We are “Catholic Atheists” if we have hardened hearts

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Listen to the Word of God to avoid the risk of a hardened heart. That was Pope Francis’ message in his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. The Pope pointed out that when we turn away from God and are deaf to His Word, we become unfaithful or even “Catholic atheists.” […]

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The confessional is not the dry cleaners.

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Pope Francis warned against treating the confessional like the dry cleaners, a place to make a quick transaction, wipe away our sins and steal a false pardon. He also stressed the need for Christians to be truly ashamed of their sins. The Pope’s words came during his homily at his Tuesday morning Mass in the […]

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May Joseph give us the ability to dream great things

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Saint Joseph gives young people “the ability to dream, to risk, and to undertake the difficult tasks that they have seen in dreams.” That was the message of Pope Francis during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The day’s liturgy commemorated the Solemnity of St Joseph, which is normally celebrated on 19 March, […]

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Damned are those who don’t care for the poor and homeless

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The parable of the poor man, Lazarus, lying at the rich man’s door, was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily at the Santa Marta Mass on Thursday morning.  The Pope warned of the risks we run if we have the same uncaring attitude towards the poor and homeless people we see around us today. […]

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True fasting is helping others

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True fasting is helping your neighbour; while false fasting mixes religiosity with dirty deals and the bribes of vanity. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday. The readings of the day speak about fasting; that is, the Pope explained, “about the penance that we […]

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Ideological faith adores a ‘disincarnate’ god

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The compass of the Christian directs him to follow Christ crucified, not a disincarnate god, but God made flesh, Who bears in Himself the wounds of our brothers. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. The invitation to be converted resounds strongly at the […]

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From slavery to freedom

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· A journey of hope · Lent should be lived as a “journey of hope” which leads Christians “from slavery to freedom”. This reminder was at the heart of the Holy Father’s reflection for the General Audience on Ash Wednesday, 1 March, in Saint Peter’s Square. The following is a translation of the catechesis, which […]

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Lent is a time to start breathing again

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“Return to me with all your heart… Return to the Lord.” The Holy Father began his homily for the beginning of lent with the words of the prophet Joel, from the first Reading: “Return to me with all your heart… Return to the Lord.” These words, the Pope said, apply to everyone, and exclude no one; […]

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‘True Christians have cheerful faces and eyes full of joy’

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As we head into the Lenten season, Pope Francis has invited us to reflect on our relationship to God and to money, as we can’t serve both masters at the same time. His words came on Tuesday during morning Massin the Casa Santa Marta. Speaking about the message of the Gospel readings in these days […]

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The lack of brotherhood leads to war and bloodshed

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The importance of the bond of brotherhood and of how easy it is for petty jealousies and envy to damage that bond and set off a process that can lead to the destruction of families and peoples. The Pope was speaking during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, a Mass that […]

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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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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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Behind Judas

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Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, 24 March, at a reception centre for people seeking asylum [the Centro di Accoglienza per Richiedenti Asilo, or CARA] in Castelnuovo di Porto. Located just a short distance from Rome, the centre provides temporary lodging and services for nearly 900 asylum seekers […]

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Between talk and action

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It is no of use calling ourselves Christians, because “God is practical”, and what is important not talk but action. The Pope proposed getting back to the basics of Christian life, and invited an examination of conscience on the Beatitudes and, in particular, on one’s witness in the family. This was the subject of his […]

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You Are Not God’s ‘Employees,’ Pope Reminds Religious

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During Mass in Morelia, Also Warns Against One of Devil’s Favorite Weapons to Overcome Us. Religious and consecrated are not God’s employees, nor are administrators of the divine. However, they are to always turn to Our Father in prayer and not fall victim to temptation.   The Pope stressed this during his homily at the […]

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Pope’s Homily at Mass With Indigenous Community of Chiapas

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‘Today’s world, overcome by convenience, needs to learn anew the value of gratitude!’   Li smantal Kajvaltike toj lek – The law of the Lord is perfect; it revives the soul. Thus begins the psalm we have just heard. The law of the Lord is perfect and the psalmist diligently lists everything that the law […]

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Pope’s Homily at Mass in Ecatepec, Mexico

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‘We have chosen Jesus, not the evil one; we want to follow in his footsteps, even though we know that this is not easy.’   Last Wednesday we began the liturgical season of Lent, during which the Church invites us to prepare ourselves to celebrate the great feast of Easter. This is a special time […]

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Ever decreasing

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John the Baptist, “the greatest of the prophets”, teaches us a fundamental rule of Christian life: humble ourselves so that Jesus may grow. This is “God’s approach”, as opposed to “mankind’s approach”, as the Pope pointed out during Mass at Santa Marta on Friday morning, 5 February. In the day’s Gospel passage, Mark writes that […]

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Thinking of Death Helps Us Realize What Matters in Life

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‘When I pass away, what inheritance will I leave?’ This is the question Pope Francis has called on faithful to contemplate during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. He urged those gathered to contemplate the end of their lives to help them better understand if they are properly living their […]

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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‘One who lives this encounter becomes a witness and makes possible the encounter for others; and makes him also a promoter of the culture of encounter, avoiding self-reference that makes us remain closed in ourselves.’ Today, before our eyes is a simple, humble and great event: Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple of […]

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