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A message from... Nigeria...

"When someone reaches out to help us though when times are tough,
It does so much tu give us hope and brighten up your day,
And though our "thanks" is genuine it's never quite enough,
Compared to all the hapiness their kidness bring your way


Dear Youth of IDYM-Nigeria! Your message has moved me profoundly. I have heard very good news about your dominican life. I look forward to sharing with you the new projects of formation and preaching which we are preparing for the groups which would like to take part in it. I wish you a happy, very happy New Year, and support you a lot.

Sister Ginevra


Pope Benedict XVI speaks about St. Catherine of Siena

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 24, 2010 (Zenit.org).-Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today I would like to speak to you about a woman who has had an eminent role in the history of the Church. She is St. Catherine of Siena. The century in which she lived -- the 14th -- was a troubled time for the life of the Church and for the whole social fabric in Italy and Europe.

However, even in the moments of greatest difficulty, the Lord does not cease to bless his People, raising men and women saints who stir minds and hearts, bringing about conversion and renewal. Catherine is one of these and still today she speaks to us and pushes us to walk courageously toward sanctity to be disciples of the Lord in an ever fuller sense.

Born in Siena in 1347 to a very numerous family, she died in Rome in 1380. At 16, moved by a vision of St. Dominic, she entered the Dominican Third Order, in the feminine branch called the Mantellate. She stayed with her family and confirmed the vow of virginity she made privately when she was still an adolescent; she dedicated herself to prayer, penance, and works of charity, above all for the benefit of the sick.

When her fame for sanctity spread, she became the protagonist in an intense activity of spiritual counsel, dealing with all categories of persons: nobles and politicians, artists and ordinary people, consecrated persons, ecclesiastics, and including Pope Gregory XI, who at that time resided in Avignon and whom Catherine exhorted energetically and effectively to return to Rome. She traveled a lot to solicit the interior reform of the Church and to foster peace between states. For this reason also the Venerable John Paul II declared her co-patroness of Europe: so that the Old World would never forget its Christian roots that are at the base of its journey and continue to draw from the Gospel the fundamental values that ensure justice and concord.

Catherine suffered much, as have many saints. Some thought in fact that she should not be trusted, to the point that, in 1374, six years before her death, the general chapter of the Dominicans called her to Florence to question her. They assigned her a learned and humble friar, Raymond of Capua, future master-general of the order. Having become her confessor and also her "spiritual son," he wrote the first complete biography of the saint. She was canonized in 1461.

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Interesting news from the Dominican Family of Spain on the WYD Madrid 2011

Following the 2011 annual theme for the 2016 OP Jubilee celebration, during WYD Madrid 2011, the Dominican Family of Spain will convert the center of Madrid into a Dominican route where young people will meet, talk, and listen to the wonders of God in their own languages and communication methods.

What is the Dominican Family offering during WYD Madrid 2011?

“We hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” (Acts 2:11)

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Fr. Enrique & Sr Ginevra Maria
Or rather... of the two secretaries: the previous one, Fr. Enrique, and the new one, Sr Ginevra Maria, who are sending you their hearty wishes for the feast of St Dominic. We met last month because we wanted to be together to launch this new stage of IDYM. And this meeting was made possible thanks to the warm welcome of the dominican sisters of Annunciata, in Oviedo (Spain). What better frame for sharing our thoughts on this movement than the Announciation? After all, the announcing of the Good New is the mission itself of IDYM.

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Dear Fr. Bruno,
On behalf of  the International Dominican Youth Movement, I send to you a warm greeting.  The group is delighted to give his contribution to the life and the mission of the Order with his own color:  young, international... and moving!  Again, “Tanti Auguri” and see you soon in Santa Sabina!  
Thank you wholeheartedly! I look forward to meeting you all soon. I count on yours prayers and assure you are in mine.
Your Brother
F. Bruno

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