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Pope Francis receives John XXIII Community

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received nearly 8 thousand members and associates of the Pope St. John XXIII Community on Saturday. Now recognized as an Association of Lay Faithful, the  Pope John XXIII Community was founded by Fr. Oreste Benzi of the clergy of the Diocese of Rimini in 1968, on the basis of his decade of experience with young people – mostly teenagers – who had accepted his invitation and participated in his initiatives encouraging what he called, “A friendly encounter with Christ,” especially through service to and with the disabled, marginalized, the excluded, and forgotten. The work of the foundation has involved numberless teens who had drifted away from the Church, offering them the chance to have a truly…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: The Church Is Not An Entrepreneur But A Mother

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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis said on Friday that there is much sterility within the Church and the people of God, a sterility that comes from power and egoism.  The Church, he stressed, is a mother and not an entrepreneur. His remarks came during his homily at morning Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence. The Pope’s reflections on the themes of sterility and motherhood were taken from the biblical account of two miraculous births, those of Samson and John the Baptist, both born to women who were formerly sterile. He said this symbol of sterility as recounted in the Bible is seen as the sign of a human person incapable of moving forward. Therefore the Church, he said, wants to…Continue Reading

General Audience: Jesus Chose To Come To The World As Part Of A family

December 18, 2014 breaking Comments Off
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Vatican City, 17 December 2014 (VIS) – The family is the “great gift that the Lord has given to the world ever since the beginning, when he entrusted to Adam and Eve the mission of multiplying and filling the earth; the gift that Jesus confirmed and sealed in His Gospel”, said the Holy Father during this Wednesday’s general audience, in the first of the new cycle of catechesis dedicated to the family, which will continue throughout the coming year. The proximity to Christmas illuminates the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God, which opens a new chapter in the universal history of man and woman. “And this new beginning occurs within a family, in Nazareth. He could have…Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Pope Francis!

December 17, 2014 breaking Comments Off
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(Vatican Radio) There was a festive atmosphere at the weekly General Audience on Wednesday, as Pope Francis celebrated his 78th birthday. As he made his way through the crowds, Pope Francis stopped by a group of seminarians from the Legion of Christ, who offered him a birthday cake, complete with lighted candles. The Holy Father also took the opportunity to take a sip of maté, a traditional Argentinian drink, offered my pilgrims at the Audience. On the Via della Conciliazione, which leads up to St Peter’s Square, tango enthusiasts danced in the street to celebrate the Pope’s birthday. Pope Francis didn’t mention his birthday during the audience, but his reflections on the importance of simple, humble family life, lived on…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Recalls His 1st Communion, Says to Remember Catechists

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Rome, December 15, 2014 (Zenit.org) Staff Reporter On a visit to a Roman parish Sunday evening, the Pope had lively discussions with various groups from the congregation, including children preparing to receive their First Communion. He told them about his own First Communion 70 years ago. On his arrival at the parish of Saint Joseph all’Aurelio, in the western sector of the Diocese of Rome, the Pope met with little children, the sick and families with children baptized in the course of the year. The Holy Father then heard the confessions of some penitents. Finally, he presided over Mass for Gaudete Sunday. In greeting the children, he said, “There are those of you here who are going to make their…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Rigidity Is A sign Of A Weak Heart

December 15, 2014 breaking Comments Off
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(Vatican Radio) The day’s Gospel reading, which relates how the chief priests asked Jesus by what authority He did His works, was the focus of the Pope’s homily on Monday. It is a demand, the Pope explained, that demonstrates the “hypocritical heart” of those people – people who were not interested in the truth, who sought only their own interests, and went where the wind blew: you should go this way, you should go that way…” They were weathervanes, all of them! All of them! Without consistency. A heart without consistency. And so they negotiated everything: they negotiated interior freedom, they negotiated the faith, they negotiated their county, everything except appearances.” To such people, getting the best out of every…Continue Reading

Pope To Children: Prayer Is The Breath Of The Soul

December 14, 2014 breaking Comments Off
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(Vatican Radio) At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis welcomed the children of Rome for the traditional “Bambinelli Blessing.” On Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Lent, Roman boys and girls bring the baby Jesus from their Nativity sets to Saint Peter’s Square to be blessed by the Pope. Speaking after the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father thanked the children for coming, and wished them a happy Christmas. He asked them to remember to pray for him when they said their prayers before their Nativity set, and assured them that he prayed for them, too. “Prayer is the breath of the soul,” he said. “ It is important to find moments throughout the day to open the heart to God,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Serving the poor is how to meet Jesus

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the French charitable organizations “Amis di Gabriel Rosset” and the “Foyer Notre Dame des Sansabri”, which Rosset founded in 1950 to help the homeless people of France. Pope Francis thanked the groups  for their commitment to the “poorest”:  the homeless, the hungry, and those without work, and “therefore without dignity.” “Your founder, Gabriel Rosset, had heard the cry of the poor; was shocked at the suffering of others, and responded with generosity,” Pope Francis said.  The Pope in serving the poor, they are serving Christ, and that “through them,  you meet Jesus.” “The world today is in urgent need of this witness of Divine mercy,” continued Pope Francis.  “In today’s time, the human person…Continue Reading

Pope: We Can’t Be Book-keepers Of God’s Love

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said that God is like a mother, He loves us unconditionally, but too often we want to take control of this grace in a kind of a spiritual book-keeping. The Pope was speaking during his homily at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. Taking his cue from the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis said that God saves his people not from afar but being close and tender. “God’s closeness is such that he is presented like a mother, a mother who talks to her baby, and sings lullabies to her baby” The Pope said that the mother even taken on the voice and the language of a child so much so she can seem…Continue Reading

Papal Message for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 2015 – The Gospel of Marriage

December 11, 2014 breaking Comments Off
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2014-12-10 L’Osservatore Romano The Pope sent a message to all those participating in the preparations for the eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 2015. The following is a translation of the message address to Archbishop Paglia and written in Italian. To my Venerable Brother Archbishop VINCENZO PAGLIA President of the Pontifical Council for the Family At the end of the Seventh Word Meeting of Families, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the city of Philadelphia, in the United States of America, would host the following gathering. On many occasions I have confirmed this decision, looking with trust and hope to this event of grace at which, please God, I will take part. It will take place from the 22 to…Continue Reading