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Pope At Audience: Pray For Your Bishops

November 5, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Audience: Pray For Your Bishops

(Vatican Radio) A Church that is not united around its bishops is a sick Church.  Jesus wanted unity between the bishop and all the faithful, starting with priests and deacons. However the role of bishop is not a position of honor, it is a service.  Therefore, there is no room in the Church for a worldly mentality, for people who seek ‘ecclesiastical careers’, for bishops who instead of lowering themselves in service, are vain, proud and power-hungry. The Ordained Ministries and in particular the role of Bishops and episcopal collegiality were the focus of Pope Francis’ General Audience catechesis this week. The Pope began by asking those present to pray for bishops, that they may be men of virtue: “It…Continue Reading

Pope: The Resurrection Is The Foundation Of Our Faith

November 4, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope: The Resurrection Is The Foundation Of Our Faith
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday, November 3, celebrated Mass in remembrance of all the Cardinals and Bishops who died during the past year. During the Mass, which was held in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope reminded us that thanks to the Resurrection of Jesus our faith is full of the joy of truth and eternal life. Reflecting on the reading from the second Book of Maccabees in which the ruler of Jerusalem collects “two thousand silver drachmas for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection” (2 Mac 12, 43-46),  – the Pope said – that thanks to God’s Word this celebration is enlightened by our faith in the Resurrection.…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Rivalry And Vainglory Weaken The Church

November 3, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: Rivalry And Vainglory Weaken The Church

(Vatican Radio) Rivalry and vainglory are two worms that weaken the Church; instead we must act in a spirit of humility and harmony, without seeking our own interests said Pope Francis Monday morning at Mass in Casa Santa Marta. Taking a cue from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, the Pope noted that a bishop’s joy lies in seeing love, unity and harmony in his Church. “This harmony – he said – is a grace, which the Holy Spirit creates, but we must do our part, we must do everything to help the Holy Spirit to create this harmony in the Church”. This is why St. Paul calls the Philippians to do nothing “out of selfishness or out…Continue Reading

Pope at Angelus: Pray for the world’s forgotten souls

November 2, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope at Angelus: Pray for the world’s forgotten souls

Pope at Angelus: Pray for the world’s forgotten souls Vatican Radio)  On the Feast of All Souls, Pope Francis has asked people to pray for the world’s forgotten dead,  “those who no one remembers”, the “victims of war and violence; the many “little ones” of the world crushed by hunger and poverty” and “the anonymous who rest in common graves”. Above all he has asked people to offer prays of suffrage and the celebration of the Eucharist for those “our brothers and sisters killed because they are Christians; and those who sacrificed their lives to serve others. We especially entrust to the Lord, those who have left over the last year”. Below a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s…Continue Reading

Pope: Seek The Unity Which Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit

November 1, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Seek The Unity Which Is The Work Of The Holy Spirit
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(Vatican Radio) On Friday Pope Francis met with members of the “Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship.” The group is in Rome for its Sixteenth International Conference, which has for its theme “Praise and charismatic worship for a New Evangelization.” The Holy Father touched on several themes in his address to the group, beginning with the idea of “unity in diversity.” “Unity does not imply uniformity,” the Pope said. “It does not necessarily mean doing everything together or thinking in the same way. Nor does it signify a loss of identity. Unity in diversity is actually the opposite: it involves the joyful recognition and acceptance of the various gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each one and…Continue Reading

Pope At Mass: Christian Life Is A Continuous Battle Against The Devil

October 31, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Mass: Christian Life Is A Continuous Battle Against The Devil

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis described Christian life as a continuous battle being waged against Satan, the world and the passions of the flesh. His comments came during his homily at Mass celebrated on Thursday morning at the Santa Marta residence. He stressed that the devil exists and we must fight against him with the armour of truth. Pope Francis’s reflections during his homily were taken from the words of St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians where the apostle urged Christians to put on the full armour of God in order to resist Satan’s temptations.  A Christian life, he said, has to be defended and it requires both strength and courage. It’s a continuous battle against the three main…Continue Reading

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Writes Personal Ordinariate Of Our Lady Of Walsingham

October 30, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Writes Personal Ordinariate Of Our Lady Of Walsingham
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has sent a message to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was established for former Anglicans in England in 2011.  The message was on the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, which was released on November 4th 2009. The Pope Emeritus was responding to a letter he received from Nicolas Ollivant, the chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate, a charity set up to support the Ordinariate’s work. Mr. Ollivant’s letter also included information on the Ordinariate’s central church in London, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, on Warwick Street.  It is the site of the former chapel to the Bavarian embassy to England, which greatly…Continue Reading

Pope At Audience: The Church Visible And Spiritual

October 29, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Audience: The Church Visible And Spiritual
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(Vatican Radio)  “Often, we hear people say: the Church doesn’t do this …the Church doesn’t do that!’ ‘Tell me who is the Church? – ‘Well the Church is the priests, the bishops, the Pope …’ We are all the Church! All of us all of us Baptized! We are the Church, the Church of Jesus’”. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ general audience Wednesday, which he dedicated to the relationship between the visible and spiritual reality of the Church. The Pope observed that the Church represents the Body of Jesus, and that its visible dimension- that is the structures and people who make up the Church – are at the service of its spiritual reality, witnessing…Continue Reading

Pope At Angelus: Love Of God And Neighbour Are Inseparable

October 28, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Angelus: Love Of God And Neighbour Are Inseparable

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St Peter’s Square beneath the window of the Papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Sunday. In remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father offered some reflections on the Gospel reading of the day, which was taken from Gospel according to St. Matthew (22:34-40). “Today’s Gospel reminds us that the whole law of God is summed up in love for God and neighbor,” said Pope Francis, adding, “You cannot love God without loving our neighbor and you cannot love your neighbor without loving God,” and explaining that the “novelty” of Christ’s teaching consists in the union of the two…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Called To Be Children Of Light

October 27, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: Called To Be Children Of Light

(Vatican Radio) At morning Mass on Monday Pope Francis said that a conscientious examination of our words will help us understand whether we are Christians of light, Christians of darkness or Christians of grey areas. Reflecting on the First Reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, the Pope said men are recognizable by their words. By inviting Christians to behave as children of light, and not as children of darkness, St. Paul gives “a catechesis on the word”. Pope Francis continued that there are four [types of ] words which help us understand if we are children of darkness:  “Are our words hypocrisy? Taking a little from here, a little from there, to fit in with everyone?  Then they…Continue Reading