God can accomplish all things for those who believe.

Pope at Mass in L’Aquila: ‘God can accomplish all things’

During Mass in the central Italian city of L’Aquila for the occasion of the ‘Celestinian Pardon,’ Pope Francis recalls God’s power to accomplish all things, along with the courageous witness, often misunderstood, of Pope Celestine V who resigned in 1294.

By Deborah Castellano Lubov

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Pope Francis stressed this during the Mass he celebrated in the central Italian city of L’Aquila, where he made a 28 August pastoral visit for the occasion of Celestinian Pardon.

He presided over the Eucharistic Celebration in the square before the Basilica of St. Mary in Collemaggio. 

The Pope’s visit to the Italian city falls 13 years after a devastating 2009 earthquake which killed 309 people. The month of the quake, then-Pope Benedict XVI visited L’Aquila.

Mass in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Collemaggio, L'Aquila

Mass in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Collemaggio, L’Aquila

Tradition of the ‘perdonanza’ 

Each 28-29 August in L’Aquila, Catholics renew the solemn rite of Forgiveness (“Perdonanza”), the perpetual plenary indulgence that Pope Celestine V granted to the faithful.

In his homily, the Pope drew our attention to the saints, Pope Celestine V, and God’s mercy which frees us and brings us joy.

“The saints’ lives are a privileged vantage point from which we can glimpse the good news that Jesus came to proclaim – namely, that God is our Father and each of us is loved by Him. This is the heart of the Gospel, and Jesus is the proof of this Love – His incarnation, His face.”

Misunderstood Pope Celestine V & God beside the humble
Recalling that he celebrates Mass on “a special day” for the city, that of “the Celestinian Pardon,” the Holy Father recalled that the relics of Pope Celestine V – who resigned from the papacy in 1294 – are preserved in L’Aquila.

Mass in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Collemaggio, L'Aquila

Mass in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Collemaggio, L’Aquila

The Holy Father observed that Pope Celestine “humbled himself,” finding favour with God.

“We erroneously remember Celestine V as he ‘who made a great refusal’, according to the expression Dante used in his Divine Comedy. But Celestine V was not a man who said ‘no’, but a man who said ‘yes’.”

In fact, the Pope noted, there is no other way to accomplish God’s will, than to assume the strength of the humble.

“Precisely because they are such, the humble appear weak and as losers in the eyes of men and women, whereas in reality,” he explained, “they are conquerors because they are the ones who confide completely in the Lord and know His will.”

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It is “to the humble,” Pope Francis said, “that God reveals His secrets, and by the humble He is glorified.” 

In this world so often dominated by pride, the Pope reflected, the Word of God invites us to become humble and meek. 

God can accomplish all things

Humility, the Holy Father explained, does not consist in belittling ourselves, “but rather in that healthy realism that makes us recognize our potentials as well as our misery.”

“Beginning with our misery, humility makes us take our gaze off ourselves in order to turn it toward God, to the One who can do everything and who even obtains for us what we would not succeed in obtaining on our own. ‘All things can be done for the one who believes.’”

The strength of the humble is the Lord, the Pope said, “not strategies or human means.”
“In that sense, Celestine V was a courageous witness of the Gospel because there was no logic or power that was able to imprison or control him. In him,” Pope Francis said, “we admire a Church free from worldly logic, witnessing completely to that name of God which is Mercy.”

Mass in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Collemaggio, L'Aquila

Mass in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Collemaggio, L’Aquila

This is the very heart of the Gospel, the Holy Father continued, “for mercy is knowing that we are loved in our misery.”

The Pope invited all faithful to always draw closer to Christ, the Son of God and His mercy.

Joy of mercy

For centuries, he noted, “L’Aquila has kept alive the gift that Pope Celestine V himself left it,” namely the reminder “that with mercy, and with mercy alone, can the life of every man and every woman be lived with joy.”

“Mercy is the experience of feeling welcomed, put back on our feet, strengthened, healed, encouraged. To be forgiven is to experience here and now, that which comes closest to being resurrected. Forgiveness is the passage from death to life, from the experience of anguish and guilt to that of freedom and joy.”

May our Church, the Pope expressed, always be a place in which people can be reconciled “and experience that Grace that puts us back on our feet and gives us another chance.”

The Pope prayed it may be “a Church of forgiveness, not once a year, but always.”

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The Holy Father recognized how much the people of L’Aquila have suffered, following the devastating 2009 earthquake, and warned against another type of suffering, an “earthquake of the soul.”

This type of earthquake puts us in contact with our own frailty, our own limitations, our own misery.

“In such a circumstance, we can allow life to make us bitter, or we can learn meekness.”

Capital of forgiveness and transformation

“Too many times,” the Pope lamented, “people base their worth on the place they occupy in the world.”

“The Christian knows that his or her life is not a career after the manner of the world, but a career after the manner of Christ who said of himself that he had come to serve and not to be served,” the Pope said.

Unless we understand that the revolution of the Gospel is contained in this type of freedom, the Pope suggested, we will continue to witness war, violence and injustice.

“Brothers and sisters, may L’Aquila truly be the capital of forgiveness, of peace and of reconciliation!”

Pope Francis concluded by recalling the people of L’Aquila’s devotion to the Blessed Mother and praying “her maternal intercession obtain pardon and peace for the entire world.”

Pope Francis’ visit to L’Aquila falls the day after the Pope’s consistory for the creation of 20 new Cardinals in the Vatican, and during the 27-29 August encounter the Holy Father requested for the world’s Cardinals to gather in the Vatican together to reflect on the recently-published Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium on reforming the Roman Curia

Humanity In Danger! It’s Time To Act

These 4 images illustrate the variety of unusual phenomena and objects found in the blood of subjects
vaccinated with Comirnaty BioNTech/Pfizer (Courtesy of Helen Krenn)

These 4 images illustrate the variety of unusual phenomena and objects found in the blood of subjects vaccinated with Comirnaty BioNTech/Pfizer (Courtesy of Helen Krenn)

Vaccines & Safety

Unusual Toxic Components Found in COVID Vaccines, ‘Without Exception’: German Scientists

By Enrico Trigoso August 26, 2022

A group of independent German scientists found toxic components—mostly metallic—in all the COVID vaccine samples they analyzed, “without exception” using modern medical and physical measuring techniques.

The Working Group for COVID Vaccine Analysis says that some of the toxic elements found inside the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccine vials were not listed in the ingredient lists from the manufacturers.

The following metallic elements were found in the vaccines:

  • Alkali metals: caesium (Cs), potassium (K)
  • Alkaline earth metals: calcium (Ca), barium (Ba)
  • transition metals: cobalt (Co), iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), titanium (Ti)
  • Rare earth metals: cerium (Ce), gadolinium (Gd)
  • Mining group/metal: aluminum (Al)
  • Carbon group: silicon (Si) (partly support material/slide)
  • Oxygen group: sulphur (S)

These substances, furthermore, “are visible under the dark-field microscope as distinctive and complex structures of different sizes, can only partially be explained as a result of crystallization or decomposition processes, [and] cannot be explained as contamination from the manufacturing process,” the researchers found.

They declared the findings as preliminary.

The findings “build on the work of other researchers in the international community who have described similar findings, such as Dr. Young, Dr. Nagase, Dr. Botha, Dr. Flemming, Dr, Robert Wakeling, and Dr. Noak,” Dr. Janci Lindsay, Ph.D., a toxicologist not involved in the study, told The Epoch Times.

“The number and consistency of the allegations of contamination alone, coupled with the eerie silence from global safety and regulatory bodies, is troublesome and perplexing in terms of ‘transparency’ and continued allegations by these bodies that the genetic vaccines are ‘safe,’” Lindsay added.

Epoch Times Photo
Comparison of crystals in the blood and in the vaccine; on the left, crystalline formations are found in
the blood of test subjects vaccinated with Comirnaty (BioNTech/Pfizer), the images on the right show that these
types of crystals are also found in Comirnaty vaccines. (Courtesy of Helen Krenn)

Helena Krenn, the group’s founder, submitted the findings to German government authorities for review.

“We had submitted it to the participants of the government and further addresses from newspapers with the platform open-debate.eu, only in Germany, Austria, and Suisse,” Krenn told The Epoch Times.

Two other important findings were that blood samples from the vaccinated had “marked changes” and that more side effects were observed in proportion to “the stability of the envelope of lipid nanoparticles.”

A lipid nanoparticle is an extremely small particle, a fat-soluble membrane that is the cargo of the messenger RNA (mRNA).


“Using a small sample of live blood analyses from both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, we have determined that artificial intelligence (AI) can distinguish with 100% reliability between the blood of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This indicates that the COVID-19 vaccines can effect long-term changes in the composition of the blood of the person vaccinated without that person being aware of these changes,” the study states.

The findings of acute and chronic physiological changes to the blood of those inoculated with the vaccines, consistently discerned via AI software, “also echoes the findings of many other researchers and support the contentions of contamination and/or adulteration,” Lindsay said.

“We have established that the COVID-19 vaccines consistently contain, in addition to contaminants, substances the purpose of which we are unable to determine,” their study says.

The group consists of 60 members, including physicians, physicists, chemists, microbiologists, and alternative health practitioners, supported by lawyers and psychologists.

They said that critics of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines “have been publicly defamed, ostracized and economically ruined,” and as such, “contrary to the customary practice in science, we have decided to protect ourselves by remaining anonymous as authors of this report.”

Epoch Times Photo
Anomalous objects in Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vector vaccine. It should be noted that objects of this
type were not found in all of the samples. (Courtesy of Helen Krenn)

The scientists claim that their results have been cross-confirmed using the following measuring techniques: “Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX), Mass Spectroscopy (MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Analysis (ICP), Bright Field Microscopy (BFM), Dark Field Microscopy (DFM) and Live Blood Image Diagnostics, as well as analysis of images using Artificial Intelligence.”

The analysts explain that they have been cooperating with other groups in different countries that have been executing similar investigations and have obtained results consistent with their own.

“The results from our analysis of the vaccines can, consequently, be regarded as cross-validated,” the summary report of their findings states.

“It should be acknowledged of course that [German Working Group’s] work is described as ‘Preliminary Findings,’ not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal and that chain of custody as well as the identity of many of these scientists is unknown. However, in this heavily charged and censored climate when it comes to any challenges to the ‘safety and efficacy’ of the genetic vaccines, I myself can attest to the difficulties in conducting the basic research, much less publishing that same research in a peer-reviewed journal, in order to get at these questions as well as disseminate the findings,” Lindsay said.

Epoch Times Photo
The Comirnaty vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer exhibits a diversity and large number of unusual objects.
The vast number of crystalline platelets and shapes can hardly be interpreted as impurities. They appear regularly
and in large numbers in all samples. (Courtesy of Helen Krenn)

Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J did not respond to a request for comment.

Rumors, Gossip, and Your Health

By Lori Anander Medically Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on February 13, 2022

Rumors. Gossip. Fake news.

We’ve all heard these terms. While most consider them harmless, they can affect your health. Learning to tell the difference between fact and fiction can be a real boost — both mentally and physically.

What happens when rumors aren’t harmless? What if they damage someone’s reputation, livelihood, or personal life?

If you’re on the receiving end of untrue gossip, what do you do?

Rumors vs. Gossip vs. ‘Fake News’

Rumors are defined as widely spread talk with no reliable source to back it up. They aren’t always bad. Some rumors can even seem positive, like promotions, engagements, or awards.

But until proven otherwise, they are just that — rumors.

Gossip is when you take rumors — those unconfirmed pieces of information — and pass them along, spreading what may be “fake news.”

What may be surprising is how difficult it can be to tell rumor and gossip from truth. Even people who are Internet-savvy can have trouble telling what’s real and what’s not. It can also be tough to tell the difference between news and advertisement. As a result, people sometimes give more weight to what they see in their social media feed than what they get from more credible news sources.

What’s the Harm?

When it comes to “fake news,” the effects can be both immediate and long-lasting. In most cases, a “fake news” story can rile up your emotions and change your mood. Depending on the strength of your feelings, the story, and the reaction it gave you, can stick in your head, even after you find out it’s false. You may even remember those feelings if you see another story about the same subject.

On their own, rumors and gossip seem harmless; almost a fun pastime. But there’s a point where they can become harmful to your health.

There’s a great deal of information out there about bullying among teenagers and younger children. What’s sometimes overlooked is that adults can be bullied, too.

It can come in the form of untrue rumors or gossip about them or a loved one. It can also come through reactions to words or an image that’s been posted.

Physical appearance, politics, and financial issues can all become the subject of online bullying, too.