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Pope Francis At Mass: I Weep For Christians Still Crucified Today

May 2, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-05-02 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) In his homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Martha Friday, Pope Francis lamented that in today’s world there are still “masters of conscience” [thought police – ed] and in some countries you can still go to jail for possessing a Gospel or wearing a Crucifix. He also confessed to those present that he has wept at the news that some Christians were crucified, because still today there are people who kill others in God’s name. Emer McCarthy reports: The Pope’s homily drew from the Gospel of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, in which Christ’s disciples are flogged by the Sanhedrin. Pope Francis proposed…Continue Reading

Pope At General Audience: The Gift Of Understanding

May 1, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) Under clear blue skies Wednesday, tens of thousands attended Pope Francis general audience, the first since the great canonization of the two Pope Saints on Sunday, the second in his series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. After touring at length through the throngs in his open top jeep, the Holy Father took to the raised dias before St Peter’s basilica for his catechesis, this week focusing on the second of these gifts: Understanding. Below please find a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of the Holy Father’s full catechesis Dear Brothers and Sisters Buongiorno, After reflecting on wisdom, as the first of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, today I would like to focus attention on the…Continue Reading

The Pope’s Mass at Santa Marta

April 30, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-04-29 L’Osservatore Romano In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday, 29 April, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s first Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (4:32). In his reflection, the Pope emphasized how the Church, after having reflected over the course of last week on the meaning of “being born from above”, today sets before our eyes the icon of “the community of new Christians”: a “newborn people” made up of people who “as yet were not called Christians”. The Pope considered the “three brushstrokes” with which the liturgy places this icon before us. “The company of those who believed were of one heart and soul: this is the first trait” he said. The second is constituted by…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Thanks Pilgrims, Urges Them To Follow Teachings Of New Saints

April 29, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-04-27 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a message of thanks on Sunday during his Regina Coeli address, following the canonization Mass of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II. The Pope thanked all of the pilgrims and the official delegates who traveled to Rome for the occasion. He also thanked the Italian authorities for their generous work and collaboration in preparing for this event. He greeted the pilgrims from the home dioceses of the new saints—Bergamo and Krakow—exhorting them to “honour the memory of these two holy Popes by following their teachings faithfully”. He also issued a special greeting “for the sick and the aged, to whom the new saints were particularly close.” Read the full text of…Continue Reading

Pope To Argentinian Youth: The Church Is Your Church

April 28, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-04-28 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged young people in his native Argentina to “be Church” and trust in God’s mercy. In a video message broadcast in Buenos Aires on April 26nd, for the National Youth Day, the Pope reflected on the Gospel stories of the young Apostles, the prodigal son and the widow of Nains. “Who are you?” – Pope Francis asked the young men and women gathered at the Planetarium in the capital’s Palermo district. The Pope asked them whether they were like the first Apostles, enthusiastic fans at the outset but unable to really follow Christ because too weighed down by their attachment to worldly things? Or like the prodigal son who – after having…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: ‘Popes Of 20th Century’ Witness, Teach Of God’s Mercy

April 27, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-04-27 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) The Catholic Church’s two newest saints were “popes of the twentieth century” and “were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Christ,” said Pope Francis on Sunday. “They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them,” Pope Francis said in his homily (offered below). “For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful — faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history.” Earlier in the Mass, also attended by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis read the formal proclamation of sainthood during the canonization rite. The crowd roared with applause upon hearing their names read in Latin in the official proclamation.…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Congratulates The Compatriots Of The Two Pope Saints

April 26, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

Vatican City, 25 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a video message to the Polish faithful, compatriots of Pope John Paul II, and a written message to the citizens of Bergamo, the province in which the village of “Sotto il Monte”, birthplace of Pope John XXIII, is located. In his video message, rebroadcast by Polish Television (TVP) and by Polish Radio, the Pope remarks that he is happy to be able to proclaim John Paul II a saint, and expresses his gratitude to the Polish Pope for his “tireless service, is spiritual guidance, for bringing the Church into the third millennium of faith, and for his extraordinary witness of holiness”. Francis recalls the words Pope Benedict XVI…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: There are “bat-like Christians” who prefer the shadows to the light of the Lord

April 25, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-04-25 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said there are Christians who are afraid of the joy of Christ’s resurrection and who instead prefer sadness and staying in the shadows just like bats. The importance of Christians being joyful, rather than sad or fearful, was the focus of the Pope’s reflections during his homily at Thursday’s Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence. Taking his cue from the gospel reading of the risen Christ appearing before his disciples, Pope Francis began by noting how instead of rejoicing over his resurrection, the disciples were struck by fear instead of joy. “This is a Christian’s disease. We’re afraid of joy. It’s better to think: Yes, yes, God exists, but He is there.…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Let The Joy Of The Risen Lord Be Imprinted In Our Hearts And Lives

April 23, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-04-21 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis began his Regina Coeli address on Monday by saying Happy Easter !Christ is risen! He is truly risen .” The Holy Father told the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square that the dominant feeling that shines in the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection is one of the joy and wonder, and he went on to say that in the liturgy we relive the mood of the disciples with the news that the women had brought, Jesus is risen! The Pope said, “Let this experience imprinted in the Gospel, be imprinted in our hearts and in our lives. Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate through our thoughts , looks, attitudes , gestures…Continue Reading

Why Do You Seek The Living Among The Dead?

April 23, 2014 Pope Francis Comments Off

2014-04-23 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis’ weekly general audience, the first of the Easter season. The crowd was such, that the Holy Father’s open topped jeep took even longer than usual to tour through the square, filled with flags and banners from the parishes of the world. Many of them bore images of two of his predecessors, Blessed John Paul II and Blesses John XXIII, who this weekend – Divine Mercy Sunday – Pope Francis will raise to the altars of the saints. A light rain fell as Pope Francis reached the raised…Continue Reading