From the Pope’s 10/11 general audience: Appeals of the Holy Father

From the Pope’s 10/11 general audience: Appeals of the Holy Father

Catholic World News – 10/12/17

Source: Vatican Press Office

At the conclusion of the audience, the Pope recalled that October 13 is the anniversary of the last Fatima apparition and encouraged the faithful to pray the Rosary for peace during the month of October. [Good – AQ moderator Tom]

He also noted that October 13 is the international day for the reduction of natural disasters. [AQ moderator Tom: Does man accomplish that by fiat? Reminiscent of the story of King Canute and the waves]


When he [i.e., King Canute] was at the height of his ascendancy, he ordered his chair to be placed on the sea-shore as the tide was coming in. Then he said to the rising tide, “You are subject to me, as the land on which I am sitting is mine, and no one has resisted my overlordship with impunity. I command you, therefore, not to rise on to my land, nor to presume to wet the clothing or limbs of your master.” But the sea came up as usual, and disrespectfully drenched the king’s feet and shins. So jumping back, the king cried, “Let all the world know that the power of kings is empty and worthless, and there is no king worthy of the name save Him by whose will heaven, earth and sea obey eternal laws.” Thereafter King Cnut never wore the golden crown on his neck, but placed it on the image of the crucified Lord, in eternal praise of God the great king.

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