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Pope concludes Asia tour with in-flight briefing

January 20, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope concludes Asia tour with in-flight briefing
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(Vatican Radio) During an in-flight press conference on the return flight to Rome from the Philippines on Monday, Pope Francis touched on various topics ranging from openness to life in the family to his upcoming visit to the United States. The briefing came at the conclusion of the Holy Father’s 12-19 Jan. tour of Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Pope told journalists he was impressed by the enthusiastic “gestures” of the Filipino people which he said are not based on protocol but rather come from the heart. During his trip the Pope met with victims of the 2013 typhoon Haiyan which devastated the island. He described the Filippino people as one which “knows how to suffer, and is capable of…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Concludes Trip To The Philippines

January 19, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis Concludes Trip To The Philippines

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis left Manila on Monday morning, after a weeklong trip to Asia which took him to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos lined the streets of Manila to catch a final glimpse of the Holy Father as he went to the airport. Pope Francis drew over 6 million to his final Mass in Manila’s Luneta Park on Sunday, the largest crowd for a Papal event in history. At a press conference after the Pope’s departure, the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said everyone in the Philippines was “overwhelmed right now with thanksgiving and gratitude to God” for the trip, and were “challenged” by Pope Francis to face problems such as inequality…Continue Reading

Pope at Mass in Manila : We are called to be God’s children

January 18, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope at Mass in Manila : We are called to be God’s children
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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis celebrated Mass Sunday in Manila’s Luneta Park for enthusiastic crowds who had braved inclement weather to turn out to see their beloved pope.  The head of Vatican Radio’s English Service, Seàn-Patrick Lovett, is traveling with the Pope and sent this report: So? How many people were there at Pope Francis’ final Mass in Manila’s Luneta Park? According to the Metro Manila Development Authority, or local traffic department, there were 2.5 million along the route from the Nunciature alone, even before you reach the park which can hold another 1.5 million, give or take a few hundred thousand. You do the math. But, quite frankly – who cares? It never was a question of quantity so much…Continue Reading

US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

January 17, 2015 breaking Comments Off on US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Archbishop: “It’s hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage … consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal” Washington, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The decision regarding same-sex marriage is expected in June or July. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, responded to the Court’s action, saying, “A decision by the Supreme Court on whether a state may define marriage…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: in all our trials, the Lord goes before us

January 17, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: in all our trials, the Lord goes before us

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the grounds of the airport in Tacloban City, Philippines, on Saturday morning. An estimated 500 thousand people braved wind and often driving rain to take part in the liturgy. Putting aside his prepared text for the homily, the Holy Father spoke to the gathered faithful in his native Spanish. ********* We have a high priest who is capable of sympathising with our weaknesses. Jesus is like us. Jesus lived like us and is the same us in every respect, except sin because he was not a sinner. But to be more like us he assumed our condition and our sin. He made himself into sin. This is what St Paul tells us. And…Continue Reading

Pope Francis To Families: Be Examples Of Holiness, Prayer

January 16, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis To Families: Be Examples Of Holiness, Prayer
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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis told families in the Philippines Friday that they should take time to rest and to pray together and to be examples of holiness.  On the second day of his five day trip to the Asian archipelago, Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people gathered for a meeting with families that the world “needs good and strong families” to overcome threats of poverty, materialism, destructive lifestyles, and those caused by separation due to migration. In his discourse, delivered at the “Mall of Asia Arena,” Manila’s principle sports arena, the Pope said “the Philippines needs holy and loving families to protect the beauty and truth of the family in God’s plan.” Below, please find the prepared text…Continue Reading

Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines for visit focused on mercy and compassion

January 15, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines for visit focused on mercy and compassion

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has arrived in Manila, the Filipino capital, for the second leg of his pastoral visit to Asia. After a six and a half hour flight from the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, the papal plane was greeted by cheering, singing and dancing crowds as it touched down on Thursday morning at an air base close to the international airport in Manila named after the assassinated Filipino leader ‘Ninoy’ Aquino. Francis is the third pontiff to visit the Philippines, known as the Catholic heartland of Asia, following two trips by Pope John Paul and one by Pope Paul VI in November 1970. The central theme of this second leg of the visit is ‘mercy and compassion’ and…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Marian Prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

January 14, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Marian Prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

Pope Francis: Marian Prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, Wednesday, where he greeted over 500,000 faithful who had gathered to hear him speak about the importance of the shrine during the almost three decades long civil war. The shrine in the northwest of the island is an importanat place of pilgrimage for people of the different ethnicand religious communities in Sri Lanka, and is seen as symbol of reconciliation in the post-conflict period. In his words at the shrine, Pope Francis said just as Mary never left the side of her Son on the Cross, so she never leaves the side of her suffering Sri…Continue Reading

Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Encounter, Encouragement, Prayer

January 13, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Encounter, Encouragement, Prayer
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( Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday morning, at the beginning of a week-long visit to Asia that will see him in both Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Holy Father arrived to pomp and circumstance: traditional dancers, a children’s choir performing an especially composed hymn to mark the visit, as well as the execution of the anthems of the Holy See and Sri Lanka by the military band, along with a 21-gun salute. The newly-elected and installed President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, offered official words of greeting to Pope Francis, thanking him for the visit and asking his blessing upon himself and his whole nation and people: It…Continue Reading

Full text of Pope Francis’ address to the Diplomatic Corps

January 12, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Full text of Pope Francis’ address to the Diplomatic Corps

(Vatican Radio) On Monday, Pope Francis gave his traditional address to the members of the Diplomatic Corps attached to the Holy See. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s address to the members of the Diplomatic Corps: ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS 12 January 2015 Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you for your presence at this traditional meeting, which allows me at the beginning of each new year to offer to you, your families, and the peoples you represent, my cordial greetings and best wishes. I am especially grateful to your Dean, Ambassador Jean-Claude Michel, for the kind words which he addressed to me in the name…Continue Reading