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Canadian euthanasia deaths increased by almost 35% in 2020 (National Right to Life News)

In the landmark 2015 case Carter v. Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down a law against euthanasia. Government statistics now attribute one out of every 40 Canadian deaths to MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying).

Jun. 10 Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial

St. Landericus was the Bishop of Paris from 650 to his death. He is best remembered as the founder of the first hospital in Paris.

Cardinal Kasper worried by German 'Synodal Path' (CNA)

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that he is “very worried” about the “Synodal Path” advanced by the German bishops’ conference, and hopes that the prayers of the faithful will prevent a rupture within the Church. The German cardinal—one of the leading liberal theologians in the world’s hierarchy—expressed concerns that German bishops were ignoring cautions from the Vatican and proceeding unilaterally with proposals for radical change.

European financial commission sees progress at Vatican, but wants tougher prosecution (CWN)

European bank regulators have given the Vatican satisfactory grades for its efforts to combat money-laundering, but pointed to weakness in the Vatican’s prosecution of financial misconduct.

Jun. 9 Wednesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor, Memorial

St. Ephrem, called "the Harp of the Holy Spirit," is the great classic Doctor of the Syrian church. As deacon at Edessa, he vigorously combated the heresies of his time, and to do so more effectively wrote poems and hymns about the mysteries of Christ, the Blessed Virgin and the saints. He had a great devotion to Our Lady. He was a commentator on Scripture and a preacher as well as a poet, and has left a considerable number of works, which were translated into other Eastern languages as well as into Greek and Latin. He died in 373. Benedict XV proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 1920.

Jun. 8 Tuesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Weekday

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces. Pope Leo XIII declared in his Encyclical of September 22, 1891: "We may affirm that nothing, by the will of God, is given to us without Mary's mediation, in such way that just as no one can approach the almighty Father but through His Son, likewise no one, so to speak, can approach Christ but through His Mother."

Jun. 7 Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time, Weekday

St. Robert of Newminster, was born at Gargrave in Yorkshire. He spent the early years of his priesthood as rector of his hometown but later joined the Benedictine community at Whitby. In 1132 he helped to establish Fountains Abbey which embraced the Cistercian rule of St Bernard of Clairvaux. Fountains was to have a daughter abbey at Newminster near Morpeth and Robert became the first abbot in 1138/9. He died on 7th June 1159. St. Robert is included in the Roman Martyrology.

Jun. 6 Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Solemnity

While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many."

Jun. 5 Memorial of St. Boniface, bishop and martyr, Memorial

St. Boniface, a monk of Exeter in England, is one of the great figures of the Benedictine Order and of the monastic apostolate in the Middle Ages. Gregory II sent him to preach the Gospel in Germany. He evangelized Hesse, Saxony and Thuringia and became Archbishop of Mainz. He well earned the title of Apostle of Germany, and Catholic Germany in our own times still venerates him as its father in the faith. He was put to death by the Frisians at Dokkum in 754 during the last of his missionary journeys. The famous abbey of Fulda, where his body lies, has remained the national shrine of Catholic Germany.

Jun. 4 Friday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, Weekday

Three things made Francis of Caracciolo stand out from his wealthy Neapolitan friends: he was powerfully drawn to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, he fasted every Saturday in honor of the Virgin Mary, and he had a generous love for the poor. When he was seriously ill at the age of twenty-two, he vowed that if he were cured he would devote himself to the service of God and his fellow men. He became a priest and in 1588 joined the order of Minor Clerks Regular. Francis instituted perpetual adoration as one of the works of his Order. According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is his feast.