From the Domus Santa Marta: The Words of Pope Francis

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Pope Francis made an important point during his Morning Meditation on May 9 when he emphasized the unique impact of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the One who makes the difference, who sets souls on fire and breathes life into the actions of the Christian. Often the Holy Spirit is either forgotten or […]

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From the Domus Santa Marta: The Words of Pope Francis

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There is a story in the Old Testament in which poisonous snakes keep hurting the Israelites. When Moses prayed for the people, God had him sculpt a bronze image of the very same snake, which the sick could look upon and in so looking, be healed. During his morning meditation, Pope Francis considered how strange […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: News from the East

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Endangered Jesus Tomb Unites Rival Catholic, Orthodox Churches in $3.4 Million Restoration Project Three Christian traditions recently put aside their long-standing theological differences and agreed to partner to save the endangered holy place where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected in Jerusalem. Members of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and the Armenian Orthodox Churches have […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: The Liturgical Year

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Why is the Great Pascha on a Different Date than Easter? This year the Orthodox Church celebrated the Great Pascha, their Easter, on May 1, several weeks after the rest of the Christian world celebrated Easter. This feast is preceded by a Holy Week similar to the Catholic one, and has the same meaning and […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: Spirituality, The Orthodox Saints Speak

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Reflecting on Mary’s Blessedness through the Annunciation Thou knowest, O Mary, things kept hid from the patriarchs and prophets. Thou hast learned, O virgin, things which were kept concealed till now from the angels. Thou hast heard, O purest one, things of which even the choir of inspired men was never deemed worthy. Moses, and […]

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From the Domus Santa Marta: The Words of Pope Francis

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Trusting without understanding, especially in the face of tragedy, is often the hardest act of faith. Yet this is exactly what Pope Francis calls us to do in the face of suffering. To call out to God in the midst of the pain, confusion, and loneliness, saying, “I don’t understand, but I trust you,” is […]

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The Words of Pope Francis: What is True Humility?

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In his morning meditation at the beginning of February, Pope Francis commented on King David’s journey from sin to repentance and humble sanctity, saying, “The only path to humility is humiliation.” Humility is becoming a lost virtue in the modern world. Our digital technology seems to make us think about ourselves all the time. But […]

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