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Pope Resumes Catechesis At General Audience

August 6, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Resumes Catechesis At General Audience
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2014-08-06 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his General Audience this Wednesday in the Paul VI hall where he was joined by thousands of faithful. Below are the Pope’s remarks read aloud in English Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In today’s Audience we resume our catechesis on the Church, the People of God.  Prepared for in the Old Testament and established by Christ in the fullness of time, the Church is a new people, founded on a new covenant.  The newness brought by Christ does not set aside what went before, but brings it to completion.  In the Scriptures, Saint John the Baptist is a bridge between the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament and their fulfilment in the…Continue Reading

Archbishop of Jos Speaks of Boko Haram, Living With Fear and Faith in Nigeria

August 5, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Archbishop of Jos Speaks of Boko Haram, Living With Fear and Faith in Nigeria
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Explains ‘Dialogue of Life’ With Muslims New York, August 04, 2014 (Zenit.org) Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, recently spent a few days in New York—a brief respite from his increasingly violence-ridden country, where the jihadists of Boko Haram continue to kill indiscriminately, Muslims and Christians alike. Within the span of a week in late July, the group set off two bombs that killed 100; an assault on a Catholic church in the city of Kano left five dead; and, in a highly disturbing development, young girls as young as 10 are becoming suicide bombers. Meanwhile, July 30 marked the 100th day since Boko Haram’s kidnapping of nearly 300 young girls, most of them Christians. The archbishop…Continue Reading

Pope At Angelus: Compassion, Generosity, Gratitude

August 4, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Angelus: Compassion, Generosity, Gratitude
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2014-08-03 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered beneath a dreary, drizzly early August sky in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday, the eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, on which the account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes from the Gospel according to St. Matthew (14:13-21) is proclaimed. It was on the Lord Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand that the Holy Father focused his remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion at midday. Pope Francis chose three specific lessons from the episode: compassion; sharing; thanksgiving – a foreshadowing of the great Sacrament of Thanksgiving, the Eucharist. “Christ” said Pope Francis, “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Marks Feast Of St Peter Faber SJ

August 3, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis Marks Feast Of St Peter Faber SJ
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2014-08-02 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked the first-ever Feast of St. Peter Faber on Saturday, with a Mass to which several young Jesuit priests were invited. St. Peter Faber was one of the original company that formed around St Ignatius Loyola, and eventually became the Society of Jesus. He was the first Jesuit to receive ordination to the priesthood. St. Ignatius, himself, recognized in Fr. Peter the first great master and leader of the Jesuits’ signature Spiritual Exercises. The head of Vatican Radio’s German service, Fr. Bernd Hagenkord, SJ, spoke with one of the young Jesuits invited to Mass with Pope Francis. Fr. Franciscus Wawansitiadi SJ of the Philippines told Vatican Radio, “[Pope Francis] came like a brother,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Celebrates Feast Of Saint Ignatius With Jesuits

August 2, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis Celebrates Feast Of Saint Ignatius With Jesuits
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2014-08-02 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of Saint Ignatius on Thursday by making a surprise visit for dinner at the Jesuit General Curia, which is located on the Borgo Santa Spirito just outside of Vatican City. Pope Francis arrived in his Ford Focus, and greeted several passers-by outside the front door of the offices of the Jesuit Curia before going inside. According to a statement issued by the Jesuits, the visit was wholly private, and quite simple. The Pope joined the community for the meal in the refectory, then in the recreation room for coffee, for friendly conversation, and to greet each person personally. The statement also said the seven brothers and sisters of Father Paolo…Continue Reading

UK’s Supreme Court Makes Unprecedented Advances to Legalize Assisted Suicide

August 1, 2014 breaking Comments Off on UK’s Supreme Court Makes Unprecedented Advances to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Concerns Raised: Laws Should Be Based on Common Sense, Not Misguided Feelings London, July 31, 2014 (Zenit.org) By Robert Clarke of Alliance Defending Freedom The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision at the end of June concerning assisted suicide. In R (Nicklinson & Anor) v. Ministry of Justice; R (AM) v. DPP, the court ruled that Britain’s law, which criminalizes assisted suicide, should not be declared incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. This joint case related to three severely disabled men who want or wanted to commit suicide. In R (Nicklinson & Anor) v. Ministry of Justice, Tony Nicklinson (who died during the proceedings and whose case was continued by his widow) and Paul Lamb argued that the law should…Continue Reading

ISIS Atrocity Underscores the Importance of Religious Freedom

July 31, 2014 breaking Comments Off on ISIS Atrocity Underscores the Importance of Religious Freedom
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Denver Archbishop Calls for ‘Involvement of People of Authentic Faith in the Political System, at All Levels’ enver, Colorado, July 30, 2014 (Zenit.org) Here is the latest column from Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, reprinted from the Denver Catholic Register. * * * “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” Patriarch Louis Sako said after the July 19 noon deadline passed. Mosul has been a city with a Christian presence for more than 1,700 years, but now the radical militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has banished them and is trying to expand its territory. Our brothers and sisters in the faith were told that they must leave…Continue Reading

“What Prayer Does Not Dare to Ask”

July 30, 2014 breaking Comments Off on “What Prayer Does Not Dare to Ask”
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Rome, July 29, 2014 (Zenit.org) Father Edward McNamara, LC Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: Many of us are perplexed by the Third Roman Missal translation for the collect of the 27th Week of Ordinary Time, particularly the meaning of the phrase, “pour out your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.” What exactly would genuine prayer not dare to ask? One wonders if this is an accurate translation of the Latin text and, if so, how it is to be understood. The prayer, as given, seems to have little connection with the “dynamic…Continue Reading

Pope Has Casual Q&A With Priests Of Caserta

July 29, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Has Casual Q&A With Priests Of Caserta
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2014-07-28 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the priests of the Diocese of Caserta on his visit there on Saturday afternoon. The Pope engaged in a question-and-answer period with the priests in the Palatina della Reggia di Caserta Chapel. The Vatican Radio translation of this exchange is offered below. Pope Francis: I prepared a speech but I will give it to the bishop. Thank you very much for the welcome. Thank you. I am happy and I feel a little guilty for having caused many problems on the day of the patronal feast. But I did not know. And when I called the bishop to tell him that I wanted to come and make a private visit here…Continue Reading

Pope’s Angelus Address, Sunday July 27th

July 28, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope’s Angelus Address, Sunday July 27th
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“Everything makes sense when you find this treasure, which Jesus called “the Kingdom of God,” that is, God reigning in your life, in our lives.” Vatican City, July 27, 2014 (Zenit.org) At 12pm today, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the study in the Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Here below is an English translation of his words introducing the Marian prayer, and his address that followed: *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, The brief similarities put forward in today’s liturgy conclude the chapter of Matthew’s Gospel dedicated to the parables of the Kingdom of God (13:44-52). Among these are two small masterpieces: the parables of the treasure hidden in the field, and the…Continue Reading