey, Mexico, and plane accidents elsewhere.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster: Map of Mexico Extract from U.S.-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash: “Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash after the small jet she was travelling in went down in northern Mexico, her father said on Sunday. A spokesman for the state government of Nuevo Leon said investigators had found the remains of Rivera’s Learjet, which disappeared from the radar 62 miles from the northern city of Monterrey at about 3:30 a.m. local time/4.30 a.m. EST. Speaking after the wreckage was discovered, the singer’s father, Pedro Rivera, told Telemundo television all seven of the people on board the plane, including two pilots, had died. ‘Everyone was lost,’ Rivera said, flanked by two sons. Investigators are still searching the crash site in the municipality of Iturbide, south of Monterrey. The transportation and communications ministry said the wreckage was strewn so far and wide that it was hard to recognize anything. It was not clear what caused the crash.” See also: Rivera death: US to help plane crash investigation, Accident & Incident Data.
VIDEOS: Jenni Rivera’s plane plunged from 28,000 feet, Mexican official says, Jenni Rivera, Latin music star, dies in plane crash. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, the Patron Saint of Aviation (Feast Dates: May 9, November 10, December 10) Extract from Our Lady of Loreto The Holy House of Nazareth: “December 10th, 1294, in the area of Loreto, Italy (across the Adriatic Sea and southwest of Tersatto,) shepherds reported seeing a house in the sky, flying across the sea, supported by Angels. They reported, one of the Angels (Michael) wore a red cape, and seemed to be leading the others. They saw Our Lady and the Baby Jesus seated on top of the house. The Angels continued inland, about four miles, and landed with their precious house and its Royal Passengers into a wooded area called Banderuola. The news spread, quickly drawing many people to pilgrimage to the House in Banderuola. But they were not all working on the same agenda. Robbers came to waylay, rob, and beat the pilgrims. The faithful stopped coming, and the house quickly fell into neglect. The Angels, who had been put in charge of protecting the House, lifted it again and set it down on a small hill in the middle of a farm. The only problem was, this land was owned by two brothers, named Antici, who began fighting immediately over ownership of the house. So the Angels moved the house, a third time, to another hill. This time they placed it down on the middle of a road, the site it occupies now, and has for the last 700 years. Tradition tells us that as soon as the house moved off the brothers’ property, they became the best of friends. The Angels had moved the Holy House three times in one year.” See also: May 9, November 10, December 10 – Our Lady of Loreto: Patron Saint of Italy and of Aviation, NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LORETO.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Rose of Lima, the Patron Saint of the Philippines, may come to the aid of those affected by Typhoon Bopha in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: Typhoon Bopha Map of Philippines Extract from Death Toll From Typhoon Exceeds 450 in Philippines, “The death toll from the typhoon that tore through the southern Philippines this week rose past 450 on Friday with over 500 still missing, and there were assertions that climate change, deforestation, poor planning and other factors had worsened the catastrophe. The government’s main disaster agency said Friday afternoon that 456 people were known to have been killed by Typhoon Bopha, with 533 people missing and 445 injured. Local officials estimated that the final death toll would exceeded 500. About 393,000 people were said to be living temporarily in evacuation centers or receiving some other form of government assistance. Government officials said this week that storm patterns related to climate change had put communities unaccustomed to strong typhoons in Bopha’s path. But they also said the destruction had been exacerbated by deforestation from illegal logging and small-scale mining, as well as poor planning and confusion created by maps supposed of vulnerable areas. ‘I requested samples of the geohazard maps and even I couldn’t read them,’ Senator Loren Legarda, an outspoken proponent of disaster preparedness programs, said Friday in an interview.” See also: Typhoon in Philippines leaves nearly 300 dead, hundreds missing. VIDEOS: Typhoon Bopha carves across Philippines, killing scores of people, Philippines: Typhoon Bopha leaves over 270 dead, Typhoon Bopha: Death Toll Tops 350 In Philippines; Scores Missing In Worst-Hit Areas, Filipinos report food shortages after Typhoon Bopha, Philippines Mindanao island hit by Typhoon Bopha. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan,

Saint Rose of Lima: Patron Saint of the Philippines (Feast Dates: August 23, 30) Extract from Extract from SAINT ROSE OF LIMA, VIRGIN—1617: “Rose seems to have taken for her model St. Catherine of Siena, and, like the earlier saint, she experienced so ardent a love of God whenever she was in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament that exaltation completely filled her soul. Yet Rose was not without a practical side. Her father had been well-to-do, but when he lost money in mining ventures, the family’s fortunes reached a very low ebb. Rose helped out by selling her fine needlework; she also raised beautiful flowers and these too were taken to market. One of her brothers, Ferdinand, was sympathetic and understanding toward this sister who was so markedly “different.” As she grew to maturity, her parents were anxious to have Rose marry, and indeed there were several worthy aspirants for her hand. Rose did not wish marriage, and, to end the arguments and offers, she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic, donned the habit, and took a vow of perpetual virginity.” See PICTURES of St. Rose of Lima. See also: August 23, August 30 – Saint Rose of Lima: Patron Saint of the Americas, the Philippines, Peru, the West Indies, India, Latin America, Central America, PRAYERS to St. Rose of Lima.


Printable World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 17 – 30, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen    

Kreyol Version  

May Jesus Bless You!          ay y Jesus Bless Yo

General Rosary Intention:  That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Maria Goretti, the Patron Saint of Rape Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of New Zealand, may come to the aid of those affected by the rare tornado in Auckland, New Zealand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Peter Gonzalez, the Patron Saint of Mariners, may come to the aid of those affected by the shipwreck in the North Sea.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, the Patron Saint of Aviation, may come to the aid of those affected by the Jenni Rivera Learjet accident near Monterrey, Mexico, and plane accidents elsewhere.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Rose of Lima, the Patron Saint of the Philippines, may come to the aid of those affected by Typhoon Bopha in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

For the complete version of the CTF/SOS DRS World Mission Rosary Intentions and more information about our work and mission, visit http://www.ctfmercy.org

World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 3 – 16, 2012

World Mission Rosary Intentions

December 3 -December 16, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary English; Spanish; Italian

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Moses the Black, the Patron Saint of  Africa, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist bombings in Kenya. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Terrorist Bombing Map of Kenya Extract from KENYA: Another bloody Sunday: “Before he knew what was happening, Charles Ngeana, 31, at the scene of Nairobi’s 18 November blast, was struck by a flying sheet of metal. The roof of a packed ‘matatu’ minibus on Route 28 was lifted up and its right side completely blown out. ‘I ran at first because of the dust,’ said Ngeana. ‘The impact was very big.’Ball-bearings, used to maximize the impact of an explosive device, left nearby vehicles speckled with holes. “It definitely came from inside the matatu,” Ngeana said. It took him a few moments to realize he had gashes on his face, throat and right leg. Soon after the blast, which took place in Eastleigh, the commercial centre of Nairobi’s ethnic Somali population, fighting broke out in the street. People appearing to be of Somali origin were attacked for their perceived association with Al-Shabab, a Somali insurgency group that has repeatedly targeted Kenya because of its military involvement in Somalia. In the melee, Ngeana sought the protection of a Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) emergency response team. The bomb exploded around 4pm. ‘We anticipate this on Saturdays and Sundays,’ said Abdi Nasir, the technical director of the National Blood Transfusion Service, speaking outside the Kenyatta National Hospital where 29 casualties of the blast had arrived. They were followed by over 10 casualties of the riots. ‘The previous Sunday, and for around one month, every Sunday there has been a disaster. So we were waiting, going by the current trend.’” See also: Nairobi Blast Kills 7, Kenya grenade blast kills 7, hurts 24, Kenya grenade attack: Somalis attacked in Nairobi.

Saint Moses the Black: Patron Saint of Africa (Feast Date: August 28) Extract from Monastic Library † St. Moses the Black: Meditation Strengthens Spiritual Life: “St. Moses, also known as the Ethiopian, was a large and foreboding man whose fame was grounded in seeking vengeance and spreading violence. Hiding from local authorities, St. Moses took refuge among monks in a colony in the desert of Scetis, near Alexandria. The meditation and prayerful dedication of their lives, as well as their inner peace and contentment, helped St. Moses find the meaning of life and end his journey in seeking out the one eternal and true God of the Universe. St. Moses was to discover happiness in his life, a peaceful meditative, soul settling type of happiness which would forever turn his life toward the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . In its infancy, his now new found spirituality immediately confronted a difficult time while he was adjusting to monastic life. Soon, while in his cell, St. Moses was attacked by a band of robbers. He fought them overpowering them with his physical prowess, and then dragged them to the chapel where the other monks were at solemn prayer. He abruptly reported to the monks that he didn’t think it was Christian to hurt the robbers further and asked what he should do with the captured robbers before them. According to tradition, the extremely overwhelmed robbers repented, confessed, converted, and entered into monasticism under the leadership of their captor, St. Moses the Black.” See picture of St. Moses the Black. See also: August 28 – Saint Moses the Black: Patron Saint of Africa,  Moses the Black. VIDEO: Saint Moses the Black & Strong.

Oceania (Blue Beads)  

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Adelaide, the Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by abuse of military personnel in Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster: Abuse of Military Personnel Map of  Australia Extract from: Australian minister apologises to military abuse victims: “Australia’s defence minister has apologised to military personnel past and present who were sexually abused or otherwise mistreated during their service. He also started an inquiry into hundreds of allegations of abuse over six decades. Stephen Smith made the apology in parliament on Monday on behalf of the government as the latest step in a two-year effort to reform the culture of the Australian military and make it more accepting of women. ‘Young men and women have suffered treatment which no member of our defence force or our community generally should experience,’ Smith said. ‘Young men and women have endured sexual, physical or mental abuse from their colleagues which are not acceptable and do not reflect the values of a modern, diverse, tolerant, Australian society,’ he added. He noted claims that officers had abused their positions of trust through their own behaviour or by turning a blind eye to the actions of others. Smith also announced that the retired judge Len Roberts-Smith had been appointed to examine allegations of abuse from more than 1,000 people dating back to the 1950s.” See also: Australia apologises to victims of abuse, Australian military abuse detailed in damning report, Australia Apologizes for Sex Abuse in Military. VIDEO: Australia apology for abuse in the military.

Saint Adelaide: Patron Saint of Abuse Victims (Feast Date: December 16) Extract from St. Adelaide: “Born c.931 at Burgundy, France ; died 999 at the monastery of Seltz, Alsace; canonized in 1097 by Pope Urban II. The daughter of King Rudolph II of Burgundy she was promised in marriage when she was only two years old, to Lothaire, the son and heir of his enemy, Hugh of Provence. Lothaire was killed when still young and Adelaide was to have a tumultuous life that paralleled the struggle for political power of the times, something she had come to symbolize. Having been sought after by various kings and nobles, after Lothaire’s death, she was finally married by Otho the Great of Germany who had invaded Italy. When Otho’s son – Adelaide’s stepson – the Emperor Otho II died, his son Otho III, a child became emperor. In 991, Adelaide was invested as the Regent of the Empire and she used her power as the effective empress to increase evangelization efforts, especially in northern Europe, built many monasteries and churches, and aided the poor.” See PICTURE of Saint Adelaide. December 16 – Saint Adelaide: Patron Saint of Prisoners, Abuse Victims, Large Families, Second Marriages.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Altotting, the Patron Saint of Germany, may come to the aid of those affected by the fire at the Caritas (a Catholic charity) factory in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Caritas Factory Fire Map of Germany Extract from Deadly fire at German workshop for disabled: “Seven people were also injured in the fire, which broke out on Monday in the small town of Titisee-Neustadt in the southwest of the country, according to local news agency DPA. “We can tell you that we have 14 dead. The process of identification is ongoing,” said Karl-Heinz Schmid, a spokesman for police in the nearby city of Freiburg. ‘We also have a large number of injured who have been taken to hospital.’ Most of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation, but all are expected to recover, said officials. The fire broke out around 2:00pm (1300GMT), according to media reports and had still not been extinguished nearly two hours later. Police were unable to determine the cause of the fire which broke out in a workshop housing some 120 people with disabilities in the country’s Black Forest region. DPA quoted a source as saying there had been an explosion in a storage room. . . . Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reported that the factory, operated by the Catholic charity Caritas – named for the Latin term for the virtue of charity – was a modern facility. It will be days before officials know the cause of the fire, but there has been no suggestion of arson, he said.” See also: German Inferno Kills 14 at Site Employing Disabled, Fourteen disabled people die in fire at German workshop. Videos: Fire kills 14 at German workshop for disabled.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Altotting: Patron Saint of  Germany (Feast Dates: August 5) Extract from Extract from Our Lady of Altotting::”The Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting became very popular towards the end of the fifteenth century, actually 1489, as a result of a major miracle.  A little child, about three years old, had gotten too close to the edge of the river, and had fallen in.  Not being able to swim, he drowned.  When his mother found the child, she lost control of her senses for a moment, and then heard an inner voice telling her to rush the dead body of the child to the Holy Chapel of Our Lady.  She ran for all she was worth to the Chapel and laid the body of her child on the Altar of Our Lady.  People who were in the church at the time joined the mother in praying for a miracle, which would bring the child back to life.  All said they felt an awesome presence coming from the image of Our Lady just prior to the miracle taking place. After praying and wailing for what seemed to be a long time, the mother felt life coming back into her child”  See picture of Our Lady of Altotting. and video:  Our Lady of Altotting., August 5 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Altotting: Patron Saint of Germany.

America (Red Beads)    

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Frances of Rome, the Patron Saint of  Motorists, may come to the aid of those affected by the Thanksgiving Day auto accident in Texas. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster: Thanksgiving Day Auto Accident Map of Texas, U. S, A. Extract from Texas: Two Dead, Many Injured in 140-Car Pileup: “Two people died and more than 80 were hurt Thursday when at least 140 vehicles collided in eastern Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of one another and the authorities rushing to pull survivors from the miles of wreckage. The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions about 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont. It was not immediately clear how the pileup began, but Deputy Rod Carroll of the Jefferson County sheriff’s office said the fog was so thick that deputies did not immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents. ‘It is catastrophic,’ Deputy Carroll said. ‘I’ve got cars on top of cars.’”  Massive Texas Highway Crash Mars Thanksgiving Celebrations (VIDEO, PICTURES).  VIDEOS: Texas motorway pile-up kills Thanksgiving motorists, Interstate 10 Beaumont, Texas pileup wreck update: Fog suspected in 100-vehicle Thanksgiving crash, Thanksgiving day pile up on Texas highway.  CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Frances of Rome: Patron Saint of  Motorists (Feast Date: March 9)  Extract from Saint Frances Of Rome (Optional Memorial) 1384-1440: “Saint Frances of Rome, or Francesca Busso, was born in Rome in 1384 of a noble family and at the age of 13 she was given in marriage, and had three children. She was devoted to serving the poor, using her family fortune to do so, but then her husband backed the wrong side in a battle between contenders for the papacy. They lost everything, yet she continued to serve the needy, and when her husband died after 40 years of marriage, she entered a religious congregation which she had helped found, and eventually she became its superior. She died while reciting the Office of the Blessed Virgin on March 9, 1440. She is obviously a model for housewives, widows, and religious, but how she got to be a patron of motorists is one of the mysteries of the faith.” See PICTURE of St. Frances of Rome. See also: Frances of Rome (Multilingual), Santa Francisca romana – EWTN (SP), St. Frances of Rome, Prayer to Saint Frances of Rome, March 9 – Saint Frances of Rome: Patron Saint of Motorists, Lay People, Widows, and Against the Death of Children.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Florian of Lorch, the Patron Saint against fire, may come to the aid of those affected by the factory fire in Bangledesh.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: Fire Map of Bangladesh Extract from At least 117 killed in fire at Bangladeshi clothing factory: “A fire ripped through a clothing factory near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, killing at least 117 people and sending workers jumping out of the multistory building. At least 200 people were injured as they rushed to get out of the factory in Ashulia, police said. Firefighters battled to contain the raging blaze that started Saturday night on the first floor of the nine-story building and spread to other floors, leaving hundreds of workers, mostly women, trapped. Officials said some 2,000 people were working in the factory as the fire began, but it was unclear how many had been rescued. The fire department said rescue operations have been very difficult because the factory was packed with fabrics, yarn and cotton, the fire department said. It said the death toll might rise because firefighters could not enter some floors of the building. Scores of people were anxiously waiting outside the burning factory in search of their relatives. Bilkis Akhter, mother of teenage factory worker Munni Akhter, said she had checked with the hospitals and police stations but did not find her daughter, who had been working on the fourth floor.” See also: VIDEOS: Fire at Bangledesh Factory kills more than 100, Fire hits second Bangladesh garment factory, Death toll in Bangladesh garment factory fire rises.

Saint Florian of Lorch: Patron Saint against Fire (Feast Date: May 4) Extract from Extract from Global Warming: “Saint Florian is the Patron Saint of floods, battles, fire, firefighters, chimney sweeps, brewers, barrel makers. Saint Florin was an officer in the Roman army. Emperor Diocletian ordered him to execute a group of Christians but Florian, a secret Christian himself, refused and admitted to being a Christian himself. For his defiance and admission he was scourged, flayed and thrown into a river with a stone tied to his neck. Florian is the Patron Saint of both fire and flood as one legend tells of him stopping a town from burning with a single bucket of water. Images of Saint Florian often show him either holding a small burning house or pouring water onto a miniature burning town.” See also: May 4 – Saint Florian: Patron Saint of Poland, Austria, Firefighters, Harvests; against Floods, Fires, Water Dangers, Battles, Drowning.


Printable World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 3 – 16, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen    

Kreyol Version  

May Jesus Bless You!          ay y Jesus Bless Yo

General Rosary Intention:  That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Moses the Black, the Patron Saint of  Africa, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist bombings in Kenya. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Adelaide, the Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by abuse of military personnel in Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Altotting, the Patron Saint of Germany, may come to the aid of those affected by the fire at the Caritas factory fire in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Frances of Rome, the Patron Saint of  Motorists, may come to the aid of those affected by the Thanksgiving Day auto accident in Texas. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Florian of Lorch, the Patron Saint against fire, may come to the aid of those affected by the factory fire in Bangledesh.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

For the complete version of the CTF/SOS DRS World Mission Rosary Intentions and more information about our work and mission, visit http://www.ctfmercy.org

World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 19 – December 2, 2012

World Mission Rosary Intentions

November 19 -December 2, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary English; Spanish; Italian

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Benedict of Nursia, the Patron Saint of Civil Engineers, may come to the aid of those affected by Melcom Department Store collapse in Ghana. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Melcom Department Store Collapse Map of Ghana Extract from Ghana: Accra’s Melcom shop collapse in Ghana: Search for bodies ends: “Rescue efforts at the multi-storey shopping centre that collapsed in Ghana’s capital, Accra, last week have ended, officials have said. The final death toll was 14, not 18 as initially reported by rescuers, while 67 people survived, the officials said. Faulty construction has been blamed for Wednesday’s collapse of the Melcom store, which opened earlier this year. The owner of the building and the local government official in charge of building standards have been detained. President John Dramani Mahama said those responsible for the ‘negligence will pay a price’. . . . Ghanaian army spokesman Col M’bawine Atintande said on Sunday that rescuers had reached “ground zero” and they did not expect to find more bodies. A total of 81 people had been pulled out of the rubble, with 14 of them dead, he said, without explaining why rescuers earlier said 18 people had died. Of the 67 who had been taken to hospital, 13 were still receiving treatment while 54 had been discharged, Col Atintande added. . . . Officials from Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organization have blamed poor foundations for the structure’s collapse. On Thursday, the Ghana Institution of Engineering said the building did not have a permit, which meant the city authorities may not have inspected the building before it opened.” See also: Store building collapses in Ghana, More Kenyan police bodies found. VIDEO: Ghana: Accra’s Melcom department store collapses.

Saint  Benedict of Nursia: Patron Saint of Civil Engineers (Feast Dates:March 11, March 14, July 11) Extract from Extract from Saint Benedict of Nursia: “Born to the Roman nobility. Twin brother of Saint Scholastica. Studied in Rome, Italy, but was dismayed by the lack of discipline and the lackadaisical attitude of his fellow students. Fled to the mountains near Subiaco, living as a hermit in a cave for three years; reported to have been fed by a raven. His virtues caused an abbey to request him to lead them. . . . His discipline was such that an attempt was made on his life; some monks tried by poison him, but he blessed the cup and rendered it harmless. He returned to his cave, but continued to attract followers, and eventually established twelve monasteries. Had the ability to read consciences, the gift of prophesy, and could forestall attacks of the devil.”  See pictures of Saint Benedict of Nursia, See also: March 11, March 14, July 11 – Saint Benedict of Nursia: Patron Saint of Civil Engineers, The Rule of St. Benedict, Prayers to St. Benedict.

Oceania (Blue Beads)  

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Brigid of Ireland, the Patron Saint of Travelers, may come to the aid of those affected by the train crash in  Victoria, Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster:  Passenger Train Crash Map of Australia Extract from One dead as train crashes, derails in Australia: “SYDNEY (AFP) – One man died and about a dozen others were injured Saturday when a passenger train smashed into a truck and derailed in the southern Australian state of Victoria, authorities said. The accident happened when the rear trailer of a truck attempting to drive across a level crossing in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong South was struck by the passenger train, police investigators have been told. ‘There was this massive sonic, the factory was shaking. You could just hear the train derailing and going through the gravel,’ said Angelo Galluccio, a local business owner. . . . . Television images of the crash showed crumpled train carriages lying smashed into each other across the tracks after one carriage tipped over and three others derailed on impact. . . . Emergency workers freed the train driver after more than an hour and he is reportedly in a critical condition with injuries to the lower half of his body. The driver of the truck did not require hospital treatment. The bulk of the dozen or so injured passengers received mostly minor injuries. Police said the man who died, thought to be aged in his 30s, was found in the rubble but could not be saved. ‘Emergency workers located a man in cardiac arrest near the train cabin. Despite attempts by paramedics to treat the man, he died at the scene,’ they said in a statement. . . . ‘Obviously what we have seen here today is a terrible tragedy,’ said Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu. ‘It’s extraordinary that no more lives have been lost.’” See also:  Fatal passenger train crash in Australia, One dead in Australian train crash. VIDEO: One dead, 9 injured in Metro train crash, Train crash hero.

Saint Brigid of Ireland: Patron Saint of Travelers (Feast Dates: February 1, June 10) Extract from St. Brigid of Ireland: “Brigid is often called the Mary of the Gael. At about 453 AD, a child was born out of wedlock between Dubhtach and one of his Christian slaves named Brocessa. The slave girl was sent to a cabin at the foot of the Cooley Mountains near Dundalk, Co Louth, to have the child. The baby was a healthy girl, which was no great joy to Dubhtach who wanted a son. The mother was sold to a Chieftain in Connaught, and the child was given to a Druid to be raised and educated. In keeping with the life planned for her, she became a vestal virgin in service to the Goddess Brid, and eventually high priestess at the Kil Dara (the temple of the oak), a pagan sanctuary built from the wood of a tree sacred to the Druids. There she and her companions kept a perpetual ritual fire, in honor of Brid. The exact circumstance of her conversion to Christianity are unknown, though it is certain that her Christian mother was a guiding influence. Brigid changed the pagan sanctuary of Kil Dara into a Christian shrine, which gave its name to the present County Kildare. She extinguished the ritual fire of the Druids, and lit a flame dedicated to Christ.” See picture of St. Brigid of Ireland. See also: February 1, June 10: Saint Brigid of Ireland: Patron Saint of Travelers,  Some Catholic Prayers to Saint Brigid.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Loreto,  the Patron Saint of Italy, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in central and northern Italy.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Flooding Map of Italy Extract from Italy floods: Six killed in port city Genoa: “At least six people were killed when the Italian port city of Genoa was hit by flash floods during torrential rainfall. Five of the victims, including two children, died when the lobby of an apartment block in which they had sought shelter flooded. A woman was apparently crushed by cars being swept away by the water. The Genoa city website advised people not to leave their homes and to climb to the upper floors. Several people are missing in the city. “This was a completely unexpected tragedy,” said Genoa mayor Marta Vicenzi.Television footage showed cars floating and people wading knee-deep through flooded streets in Genoa, the largest city on Italy’s north western coast. Hundreds of shops were flooded and emergency officials urged residents to move to high ground as two rivers burst their banks. Firefighters used rubber dinghies and divers to evacuate people, officials said.” See also: Italy floods prompt fears for future of farming. VIDEOS: Italy flooded after heavy rains,  Several dead after floods hit Tuscany and Liguria.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Loreto: Patron Saint of Italy (Feast Dates: May 9, November 10, December 10) Extract from Our Lady of Loreto The Holy House of Nazareth: “December 10th, 1294, in the area of Loreto, Italy (across the Adriatic Sea and southwest of Tersatto,) shepherds reported seeing a house in the sky, flying across the sea, supported by Angels. They reported, one of the Angels (Michael) wore a red cape, and seemed to be leading the others. They saw Our Lady and the Baby Jesus seated on top of the house. The Angels continued inland, about four miles, and landed with their precious house and its Royal Passengers into a wooded area called Banderuola. The news spread, quickly drawing many people to pilgrimage to the House in Banderuola. But they were not all working on the same agenda. Robbers came to waylay, rob, and beat the pilgrims. The faithful stopped coming, and the house quickly fell into neglect. The Angels, who had been put in charge of protecting the House, lifted it again and set it down on a small hill in the middle of a farm. The only problem was, this land was owned by two brothers, named Antici, who began fighting immediately over ownership of the house. So the Angels moved the house, a third time, to another hill. This time they placed it down on the middle of a road, the site it occupies now, and has for the last 700 years. Tradition tells us that as soon as the house moved off the brothers’ property, they became the best of friends. The Angels had moved the Holy House three times in one year.” See also: May 9, November 10, December 10 – Our Lady of Loreto: Patron Saint of Aviation,  NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LORETO.

America (Red Beads)    

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Francis Borgia, the Patron Saint against Earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the recent earthquake in  Guatemala.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in

America.Disaster: Earthquake Map of Guatemala Extract from Guatemala earthquake kills dozens: “A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Wednesday morning, killing at least 45 people, according to the country’s president. Otto Pérez Molina told a news conference not all the deaths had been confirmed, but witnesses reported seeing people buried in some of the 30 houses that collapsed in the town of San Marcos, near the north-western border with Mexico, where most of the damage was reported. The quake, which was about 20 miles deep and centred 15 miles off the coastal town of Champerico and about 100 miles south-west of Guatemala City, shook buildings as far away as Mexico City and El Salvador. Survivors on radio and social media talked of widespread landslides and scores of people trapped. But accounts of injuries and deaths were difficult to independently confirm as communication and roads to San Marcos had been severed. It was the largest earthquake to strike Guatemala since 1976, when 23,000 people were killed during a similar disaster in the small central American country.” See also: Another earthquake hits Guatemala. VIDEO: 48 dead after earthquake rocks Guatemala. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Francis Borgia: Patron Saint Against Earthquakes (Feast Date: October 10) Extract from St. Francis Borgia: “Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a happy, peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But unlike so many other powerful nobles, Francis was a perfect Christian gentleman, a true man of God and his great joy was to receive Holy Communion often. This happy life ended when his beloved wife died. Francis did something that astonished all the nobles of Spain; he gave up his Dukedom to his son Charles and became a Jesuit priest. So many people came to his first Mass that they had to set up an altar outdoors, but his Superior tested him by treating him in exactly the opposite way he had been used to all his forty-one years of life. He who had once been a Duke had to help the cook, carrying wood for the fire and sweeping the kitchen. When he served food to the priests and brothers, he had to kneel down in front of them all and beg them to forgive him for being so clumsy! Still he never once complained or grumbled. The only time he became angry was when anyone treated him with respect as if he was still a Duke.”  See PICTURE of St. Francis Borgia. See also: October 10: Saint Francis Borgia: Patron Saint Against Earthquakes,  PRAYER FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS BORGIA.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Agatha, the Patron Saint against earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the earthquakes in northern Myanmar.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: Earthquakes Map of Myanmar (Burma) Extract from Second quake hits northern Myanmar: “A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck Myanmar, hours after a stronger tremor killed at least 12 people and injured dozens more, the US Geological Survey says. The USGS said the quake, early on early Monday morning, occurred at a depth of 9km, 135km north of the central city of Mandalay. Hours earlier a strong earthquake struck the same region of northern Myanmar. Scattered damage and injuries also were reported on Sunday in areas close to the quake’s epicentre. According to news reports, the most significant damage appeared to be the collapsing of bridge under construction across the Irrawaddy River in the town of Shwebo, the location of the quake’s epicentre. The website of Weekly Eleven magazine said five people were killed when the bridge, which was 80 per cent built, collapsed. According to a witness, the huge concrete gate of a monastery collapsed and several sculptures from another pagoda were damaged in the town. A series of strong aftershocks on Sunday added to the nervousness. The shallow 6.8-magnitude quake hit around 116km north of Mandalay at a depth of just 10km, the USGS said. It initially put the magnitude of the quake at 7.0. The were no immediate reports of casualties but building standards are generally poor in the country formerly known as Burma, one of Asia’s most impoverished nations.” See also: Burma earthquake leaves at least 12 feared dead. VIDEOS: Myanmar quake victims seek shelter in tents. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan,

St. Agatha of Sicily: Patron Saint against Earthquakes (Feast Date: February 5) Extract from Saint Agatha of Sicily : “We have little reliable information about this martyr, who has been honoured since ancient times, and whose name is included in the canon of the Mass. Young, beautiful and rich, Agatha lived a life consecrated to God. When Decius announced the edicts against Christians, the magistrate Quinctianus tried to profit by Agatha’s sanctity; he planned to blackmail her into sex in exchange for not charging her. . . .” .See pictures of Saint Agatha of Sicily. See also: February 5 – Saint Agatha of Sicily: Patron Saint against Fires, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Disasters and Natural Disasters, PRAYERS to Saint Agatha.

Printable World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 19 – December 2, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen    

Kreyol Version  

May Jesus Bless You!          ay y Jesus Bless Yo

General Rosary Intention:  That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Benedict of Nursia, the Patron Saint of Civil Engineers, may come to the aid of those affected by Melcom Department Store collapse in Ghana. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Brigid of Ireland, the Patron Saint of Travelers, may come to the aid of those affected by the train crash in  Victoria, Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Loreto,  the Patron Saint of Italy, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in central and northern Italy.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Francis Borgia, the Patron Saint of against Earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the recent earthquake in  Guatemala.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Agatha, the Patron Saint against earthquakes, may come to the aid of those affected by the earthquakes in northern Myanmar.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

For the complete version of the CTF/SOS DRS World Mission Rosary Intentions and more information about our work and mission, visit http://www.ctfmercy.org

World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 5 – November 18, 2012

World Mission Rosary Intentions

November 5 – November 18, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents,

all people in prayer.”

    Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary English;  Spanish;  Italian

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Charles Borromeo, the Patron Saint against Intestinal Disorders, may come to the aid of those affected by Cholera in Sierra Leone. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Cholera Map of Sierra Leone Extract from: Cholera in Sierra Leone – update: “The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) continues to work closely with partners at the national and international levels to step up response to the ongoing cholera outbreak. Twelve of the 13 districts in Sierra Leone have been affected since the beginning of the year. . . . In July 2012, the President of Sierra Leone declared the cholera epidemic a ‘humanitarian crisis’. A high level Presidential Cholera Task Force was subsequently established to oversee coordination, mobilization of resources and guide the response.  A multi-sectoral approach to the response has been adopted involving the MOHS and other line ministries such as Finance, Information and Communication, and local governments together with partners and stakeholders.” See also: In pictures: Sierra Leone’s cholera outbreak, SLIDESHOW: Cholera ebbing in Sierra Leone. VIDEOS: Cholera: West Africa’s recurring nightmare.

Saint Charles Borromeo: Patron Saint of Intestinal Disorders (Feast Date: November 5) Extract from St. Charles Borromeo: “Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal-Priest of the Title of St. Prassede, Papal Secretary of State under Pius IV, and one of the chief factors in the Catholic Counter-Reformation — was born in the Castle of Arona, a town on the southern shore of the Lago Maggiore in northern Italy, 2 October, 1538; died at Milan, 3 November, 1584. His emblem is the word humilitas crowned, which is a portion of the Borromeo shield. He is usually represented in art in his cardinal’s robes, barefoot, carrying the cross as archbishop; a rope round his neck, one hand raised in blessing, thus recalling his work during the plague.” See PICTURE of Saint Charles Borromeo. See also: November 4 – Saint Charles Borromeo: Patron Saint for Intestinal Disorders, NOVENA to Saint Charles Borromeo.

Oceania (Blue Beads)  

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Elizabeth of Portugal, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by Islamic militant terrorist plots in Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster: Islamic Militant Terrorism Map of Indonesia Extract from Indonesia terror raids net 11 suspects, state media reports: “Indonesian police arrested 11 people Saturday during a series of raids on a terrorist group that was plotting attacks on targets that included a U.S. Consulate in East Java, state media reported. The suspects are believed to belong to a newly formed terrorist cell under the control of Hasmi, which stands for Harakat Sunni for Indonesia Community, National Police headquarters spokesman Inspector Gen. Suhardi Alius is quoted as saying, according to the official Antara news agency. . . . Among its targets was the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, East Java . . . . Police operations were carried out in Madiun, East Java, Solo in Central Java, Bogor in West Java and Palmerah, as well as Kebong Kacang in Jakarta, Antara reported. In the locations, police discovered bomb-making materials and manuals, ammunition and detonators, the police spokesman said. Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation which is majority Sunni Muslim, has the largest Muslim population in the world.” See also: Plot on U.S. Targets Cited in 11 Arrests by Indonesia, Indonesia police arrest 11 over suspected terror plots., Indonesia Arrests 11 It Says Were Plotting Attack on U.S. Embassy. VIDEOS: Police on Java arrest Islamist suspects. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in Oceania.

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Patron Saint Invoked in Times of War (Feast Date: July 4)(Canonized May 25, 1625) Extract from: Elizabeth of Portugal: “Elizabeth was a Spanish princess who was given in marriage to King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve. She was very beautiful and very lovable. She was also very devout, and went to Mass every day. Elizabeth was a holy wife, but although her husband was fond of her at first, he soon began to cause her great suffering. In his last sickness, she never left his side, except for Mass, until he died a holy death. St. Elizabeth lived for eleven more years, doing even greater charity and penance. She was a wonderful model of kindness toward the poor and a successful peacemaker between members of her own family and between nations. Because St. Elizabeth was faithful to daily Mass, she found strength to carry her many great crosses. See PICTURES of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal. See also:  July 4 – Saint Elizabeth of Portugal: Patron Saint of Peace – Invoked in Times of War, July 4 – Prayer to St. Elizabeth of Portugal.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Ransom, the Patron Saint of Spain, may come to the aid of those affected by unemployment in Spain and elsewhere in Europe.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Unemployment Map of Spain Extract from Unemployment in Spain Exceeds 25%, Taking Economic Misery to New Levels: “Though hardly a surprise, Friday’s report that Spain’s unemployment rate had surpassed 25 percent was bad news for a government that recently trumpeted a streamlining of its labor market rules. The ranks of the unemployed swelled to 5.78 million people at the end of the third quarter, compared with 5.69 million a quarter earlier and 2.6 million four years ago, when Spain’s property bubble burst, the report said. The jobs data signaled a deepening recession and raised the likelihood that Spain would again miss budget targets agreed to with other euro zone countries. There was, however, one perversely positive element to the report: the labor picture is so bleak that it could help Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy make the case that Germany and other lenders cannot risk imposing further austerity measures on Spain’s economy in return for providing more European rescue funding.”  See also: Eurozone unemployment hits record high and reveals two-speed Europe, Spain jobless rate hits new high in third quarter, Euro unemployment hits new high. VIDEOS: Spain unemployment hits record high, Record unemployment in Spain, Unemployment in Greece set to hit new highs, Unemployment woes continue in Italy.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Mercy (Our Lady of Ransom), Patron Saint of Spain (Feast Date:  September 24) Extract from: September 24 – Feast of Our Lady of Ransom: “The world goes on its laborious way, proud of its riches, of its power, of its arms, of its genius; the Church goes onward along the course of ages with an even step, trusting in God only, to Whom, day and night, she lifts her eyes and her suppliant hands. Even though in her prudence she neglects not the human aid which Providence and the times afford her, not in these does she put her trust, which rests in prayer, in supplication, in the invocation of God. Thus it is that she renews her vital breath; the diligence of her prayer has caused her, in her aloofness from worldly things and in her continual union with the Divine will, to live the tranquil and peaceful life of Our very Lord Jesus Christ; being herself the image of Christ, whose happy and perpetual joy was hardly marred by the horror of the torments He endured for us. . . .”  See PICTURE of Our Lady of Mercy. See also:  September 24 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Mercy (Our Lady of Ransom)(Patron Saint of Spain), PRAYER for the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, PRAYER to Our Lady of Mercy – St. Augustine of Hippo.

America (Red Beads)  

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary Ann Paredes, the Patron Saint of the Americas, may come to the aid of those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Americas. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster: Hurricane Sandy Map of America Extract from New Jersey Is Reeling From Punch by a Storm: “New Jersey was reeling on Wednesday from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which has caused catastrophic flooding here in Hoboken and in other New York City suburbs, destroyed entire neighborhoods across the state and wiped out iconic boardwalks in shore towns that had enchanted generations of vacationgoers. Though the storm raged up the East Coast, it has become increasingly apparent that New Jersey took the brunt of it. Officials estimated that the state suffered many billions of dollars in property damage. About a quarter of the state’s population — more than two million people — remained without power on Wednesday, and more than 6,000 were still in shelters, state emergency officials said. At least eight people died, and officials expressed deep concerns that the toll would rise as more searches of homes were carried out. On Wednesday, President Obama visited the state and viewed the destruction with Gov. Chris Christie. ‘The entire country has been watching what’s been happening,’ Mr. Obama said at a stop in Atlantic County at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine. ‘Everybody knows how hard Jersey has been hit.’” See also: Haiti food fears grow after Sandy, Storm Sandy: Eastern US gets back on its feet, As Hurricane Sandy nears, 450,000 on East Coast told to evacuate. VIDEOS: Superstorm Sandy cuts power to 8.1 million homes, What Sandy left in its wake – Day 2, New Jersey is Reeling from Sandy’s landfall, Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc in Haiti (1:08), Haiti struggles in Hurricane Sandy aftermath, A look at some of Sandy’s victims. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.
Saint Mary Ann de Paredes: Patron Saint of the Americas (Feast Date: May 26) Extract from Mary Ann de Paredes:  “Daughter of Don Girolamo Flores Zenel de Paredes, a nobleman of Toledo, and Doña Mariana Cranobles de Xaramilo; Her birth was accompanied by unusual celestial phenomena. Orphaned very young, she was raised by her older sister and her husband. Mary Ann was a pious child with a devotion to Mary. She was miraculously saved from death several times. Attracted to religious life at an early age, at ten she made vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. She initially wanted to be a Dominican nun, but instead became a hermit in home of her sister. Her life changed at that point, and except to attend church, she never left the house again. Given to severe austerities, she slept little, and ate an ounce of dry bread every eight or ten days, surviving solely on the Eucharist which she received during daily Communion. Given to ecstacies; had gifts of prophecy, remote viewing, reading of hearts, healing by making the Sign of the Cross or sprinkling with holy water, and at least once restored a dead person to life. During a series of earthquakes in 1645, and inevitable epidemics that followed them, in Quito, Ecuador she publicly offered herself as a victim for the city and died shortly after. Immediately after her death there blossomed a pure white lily from her blood. The Republic of Ecuador has declared her a national heroine.” See PICTURE of Saint Mary Ann de Paredes.  See also: May 26 – Saint Mary Ann de Paredes: Patron Saint of the Americas.  

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of China and of India, may come to the aid of those affected by violent storms in Asia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: Storms-Typhoon Son-Tinh and Cyclone Nilan Map of Asia Extract from Typhoon Son-Tinh kills dozens in Philippines: “The death toll from Typhoon Son-Tinh in the Philippines has risen sharply to 24, as casualty reports come in from isolated central islands and the far-flung south, the government said. Drowning and landslides were given as the cause of 11 deaths on small islands in the country’s mid-section, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest tally on Saturday. The other 13 victims were carried away by flash floods, buried by landslides, hit by falling trees and flying debris, electrocuted, or died from exposure to the cold, it added. The official death toll from the typhoon, which was classed as a weaker “tropical storm” when it passed over the Philippines, had previously stood at six on Friday. Eight fishermen from the central and southern Philippines remained missing at sea, the government agency said. Rescuers are also still searching for a man believed buried in a landslide on the main southern island of Mindanao, it said, adding that more than 15,000 people displaced by the storm were still sheltering at government buildings and receiving disaster aid. Food and other forms of aid were given to nearly 40,000 others who chose to remain at home or temporarily moved in with relatives or friends, it added. The Philippines endures about 20 major storms or typhoons each year that occur mainly during the rainy season between June and October.” See also: Storm Son-Tinh batters Asia; more than 30 reported dead, Cyclone Nilam hits Tamil Nadu, thousands evacuated, Tropical Storm Nilam. VIDEOS: Cyclone Nilam buffets India coast,Cyclone Nilam: Oil tanker runs aground; 6 sailors still missing – NewsX, Cyclone Nilam: Body of another sailor found, 4 still missing, Typhoon Son Tinh Hits S China,Typhoon Son-tinh slams Vietnam.  CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan.

Saint Francis Xavier, Patron Saint of India and of China (Feast Date: December 3) Extract from Saint Francis Xavier: “Tremendously successful missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000 converts. His epic finds him dining with head hunters, washing the sores of lepers in Venice, teaching catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month. He tolerated the most appalling conditions on long sea voyages, enduring extremes of heat and cold. Wherever he went he would seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, and he saw the greater part of the Far East. Had the gift of tongues. Miracle worker. Raised people from the dead. Calmed storms. Prophet. Healer.” See picture of Saint Francis Xavier. See also: December 3 – Saint Francis Xavier: Patron Saint of Missionaries, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Indianapolis, Apostleship of Prayer, and Against Epidemics.