I switched on early morning news today to see if there was anything really big going on that I should know about. I usually do that on the verge of a journey. Today I learned that the massive horde swarming northward – seemingly freely and will lots of help – through Mexico toward the US border has been “diversified”. More and more people from other parts of the globe are found in the horde. What could possible go wrong with that?
I also read at Vatican News that Francis has given $500K taken from the annual “Peter’s Pence” collection to help the horde. The money will be “be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations”.
Did you know there was an official Peter’s Pence page in the Vatican’s .va domain? I didn’t. HERE
In the “history” section – I love this – entitled “From its origins to the modern era” there is a mention at the very top that “Peter’s Pence, as a donation to the Successor of Peter, took on stable form in the seventh century with the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons”. Then it jumps immediately to VATICAN II and the 1960’s. In between? Zip. If that isn’t telling….
Anyway, the annual Peter’s Pence collection is taken up around 29 June, the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul.
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