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A Rare Painting of Jesus by Leonardo Da Vinci Breaks World Selling Record

A Rare Painting of Jesus by Leonardo Da Vinci Breaks World Selling Record

A rare painting of Jesus Christ by Leonardo da Vinci sold for 450 million dollars on Wednesday, breaking the record for the most expensive painting ever sold.

The painting, entitled Salvator Mundi, Latin for Savior of the World, is one of just fifteen paintings by Leonardo da Vinci known to exist. It was painted sometime around the years 1490 to 1519. The piece features Jesus Christ in Renaissance dress, holding a crystal sphere in His left hand and giving a benediction with His right.

It was sold at Christie’s Auction House in New York City, with a bidding contest via telephone that lasted for over 20 minutes. When the final bid came in at $400 million, with buyer’s fees bringing it up to $450 million, the room erupted into cheers and applause.

Leonardo painted the Salvator Mundi for King Louis XII of France. King Charles I of England then acquired it in 1649, before it was auctioned off in 1763. It was lost to history until it resurfaced in 1900 when it was purchased by a British collector, Francis Cook. When he received it, the painting was badly damaged from restoration attempts.

It was eventually sold in 1958 for a little over a hundred dollars, thought to be a poor copy of the original from its poor condition. In 2005 the piece was bought by a group of art dealers for $10,000. It was then restored properly and authenticated as a work of da Vinci.

The Salvator Mundi was sold to a private buyer who, at least for now, wishes to remain anonymous.

Source: ucatholic.com

PRAISE GOD!!! Kidnapped Reverend Sisters Finally Gains Freedom 

PRAISE GOD!!! Kidnapped Reverend Sisters Finally Gains Freedom 

Praise God: Some welcome news from Nigeria, regarding the three kidnapped sisters from the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy.

This email was sent to Bishop Gerald Barnes in San Bernardino late this afternoon:

Dear Bishop Barnes,

Good afternoon! The Regional Superior of the DMMM USA-Canada region just sent an email letting us know the kidnapped sisters have been released. God has answered our prayers.

May His great name be praised both now and forever, Amen!!

Thank you all for your prayers and support of our congregation during this difficult time.

Sr. Chilee Okoko, DMMM

The official letter from the order, announcing the release to other sisters around the world, is below.
DMMM Generalate

Ahiaeke, Ndume, Umuahia

Abia State, Nigeria
14thNovember, 2017
TO ALL DMMM COMMUNITIES

My dear Sisters,

GRATITUDE FOR THE WELFARE OF OUR SUPERIOR GENERAL AND COUNCILLORS

Praise be to Jesus both now and forever! Amen.

It is with a deep sense of gratitude to God that I happily inform you that our dear Superior General, Rev. Mother Mary Angeleen Umezuruike and Councillors, Sr. Mary Catherine Nweke and Sr. Maria Amabilis Onuoha and our driver, Mr. Peter Okoloike are safely back to us. To God be all the glory!

I am very grateful to all of you for your wonderful display of solidarity during the very trying moment. Indeed, God hearkened to our prayers and sacrifices. We are ever grateful to Him and to Mary, our dear Mother of Mercy. May she continue to pray for us. Amen!
Thank you and God bless you.

Yours sincerely in Jesus and Mary,
Sr. Marie Prisca Colette Ezenwa

DMMM General Councillo

 

Pope Francis Pens A Hand Written Letter To Disabled Soldier He Met In Columbia

Pope Francis Pens A Hand Written Letter To Disabled Soldier He Met In Columbia

Pope Francis pens a handwritten letter to disabled soldier he met in Colombia

Pope Francis sent a handwritten letter to a disabled soldier he met in Colombia this fall, thanking him for a special gesture at the Bogota airport, when the soldier gave him his military cap.

The pope told the soldier that their encounter touched him so much that he placed a photo of it in his study.

The pontiff’s letter was addressed to the special ops Marine Edwin Restrepo. Restrepo, who has been in a wheelchair for 13 years, after he stepped on an anti-personnel blast mine during a search and secure operation near the town of Zambrano.

Restrepo lost part of an arm and a leg, and he also went blind. Nevertheless, he learned to read Braille and after finishing school, began a law career. He also learned how to walk with his new prosthesis.

Restrepo briefly met Pope Francis at the Catam airport in Bogota on Sept. 10 before the pontiff left for Villavicencio during his apostolic trip to Colombia. He handed the Pope his soldier’s cap and asked the Holy Father to pray for the soldiers and police in Colombia.

The pope’s letter is dated Oct. 16 and was read and delivered to the soldier Nov. 9 by Bishop Suescún Mutis of the Colombian military diocese.

The Holy Father wrote in his letter, “Dear Brother, I don’t know your name but I haven’t forgotten the spontaneous gesture you made this past September 10 at the Catam airport before my departure for Villavicencio.”

Referring to the military cap Restrepo handed him, Francis wrote, “That gesture touched my heart, and I didn’t give your soldier’s cap to my aide (as I normally do with the things people give me). Instead I wanted to take it with me, a memento and symbol of your devotion and love for your country, as captured in the photo.”

The pope told Restrepo that “that soldier’s cap accompanied me during the trip. I thought of you often, and of so many of your companions injured fighting for your people.”

After returning to Rome, “I couldn’t let go of it, and I placed it next to the photo and the news article that came out in L’Osservatore Romano next to the picture of the Blessed Virgin above the little altar that I have in my study that I often pray in front of. So every time I pray there, I pray for You, your fallen and injured comrades and for Colombia.”

“And once again I say ‘Thanks!’ to you. Thanks for your gesture, thanks for your love for your country. And, please, I ask you to not forget to pray for me. May Jesus bless you and the Blessed Virgin care for you. Fraternally, Francisco,” the text concludes.

Source:

EWTN

 

 

 

BREAKING!!! Pray For 3 Religious Sisters Kidnapped In Nigeria

BREAKING!!! Pray For 3 Religious Sisters Kidnapped In Nigeria

Rev. Mother Angeleen Umezurike, Srs. Amabilis Onuoha, and Kate Nweke of the order of Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy were kidnapped in Nigeria on Sunday.

Here’s an email from the order, asking for prayers:

Dear Sisters,

Praise be to Jesus!

Please we have just been informed that our Rev. Mother, Mother Angeleen Umezurike, Srs. Amabilis Onuoha, and Kate Nweke, together with their driver was kidnapped this evening (Nigerian Time) on their way to Abuja.

We are requesting for prayers and booking of Masses from every community and individual sisters for their safety and immediate release.

God bless!

Sr. Chiemeka

Another communication from the order noted:

We do not know yet who are responsible for this terrible act and the hoodlums have not yet indicated what they want for their release. All the sisters are praying seriously for God’s intervention and for their immediate release. Thank you for your prayers for them.

It appears to have happened sometime Sunday afternoon Nigerian time.

Rev. Mother Angeleen Umezurike

About the order:

The charism of DMMM congregation is based on the merciful love of God towards his people especially the poor. Imitating this divine attribute of God, the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy bear witness to his merciful love for his creatures with acts of compassion, forgiveness and kindness. DMMM sisters show mercy as compassion by loving the poor and underprivileged and caring for them in hospitals, schools, homes, orphanages, centers, etc. they live out mercy as forgiveness by excusing one another’s faults; seeking and accepting reconciliation from those who have wronged them; promoting peace and harmony in whatever field of apostolate they are engaged in. They practice mercy as kindness by offering Christ-like hospitality to all who cross their paths, being tender-hearted towards one another, sharing each other’s joys and sorrows and giving fraternal correction to one another.

Please pray for these women, their driver, and their community. They are women committed to peace and mercy, tenderness and compassion; forgiveness is the cornerstone of their charism.

Let us pray to Our Mother of Mercy to intercede for them and for a speedy release of every one of them with this prayer

Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer them…

Amen.

 

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