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Analysis of the Pontificate of Pope Francis

“The Christian Faith Is Not an Idea But a Life”

Pope Benedict XVI (photo Galazka) An unexpected and thought-provoking interview with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI A new book containing an extensive interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict has been published in Italy, entitled Through Faith: Doctrine of Justification and Experience of God in the Preaching of the Church and the Spiritual Exercises, by Jesuit [...]

Resisting the Seduction of Temptation

Courtesy of stmichaelschool.us Resisting the seduction of temptation is possible only “when listening to the Word of Jesus.” Those were the words of Pope Francis in his homily at the Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta. Despite our weaknesses, the Pope repeated, Christ always gives us “confidence” and opens to us a horizon [...]

2018-02-23T13:08:03+00:00 Feb 18th, 2014|Categories: In the Pope's Words, Pope|

Men of the year: Benedict XVI and Francis

Two men gave remarkable testimonies of faith to the world during 2013: Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned his office on February 28, and Pope Francis, who was elected to be his successor on March 13. Pope Benedict, in his courageous decision to step down, taken after a long period of meditation and reflection, gave an example [...]

2014-01-01T22:54:45+00:00 Jan 1st, 2014|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , , , |

Pope Francis’ Homily at Christmas Midnight Mass

Pope Francis during Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on December 24 (Gaazka photo) 1. ”The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1). This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an [...]

2014-01-01T21:37:39+00:00 Jan 1st, 2014|Categories: Pope|Tags: |

“Christmas Is Time to Feel God’s Closeness, Experience Peace”

Pope Francis waves a he delivers his Christmas blessing (to the city and the world) form the central balcony at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 25. At St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrates his first solemn Christmas midnight Mass as pontiff.  Celebrating the first Christmas since his election, Pope Francis preached the [...]

2014-01-01T21:25:34+00:00 Jan 1st, 2014|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , , , , |

Pope Francis’ First Christmas

Pope Francis celebrated his first Christmas as Pope, and pleaded for world peace on New Year’s Day. He also invited Pope Benedict to join him for lunch in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.  Peace was on Pope Francis’ heart on New Year’s Day. The “heart of humanity” seems to have “gone astray” and too many people are [...]

2014-01-01T21:14:09+00:00 Jan 1st, 2014|Categories: Pope|Tags: |

Pope Francis Preaching in domus sanctae marthae

Omelie Del Mattino - Nella Cappella Della Domus Sanctae Marthae. “The homily is a touchstone for assessing a pastor’s communicative ability and his closeness to the faithful. As a matter of fact, we know that the faithful attach great importance to preaching and suffer when listening as much as their pastor suffers when preaching. [...]

2014-01-01T15:37:07+00:00 Jan 1st, 2014|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , , |

“When Benedict Played a Maltese Christmas Carol For Us”

Pope Benedict XVI and Msgr. Alfred Xuereb during the prayer of the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo, summer papal residence, near Rome, on July 10, 2011 (Galazka photo). “To contrast Popes with each other reduces them be­cause one loses the beautiful aspects and the significant characteristics of their personalities.” Monsignor Alfred Xuereb speaks from personal [...]

2014-01-01T15:23:11+00:00 Jan 1st, 2014|Categories: Pope|Tags: , , , , |
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