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Pope Makes First Stop at Mausoleum of Atatürk in Turkey

November 28, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Makes First Stop at Mausoleum of Atatürk in Turkey

Ankara, November 28, 2014 (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves In his first stop on his Apostolic Visit to Turkey, Pope Francis visited the famed Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Upon his arrival, the Pope was welcomed by government and military authorities, as well as Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, Apostolic Nuncio. Shortly after landing, the Holy Father was whisked away to the memorial tomb of the founder of modern-day Turkey. Atatürk served as a military officer during World War I and later on led the Turkish National Movement during the Turkish War of Independence, following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. His political, economic and cultural reforms shaped Turkey after the fall of the empire. The site has been visited by…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Depression And Hope

November 27, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: Depression And Hope

2014-11-27 Vatican Radio   (Vatican Radio) Reality can be ugly, but despite the suffering, corruption and indifference in today’s world as Christians we must hold our heads high in hope said Pope Francis at Mass Thursday morning in Casa Santa Marta. Basing his reflections on the Readings of the Day, Pope Francis spoke of the fate of the two cities of Babylon and Jerusalem. The Pope pointed out that both the First Reading from Revelation and the Gospel from St Luke Chapter 21, draw our attention to the end of this world. He noted that they speak of the fall of two cities that refused to welcome the Lord and that drifted away from Him.  These two cities fall for…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Europe is like a poplar tree that needs nourishment

November 26, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Europe is like a poplar tree that needs nourishment

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Tuesday told European leaders that the development of today’s societies and their peaceful coexistence require constant reflection on the tenets that form the basis of Europe: human rights, democracy and the rule of law.  Like a tree, Europe also needs care and nourishment for healthy growth.  In a wide-ranging speech to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Pope Francis also urged Europe’s leaders to strive for creative solutions to divisions and tensions for a peaceful continent.  The Pope’s remarks came shortly after his first speech of the day, to the European Parliament. The Council of Europe was established in 1949, on the heels of two world wars, with the dream, the Pope recalled, for unity…Continue Reading

Pope Urges A “lonely” “Self-absorbed” Europe To Recover Its Soul

November 25, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Urges A “lonely” “Self-absorbed” Europe To Recover Its Soul
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called on a “haggard” and “lonely” Europe to recover its role as a world protagonist, its identity as a defender of the transcendent dignity of man, the poor, the migrant, the persecuted, the old and the young, to recover its soul: Christianity. Emer McCarthy reports: In a lengthy address– the first of two on his one day visit to the heart of Europe –  he told members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that a two-thousand-year-old history links Europe and Christianity, “not free of conflicts or errors, but driven by the desire to work for the good of all”. This “is our present and our future.  It is our identity”, he said The Pope also urged…Continue Reading

Pope at Santa Marta: Everything For The Lord And Others

November 24, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope at Santa Marta: Everything For The Lord And Others
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(Vatican Radio) When the Church is humble and poor, then “it is faithful” to Christ, giving all it has for the Lord and others, leaving nothing for itself said Pope Francis at morning Mass in  Casa Santa Marta Monday. Pope Francis based his reflections on the Gospel of the Day which recounts the episode of the poor widow who gives all that she has – two small coins – to the Temple treasury, while the rich made offerings from their surplus wealth under the gaze of Jesus. Pope Francis said the Gospel captures two tendencies always present in the history of the Church. The Church tempted by vanity and the “poor Church”, which – he says – “must have no…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Homily For Christ The King Canonization Mass

November 23, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Homily For Christ The King Canonization Mass
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered the homily at the Mass celebrated in St Peter’s Square on Christ the King Sunday, during the course of which he canonized six new saints: Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal, Amato Ronconi, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi, and Ludovico da Casoria. Below, please find the full text of the official English translation of the Holy Father’s prepared homily. ******************************************************** Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (23 November 2014) Today’s liturgy invites us to fix our gaze on Christ, the King of the Universe.  The beautiful prayer of the Preface reminds us that his kingdom is “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of…Continue Reading

Pope: All Christians Called To Be Missionaries, ‘Not Just The Few’

November 22, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope: All Christians Called To Be Missionaries, ‘Not Just The Few’
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(Vatican Radio) All Christians and “not just the few” are called to intensify their missionary spirit and go out to proclaim the joy of the Gospel, said Pope Francis.He issued the call on Saturday in speaking at the Vatican to a group of more than 700 participants in Italy’s National Missionary Congress, which was organized by the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Missio Foundation. “Every generation is called to be missionary,” he said. Reflecting on the theme of the congress, based on God’s call of the prophet Jonah to go to Nineveh and to call the people to conversion, the Pope said the Church is called to be outbound and to bring the Gospel to all nations, “without distinction.” He…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Pays Tribute To Blessed Paul VI’s Devotion To Mary

November 21, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis Pays Tribute To Blessed Paul VI’s Devotion To Mary

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis paid tribute on Thursday to Blessed Pope Paul the 6th and his great love for the Mother of God, saying he always turned to Mary at crucial and difficult moments for the Church and humanity. The Pope’s words came during a message which was read on his behalf by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at a public meeting of the Pontifical Academies whose theme was “Mary, Icon of God’s infinite beauty. During the meeting Cardinal Parolin awarded a prize in the name of the Pope to the Italian Mariological Association for its long-standing publication of the Theotokos Review. Quoting from his encyclical Evangelii gaudium, the Pope reminded his audience that he has entrusted the…Continue Reading

Pope At Santa Marta: Jesus Weeps

November 20, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Santa Marta: Jesus Weeps
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(Vatican Radio) Jesus weeps today when the doors of our hearts, those of the pastors of the Church, are closed to His surprises not recognizing the One who brings peace said Pope Francis at Mass Friday morning in Casa Santa Marta. Commenting on the Gospel of the Day, Pope Francis said Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because its people did not recognize the One who brings peace. He said the Lord weeps because of the “closure of heart” of His “chosen city, His chosen people. They had no time to open the door.  They were too busy, too self-satisfied. And He continues to knock on doors as he knocked on the door of the heart of Jerusalem, at the gates of…Continue Reading

Pope At Audience: The Universal Call To Holiness

November 19, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Audience: The Universal Call To Holiness

(Vatican Radio) “Every state of life leads to holiness, always”, but only if we are open to the grace of God’s gift, said Pope Francis Wednesday speaking of the universal call to holiness of all baptized at his general audience. Below a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s catechesis: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. A great gift of the Second Vatican Council was to have retrieved a vision of the Church founded on communion, and to have also embodied the principle of authority and hierarchy in this context. This has helped us to better understand that all Christians, as baptized, are equal in dignity before God and are united by vocation, which is to holiness (cf. Const. Lumen…Continue Reading