“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”Matt.16:18-19.
There is a new website to pledge fidelity to Pope Benedict XVI, called Semper Fidelis International. How absolutely fitting! From the site:
Semper Fidelis International’, a new website and initiative of a small group of Irish catholics, was officially launched this day, Sunday June 17th 2012, to mark the closing ceremony of the 50th jubilee International Eucharistic Congress, Croke Park, Dublin Ireland. This, with the deepest gratitude to and affection for Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, for granting Ireland this unique privilege. May the fruits be immense!
This initiative is consecrated to the united hearts of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and to Our Blessed Lady, Mary our Mother and Queen. The Latin, ‘Semper Fidelis, refers to the final words spoken by Pope John Paul II as he left Ireland in 1979: “Ireland semper fidelis” or “Ireland, always faithful”, which were said three times.
A preliminary letter from Irish catholics in particular, either as individuals, prayer groups or apostolates, pledging our fidelity to the Holy Father and Magisterium is to be sent to the Pope Benedict XVI, for the feast of SS Peter and Paul June 29th this year. Mindful that this landmark occasion in the renewal of our Irish Church, was equally an International Eucharistic Congress and to give our fellow catholics all over the world, an opportunity to also pledge their fidelity, ‘Semper Fidelis International’ was born. We have translated this simple message: ‘Letter from the International Catholic Community’, into ten languages (and counting) for a global campaign to: ‘Send Pope Benedict XVI Your Pledge of Fidelity!’
The feast of Christ the King, November 25th 2012 is the final date set for submission of all final signatures and pledges to this holy Pope, on whom we invoke God’s special protection and Our Lady’s tender and loving care. It is envisaged that on significant feast days each month until then, we will update this website to focus on and call for a great unity of prayer worldwide for the Holy Father’s protection, consolation and intentions. In particular, all are strongly encouraged to follow the links on the Home Page: ‘Invitation to join with the Holy Father as he prays the Rosary each evening at 6.45pm Rome time (5.45 pm GMT or whenever possible) as well as the ‘Papal Intention’ tab and to meditate on the reflections.
Let us pray Our Lady’s most powerful Rosary, not only for, but actually spiritually united with Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI
Happy birthday “Chesty” Puller!