The sickness of indifference

-S.S. Francesco - Santa Messa per il Giubleo dei Catechisti  25-09-2016


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· ​The Pope tells catechists to find new ways of meeting and helping the poor · He calls for an end to the violence that has struck Mexico in recent days Pope Francis assured the “beloved Mexican people” of his prayers “that the violence, which in recent days has even affected several priests, may cease”. […]

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Letter #27, 2016: The New Nuncio

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April 12, 2016, Tuesday — The Pope’s New Ambassador to the United States The report below ranges from the retirement of Archbishop Viganò to the Kim Davis case from last September to the question of whether Pope Francis believes we are entering into the apocalyptic period of the great apostasy. Meanwhile, I am preparing a […]

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Being Human: Pope Francis Delights Many, Frustrates Some

Pope Francis wears a sombrero during his arrival to Mexico City Feb. 12. (CNS photo/Gustavo Camacho, Presidency of Mexico via Reuters) See POPE-MEXICO-WELCOME Feb. 12, 2016. Editors: editorial use only.

The mid-February trip to Mexico was a tour de force, with millions of Mexicans turning out to greet the Pope. There was a moment of anger, a moment at “the fence” and… a controversial interview The Pope is human. Pope Francis demonstrated that in Mexico, as he does wherever he goes, and most people find […]

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Pope’s Angelus Address in Ecatepec, Mexico

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‘I invite you once again today to be on the front line, to be first in all the initiatives which help make this blessed land of Mexico a land of opportunities, where there will be no need to emigrate … be exploited … despair …’   My Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the first reading […]

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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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“The crowds, the joy, the ability to celebrate…”

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door as he begins the Holy Year of Mercy at the start of a Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BANGUI-MERCY Nov. 29, 2015.

  Pope Francis told reporters he is well aware that God is a God of surprises, but he had not been prepared for what a surprise his first visit to Africa would be. Obviously tired, but equally content, Pope Francis told reporters he prayed in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, and rode around […]

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Pope Francis Dedicates the Jubilee to Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Francis will celebrate the December 12 Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe in St. Peter’s Square, a prelude to his upcoming 2016 visit to Mexico and her shrine near Mexico City… The Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate December 12 in St. Peter’s Basilica, along with many cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests from Latin America, […]

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Neo-Slaveries in the Modern World

Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in the archbishop’s residence in Assisi, Italy, October 4, 2013. The meeting was in the famous "stripping room," where St. Francis stripped off his rich clothes, gave them to his father and began a life of poverty dedicated to Christ (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

In his radio address of September 11, 1962, prior to the opening of the Second Vatican Council, St. John XXIII stated that “(…) the Church presents itself as she is and as she wishes to be, as the Church of all and especially the Church of the poor.” The Constitution Lumen Gentium, n. 8, affirms […]

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The Pope Will Be Visiting A Church Founded by Laity

Mass in the church in Seoul, South Korea, dedicated to St. Andrew Kim and his martyr companions.

Pessimists, looking at statistics, talk about the crisis, or decline, of the Church in Europe. But simply widen the horizon to include other continents, and a very different picture emerges. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 265 million Catholics in the world, and at the end of that century that number had […]

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Vatican Watch – June/July

May 4, Pope Francis visits the Church of St. Stanislaus, the church of the Polish community of Rome. At the end of the visit, the Holy Father greeted the faithful who waited for him along the Via delle Botteghe Oscure.

MAY Thursday 1 New commission on abuse prevention A new papal commission for protecting minors from sexual abuse met today for the first time to discuss its mandate and expand input from more countries. Pope Francis established the “Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors” in December. The commission’s May 1-3 meetings are being held […]

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