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Pope Francis Appeals For Peace In The Holy Land

July 13, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for peace in the Holy Land. Speaking after the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope described his appeal as “heartfelt” and said we must all continue to pray insistently for peace in the Holy Land in the light of the tragic events of the past days. The memory – the Pope said – of the encounter on June 8th between the Patriarch Bartholomew, President Peres and President Abbas, during which an invocation for the gift of peace was pronounced and the call to break the cycle of hatred and violence was reflected upon, is fresh in my mind. Some may think – he continued – that that encounter took…Continue Reading

Conference Underlines Pope’s Social Justice Teachings

July 12, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-07-12 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in collaboration with the Secretariat of State, held a two-day conference, 12-13 July, at the Vatican on the concept of “inclusive economy”, which Pope Francis proposes in Evangelii Gaudium. Some 70 scholars and representatives from business and international organizations participated in the closed-door sessions, aimed at deepening the thought and perspectives on social justice that Pope Francis puts forth in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Msgr Mario Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, offered the keynote address. In an interview with Vatican Radio, he said distorted interpretations of the Pope’s words and accusations of Marxism underlined the need to explain that the Pope’s proposal…Continue Reading

The Pope In Your Pocket: New 2.0 App Launched

July 11, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-07-08 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio/PCCS) Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the work being done by all the Vatican’s media services in enhancing their presence and participation in the digital world. The Pope’s words came on Monday as he was given a personal viewing of the new updated version of  “The Pope App”, developed by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  Council President Archbishop Claudio Celli, accompanied by project coordinator, Thaddeus Jones, met with the Pope to demonstrate features of the app, which was released in the iTunes and Google Play stores on July 4th. Available in five languages, the Pope App 2.0  is free and can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.  Powered by News.va, it features…Continue Reading

Moto proprio on the transfer of competences to the Secretariat for the Economy

July 10, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

Vatican City, 9 July 2014 (VIS) – The following is the Apostolic Letter issued ‘Motu proprio’ by the Holy Father Francis on the transfer of the Ordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See to the Secretariat of the Economy. “Confirming a centuries-old tradition, the last Vatican Council II reaffirmed the need for the organisation of the Holy See to conform to the needs of the times, above all by adapting the structure of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, their number, denomination and competence, as well as their approaches and mutual coordination, to the real needs of the Church at every moment. A concrete result of these principles occurred with the promulgation in February 2014…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Homily At Mass With Sex Abuse Survivors

July 9, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-07-09 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio)  In his homily at early morning mass at Santa Marta Monday, Pope Francis described his deep pain and suffering over Catholic religious who “betrayed their mission” and “abused innocent persons.” 6 victims of abuse were present for the mass in the Vatican guest house where they met Pope Francis and had the opportunity to speak with him privately. Below we publish the English translation of his homily, delivered in Spanish: Homily The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation…  Peter whose eyes meet the gaze of Jesus and weeps…  This scene comes to my mind as I look at you, and think of so many men and women, boys and girls.  I…Continue Reading

Pope Urges Inmates To ‘Not Stand Still’ But To Walk With God

July 8, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-07-06 Vatican Radio Pope Francis met with the inmates at the prison at Isernia during his daylong visit in the southern Italian region of Molise on Saturday afternoon. In his message with the prisoners, the Pope said he was grateful for the inmates’ witness of hope. The challenge, he said, echoing his message to inmates two weeks ago in Calabria, is social reintegration. “And for this, you need a route, a path, both outside the prison and within yourself, in the conscience, the heart,” he said. “What is important is not to stand still – when water is still it becomes stagnant – but walking, taking a step every day, with the help of the Lord,” he encouraged. “God is…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Prays Angelus With Faithful

July 7, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-07-07 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday. In remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father focused on the Gospel reading of the day, taken from the Gospel according to St Matthew (11:25-30), in which The Lord proclaims, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” “This, Jesus’ invitation,” said Pope Francis, “extends to the present day, reaching the many brothers and sisters weighed…Continue Reading

Serve And Live In The Freedom Of God

July 6, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-07-05 Vatican Radio Pope Francis emphasized the dignity of the human person in the realm of work and the call of all members of the Church to service, both to God and to others, in his homily during Mass in Campobasso on Saturday morning. Thousands of people gathered for the outdoor papal mass, one of the highlights of the Pope’s daylong trip to the city, located in the southern Italian region of Molise. “The Church is a people who serves God; the Church is a people who lives in the freedom that he gives,” he told the assembly. And this service, he continued, is realized through prayer, adoration, the proclamation of the Gospel and charity in the ordinary of everyday…Continue Reading

Pope To World Of Work In Molise: Break The Mold

July 5, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-07-05 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio)  In the first appointment of his one day pastoral visit to the Italian region of Molise Saturday, Pope Francis urged people to follow God in ‘breaking the mold’ imposed by the current socio-economic system, to transform their reality into a more human – and family- centered one. He called for work-free Sunday’s so mothers and fathers can spend time playing with their children, a ‘science’ he said that we are losing; he urged for a creative joining of forces and ‘jobs pact’ for the region, which suffers from heavy unemployment and he spoke in praise of the ‘labor’ of working mothers. Pope Francis’ first meeting in Campobasso was with the world of labor and industry…Continue Reading

Presentation of the World Youth Day 2016 logo

July 4, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

Vatican City, 3 July 2014 (VIS) – In a press conference held this morning the metropolitan archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, presented the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day. Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists , and the theme of the celebration. The logo of the 2016 World Youth Day, to be held in Krakow, illustrates the passage from the Gospel according to Matthew, 5.7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”, chosen as the theme of the event. The image is composed of a geographical outline of Poland, in which there is a Cross, symbol of Christ Who is the soul of World…Continue Reading