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The Closeness Of The Pastor – Pope Francis Receives The Parish Priest From Gaza

August 30, 2014 breaking Comments Off on The Closeness Of The Pastor – Pope Francis Receives The Parish Priest From Gaza
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2014-08-29 L’Osservatore Romano They are a minority, but like all the other people of Gaza they have suffered because of the conflict. They have been sustained by the certainty of being part of the universal Church and of feeling the solicitude and care of the Pope and the solidarity and prayers of Christians throughout the world. Fr Jorge Hernández Zanni of the Institute of the Incarnate Word spoke about them in this interview with our newspaper. What are your first impressions after your meeting with the Pope? The meeting with Francis was a grace. I would never expected it. During the days of war in Gaza, the Pontiff emailed a message to the parish. I immediately informed all the faithful…Continue Reading

Card Vegliò: Action Is Needed To Defend Minorities In Iraq

August 29, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Card Vegliò: Action Is Needed To Defend Minorities In Iraq
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, to discuss the plight of those fleeing the Islamist violence in Iraq. The so-called Islamic State controls large areas of both Syria and Iraq, and has been conducting a campaign of terror, especially against religious minorities, including Christians. Cardinal Vegliò told Vatican Radio the Pope said the Church must be in the forefront  in efforts to  defend the weak. “The Church must help those most in need, because their rights are being trampled upon,” he told Vatican Radio.  “The Church is for the poor and the voiceless.  We must be present and never tire of saying…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ General Audience Catechesis, August 27th . . . On the Dangers of ‘Parish’ Sins

August 28, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis’ General Audience Catechesis, August 27th . . . On the Dangers of ‘Parish’ Sins
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Vatican City, August 27, 2014 (Zenit.org) Below is a translation of the Pope’s address during today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Every time we renew our profession of faith reciting the “Creed,” we affirm that the Church is “one” and “holy.” She is one because she has her origin in God Trinity, mystery of unity and full communion. The Church is holy in as much as she is founded on Jesus Christ, animated by His Holy Spirit filled with His love and His salvation. At the same time, however, she is holy and is made up of sinners, all of us, we every day experience our own fragilities and our miseries. Now, this faith…Continue Reading

The Ice Bucket Challenge’s Ethical Surprise

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Denver Archbishop Supports Alternative Charities; Recalls One Life Can’t Be Sacrificed for Another Denver, Colorado, August 26, 2014 (Zenit.org) By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, Colorado From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the Archdiocese of Denver, the superintendent of Catholic schools has taken the challenge and nominated several principals for it, but with one crucial difference. Instead of directing donors to the ALS Association, the archdiocese is asking people to give to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, or…Continue Reading

Iraqi Patriarch Appeals To World: Do Not Remain Indifferent To Our Suffering

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(Vatican Radio) “The international community, and in particular the European Union and the United States cannot remain indifferent” to the “humanitarian catastrophe” unfolding at the hands of Islamic State militants. Those, the words of the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Raphael Louis Sako I who has renewed his urgent appeal on behalf of Christians and other persecuted minorities in Iraq. In an open letter released Sunday, the Chaldean Catholic Church leader calls into question the West’s “moral and historical” responsibility towards religious minorities but also those of the Muslim community. Below, we publish the English version of Patriarch Sako’s appeal: To the conscience of the world. Iraq’s Christians, a double catastrophe (24.8.2014) It has become obvious that Iraqi Christians along with other…Continue Reading

Pope Emeritus Celebrates Liturgy For Former Students

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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated a special Mass Sunday morning upon conclusion of the Schuelerkreis, a yearly gathering of theologian Joseph Ratzinger’s former students. The liturgy was held in the church of the Campo Santo Teutonico, or German cemetery within Vatican City. Theologian Karl-Heinze Menke, Dogmatic Professor at the University of Bonn, was the primary relator at the liturgy. The Schuelerkreis sessions from 21-24 August at the Mariapoli Center in Castelgandolfo outside Rome explored the theme of the Theology of the Cross. (From archive of Vatican Radio)

Pope Francis: Jesus Builds The Church On faith

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2014-08-24 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of Pope Francis’ Angelus address for Sunday, 24 August 2014, the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel of this Sunday (Mt 16:13-20) is the celebrated passage, central to Matthew’s account, in which Simon, in the name of the Twelve, professes his faith in Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God”; and Jesus calls Simon “blessed” for his faith, recognizing in it a special gift of the Father. He says to [Simon], “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.” Let us pause for a moment on this point, on the fact that Jesus bestows on Simon this new name, “Peter,” that…Continue Reading

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav calls for support for Ukraine

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2014-08-23 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) In a letter addressed “to the Catholic episcopal conferences, tо the world’s religious and political leaders, (and) to all people of good will,” the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych, speaks about the extremely difficult situation in Ukraine. “For nine months,” he says, “Ukrainians have been on an arduous pilgrimage from post-Soviet fear to freedom and God-given dignity.” He notes: “All of the Churches and religious organizations of Ukraine stood together against the violence of the Yanukovych regime, the annexation of Crimea, and the division of the country.” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav describes the religious discrimination to which Churches and religious communities have been exposed in annexed Crimea and…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Calls Parents of James Foley

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American Journalist Was Murdered by Islamic State This Week Rome, August 22, 2014 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves Pope Francis has called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist who was killed by the Islamic State (ISIS). In an email to ZENIT, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Holy Father telephoned John and Diane Foley. Although no details were given as to what was said in the conversation, Fr. Lombardi confirmed that the “call took place [on Thursday] evening. The world was horrified as a video surfaced of the journalist’s beheading at the hands of a terrorist from the Islamic State. According to the video, the murder was in retaliation to recent military action taken against ISIS. ISIS currently has one…Continue Reading

Pope at Audience Warns Against Evil One Who Sows Discord Between People, Nations

August 21, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope at Audience Warns Against Evil One Who Sows Discord Between People, Nations

But Says We Can Have Victory If We Remain in God’s Love  Vatican City, August 20, 2014 (Zenit.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov Reflecting on his five-day apostolic visit to South Korea that concluded Monday, Pope Francis affirmed that Christ never diminishes or cancels something ‘good,’ like culture, he only enriches them, and brings them to their full potential. Speaking to the thousands gathered for this morning’s weekly Audience in Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father spoke on his visit and the Church in Korea, stressing, “Christ does not abolish what is good, but carries it on, and brings it to fruition.” “My recent apostolic journey to Korea enabled me to visit a young and dynamic Church filled with missionary zeal, a point of encounter…Continue Reading