Pope Francis ends Year of Mercy with Apostolic Letter
As the Year of Mercy ended, Pope Francis signed an apostolic letter imploring us to continue being merciful called Misericordia et Misera.
“Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible," the Pope wrote. "Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father.”
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Vietnamese Martyrs Church hosts vow ceremony for Sister Hong Nga Nguyen
Sister Hong Nga Nguyen, who came to Seattle from Vietnam as a 20-year-old in November 2006 to explore the possibilities of religious life, is overjoyed and overwhelmed by how much of God’s graces and blessings she has received since then. “If you dedicate your life to God totally, what can you lose? That’s it, God! I’m taken!”
That is the exuberant spirit with which she professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Sister of Providence in a liturgy at the Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Tukwila, Wash.
Mission trip in Guatemala leads Sister Vilma Franco back to El Salvador
On August 14, Sister Vilma Franco was missioned in Seattle and then flew to El Salvador on August 26 to take up ministry in Arcatao parish in the department of Chalatenango. That mountain village where she will be a catechist working with children is her birthplace, a four- or five-hour drive from the coastal department of Usulutan where she, her mother and her sister relocated after the civil war that claimed the lives of her father and her six brothers.