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Pope At Santa Marta: Our Companions On Life’s Journey

October 3, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: Our Companions On Life’s Journey
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(Vatican Radio) Guardian angels exist, they are not [the fruit of] imaginative doctrine, but companions that God has placed beside us on our life’s journey said Pope Francis Thursday morning at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, on the day when the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. Pope Francis said that the readings of the day present us with  two images: the angel and the baby. God placed an angel by our side to watch over us: “If anyone believes that they can walk on their own, they would be greatly mistaken”, they would fall “into that terrible trap of arrogance: Believing we are great”, self-sufficient. Jesus taught the apostles to be like children. “The disciples argued…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Good Reason To Complain

October 2, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: Good Reason To Complain
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2014-10-01 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) In moments of darkness, our lament becomes a prayer, but we must guard ourselves against overdramatizing our complaints and remember that there are people experiencing “great tragedies” who have good reason to lament, like the Christians driven from their homes for the faith, said Pope Francis Tuesday during Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Reflecting on the First Reading of the day, in which Job curses the day he was born, the Pope noted that his prayer at first appears to us like a curse. Pope Francis recalled how Job was “put to the test”, how he “lost his entire family, everything he possessed”, how he lost his health and “his body had become a plague,…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: The Angels Defend Us

September 30, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: The Angels Defend Us
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(Vatican Radio) The angels battle Satan for the destiny of mankind and win.  They defend and custody  the greatest mystery of the Church, God-made-Man.  Even though in Satan often presents “humanistic explanations” for his attacks on mankind.  This was the focus of Pope Francis homily at Mass Monday morning at Casa Santa Marta, marking the Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Today’s readings present us with very strong images: the vision of the glory of God described by the prophet Daniel with the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, before the Father: the archangel Michael and his angels fighting against “the great dragon, the ancient serpent, he who is called the devil” and “seduces all of inhabited earth,”…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Synod Prayer To Holy Family

September 29, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Synod Prayer To Holy Family
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      _________________(Vatican Radio) Sunday, 28 September is to be set aside as a Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to take place from 5 to 219 October to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. The Holy See on Saturday released a prayer guide, inviting particular Churches, parishes, religious houses, associations and movements to pray for the success of the Synod assembly in the days leading to the Synod and during the Synod itself. The guide includes a prayer composed by Pope Francis for the occasion, as well as a series of intentions that may be offered the Prayers of the Faithful. Please find the full…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Elderly Are Key To Health Of Free Society

September 28, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Elderly Are Key To Health Of Free Society
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday morning in St Peter’s Square, following a special encounter with elderly persons. In his homily, the Holy Father spoke of the enormous – indeed indispensable – contribution that seniors make to society, most importantly in their conservation of hard-earned wisdom and experience. “There are times,” said Pope Francis, “when generations of young people, for complex historical and cultural reasons, feel a deeper need to be independent from their parents, “breaking free”, as it were, from the legacy of the older generation.” Nevertheless, if the meeting of generations is lost and not re-established, and a “new and fruitful intergenerational equilibrium is restored,” the inevitable result will be, “serious impoverishment for everyone, and the…Continue Reading

Benedict XVI to Attend Sunday’s Encounter Between Pope Francis and the Elderly

September 27, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Benedict XVI to Attend Sunday’s Encounter Between Pope Francis and the Elderly
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                                                                      Will Not Concelebrate Mass Vatican City, September 26, 2014 (Zenit.org) Staff The Vatican press office announced today that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the encounter with Pope Francis and the elderly this Sunday morning in St. Peter’s Square. The encounter will precede a Mass with Grandparents and the Elderly scheduled to begin at 10:30 am. More than 40,000 seniors and grandparents from more than 20 countries – many from Italy, Spain, Argentina and the United States – will participate in the morning’s liturgy. The…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: To Understand Christ We Must Bear The Cross

September 26, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: To Understand Christ We Must Bear The Cross
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(Vatican Radio) A Christian cannot understand Christ the Redeemer without the Cross, without being ready to bear the Cross with Jesus. That was Pope Francis’ message at Friday’s morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. To be a Christian means to be a “Cyrene” [like Simon of Cyrene – ed.]. Having the faith consists in this: You belong to Jesus if you bear the weight of the Cross with Him. Otherwise you are going along a path that seems “good” – but is not “true.” The basis for the Pope’s reflections was the day’s Gospel, in which Christ asks His disciples what the people are saying about Him, and receives the most disparate answers. This episode, the Pope noted, takes…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Message to 69th General Assembly of the UN

September 25, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Message to 69th General Assembly of the UN
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to the participants in the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations, which convened on September 16th. The Pope’s Message was delivered on Wednesday, September 24th – the first day of the General Debate of the Assembly – by the new Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, at the end of his first address to the Assembly. Please find the full text of the Pope’s Message, which is to be found at the end of the text of Archbishop Auza’s address, below. ************************************* REMARKS of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Prayer Service on…Continue Reading

Pope Francis At Mass: Christian Life Simple, Radical

September 24, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis At Mass: Christian Life Simple, Radical
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence on Tuesday morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the simplicity of the Christian life and the Gospel’s call to radical simplicity in life and action. Christ’s words had a “new” sound to them, as did the authority with which he spoke them – and this was why people followed him in such large numbers. Christ’s words had “the power of salvation” in them. Even so, there were those, who followed him “for the sake of convenience” only, without too much purity of heart, or perhaps with the desire to be “a little better” only. Pope Francis said that…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Message for 2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

September 23, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis’ Message for 2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees
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“Migration movements call us to deepen and strengthen the values needed to guarantee peaceful coexistence between persons and cultures.” Vatican City, September 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) “Church Without Frontiers, Mother to All” is the theme for the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees to take place 18 January 2015. Here below is the full text of the message made public today: *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus is “the evangelizer par excellence and the Gospel in person” (Evangelii Gaudium, 209). His solicitude, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized, invites all of us to care for the frailest and to recognize his suffering countenance, especially in the victims of new forms of poverty and slavery. The Lord says: “I was…Continue Reading