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Pope greets participants in Italy’s March for Life

May 11, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope greets participants in Italy’s March for Life
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(Vatican Radio) During his Regina Coeli address on Sunday, Pope Francis greeted participants in Italy’s fifth annual March for Life. “I greet all those participating in the initiative for life taking place this morning in Rome,” the Pope said. “It is important to work together to defend and promote life.” Several thousand people from all parts of Italy and from around the world took part in the March through the heart of Rome’s historic centre. Among those taking part in the March was Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Speaking with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Burke said, “St John Paul II urged us, in his wonderful encyclical letter on the Gospel of Life, to make…Continue Reading

Pope Francis at Regina Coeli: God bless Mothers, Everywhere

May 10, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis at Regina Coeli: God bless Mothers, Everywhere

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis offered Mother’s Day greetings to all mothers, everywhere, on Sunday. “Today in many countries celebrate Mother’s Day,” he said, addressing the great crowd of pilgrims and tourists gathered beneath the window of the Papal apartments that looks down on St. Peter’s Square to pray the Regina coeli with him, “we remember with gratitude and affection all mothers.” Departing from his prepared text, Pope Francis went on to ask a round of applause for all mothers present in the Square. “That applause embraces all mothers, all our dear mothers: those who live with us physically, but also those who live with us spiritually. The Lord bless them all, and may the Mother of God, to whom this…Continue Reading

Pope To Interfaith Gathering: God Hears Cry Of Innocents

May 9, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope To Interfaith Gathering: God Hears Cry Of Innocents

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to the participants in a major interreligious gathering in Israel. Organized by the Neocatechumenal Way – a group dedicated to giving Christian formation to people who are already members of the Church – the three-day gathering brought more than a hundred Rabbis, seven Cardinals, and dozens of Bishops, together with Catechists of the Neocatechumenate from May 4-7. The twofold purpose of the gathering was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the Conciliar Decree Nostra aetate and to mark the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of WWII, and the Shoah. In a written Message, Pope Francis told the participants: “United to you I pray to the Lord that He may…Continue Reading

Pope: the Church is about unity, not forming lobbies to win

May 8, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: the Church is about unity, not forming lobbies to win

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says discussions within the Church are to seek unity and and it should not be a place where people are always clashing, betraying each other and forming lobbies to win their argument. He said the Holy Spirit helps bring change and moves things forward within the Church but at the same time it creates unity between all its members. This was the core message of his homily on Friday (May 8th) at morning Mass in the Santa Marta residence. Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit creates movement within the Church which at first sight might appear to be confusion but if this movement or change is welcomed with prayer and a spirit of dialogue it always…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Prayer for Jubilee Year of Mercy

May 7, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis’ Prayer for Jubilee Year of Mercy
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has composed a special prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will run from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016. In the prayer, the Holy Father entreats the Lord to make the Jubilee of Mercy a year of grace so that the Church, “with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.” Below, we publish the text of Pope Francis’ prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Marriage Inscribed In Creation

May 6, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Marriage Inscribed In Creation

2015-05-06 Vatican Radio   (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, during which he continued his catechetical reflections on the nature and purpose of marriage in the order of creation and in the Divine plan of salvation. This week, the Holy Father focused specifically on Christian marriage as a Sacrament: an efficacious sign of God’s love for each and every person, for all humanity and for the whole world, a means of grace, and a genuine way of living our common baptismal call to holiness. “Christian marriage is that sacrament which builds up the community of the Church and of society,”  explained Pope Francis through an interpreter in the English-language synopsis of the main catechesis, which…Continue Reading

Pope Francis tells Swiss Guards they have a “significant” friendship

May 5, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis tells Swiss Guards they have a “significant” friendship
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted the members of the Swiss Guard and their families on Monday, ahead of the annual May 6th swearing in ceremony for new Guards. Pope Francis said the meeting was an opportunity to “strengthen a [significant] friendship,” noting the words of Christ who said “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” “In the history of the Church, many men and women have embraced the call of this great love,” Pope Francis said. “The Swiss Guards who fought during the sack of Rome [on May 6, 1527] and who gave their lives in the defense of the Pope followed this call. And responding with devotion to this call means…Continue Reading

Pope: Bear The Fruits Of Membership In Christ And The Church

May 4, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Bear The Fruits Of Membership In Christ And The Church
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(Vatican Radio) On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about Jesus’ parable of the vine and the branches – Jesus is the true vine, and we are the branches, dependent on Him. Through this parable, “Jesus wants us to understand the importance of remaining united to Him.” What is this new way, the Pope asked? Although Jesus is no longer with us as He was with the Disciples, we are able to remain united with Christ “in vital communion” through the Church. “Jesus is the vine,” Pope Francis continued, “and through Him, the very love of God passes” to us “the branches”: “The branches are not self-sufficient, but depend totally on the vine, in which is found the source of their life. So…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Attends Swiss Guard Flag Ceremony

May 3, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis Attends Swiss Guard Flag Ceremony
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis attended a Swiss Guard ceremony Friday afternoon — unexpected by most of the people present — and addressed the corps, speaking as well about the characteristics of a commander, according to the Gospel. Following the nomination in February of Christoph Graf as the new Commander of the Swiss Guard, the military corps held a ceremony May 1 for the inauguration and blessing of its new flag. Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrated Mass in the Church of the Teutonic Ceremony, located on the grounds of the Vatican. Subsequently, in the Guards Quarter, was the “military act,” which was attended unexpectedly by Pope Francis. After listening Commander Graf’s speech, the Pope addressed those present, expressing his…Continue Reading

Pope: Parish Must Be ‘Privileged Place’ Of Listening, Proclamation

May 2, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Parish Must Be ‘Privileged Place’ Of Listening, Proclamation

(Vatican Radio) Faithful from the Diocese of Isernia-Venafro paid a return visit to Pope Francis on Saturday. The Pope received the pilgrims in an audience and recalled the message of solidarity he shared with them during his pastoral visit last July. He also spoke of the call of parishes to be missionary communities. “Every parish is called to be a privileged place of listening and of the proclamation of the Gospel; a house of prayer gathered around the Eucharist; a true school of communion, where the ardour of charity prevails over the temptation of a superficial and dry religiosity,” said Pope Francis to pilgrims from the southern Italian Diocese of Isernia-Venafro. The Pope said he hopes the current Jubilee of…Continue Reading