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Pope’s appeal for World Day of Prayer for Church in China

May 21, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope’s appeal for World Day of Prayer for Church in China

(Vatican Radio) At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for prayer for Catholics in China.   The Holy Father’s appeal comes ahead of Sunday’s feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, celebrated throughout the world on May 24. Chinese Catholics have a special devotion to Mary, Help of Christians, whose feast day is marked with special devotions and pilgrimages, especially to the National Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. In a letter to Chinese Catholics in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his hope that the liturgical feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, might “become an occasion for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in…Continue Reading

General Audience: Parents’ Vocation To Educate Children

May 20, 2015 breaking Comments Off on General Audience: Parents’ Vocation To Educate Children
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(Vatican Radio) In his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis focused on the role of parents in the education of their children, which he called “an essential characteristic” of the family. The Holy Father noted the many difficulties facing parents today, especially those who find themselves in difficult situations. He spoke especially about the difficulties of separated couples, calling on them to “never, never, never take the children hostage!” He spoke out strongly against “intellectual critics” who have “silenced” parents in order to defend younger generations from real or imagined harmed. This has opened up a fracture between families and societies, leading to a crisis in the relationship between families and society. So-called experts have often taken…Continue Reading

Pope to Mideast nuns: pray for peace, persecuted

May 19, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope to Mideast nuns: pray for peace, persecuted

(Vatican Radio) Saying he was giving them a “mission,”  Pope Francis has asked religious sisters from Bethlehem and the Middle East to pray for peace in the region and for two new Palestinian saints. 19th century Sister Miriam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy and Sister Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas were canonized in a big outdoor Mass presided by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s square on Sunday. Many of the Carmelite and Rosary sisters who had attended the canonization had flown into Rome from Jordan – on the same plane as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who was also present as the two Palestinian religious were made saints.   In receiving the visiting nuns in the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace Monday, Pope Francis said the…Continue Reading

Pope: Christians must be witnesses to Jesus’ Resurrection

May 18, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Christians must be witnesses to Jesus’ Resurrection

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis canonized four women religious on Sunday, all 19th century nuns who worked in education. During Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis canonized four women religious: Marie-Alphonsine and Mary of Jesus Crucified from the territory that made up historical Palestine; Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve of France; and Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception from Italy. In his homily for the Mass, the Holy Father focused on the first reading, from Acts, which told how after the Ascension, the twelve Apostles chose a man to take the place of Judas. Even today, we base our faith on the testimony of the Twelve, who were witnesses of Jesus’ Resurrection. In fact, every disciple of Jesus “is…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Homily for Mass and Canonization

May 17, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Homily for Mass and Canonization
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis canonized four women religious on Sunday, all 19th century nuns who worked in education. St Marie-Alphonsine and St Mary of Jesus Crucified were from the territory that made up historical Palestine; St Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve was a French nun and foundress; and St Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception came from Italy. “To abide in God and in His love, and thus to proclaim by our words and our lives the resurrection of Jesus, to live in unity with one another and with charity towards all – this is what the four women Saints canonized today did,” Pope Francis said in his homily. “Their luminous example challenges us in our lives as Christians.” Below, please…Continue Reading

Pope, Palestinian President express hopes for peace

May 16, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope, Palestinian President express hopes for peace

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meeting in the Vatican Saturday, expressed their hopes for a resumption of peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel and for “courageous decisions” for peace, with international support. A Vatican statement described the talks as “cordial,” and said the two sides “expressed great satisfaction with the agreement reached on the text of a comprehensive agreement  between the Parties concerning essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine, which will be signed in the near future. ” Mahmoud Abbas will attend Sunday’s canonization Mass for two Palestinian Blessed, for which he thanked Pope Francis. Below, we publish a working translation of the Vatican statement: Today, 16 May 2015,…Continue Reading

Pope: Fearful and joyless communities are not Christian

May 15, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Fearful and joyless communities are not Christian

(Vatican Radio) Communities that are fearful and without joy are sick, they are not Christian communities. That was the message of Pope Francis at his morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. “Fear” and “joy” – those are the two words of the liturgy of the day. Fear, the Pope said, “is an attitude that harms us. It weakens us, it diminishes us. It even paralyzes us.” A person who is afraid “does nothing, doesn’t know what to do.” He is focused on himself, so that nothing bad will happen.” Fear “brings you to a self-centred selfishness and paralyzes you.” He continued, “A fearful Christian is a person who has not understood the message of Jesus”: “This is why Jesus…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell: Secularization Presents Challenges to Church’s Teachings on Marriage

May 14, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Pell: Secularization Presents Challenges to Church’s Teachings on Marriage
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Vatican City State, May 13, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter Cardinal George Pell has said the family is very resilient, but by the same token, just about everywhere in the Western world it is under pressure. The prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy made this statement when speaking to Vatican Radio after having given the keynote address for a conference in Rome on Saturday intended to discuss strategies for promoting the Church’s teaching on life, marriage, and the family. The cardinal acknowledged the challenges of fewer people getting married, especially within in the Church, and how widespread are abortion and divorce. “While there are still many good families, according to many measures, things are much worse than they have been…Continue Reading

Pope Repeats Three Key-words For Happy Family Life

May 13, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Repeats Three Key-words For Happy Family Life
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis at his Wednesday General Audience continued his catechesis on the family, focusing on family life. “Today’s catechesis is like the gateway to a series of reflections on the life of the family, its real life, with its different times and events.” On this gateway, he said, “are written three words, which I’ve already used many times: ‘May I?’, ‘Thank you,’ and ‘Pardon me.’” These three words, Pope Francis said, “open the path” to a happy family life. “They are simple words,” he said, “but not so simple to put into practice.” These three words, when they are based not simply on good manners, but on deep love and respect for others, have great power to strengthen family…Continue Reading

Pope: Even Today Christians Are Killed “In The Name Of God”

May 12, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Even Today Christians Are Killed “In The Name Of God”

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says that although Christians are still persecuted and killed in the name of God, the Holy Spirit gives them the strength to face martyrdom as they bear witness to their faith. The Pope was speaking during his homily on Monday at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis finds inspiration in the Gospel reading of the day in which Jesus says to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you will also testify”. He explains that the Lord speaks of the future, of the Cross that awaits us, and he speaks of the…Continue Reading