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Pope Francis at Mass: Mary always stands by us

July 12, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis at Mass: Mary always stands by us
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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Saturday (July 11th) at the Marian Shrine of Caacupé near Asuncion on the first full day of his pastoral visit to Paraguay, the third and final leg of his journey to Latin America. Caacupe is the most important pilgrimage site in Paraguay. Tens of thousands of people, including many from the Pope’s native Argentina, attended the mass held in the square outside the Basilica. In his homily, the Pope told those present that Mary’s life testifies that God never abandons us even in moments when it might seem he is not there. He also once again had special words of praise for the women of Paraguay whom he said were able to lift up…Continue Reading

Pope Francis in Paraguay: Church works for common good

July 11, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis in Paraguay: Church works for common good

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with government authorities and members of the diplomatic corps in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Friday evening. The meeting took place shortly after the Holy Father’s arrival in Paraguay, on the third and final leg of a three-country tour of Latin America that previously saw him in Bolivia and Ecuador. In remarks prepared for the occasion, Pope Francis thanked the people of Paraguay for the display of their characteristic hospitality, and praised the spirit of resilience and perseverance that informs the Paraguayan popular ethos. He had words of especial praise for the women of Paraguay. “I would also like to acknowledge with profound admiration the role played by the women of Paraguay,” throughout the nation’s history, which…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: I have come to confirm the faith of believers

July 10, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: I have come to confirm the faith of believers
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(Vatican Radio) Arriving at the “El Alto” airport in La Paz, Pope Francis began his Apostolic Voyage to Bolivia by invoking “peace and prosperity upon all the people of this country.” In his address at the Welcoming Ceremony, the Holy Father said, “As a guest and a pilgrim, I have come to confirm the faith of those who believe in the Risen Christ, so that, during our pilgrimage on earth, we believers may be witnesses of his love, leaven for a better world and co-operators in the building of a more just and fraternal society.” Pope Francis said that during his Visit he would “encourage the vocation of Christ’s disciples to share the joy of the Gospel to be salt…Continue Reading

Pope in Bolivia: No one needs to be discarded

July 9, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope in Bolivia: No one needs to be discarded

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis opened the Fifth National Eucharistic Congress in Bolivia with a Votive Mass for the Most Holy Eucharist in the city of Santa Cruz. The Congress will take place in the city of Tarija in the southern part of the country. In his homily, Pope Francis said those who had come to the Mass were like the people who had come out into the desert to listen to Jesus. “Frequently, we tire of this journey,” the Pope said. “Frequently we lack the strength to keep hope alive.” When our hearts lack hope, and fall into despair, we can fall into a kind of materialistic thinking “in which everything has a price, everything can be bought, everything is…Continue Reading

Pope Francis meets with Ecuador’s educators, civil society

July 8, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis meets with Ecuador’s educators, civil society

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis had a pair of major public engagements on Tuesday afternoon: a meeting with students, faculty and other representatives of the world of education and culture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito; and a meeting with representatives of Ecuadorean civil society, in the church of St. Francis, also in Quito. The venue for the first encounter is a private institution founded in 1946 and belonging to the Archdiocese, which has been operated by the Society of Jesus since its founding. It counts 30 thousand students across 14 faculties and institutes in the arts, sciences and applied disciplines ranging from the sacred sciences to the natural & social sciences, to architecture, engineering, and nursing, as…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: For families, the best wine is yet to come

July 7, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: For families, the best wine is yet to come
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(Vatican Radio) In his first homily during his Apostolic Voyage to South America, Pope Francis focused on Mary as a model for families as he spoke about the Gospel account of the wedding at Cana. More than one million people joined the Holy Father for Holy Mass in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador. Christ’s miracle at Cana – turning water into wine – was made possible, the Pope said, precisely because the Blessed Virgin Mary “was attentive, left her concerns in God’s hands, and acted sensibly and courageously.” Pope Francis said Mary was concerned for the needs of the newlyweds, attentive to others, and not closed in on herself. There are many circumstances today, he continued, when we can…Continue Reading

Pope Francis en route to Ecuador

July 5, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis en route to Ecuador

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is en route to Ecuador, the first stage of a three-country tour in Latin America that will also see him in Bolivia and Paraguay – three “sister nations” as the Holy Father described them in the video message broadcast in the three countries simultaneously ahead of the visit. The Holy Father’s flight departed Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport (Fiumicino) shortly after 9:30 AM Rome Time on Sunday morning, and is scheduled to last 13 hours. Two years have passed since the Pope’s trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in 2013. Now, Pope Francis returns to South America for his 9th international voyage. “I want to be a witness to the joy of the…Continue Reading

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorates

July 4, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorates

(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI received Doctorates honoris causa on Saturday from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music. The motivation for the honors issued by the University’s Academic Senate specifies five contributions Pope Benedict has made to knowledge and culture: his great respect for the musical tradition of the Church and remarkable sensitivity to the music of faith; the life-long and constant demonstration of a special concern for the noble beauty of sacred music and its proper place in the celebration of the sacred liturgical rites of the Church; his constant insistence on the didactic importance of the via pulchritudinis – the way of beauty – which can become a way of knowing and worshiping…Continue Reading

Univ. of San Francisco Celebrates SCOTUS Marriage Ruling, Despite Catholic Mission

July 3, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Univ. of San Francisco Celebrates SCOTUS Marriage Ruling, Despite Catholic Mission
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July 2, 2015, at 11:22 AM  |  By Justin Petrisek  | While the U.S. bishops responded to last week’s marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court by upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church, one Jesuit university chose to publicly celebrate the decision in direct conflict with its Catholic identity and mission. Over the weekend, the University of San Francisco (USF), a Jesuit Catholic university, used its Twitter and Facebook accounts to celebrate the San Francisco Pride Parade and the recent 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4273/Univ-of-San-Francisco-Celebrates-SCOTUS-Marriage-Ruling-Despite-Catholic-Mission.aspx#sthash.ffsu4bvz.dpuf

‘No Global’ author at Vatican event on climate and poverty reduction

July 2, 2015 breaking Comments Off on ‘No Global’ author at Vatican event on climate and poverty reduction

(Vatican Radio) A Catholic climate scientist and a secular Jewish feminist formed an “unlikely alliance” in the Vatican press office on Wednesday to present a two day conference entitled ‘People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course’. The conference, which will take place at the Pontifical Augustinianum University in Rome, includes some 200 political, religious and civil society leaders from all continents who’ll be discussing Pope Francis’ new encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ in light of a climate summit to be held in Paris next December. The two day conference, which opens on Thursday, has been organised by the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council, together with CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies. Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein, known…Continue Reading