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Pope Francis, To Receive Pardon, We Must Give Pardon

March 11, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis, To Receive Pardon, We Must Give Pardon

(Vatican Radio) In order to ask forgiveness from God, we must follow the teaching of the “Our Father”: we must repent sincerely for our sins, knowing that God always forgives, and just as willingly forgive others. This was the centerpiece of Pope Francis’ remarks to the faithful following the readings of the day at Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. Focusing primarily on the reading from the Gospel according to St Matthew (18:21-35), in which the Lord counsels His disciples to forgive “seventy times seven” times, i.e. always and without stint, the Holy Father addressed the close connection between God’s forgiveness of our sins and our forgiveness of others. Drawing on the Old Testament…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: God’s Style Is Humility, Simplicity

March 10, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: God’s Style Is Humility, Simplicity
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(Vatican Radio) God acts in humility and in silence; “spectacle” is not His style. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass on Monday in the Casa Santa Marta. Jesus rebukes people of Nazareth for their lack of faith In the Gospel of the day, Jesus rebukes the inhabitants of Nazareth for their lack of faith: at first, the Pope said, they listened with admiration, but later they exploded “with anger, with outrage”: “In that moment, this people, who had heard with pleasure what Jesus had said, but did not like what He had said to one, two, or three of them; and perhaps some gossip had stood up and said, ‘But who is this who’s come to talk to us?…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Open your hearts to Jesus’ mercy

March 9, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Open your hearts to Jesus’ mercy
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the parish of Santa Maria Madre del Redentore Sunday evening in the Roman suburb of Tor Bella Monaca. In his homily, Pope Francis warned Christians they cannot fool Jesus, acting like saints when they are in church, but living like pagans in their daily lives. Jesus knows what is in the heart of man, he said, and he calls those who live this double life “hypocrites.” The Pope said Christians would do well to look into their hearts and there “to look upon Jesus.” The Lord, he said, knows that people are sinners but there is no need to be afraid to acknowledge this sinfulness. Many sins can be found in one’s heart:…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Let Us Allow Jesus To Cleanse Our Hearts

March 8, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Let Us Allow Jesus To Cleanse Our Hearts

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday based his Angelus address on the Gospel account of Jesus cleansing the Temple. Jesus’ prophetic words and actions, the Pope said, which refer to His death and resurrection, “are fully understood in the light of His Pasch.” Jesus Christ Himself, in His Resurrection, becomes the meeting place between God and man. During Lent, the Pope continued, we prepare for Easter, when we will renew our baptismal promises. The Holy Father called on each of us to follow Jesus, so that people might encounter God in us and in our witness. But this leads us to ask ourselves if we allow the Lord “to ‘cleanse’ our hearts and to drive out the idols, those attitudes…Continue Reading

Pope Francis in the footsteps of Blessed Paul VI fifty years on

March 7, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis in the footsteps of Blessed Paul VI fifty years on
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Vatican Radio) On Saturday March 7th, Pope Francis travels across Rome to mark fifty years since an historic event for the Catholic Church took place in the Roman Church of ‘Ognissanti’. It was the morning of the 7th of March 1965, the first Sunday in Lent of that year when in this very same Church Blessed Paul VI celebrated Holy Mass for the first time in the vernacular rather than in Latin, as was the custom at the time. “As you witnessed this morning”, he said on this occasion, “the spoken language has officially entered the liturgy in all parishes and churches. Across the world this date marks the first time a new way of praying, of celebrating Holy Mass has been…Continue Reading

Holy See to UN: Countries Should Strive To End The Death Penalty

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(Vatican Radio) The Holy See on Wednesday declared “bloodless means” are capable of defending the common good and upholding justice, and called on States to abolish the death penalty. Speaking to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, urged countries to use a “more humane” form of punishment. “As for those countries that claim it is not yet feasible to relinquish this practice, my Delegation encourages them to strive to become capable of doing so,” Archbishop Tomasi said.   The full text of Archbishop Tomasi’s intervention is below   Statement by His Excellency Silvano M. Tomasi Permanent Observer of…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Worldliness Blinds Us To The Needs Of The Poor

March 5, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Worldliness Blinds Us To The Needs Of The Poor

(Vatican Radio) Worldliness darkens the soul, making it unable to see the poor who live next to us with all their wounds: this was the message, in brief, that Pope Francis had for the faithful gathered for Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican on Thursday morning. Commenting on the parable of the rich man, a man dressed “in purple and fine linen,” who “every day gave lavish banquets,” the Pope said that we never hear ill spoken of this man, we are not told that he was a bad man. In fact, “He was, perhaps, a religious man, in its own way: he prayed, perhaps, a few prayers and two or three times a…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: An Invitation To Do Good

March 4, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: An Invitation To Do Good
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(Vatican Radio)  God “generously forgives” those who “learn to do good”, but what he doesn’t forgive is “hypocrisy and fake saints”, said Pope Francis at Mass Tuesday morning in Casa Santa Marta chapel. Pope Francis said that there has never been any doubts that God prefers “sanctified sinners” – people who, despite their past sins, learn how to do a greater good — to “fake saints” – people who are more concerned with appearing saintly than doing good. The Pope was reflecting on the first reading from Isaiah, which he described as an “invitation and an imperative” that comes directly from God: “Cease to do evil, learn to do good” defending orphans and widows, namely “those who no one remembers”.…Continue Reading

Pope: Jesus reveals himself, as the perfect icon of the Father

March 3, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Jesus reveals himself, as the perfect icon of the Father

(Vatican Radio) Before the Angelus the Pope recalled Sunday’s Gospel on the Transfiguration in which Jesus “is at the peak of his public ministry. The Holy Father explained that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, where the prophecies of the ‘Servant of God’ will be fulfilled. The crowds, he added, facing the prospect of a Messiah that does not fit their earthly expectations, abandoned him. They thought that the Messiah would be a liberator of his country from Roman rule. Peter, James and John, said Pope Francis, witness Jesus on a high mountain, immersed in prayer, and transfigured before them: his face and his whole person radiated a brilliant light. Jesus, “reveals himself, added the Pope, as the perfect…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Judge Not

March 2, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: Judge Not
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(Vatican Radio) It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. The readings of the day focused on the subject of mercy. The Pope, recalling that “we are all sinners” – not “in theory” but in reality – said that the ability to judge oneself is “a Christian virtue, indeed more than a virtue”, it is the first step for those who want to be Christian: “We are all masters, professors of self-justification: ‘No it wasn’t me, it’s not my fault, maybe yes, but not so much…that’s not the way it is…’. We…Continue Reading