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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‘We must ask the Lord for the gifts of love and joy’

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Pope Francis has reminded believers that Jesus’ love is infinite and true, unlike worldly passions that seek power and vanity. The Pope was speaking during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta during which he pointed out that the Christian mission is to give joy and that God’s love is at the core of a true Christian’s […]

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Letter #22, 2017: After Fatima #3, Trump and Medjugorge: Francis Speaks

May 17, 2017, Wednesday “I never make a judgment of a person without listening to them.”—Pope Francis with regard to his upcoming May 24 meeting with US President Donald Trump. Francis spoke during an in-flight press conference as he flew back from Portugal to Rome on the evening of May 13, four days ago “I […]

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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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Letter #19, 2017: After Fatima…

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May 15, 2017, Monday “I saw that American leaders wanted to cooperate with Russia.”—The influential Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Oxford-educated “Foreign Minister” of the increasingly powerful Russian Orthodox Church, in an interview published today on the website of the Russian Orthodox Moscow Patriarchate. The interview follows Hilarion’s four-day trip to Washington D.C. to […]

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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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Christians are always on the go in their journey to meet the Lord

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The life of every Christian is a journey and a process during which to deepen the faith. Speaking during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on the liturgical reading of the day in which St. Paul tells the story of Salvation leading up to Jesus. During the course […]

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Fatima centenary celebrations at Scotland’s Marian shrine

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Catholics from around Scotland will mark the centenary of the first Fatima apparitions this weekend at their national Marian shrine. Scottish Catholics will gather at Carfin Grotto on Saturday 13th May 2017 to join Catholics around the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary since the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared several times to three shepherd children […]

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Letter #18, 2017: Fatima at 100

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May 10, 2017, Wednesday “I will go to Fatima on a pilgrimage, to entrust to the Virgin the temporal and eternal destinies of humanity.”—Pope Francis today at his May 10 Wednesday General Audience, referring to his upcoming trip on Friday to Fatima, Portugal, to canonize two of the shepherd children who were witnesses to the […]

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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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“Let us receive the Holy Spirit with docility!”

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“Let us receive the Holy Spirit with docility!” This was Pope Francis’ message during his Tuesday morning homily during Mass celebrated in the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence. Joining the Pope at Mass were the Sisters who work in the Santa Marta residence. They were celebrating the feast day of their founder, Saint Luisa di Marillac. […]

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Pope warns against the sin of resisting the Holy Spirit

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 Watch out against the sin of resisting the Holy Spirit and always be open to the surprises of God. This was the exhortation of Pope Francis in his homily at Mass, Monday morning, in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican.  He was commenting on the episode of the Acts of […]

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Pope Francis denounces rigid Christians, calls for meekness in the Church

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“The first time the name ‘Saul’ appears,” he said, “is at the stoning of Stephen.” Saul, he observed, was a “young man, rigid, idealistic,” and he was “convinced” of the rigidity of the law. Even now there are people in the Church who use rigidity to cover-up their own sins. That was the warning of […]

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Letter #17, 2017: Trump Will Meet Pope Francis

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May 4, 2017, Thursday Alert Today from the Holy See Press Office His Holiness Pope Francis will receive the Hon. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace. President Trump will then meet with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, […]

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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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Pope reflects on Apostolic Voyage to Egypt

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Pope Francis reflected on last weekend’s Apostolic Voyage to Egypt during his weekly General Audience, recalling the various stages of his trip. The Holy Father thanked the people of Egypt for their warm welcome, and noted the “extraordinary commitment” of the Egyptian authorities to ensure his visit went off without a hitch. He spoke of […]

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Letter #16, 2017: Hard Hearts

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May 2, 2017, Tuesday “The Lord softens those with hard hearts, those who condemn all who are outside the law.” —Pope Francis this morning in his homily in the chapel of the Domus Santa Marta, his residence in Rome (Vatican Radio, May 2, 2017) — “The Lord softens those with hard hearts, those who condemn […]

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Letter #15, 2017: Co-Worker of The Truth

May 1, 2017, Monday Reading today, I came across a brief passage from the conversation between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and German writer Peter Seewald, part of a book which was published in September 2016 as Last Testament. (Here is a link to the book, the passage in question is from pages 240-241.) It is […]

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Pope Francis in Cairo: full text of homily at Sat AM Mass

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Pope Francis was the principal celebrant and homilist at Mass for Egyptian Catholics in the “Air Defense Stadium” in Cairo on Saturday. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks, in their official English translation. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Holy Mass, Cairo 29 April 2017         […]

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Christians are called to be witnesses of obedience

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Christians must be witnesses of obedience to God, like Jesus was. Pope Francis on Thursday reflected on the fact that being Christian is not a social status.Speaking during the homily at the Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. Recalling the reading of the day Pope Francis quoted Peter’s words before the Sanhedrin when he  said […]

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