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Pope Francis: Angelus appeals for persecuted Christians, migrants

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a twofold appeal on Sunday: for persecuted Christians and for all persons forced to flee their homes in search of a peaceful and secure existence in foreign lands. Recalling the beatification on Saturday in Harissa, Lebanon, of the martyred Syrian Catholic Bishop Flavyānus Mikhayil Melkī, Eparch of Gazarta – or what is Cizre in modern-day Turkey, who was killed in Gazarta during the sayfo or “putting to the sword” of Syrians in 1915, after he refused to convert to Islam, Pope Francis said, “Even today, in the Middle East and other parts of the world, Christians are persecuted,” and expressed the hope that the beatification of this Bishop Martyr might instill in them consolation, courage…Continue Reading

Pope Didn’t Bless ‘Gender Theory’ Children’s Books

August 29, 2015 breaking Comments Off
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Holy See Denies Any Papal Endorsement of Children’s Books Promoting Same-Sex Relationship Italy, August 28, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Luca Marcolivio Once again Pope Francis is being “used” by those in favor of promoting the same-sex lifestyle. The latest case arose this morning following news of a letter sent by an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State to the author of children’s books that promote “different family types.” The Guardian reported the letter with the headline, “Pope Francis sends letter praising gay children’s book.” What actually happened is that, as customary, the Secretariat of State responded to a letter sent to the Pope. The letter in question was sent by author Francesca Prandi, along with her books, which had been used…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Recalls Feast of St. Monica

August 28, 2015 breaking Comments Off

Vatican City, August 27, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov Pope Francis has recalled the feast day of Saint Monica, mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. Toward the conclusion of Wednesday’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square in his remarks to Italian-speaking pilgrims, Pope Francis recalled that today, August 27, is the feast day of St. Monica. To the intercession of her and her son, Francis said, “We entrust newlyweds and Christian parents so that, like Monica, they will accompany the way of their children with their example and prayer.” “We recommend comfort and constant attentions for the neediest sick as well as youth so that, like Augustine,” he continued, “they tend always to the fullness of Truth and of Love,…Continue Reading

Lex Cordis Caritas – The law of the heart is Love

August 27, 2015 breaking Comments Off

God’s greatest and most beloved treasure is human life by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki The Bible points us to the truth of what lies at the heart of every moral teaching of Jesus Christ and his church. In the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians, we hear him warn the people to “[w]atch carefully how you live” (Ephesians 5:15). He does this not because he wants to control their lives, dictating what they can and cannot do. Rather, he provides this guidance to them so that they can experience the joy of living a Gospel-centered life. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In his Proclamation calling for “A Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer in the United…Continue Reading

Pope to parents: find time for prayer in busy family life

August 26, 2015 breaking Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his reflections on family life, focusing especially on the importance of finding time for prayer. Greeting visitors from many different countries, gathered for the weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said families often experience difficulty in devoting time for prayer. But he said a heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or small gesture of devotion into a moment of prayer. Pope Francis noted that family life is complicated and time consuming: parents, he said, should win Nobel prizes for the way they manage to squeeze 48 hours’ work into just 24 hours! But if we truly love God with all our hearts, and…Continue Reading

Thousands Rally at Planned Parenthoods for End to Tax Payer Funding

August 25, 2015 breaking Comments Off

United States of America, August 24, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter A national day of protest took place Saturday at Planned Parenthoods across the United States as the federal and local governments are being asked to defund the abortion giant. Though there has been an ongoing call for an end to tax payer funding of Planned Parenthood for years, Saturday’s rallies came in response to a series of undercover videos that have been released in recent weeks, exposing the organization’s use of fetal tissue. Five states have already defunded the abortion group: Arkansas, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, and New Hampshire. Aug. 22 also marked the beginning of a prayer and fasting campaign announced by Priests for Life and other pro-life groups. The…Continue Reading

Angelus address: “Lord, to whom shall we go?

August 23, 2015 breaking Comments Off
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(Vatican Radio) Below you can find the full text of Pope Francis’ address at the Angelus on Sunday 23 August 2015: Today is the conclusion of the readings from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St John, with the discourse on the “Bread of Life,” proclaimed by Jesus on the day after the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. At the end of that discourse, the great enthusiasm of the day before faded, because Jesus had said He was the Bread come down from heaven, and that He would give His Flesh as food and His Blood as drink, clearly alluding to the sacrifice of His very life. These words provoked disappointment in the people, who…Continue Reading

Nuns Given Temporary Relief From US Government’s Contraception Mandate

August 22, 2015 breaking Comments Off

Little Sisters of the Poor Await Decision From Supreme Court United States of America, August 21, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter Today, the Tenth Circuit Court issued an order temporarily safeguarding the Little Sisters of the Poor and other ministries from being forced to violate their faith by complying with the Health and Human Services mandate, which requires insurance coverage of abortifacients, contraception and sterilization. The court’s order means that the protection that the Supreme Court granted the Little Sisters last year will remain in place until the Supreme Court rules on their case. Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor, said: “The federal government doesn’t need the Little…Continue Reading

Pope: Jesus Is Determined to Fill Our ‘Restless Hearts’

August 21, 2015 breaking Comments Off

Vatican City, August 20, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov Reminds Rimini Meeting We Are to Say ‘It Is No Longer I Who Live, But Christ Who Lives in Me’ Jesus is determined to fill our restless hearts and we are called to welcome this. Pope Francis made this point in the message he sent to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini on the occasion of the 36th International Meeting of Friendship Among Peoples. The message was sent yesterday through Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. Sponsored by Communion and Liberation, the annual week-long ‘Meeting’ in the Italian city of Rimini, Aug. 20-26, begins today with the theme: “What is this lack a lack of, oh heart, of which all of…Continue Reading

Aborted baby’s heart was beating as we harvested his brains: worker in new Planned Parenthood video

August 19, 2015 breaking Comments Off

 SAN JOSE, CA, August 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A former procurement technician who helped harvest organs at Planned Parenthood said she saw a baby boy’s heart beating outside his body before the child’s body parts were extracted. Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician at StemExpress, said at Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose a co-worker named Jessica brought over the most fully developed baby she had ever seen and said, “I want you to see something kind of cool.” There she saw the “closest thing to a [fully-developed] baby I’ve seen.” “It had a face. It wasn’t completely torn up,” she said. “Its nose was very pronounced.” “She has one of her instruments, and she taps the heart, and it starts…Continue Reading