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
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 Elizabeth of Portugal, the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by Violence in Libya. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Violence and Bloodshed) Map of Libya Extract fromViolence, deaths continue in Libya: “Seven people died Sunday in fighting in the town of Dafniya, Libya, near the besieged city of Misrata, according to a hospital spokesman. The deaths include a woman who died when a Grad rocket landed in her home, said Khaled Abu Falgha of Misrata’s Hekma hospital. Elsewhere, 15 rebels and about 100 Gadhafi forces were killed Sunday in fighting in Zawiya, according to Ahmed al-Hawary, rebel spokesman in Zawiya. Dafniya was quiet Sunday evening, said Ibrahim Beit-elmal, a spokesman for the Misrata military committee. . . . . Since the conflict began in early February, the death toll is believed to be more than 1,000 people in Misrata, including hundreds of civilians,. . . There have been numerous calls for Gadhafi to step down, but Ibrahim said Sunday, ‘No one has the right to ask any citizen, much less the honorable leader, to leave. Libyans should ask the leader to leave. A foreign diplomat asking is immoral.’” See also: Misrata: One day in Libya’s rebel stronghold where calm gives way to chaos, Gadhafi forces shell Misrata. Videos: Misrata under renewed attack, Bloodshed and funerals in Misrata, ‘Complete chaos’ at Libyan hospital.
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal (Patron Saint of Peace) (Feast Date: July 4) Extract from St. 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. Though a good ruler, he did not imitate his wife’s love of prayer and other virtues. In fact, his sins of impurity gave great scandle to the people. Later, to make matters worse, the King believed a lie told about Elizabeth and one of her pages by another page, who was jealous of his companion. In great anger the King ordered the one he believed guilty, to be sent to a lime-burner. The lime-burner was commanded to throw into his furnace the first page who came. The good page set out obediently, not knowing death was waiting for him. On his way he stopped for Mass, since he had the habit of going daily. The first Mass had begun, so he stayed for a second one. In the meantime, the King sent the wicked page to the lime-burner to find out if the other had been killed. And so it was this page who was thrown into the furnace! When the King learned what had happened, he realized that God had saved the good page, punished the liar, and proven Queen Elizabeth to be innocent.” See PICTURES of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal. See also: July 4 – Saint Elizabeth of Portugal: Patron Saint of Peace – Invoked in Times of War (Multilingual), PREGHIERE a santa Elisabetta di Portogallo, regina.
Oceania (Blue 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 recent earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Earthquakes) (June 13, 2011) Map of New ZealandExtract from New quake tremors hit inquest: “Grieving families of Christchurch earthquake victims were further traumatised yesterday when powerful aftershocks sent them fleeing from an inquest into their loved ones’ deaths. The families, who had arrived at the coroner’s inquest wanting answers about the collapse of an office block during the 6.3-magnitude quake in February, relived the horror when the tremors hit yesterday afternoon. A 5.2-magnitude aftershock rocked the inquest court at Riccarton Racecourse, creating a wall of noise as windows rattled and the ground shook. Lawyers, relatives and the media scrambled for safety. They regathered to continue the inquest, only for a second and more powerful jolt to strike about 90 minutes later. ‘They’re a terrible reminder,’ said Mike Barry, whose sister was killed in February. Coroner Gordon Matenga postponed the three-day hearing until further notice, saying he was concerned about the state of mind of the families.” See also: Quake tremors rattle Christchurch. Videos: Earthquakes rock Christchurch, New Zealand, More quakes rattle Christchurch, More tremors to come for earthquake-weary residents of Christchurch, Heavy damage in Christchurch tremors.
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 (Multilingual), Video:Saint Francis Borgia Oct 10. PRAYER FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS BORGIA.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Nicetus of Remesiana, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Romania. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Floods) Map of Romania Extract from Flash floods in Romania force evacuations: “More than 250 people were forced to leave their homes in central Romania amid widespread damage to property caused by torrential rains and floods on Saturday (June 11). Around 100 houses have been flooded and large areas of arable land are under water in the Sibiu county, 300 kms (180 miles) north-west of the capital Bucharest. Residents in the village of Cartisoara struggled to reinforce flood defences as flood waters rose destroying homes, roads and bridges. Floods in 2010 which killed 24 took a heavy toll on the economy of European Union’s second poorest country struggling to emerge from a deep recession.” See also: Several rivers in Central Romania under code red, orange flood alert. Videos: Flash floods wreak havoc in Romania.
Saint Nicetus of Remesiana (Patron Saint of Romania) (Feast Dates: January 7, June 22) Extract fromNicetas of Remesiana (Multilingual): “Whether born a Greek, or a Dacian, he promoted Latin sacred music for use during the eucharistic worship and reputedly composed a number of liturgical hymns, among which some twentieth-century scholars number the major Latin Christian hymn of praise, Te Deum, traditionally attributed to Saints Ambrose and Augustine. Because of his missionary activity, his contemporary and friend, Saint Paulinus of Nola lauded him poetically for instructing in the Gospel barbarians changed by him from wolves to sheep and brought into the fold of peace, and for teaching to sing of Christ with a Roman heart bandits who previously had no such ability. Lengthy excerpts survive of his principal doctrinal work, Instructions for Candidates for Baptism, in six books. They show that he stressed the orthodox position in Trinitarian doctrine. They contain the expression ‘communion of saints’ in reference to the belief in a mystical bond uniting both the living and the dead in a confirmed hope and love. No evidence survives of previous use of this expression, which has since played a central role in formulations of the Christian creed.” See also:January 7, June 22 – Saint Nicetus of Remesiana: Patron Saint of Romania, VIDEO: Te Deum – 5th Century Monastic Chant (Solemn).
America (Red Beads
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Christopher, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Haiti. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Flooding)Map of HaitiExtract from Death toll in Haiti floods, mudlides rises to 23: “The death toll from days of heavy rains that triggered flooding and mudslides in earthquake-ravaged Haiti has climbed to 23, an official said on Wednesday. The deaths and damage caused by the first major rainfall of the Atlantic hurricane season have raised concerns about the ability of Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, to respond to a major storm as it works to stem an eight-month-old cholera outbreak that has killed about 5,400 people. Emergency crews cleared rocks, trees and downed power lines from roads in the Haitian capital on Wednesday and aid groups fanned out to further assess the damage. The rains turned dirt roads in Port-au-Prince into muddy streams, flattened ramshackle homes and flooded tent encampments where hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake still live. . . . At least six people were reported missing, said Nadia Louchard, a coordinator with Haiti’s Civil Protection Department. ‘We are asking the population to be vigilant and to leave areas at risk when it is raining,’ she added. The rains eased in Port-au-Prince but weather forecasts showed more precipitation was likely in coming days.” See also: Rains, mudslides kill 10 in cholera-stricken Haiti. Videos: Haiti floods kill at least 23 people.
Saint Christopher (Patron Saint against Floods) (Feast Date: July 25) Extract from July 25: Saint Christopher the Holy Martyr: “One of the most popular legends describes the saint as a tall man of tremendous strength who made a living carrying people across a raging river. One day his passenger was a child who grew so heavy as they crossed the river that he feared they would both drown. Christopher was amazed that one so mighty as himself could be overcome by one so small. The child then revealed that he was Christ, and the heaviness was caused by the weight of the world which he bore. The Greek word Christophoros translates into “bearer of the anointed one, and it is no surprise that he is often depicted as carrying a child, who, in turn, is carrying a globe. Saint Christopher is listed among the “Auxiliary Saints”, or the Fourteen Holy Helpers, venerated for the efficacy of their prayers in time of need.” See PICTURES of Saint Christopher. See also: July 25- Saint Christopher: Patron Saint of Travelers, against Floods(Multilingual), PRAYERS to St. Christopher.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of .Zapopan, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in China. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Floods) (June, 2011)Map of ChinaExtract fromDeath toll reaches 105 after flooding: “China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs on Monday confirmed that the death toll as a result of floods and landslides in the central southern regions of the country has risen to 105 with more than 60 others missing, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Since June 3, torrential rains have caused floods and landslides in the southern provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Guizhou. The region had earlier suffered a prolonged drought until the flood season began. . . . On Monday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and China’s National Disaster Reduction Commission launched an emergency response plan as torrential rains will continue in central and southern China over the next days. . . . Temporary shelters, safety inspections and evacuations were initiated as well. In Hunan, the levels of precipitation recorded in the past days surpassed those registered in the region for the last 300 years. The downpours that struck 11 cities and prefectures in Hunan have affected around 3.61 million people. The damages in Hunan have caused economic losses estimated at 2.22 billion Yuan (about 340 million U.S. dollars). The heavy rains toppled 17,300 rural houses and forced the evacuation of 149,000 people across the province.” See also: Floods kill 105 in China, news agency says,The dry, the wet and the very very hot, Landslides in China, China downpours unleash floods, killing over 100, New downpours to hit flooded parts of China, China floods kill 44 in drought-hit provinces, China floods kill 52 people, more rain forecast in south, Video: Thousands left homeless after killer flood, Children rescued in China floods.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan (Patron Saint against Floods) (Feast Date: October 5) Extract from Our Lady of Zapopan: “Guadalajara, capital and jewel of the state of Jalisco, celebrates “The Day of the Mestizo” by rendering ecstatic homage to ‘The Little Virgin’ as Our Lady of Zapopan. She is Spanish in origin, but completely Mexican in the tradition of more than four hundred years that surround her cult. Brought to Zapopan by Father Antonio de Segovia in 1541, the “Little Virgin”, less than fourteen inches high, found herself in the heart of a territory, then called New Galicia, still under the conquest of Nuñe de Guzman. The precious statue, which the warm heart of the Mexican personifies, was the instrument by which Heaven vouchsafed to turn the fears and animosities of the natives into a confidence and love which enabled the zealous Franciscan to gather them into the fold of the Good Shepherd. The story is told that, as he preached, the little statue of Our Lady that he always carried with him, emitted rays of light. The miraculous radiance seemed to penetrate the souls of the Indians and convert them into vessels ready for the waters of grace.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Zapopan. See also: October 5 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods (Multilingual).