Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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. Elizabeth of Portugal, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by armed clashes in Egypt. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Armed Cashes)Map of Egypt. Extract from Egyptian clashes leave 3 dead, hundreds hurt,: “Anti-government demonstrators and supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak clashed repeatedly in Cairo on Wednesday leaving three people dead and more than 611 wounded. After dark, the two groups faced each other in the city’s Tahrir Square. Many flaming projectiles were thrown and some demonstrators set up barricades to protect themselves. CBC’s David Common said a large amount of gunfire could be heard in the square. The gunfire appeared to be coming from military forces who were firing into the air, he said. ‘There is chaos in the streets of Cairo tonight,’ he said. The opposing demonstrators ignored an order from the government to go home. At around 4:15 a.m. local time, sustained gunfire broke out in central Cairo sending people running, CBC’s Nahlah Ayed reported via Twitter.Egypt has been in upheaval now for nine days. On Tuesday, Mubarak said he would not run in September elections, a move that will end his 30 years in office. However, anti-government protesters keep insisting Mubarak must step down immediately.” See also: Thousands of Egyptian protesters clash with police, Clashes Grow as Egyptians Remain Angry After an Attack. VIDEOS: Shocking ‘Egypt images’ emerge, Protest swells in Cairo, Street hospital in Cairo, Coptic mass in Tahrir Square.
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal (Patron Saint of Peace, Invoked in Times of War) (Feast Date: July 4)Extract from ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL: ‘FOR, IN HER IS A SPIRIT INTELLIGENT, HOLY, UNIQUE‘: “From powerful monarchs to outcast lepers, many lives were touched and healed by the 13thcentury princess, child bride, queen, wife, and mother. Yet too few people, even among Catholics, are acquainted with her. The definitive biography of St. Elizabeth has yet to be written, but persistent searches of archival sources have yielded valuable documents that, added to what is commonly known of her life, present us with a portrait of a woman whose spiritual depths, intellectual stature, and human presence force us to revise any notions we may have formed about medieval women in high places. . . . Before Elizabeth entered her teen years, several European monarchs sought her hand. King Edward IV of England solicited her for his son, the crown prince, as did the king of Sicily, the king of France, and others. As was the custom, Elizabeth’s parents weighed the political advantages of each proposed match. The greatest benefit, they concluded, would ensue from a matrimonial alliance with King Dinis of Portugal. Elizabeth became his wife, by proxy. She was around 12 years of age, while King Dinis was 20. . . .Elizabeth paid regular visits to the construction sites, to clarify or correct the difficult points of her drawings. The men listened to her in rapt attention, amazed at the extent of her knowledge, that 14thcentury book says. From Elizabeth’s particular involvement in the building trade, a charming legend was born. The queen had a dream one night in which God asked her to build a church dedicated to the Holy Spirit. The next morning, she had one of her chaplains celebrate Mass, and while attending the Holy Sacrifice she received further clarification. . . ” See also: Elizabeth of Aragon (Multilingual), Saint Elizabeth of Portugal: Patron Saint of Peace (Invoked in Times of War) (Multilingual), St. Elizabeth of Portugal (EN), Santa Isabel de Portugal (SP), Sant’ Elisabetta di Portogallo Regina (IT), Sainte Elisabeth du Portugal (FR), Św. Elżbieta Portugalska, królowa (1271-1336) (PO). VIDEOS: Saint Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4).
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Patron Saint of Australia, may come to the aid of those affected by Cyclone Yasi in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Cyclone Yasi) (February 3, 2011) Map of Australia Extract from Cyclone Yasi, Stronger Than Katrina, Hits Australia:
Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) — Tropical Cyclone Yasi, packing winds stronger than those from Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans, struck Australia’s northeast coast early today, lashing communities with the force of a storm described by authorities as the largest in the nation’s history. Yasi hit shore as a Category 5 storm about 165 kilometers (103 miles) south of Cairns in Mission Beach, a resort town of about 3,000 people, battering Queensland state’s coast with wind gusts of as much as 290 kilometers per hour, the Bureau of Meteorology said. The cyclone has been downgraded to Category 2 and continues to weaken, according to the bureau’s website. Though the towns of Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail suffered the worst damage, larger population areas such as Cairns and Townsville escaped the brunt of the storm, authorities said. Yasi also ripped a path through key sugarcane growing areas in the state. ‘We certainly seem to have areas like Cairns with serious damage to vegetation, trees and roofs,’ Premier Anna Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio, adding she was thankful the cyclone didn’t hit land at a major population center and that no deaths or injuries had been reported.” See also: Cyclone Yasi strikes North Queensland, Queensland towns remain cut off after cyclone Yasi, Marina design questioned after Cyclone Yasi destroys $30m in yachts. VIDEOS: Damage from Cyclone Yasi, Cyclone Yasi bears down on Australia, More floods in Australia following Cyclone Yasi, Raw Video: Cyclone Yasi strikes Australia.
Saint Therese of Lisieux (Patron Saint of Australia) (Feast Date: October 1) Extract from The Life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: “THÉRÈSE MARTIN was born at Alençon, France on 2 January 1873. Two days later, she was baptized Marie Frances Thérèse at Notre Dame Church. Her parents were Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin. After the death of her mother on 28 August 1877, Thérèse and her family moved to Lisieux. Towards the end of 1879, she went to confession for the first time. On the Feast of Pentecost 1883, she received the singular grace of being healed from a serious illness through the intercession of Our Lady of Victories. Taught by the Benedictine Nuns of Lisieux and after an intense immediate preparation culminating in a vivid experience of intimate union with Christ, she received First Holy Communion on 8 May 1884. Some weeks later, on 14 June of the same year, she received the Sacrament of Confirmation, fully aware of accepting the gift of the Holy Spirit as a personal participation in the grace of Pentecost. . . . On 9 April 1888 she entered the Carmel of Lisieux. . . . Her teaching and example of holiness has been received with great enthusiasm by all sectors of the faithful during this century, as well as by people outside the Catholic Church and outside Christianity. See PICTURE of Saint Therese of Liseux. See also: See also: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: Patron Saint of CTF/SOS DRS, Australia, Russia and of Flower Growers, Thérèse of Lisieux(Multilingual), Saint Therese of Lisieux: A Gateway(EN), Therese of Lisieux, (EN), Santa Teresita de Lisieux (SP),LA VITA DI S. TERESA DI LISIEUX (IT), Sainte Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus et de la Sainte Face,docteur de l’Eglise (FR), Święta Teresa od Dzieciątka Jezus,dziewica i doktor Kościoła (PO). VIDEOS: The Story of St Therese of Lisieux, St. Therese of Lisieux, Santa Teresa del Bambino Gesù – Viver d’Amore!, La vita di Santa Teresa di Lisieux. PRAYERS to St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower Patroness of the Missions & Missionaries, A MORNING PRAYER WRITTEN BY ST. THERESE.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Demetrius of Sermium, the Patron Saint of Belgrade, Serbia, may come to the aid of those affected by the protests and history of violence in that city. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Protests and History of Violence) Map of Serbia Extract from Thousands Protest in Belgrade:“Tens of thousands of disenchanted Serbs have held protests in Belgrade against the government. Saturday’s rally was the biggest in years aimed at showing opposition strength ahead of scheduled 2012 elections. A pro-European Union coalition has governed Serbia since 2008, but persistent economic hardship and frustration with slow EU integration has left many disgruntled with the government. ‘This government was promising us milk and honey in 2008 and what do we have now? More hardship, and a dishonest and arrogant government which does not care about its own people,’ said Zdravka Stanojlovic, 44, a Belgrade waitress. The rally was organised by Tomislav Nikolic, head of the Serbian Progressive Party, the most influential opposition party shown in polls as offering a strong challenge to the current ruling Serbian Democratic Party. . . .’I know you are disenchanted and bitter over this dishonest government which is tormenting you. Let us torment government instead.’ Police estimated that 70,000 attended the rally, an event one security official described as peaceful, although a few people were detained for drunken disorderliness.’I was not a Nikolic voter in the past but now I am so disillusioned because of unfulfilled promises, poverty, corruption and hardship,’ said Dragomir Djuric, 56, a metal worker, who had travelled to Belgrade from Kragujevac. Protesters, some of whom arrived by bus from cities across Serbia, gathered in front of the national parliament holding banners including: ‘Democratic Party, time to go’ and ‘We are hungry'”. See also:Belgrade calling, Serbia’s pro-West government hit by protests. VIDEO: Mass protest in Serbian capital to demand early polls.
Saint Demetrius of Sermium (Patron Saint of Belgrade, Serbia) (Feast Date: October 8) Extract from St. Dimitrios: “Great Martyr Dimitrios, the Myrrh-flowing and Wonderworking Saint, was a Christian and the son of the military commander of Thessalonica in the early fourth century. St. Dimitrios was the only son and was, because of this, most carefully cherished and educated. When his father died, Dimitrios was appointed by Emperor Maximian to take his place. Maximian was an opponent of Christ and charged Dimitrios to persecute and to kill the Christians in that city. Instead, Dimitrios disobeyed Maximian and openly confessed and preached Christianity. Hearing of this, the Emperor was furious and on his way back from battles against the Sarmathians he went to Thessalonica to look into the matter. He summoned Dimitrios and questioned him about his faith. Dimitrios confessed his belief as well as his disgust for idolatry (and thus openly criticising the Emperor himself). The enraged Emperor cast him into prison, and Dimitrios, knowing his fate, had his servant Lupus give his wealth to the poor (being glad that suffering for Christ was to be his lot. An angel of God appeared to Dimitrios saying, “Peace be with thee, thou sufferer for Christ; be brave and strong!” After several days, the Emperor sent soldiers to the prison to kill Dimitrios. The soldiers came into the cell finding the Saint at prayer, and killed him with their spears. Christians the secretly took his body and buried it, and his relics began producing a healing fragrant myrrh. A small church was soon built over his relics, and when an Illyrian nobleman, by the name of Leontius, ran prayerfully up to the relics of St. Dimitrios and was completely cured of an incurable disease, he built a much larger church replacing the small one.” See PICTURE of Saint Demetrios. See also: Demetrius of Thessaloniki (Multilingual), The Life of Saint Demetrius, Demestrius of Sermium, St. Demetrius (EN), Demetrio de Tesalónica, Santo (SP), Saint Démétrius (FR), San Demetrio di Tessalonica Martire (IT), Święty Dymitr Sołuński (PO).
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Valentine, the Patron Saint against Plagues, may come to the aid of those affected by cholera in Haiti. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Cholera) Map of Haiti Extract from Cholera care fails to reach rural Haitians: “Three months into Haiti’s cholera epidemic, local and international health agencies noted with cheer the news that the number of cholera cases in all ten of Haiti’s departments seems to have either reached a plateau or started to fall. But there are signs that this trend should be viewed with caution, and that a more nuanced analysis is needed that takes into account differences in the rural and urban incidence of the disease. . . .Haiti’s slums and tent camps are squalid and overcrowded. Although it is impossible to measure the individual effects of component medical and infrastructure-related efforts, it looks as though the various campaigns to battle the disease have staved off a much bigger calamity. . . . the numbers hide a disturbing fact: rural areas are still experiencing high infection and mortality rates. As of 11 January, the fatality rate in the Southeast department bordering the Dominican Republic was 10.1%. In Nippes, in the south of the country, it was 8.4%. By contrast, the capital Port-au-Prince’s 0.9% rate was much lower than any of the departments.” CTF/SOS DRS Response:Haiti Earthquake 45, Haiti • Cholera Situation Report #35, CHOLERA AND POST-EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE IN HAITI – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 – #17, New strain of cholera is the deadliest and most virulent yet, say researchers, Haitian Deportee Dies After Cholera Symptoms, Cholera in Haiti, Rebuilding Haiti–How Haitians are coping one year on from the earthquake that devastated their country. VIDEOS: Haiti: Cholera, another emergency, HAITI CHOLERA TZ, US Strategy for Addressing the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti. Haiti: Cholera, another emergency, Cholera Outbreak Compounds Haiti’s Woes.
Saint Valentine (Patron Saint against Plagues) (Feast Date: February 14) Extract from Saint Valentine: “The celebrations of St. Valentine’s Day are steeped in legend and mystery; indeed the motives behind the day’s creation and even St. Valentine himself have been shrouded in controversy and doubt. Saint Valentine’s Day embraces a time of year that is historically associated with love and fertility. It encompasses the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera in Ancient Athens and the Ancient Roman festival of Lupercus, the god of fertility. The priests of Lupercus would perform a traditional purification ritual, slaughtering goats to the god, and after consuming wine, they would run through the streets of Rome holding aloft the skins of the goats touching anyone they met. The occasion compelled floods of young women to the streets in the belief that being touched would improve their chances of conceiving and bring forth easy childbirth. . . . It is believed that the young priest rose to distinction after betraying Emperor Claudius in 270 AD by conducting illegitimate wedding ceremonies in the capital. Emperor Claudius claimed that married men made poor soldiers and consequently decreed that all marriages of younger citizens would be outlawed. Bishop Valentine, however, maintained that marriage was part of God’s plan and purpose for the world. He continued to conduct marriages in secret between young people, sometimes as young as twelve, in the name of love. His success gained him unwelcome notoriety, which became Bishop Valentine’s downfall. He was jailed and ultimately beheaded, but not before he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. It is thought that on the evening of his execution the bishop passed her a note which read ‘from your Valentine’. This story has blossomed into the defining tradition of Valentine’s Day.” See PICTURE of Saint Valentine. See also: Saint Valentine: Patron Saint of Travelers, Against Plagues, Saint Valentine (Multilingual), Saint Valentine of Rome, (EN), Valentín, Santo (SP), San Valentino Martire (IT), Petite histoire de la Saint Valentin (FR), Św. Walenty (PO). VIDEOS: St. Valentine, Martyr, for Love – Beliefnet.com, Story of Saint Valentine. PRAYER to St. Valentine.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Madhu, the Patron Saint of Sri Lanka, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Floods) (Winter, 2010-2011)Map of Sri Lanka Extract from Floods fury returns to Sri Lanka: “People in Sri Lanka are going hungry as a fresh wave of floods has hit the east, centre and north of the island. Some 320,000 people have been forced to take refuge in makeshift camps in schools, temples and mosques.The floods have affected 1.25 million people. Officials say 11 people have been killed and three more are missing. Last month, more than 300,000 were displaced by the floods which killed at least 40 people, ruined crops and killed livestock. In what is normally known as Sri Lanka’s dry zone, people are once more getting around by boat. Most people in this part of the country live in basic, single-storey houses built of simple materials.Vast numbers of these are now inundated and the consequences are serious.”See also: 250,000 displaced by floods, Sri Lanka floods threatens rice crop. VIDEOS: Sri Lanka floods kill at least 14, Thousands flee further Sri Lanka flooding , Raw Video: Sri Lanka Hit by Deadly Flooding, Floods threaten Sri Lanka rice crop.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Madhu (Patron Saint of Sri Lanka) (Feast Dates: July 2, August 15)Extract from Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu (Multilingual): “The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is a Roman Catholic Marian shrine in Mannar district of Sri Lanka. With a history of over 400 years, this shrine acts as a center for pilgrimage and worship for Sri Lankan Catholics. The site is considered as the holiest Catholic shrine in the island and is a well known place of devotion for both Tamil and Sinhalese Catholics alike.  The church has been a symbol of unity not just between Tamils and Sinhalese, but also between people of different religions, including Buddhists, Hindus and Protestants. Attendance for the August festival at times touched close to a million people before the out break of the Sri Lankan conflict. Situated in the heart of the conflict zone, pilgrimage to this shrine has been dramatically affected in recent years with the presence of refugee camps around the shrine complex. As part of the conflict it has been shelled number of times. . . . In 1920, Bishop Brault who had a very special devotion to Our Lady of Madhu, obtained the Pope’s sanction for the historic solemn coronation of the Statue of Our Lady of Madhu. Bishop Brault with the clergy and the laity had petitioned the Vatican Chapter through the Apostolic Delegate Cardinal Van Rossam, Prefect of the S.C. of Propaganda and he personally presented the request to the Holy Father who in his audience of April 7, 1921, granted this favor of coronation of Our Lady. In 1924 it was officially crowned by the Papal Legate who came in the name of Pope Pius XI.” See also: July 2, August 15- Our Lady of Madhu: Patron Saint of Sri Lanka, Our Lady of Madhu the source of solace (EN), Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu reopened after minesweeping (EN). See PICTURE of Our Lady of Madhu. VIDEOS: Catholic devotees participate in the Madhu feast.03.10.2009-itn news Sri Lanka.