Doctrine unites, ideology divides

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True doctrine unites; ideology divides. That was the message of Pope Francis in the homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday. The Pope based his reflections on the so-called Council of Jerusalem which, around the year 49 A.D., decided that gentile converts to Christianity would not have to be circumcised. […]

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Jesus’ peace is real and not the world’s anesthetized peace

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True peace is not man-made but a gift of the Holy Spirit.  “A peace without a cross is not the peace of Jesus” for it is only the Lord who can give us peace amidst tribulations. This was the central message of the homily of Pope Francis at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of […]

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Pope Francis in Fatima: arrival ceremony

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Pope Francis’s plane touched down at Monte Real Air Base shortly before 4:30pm local time in Portugal. The sky was threatening for much of the afternoon – not in the way it is always threatening a little rain in the height of springtime a thousand feet up and twenty-odd miles off the Atlantic coast – […]

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Look to Mary, Mother of Hope

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Pope Francis during his Wednesday General Audience continued his catechesis on Christian hope, highlighting Mary the Mother of Hope. On the eve of his Apostolic visit to Fatima, Pope Francis on Wednesday, described Mary as the Mother of Hope adding that she was a woman of courage, perseverance and obedience. Speaking to the thousands of […]

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To evangelize, go out, listen, rejoice

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The Church should be on its feet and on the journey, listening to the restlessness of the people, and always with joy. That was the message of Pope Francis this morning in the homily for the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. In the first eight chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, the Pope […]

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Patriarch Bartholomew expected to join Pope Francis in Cairo

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In just one week’s time, Pope Francis takes off on a journey to the Egyptian capital Cairo, where he will visit the prestigious al-Azhar centre of Islamic studies.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, is also expected to join the Holy Father there, alongside the Coptic Pope Tawadros II. Both Pope Francis […]

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For young victims of Violence

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“This is a plague, a hidden cry which must be heard by us all and which we cannot continue to pretend not to see and hear”. Pope Francis called for prayer for “all the young victims of violence, abuse, exploitation and war”, at the end of the Angelus on 12 March in Saint Peter’s Square. […]

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More than just stars

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“Complaining to the Lord is a way of praying”. Pope Francis expressed this in his reflection at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 28 December, as he continued the series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope. He focused in particular on the experience of Abram, whom, the Pontiff explained, […]

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The solitude of the shepherd

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Paul, John the Baptist, and Maximilian Kolbe — along with many other shepherds throughout the ages — not only lived out solitude, abandonment, and persecution, but also the “nearness of the Lord”, especially in moments of trials. In his homily during Mass on Tuesday, 18 October in the chapel at the Casa, Pope Francis reflected […]

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The logic of mercy

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It is not surprising that the Holy Father was inspired by the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman when he described in Amoris Latetitia “the logic of pastoral mercy”, based upon the three pillars of accompaniment, discernment and integration.   Quoting the Relatio Synodi of 2014, the Pope affirmed that the situations which do […]

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A perfect stranger

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The Holy Spirit is a perfect stranger, if not “a prisoner of luxury”, to many unaware Christians. Yet he is the one who “moves the Church”, who leads us to Jesus and makes us “real” as opposed to “virtual Christians”. During Mass at Santa Marta on Monday morning, 9 May, of the week preceding Pentecost, […]

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God Gives Joy Nobody Can Take Away

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Christians Don’t ‘Anesthetize’ Pain But Live Through It Christians do not “anesthetize” or numb pain, but live through it aware that God gives us a joy that nobody can take away. According to Vatican Radio, this was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily this morning during his Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy […]

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Stop the hands of the violent

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During Easter celebrations the Pope remembers the many victims of violence around the world and cries out against attack on Christian in Pakistan “Stop the hands of the violent, who spread terror and death; and may for love, justice and reconciliation to reign in the world”. The Pope prayed for peace at the Regina Caeli […]

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