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Title: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 03:36:52 PM
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/canadian-press-newsalert-black-smoke-emerges-from-sistine-chapel-chimney-197746441.html

Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis; first pontiff from Americas
Posted: 5:43 AM | Comments: 94 | Last Modified: 2:25 PM

VATICAN CITY - Argentine Jorge Bergoglio has been elected pope, the first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. He chose the name Pope Francis.

After announcing "Habemus Papum" — "We have a pope!" — a cardinal standing on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday revealed the identity of the new pontiff, using his Latin name. Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI — who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
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Edited subject line in thread header Reply 1 & Reply 11-18 to correct name.  MB


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Tamikosmom on March 13, 2013, 03:48:00 PM
Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen as the new pope
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 3:26 PM

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The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.

He reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 papal election, and he has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work that some say is an essential skill for the next pope.

In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world's Catholics, Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly.

Bergoglio is known for modernizing an Argentine church that had been among the most conservative in Latin America.

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http://www.globaltvbc.com/jorge+mario+bergoglio+has+been+chosen+as+the+new+pope/6442827556/story.html


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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: MuffyBee on March 13, 2013, 04:04:26 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/white-smoke-at-sistine-chapel-indicates-pope-election_n_2866095.html

White Smoke At Sistine Chapel Indicates Pope Election
Posted: 03/13/2013 2:10 pm EDT

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White smoke appeared at the Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday afternoon indicating that a pope has been elected and has accepted the position. According to Catholic tradition, the newly appointed Bishop of Rome is the 266th successor of St. Peter and leader of the worldwide Catholic Church consisting of 1.2 billion Catholics.

The white smoke appeared at 7:05 p.m. CET (2:05 p.m. EDT / 11:05 a.m. PDT) time after five rounds of voting. In 2005, Benedict XVI was elected on the second day after four rounds of voting.
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Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, former president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to shout "Habemus Papam!" ("We have a pope!). He'll present the new pope, who will be in white papal cassocks (three sizes are kept on reserve) and give his first blessing as pope.


Wow!  This is much sooner than I thought it would be!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on March 13, 2013, 04:49:48 PM
and a Jesuit!
May God bless him!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on March 13, 2013, 07:47:50 PM
FROM BUENOS AIRES WITH LOVE

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http://drudgereport.com/

Mar 13, 7:28 PM EDT


Argentine Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

By NICOLE WINFIELD
Associated Press
 


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_VATICAN_POPE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-03-13-14-10-46


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 09:26:33 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/13/lombardi:_mass_for_inauguration_of_petrine_ministry_of_francis_i/en1-673133

2013-03-13 21:51:30     
Lombardi: Mass for Inauguration of Petrine Ministry of Francis I, Tuesday March 19th

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In an impromptu Press Briefing, Fr. Lombardi noted that this first Jesuit Pope, in true Ignatian Spirit is a first of all, a servant of the Church. Moreover he said, Jesuits “have an international vision, to serve wherever they are needed”. He also admitted his personal shock to have a Jesuit Pope: “Jesuits think of themselves servants, not authorities in the church”.

One of Pope Francis’ first acts was to phone Benedict XVI, Pope emeritus.

Fr. Lombardi confirmed that the Mass for the inauguration of the Petrine Ministry will be held March 19TH , the feast of St. Joseph, at 09:30 Rome time.

He also confirmed that the Mass for the closure of Conclave will be at 17:00 Thursday in the Sistine Chapel. On Friday, at 11 a.m., there will be an audience with the College of Cardinals in the Clementine Hall. That on Saturday 11 a.m. Pope Francis I will have audience with all journalists and media covering conclave- an announcement greeted with a round of applause in the briefing hall. And finally on Sunday Pope Francis will recite Angelus at noon.

Thursday, Pope Francis will make a private visit to a sanctuary of Our Lady on Thursday March 14th, but details will be released only when this visit is over.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 09:30:06 PM
http://www.sanctepater.com/2013/03/pope-francis-to-visit-pope-emeritus.html

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Pope Francis to Visit Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In one of his first acts as pope, Francis on Thursday morning planned to visit Benedict at the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo south of Rome.
 
American Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Wednesday night at the North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome, that Francis told fellow cardinals following the conclave that made him pope: "Tomorrow morning, I'm going to visit Benedict."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 09:42:03 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/13/who_is_pope_francis/en1-673090

2013-03-13 20:29:02     
Who is Pope Francis?

(Vatican Radio) The man elected to be the 265th Successor of Saint Peter in the conclave, is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite. He was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was ordained for the Jesuits on 13 December 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel.

He was novice master in San Miguel, where he also taught theology. He was Provincial for Argentina (1973-1979) and rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel (1980-1986). After completing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he served as a confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba.

On 20 May 1992 he was appointed titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, receiving episcopal consecration on 27 June. On 3 June 1997 was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998. He is also Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite.

Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.

He served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 8 November 2005 until 8 November 2011.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).
Member of:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 10:15:11 PM
When my friends and I were watching TV waiting for the smoke, I noticed that a bird was coming toward the chimney and landed on it and stayed.  I told them that it might be a sign of white smoke today...or was it just a coincidence?  By the time I drove home, it was announced that they are again waiting for the smoke...it was white smoke!  We have a pope!  ::MonkeyDance::

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/13/pope-francis-assisi-seagull-sistine

Pope named after Francis of Assisi heralded by gull atop Sistine chimney
Newly appointed pontiff Jorge Mario Bergoglio takes name of Catholic friar portrayed as nature lover – and preacher to birds
Wednesday 13 March 2013 17.05 EDT

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A gull lingers on the Sistine Chapel chimney during the cardinals' conclave at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

The dove has traditionally represented the Holy Spirit but it was a bird with a rather less divine reputation that heralded the name of the new pope. As the crowds massed in front of the Vatican, a seagull alighted on the chimney from which smoke billows to indicate the outcome of the papal ballot in the Sistine Chapel below.

The newly appointed pontiff, the Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, will take the name of Pope Francis, after Francis of Assisi, the much-loved Italian patron saint of animals and the environment who is often portrayed with a bird, usually in his hand.

"The name the new pope chooses tells a lot about the thrust of his papacy," said Ambrogio Piazzoni, a church historian and vice-prefect of the Vatican library.

The best known tale about Saint Francis's love of nature is recounted in the Fioretti (Little Flowers), a collection of legends and folklore. The story says that while he was travelling with some companions, they came upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees. Francis told his companions to wait for him while he preached to his sisters the birds, which flocked to him – supposedly attracted by the power of his voice.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 13, 2013, 11:58:46 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/13/pope-francis-us-catholics-reform/1986115/

U.S. Catholics hopeful, but wary, of new Pope Francis
10:51p.m. EDT March 13, 2013

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Here is a pope who has contended with all the issues of the modern West — gay marriage, abortion, contraception, women's rights, the swelling tide of cultural secularism and global poverty. Yet he is also known for standing firmly for core doctrine like the doctrinaire popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI before him.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, shared tidbits about the prayerful, humble new pope who said, as he toasted the electors, "May God forgive you."

Although Francis doesn't have a booming voice "and he may have sounded timid, he has a great confidence," Dolan says.

And Francis has strength that will matter in the USA, says R. Scott Appleby, a history professor at the University of Notre Dame.

"The fact that he is an experienced administrator with a spirit of humility may mean he will be strong in cleaning up the sexual abuse scandal," Appleby says.

Francis also has the administrative talent to bring the creaking, scandal-plagued bureaucracy of the global church, the curia, into order. Appleby called Francis "a model of personal holiness" who may inspire believers worldwide.

But those in the USA who would like to see major changes such as an end to the tradition of priest celibacy or a fresh look at contraception or a reconsideration of the role of women in the priesthood can forget about it. Says Appleby: "No way!"

Catholic University sociologist William D'Antonio has more questions than answers about Pope Francis.

If he's so devoted to the poor, "will he support the growth of labor unions throughout the world to improve the lives of the mass of wage workers?" he asks.

And is he open to any change of mind or of teaching regarding gays and lesbians?

D'Antonio points out, "While that is an important civil rights issue in the U.S. and other Western countries, it is not seen in that light among the hierarchy in Latin America, and his record suggests orthodoxy on the matter.

For those who wanted to see a CEO-style pope who can bring modern efficiency, transparency and integrity to the bureaucracy known as the curia, the sociologist wondered whether Francis has "the skills or even the desire, much less the knowledge, on how to reorganize, cleanse and begin the development of a less hierarchical curia? I guess we will have to keep tuned."

Still, James Salt, head of the 50,000-member social justice group Catholics United, expresses delight. Salt calls Bergoglio his own first choice for "his unequivocal endorsement of the social justice teachings of the church."

The new pope was a protégé of Pope John Paul II and, like the late pope, a fierce opponent of the Liberation Theology movement in South and Central America because the church saw elements of Marxism in its singular focus on the poor.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: MuffyBee on March 14, 2013, 01:34:58 PM


At grace-land's request, we've opened a new discussion thread for Pope Francis, and that's where we are right now.  I've moved a few posts from the "Pope Benedict Resigns" thread to open this  thread, since they reflect the election of the newly elected Pope Francis.  Please continue discussion in regard to his holiness Pope Benedict XVI at: http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=14050.0


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 14, 2013, 03:19:33 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/03/20-facts-you-should-know-about-pope-francis/

20 Facts You Should Know About Pope Francis
Mar 14, 2013 12:07pm

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1.    He’s from Buenos Aires, making him the first pope from Latin America.
2.    That also makes him the first pope born outside of Europe in more than 1,000 years.
3.    He’s the first Jesuit pope.
4.    He is 76.
5.    He chose the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th-century monk known for his charity and kindness to animals.
6.    Before his election, he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires.
7.    He is known for leading a simple life, eschewing a mansion to live in a Spartan apartment.
8.    He rode mass transit in Argentina, and chose to take a minivan with the other cardinals after he was elected pope rather than ride in a special sedan.
9.    He cooks his own meals.
10.   In his youth, he enjoyed dancing the tango with a girlfriend before discovering a “religious vocation.”
11.    He trained as a chemist.
12.    He is one of five children and his parents were from Italy.
13.    He has been criticized for not speaking out against Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s.
14.    He slammed other Latin American priests who objected to the baptizing of  children born out of wedlock.
15.    He was critical of Argentina’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it “a destructive attack on God’s plan.” He also opposes gay people’s adopting children.
16.    In 2001, he washed the feet of 12 patients with AIDS at an Argentine hospice.
17.    He speaks three languages: Spanish, Italian and German.
18.    He had a lung removed as a teenager, after an infection.
19.    He is rumored to have been the runner-up in 2005, losing that papal election to Benedict XVI.
20.    After being elected pope, he remained standing on the same level as the cardinal-electors rather than sitting in a throne.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 14, 2013, 03:23:33 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/14/pope-francis-one-lung-shouldnt-affect-his-duties/

Pope Francis' one lung shouldn't affect his duties
Published March 14, 2013

LONDON –  The new pope has daunting challenges ahead ranging from the church sex abuse scandal to reinvigorating the flock.
 
And Francis will have to do it all with just one lung.
 
The Argentine pontiff lost the greater part of one lung to a teenage infection. "He feels it today," says his authorized biographer Sergio Rubin. "He's a little bit slowed by it, but he's OK."
 
Doctors said that losing one lung doesn't necessarily compromise the pope's health or reduce his life span, though it means no strenuous exercise since he no longer has as much air capacity as people with two lungs. "He probably wouldn't be able to run marathons, but I don't think that would be on his schedule," said Dr. Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London. "Having one lung should be enough as long as there is no other disease in that lung."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 14, 2013, 03:43:04 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/14/world-watches-as-cardinals-convene-for-2nd-day-papal-conclave/

Pope Francis begins first full day with prayer in Rome
Published March 14, 2013

Pope Francis began his first day as leader of the Catholic Church by stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself, before praying at Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
 
He entered the St. Mary Major basilica through a side entrance just after 8 a.m. and left about 30 minutes later.
 
"He spoke to us cordially, like a father," Father Ludovico Melo, a priest who prayed with Pope Francis, told Reuters. "We were given 10 minutes' advance notice that the pope was coming."
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The main item on Francis' agenda Thursday was an inaugural afternoon Mass in the Sistine Chapel.
 
Francis is expected to outline some of his priorities as pope in the homily. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said it would likely be delivered in Italian, another break from the traditional-minded Benedict whose first homily as pope was in Latin.
 
On Thursday morning, members of his flock were charmed when Francis stopped by the Vatican-owned residence where he routinely stays during visits to Rome.
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Francis has also spoken by phone with Benedict, who became the first pope to resign in 600 years and has been living at the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo. Francis was expected to visit him this week, but a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, said Francis wouldn't make the trip to Castel Gandolfo on Thursday, and probably wouldn't go Friday, either.
 
The visit is significant because Benedict's resignation has raised concerns about potential power conflicts emerging from the peculiar situation of having a reigning pope and a retired one.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 14, 2013, 04:00:35 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/14/pope_francis:_1st_homily_(full_text)/en1-673526

2013-03-14 18:52:38      
Pope Francis: 1st homily (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Missa pro Ecclesiae in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday afternoon. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of the full text of his homily.
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In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act of] profession: walking, building, professing.

Walking: the House of Jacob. “O house of Jacob, Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” This is the first thing God said to Abraham: “Walk in my presence and be blameless.” Walking: our life is a journey and when we stop, there is something wrong. Walking always, in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, seeking to live with that blamelessness, which God asks of Abraham, in his promise.

Building: to build the Church. There is talk of stones: stones have consistency, but [the stones spoken of are] living stones, stones anointed by the Holy Spirit. Build up the Church, the Bride of Christ, the cornerstone of which is the same Lord. With [every] movement in our lives, let us build!

Third, professing: we can walk as much we want, we can build many things, but if we do not confess Jesus Christ, nothing will avail. We will become a pitiful NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of Christ. When one does not walk, one stalls. When one does not built on solid rocks, what happens? What happens is what happens to children on the beach when they make sandcastles: everything collapses, it is without consistency. When one does not profess Jesus Christ - I recall the phrase of Leon Bloy – “Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil.” When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil.

Walking, building-constructing, professing: the thing, however, is not so easy, because in walking, in building, in professing, there are sometimes shake-ups - there are movements that are not part of the path: there are movements that pull us back.

This Gospel continues with a special situation. The same Peter who confessed Jesus Christ, says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. I will follow you, but let us not speak of the Cross. This has nothing to do with it.” He says, “I’ll follow you on other ways, that do not include the Cross.” When we walk without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, and when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are worldly, we are bishops, priests, cardinals, Popes, but not disciples of the Lord.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on March 14, 2013, 10:18:52 PM
Thank you for sharing this grace-land.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 12:00:03 AM
Thank you for sharing this grace-land.

You're welcome, Sister.  It surprised me that Pope Francis was able to give such a beautiful, meaningful homily just 24 hours after being elected and doing so without notes!  A man of deep faith.  imo


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 12:19:35 AM
Video at link of Pope Francis celebrating his first mass at the Sistine Chapel

14 March 2013 Last updated at 13:51 ET
Pope Francis warns Church could become 'compassionate NGO'

Pope Francis: "I would like all of us... to have the courage to walk in the presence of God"

Pope Francis has warned the Catholic Church would become "a compassionate NGO" without spiritual renewal.

In a Sistine Chapel Mass with cardinals on his first day as Church leader, the pontiff said: "If we do not confess to Christ, what would we be?

"We would end up a compassionate NGO. What would happen would be like when children make sand castles and then it all falls down."

Francis is the first Latin American - and the first Jesuit - Pope.

The BBC's David Willey, in Rome, says the 76-year-old has already been swift to stamp his style on the papacy.

Pope Francis is regarded as a doctrinal conservative, but he is also seen as a potential force for reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, analysts say.
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On Friday, Pope Francis will meet all the cardinals, including those aged over 80 who did not take part in the conclave.

On Saturday he will meet the world's media at a special papal audience, an opportunity perhaps to set out some of his global vision, says the BBC's James Robbins in Rome.

A visit to his predecessor Benedict XVI at his retreat at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome is also planned, but will not take place in the next couple of days, Father Lombardi said.

The visit to Benedict is important, correspondents say, as the existence of a living retired pope has prompted fears of a possible rival power.

Francis will be installed officially in an inauguration Mass on Tuesday 19 March, the Vatican added.

Force of reform?
 
The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio surprised many observers when it was revealed on Wednesday.

Although he reportedly came second to Pope Benedict XVI during the 2005 conclave, few had predicted the election of the first pope from outside Europe in 1,300 years.

Despite his reputation as a doctrinal conservative, Pope Francis is also seen as a potential force for reform of the Vatican bureaucracy - and analysts say that may have won him the support of reforming cardinals.
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An analysis by David Willey
BBC News, Rome
 
Pope Francis will deal with the problems of his Church first of all prayerfully rather than as a CEO coming in with a new broom.

But the fact that the new Pope will meet the media before anyone else at a special audience on Saturday morning shows a vivid awareness that prayer may not be enough to deal with the situation facing the Catholic Church at this critical moment in its long history.

Francis is a Jesuit, a member of perhaps the most powerful and experienced religious order of the Catholic Church. The Jesuits are expert communicators and it is significant that one of the first people summoned to meet the new Pope this morning was Father Federico Lombardi, head of Vatican Radio (run for many years by the Jesuits) and the Vatican Press Office.

Under Pope Benedict, Father Lombardi was a mere functionary who had no direct access to the Pope. He could not pick up the phone and talk things through quickly - he just received orders from the Vatican Secretariat of State. That has now changed overnight.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 01:57:27 AM
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/europe/2013/03/15/373141/Until-theres.htm

Until there's a second, simply call him Francis
AFP
March 15, 2013, 12:37 am TWN

VATICAN CITY -- Latin America's first pope — Jorge Mario Bergoglio — will be known as Francis, rather than Francis I, until such time as a future pope chooses the same name.

“Cardinalem Bergoglio qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum,” the Vatican's proto-deacon said as he presented the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to the world on Wednesday — crucially without adding the world “Primum” (the first).

He will remain a plain Francis until a successor calls himself Francis II — if any should choose to do so — at which point he will go down in history as Francis I.
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(BBM) Edited subject line in Replies 11 -18 to correct this.  MB


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 12:49:44 PM
Thanks, Mzzz Bee, for removing the "I" after the name of Pope Francis.  Many articles are still referring to his name incorrectly. Pope John Paul I had chosen his name with the "I" when he became the pope (combining the names of the two previous popes--Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI)  But Pope Francis is just plain Francis.  Thanks, again.  ::MonkeyKiss::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 12:58:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/15/pope_francis_meets_with_full_college_of_cardinals/en1-673636

2013-03-15 11:48:20
Pope Francis meets with full College of Cardinals

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with the College of Cardinals in the Clementine Hall. It was his first meeting with the full College of Cardinals. On Thursday evening, he celebrated Mass ending the Conclave with the Cardinals under 80 who participated in the election of the Pope.
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/15/pope_francis_greets_cardinals:_full_text_/en1-673706
2013-03-15 13:48:03
Pope Francis greets Cardinals: Full text

This morning, Pope Francis met with the Cardinals in the Sala Clementina.

Below please find Vatican Radio's translation of the full text of the Holy Father's address to the Cardinals:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 01:36:42 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/03/15/pope-pays-tribute-to-benedict-in-cardinal-meeting-says-enriched-and-invigorated/

Pope Francis pays tribute to Benedict at audience with cardinals
Published March 15, 2013

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis paid a heartfelt tribute Friday to his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church and would remain its spiritual patrimony forever.

Francis offered the respects during an audience with the cardinals who elected him to succeed Benedict, whose resignation set in motion the extraordinary conclave that brought the first prelate from the New World and first Jesuit to the papacy.

Francis, 76, tripped and stumbled when he greeted the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, at the start of the audience, but he recovered immediately.

Speaking at times off the cuff, Francis said Benedict had "lit a flame in the depths of our hearts that will continue to burn because it is fueled by his prayers that will support the church on its missionary path."

"In these years of his pontificate, he enriched and invigorated the church with his magisterium, his goodness, guide and faith," Francis said. Pausing for effect, he added: "His humility and his gentleness."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 01:41:44 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/15/press_briefing:_pope_francis_living_simple_life_in_domus_santa_marta_/en1-673799

2013-03-15 16:33:29
Press Briefing: Pope Francis living simple life in Domus Santa Marta

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office held a briefing on Friday afternoon, where the Director, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, continued to provide as much information as possible about Pope Francis, and his activities.

Summaries were given of the Pope’s homily on Thursday evening and speech to the cardinals on Friday morning.

More details on the way Pope Francis is living the papacy emerged: At the Domus Santa Marta, the Pope just sits where there is a place available in the dining hall. He concelebrated Mass in the Domus Santa Marta Friday morning with several of the Cardinals, and he gave a homily without a prepared text.

It was confirmed that on Wednesday evening, Pope Francis called the Apostolic Nuncio in Argentina to tell him to tell the people of the country not to come to the Installation Mass, and to use the money to help the poor. The Nuncio also informed Father Lombardi that many people of Argentina are going to confession for the first time in many years.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 15, 2013, 01:49:26 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21802684

15 March 2013 Last updated at 11:01 ET
Vatican denies Dirty War allegations against Pope

The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis failed to speak out against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina.

"There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him," said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, adding he had never been charged.

The spokesman blamed the accusations on "anti-clerical left-wing elements that are used to attack the Church".

Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, led Argentina's Jesuits under the junta.

Correspondents say that like other Latin American churchmen of the time, he had to contend, on the one hand, with a repressive right-wing regime and, on the other, a wing of his Church leaning towards political activism on the left.

One allegation concerns the abduction in 1976 of two Jesuits by Argentina's military government, suspicious of their work among slum-dwellers.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 16, 2013, 04:18:38 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/16/pope_francis_to_media_representatives:_full_text/en1-674078

2013-03-16 16:08:11
Pope Francis to Media Representatives: Full Text

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday met with Representatives of the Communications Media on Saturday. Below is an English translation of his full text:

Dear Friends,

At the beginning of my ministry in the See of Peter, I am pleased to meet all of you who have worked here in Rome throughout this intense period which began with the unexpected announcement made by my venerable Predecessor Benedict XVI on 11 February last. To each of you I offer a cordial greeting.

The role of the mass media has expanded immensely in these years, so much so that they are an essential means of informing the world about the events of contemporary history. I would like, then, to thank you in a special way for the professional coverage which you provided during these days – you really worked, didn’t you? – when the eyes of the whole world, and not just those of Catholics, were turned to the Eternal City and particularly to this place which has as its heart the tomb of Saint Peter. Over the past few weeks, you have had to provide information about the Holy See and about the Church, her rituals and traditions, her faith and above all the role of the Pope and his ministry.

I am particularly grateful to those who viewed and presented these events of the Church’s history in a way which was sensitive to the right context in which they need to be read, namely that of faith. Historical events almost always demand a nuanced interpretation which at times can also take into account the dimension of faith. Ecclesial events are certainly no more intricate than political or economic events! But they do have one particular underlying feature: they follow a pattern which does not readily correspond to the “worldly” categories which we are accustomed to use, and so it is not easy to interpret and communicate them to a wider and more varied public. The Church is certainly a human and historical institution with all that that entails, yet her nature is not essentially political but spiritual: the Church is the People of God, the Holy People of God making its way to encounter Jesus Christ. Only from this perspective can a satisfactory account be given of the Church’s life and activity.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 16, 2013, 04:36:20 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/francis-pays-tribute-benedict-reflects-age-18735919

Pope Francis to Visit Benedict Next Saturday
VATICAN CITY March 15, 2013

Pope Francis will visit his predecessor at the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo next Saturday in a historic encounter that brings together the new pope and the first pope to resign in six centuries, the Vatican said in an announcement that outlines the church rites and political meetings for the first days of the papacy.

Among the talks, the Vatican said Saturday, will be a session with the president of Francis' homeland Argentina on Monday, the eve of his formal installation as pontiff. The pope has sharply criticized Christina Fernandez her support for liberal measures such as gay marriage and free contraceptives.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 16, 2013, 05:05:58 PM
Video at link

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/03/16/pope-francis-press-conference/1992355/

Pope Francis charms media in first media address
3:13p.m. EDT March 16, 2013

ROME —­ The magnetic "Pope Francis Show" continued Saturday, as the newly minted pontiff met with thousands of reporters in a modernist media center flanking St. Peter's Basilica.

Although the former cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio displayed a growing ease with his lofty post, it was evident he had no intention of shedding his populist manner. At one point he broke from script, looked up and smiled.

"You have been working hard, eh?" Francis said in flawless Italian with a noticeable Piedmontese accent. The delighted reaction was immediate.

Laughs and applause in fact interrupted much of the half-hour audience, the bulk of which was taken up by prominent Vatican-affiliated reporters queuing up in a reception line. Many bowed and kissed the pope's ring; all were met with smiles and some with hugs.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 16, 2013, 10:42:12 PM
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/puppy_steps/198635092.html

Pope Francis and the guide dog   
POSTED: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:35 PM

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Pope Francis blesses Asia, the guide dog of Italian radio journalist Alessandro Forlani. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano / Associated Press)

I couldn't resist this picture of Pope Francis blessing Asia, a guide dog belonging to Alessandro Forlani, at a Vatican media session. A visually impaired Italian radio journalist,  ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on March 17, 2013, 06:04:36 AM


Pope Francis has good record with other faiths
March 17, 2013 12:26 am


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/world/pope-francis-has-good-record-with-other-faiths-679693/#ixzz2Nn0DyeNK


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Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images

Pope Francis addresses a private audience with members of the media at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican on Saturday. The pope called for "a poor Church for the poor," saying he chose his papal name because St Francis of Assisi was "a man of poverty and a man of peace."


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/world/pope-francis-has-good-record-with-other-faiths-679693/#ixzz2Nn0MHGZN

 ::MonkeyHeart:: Thank-you Klaas for the full written directions to posting photos! :)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 17, 2013, 01:31:39 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/17/pope_francis:_mass_at_vatican_parish_and_angelus/en1-674221

2013-03-17 12:31:49
Pope Francis: Mass at Vatican parish and Angelus

Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday in the parish church of Vatican City, dedicated to St. Anne, the mother of Our Lady. The choir intoned the Attende, Domine! at the entrance, and the readings were those of the fifth Sunday of Lent: from the prophet, Isaiah; Psalm 126 – the Lord has done great things for us; the Letter of St Paul the Apostle to the Philippians; and a reading from the Gospel according to St John, in which the woman caught in adultery and subject under law to death by stoning, is presented to Jesus for judgment, and he says, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast his stone.” “He has come for us,” said Pope Francis in his homily, “when we recognize that we are sinners.” Mercy, in fact, was the key lesson and the Good News proclaimed this Sunday. “Mercy,” said Pope Francis, “is the Lord’s most powerful message.” Listen: RealAudioMP3
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Video at the link of Pope Francis at St. Anne Church

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2013/03/17/1994261/
Pope reaches out to masses on first Sunday
March 17, 2013

Pope Francis held his first Sunday mass at the intimate Church of St. Anna, which is reserved for Vatican employees. Afterwards, he surprised onlookers packed outside by walking over and shaking hands with them.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 17, 2013, 02:21:55 PM
http://www.local10.com/news/Pope-Francis-delivers-first-Angelus/-/1717324/19349254/-/34owh5/-/index.html

Pope Francis delivers first Angelus
Packed crowd hears new pontiff
Published On: Mar 17 2013 05:32:24 AM EDT  Updated On: Mar 17 2013 12:59:19 PM EDT

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Newly elected Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment to bless the faithful, gathered below in St. Peter's Square, during the Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican March 17, 2013

ROME (CNN) - 
Thousands of Catholics waving flags from around the world packed St. Peter's Square on Sunday to hear Pope Francis deliver his inaugural Angelus.

The new pontiff gave his Angelus, or noon blessing, from the papal apartment window, speaking to more than 200,000 worshippers in the square four days after his election as pope.
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http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2091/full_text_pope_francis_first_angelus_address.aspx#.UUYDy74o7IU
 
Full text: Pope Francis’ first Angelus address
"The Lord never tires of forgiving. We are the ones who tire of asking forgiveness."
March 17, 2013 12:07 EST
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2013, 12:42:54 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/18/pope_francis_:_miserando_atque_eligendo.../en1-674605

2013-03-18 17:00:26
Pope Francis : "Miserando atque eligendo"...

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(Vatican Radio ) Pope Francis has chosen the motto "Miserando atque eligendo", meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin 'by having mercy, by chosing him'.

A motto the Pope had already chosen as Bishop. One taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede on Saint Matthew's Gospel relating to his vocation:"Jesus saw the tax collector and by having mercy chose him as an Apostle saying to him : Follow me."
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Beyond the motto the coat of arms has a blue field and is surmounted by the mitre and the papal keys. On the crest itself is at the centre is the symbol of the Jesuits, a flaming sun with the three letters recalling the name and the salvific mission of Jesus. Underneath we have two more symbols: to the right the star representing Mary and to the left the nard flower representing Joseph.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2013, 12:49:00 PM
http://www.france24.com/en/20130318-pope-francis-eschews-tradition-with-silver-ring

18 March 2013 - 16H09   
Pope Francis eschews tradition with silver ring

AFP - Pope Francis has eschewed tradition and chosen a silver Fisherman's Ring rather than a gold one -- and one designed decades ago rather than created specifically for him, the Vatican said Monday.

The gold-plated silver ring, one of the papal symbols that the new pope will receive during the inauguration mass on Tuesday, is modelled on a ring designed by Italian sculptor Enrico Manfrini, who died in 2004, for Paul VI.

"The ring is designed by Manfrini, who created several religious works and it was presented to the pope by the master of ceremonies who had received the model from one of Paul VI's secretaries," said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.

Nicknamed "the popes' sculptor", Manfrini designed religious objects for several pontiffs, including Pius XII, Paul VI and John Paul II.

The simple ring, customarily worn on the pontiff's right hand, depicts a bearded and haloed St Peter holding a pair of keys -- an emblem of the papacy which captures the moment Peter was given the keys to heaven.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2013, 01:43:21 PM
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130318/pope-receives-argentine-president

March 18, 2013 12:17
Pope receives Argentine president

Vatican City, Mar 18 (EFE).- Pope Francis I received his countrywoman, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, on Monday for a private audience, the Vatican spokesman said.

The pontiff and his guest had lunch following the 20-minute meeting, Federico Lombardi said.

Cristina Fernandez is the first head of state received by the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio since he became pope last week.

The pontiff intended the meeting as a "gesture of courtesy and affection" toward the president and the Argentine people, Lombardi told Efe.

It was not a formal visit, the spokesman emphasized.
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http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2013/03/18/argentina-asks-pope-to-help-on-falklands-dispute
Argentina asks pope to help on Falklands dispute
March 18, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez says she has asked Pope Francis to help defuse the long-running dispute between Argentina and Britain over the Falkland Islands.

Fernandez told journalists after she met with the new, Argentine-born pope Monday at the Vatican that she has asked for his intercession to "facilitate dialogue" over the islands, which Argentina claims and calls the Malvinas.

Just last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he doesn't agree with Francis' views on the Falklands. When Francis was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he had been quoted as saying that Britain "usurped" the remote islands.
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Video at link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-gives-argentine-president-book-about-church-social-doctrine-english-9470.html#.UUdFFL4o7IU
Pope gives Argentine president book about Church Social Doctrine
2013-03-18 17:20:30


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2013, 04:04:30 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/18/inaugural_mass_includes_ecumenical_first/en1-674659

2013-03-18 18:22:01
Inaugural mass includes ecumenical first

Vatican Radio) An historic first will grace the mass, March 19, that will inaugurate the pontificate of Pope Francis . After nearly 1,000 years, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will attend the inauguration of the Pope of Rome.

Delegates from more than 20 Christian churches and ecumenical organizations announced their attendance. However, the presence of His Holiness Bartholomew I is of historic significance.

Considered “first among equals” in the Eastern Orthodox Communion, the Patriarch of Constantinople has not attended the installation of a Pope of Rome in more than 950 years, since Constantinople split from Rome in 1054.

Fr. James Puglisi, who is the Minister-General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and director of an ecumenical centre in Rome, called Centro Pro Unione, says the participation of Bartholomew I sends a strong signal in favour of ecumenical dialogue.

“First of all, it’s a recognition of two local churches, the Church of Rome and the Church of Constantinople, which has ecclesiological significance. And the second reason is that the Metropolitan of Pergoman, John Zizioulas, who is the co-chair of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, is going to accompany him,” he said.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2013, 04:11:01 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/18/hundreds_of_thousands_to_fill_square_for_inaugural_mass/en1-674327

2013-03-18 09:38:11
Hundreds of thousands to fill Square for Inaugural Mass

(Vatican Radio) On Tuesday, March 19 – the Feast of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church – Pope Francis will take part in a solemn Mass that will mark the formal inauguration of his Petrine Ministry.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors are expected to fill Saint Peter’s Square for the liturgy, which is open to all the faithful. Tickets are not required for the Mass, which begins at 9:30 Rome time.

The faithful throughout the world will be able to take part in the Mass via radio, television, and the so-called new means of communication. Vatican Radio will be broadcasting the liturgy on our website at rv.va.

As part of the celebration, Pope Francis will also be greeting the official delegations of religious and political leaders who will be present for the inauguration. All the Cardinals in Rome are expected to be present for the Mass, and Archbishops and Bishops will be in attendance representing particular local Churches from around the world.
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Among the world leaders expected for the Mass are Argentine President Cristina Kirchner; Dilma Roussef, the President of Brazil; and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance, as will the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston.

European leaders will be present at the inauguration, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Spanish Prime-Minister Mariano Rajoy. The President of the European Council, Hermann Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso will also be in attendance.

Pope Francis became the Bishop of Rome and visible head of the Catholic Church immediately upon accepting his election to the pontificate last Wednesday evening. Tuesday’s Mass will mark the solemn public beginning of his Ministry as the 265th Successor of Saint Peter.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2013, 06:30:22 PM
http://catholicism.about.com/b/2013/03/18/the-schedule-for-pope-franciss-inauguration-mass.htm

The Schedule for Pope Francis's Inauguration Mass
March 18, 2013

Tomorrow, March 19, 2013—the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of Inauguration for his pontificate. The Mass, held in Saint Peter's Basilica, is scheduled to begin at 9:30 A.M. Rome time (4:30 A.M. EDT/3:30 A.M. CDT/2:30 A.M. MDT/1:30 A.M. PDT). Most networks will begin their coverage an hour earlier.

Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Press Office of the Holy See, estimates that the Mass "will not last much more than two hours." Before the Mass, from approximately 8:45 until 9:15, the Holy Father will greet the crowd assembled in Saint Peter's Square from either the Popemobile or a Jeep.

The Mass will be concelebrated by all of the cardinals still present in Rome, the patriarchs and major Eastern Rite bishops, and the superiors general of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) and the Jesuits—a total of about 180 concelebrants. Around 250 bishops and archbishops are expected to attend the Mass.

Before the Mass begins, Pope Francis will visit the tomb of Saint Peter, under the high altar of the basilica, where the papal pallium and the fisherman's ring, the symbols of his office, as well as the Book of the Gospels that will be used in the Mass, were placed this evening. He will then process to the steps of Saint Peter's, while the Litany of the Saints (with the addition of the names of all canonized popes) is chanted. On the steps of Saint Peter's, the Holy Father will have the pallium placed on his shoulders (as a symbol of the Good Shepherd, who places the lost sheep on his shoulder) and the ring placed on his finger, and then receive an act of obedience from six cardinals, representing all of the cardinals of the world.

While these elements of the ceremony before the Mass will be accompanied by music reflecting the inauguration of Pope Francis's Petrine ministry, the Mass itself will be the Mass for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. Father Lombardi notes that Pope Francis's homily will be a mixture of prepared text and extemporaneous preaching; it will likely focus primarily on the readings for the feast. The two elements of the Mass that will be specific to the inauguration of the Petrine ministry will be the offertory music, a motet "Tu es pastor ovium" ("You Are the Shepherd of the Sheep") composed by Palestrina for the inauguration of a pontificate, and a Te Deum at the end of Mass.

The Mass will be conducted in Latin, with readings in English, Italian, and Spanish, while the Gospel will be chanted in Greek "to show that the universal Church is made up of the great traditions of the East and the West." The universal nature of the Church will also be evident from the presence of Bartholomew I, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. It will be the first time since the Great Schism of 1054 that the Ecumenical Patriarch has been present at the inauguration Mass of the Pope of Rome.
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The link to the official program: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/libretti/2013/20130319_inizio-ministero-petrino.pdf


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 18, 2013, 11:22:54 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-will-shake-up-more-than-vatican-schedules/

Pope Francis will shake up more than Vatican schedules

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2013 / 04:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- All the Vatican officials will continue in their positions “until otherwise provided” while Pope Francis takes time for “reflection, prayer and dialogue before making any definitive appointments,” but one can expect changes to happen.
 
Usually, when a new Pope begins his ministry, he confirms all the heads of the congregations and pontifical councils, who lost their posts at the beginning of the sede vacante period. He also reconfirms the five-year terms for the secretaries of the Vatican departments – who took over the management of the offices while there was no Pope.
 
When he issued the normal confirmation on March 16, Pope Francis only offered a two-sentence statement, and nothing is mentioned about the Vatican Secretariat of State, the second most powerful congregation.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2013, 12:28:46 AM
Live streaming of Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis

(4:30 A.M. EDT/3:30 A.M. CDT/2:30 A.M. MDT/1:30 A.M. PDT)

http://abcnews.go.com/Live/






Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2013, 07:13:02 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/20/world/europe/installation-of-pope-francis.html?pagewanted=all

Pope Francis Calls for Service to ‘Poorest, Weakest’
Published: March 19, 2013

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Gregorio Borgia/Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — At the formal start of his papacy, Pope Francis offered a passionate pledge on Tuesday to serve “the poorest, the weakest, the least important,” striking the same tones of humility as have marked the days since he was elected last week.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2013, 07:49:31 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21839069

19 March 2013 Last updated at 06:50 ET
Pope Francis inauguration Mass celebrated in Vatican

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Pope Francis receives the fisherman's ring to begin his papacy

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One of the Pope's first duties was to go down to the tomb of St Peter to venerate it.

Francis was then presented with his papal pallium made of lambs' wool - symbolising his role as shepherd of his flock - in the main square.

He also received the "fisherman's ring" bearing the image of St Peter holding two keys. The ring is second hand and is made of silver-plated gold, not the solid gold worn by Francis' predecessor.

With the reception of the pallium and ring, Francis officially began his office as the 266th pope.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2013, 07:53:38 AM
Many photos at link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295626/Pope-Francis-Inauguration-Mass-New-Pope-tours-St-Peters-Square-jeep-bless-babies-disabled-man.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Pope on tour: Francis tours St Peter's Square in a jeep to bless babies and a disabled man as he presides over inaugural mass
PUBLISHED: 02:58 EST, 19 March 2013  | UPDATED: 05:42 EST, 19 March 2013


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2013, 08:05:51 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/19/pope:_homily_for_inaugural_mass_of_petrine_ministry_[full_text]/en1-674758

2013-03-19 10:29:14
Pope: Homily for inaugural Mass of Petrine Ministry [full text]

Vatican Radio) Homily of the Holy Father at the Inauguration of his Papal Ministry 19 March 2013:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude.

I offer a warm greeting to my brother cardinals and bishops, the priests, deacons, men and women religious, and all the lay faithful. I thank the representatives of the other Churches and ecclesial Communities, as well as the representatives of the Jewish community and the other religious communities, for their presence. My cordial greetings go to the Heads of State and Government, the members of the official Delegations from many countries throughout the world, and the Diplomatic Corps.

In the Gospel we heard that “Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife” (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church, as Blessed John Paul II pointed out: “Just as Saint Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ’s upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model” (Redemptoris Custos, 1).
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on March 19, 2013, 07:12:43 PM

Pope Francis makes good first impression on U.S. Catholics: poll
By Mary Wisniewski | Reuters – 36 mins ago



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Reuters/Reuters - Pope Francis arrives in Saint Peter's Square for his inaugural mass at the Vatican, March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini



http://news.yahoo.com/pope-francis-makes-good-first-impression-u-catholics-202516371.html


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 19, 2013, 09:27:48 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWst-jrcjpw

YouTube:  Pope Francis - Mass of Inauguration
Published on Mar 19, 2013 

Following a historic papal transition in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis was installed as the 266th Bishop of Rome during a special inauguration mass in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2013.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2013, 07:51:48 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/world/europe/pope-francis-meets-with-other-religious-leaders.html?_r=0

Pope Meets Other Religious Leaders and Pledges Friendship
Published: March 20, 2013

ROME — Pope Francis promised friendship, respect and continued dialogue with other religious leaders on Wednesday, pledging cooperation with Orthodox Christian groups, describing the spiritual bond between Catholics and Jews as “very special” and expressing gratitude to Muslim leaders.

“The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of the promotion of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions,” the pope said. “I want to repeat this: the promotion of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions.”

Francis, who was formally installed a day earlier, greeted a diverse group of religious leaders in the ornate Clementine Hall inside the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican. Among them were Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, as well as other Orthodox leaders; representatives from different Protestant denominations; Jewish and Muslim leaders and advocates; and representatives of the Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu and Jainist faiths.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2013, 07:58:33 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/20/pope_francis:_discourse_to_representatives_of_the_churches,_ecclesia/en1-675184

2013-03-20 14:39:58
Pope Francis: discourse to representatives of the Churches, Ecclesial Communities and other religions

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(Vatican Radio) On Wednesday, March 20 2013, Pope Francis received several dozen representatives of the various Christian Churches and other world religions, who attended the Pope’s inauguration.

Among them were several leaders from the Orthodox Church, Orthodox Oriental Church, the Anglican Communion, and various Protestant churches, including the Lutheran, Baptist and Methodist churches. Representatives from the Jewish and Muslim faiths were also present.

Please find below Vatican Radio's translation of the Pope's discourse:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

First of all, heartfelt thanks for what my Brother Andrew told us. Thank you so much! Thank you so much!

It is a source of particular joy to meet you today, delegates of the Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and Ecclesial Communities of the West. Thank you for wanting to take part in the celebration that marked the beginning of my ministry as Bishop of Rome and Successor of Peter.
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Post by: grace-land on March 20, 2013, 08:22:44 PM
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Pope Francis says atheists can be 'allies' for the church
on March 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM, updated March 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM

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But he also reached out to those who don't belong "to any religious tradition" but feel the "need to search for the truth, the goodness and the beauty of God."

Francis echoed his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, saying that the "attempt to eliminate God and the divine from the horizon of humanity" has often led to catastrophic violence.

But Francis, who has set a humbler tone to the papacy since his election on March 13, added that atheists and believers can be "precious allies" in their efforts "to defend the dignity of man, in the building of a peaceful coexistence between peoples and in the careful protection of creation."
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Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2013, 10:15:14 PM
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2013-03-21 11:01:11
Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at juvenile prison

(Vatican Radio) It was announced by the Holy See Press Office on Thursday that Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the juvenile prison 'Casal del Marmo' in Rome, the same facility visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, also features the rite of the washing of the feet.  ::snipping2::


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Post by: grace-land on March 21, 2013, 10:20:35 PM
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Men in White: Pope to meet Benedict XVI
Date  March 21, 2013 - 8:19PM

Pope Francis is preparing for a historic meeting with his predecessor Benedict XVI on Saturday - the first time a pontiff will meet a former one since the Middle Ages, with both expected to wear the papal white vestments.

Francis's papacy is likely to be highly influenced by the vast intellectual legacy left by his predecessor, experts say, but the memory of the German pope emeritus appears to have faded from the minds of many ordinary pilgrims.

Postcards on sale at Francis's inauguration mass pictured the smiling new Argentinian pontiff alongside the much-loved John Paul II - the pope in between, Benedict, had apparently been axed.

"This papacy will be rooted in Benedict's teachings. He has been the main intellectual force in the Church for the last 25 years and his legacy will continue to shape it," said Samuel Gregg from the US-based Aston Institute religious think tank.
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Post by: grace-land on March 22, 2013, 10:23:07 AM
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2013-03-22 11:15:31
Pope Francis to Diplomatic Corps: Church fighting poverty, building bridges (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See on Friday in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The work of the Church with the poor, the indispensable role of religion in favour of integral human development, and the need to defeat the “dictatorship of relativism” that is the spiritual poverty of our age, were among the themes of Pope Francis’ discourse. Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis’ remarks to the representatives of the more than 180 countries, sovereign orders and international organisations with which the Holy See has formal diplomatic relations.
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Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2013, 12:22:02 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/23/pope-francis-meets-benedict-xvi

Pope Francis meets predecessor Benedict XVI
In first meeting of two popes in more than 600 years, men share papal kneeler to pray together in chapel at Castel Gandolfo
Saturday 23 March 2013 10.35 EDT   

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Pope Francis (left) embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he arrives at Castel Gandolfo. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Pope Francis has met his predecessor, Benedict XVI, in the first meeting of two popes in more than 600 years.

The Vatican said the two men embraced on the helipad at Castel Gandolfo where Francis landed. In the chapel where they prayed together, Benedict offered Francis the traditional kneeler used by the pope. Francis refused to take it alone, saying "We're brothers," and the two prayed together on the kneeler.

Outside the villa, the main piazza of Castel Gandolfo was busy on Saturday with well-wishers hoping to catch a glimpse of history: two popes eating together and discussing the future of the Catholic church. They chanted "Francesco! Francesco!"

The Vatican spokesman, Rev Federico Lombardi, said he understood Benedict offered his pledge of obedience to the new pope, while Francis thanked Benedict for his ministry. He said they both wore white, though Benedict was in a simple cassock without the traditional sash and cape worn by Francis.
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Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2013, 03:59:44 PM
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2013-03-23 16:58:19
Lombardi: Castel Gandolfo meeting a moment of profound communion

Vatican Radio) Speaking exclusively to Vatican Radio, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., reveals the details of this morning’s historic encounter between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, an encounter he has described as a moment of profound and elevated communion:

“The helicopter landed in Castel Gandolfo heliport, at about 12:15 and the car with the retired Pope approached the helicopter landing site. The Holy Father alighted: he was accompanied by the Substitute [Secretary of State] Msgr. Becciu, by Msgr. Sapienza and Msgr. Alfred Xuereb. As the Pope alighted, the Pope Emeritus approached him and there was a moving embrace between the two.

Then, there followed brief greetings with those other present- the bishop of Albano and the Director of the Pontifical Villas, Mr. Petrillo – they all got in the car: Pope Francis on the right, then place reserved to the Pope, and the Pope emeritus on the left. Msgr. Georg Gänswein, who is Prefect of the Papal Household, travelled in the same car. And so, the car brought the two protagonists of this historic meeting to the elevators and they went up to the apartments and immediately went to the chapel for a moment of prayer.

In the chapel, the Pope emeritus offered the place of honor to Pope Francis, but he said: "We are brothers," and wanted them to kneel together in the same place. After a short moment of prayer, they then went to the private library where, at about 12:30, the private meeting began. This is the Library where the Pope normally receives important guests in Castel Gandolfo. Pope Francis brought a beautiful icon as a gift for the Pope emeritus, their discussions ended at 13.15, lasting about 45 minutes. It should be noted, with regard to the clothing, which actually - as we mentioned earlier - the Pope emeritus wears a simple cassock white, without a sash and without a mantella: these are the two details which distinguish his clothing from that of Pope Francis who wears a mantella and sash.
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Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2013, 04:10:01 PM
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2013-03-23 16:27:18
Pope Francis to Benedict XVI: We are brothers

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Fr. Lombardi described the beautiful embrace that the men shared before making their way to the Apostolic Palace. On their arrival they immediately made their way to the Chapel for a moment of prayer. There, Benedict XVI invited Pope Francis to take the pew reserved to the Holy Father. But Pope Francis responded “we are brothers” and insisted that the two kneel together in prayer at the same pew.

The Holy Father also brought a gift for his predecessor, an icon of Our Lady of Humility, as a gift for Benedict XVI's great humility. The two men then spent an estimated 45 minutes in private conversation in the Library before emerging to lunch with two secretaries.

The intensely reserved nature of the encounter confirms what Benedict XVI had confided to the priests of Rome in his last meeting with them as Pope on February 14th when he said: “Although I am retiring now, I will always be close in prayer, and you will be close to me, even if I remain hidden away from the world".

Further underling the deep communion between these two men, Fr. Lombardi reminded journalists that since his election to the Papacy Francis has twice telephoned the Pope Emeritus and warmly referred to him in all of his public speeches.
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Post by: grace-land on March 23, 2013, 04:16:12 PM
Video at link

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Pope Francis and Benedict embrace, pray together
Sat Mar 23 2013


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Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2013, 12:37:31 AM
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23 March 2013 Last updated at 22:00 ET
Pope Francis to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass

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Pope Francis is to begin the Catholic Church's most important liturgical season with a Palm Sunday Mass in Rome.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected in St Peter's Square for the Mass that marks the start of Holy Week.

Sprigs of olive trees will be distributed to the faithful in remembrance of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion.

The run-up to Easter is considered the most important week in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.

After Sunday's Mass, the Pope will lead six more liturgies during the week, culminating with the Easter Sunday Mass and Urbi et Orbi blessing.

What the newly-elected Pope says during these services will take on added significance coming at the start of his pontificate, says the BBC's David Willey in Rome.
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Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2013, 11:42:19 AM
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Crowds pray with Pope Francis at start of holy week
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Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.


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Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2013, 11:56:50 AM
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Pope Francis keeps it spontaneous on Palm Sunday
9:57a.m. EDT March 24, 2013

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart as he promised to go to a youth jamboree Brazil this summer, while the faithful enthusiastically waved olive branches and braided palm fronds.

The square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity's most important day.

Keeping with his spontaneous style, the first pope from Latin America broke away several times from the text of his prepared homily to encourage the faithful to lead simple lives.

At the end of the two-hour Mass, Francis took off his red vestments, leaving only the white cassock and skull cap, and climbed into an open-topped popemobile to circle through the enthusiastic crowd. He leaned out to shake hands, kissed and patted the heads of infants passed to him by bodyguards, and often gave children the thumbs-up sign.
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Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2013, 12:02:04 PM
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March 24, 2013, 7:24 AM 
Pope Francis opens Catholics' Holy Week

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, encouraging people to be humble and young at heart, as tens of thousands joyfully waved olive branches and palm fronds.

The square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity's most important day.

Keeping with his spontaneous style, the first pope from Latin America broke away several times from the text of his prepared homily to encourage the faithful to lead simple lives.

Palm Sunday recalls Jesus' entry into Jerusalem but its Gospel also recounts how he was betrayed by one of his apostles and ultimately sentenced to death on a cross.

Recalling the triumphant welcome into Jerusalem, Francis said Jesus "awakened so many hopes in the heart, above all among humble, simple, poor, forgotten people, those who don't matter in the eyes of the world."

Francis then told an off-the-cuff story from his childhood in Argentina. "My grandmother used to say, `children, burial shrouds don't have' pockets,'" the pope said, in a variation of `'you can't take it with you."
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Post by: grace-land on March 24, 2013, 12:07:31 PM
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2013-03-24 10:48:58
Pope: Homily for Palm Sunday Mass [full text]

Vatican Radio) Below we publish the text of Pope Francis’ Homily for Palm Sunday:
1. Jesus enters Jerusalem. The crowd of disciples accompanies him in festive mood, their garments are stretched out before him, there is talk of the miracles he has accomplished, and loud praises are heard: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Lk 19:38).

Crowds, celebrating, praise, blessing, peace: joy fills the air. Jesus has awakened great hopes, especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the poor, the forgotten, those who do not matter in the eyes of the world. He understands human sufferings, he has shown the face of God’s mercy, he has bent down to heal body and soul. Now he enters the Holy City! This is Jesus. This is the heart that looks on all of us, watching our illnesses, our sins. The love of Jesus is great. He enters Jerusalem with this love and watches all of us.

It is a beautiful scene, the light of the love of Jesus, that light of his heart, joy, celebration.

At the beginning of Mass, we repeated all this. We waved our palms, our olive branches, we sang “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord” (Antiphon); we too welcomed Jesus; we too expressed our joy at accompanying him, at knowing him to be close, present in us and among us as a friend, a brother, and also as a King: that is, a shining beacon for our lives. Jesus is God, but he humbled himself to walk with us. He is our friend, our brother. Here, he enlightens us on the journey. And so today we welcome Him And here the first word that comes to mind is “joy!” Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy that comes from having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them! It is at this time that the enemy comes, the devil comes, often disguised as an angel who insidiously tells us his word. Do not listen to him! We follow Jesus!
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Post by: grace-land on March 26, 2013, 01:35:19 PM
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/pope-live-vatican-guesthouse-until-further-notice

March 26, 2013 12:32
Pope to live in Vatican guesthouse 'until further notice'

Pope Francis on Tuesday announced he will be staying in the Vatican's guesthouse, rather than moving into the vast palace used as the official papal residence.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the new pontiff would remain in the 120-room guesthouse among other members of the clergy "until further notice."

"He is trying out this type of simple living with other priests," Lombardi said, without saying when, or even if, the pope would move into the papal residence.

"This morning he let his fellow cardinals know that he will keep living with them for a certain period of time."

The pontiff has been taking his meals in the common dining room of the guesthouse and celebrating 7am mass with Vatican employees in its main chapel.

However Lombardi said the pope had moved out of the simple room he was allocated during the conclave that elected him and is now staying in a slightly larger suite where he can receive visitors.
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Post by: grace-land on March 26, 2013, 01:48:17 PM
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2013-03-26 15:56:06
Pope: Open your hearts to the sweetness of God’s forgiveness

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Commenting on the Gospel of the day, John Chapter 13, which recounts Judas’ betrayal of Christ, the Pope noted “everyone experiences the dark night of the sinner”, but Jesus “has an embrace” for us all.

Pope Francis’s brief reflection comes from this comment on the atmosphere: the night envelops Judas, he noted, it also envelops his heart. It is the worst kind of night, the "night of the corrupt", a "definitive night, when the heart has closed in on itself” in a way that it “does not know how, does not want to" escape from.

He continued, the “nighttime of the sinner” is different, it is "temporary" and it is a night with which “we are all familiar”. How many days of this nighttime “have we known”, how many times has night fallen and cast our hearts in darkness.

Pope Francis said, it is at these times that hope appears and pushes us towards a new encounter with Jesus. “Do not be afraid”, he reiterated, “of this nighttime of the sinner”. The most beautiful thing is to name the sin," confess our sins, and thus experience along with St. Paul who said that his glory was “Christ crucified in his sins. Why? Because he, in his sins, found Christ crucified who forgave him".

Pope Francis then focused on the reality of forgiveness – or according to today's liturgy - "tasting the sweetness of forgiveness".
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Fr. Lombardi later told Vatican Radio: “At the end of Mass this morning, the Holy Father with very simple words hinted to those present that he will - at least at this stage - stay and live with them in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Pope has moved out of the room lived in during the Conclave to larger rooms, normally reserved for important guests, and where there is also the possibility of receiving guests in greater comfort. But for audiences, for his normal daily activities – meetings with large groups, audiences with important visitors, and so on – for several days now he has already been using the Papal apartments reserved for such occasions on the second floor of the Apostolic Palace: the Clementine Hall, the private library and other rooms reserved for the Holy Father’s official activities. He then usually returns to Santa Marta as his home base”.


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Post by: grace-land on March 27, 2013, 08:22:50 PM
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2013-03-27 12:45:38
Audience: Open the doors of your hearts [full text]

(Vatican Radio) “Holy Week is a time of grace which the Lord gifts us to open the doors of our hearts, our lives, our parishes - what a pity, so many parishes are closed! - our parishes, movements, associations, and to "step outside" towards others, to draw close to them so we can bring the light and joy of our faith", said Pope Francis Wednesday as he held his first ever general audience in a packed and sunny St Peter’s Square. Emer McCarthy reports Listen: RealAudioMP3

"Always step outside yourself! And with the love and tenderness of God, with respect and patience, knowing that we put our hands, our feet, our hearts, but then it is God who guides them and makes all our actions fruitful”.


It was also announced Wednsday that the solemn celebration of the Eucharist during which Francis will take possession of the cathedra of the Bishop of Rome will take place in the Lateran Basilica on 7 April, the Second Sunday of Easter, or Divine Mercy Sunday, at 5:30pm.

Below please find a Vatican Radio translation of Pope Francis’ catechesis for his first General Audience, Wednesday March 27, 2013:
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Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2013, 01:22:41 AM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-app-tops-itunes-charts/

Pope app tops iTunes charts

Denver, Colo., Mar 26, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- A Vatican-sponsored news application for smart phones known as “The Pope App” has risen to the top of the charts in the iTunes store, reflecting a spike in interest in the papacy and newly-elected Pope Francis.

In the last week, The Pope App is the most-downloaded news app for iPhone in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Poland, Chile, Mexico, Portugal, and Pope Francis’ home country of Argentina.

It is the second most downloaded news app in France and Germany and the third most downloaded in Germany. The app also ranks in the top ten in eight other countries, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said March 23.

The Pope App is managed by the Pontifical Council and uses content from www.news.va, the Vatican’s multimedia, multilingual news portal.

The application provides news and official speeches from Pope Francis as well as images and videos of his appearances. Users can access live coverage of papal events and receive alerts about them.

In addition, it gives users access to live webcams of the Vatican, including a view overlooking St. Peter’s Square, a view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, Bl. John Paul II’s tomb, and the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo.

The app is available for the iPhone, the iPad and Android devices. The high-definition iPad version was recently released, offering higher resolution versions of the same content.

Pope Benedict XVI launched The Pope App on Jan. 23. Since then, it has been downloaded more than 155,000 times across all mobile devices.
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Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2013, 08:28:16 PM
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2013-03-28 16:58:08
Pope to priests: go out to the "outskirts" as shepherds

Vatican Radio) In Rome this Holy Thursday, Pope Francis celebrated his first Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Tracey McClure reports…

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In his homily, the Pope began by expressing his joy over celebrating his first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome and he reminded the clergy present that he would be among them in recalling their priestly ordination.

In fact, some 1600 diocesan priests, religious, bishops and cardinals renewed their priestly vows during the morning Liturgy in a St. Peter’s packed, too, with hundreds religious sisters and faithful. This is the mass in which the Bishop of Rome, like those in other dioceses around the world, blesses the oils which will be used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Anointment of the Sick over the coming year.
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Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2013, 08:31:58 PM
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2013-03-28 10:08:48
Pope: Homily for Chrism Mass [full text]

Vatican Radio) Below please find the official text of Pope Francis’ Homily for Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday 2013:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with affection, especially you, dear priests, who, like myself, today recall the day of your ordination.
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Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2013, 08:34:59 PM
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/pope-francis-makes-1st-appointment-names-successor-in-buenos-aires-1.1214646

Pope Francis makes 1st appointment, names successor in Buenos Aires
Published Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:46AM EDT 
Last Updated Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:19PM EDT 

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Pope Francis has made his first appointment of a bishop, naming Mario Poli on Thursday to succeed him as archbishop of Buenos Aires and the top churchman in Argentina.

Poli, 66, is a priest very much in Francis' vein, focused on pastoral work, and he made news recently when he publicly dressed-down a priest who had posted a Facebook greeting on the birthday of former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla.

Poli has been the bishop in Santa Rosa in the rural La Pampa province, and from 2002-2008 he served as one of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's auxiliary bishops in the Argentine capital, but he was not among the church officials rumoured to be top candidates for the post.
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Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2013, 08:40:17 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/03/28/pope-frances-washes-feet/2028595/

Pope Francis washes feet of young detainees in ritual
7:49p.m. EDT March 28, 2013

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, a remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples.

The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the 12 selected for the foot-washing rite included Orthodox and Muslim detainees as well, news reports said.

Because the inmates were mostly minors — the facility houses inmates aged 14-to-21 — the Vatican and Italian Justice Ministry limited media access inside. But Vatican Radio carried the Mass live, and Francis told the detainees that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion in a gesture of love and service.
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Post by: grace-land on March 28, 2013, 09:20:58 PM
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Pope washes women's feet in break with church law
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Before he became pope, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio celebrated the ritual foot-washing in jails, hospitals or hospices — part of his ministry to the poorest and most marginalized of society. He often involved women. Photographs show him washing the feet of a woman holding her newborn child in her arms.

That Francis would include women in his inaugural Holy Thursday Mass as pope was remarkable, however, given that current liturgical rules exclude women.

Canon lawyer Edward Peters, who is an adviser to the Holy See's top court, noted in a blog that the Congregation for Divine Worship sent a letter to bishops in 1988 making clear that "the washing of the feet of chosen men ... represents the service and charity of Christ, who came 'not to be served, but to serve.'"

While bishops have successfully petitioned Rome over the years for an exemption to allow women to participate, the rules on the issue are clear, Peters said.

"By disregarding his own law in this matter, Francis violates, of course, no divine directive," Peters wrote. "What he does do, I fear, is set a questionable example."

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said he didn't want to wade into a canonical dispute over the matter. However, he noted that in a "grand solemn celebration" of the rite, only men are included because Christ washed the feet of his 12 apostles, all of whom were male.

"Here, the rite was for a small, unique community made up also of women," Lombardi wrote in an email. "Excluding the girls would have been inopportune in light of the simple aim of communicating a message of love to all, in a group that certainly didn't include experts on liturgical rules."
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Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2013, 01:49:15 AM
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/21824550/kailua-artists-make-gift-for-pope-francis-from-the-white-house

Kailua artists make gift for Pope Francis from the White House
Posted: Mar 28, 2013 11:03 PM CDT Updated: Mar 28, 2013 11:07 PM CDT 

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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Pam Aqui owns a small business out of her Kailua home called Heirloom Rosaries. Her phone rang earlier this month and the caller ID said US Government. She feared it was the IRS. Instead it was the White House making a once in a lifetime request.

"I didn't even answer the phone Heirloom Rosaries, I just said hello?" laughed Aqui. "Like what could you want?"

What they wanted was a rosary for the new Pope as a gift from the United States Government. Although the White House's initial request wasn't going to work.

"First she wanted beads made from a tree fallen on the White House grounds. I said I can't do that. She said can you make koa and I said yes," said Aqui.

Koa is the native wood cherished in Hawaii. She shaped and twisted the thickest silver wire and wove in big Koa beads.

"This is exciting. This doesn't happen to people like me every day," said Aqui.

So how was this humble woman chosen? It's unknown exactly. She lives in Kailua where the President vacations. She was also a classmate of Vice President Joe Biden's at the University of Delaware although she's never met either of them.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on March 29, 2013, 06:59:07 AM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gf3Zq4isb4B_cbtpiyz-_vgiSUqw?docId=022edfeb899d4074bb56ca8c058e76d4

Pope washes women's feet in break with church law
38 minutes ago 

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Before he became pope, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio celebrated the ritual foot-washing in jails, hospitals or hospices — part of his ministry to the poorest and most marginalized of society. He often involved women. Photographs show him washing the feet of a woman holding her newborn child in her arms.

That Francis would include women in his inaugural Holy Thursday Mass as pope was remarkable, however, given that current liturgical rules exclude women.

Canon lawyer Edward Peters, who is an adviser to the Holy See's top court, noted in a blog that the Congregation for Divine Worship sent a letter to bishops in 1988 making clear that "the washing of the feet of chosen men ... represents the service and charity of Christ, who came 'not to be served, but to serve.'"

While bishops have successfully petitioned Rome over the years for an exemption to allow women to participate, the rules on the issue are clear, Peters said.

"By disregarding his own law in this matter, Francis violates, of course, no divine directive," Peters wrote. "What he does do, I fear, is set a questionable example."

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said he didn't want to wade into a canonical dispute over the matter. However, he noted that in a "grand solemn celebration" of the rite, only men are included because Christ washed the feet of his 12 apostles, all of whom were male.

"Here, the rite was for a small, unique community made up also of women," Lombardi wrote in an email. "Excluding the girls would have been inopportune in light of the simple aim of communicating a message of love to all, in a group that certainly didn't include experts on liturgical rules."
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I believe it is outstanding that he washed the women's feet.  To me, it is a clear sign of his true servant's heart.
Thanks for all the posts grace-land.  I am finding him quite fascinating (in a very good way).


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2013, 08:46:06 PM
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/world/pope-francis-leads-good-friday-worship-via-crucis-ceremony

Pope Francis leads Good Friday worship, Via Crucis ceremony
Posted: 03/29/2013
Last Updated: 6 hours and 51 minutes ago

VATICAN CITY -
(CNN) -- Pope Francis presided over a Good Friday service at St. Peter's Basilica Friday, and later will head to one of Rome's most famous landmarks, the Colosseum, to lead the Way of the Cross ceremony.

The reading of the account of the Lord's Passion, from the gospels, will be echoed in Roman Catholic churches around the world on Friday.

To celebrate the Way of the Cross, or Via Crucis, the pope will lead a candlelit procession around the Roman amphitheater, according to Vatican Radio.

In Jerusalem, a similar procession takes place every Good Friday along the winding streets of the old city.

It's the first time Francis has led events on Good Friday, one of the most important days of the Christian calendar, as the head of the Catholic Church.

Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday, so the communion distributed at the Celebration of the Lord's Passion is consecrated on Holy Thursday.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2013, 08:55:21 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/29/vatican:_passion_of_our_lord_sermon_[full_text]/en1-678145

2013-03-29 18:18:13
Vatican: Passion of Our Lord Sermon [Full text]
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(Vatican Radio) In silent procession, wearing red vestments, Pope Francis made his way down the nave of St Peter’s basilica as the sunset over the dome on Friday evening. There before the High Altar, he lay prostrate in prayer. This was the opening act of the liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion, the central commemoration of Good Friday, the memorial of Christ’s suffering and death for the salvation of mankind.

Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

The Holy Father stood as three deacons, two Franciscans and a Dominican, chanted the account of the Passion according to St. John. As is tradition, the papal preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, delivered the Good Friday Sermon, this year titled "Justified as a Gift through Faith in the Blood of Christ".
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Video at link

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2013/03/29/2036993/
Pope Francis prostrate on Good Friday




Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2013, 09:10:24 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/young-lebanese-catholics-write-via-crucis-meditati

Young Lebanese Catholics write Via Crucis meditations
2013-03-29 Vatican Radio
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(Vatican Radio) The meditations for the Via Crucis on Good Friday at Rome’s Colosseum have been written by a group of young Catholics from Lebanon. The meditations were written under the guidance of the Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Rai, who was invited to write them following Pope Benedict’s pastoral visit to Lebanon last year.
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Video of Way of the Cross of Good Friday at the link below.  Please scroll down the page to view the video.
http://www.news.va/en


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 29, 2013, 09:46:04 PM
http://www.ourcatholicfaith.org/stations/menu.html

Friday - March 29, 2013
Stations Of The Cross
According to the Method of St. Francis of Assisi

For Roman Catholics throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially, Good Friday. This devotion is also known as the "Way of the Cross", the "Via Crucis", and the "Via Dolorosa." It commemorates 14 key events on day of Christ's crucifixion. The majority concern His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the Cross.

The Stations originated in medieval Europe when wars prevented Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land. European artists created works depicting scenes of Christ's journey to Calvary. The faithful installed these sculptures or paintings at intervals along a procession route, inside the parish church or outdoors. Performing the devotion meant walking the entire route, stopping to pray at each "station."
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Station 1  Jesus Is Condemned To Death
Station 2 Jesus Is Made To Carry His Cross
Station 3 Jesus Falls The First Time
Station 4 Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother
Station 5 Simon Of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Station 6 Veronica Wipes The Face Of Jesus
Station 7 Jesus Falls The Second Time
Station 8 The Women Of Jerusalem Weep Over Jesus
Station 9 Jesus Falls The Third Time
Station 10 Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments
Station 11 Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross
Station 12 Jesus Is Raised Upon The Cross And Dies
Station 13 Jesus Taken Down From The Cross And Placed In The Arms Of His Mother
Station 14 Jesus Is Laid In The Sepulcher
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 30, 2013, 03:06:28 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/30/shroud_of_turin_exhibited_on_tv_for_holy_saturday_/en1-678406

2013-03-30 17:18:32
Shroud of Turin exhibited on TV for Holy Saturday

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(Vatican Radio) The famous Shroud of Turin was exhibited live on Italian television on Holy Saturday afternoon, for the devotion of the faithful. It is only the second time in its remarkable history that the Shroud of Turin has been exhibited on live television.

The almost four and a half meter cloth bears the photo-negative image of a man who appears to have been crucified. Although the Church takes no official position on its authenticity, the Shroud has been venerated by the faithful for centuries as the burial cloth of Jesus.

In one of his final acts before his resignation, Benedict XVI authorised this special “ostension” – or solemn devotional exposition – of the Shroud. In a video-message for the occasion, his successor, Pope Francis, explained “even if it takes place in this way, we do not merely ‘look’, but rather we venerate by a prayerful gaze.”
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Below, please find the complete text of Pope Francis video-message for the “ostension” of the Holy Shroud of Turin:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I join all of you gathered before the Holy Shroud, and I thank the Lord who, through modern technology, offers us this possibility.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 30, 2013, 03:09:04 PM
http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/03/29/shroud-turin-research-pope-first-century

1st century origins for Shroud of Turin? Yes, Lord!
updated 5:09 PM EDT, Fri March 29, 2013

If you've ever wondered whether Jesus was a real person or simply the focal character of a remarkable story, you aren't alone. Millions of people have done the same. And surely those same people are thrilled to hear the latest news: that new research proves that the Shroud of Turin dates back to the 1st century, after the period that Jesus is recorded in Scripture to have lived and died.

The research comes from a new book called “Il Mistero della Sindone” (The Mystery of the Shroud) by Giulio Fanti. Tests were carried out in the University of Padua labs by a number of university professors from different Italian schools. Chemical and mechanical tests were performed to determine the new information. An FT-IR system used infrared light for the first chemical tests, while a process called Raman spectroscopy was used for the second. The third test was performed using mechanical parameters linked to the voltage of attached wires.

"We carried out three alternative dating tests on the shroud, and they all gave the same result ... they all traced back to the date of Jesus, with a possible margin of error of 250 years," Giulio Fanti, the co-author of “Il Mistero della Sindone,” told CNN.

So what does it all mean? Plain and simple, the Shroud of Turin is likely not, as previously believed, a fake. Or if it is, someone made it a long time ago.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 30, 2013, 11:10:06 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/welcome-jesus-as-a-friend-pope-urges-at-easter-vigil-mass/

Welcome Jesus as a friend, Pope encourages at Easter Vigil

Vatican City, Mar 30, 2013 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as a friend during the Church's most holy night of the year.

“If up until now you have kept him at a distance, step forward...he will receive you with open arms,” Pope Francis said at Saint Peter's Basilica during the Easter Vigil Mass.

“If you have been indifferent, take a risk, you won’t be disappointed,” he told thousands gathered at the Vatican on March 30.

At the opening of the liturgy – which Pope Francis concelebrated with numerous cardinals – candles were lit among the faithful and passed in complete silence, illuminating the church as the Easter candle procession reached the altar.

Over 40,000 flowers and plants from Holland were used to decorate the basilica including daffodils and lilies.

Pope Francis also baptized four people during the service, including a 17-year-old U.S. Citizen of Vietnamese descent, a 30-year-old Albanian, a 30-year-old Russian and a 23-year-old Italian.

After the baptisms, a white cloth was placed over each of the four and flame from the main Easter candle was shared with smaller candles which were given to them to hold. Pope Francis then confirmed them as Catholics, making the sign of the cross on their forehead with oil and kissing them each on the cheek. The four also received their first Holy Communion during the Mass.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 30, 2013, 11:18:05 PM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/03/30/full-text-of-pope-franciss-homily-at-the-easter-vigil/

Full text of Pope Francis’s homily at the Easter Vigil
By Pope Francis on Saturday, 30 March 2013

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Pope Francis processes into St Peter's Basilica this evening (AP)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2013, 07:23:38 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/31/pope:_christ_is_risen,_peace_to_this_our_earth!_/en1-678526

2013-03-31 13:26:08
Pope: Christ is Risen, Peace to this our Earth!

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(Vatican Radio) “Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world”: Peace for the people of Syria, torn apart by bloodshed, for the Middle East and Iraq; Peace in Africa, for Mali, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic; Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean Peninsula .Emer McCarthy reports Listen: RealAudioMP3

In the first Urbi et Orbi message of his pontificate this Easter Sunday, Pope Francis invited people of all ages, from all walks of life to “ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace”.

Sunday morning St Peter’s Square was transformed into an open air garden by a multitude of flowers and a mercifully warm sun after a night of storms. Despite the threat of more rain, the people came in their tens of thousands filling the square and the long boulevard that leads to Bernini’s columns to take part in Pope Francis’ first celebration of Easter Mass.

The mood was of solemn participation until the end of the celebration when the Holy Father made a brief tour of the square, and the multitude exploded in a unanimous cheer. Suddenly the flags of the world were unfurled and banners from parishes and catholic associations greeting the Pope were held on high.

The tour was brief, as the Holy Father entered the basilica to make his way to the central loggia of the hall of blessings from where he delivered his first ever message as Pope to the city of Rome and to the world.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on March 31, 2013, 07:35:12 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/03/31/pope:_urbi_et_orbi_message,_easter,_2013_[full_text]/en1-678468

2013-03-31 12:14:41
Pope: Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, 2013 [Full text]

Vatican Radio) Below we publish the full text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter 2013.

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter!

What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons …

Most of all, I would like it to enter every heart, for it is there that God wants to sow this Good News: Jesus is risen, there is hope for you, you are no longer in the power of sin, of evil! Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious!
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Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, who struggle to find the road of agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long. Peace in Iraq, that every act of violence may end, and above all for dear Syria, for its people torn by conflict and for the many refugees who await help and comfort. How much blood has been shed! And how much suffering must there still be before a political solution to the crisis will be found?

Peace for Africa, still the scene of violent conflicts. In Mali, may unity and stability be restored; in Nigeria, where attacks sadly continue, gravely threatening the lives of many innocent people, and where great numbers of persons, including children, are held hostage by terrorist groups. Peace in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in the Central African Republic, where many have been forced to leave their homes and continue to live in fear.

Peace in Asia, above all on the Korean peninsula: may disagreements be overcome and a renewed spirit of reconciliation grow.

Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century. Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! Made the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of creation.

Dear brothers and sisters, to all of you who are listening to me, from Rome and from all over of the world, I address the invitation of the Psalm: “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever. Let Israel say: ‘His steadfast love endures for ever’” (Ps 117:1-2).

Dear brothers and sisters, who have come from all over the world to this Square, the heart of Christianity, and all of you joining us via communications media, I renew my wishes for a Happy Easter! Bring to your families and your nations the message of joy of hope and peace that each year is powerfully renewed on this day. May the Risen Lord, who defeated sin and death, support us all especially the weakest and those most in need. Thank you for your presence and the witness of your faith. A thought and a particular thanks for the gift of these beautiful flowers from the Netherlands. I affectionately repeat to all of you: May the Risen Christ guide you and all humanity on the paths of justice, love and peace!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2013, 02:25:05 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/01/pope-francis-st-peter-tomb_n_2991400.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pope Francis To Pray At St. Peter's Tomb At Vatican (VIDEO) (PHOTOS)
04/01/13 08:47 AM ET EDT

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will spend Monday's Vatican holiday praying at the tomb of Peter, the church's first pontiff, during a visit to the excavated necropolis under St. Peter's Basilica.

A Vatican statement called the visit private, but promised to release photos and video later in the day. The basilica was built over the location where early Christians would gather in secret, at a time of persecution in ancient Rome, to pray at an unmarked tomb believed to be that of Peter, the apostle Jesus chose to lead his church.

In past years, popes often spent the day after Easter, known in Italy as `'little Easter," at Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican palace in the Alban Hills, a short drive from Rome. But that oasis of sprawling gardens and strolling paths in the quaint hill town is occupied by the predecessor of Francis, Benedict XVI, who spent the last hours of his papacy there before becoming the first pope in 600 years to retire. Benedict is staying in Castel Gandolfo until a monastery at the Vatican in Rome can be readied for him.

Many Italians spend `'little Easter" by having a picnic lunch in the countryside or in city parks, and Francis told Romans and tourists who gathered in St. Peter's Square on Monday at noon to see him to `'have a good lunch." Francis said he was praying that Easter would inspire the faithful so that `'hatred gives way to love, lies to truth," and that it would especially comfort those in `'most need of trust and hope."

He spoke to them from the studio window of the apartment in the Apostolic Palace overlooking the square. Benedict and popes before him lived there, but so far Francis, who stresses simplicity, has declined to move into the quarters. Instead, he has continued to stay in a hotel on Vatican City's grounds, the same residence where as Buenos Aires archbishop he stayed with fellow cardinals to elect Benedict's successor.

They chose him, Jorge Bergoglio, the first pontiff from South America.

St. Peter's mission was to continue to preach the message of Jesus and reach more souls. Francis, as a Jesuit, is steeped in the evangelizing mission of the church, and the necropolis tour brings him back to the origins of the church in its simplest years as a community of Christians professing their faith in defiance of the crackdown by Roman emperors.

Peter himself was among the Christian martyrs during Nero's reign. He is believed to have been crucified, head down, on the Vatican hill.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2013, 09:48:45 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301476.htm

FRANCIS-PETER (UPDATED) Apr-1-2013
Pope Francis tours excavated area near St. Peter's tomb

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis became the first pope to tour the excavated necropolis where St. Peter is buried, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

With explanations from the two directors of the necropolis, the pope walked down the central path between the mostly second-century burial chambers April 1, then went up a slight incline toward the tomb of Peter, which is directly under the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica.

In the Clementine Chapel, "the place closest to the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, the pope paused in silent prayer and in a deep and moving moment of reflection," Father Lombardi said.

Pope Francis spent 45 minutes in the necropolis and in the grotto, where he paid homage at the tombs of several popes, including Popes Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, Paul VI and John Paul I, Father Lombardi said.

The entrance to the grotto and necropolis is across a parking lot from the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the pope is living. The pope walked there and back, Father Lombardi said.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 01, 2013, 09:54:35 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pope-francis-lung-18856917#.UVo3E74o7IV

Pope Francis Still Has Most of His Right Lung
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina April 1, 2013

Does the pope have only one lung?

Despite erroneous reports that Pope Francis has lived most of his life with just one lung, the surgery actually only removed the upper part of his right lung, and his friends and family say he remains in good health for a 76-year-old man.

The Buenos Aires archdiocese and the Vatican have declined to provide medical reports or specific details about the surgery. Erroneous reports that his entire lung was removed have appeared in numerous media, including Argentine newspapers and The Associated Press, since as early as 2005, when Bergoglio was considered a potential successor to Pope John Paul II.

But the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, put it this way after Bergoglio succeeded Benedict XVI: "I confirm that many, many years ago he had an operation in which part of a lung was removed." Lombardi added that it wasn't a handicap for Francis, and that "those who know him have always seen him in good health."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 02, 2013, 01:05:25 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301486.htm

Apr-2-2013
Can't chant, can't speak English? Pope says it's because he's tone-deaf

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After a musically proficient and polyglot Pope Benedict XVI, it came as a surprise to many that Pope Francis doesn't sing or chant at Mass or speak foreign languages in public.
 
From his first Mass as pope -- his liturgy with the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel March 14 -- the pope has not chanted or sung during the usual moments of the liturgy, such as before the eucharistic prayer.

His ditching any musical pitch was even more evident during the "Regina Coeli" April 1, when he spoke, rather than intoned, the Marian prayer.

And as bishop of Rome, he has been sticking with Italian in his public speeches and remarks.

Journalists had been asking the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, for an explanation for some time.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 03, 2013, 09:55:58 PM
The article includes the Vatican Radio transcript and translation of the full text of Pope Francis’ Wednesday General Audience and the English summary of the Wednesday General Audience catechesis.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/03/audience:_the_fundamental_role_of_women_in_the_church_/en1-679206

2013-04-03 10:59:19
Audience: The fundamental role of women in the Church

(Vatican Radio) For the third time this week Pope Francis returned to the topic of women in the Church in his general audience catechesis. On Holy Saturday he had dedicated his Easter Vigil Homily to the women as the first witnesses to the novelty of the Resurrection. On Tuesday morning he had spoken of the tears of the Magdalene and how we should follow her example of faith in our life’s journey. On Wednesday he expanded his reflections to the women of the world, whom he said have a special and fundamental role in the Church and the transmission of the faith . Departing from his scripted text, as is now his very own tradition, he appealed: “Mothers go forward with this witness to the Risen Christ!”. Emer McCarthy reports Listen: RealAudioMP3
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2013, 10:41:51 AM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/04/04/pope-francis-will-keep-to-predecessors-year-of-faith-schedule/

Pope Francis will keep to predecessor’s Year of Faith schedule
By Cindy Wooden on Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will keep the Year of Faith appointments set by pope Bendict XVI, releasing the new Pontiff’s schedule for liturgical celebrations in April and May.

The first event on the programme is, however, part of the process of Pope Francis’s election. He is scheduled to celebrate Mass on April 7 and be installed at the Rome diocesan cathedral, the Basilica of St John Lateran. On Sunday, April 14, he will celebrate an evening Mass at another of Rome’s patriarchal basilica, St Paul Outside the Walls.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2013, 10:45:12 AM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/04/05/tarot-readers-and-fortune-tellers-cannot-save-you-says-pope-francis/

Tarot readers and fortune tellers cannot save you, says Pope Francis
Friday, 5 April 2013

Salvation can only come through Jesus Christ, not through tarot readers and fortune tellers, Pope Francis has said.

Preaching at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae in Rome today, Pope Francis said: “In order to solve their problems many people resort to fortune tellers and tarot cards. But only Jesus saves, and we must bear witness to this! He is the only one.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2013, 10:49:45 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/9974271/Pope-Francis-Church-must-act-decisively-against-paedophile-priests.html

Pope Francis: Church must 'act decisively' against paedophile priests
3:01PM BST 05 Apr 2013

Tackling the sexual abuse of children by clergymen was vital for restoring the "credibility" of the Church worldwide, Francis said.

He issued the declaration after holding a meeting with Archbishop Gerhard Muller, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican department which investigates cases of sexual abuse and decides if priests should be defrocked.

"The Holy Father in particular asked that the Congregation, continuing the line adopted by Benedict XVI, act decisively in cases of sexual abuse, promoting above all measures to protect minors, help for those who in the past suffered such violence and the necessary procedures against those who are guilty," the Vatican said in a statement.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2013, 10:55:08 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/05/pope_francis_confirms_benedict_xvi’s_decisive_line_on_sex_abuse/en1-679971

2013-04-05 13:42:56
Pope Francis confirms Benedict XVI’s decisive line on sex abuse

(Vatican Radio) Below we publish a translation of a communique issued Friday morning by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

The Holy Father today received in audience Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the audience, various subjects pertaining to the Dicastery were discussed, the Holy Father recommended in particular that the Congregation, continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action regarding cases of sexual abuse, primarily by promoting measures for child protection; help for the many who in the past have suffered such violence; due process against those who are guilty; the commitment of Bishops' Conferences in the formulation and implementation of the necessary directives in this area which is of great importance to the witness of the Church and its credibility.   ::snipping2::



Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 05, 2013, 11:00:33 AM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/05/us-pope-abuse-idUSBRE9340DZ20130405

Pope Francis urges decisive action against sex abuse
VATICAN CITY | Fri Apr 5, 2013 10:30am EDT

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A victims' group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said the statement did not go far enough and criticized it for saying that the Church's stance against sexual abuse was "a continuation" of the line wanted by Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict.

"Action, not discussion, is needed," SNAP said in a statement.

"We can't confuse words with actions. When we do, we hurt kids. We must insist on new tangible action that helps vulnerable children protect their bodies, not old vague pledges that help a widely-discredited institution protect its reputation," it said.

SNAP and other victims groups say there is much still to be discovered about how the Church behaved in the past and want more bishops who were aware of abuse to be held responsible.

The Catholic Church's crisis began in Boston in 2002 when media began reporting how cases of abuse were systematically covered up and abusive priests shuttled from parish to parish instead of being defrocked and handed over to civil authorities.

Since then, the Catholic Church in many countries has set up new guidelines to deal with cases of past abuse, prevent new cases, report abuse to police, and stop potential abusers from entering the priesthood in the first place.


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Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2013, 12:49:26 AM
http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=50401

Pope Francis takes action against pedophile and sexually abusive clergy
4/5/2013

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The conferences will need to meet individually to determine the various approaches they will take. The approaches will be different because laws vary greatly around the world when it comes to child abuse. However, Pope Francis has made it clear that such abuse will not be tolerated within the Church, no matter what local law says.

This is not to suggest that prior popes have tolerated it. However, they have been less aware of the problem because some regional authorities kept quiet about the issues.

Pope Francis has also called for the bishops to take more steps to serve the victims of abuse.

Since there are no specific rules and regulations announced at this time, it is difficult to say what impact these moves will have over the long run, however it is reasonable to expect this it will help end, on a global scale, the practice of sheltering abusive clergy  and make children safer by providing them with improved protections.

In 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops adopted a zero tolerance policy for abusive clergy requiring their immediate removal from ministry and mandated reporting to the authorities. It is also expected that ongoing high-level, civil and criminal prosecution of Church officials who have sheltered abusive clergy will also change attitudes in the United States.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2013, 01:41:22 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/05/pope_francis_:_his_cathedral_/en1-679040

2013-04-05 16:19:14
Pope Francis : his Cathedral

(Vatican Radio ) Pope Francis on Sunday April 7th 2013 takes possession of his Cathedral, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran.

As we know the prime title of Pope Francis is 'Bishop of Rome', a role he has emphasised on many an occasion during the past month. Beginning at the start of his pontificate when he said:
" ...the diocesan community of Rome has its Bishop and now let us begin this journey: bishops and people - this journey of the the Church of Rome which presides in Charity over all the Churches".

As Father James F. Puglisi Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement tells us, Saint John Lateran was the seat of the head of the local Church: "... so this title is a very important ecclesiastical title because it's a sacramental title..."

And so on Sunday Pope Francis will take possession of his cathedral, a Church founded here in Rome by the two Apostles Peter and Paul and sanctified by the lives of many martyrs.
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Post by: grace-land on April 06, 2013, 06:36:47 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-appoints-top-franciscan-to-vaticans-religious-life-department/

Pope appoints top Franciscan to Vatican's religious life department

Vatican City, Apr 6, 2013 / 09:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis made his first appointment within the Roman Curia this morning, choosing his friend, Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo, to help run the Vatican’s congregation for consecrated religious.

The Vatican announced April 6 that Pope Francis appointed Fr. Carballo to serve as secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, simultaneously raising him to the level of archbishop and giving him the titular see of Belcastro.

Until his appointment today, Fr. Carballo was the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, the 119th successor of St. Francis of Assisi.  He was elected to that position on June 5, 2003 and re-elected for another six years on June 4, 2009.

Besides being the head of one of the largest international religious orders, Fr. Carballo also personally knows Pope Francis.
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Fr. Carballo was born in 1953 in Lodoselo, Spain. He speaks Spanish, Galician, Italian, French, English and Portuguese, and also knows Latin, Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew.

He has published numerous articles in Journals on Consecrated and Religious Life, on Pastoral Theology, Sacred Scripture, Biblical Theology, and Franciscan spirituality.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2013, 11:40:25 PM
Video at link

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/04/07/pope-francis-john-paul-ii/2060773/

Pope Francis honors John Paul II before installation
2:37p.m. EDT April 7, 2013

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis was formally installed as bishop of Rome on Sunday in a ceremony characterized by more simplicity than the usual ritual and pomp enjoyed by papal predecessors taking up their pastoral duties.

In yet another sign that Francis sees his mission as pontiff as one of humble service, he used his arrival at St. John in Lateran Basilica to honor a past pope who remains wildly popular in Rome. Francis arrived a half-hour early to bless a plaque renaming a corner of the piazza outside the church after Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.
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Post by: grace-land on April 07, 2013, 11:45:14 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/07/pope:_have_the_courage_to_return_to_god/en1-680552

2013-04-07 18:51:05
Pope: have the courage to return to God

Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated Mass in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, during which he officially took possession of the Basilica.

Find below the full text of the Pope's homily.

It is with joy that I am celebrating the Eucharist for the first time in this Lateran Basilica, the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with great affection: the very dear Cardinal Vicar, the auxiliary bishops, the diocesan presbyterate, the deacons, the men and women religious, and all the lay faithful. I offer my greetings, too, to the mayor and his wife, and to all the civil authorities. Together let us walk in the light of the risen Lord.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2013, 11:24:22 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2013/04/a-blast-from-the-past-all-about-pope-francis-crozier/

A blast from the past: all about Pope Francis’ crozier
April 8, 2013

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As a matter of fact, though, Pope Paul VI commissioned the work from Italian sculptor Lello Scorzelli in 1963, and used it for the first time Dec. 8, 1965, at the official closing of the Second Vatican Council. Formally known as a “ferula” in Italian, the pastoral staff was unusual not only because it was rough-hewn and silvery, but because the cross included a corpus. Popes John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI later used it.

In 1990, Scorzelli made Blessed John Paul a second cross, similar in design, but lighter. The office of the papal master of ceremonies said the crozier used by Pope Francis last night was the original made for Pope Paul.
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Post by: grace-land on April 08, 2013, 11:40:19 PM
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http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-francis-meets-with-first-protestant-leader-english-9712.html#.UWOIQb4o7IV

Pope Francis meets with first Protestant leader
2013-04-08 18:41:17

April 8, 2013. (Romereports.com) On Monday morning, Pope Francis welcomed the president of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Nikolaus Schneider, in his first papal audience with a Protestant leader and his wife.   

In a 30 minute meeting, the two leaders spoke about ecumenism. Both spoke about the martyrs as a bond between Christians, as well as the upcoming anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, and the possibility that both Churches will celebrate it together.
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Post by: grace-land on April 09, 2013, 01:06:22 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/09/pope_francis_sends_condolences_after_death_of_margaret_thatcher/en1-680971

2013-04-09 07:38:33
Pope Francis sends condolences after death of Margaret Thatcher

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Below find the full text of the telegram sent by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis

The Right Honourable David Cameron, MP
The Prime Minister

His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. He recalls with appreciation the Christian values which underpinned her commitment to public service and to the promotion of freedom among the family of nations. Entrusting her soul to the mercy of God, and assuring her family and the British people of a remembrance in his prayers, the Holy Father invokes upon all whose lives she touched God’s abundant blessings.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 09, 2013, 01:31:10 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-meets-un-secretary-general-ban-ki-moo

Pope Francis meets UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon
2013-04-09 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) On the morning of Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in the Vatican 's Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father, Pope Francis received in audience the Secretary-General of the United Nations, HE Mr Ban Ki-Moon, who later met with His Eminence the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, accompanied by Archbishop Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary for Relations with States.

The meeting, which is part in the tradition of audiences granted by the Popes to the various Secretaries-General of the United Nations who have succeeded each other over time, desired to express the appreciation that the Holy See has for the central role of the Organization in the preservation of peace in the world, in the promotion of the common good of humanity and the defense of fundamental human rights.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2013, 02:06:16 AM
http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=35727

No gossip, Pope tells Vatican staff
Published: April 09, 2013

In his homily during Mass for Vatican City government staff, Pope Francis exhorted Christians to reject gossip in developing a "new life" based on the Gospel, Radio Vaticana reports.

Addressing staff from the Vatican medical services and office staff of the Vatican City Government, Pope Francis said: “The first Christian community is a timeless model for the Christian community of today, because they were of one heart and one soul, through the Holy Spirit who had brought them into a "new life".

Through the Holy Spirit, the Pope said, "we are born into the new life which we have received in Baptism."

"We have to do all we can to ensure that our life develops into new life”, which may be “a laborious journey” but one that “depends chiefly on the Holy Spirit” as well as our ability to be “open to his breath”.

However, there are struggles along the way, the Pope warned.

“When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticize others- these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including me – these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community".

"These struggles always exist" in the parish, in the family, in the neighborhood, among friends”. Instead through the Spirit we are born into a new life, he makes us “meek, charitable."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2013, 09:28:41 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/10/holy_see:_moneyval_progress_report_to_be_made_in_december_/en1-681515

2013-04-10 14:07:06
Holy See: Moneyval Progress Report to be made in December

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See’s continuing commitment to prevent money laundering and to support financial transparency. In December, its Progress Report will be presented to MONEYVAL.

The Holy See is committedly continuing its dialogue with MONEYVAL, the monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe that evaluates national measures to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Yesterday, 9 April, the Committee decided by normal procedure that the Holy See’s and the Vatican City State’s next Progress Report will be presented in December of this year.

Moreover, the Committee also accepted the Holy See’s own proposal that this next report cover not only the Core Recommendations, but also all the areas covered by the Key Recommendations. With this initiative, the Holy See wishes to provide a more complete overview of the measures taken over the last year to further strengthen its institutional structure in the area of preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2013, 09:43:15 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/10/pope_francis:_mass_with_st_peters_fabric/en1-681509

2013-04-10 14:39:59
Pope Francis: Mass with St Peter's Fabric

Vatican Radio) "For God so loved the world that gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life": this was the affirmation at the center of Pope Francis’ homily on Wednesday at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae with the staff of the Fabric of St. Peter. Cardinals Angelo Sodano and Angelo Comastri concelebrated, and the Italian Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri also attended. Listen: RealAudioMP3

“The Lord saves us by His love: not with a letter, nor with a decree, but with his love,” a love so great that it led him to send his Son, who, “became one of us, walked with us,” and this, he said, “saves us.” The Holy Father went on to explain that “salvation” means, “the recovery of that dignity, which we have lost,” the dignity of being children of God.

This is a dignity that grows, said Pope Francis, “until our final encounter with Him,” adding, “this is the way of salvation, and this is beautiful,” he continued, “for [it is a way] that only love can [forge].” The Holy Father went on to say, “We are worthy, we are men and women of hope: this is what it means to be saved by love.” The problem, he explained, is that sometimes we want to save ourselves, “and we believe we can do it,” for example basing our security on money - and we think: “I have money, I am secure, [I have it] all, there are no worries, I have dignity: the dignity of a rich person.” “This,” said Pope Francis, “is not enough,” adding, “Think of the parable of the Gospel, of the man who had the full granary, who said, ‘I’ll make another to get more, and then I’ll sleep soundly,’ and the Lord says, 'You fool! This evening you will die '. That salvation is wrong, it is a temporary salvation, it is also apparent salvation.”
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Post by: grace-land on April 10, 2013, 09:46:47 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/10/audience:_living_like_god’s_children_[full_text]/en1-681380

2013-04-10 11:25:56
Audience: Living like God’s children [full text]

Vatican Radio) Below a Vatican Radio translation of the General Audience catechesis, Wednesday, April 10, 2013: Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

On the third day he rose again: the salvific meaning and purpose of the Resurrection
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2013, 12:32:48 AM
http://georgetownvoice.com/2013/04/10/pope-francis-poised-to-add-to-the-fabric-of-the-church/

Pope Francis poised to add to the fabric of the Church
Posted on April 10, 2013

It has been nearly one month since the stunning announcement of the election of Pope Francis to the head of the Catholic Church, the first Jesuit and first Latin American to hold the office in history.

Based on the way some have been reporting from Rome, one would think the Berlin Wall had just fallen or a “Vatican Spring” was fermenting in St. Peter’s Square. Change, transformation, and progress—these are the buzzwords for describing Pope Francis’s decisions in recent weeks, whether it is his choice to live in the unadorned papal guesthouse or the style of garments he has worn. Yet, as with most matters, a more nuanced analysis reveals a different and more surprising story. Fundamentally, Pope Francis’s papacy thus far has not been that revolutionary.

Take two examples. First, those famous red shoes that Pope Francis has thus far chosen not to wear. The papal shoes are customarily made of red leather to symbolize the blood of Christians who died because of their faith. While their history dates back centuries, they have not gone unmodified during that time. Pope John XXIII added gold buckles to his; his successor Pope Paul VI simplified the shoes and removed both the buckles and gold crosses from them. Nor is Pope Francis the first to refrain from them: Pope John Paul II declined the red shoes for brown ones, instead.

Or consider Pope Francis’s decision on Holy Thursday to wash the feet of women as well as men in an Italian youth detention center. The Latin instructions for the ritual use the term viri selecti to describe the participants, which is translated as “selected men.” As the 12 individuals whose feet the priest washes symbolize the 12 Apostles, this is not surprising. Nevertheless, the details of the foot washing ritual are actually the provenance of each bishop; in the U.S. for example, both men and women have been allowed to take part in the ceremony since 1987, as noted in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Holy Thursday Mandatum instructions. Pope Francis, as Bishop of Rome, can make the same decision for his diocese; suddenly the Holy Thursday liturgy seems much less a radical change.
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Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2013, 09:25:43 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/11/pope_francis:_mass_with_losservatore_romano_staff/en1-681883

2013-04-11 14:06:34
Pope Francis: Mass with L'Osservatore Romano staff

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his practice of celebrating morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he has been residing since the conclave that led to his election. In the congregation Thursday morning were employees of the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. The focus of his homily was the need to be attuned to the voice of God and docile to His promptings.
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Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2013, 09:29:01 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/11/pope_francis_meets_with_prime_minister_of_mozambique/en1-681891

2013-04-11 14:18:18
Pope Francis meets with Prime Minister of Mozambique

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis, today received in an audience in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Prime Minister of Mozambique, Alberto Clementino Vaquina, who then met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States. During cordial talks, the Prime Minister renewed the congratulations of the Mozambican people to the Holy Father for His election as Pope. The two men spoke about the good relations existing between the Holy See and Mozambique, which were further strengthened by the bilateral agreement between the Parties, signed on 7 December 2011 and ratified last year.  ::snipping2::


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Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2013, 09:40:41 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/11/st._pauls_outside_the_walls:_the_medallions_and_the_holy_door_/en1-682061

2013-04-11 20:33:35
St. Paul's outside the Walls: the medallions and the Holy Door

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(Vatican Radio) On Sunday, April 14, Pope Francis will take possession of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul's outside the Walls in Rome.

The Pope will celebrate Mass at the Basilica together with the Benedictine Monks to whom the Basilica and the adjoining Monastery are entrusted.

The Basilica itself is beautiful and historic. From and architectural and an artistic perspective, it has many attractions. From its outside "Quadriportico" and mosaic facade, to the vast interior with its naves and chapels where many treasures are contained such St. Paul's tomb, the ancient chains that constrained him before he was martyrd, the precious bronze "Holy Door", and the mosaic medallions - one for every single Roman Pontiff starting with Peter himself...
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Post by: grace-land on April 11, 2013, 09:45:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/11/pope_francis_greets_us_papal_foundation_[full_text]/en1-681824

2013-04-11 13:09:31
Pope Francis greets US Papal Foundation [full text]

(Vatican Radio) “The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great” remarked Pope Francis, addressing the US based Papal Foundation Thursday in the Clementine Hall, “your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and to contribute to the growth of fraternity and peace”.

The Foundation gathers lay Catholic men and women from across the United States, who each year gift the Holy Father a 'wish list', in short the funds to carry out or sponsor charitable works that are particularly dear to him. On Thursday the Foundation members - who are known as Stewards of St. Peter - met with the Holy Father and presented him a donation to fund projects throughout the world.

The stewards were led by their chairman, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C., who greeted Pope Francis on their behalf outlining what the Foundation had achieved over the past year:

The Papal Foundation awarded support to over 100 programs and projects in 2012. Grants and scholarships totaled 8,575,500 and reached around the world. From major seminaries in India to retreat centers in Colombia, kitchens, clinics and schools in Tanzania, Burundi and Congo as well as homes for the elderly in Romania and restoring churches for the faithful in Ukraine.

But all of these projects are chosen by the Pope himself, constituting his very own ‘wish list’ that is drawn up each November and presented to the Foundation’s board for approval.
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Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2013, 04:53:06 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/12/pope_francis:_triumphalism_is_a_temptation_of_christians_/en1-682289

2013-04-12 15:41:50
Pope Francis: triumphalism is a temptation of Christians

(Vatican Radio) In following Christ, one walks with perseverance and without triumphalism, said Pope Francis in his homily during Friday morning’s Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Mass was attended by personnel from Libreria Editrice Vaticana, including the director of the publishing house, Fr. Giuseppe Costa, as well as personnel from the Vatican pharmacy and perfume shop.

When God touches a person’s heart, the Pope said in his homily, he grants a grace that lasts a lifetime; he does not perform some “magic” that lasts but an instant. The Pope reflected on the climate of agitation immediately following the death of Jesus, when the behaviour and the preaching of the Apostles caught the attention of the Pharisees.

He picked up on the words of the Pharisee Gamaliel, cited in the Acts of the Apostles, who warns the Sanhedrin of the danger of attempts on the lives of Jesus’ disciples and reminds them how, in the past, the clamour generated by prophets found to be false subsided along with their followers. Gamaliel’s suggestion is to wait and see what will come of Jesus’ followers.
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Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2013, 04:58:28 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/12/pope:_the_unbreakable_unity_between_scripture_and_tradition/en1-682194

2013-04-12 12:48:10
Pope: The unbreakable unity between Scripture and Tradition

(Vatican Radio) On Friday Pope Francis received members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission at the end of their plenary assembly here at the Vatican on ‘inspiration and truth in the Bible’. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis told them “the Holy Scriptures are the testimony in written form of God's Word, the canonical memorial that attests to the event of Revelation. The Word of God, therefore, precedes and exceeds the Bible. It is for this reason that the center of our faith is not only a book, but a history of salvation and especially a Person, Jesus Christ”.

Citing the Vatican II Dogmatic Constitution, Lumen Gentium, he said: “The interpretation of the Holy Scriptures cannot be only an individual scientific effort, but must always confront itself with, be inserted within and authenticated by the living tradition of the Church…. The texts inspired by God were entrusted to the Community of believers…to nourish the faith …respect for this profound nature of Scripture conditions the very validity and effectiveness of biblical hermeneutics”.

Thus the Holy Father concluded, any interpretation that is either “subjective or simply limited to an analysis incapable of embracing the global meaning that has constituted the Tradition of the entire People of God over the centuries” is simply insufficient.

In short there is an unbreakable unity between Scripture and Tradition.

Below a Vatican Radio translation of the full text of Pope Francis’ discourse to the Pontifical Biblical Commission, April 12, 2013.
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Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2013, 05:06:50 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/12/pope_francis_visits_his_secretariat_of_state/en1-682219

2013-04-12 13:32:11
Pope Francis visits his Secretariat of State

Vatican Radio) On the eve of the 1-month anniversary of his election to the Papacy, Pope Francis visited the ‘Terza Loggia’ or Third Loggia of the Apostolic Palace Friday, home to his 'closest collaborators' and 'family', the Secretariat of State.

The two sections of the administrative arm of the Holy See are manned by 300 people under the guidance of the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Cardinal Bertone greeted the Pope on behalf of his staff: “we are very pleased with this exceptional visit to the headquarters of the Secretariat of State. Here is the great family of your closest collaborators; the Secretariat of State that is, in fact, the real papal secretariat in the two sections: the General Affairs and the Section for Relations with States, with superiors and with all those responsible for the different sectors, with all employees. So you also see a variety of vocations that are represented here. We are grateful for your visit, we are excited by the momentum that you have given to the Petrine ministry and we hope that it will pervade, that it will animate us too in carrying out our mission not only with diligence, but above all with love and dedication for the good of the Church. We ask you for your blessing and pledge our devotion, our loyalty and our daily prayer”.
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Post by: grace-land on April 12, 2013, 06:49:25 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/12/pope-francis-secretary-of-state_n_3069300.html

Pope Francis Meets Vatican Administrators Ahead Of Appointment Of Secretary Of State
Reuters  Posted: 04/12/2013 10:15 am EDT  |  Updated: 04/12/2013 1:48 pm EDT

VATICAN CITY, April 12 (Reuters) - Pope Francis held his first meeting on Friday with staff of the Vatican department that was at the centre of last year's scandal over leaked documents alleging corruption, ahead of expected changes to its leadership.

The person he chooses to succeed Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone as head of the Secretariat of State will be among his most important decisions because he will be instrumental in helping Francis set the tone for a humbler Church following a period of scandals.

Bertone has been widely blamed for failing to prevent the many mishaps and infighting in Church government during the eight-year pontificate of now-retired Pope Benedict.

Francis inherited a Church struggling to deal with priests' sexual abuse of children; the alleged corruption and infighting in the Vatican's central administration, known as the Curia; and conflict over the running of the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank.

Benedict left a secret report for Francis on the problems in the administration, which came to light when sensitive documents were stolen from the pope's desk and leaked by his butler in what became know as the "Vatileaks" scandal.
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Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2013, 11:44:48 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/13/world/europe/vatican-pope-cardinals/

Pope Francis tasks cardinals with studying reform of Catholic Church 
updated 10:59 AM EDT, Sat April 13, 2013

Rome (CNN) -- Pope Francis has appointed a group of eight cardinals from around the world to look into ways of reforming the Catholic Church, the Vatican said Saturday.

The group, which includes U.S. Cardinal Sean O'Malley from Boston, will examine ways to revise the Vatican constitution, Pastor Bonus, which sets the rules for running the Roman Curia, or church hierarchy.

The cardinals -- who come from North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe -- will first meet in October, the Vatican said.

The move follows on from suggestions made during the General Congregations, a series of meetings that brought together all the cardinals last month before they elected Francis as pope, the Vatican said.

The other seven cardinals are: Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Vatican City State governorate; Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa from Chile; Oswald Gracias from India; Reinhard Marx from Germany; Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; George Pell from Australia; and Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga from Honduras.

An Italian bishop, Monsignor Marcello Semeraro, will act as secretary for the group.

Pope Francis has already been in touch with the chosen cardinals, the Vatican said.

The Catholic Church has faced calls for reform in the wake of scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by priests and allegations of corruption.

The Rev. Thomas Rosica, issuing guidance on behalf of the Vatican, said the group of cardinals was just that -- "not a commission, committee or council."

It "has no legislative power and its main function is to 'advise' the pope," he said. "The group will not in any way interfere in the normal functions of the Roman Curia, which helps the Pope in the daily governance of the Church."

The group's formation, exactly a month after Francis was elected, shows that the pope "listens attentively" to what the cardinals say, Rosica said.

The document the cardinals are studying is the Apostolic Constitution of Pope John Paul II, known as the Pastor Bonus, which was published in 1988.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2013, 10:40:22 PM
An interesting, informative 3-page article.  imo

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pope-names-advisers-revamp-vatican-bureaucracy-18946669#.UWoSkr4o7IU

Pope Taps Cardinals to Advise on Governing, Reform
VATICAN CITY April 13, 2013 (AP)

Pope Francis named eight cardinals from around the globe Saturday to advise him on running the Catholic Church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, marking his first month as pope with a major initiative to reflect the universal nature of the church in key governing decisions.

The advisory panel includes only one current Vatican official. The rest are cardinals from North, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. Many have been outspoken in calling for a shake-up of the Vatican bureaucracy, which was last reformed 25 years ago, while others have tried to clean up the church from sexually abusive priests.

In the run-up to the conclave that elected Francis the first Latin American pope one month ago, many cardinals demanded the Vatican be more responsive to their needs on the ground and said the Holy See bureaucracy itself must be overhauled. Including representatives from each continent in a permanent advisory panel to the pope would seem to go a long way toward answering those calls.

In its announcement Saturday, the Vatican said Francis got the idea to form the advisory body from the pre-conclave meetings where such complaints were aired. "He has formed a group of cardinals to advise him in the governing of the universal church and to study a revision of the apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia," the statement said.

Pope John Paul II issued Pastor Bonus in 1988, and it functions effectively as the blueprint for the administration of the Holy See, known as the Roman Curia, and the Vatican City State. The document metes out the work and jurisdictions of the congregations, pontifical councils and other offices that make up the governance of the Catholic Church.

Pastor Bonus itself was a revision of the 1967 document that marked the last major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, undertaken by Pope Paul VI.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 13, 2013, 11:27:37 PM
Some useful information about the papal advisers--

From the Holy See Press Office--the College of Cardinals, Biographical notes (updated 05.04.2013)
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/documentazione/documents/cardinali_biografie/cardinali_aa_index_elettori_biografie_en.html

And from the Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/a-list-of-papal-advisers-drawn-from-around-the-world-to-help-run-the-church-and-reform-curia/2013/04/13/b6bb697c-a43d-11e2-bd52-614156372695_story.html

A list of papal advisers drawn from around the world to help run the church and reform Curia
Updated: Saturday, April 13, 8:26 AM 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday named eight cardinals to a panel that will help advise him running the church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, or Curia. Seven non-Vatican officials were drawn from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America to give it geographical breadth.

VATICAN OFFICIAL
Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Vatican city state administration that runs the actual functioning of the Vatican, including its profit-making museums. There has been much speculation that Bertello might take on a greater role in Francis’ administration; he has been mentioned as a possible secretary of state.

NON-VATICAN OFFICIALS
Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, the retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile. Like the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Errazuriz was a papal contender in the 2005 conclave, since he was then the president of the powerful Latin American Conference of Bishops. This time around, at age 79, he was dogged by allegations that he mishandled the case of a notorious sexually abusive priest.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2013, 04:52:00 PM
Papal adviser to Pope Francis from the United States--Cardinal Sean O'Malley

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2013/04/francis-friar-omalley-super-cardinal.html

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Francis' Friar – O'Malley, The "Super-Cardinal"

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To repeat a line once said of Seán O'Malley among his Capuchin confreres, "The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone."

So the more recent story goes, in the days after Pope Francis' election, the cardinal-archbishop of Boston dispatched his priest secretary to the Domus with a note for the new pontiff, ordering the aide "to give this letter to someone who will put it into the Pope’s hands."

As it turned out, Fr Jonathan Gaspar didn't just end up delivering the message – he was received by the Pope.

While we don't know the contents, they were clearly appreciated – this morning, O'Malley was the lone North American named to Papa Bergoglio's eight-cardinal "task force" chartered both to advise Francis in his universal role and study the reform of the Roman Curia.

Given the significance of the call, perhaps it's to be expected that some have wondered why the nod fell to the 68 year-old Capuchin as opposed to others.

In that light, the choice can be explained on three fronts:

Language -- Put simply, Francis' English is cursory at best; before his election, Cardinal Bergoglio conceded that it was the "toughest" tongue for him to grasp. Ergo, with a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature and having spent the bulk of his priesthood happily engaged in Hispanic ministry, O'Malley – who still says his private prayers in Spanish – is the most fluent North American cardinal in the Pope's home-idiom, at least until Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles receives the red hat.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 14, 2013, 05:02:45 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/14/pope_francis:_st_pauls_homily_(full_text)/en1-682810

2013-04-14 18:36:53
Pope Francis: St Paul's homily (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday evening in the Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. Proclamation, witness, and worship were the three key ideas on which Pope Francis focused in his homily, with especial emphasis on those who suffer for their witness to the Faith. Below, please find the full text of his homily, in English.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!
It is a joy for me to celebrate Mass with you in this Basilica. I greet the Archpriest, Cardinal James Harvey, and I thank him for the words that he has addressed to me. Along with him, I greet and thank the various institutions that form part of this Basilica, and all of you. We are at the tomb of Saint Paul, a great yet humble Apostle of the Lord, who proclaimed him by word, bore witness to him by martyrdom and worshipped him with all his heart. These are the three key ideas on which I would like to reflect in the light of the word of God that we have heard: proclamation, witness, worship.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2013, 01:20:25 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/15/pope:_calumny_destroys_the_work_of_god_in_people/en1-682926

2013-04-15 12:52:17
Pope: Calumny destroys the work of God in people

(Vatican Radio) The destructive force of calumny was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily for Mass on Monday morning celebrated with staff from the Vatican’s telecommunications office and internet services. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

The Pope drew inspiration from the daily readings, in particular the first reading that recounts the episode of Stephen, the first martyr of the Church, being dragged before the Sanhedrin because of his witness to the Gospel. Pope Francis noted that Stephen was a victim of calumny. He is accused of “false witness” but it is not a “fair fight, a fight between good men”, noted Pope Francis, because Stephen’s enemies chose the path of a dirty fight, “the path of calumny”. Calumny he continued is worse than sin - it is the direct expression of Satan.

"We are all sinners; all of us. We all commit sins. But calumny is something else. It is of course a sin, too, but it is something more. Calumny aims to destroy the work of God, and calumny comes from a very evil thing: it is born of hatred. And hate is the work of Satan. Calumny destroys the work of God in people, in their souls. Calumny uses lies to get ahead. And let us be in no doubt, eh?: Where there is calumny, there is Satan himself. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2013, 01:24:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/15/vatican:_cdf_holds_talks_with_lcwr/en1-683016

2013-04-15 15:14:45
Vatican: CDF holds talks with LCWR

(Vatican Radio) Below we publish a communique issued Monday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning a meeting with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of the Women Religious in the USA.

Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the
Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of
America. Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the
Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting.

As this was his first opportunity to meet with the Presidency of the LCWR, the Prefect of
the Congregation, Most Rev. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, expressed his gratitude for the great
contribution of women Religious to the Church in the United States as seen particularly in the
many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor which have been founded and
staffed by Religious over the years.

The Prefect then highlighted the teaching of the Second Vatican Council regarding the
important mission of Religious to promote a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in
Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the
guidance of the Magisterium (Cf. Lumen gentium, nn. 43-47). He also emphasized that a
Conference of Major Superiors, such as the LCWR, exists in order to promote common efforts
among its member Institutes as well as cooperation with the local Conference of Bishops and
with individual Bishops. For this reason, such Conferences are constituted by and remain under
the direction of the Holy See (Cf. Code of Canon Law, cann. 708-709).
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2013, 01:27:52 PM
http://www.religionnews.com/2013/04/15/pope-francis-orders-overhaul-of-u-s-nuns-to-continue/

Pope Francis orders overhaul of U.S. nuns to continue
Apr 15, 2013

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Nearly a year after the Vatican announced a makeover of the largest umbrella group for American nuns, Pope Francis has directed that the overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious continue.

The decision, while not entirely unexpected, could nonetheless bring an end to Francis’  honeymoon with the many American Catholics who had viewed the crackdown on nuns as heavy-handed and unnecessary.

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met on Monday (April 15) with the LCWR’s leadership for the first time since Francis’ election on March 13.

According to a Vatican statement, during a recent discussion of the case with Mueller, Francis “reaffirmed the findings” of the Vatican investigation and the “program of reform” for LCWR that was announced on April 18, 2012.

In what was seen as one of the defining acts of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy, the Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a “doctrinal assessment” that criticized the LCWR for not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women’s ordination.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 15, 2013, 01:36:17 PM
http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/pope-francis-reaffirms-lcwr-critique-plan-reform

Pope Francis reaffirms critique of LCWR, plan for reform
Apr. 15, 2013

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Notice of Monday's meeting could reawaken a divide between members of the Vatican bureaucracy over how to handle the sisters' group.

While the doctrinal congregation may be taking a hard-line approach, the Vatican congregation responsible for overseeing the work of religious orders around the world recently has taken a more sensitive tack, even indicating it sought dialogue with the sisters.

The April 6 appointment of Franciscan Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo as the second-in-command of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pope Francis' first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy, seemed to approve the softer approach: Rodríguez's colleagues said he is someone who seeks collaboration rather than conflict.

The religious congregation previously launched a separate investigation of U.S. sisters in 2009. Known as an "apostolic visitation," it examined individual orders of U.S. Catholic sisters. That investigation began under Cardinal Franc Rodé, the religious congregation's former leader. Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz replaced Rodé in 2011.

The last official statement from any party regarding the LCWR revision came after a Nov. 11 meeting between four LCWR leaders and the three U.S. bishops.

As part of Sartain's mandate of revision for the group, he has power over five areas, including review of its "plans and programs," which could affect LCWR's annual assembly in August.

Sartain's powers include:
• revising LCWR statutes;
• creating new programs for the organization;
• reviewing and offering guidance on the application of liturgical texts; and
• reviewing LCWR's affiliations with other organizations, including the political lobby group NETWORK and the Resource Center for Religious Institutes.

LCWR has already announced some plans for its August assembly, including the presentation of an award to Franciscan Sr. Pat Farrell, the group's immediate past president who was its leader during release of the Vatican critique in April 2012 and who helped steer the group's response.

When contacted April 4 about Farrell's award, a representative for Sartain said the archbishop was "currently unavailable for comment" on the matter or on his involvement in the sisters' group's planning or giving of awards.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2013, 01:39:56 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/16/portrait_of_pope-emeritus_benedict_xvi_unveiled_on_his_birthday/en1-683225

2013-04-16 11:33:08
Portrait of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI unveiled on his birthday

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(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is celebrating his 86th birthday on Tuesday. The German Embassy to the Holy See will be hosting a party which will unveil a new portrait of the former pontiff painted by German artist Michael Triegel, who is known as “Papstmaler”, or “Pope Painter”. The painting is on permanent loan to the Embassy.  ::snipping2::
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Happy 86th Birthday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI  :smt113

Video at link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-turns-86-years-old-first-birthday-as-pope-emeritus-english-9778.html#.UW2JvL4o7IV

April 15, 2013. (Romereports.com) One more candle on the birthday cake for Benedict XVI, and for the first time as Pope emeritus. He celebrates his 86th birthday in the intimacy of Castel Gandolfo. Eight years ago, on April 16, 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 78 just two days before the start of of the conclave where he was elected Pope. 


During his pontificate, he celebrated seven birthdays with two concerts and Bavarian folk dances, but always working. In fact, in 2006, his first year as Pope, his birthday coincided with the Easter Sunday, where he asked for peace in Africa, Iraq, Israel and Palestine.

In  2007, Benedict XVI celebrated his 80 years at the tune of classical music. The Stuttgart Radio Symphonic Orchestra from Germany performed a concert for him at Paul VI Hall.

BENEDICT XVI
“At the end of this stupendous concert, which the Radio Symphonic Orchestra of Stuttgart gave us and elevated our spirits, I wish above all to greet all of you very cordially.”

One year later, in 2008 he packed his bags for the United States. In the morning of his birthday he met with President George W. Bush at the White House, and in the afternoon, with American bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2013, 01:44:11 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/16/pope_francis:_best_wishes_for_benedict_xvi_on_his_birthday_/en1-683296

2013-04-16 13:46:57
Pope Francis: Best wishes for Benedict XVI on his birthday

On the occasion of Benedict XVI’s 86th birthday, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, began the celebration of Mass in the chapel of the Domus Santa Maria by inviting all present to pray for the pope emeritus. “Today is the birthday of Benedict XVI. Let us offer Mass for him, that the Lord might be with him, comfort him, and give him much consolation.”

Later in the morning, Pope Francis called Benedict to offer him “best wishes” on his birthday.  ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 16, 2013, 01:53:49 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/16/pope:_2nd_vatican_council,_work_of_holy_spirit_but_some_want_to_tur/en1-683419

2013-04-16 15:56:12
Pope: 2nd Vatican Council, work of Holy Spirit but some want to turn back the clock.

Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit pushes people and the Church forward but we resist this and do not want to change. His remarks came during his homily at the Mass on Tuesday morning celebrated at the Santa Marta residence which was dedicated to Benedict XVI in honour of his 86th birthday. Susy Hodges reports: RealAudioMP3

Text follows:
Pope Francis dedicated Tuesday's mass to Benedict XVI 16th who turned 86 on this date. “May the Love be with him, comfort him and gave him much consolation,” he said.

Pope Francis’ homily at the mass was centred on the theme of the Holy Spirit and our resistance to it. It took its inspiration from the first reading of the day which was the story of the martyrdom of St. Stephen who described his accusers as stubborn people who were always resisting the Holy Spirit.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2013, 09:32:16 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/17/pope_francis:_mass_with_ior_employees/en1-683761

2013-04-17 14:35:14
Pope Francis: Mass with IOR employees

(Vatican Radio) The power of Baptism urges Christians proclaim Christ courageously and without reserve: this was the focus of Pope Francis’s homily on Wednesday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, with employees of the Institute for the Works of Religion – commonly called the Vatican Bank. The Pope's homily was inspired by the Acts of the Apostles, in which we read of how the first Christian community in Jerusalem suffered severe persecution in the wake of the martyrdom of St. Stephen. He spoke of the many faithful, who fled in Judea and Samaria, and there began to proclaim the Gospel, even though they were alone, without priests, because the Apostles were in Jerusalem: Listen: RealAudioMP3
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2013, 09:36:50 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/17/audience:_jesus,_the_only_and_eternal_priest/en1-683607

2013-04-17 10:58:56
Audience: Jesus, the only and eternal Priest

(Vatican Radio) Below we publish a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of Pope Francis’ Wednesday audience Catechesis:

Emer McCarthy reports Listen: RealAudioMP3

Dear brothers and sisters,

in the Creed, we find the affirmation that Jesus "ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father." The earthly life of Jesus culminates in the event of the Ascension, that is, when he passes from this world to the Father, and is lifted up to His right hand side. What is the significance of this event? What are the consequences for our lives? What does it mean to contemplate Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father? Let us be guided by the Evangelist Luke.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 17, 2013, 09:43:23 PM
Video at link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/saudi-king-sends-message-for-pope-francis-through-ambassador-english-9802.html#.UW9MRb4o7IV

Saudi King sends message for Pope Francis through ambassador
2013-04-17 17:20:59

April 17, 2013. (Romereports.com) The ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Italy, Salh Mohammad Al Ghandi, delivered a message from King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud to Pope Francis. Saudi Arabia is one of the eight countries without diplomatic ties with the Vatican.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 18, 2013, 06:13:21 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/18/pope:_our_small_daily_encounters_with_christ/en1-684118

2013-04-18 13:39:28
Pope: Our small daily encounters with Christ

(Vatican Radio) Faith is a gift that begins in our encounter with Jesus, a real, tangible person and not an intangible essence, ‘mist’ or 'spray'. Our real encounter with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit was the focus of Pope Francis Thursday morning celebrated with the Italian State Police who serve the Vatican area.

The Pope drew inspiration for his homily from the Gospel of John in which Jesus tells the crowd that "he who believes has eternal life". He says the passage is an opportunity for us to examine our conscience. He noted that very often people say they generally believe in God. "But who is this God you believe in?" asked Pope Francis confronting the evanescence of certain beliefs with the reality of a true faith:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 18, 2013, 06:16:21 PM
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/pope-francis-book-heaven/2013/04/18/id/500175

New Book Reveals Pope Francis’ Thoughts on Abortion, Poverty, Satan
Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 01:03 PM

A new book on a variety of hot topics containing the thoughts of Pope Francis when he was a cardinal appears in English language bookstores on Friday.

The book, called “On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century,” was originally published in Spanish in 2010. It is the text of a conversation between the Pope – then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and archbishop of Buenos Aires – and Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka.

It is divided into 29 chapters according to topic, and includes frank discussions on same-sex marriage, globalization, euthanasia, fundamentalism, and many other subjects in the news.

An early theme concerns the devil — a subject Pope Francis has frequently raised since his election March 13.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 18, 2013, 06:19:48 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/pope-francis-redirects-employee-bonuses-to-charity/2013/04/18/56a472ce-a85a-11e2-9e1c-bb0fb0c2edd9_story.html

Pope Francis redirects employee bonuses to charity
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2:01 PM 

VATICAN CITY — Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday (April 18), under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity instead.

“On account of the difficult situation of the general economy, it seemed neither possible nor opportune to burden Vatican institutions with a considerable unforeseen extraordinary expense,” the Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in an emailed statement.

In place of the employees’ bonus, Pope Francis ordered Vatican officials to make a donation to some “charitable organizations.”

The money will be drawn from the pontiff’s personal charity budget “as a sign of the church’s attention for the many people who are suffering” from the global economic slowdown, Lombardi said.

In 2005, some 4,000 Vatican employees received a 1,000 euro bonus ($1,300) upon the death of Pope John Paul II, and another 500 euros ($650) upon the election of his successor, Benedict XVI.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2013, 11:14:28 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/19/pope_francis:_mass_with_vatican_printers,_losservatore_romano/en1-684456

2013-04-19 13:14:46
Pope Francis: Mass with Vatican printers, L'Osservatore Romano

(Vatican Radio) The Word of God is to be welcomed with humility because it is the word of love: thus – and only thus – may it penetrate hearts and change lives. This was the essence of the remarks Pope Francis made at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel on Friday morning, in the presence of employees and staff members from the Vatican Typography – the printing press – and the L'Osservatore Romano newspaper. Listen: RealAudioMP3

The Conversion of St. Paul and the discourse of Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum were the biblical readings of the day, and were at the centre of the Pope’s homily, which focused on Jesus as He speaks: speaking to Saul who had been persecuting Him; to Ananias, called to accept Saul; to the teachers of the law, saying that anyone who does not eat His flesh and drink His blood will not be saved. The Pope said Jesus’ voice, “passes through our mind and goes to the heart, for Jesus seeks our conversion.” Paul and Ananias respond with puzzlement, but with an open heart. The teachers of the law respond in another way, arguing among themselves and challenging the hard words of Jesus:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2013, 11:20:20 PM
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/459259/20130419/pope-francis-hitlers-open-vatican-files.htm

Pope Francis Could Open Vatican Files on ‘Hitler’s Pope’
April 19, 2013 3:33 PM GMT

Questioned raised about 'Hitler's Pope' Pius XII about his role during the 30s and 40s could be answered if Pope Francis opens the Vatican's archives.

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, a friend of the current Pontiff for the past 20 years, says he has had a discussion with Pope Francis about the actions of Pius XII - the man long dubbed 'Hitler's Pope'.

Pope Piu has been accused of co-operating with Adolf Hitler and the fascist Italian regime during World War II. He has also been criticised for remaining silent about the Holocaust during his reign which began in 1939.

These suspicions have been heightened as the Vatican has refused to give scholars access to the archives from his reign.

However, there is also evidence which suggests that Pius helped save around 200,000 Jews by arranging an exodus from Germany in the 1930s.

Speaking to The Tablet, Skorka has now said the Argentine former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio could be willing to open the files on Pius in order to fully clarify 'Hitler's Pope' actions during WWII.

He said: "It's a terribly sensitive issue, but he says that it must be investigated thoroughly.

"I have no doubt that he will move to open the archives."

Francis previously called for opening the Vatican archives when he was a cardinal in Argentina, saying it would be necessary to investigate Pius, according to The Jewish Week.

Before he retired from the conclave, Pope Benedict XVI praised Pius's "heroic virtues", moving him one step closer to sainthood.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 19, 2013, 11:39:27 PM
Rebel?  ::MonkeyNoNo::

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/04/19/catholic-rebel-group-criticises-pope-franciss-focus-on-service-to-poor/

Catholic rebel group criticises Pope Francis’s focus on service to poor
April 19, 2013

A rebel Catholic group at the heart of major controversies that plagued former Pope Benedict has begun criticising his successor Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month.

In a letter to supporters this week, the head of the ultra- traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) asked whether the new pontiff’s focus on serving people could be only “man-centred philanthropy” rather than true religious leadership.

Bishop Bernard Fellay’s sharp criticisms of the Vatican attracted attention during Benedict’s papacy because the now retired head of the Roman Catholic Church wanted to reintegrate the once-excommunicated group fully into the Roman fold.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on April 20, 2013, 05:33:22 AM
Thanks for all these updates grace-land.  His honeymoon was rather short.  Bless his heart.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 20, 2013, 11:00:27 PM
Thanks for all these updates grace-land.  His honeymoon was rather short.  Bless his heart.

You're welcome, Sister.  Surprisingly, it was rather short.  Many of the issues that have appeared in articles are not new; he will probably bring his faith, humility, experience and personality in a loving and informal way to discuss and possible resolve them--but it will take time.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 20, 2013, 11:05:41 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/20/pope_francis_speaks_about_lukewarm_christians/en1-684817

2013-04-20 13:18:10
Pope Francis speaks about lukewarm Christians

(Vatican Radio) Lukewarm Christians are those who want to build a church to their own specifications, but it is not the Church of Jesus: this is what Pope Francis said today during a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Present at the Mass were volunteers from the pediatric dispensary "Santa Marta" in the Vatican, entrusted to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who for 90 years have supported children and families in need in Rome without distinction of religion or nationality. Listen RealAudioMP3

The first Christian community, after the persecution, lives a moment of peace, it is united, it walks and grows "in the fear of the Lord and with the comfort of the Holy Spirit": This was the Pope’s comment following the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. It is this very air in which the Church lives and breathes, called to walk in the presence of God in an irreproachable manner:
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2013-04-20 08:46:53
UN Nuncio speaks at open debate on sexual violence in armed conflict

(Vatican Radio) Below is a Statement by H.E. Francis A. Chullikatt, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent ******* of the Holy See to the United Nations, in the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security.
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Post by: Sister on April 21, 2013, 01:03:55 AM
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2013-04-20 13:18:10
Pope Francis speaks about lukewarm Christians

(Vatican Radio) Lukewarm Christians are those who want to build a church to their own specifications, but it is not the Church of Jesus: this is what Pope Francis said today during a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Present at the Mass were volunteers from the pediatric dispensary "Santa Marta" in the Vatican, entrusted to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who for 90 years have supported children and families in need in Rome without distinction of religion or nationality. Listen RealAudioMP3

The first Christian community, after the persecution, lives a moment of peace, it is united, it walks and grows "in the fear of the Lord and with the comfort of the Holy Spirit": This was the Pope’s comment following the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. It is this very air in which the Church lives and breathes, called to walk in the presence of God in an irreproachable manner:
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Ah yes, the lukewarm Christians who try and build their own churches -- not limited to the Catholic church!
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Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2013, 11:29:33 PM
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2013-04-21 13:33:26
Pope: Be merciful pastors, not functionaries

(Vatican Radio) On the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis ordained ten men to the priesthood for the diocese of Rome at Sunday Mass in St Peter’s basilica, mandating them to ‘build the house of God, which is the Church, in word and example’. Emer McCarthy reports listen: RealAudioMP3

The ten men ranging in age from 26 to 44, were drawn from the Diocesann major seminary, the Neocatechumenal Way seminary for the diocese, Redemptoris Mater and the Oblates of Divino Amore seminary.

Ahead of the beginning of the liturgy, the Holy Father surprised the then still candidates to the priesthood by joining them in the basilica sacristy. Continuing on a tradition he had begun as Archbishop of Buenos Aires he spent a moment in prayer with each of them before commending them and their ministry to the Blessed Virgin.
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Post by: grace-land on April 21, 2013, 11:32:40 PM
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2013-04-21 13:18:52
Regina Caeli: Ask Jesus what he wants from you

(Vatican Radio) Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of Pope Francis’ Regina Caeli address this Fourth Sunday of Easter, World Day of Prayer for Vocations:

Dear brothers and sisters,

Fourth Sunday of Easter is characterized by the Gospel of the Good Shepherd - in the tenth chapter of St. John – which we read every year. Today’s passage contains these words of Jesus: " My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one"(10.27 to 30).These four verses contain Jesus’ entire message, the core of His Gospel: He calls us to participate in His relationship with the Father, and this is eternal life.
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Post by: grace-land on April 22, 2013, 10:22:48 PM
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Pope Francis’ preaching style is low-key and mostly private
Apr 22, 2013

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When you’re the pope, few things matter as much as what you say and, especially, where you say it.

From the pulpit of St. Peter’s Basilica or an outdoor altar erected in St. Peter’s Square, popes can command global media attention. Pope Francis, however, has settled in with a smaller congregation for his homilies that’s more in keeping with his low-key style.

Every day at 7 a.m., Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican’s hotel-style guesthouse he has chosen to call home instead of the luxurious papal apartments. His brief, colorful homilies are delivered to small groups of Vatican workers, from policemen to doctors and bank employees.

Often quoting anecdotes from his time as a pastor and archbishop in Buenos Aires, Francis has used his morning homilies to offer spiritual reflections in an accessible, down-to-earth style – a far cry from the lengthy and highly intellectual public homilies of his predecessors.

According to the Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, Francis regularly speaks off the cuff at Santa Marta, without any prepared text.

It is unclear whether these homilies are official papal texts; in fact, they are not published on the Vatican website.

But Vatican Radio and L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, have been reporting on them regularly, publishing extracts of Francis’ texts.

Their recurrent themes – the risks of gossip and slander among Christians, the virtue of meekness, the threats of the devil – offer an insight into the pope’s main concerns, framed in simple imagery that a parish priest might use. The impression is reinforced by frequent photos of Francis sitting in prayer in the back seats at the end of the Mass.

The pope’s morning homilies are “fascinating, a kind of mini Magisterium,” according to John Thavis, a former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service and a frequent Vatican commentator. “They seem designed to provide food for thought at a very accessible level.”

In some cases, though, it is possible to find hints on how Francis might handle the bigger challenges he faces as pope.

On April 9, talking about gossiping and criticizing others as “temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness,” he advised a course of action to deal with a community’s internal problems: “Keep quiet, and if you have something to say, say it to the interested parties, to those who can remedy the situation … not to the entire neighborhood.”
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Post by: grace-land on April 22, 2013, 10:27:05 PM
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2013-04-22 12:45:23
Pope: No room for ‘climbers’ or ‘commercial religion’ in Kingdom of God

(Vatican Radio) The Gospel of the Good Shepherd in which Jesus describes Himself as "the gate for the sheep" was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily Monday morning. The Mass took place in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta with staff and journalists from the Vatican Press Office and Vatican Radio transmission center in Santa Maria di Galeria. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

In Monday’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that whoever does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, is not a shepherd, but a thief and a robber. In short, said Pope Francis, someone who seeks to profit for themselves, who only wants to climb the social ladder. The only gate to the Kingdom of God, to the Church - the Pope said - is Jesus Himself:

"These social climbers exist even in the Christian communities, no? those people who are looking for their own... and consciously or unconsciously pretend to enter but are thieves and robbers. Why? Why steal the glory from Jesus? They want glory for themselves and this is what [Jesus] said to the Pharisees: You seek for each other's approval...'. That’s something of a ‘commercial’ religion, don’t you think? I give glory to you and you give glory to me. But these people did not enter through the true gate. The [true] gate is Jesus and those who do not enter by this gate are mistaken. How do I know that Jesus is the true gate? How do I know that this gate is Jesus’s gate? It’s enough to take the Beatitudes and do what the Beatitudes say. Be humble, poor, gentle, just ... ".
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Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2013, 09:04:43 PM
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2013-04-23 12:47:07
Pope: Mass on Feast of St. George [full text]

(Vatican Radio) “It is not possible to find Jesus outside the Church”: this was Pope Francis’ message as he marked his name day, the Feast of St. George, this Tuesday celebrating Mass in the Pauline Chapel with the Cardinals present in Rome. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

In his homily, the Pope thanked the cardinals for coming to concelebrate with him: "Thank you - he said - because I really feel welcomed by you". Commenting on the readings of the day, the Holy Father highlighted three aspects of the Church: Its missionary activity, born of persecution; the fact that it is a Mother Church which gifts us the faith that is our identity and that you cannot find Jesus outside of the Church; the joy of belonging to the Church bringing Jesus to others. In short the joy of being an evangelizer:

Below we publish a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of the Holy Father’s Homily for Mass with the Cardinals in the Pauline Chapel.

I thank His Eminence, the Cardinal Dean, for his words: thank you very much, Your Eminence, thank you.

I also thank all of you who wanted to come today: Thank you. Because I feel welcomed by you. Thank you. I feel good with you, and I like that.

The [first] reading today makes me think that the missionary expansion of the Church began precisely at a time of persecution, and these Christians went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, and proclaimed the Word. They had this apostolic fervor within them, and that is how the faith spread! Some, people of Cyprus and Cyrene - not these, but others who had become Christians - went to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks too. It was a further step. And this is how the Church moved forward. Whose was this initiative to speak to the Greeks? This was not clear to anyone but the Jews. But ... it was the Holy Spirit, the One who prompted them ever forward ... But some in Jerusalem, when they heard this, became 'nervous and sent Barnabas on an "apostolic visitation": perhaps, with a little sense of humor we could say that this was the theological beginning of the Doctrine of the Faith: this apostolic visit by Barnabas. He saw, and he saw that things were going well.
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Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2013, 09:09:52 PM
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2013-04-23 10:49:16
Celebrating Saint George: Best wishes Holy Father

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(Vatican Radio) Here in the Vatican we are marking Saint George’s Day in a special way this year.

Yes, Cardinal Bergoglio may have taken the name Francis as Pope but his Christian name is Jorge , George to you and me. That’s why we've chosen to bring you a timely reflection for his Feast day on the 23rd of April.

Especially as in England our patron Saint is Saint George. One who's most often depicted as a soldier fighting a dragon to save someone else's life.

Monsignor Peter Fleetwood reflects for us on the meaning of this symbolism explaining how dragons may be mythical animals, but myths contains symbols and symbols sum up some aspect of life that is very important or powerful: " I suspect the dragon represents evil in any form. Some people may not like to hear this , but the dragon may represent evil people".
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Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2013, 09:18:19 PM
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2013-04-23 10:38:54
Card. Pell on Christ, the Church and group of 8 cardinals

(Vatican Radio) “It is very important to preserve the prerogatives of the Successor of St Peter, the Pope and Bishop of Rome. He decides. We are there to help and be useful if we can, but we are nothing more than that”: these are the words of Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney Australia who is also a member of the select advisory group of prelates recently created by the Holy Father.

On Monday, following a private meeting with Pope Francis, Cardinal Pell visited Vatican Radio to talk about this appointment and about his new book entitled ‘Contemplating Christ with Luke’, a series of homilies on the figure of Christ according to the Gospel of St. Luke. Emer McCarthy asked Cardinal Pell to tell us more about the group of 8 Cardinals called to advise the Pope on questions of Church governance and reform of the Roman Curia:

“I can tell you what we are not. We are not a cabinet, the Pope does not answer to us. We are not a policy making group we are not an executive group. We are there as advisors to the Holy Father. Now, how that will work I am not quite sure. It might be that he will say ‘at these meetings we will be talking about these themes, in the interim you can get yourselves organized’. Or he just my say, ‘we’ll have half a day out of the three days where you can suggest what we can talk about’.
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Post by: grace-land on April 23, 2013, 09:24:27 PM
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Pope Pushes for Greater Role for Women in Vatican
Monday, 22 Apr 2013 01:55 PM

Pope Francis is being advised to appoint more women to senior positions as part of his efforts to reform the Roman Curia — a move the Vatican describes as a "natural step."

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, who Pope Francis recently chose to coordinate a privy council of eight cardinals advising him on governance and reform, told Britain’s Sunday Times he was backing more posts for women.

Responding to the cardinal's comments, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said it was “a natural step – there is a move towards putting more women in key roles where they are qualified.”

Benedict XVI had already begun efforts to appoint more women to senior positions at the Vatican, most notably at the semi-official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. The publication has launched a women’s supplement, its English language editor is a woman, and it has several female columnists. Its first woman journalist didn’t start writing for the paper until 2008.

Women also hold some key roles at the Vatican, although the number is small and they are not the most senior positions. Sister Nicla Spezzati is undersecretary of the Congregation dealing with nuns and religious, and laywoman Flaminia Giovanelli, is undersecretary at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. St Peter's basilica is administered by Maria Cristina Carlo-Stella.
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Post by: grace-land on April 24, 2013, 05:54:09 PM
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2013-04-24 13:51:23
Pope Francis: Church is in a love story

(Vatican Radio) The Church is not a bureaucratic organization, but a love story. This was Pope Francis’ message during Wednesday’s Mass in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta.

Attending the Mass this morning were employees of the Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly called the Vatican bank. Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, concelebrated Mass with the Holy Father.


The day’s readings tell the story of the growth of the first Christian community. In his homily, the Pope warned against being tempted to make "deals" simply to get "more partners in this enterprise."

Instead, he said, “the road that Jesus willed for His Church is otherwise: the way of difficulties, the way of the Cross, the way of persecution . . . And this makes us wonder: what is this Church? Because it seems it is not a human enterprise."
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Post by: grace-land on April 24, 2013, 06:00:57 PM
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2013-04-24 13:01:33
Pope Francis urges Christians to be generous with their God-given talents

Pope Francis on Wednesday called on Christians to await the coming of the Lord with trust and joy.

Speaking to crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Wednesday General Audience, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Creed and reflected on three Gospel texts that – he said – help us to understand the mystery of the Last Judgment and the second coming of the Lord.

“Just as human history began with the creation of man and woman in the image of God” – the Pope explained - “so it will end with Christ’s return and the final judgment”.

The parables Pope Francis chose to examine are the parable of the wise and foolish virgins that, he said, reminds us that we must be spiritually prepared to meet the Lord when he comes; the parable of the talents, that emphasizes our responsibility to use wisely God’s gifts, making them bear abundant fruit, and here he said: “ I would ask the many young people present to be generous with their God-given talents for the good of others, the Church and our world”; and finally, the parable of the final judgment that “reminds us that, in the end, we will be judged on our love for others and especially for those in need”.
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Post by: Sister on April 25, 2013, 10:06:39 AM
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2013-04-21 13:18:52
Regina Caeli: Ask Jesus what he wants from you

(Vatican Radio) Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of Pope Francis’ Regina Caeli address this Fourth Sunday of Easter, World Day of Prayer for Vocations:

Dear brothers and sisters,

Fourth Sunday of Easter is characterized by the Gospel of the Good Shepherd - in the tenth chapter of St. John – which we read every year. Today’s passage contains these words of Jesus: " My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one"(10.27 to 30).These four verses contain Jesus’ entire message, the core of His Gospel: He calls us to participate in His relationship with the Father, and this is eternal life.
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I particularly enjoyed this message.  In Scripture, what has been translated "know" in many instances means "love."
Such translation can often be very beautiful, but sometimes not so much, ie "I knew you not."  That's humbling.


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Post by: grace-land on April 25, 2013, 10:55:02 PM
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2013-04-25 13:10:38
Pope: The courage to do great things, the humility to appreciate little things

(Vatican Radio) In his homily for Mass Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis focused on how Christians should proclaim the Good News as mandated by Jesus and recounted in the Gospel of Mark read during the Liturgy of the Word. Emer M cCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Celebrating the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist, the Pope said in sharing the Gospel, Christians should have courage to do great things, but at the same time, the humility to appreciate the little things.

Present for the liturgy Thursday morning were members of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, accompanied by the Secretary General Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, and a group of police from the Vatican Gendarmerie.

Pope Francis' homily focused on the passage from the Gospel of St. Mark which describes the Ascension of the Lord Jesus. Before ascending into heaven He sends the apostles to preach the Gospel "to the end of the world", not only in Jerusalem or in Galilee.

Go “all over the world. The horizon ... great horizon... And as you can see, this is the mission of the Church. The Church continues to preach this to everyone, all over the world. But she does not go forth alone: she goes forth with Jesus. So they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord acted with them'. The Lord works with all those who preach the Gospel. This is the magnanimity that Christians should have. A pusillanimous Christian is incomprehensible: this magnanimity is part of the Christian vocation: always more and more, more and more, more and more, always onwards!"
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Post by: grace-land on April 25, 2013, 11:00:40 PM
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2013-04-25 12:35:57
Lombardi: Rio, Pope’s only international trip for 2013

(Vatican Radio) Brazil will be the only international destination for Pope Francis in 2013. This was stated Wednesday afternoon by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, in a meeting at the headquarters of the Foreign Press Association in Rome. "I invite you to not expect others to trips abroad this year," Father Lombardi said.

Pope Francis will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the 28th World Youth Day, to be held July 23 to 28, with the motto "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28, 19).

And the Director of the Holy See Press Office did not rule out the publication this year of the Pope’s first encyclical remembering that Benedict XVI had already prepared the material on the topic of faith.

Father Lombardi went on to say that the pope emeritus, who currently resides in Castel Gandolfo, is expected to move back to the Vatican, to the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae, between late April and early May.

Pope Francis, however, will continue to reside in the Casa Santa Marta, where "he is very well settled”. Father Lombardi added: “At the moment, he does not seem to want to change his dwelling, even if a final decision has not been made."
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Post by: grace-land on April 25, 2013, 11:14:10 PM
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POPE-ENCYCLICAL Apr-25-2013
Pope Francis' first encyclical might be out this year, says spokesman

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis may publish his first encyclical this year, the Vatican spokesman said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said he "would not exclude" the possibility of the publication of the pope's first encyclical "within this year," Vatican Radio reported.

The spokesman told reporters April 25 that retired Pope Benedict XVI had already "fleshed out material on the theme of faith" for an encyclical.

Vatican officials had said Pope Benedict completed work in late 2012 on what would have been his fourth encyclical -- a letter on the theological virtue of faith. Its release was expected in the first half of 2013, but the pope resigned Feb. 28 before its publication.

It is not unusual for a pope to pick up work begun by his predecessor, make changes and publish it in his own name. The second part of Pope Benedict's first encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est" ("God is Love"), was a discussion of Catholic charitable activity prepared under Blessed John Paul II. Nine months after Pope Benedict was elected, the document was released after the new pope reworked that section.
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Post by: Sister on April 26, 2013, 07:01:48 PM
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POPE-ENCYCLICAL Apr-25-2013
Pope Francis' first encyclical might be out this year, says spokesman

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis may publish his first encyclical this year, the Vatican spokesman said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said he "would not exclude" the possibility of the publication of the pope's first encyclical "within this year," Vatican Radio reported.

The spokesman told reporters April 25 that retired Pope Benedict XVI had already "fleshed out material on the theme of faith" for an encyclical.

Vatican officials had said Pope Benedict completed work in late 2012 on what would have been his fourth encyclical -- a letter on the theological virtue of faith. Its release was expected in the first half of 2013, but the pope resigned Feb. 28 before its publication.

It is not unusual for a pope to pick up work begun by his predecessor, make changes and publish it in his own name. The second part of Pope Benedict's first encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est" ("God is Love"), was a discussion of Catholic charitable activity prepared under Blessed John Paul II. Nine months after Pope Benedict was elected, the document was released after the new pope reworked that section.
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BBM - learn something new all the time.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 26, 2013, 10:40:20 PM
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2013-04-26 11:15:19
Pope: Preparing for the heavenly homeland

(Vatican Radio) Our journey of faith is not one of alienation, but prepares our hearts to see the beautiful face of God: this was Pope Francis’ message during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. On Friday Mass was attended by Staff from the Vatican Typography, the Vatican Labor Office and Vatican State Police. Emer McCarthy reports:

The Gospel of the day recounts Jesus saying to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled”.

"These words of Jesus are really beautiful words. In a moment of farewell, Jesus speaks to his disciples, really from the heart. He knows that his disciples are sad, because they realize that things are not going well. He says: Do not let your hearts be troubled. And he starts to talk like that, just like a friend, even with the attitude of a pastor. I say, the music in the words of Jesus is how the pastor should behave, like a shepherd with his sheep, right? ... Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in God, in me '. And what does he start to talk about? About Heaven, about the definitive homeland. 'Have faith in me': I remain faithful, it is as if he said that, right? ... Like an engineer, like an architect He tells them what He will do: 'I am going to prepare a place, in my Father’s house is my dwelling'. And Jesus goes to prepare a place for us. "

Pope Francis asked: "What is that place like? What does 'prepare a place' mean? Does it mean renting a room up there? ‘Prepare a place’, means preparing our ability to enjoy the chance - our chance - to see, to feel, to understand the beauty of what lies ahead, of that homeland towards which we walk ".
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Post by: grace-land on April 26, 2013, 10:49:58 PM
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2013-04-26 16:05:14
Pope Francis set to confirm 70 thousand young people in their faith

(Vatican Radio) An estimated 70 thousand young boys and girls are descending on St Peter’s Square this weekend for the first in a series of ‘great events’ with the Holy Father organized for the Year of Faith by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

On Saturday and Sunday those young boys and girls who have been confirmed in their faith or are about to be confirmed will gather in St Peter’s from all over the world together with Pope Francis, while next weekend it will be the turn of confraternities.

New Jersey native Fr. Eugene Sylva is the English language official at the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization. Speaking to Emer McCarthy he outlined some of the other ‘great events’ in store for the rest of the Year of Faith and the Council’s work in promoting the New Evangelization: Listen: RealAudioMP3

In a press briefing earlier this week, Council President, Archbishop Rhino Fisichella explained that the common denominator of the events, which will take place in Rome with the Holy Father, will be “of highlighting pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter. That is why, the day before, the participants will take part in a symbolic procession from the obelisk in St. Peter's Square to the tomb of the Apostle where they will pray the Creed. Along the way there will be a brief catechesis to recall the significance of the places that we find ourselves at and their historic meaning for the faith.”

The first event will take place this 27-28 April and will be dedicated to all those who have received or who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year. “Already more than 70,000 youth, accompanied by their catechists and priests, have signed up. This presence shows the enthusiasm with which they have joined in the initiative and the great turn-out that we should expect.”
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Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2013, 12:32:45 AM
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O'Brien scandal: Vatican calls halt to new bishops
Saturday 27 April 2013

THE Vatican has called a halt to the appointment of any more Scottish bishops until a full investigation into the Cardinal Keith O'Brien scandal is completed by Rome.

In the first known move in relation to the crisis since the election of Pope Francis, Scotland's leading Catholic cleric Philip Tartaglia was given the news at a meeting in the Vatican this week.

Cardinal O'Brien resigned from his position as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh two months ago amid confessions of gay sexual activity spanning decades.
 
The move by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, one of the front-runners in the recent conclave to elect a new pope, means three dioceses – Paisley, Dunkeld and Edinburgh – will not have their vacancies for a bishop filled.

Another two with ageing bishops, Motherwell and Galloway, will not have their churchmen replaced.

Canadian Cardinal Ouellet is the current prefect of the Congregation for the Bishops, which oversees the selection of new bishops.

Serving and former trainee priests have claimed to have been abused by Cardinal O'Brien, who remains a cardinal.

In another move, it is understood the Congregation for the Bishops has instructed the Pope's ambassador in the UK to keep the book open on Cardinal O'Brien and continue to gather evidence. The demand is another indication Pope Francis is turning his attention to the crisis engulfing the Catholic Church in Scotland.

It also wants evidence on the allegations of a "gay mafia", sexual bullying and open sexual relationships in seminaries made in a recent book by a serving priest in Lanarkshire, Father Matthew Despard.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2013, 10:58:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/27/pope_francis:_proclaim_jesus_with_joy/en1-686937

2013-04-27 12:49:26
Pope Francis: Proclaim Jesus with Joy

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis, during Mass at the Casa Santa Martha on Saturday morning, invited people to proclaim Jesus with joy and to avoid being "closed in on ourselves". Speaking to those gathered which included employees of the Vatican Post Office and the Santa Martha Pediatic Dispensary, the Pope focused on the theme of Evangelization during his homily.

Reflecting on a reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Father posed a question, why did many people close themselves off to hearing the word of the Lord in Antioch, where the community of Christ’s disciples had gathered.

The reason is, Pope Francis explained, "Simply, because they had closed hearts, they were not open to the newness of the Holy Spirit. They believed that everything had been said, that everything was as they thought it should be and therefore they felt like defenders of the faith and began to speak against the Apostles…”

The Pope went to say that the closed off attitude of this group also can apply to all closed off groups in history. These are the people he continued, "that do not have the freedom to open up to the Lord":

Communities such as these think they are defending the truth, Pope Francis explained, but what they are really doing is spreading gossip and slander, They look inwards and end up destroying each other.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 27, 2013, 11:04:28 PM
An interesting, informative 2-page article. imo

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/liberation-theologians-see-pope-francis-as-fellow-traveler-fixing-a-church-in-ruins/2013/04/27/f476d486-af82-11e2-b59e-adb43da03a8a_story.html

Liberation theologians see Pope Francis as able to fix a church “in ruins”
Updated: Saturday, April 27, 5:32 PM
 
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A new pope from Latin America who wants to build “a church for the poor” is stirring hopes among advocates of liberation theology, a movement of social activism that alarmed former popes by delving into leftist politics.

Pope Francis has what it takes to fix a church “in ruins” that has “lost its respect for what is sacred,” prominent liberation theologian Leonardo Boff said Saturday.

“With this pope, a Jesuit and a pope from the Third World, we can breathe happiness,” Boff said at a Buenos Aires book fair. “Pope Francis has both the vigor and tenderness that we need to create a new spiritual world.”

The 74-year-old Brazilian theologian was pressured to remain silent by previous popes who tried to draw a hard line between socially active priests and leftist politics. As Argentina’s leading cardinal before he became pope, Francis reinforced this line, suggesting in 2010 that reading the Gospel with a Marxist interpretation only gets priests in trouble.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 28, 2013, 06:06:02 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/28/pope_francis:_remain_steadfast_in_the_journey_of_faith/en1-687179

2013-04-28 12:53:19
Pope Francis: Remain steadfast in the journey of faith

(Vatican Radio) It was truly a day to remember for 44 people who had come to St Peter’s Square to be confirmed by the Pope. The special Mass on Sunday was organized as part of the Year of Faith and those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation had come from all over the world to be in the Square.

During his homily Pope Francis offered the thousands of people gathered and in particular those being confirmed three short reflections.
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Following the Homily the 44 people being confirmed on Sunday, ranging in age from 11 to 55 who had come from Italy, Romania, Ireland and as far away as the United States and the Cape Verde Islands, made their way to the Pope, where he laid his hands on the head of each person, and anointed their foreheads with holy chrism in the form of a cross.Before the conclusion on this celebration the Holy Father recited the Regina Coeli and he entrusted those newly confirmed to the protection of Mary. He said that the Madonna would help them to be attentive to what the Lord asks of them and to live and walk always according to the Holy Spirit. Listen to this report by Lydia O’Kane RealAudioMP3
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/28/homily_of_pope_francis_celebrating_confirmation_mass/en1-687144

2013-04-28 10:49:05
Homily of Pope Francis celebrating Confirmation Mass


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2013, 12:50:45 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/29/pope:_shame_is_a_true_christian_virtue/en1-687330

2013-04-29 12:43:29
Pope: Shame is a true Christian virtue

(Vatican Radio) The Confessional is not a ‘dry cleaners’ where our sins are automatically washed away and Jesus is not waiting there to ‘beat us up’, but to forgive us with the tenderness of a father for our sins. Moreover, being ashamed of our sins is not only natural, it’s a virtue that helps prepare us for God's forgiveness. This was the central message of Pope Francis’ homily Monday morning during Mass celebrated with staff from the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) and religious present in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Commenting on the First Letter of St. John, which states " God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all," Francis Pope pointed out that "we all have darkness in our lives," moments "where everything, even our consciousness, is in the dark”, but this - he pointed out - does not mean we walk in darkness:

"When the Lord forgives us, He does justice" - continued the Pope - first to himself, "because He came to save and forgive", welcoming us with the tenderness of a Father for his children: "The Lord is tender towards those who fear, to those who come to Him "and with tenderness," He always understand us”. He wants to gift us the peace that only He gives. " "This is what happens in the Sacrament of Reconciliation" even though "many times we think that going to confession is like going to the dry cleaner" to clean the dirt from our clothes:

"But Jesus in the confessional is not a dry cleaner: it is an encounter with Jesus, but with this Jesus who waits for us, who waits for us just as we are. “But, Lord, look ... this is how I am”, we are often ashamed to tell the truth: 'I did this, I thought this'. But shame is a true Christian virtue, and even human ... the ability to be ashamed: I do not know if there is a similar saying in Italian, but in our country to those who are never ashamed are called “sin vergüenza’: this means ‘the unashamed ', because they are people who do not have the ability to be ashamed and to be ashamed is a virtue of the humble, of the man and the woman who are humble. "

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2013, 01:39:27 AM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/how-will-pope-francis-address-persecution-of-christians-around-the-world/

How Will Pope Francis Address Persecution of Christians Around the World?
Authority Nina Shea discusses the issue and what awaits the Holy Father.
04/29/2013

A rash of recent anti-Christian violence from Nigeria to Pakistan to Syria has highlighted the vulnerable status of this religious group.

Meanwhile, the U.S. bishops have spoken out on behalf of the beleaguered Christian community of Iraq. And, in February, retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong called on the Vatican to reverse its policy of “compromise” with Beijing that had failed to prevent the government’s interference in the local Church.

Nina Shea is a longtime expert on international religious-freedom issues. She is the co-author, with Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert, of a new book, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians. Shea is also the director of the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute in Washington. In March, the center created a new website that aggregates the top stories on religious persecution worldwide.

Shea spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about some of the most urgent issues that await Pope Francis’ attention.
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Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVII sought to defend the rights of Christians and others persecuted for their faith. How should Pope Francis continue this fight?

Pope Francis has already begun to draw attention to the persecuted Church, especially at his inaugural Mass, when he took a delegation of the heads of the Eastern Churches with him to visit the tomb of St. Peter. He should continue to highlight the plight of these Christians, and he should ensure that the rest of the Church prays for them as well.

Sadly, despite the efforts of his two predecessors, the universal Church is not infused with concern for the persecuted Church. Churches in the West should always remember and pray for those imprisoned, tortured, raped and killed for their Christian beliefs around the world.

Just as St. Paul raised his Roman citizenship to demand due process, we should also be invoking our rights as citizens to press our elected officials to speak out for the human rights of Christians and others.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2013, 01:46:02 AM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2219/when_will_the_media_turn_on_pope_francis.aspx#.UX9SDL4o7IU

When will the media turn on Pope Francis?
April 29, 2013 06:39 EST

Sandro Magister's most recent piece, "The Spell of Pope Francis", reflects on something that has interested me since the election of the new pontiff, summarized in this way by the Italian journalist: "This benevolence of the media toward Pope Francis is one of the features that characterize the beginning of this pontificate." Quite right. Pope Francis has repeatedly, in a very short period of time, made strong statements that would have likely been met with agitation, consternation, or outright indignation if uttered by his predecessor—especially if they had been uttered, say, in the spring and summer of 2005. Magister, having written some thoughts about the preaching style of Pope Francis, states:

The popularity of Pope Francis is due to a large extent this style of preaching and to the easy, widespread success of the concepts on which he insists the most - mercy, forgiveness, the poor, the “peripheries” - seen reflected in his actions and in his own person.
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Magister is undoubtedly correct: the media honeymoon will soon end, and while criticisms of Pope Francis will likely be more muted than they were of Benedict, they will surely grow in both quantity and volume. The bottom line is simply this: most criticisms of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis are not, in the end, criticisms of those particular men as much as they are rejections of their office and the teachings, authority, and beliefs of the Church. It simply comes with the territory, as should be expected.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2013, 11:17:03 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/04/30/pope:_a_worldly_church_cannot_transmit_the_gospel/en1-687655

2013-04-30 11:57:59
Pope: A worldly Church cannot transmit the Gospel

(Vatican Radio) A worldly Church is a weak Church. The only way to stop this from happening is to entrust the Church to the Lord through constant prayer. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass Tuesday morning, celebrated with staff from the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, also known as APSA. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

"We can safeguard the Church, we can cure the Church, no? We do so with our work, but what’s most important is what the Lord does : He is the only One who can look into the face of evil and overcome it. The prince of the world comes but can do nothing against me: if we don’t want the prince of this world to take the Church into his hands, we must entrust it to the One who can defeat the prince of this world. Here the question arises: do we pray for the Church, for the entire Church? For our brothers and sisters whom we do not know, everywhere in the world? It is the Lord's Church and in our prayer we say to the Lord: Lord, look at your Church ... It' s yours. Your Church is [made up of ] our brothers and sisters. This is a prayer that must come from our heart".
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2013, 11:22:24 PM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/04/30/pope-francis-to-canonise-800-italians-slain-during-historic-siege/

Pope Francis to canonise 800 Italians slain during historic siege
Tuesday, 30 April 2013

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People view relics of the martyrs in the Cathedral of Otranto (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis is preparing to canonise an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century. The canonisation service will be on May 12 in St Peter’s Square and it will be the first carried out by the Pontiff since he was elected in early March.

The killing of the martyrs by Ottoman troops, who launched a weeks-long siege of Otranto, a small port town at the most eastern tip of southern Italy, took place in 1480.

When Otranto residents refused to surrender to the Ottoman army, the soldiers were ordered to massacre all males over the age of 15. Many were ordered to convert to Islam or die, but Blessed Antonio Primaldo, a tailor, spoke on the prisoners’ behalf. “We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God, and for Jesus Christ we are ready to die,” he said, according to Blessed John Paul II, who visited Otranto in 1980 for the 500th anniversary of the martyrs’ deaths.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2013, 11:33:49 PM
http://www.voanews.com/content/pope-accepts-peres-invitation-to-israel/1652098.html

Pope Accepts Peres' Invitation to Israel
April 30, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East.

The pope accepted the invitation "with willingness and joy," a Vatican spokesman said, but there was no indication when a trip would be made.

"I am expecting you in Jerusalem, not just me but the whole country of Israel," Peres told the pope in the presence of reporters after 30 minutes of private talks in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on April 30, 2013, 11:40:08 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301916.htm

Apr-30-2013
Vatican official says curia reform needs time, dismisses bank rumors

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Amid widespread speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments and rumors in the Italian media that Pope Francis was going to close the Vatican bank, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down.

"It's a bit strange; the pope still has not met the group of advisers he chose and already the advice is raining down," said Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the substitute secretary for general affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, ran a front-page interview April 30 with Archbishop Becciu, whose job is similar to a chief of staff.

Asked about rumors that Pope Francis intended to close the Institute for Religious Works, commonly called the Vatican bank, Archbishop Becciu said, "The pope was surprised to see attributed to him phrases that he never said and that misrepresent his thought."

Vatican bank employees joined the pope April 24 for his morning Mass; in his homily the pope said the story of the church is part of the story of God's love for humanity and human beings' love for God; Pope Francis said bureaucracies, structures and offices -- like the Vatican bank, for example -- must never get in the way of living and sharing that story of love.

"In the context of a serious call to never lose sight of the essence of the church," the pope's reference to the Vatican bank was simply an acknowledgment that some of the employees were present, the archbishop said.

As for the panel of eight cardinals Pope Francis named April 13 to advise him on "the governance of the universal church and to study a plan" to reorganize the Roman Curia, Archbishop Becciu said, "at this moment it is absolutely premature to advance any hypothesis about the future structure of the Curia."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 01, 2013, 11:34:50 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/01/pope:_dignity_for_the_dhaka_workers,_dignity_for_the_jobless_/en1-687977

2013-05-01 12:03:18
Pope: Dignity for the Dhaka workers, dignity for the jobless

(Vatican Radio) A society that “does not pay a just wage”, that “does not give work” to people; a society that “that only looks to its balance books, that only seeks profit” is unjust and goes against God. It is work - not power, not money, not culture – that gives men and women a sense of dignity. By stripping them of work, society strips them of their God given dignity. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

This was the focus of Pope Francis reflections at Mass Wednesday May 1st. The Holy Father marked the feast of St Joseph the Worker together with children and single mothers who are guests at the “Il Ponte” center for solidarity based in the port town of Civitavecchia north of Rome. Mass was concelebrated by the man who founded and runs the center for these families in need, Fr. Egidio Smacchia.

Pope Francis commented on the Gospel chosen for the feast day, from Mathew chapter 13, which recounts Jesus’ return to his hometown Nazareth where he is called “the carpenter’s son”. Joseph was a worker and Jesus learned to work with him. In the first reading we read that God works to create the world. This "icon of God worker - said the Pope – tells us that work is something more than just earning our daily bread":
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 01, 2013, 11:39:24 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/01/audience:_on_may_1st_an_appeal_against_slave_labor/en1-687958

2013-05-01 11:08:53
Audience: On May 1st an appeal against slave labor

(Vatican Radio) Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day this Wednesday May 1st, Pope Francis launched an urgent appeal to Christians and men and women of goodwill worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Speaking during the general audience in Italian he said : “I would like to add a word about another particular work situation that concerns me: I am referring to what we could define as "slave labor", the work that enslaves. How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity. I ask my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking in persons, which includes "slave labor".
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Lake Erie Princess on May 02, 2013, 01:17:10 AM
Personally I like Pope Francis.
He seems to be the kind of man who will get
the Roman Catholic Church back up
on its feet again ! He is a true people person.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 03, 2013, 08:49:19 PM
Personally I like Pope Francis.
He seems to be the kind of man who will get
the Roman Catholic Church back up
on its feet again ! He is a true people person.

My post to you yesterday disappeared.  Anyway, I like Pope Francis, too.  The media has been respectful in covering him, so far, because of his statements/homilies, personality and informal leadership style. From the many articles about him, he appears to be well prepared to lead the Catholic Church and communicate the Church's teachings to everyone. imo 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 03, 2013, 08:55:11 PM
Thursday, May 2, 2013

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/02/pope:_a_church_that_says_‘yes’/en1-688191

2013-05-02 11:12:40
Pope: A Church that says ‘Yes’

(Vatican Radio) When we don't allow the Holy Spirit to work, divisions in the Church grow. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday morning concelebrated with Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige, the Archbishop of Colombo Sri Lanka, and staff from the Vatican Museums. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis focused on the first reading from Acts which recounts the first steps of the Church which, after Pentecost, went out to the "outskirts of faith" to proclaim the Gospel. The Pope noted that the Holy Spirit did two things: "first it pushed" and created "problems" and then "fostered harmony within the Church." In Jerusalem, there were many opinions among the first disciples on whether to welcome Gentiles into the Church. There were those who said "no" to any agreement, and instead those who were open:

"There was a ‘No’ Church that said, 'you cannot; no, no, you must not' and a ‘Yes’ Church that said, ‘but ... let’s think about it, let’s be open to this, the Spirit is opening the door to us '. The Holy Spirit had yet to perform his second task: to foster harmony among these positions, the harmony of the Church, among them in Jerusalem, and between them and the pagans. He always does a nice job, the Holy Spirit, throughout history. And when we do not let Him work, the divisions in the Church begin, the sects, all of these things ... because we are closed to the truth of the Spirit. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 03, 2013, 09:31:59 PM
Thursday, May 2, 2013

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/benedict-comes-home-to-new-house-new-pope-as-unprecedented-phase-begins/2013/05/02/c0ba20ea-b30a-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

Benedict returns to Vatican for first time, meets with new pope and moves into new house
Published: May 2
 
VATICAN CITY — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI came home to the Vatican on Thursday for the first time since he resigned Feb. 28, beginning an unprecedented era for the Catholic Church of having a retired pontiff living alongside a reigning one.

Pope Francis welcomed Benedict outside his new retirement home — a converted monastery on the edge of the Vatican gardens — and the two immediately went into the adjoining chapel to pray together, the Vatican said.

The Vatican said Benedict, 86, was pleased to be back and that he would — as he himself has said — “dedicate himself to the service of the church above all with prayer.” Francis, the statement said, welcomed him with “brotherly cordiality.”

A photo released by the Vatican showed the two men, arms clasped and both smiling, standing inside the doorway of Benedict’s new home as Benedict’s secretary looks on.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 03, 2013, 09:36:43 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/03/pope:_lukewarm_christians_hurt_the_church/en1-688586

2013-05-03 11:36:42
Pope: Lukewarm Christians hurt the Church

(Vatican Radio) All Christians have a duty to pass on the faith with courage, lukewarm Christians, a lukewarm faith hurts the Church, because it creates divisions. The courage to be Christian in today’s society was the focus of Pope Francis homily Friday morning in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis concelebrated with Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and mass was attended by the Pontifical Swiss Guard with their commander Daniel Rudolf Anrig. On Sunday May 6th, the guard will hold their annual celebration, commemorating the last stand of 1527 with Mass and the swearing in of new recruits.

At the end of the celebration, Pope Francis addressed a special greeting them, describing their service as "is a beautiful testimony of fidelity to the Church" and "love for the Pope."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 04, 2013, 09:02:49 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/04/pope_francis_at_mass:_fighting_evil_with_meekness_and_humility_/en1-689083

2013-05-04 12:42:01
Pope Francis at Mass: fighting evil with meekness and humility

(Vatican Radio) “Let us always remain meek and humble, that we might defeat the empty promises and the hatred of the world.” This was the message of Pope Francis on Saturday morning during the homily at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Humility and meekness are the weapons we have to defend ourselves from the hatred of the world. This was the focus of Pope Francis during his homily, which centered on the struggle between the love of Christ and the hatred of the prince of this world. The Lord, he said, tells us to be not afraid when the world hates us as it hated Him:

“The way of the Christians is the way of Jesus,” he said. “If we want to be followers of Jesus, there is no other way: none other than that, which He indicated to us - and one of the consequences of this is hatred – it is the hatred of the world, and also the prince of this world. The world would love that which belongs to it. [But Jesus tells us], ‘I have chosen you, from the world’: it was precisely He, who rescued us from the world, who chose us - pure grace! With His death, His resurrection, He redeemed us from the power of the world, from the power of the devil, from the power of the prince of this world. The origin of the hate [we experience], then is this: that we are saved. It is that prince who does not want that we should have been saved, who hates.”

Here then is the reason that the hatred and persecution continue from the early days of the Church even unto the present day. There are, “Many persecuted Christian communities in the world,” said Pope Francis, noting with bitterness, “indeed there are more persecuted communities in this time than in the early days: today, right now, in this day and in this hour.” Asking himself why this is the case, the Pope said, “Because the spirit of the world hates.” From this comes a perennially valid admonishment:

"There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world: let this be clear! Today, dialogue is necessary among us humans, it is necessary for peace. Dialogue is a habit, it is an attitude that we must have among us to feel and understand each other…and that [dialogue] must be maintained forever. Dialogue comes from charity, from love. But with that prince, it is impossible to dialogue: one can only respond with the Word of God who defends us, for the world hates us – and just as he did with Jesus, so will he do with us. ‘Only look,’ he will say, ‘just do this one small little scam…it is a small matter, nothing really – and so he begins to lead us on a road that is slightly off. This is a pious lie: ‘Do it, do it, do it: there is no problem,' and it begins little by little, always, no? Then [he says]: ‘But ... you're good, you're a good person: You [get away with] it.’ It is flattering – and he softens us by flattery: and then, we fall into the trap.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 05, 2013, 01:48:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/Articolo.asp?c=689282

2013-05-05 11:37:19
Pope Francis' homily: Be filled with an evangelical, ecclesial, missionary spirit

(Vatican Radio) Below please find the complete text of Pope Francis’ Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, at Mass dedicated, during this Year of Faith, for Confraternities and Popular Piety:

Homily of the Holy Father
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Confraternities
(Saint Peter’s Square, 5 May 2013)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, you were very courageous to come with this rain. . . . May the Lord bless you very much!
As part of the journey of the Year of Faith, I am happy to celebrate this Eucharist dedicated in a special way to confraternities: a traditional reality in the Church, which in recent times has experienced renewal and rediscovery. I greet all of you with affection, particularly the confraternities which have come here from all over the world! Thank you for your presence and your witness!
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 05, 2013, 02:33:29 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/05/pope-francis-act-decisive_n_3218983.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pope Francis On Sexual Abuse By Priests: Catholic Church Must 'Act Decisively' (VIDEO)
Posted: 05/05/2013 10:31 am EDT  |  Updated: 05/05/2013 10:37 am EDT

(Reuters) - Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday.

Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See's doctrinal chief, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was important "for the Church and its credibility", a statement said.

Francis inherited a Church mired in problems and a major scandal over priestly abuse of children. It was believed to be the first time he had taken up the issue of sex abuse with a senior member of his staff since his election on March 13.

Mueller is head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican department which includes the office of the "promoter of justice", or sex crimes prosecutor, which investigates cases of sexual abuse and decides if priests are to be defrocked.

Francis said the department should continue to "act decisively as far as cases of sexual abuse are concerned, promoting, above all, measures to protect minors, help for those who have suffered such violence in the past (and) the necessary procedures against those who are guilty," a statement said.

It said the pope wanted Catholic bishops around the world to promote and put into place "directives in this matter which is so important for the witness of the Church and its credibility".
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The Catholic Church's crisis began in Boston in 2002 when media began reporting how cases of abuse were systematically covered up and abusive priests shuttled from parish to parish instead of being defrocked and handed over to civil authorities.

Since then, the Catholic Church in many countries has set up new guidelines to deal with cases of past abuse, prevent new cases, report abuse to police, and stop potential abusers from entering the priesthood in the first place.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 05, 2013, 02:53:39 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-desires-to-draw-remarried-people-to-christ/

Pope Francis Desires to Draw Remarried People to Christ
by CARL BUNDERSON/CNA/EWTN NEWS 05/02/2013

DENVER — A recently translated book by Pope Francis exhibits a call for Catholics who have been divorced and are remarried to be made welcome in parishes, in the hope that they can remedy their situations.

“Catholic doctrine reminds its divorced members who have remarried that they are not excommunicated — even though they live in a situation on the margin of what indissolubility of marriage and the sacrament of marriage require of them — and they are asked to integrate into the parish life,” he says in his newly translated book On Heaven and Earth.
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Posted by Jeanette DeMelo on Friday, May 3, 2013 1:38 PM (EDT):

Here’s a clarification regarding divorced and remarried Catholics.  These persons are not excommunicated (to be in the state of mortal sin is not the same as being excommunicated). Excommunication mean a person is exiled from the Church and could not participate in any ceremony of worship. A divorced and remarried person is invited to participate in worship and the activities of the Church but they are not to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist. More information can be found on the US Bishops website: http://www.foryourmarriage.org/catholic-marriage/church-teachings/divorce/ and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/index/d.htm
 Here is what the Catholic Catechism on the Catholic Church says regarding divorce:
 1650 Today there are numerous Catholics in many countries who have recourse to civil divorce and contract new civil unions. In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ - “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery"160 the Church maintains that a new union cannot be recognized as valid, if the first marriage was. If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Eucharistic communion as long as this situation persists. For the same reason, they cannot exercise certain ecclesial responsibilities. Reconciliation through the sacrament of Penance can be granted only to those who have repented for having violated the sign of the covenant and of fidelity to Christ, and who are committed to living in complete continence.
 1651 Toward Christians who live in this situation, and who often keep the faith and desire to bring up their children in a Christian manner, priests and the whole community must manifest an attentive solicitude, so that they do not consider themselves separated from the Church, in whose life they can and must participate as baptized persons:
 They should be encouraged to listen to the Word of God, to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in prayer, to contribute to works of charity and to community efforts for justice, to bring up their children in the Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of penance and thus implore, day by day, God’s grace.161
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 05, 2013, 03:09:44 PM
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Pope Francis Greets Orthodox World for Easter
May 5, 2013, Sunday

Catholic Pope Francis has congratulated Orthodox Christians from around the world for Easter, which they celebrate this Sunday, May 5.

"Today Eastern Churches which follow the Julian calendar, are celebrating Easter. I want to send our brothers and sisters my greetings," said the pope du ring Sunday prayer at the St. Peter square in Rome.

"I am uniting all my heart with them in the joyful greeting: "Christ has arisen!" said Pope Francis.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 06, 2013, 04:39:00 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/06/pope_francis:_the_holy_spirit_opens_our_hearts_to_the_lord/en1-689488

2013-05-06 12:48:01
Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to the Lord

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Spirit was the subject of Pope Francis’ Homily during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Martha Monday. The Holy Father also stressed that it was important for Christians to examine their conscience on a daily basis.

Present at the Casa Santa Martha was the Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri who concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis. Also present were employees from the complex of St Peter’s Basilica who listened as the Pope focused his Homily on the Holy Spirit.
Pope Francis said that the Holy Spirit whom Jesus called the “Paraclete” was the Person of God who is always there to protect us and support us.

The Holy Father underlined the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives by saying that without this presence, our Christian lives cannot be understood.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on May 06, 2013, 07:49:04 PM
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2013-05-06 12:48:01
Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to the Lord

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Spirit was the subject of Pope Francis’ Homily during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Martha Monday. The Holy Father also stressed that it was important for Christians to examine their conscience on a daily basis.
Present at the Casa Santa Martha was the Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri who concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis. Also present were employees from the complex of St Peter’s Basilica who listened as the Pope focused his Homily on the Holy Spirit.
Pope Francis said that the Holy Spirit whom Jesus called the “Paraclete” was the Person of God who is always there to protect us and support us.

The Holy Father underlined the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives by saying that without this presence, our Christian lives cannot be understood.
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grace-land,
Thank-you for refreshing our mind's :) I was at Mass, but, a million miles away :(


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 06, 2013, 11:58:54 PM
You're welcome, seahorse.  Glad to hear that his message refreshes your mind.  He seems to have a simple but effective way of preaching the gospel.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 07, 2013, 12:01:25 AM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17792

Russian Patriarch hopes for continued ecumenical progress under Pope Francis
May 06, 2013

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has said that he hopes to see continued improvements in relations between Moscow and the Vatican under Pope Francis, ‘and we have no indication that the incumbent Pope is not open to the same.”

The Russian patriarch said that ecumenical ties had been strengthened under Pope Benedict XVI, largely because of a decision to concentrate attention on issues of mutual interest, such as the drive to counter secularization in Europe.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 07, 2013, 12:21:43 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/06/pope_francis_to_swiss_guard:_the_lord_walks_with_you!/en1-689568

2013-05-06 15:02:34
Pope Francis to Swiss Guard: The Lord walks with you!

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met today with the members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. In his address to the Guards, the Holy Father reminded them “The Faith that God gave you on the day of Baptism is the most precious treasure you have! And your mission in the service of the Pope and of the Church finds in the Faith its source . . . Dear Swiss Guards, do not forget, the Lord walks with you.”

Each year on May 6th, the Swiss Guard commemorates the sacrifice of 147 soldiers who died defending Pope Clement VII during the “Sack of Rome,” in 1527.

To commemorate the heroic death of the soldiers, the anniversary is also the occasion of the solemn oath of 35 new recruits, which took place this afternoon in the courtyard of San Damaso in the Apostolic Palace.
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“Though there were other papal military units in existence, such as the Palatine guard, since 1970 the Swiss guards have assumed all the ceremonial roles for papal events and liturgies and can always be seen, in their colorful ceremonial costume with halberd, flanking the supreme pontiff.

“Yet their duties are not all ceremonial, they are a real military force with excellent training and modern weaponry. One can see them, in their daily attire, as they guard the working entrance to Vatican City State, the Porta Santa Anna. They are an army, bodyguard, and border protection all rolled into one.

“In terms of the place of the Swiss Guards in the Catholic Church, they are far from being an outdated ceremonial body. Pope Francis put it best a few days ago. He offered the soldiers a greeting of affection and gratitude. ‘The Church,’ he said, ‘loves you so much . . . and so do I’.”


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 07, 2013, 02:48:49 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/07/pope:_christian_endurance_and_christ’s_peace/en1-689816

2013-05-07 12:25:54
Pope: Christian endurance and Christ’s peace

(Vatican Radio) A Christian who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become whiners. Christians should endure their difficulties in silence, in patience to bear witness to the joy of Christ. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Tuesday morning, during Mass with staff from the Fabric of St. Peter. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Commenting on the first reading of the day, Acts chapter 16, Pope Francis said even in troubling times, Christians are full of joy and never sad, like Paul and Silas who were persecuted and imprisoned for witnessing to the Gospel. They were joyful, he said, because they followed Jesus in on the path of his passion. A path the Lord travelled with patience:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 08, 2013, 09:36:43 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/08/pope_francis_at_wednesday_mass:_build_bridges,_not_walls/en1-690203

2013-05-08 13:28:49
Pope Francis at Wednesday Mass: build bridges, not walls

(Vatican Radio) Evangelization is not proselytizing. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ remarks to faithful gathered for Mass on Wednesday morning in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. The Pope reiterated that the Christian who wants to proclaim the Gospel must dialogue with everyone, knowing that no one owns the truth, because the truth is received by the encounter with Jesus.

Pope Francis stressed the courageous attitude of Paul St Paul at the Areopagus, when, in speaking to the Athenian crowd, he sought to build bridges to proclaim the Gospel. The Pope called Paul’s attitude one that “seeks dialogue” and is “closer to the heart” of the listener. The Pope said that this is the reason why St Paul was a real pontifex: a “builder of bridges” and not of walls. The Pope went on to say that this makes us think of the attitude that a Christian ought always to have.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 08, 2013, 09:41:52 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/08/pope_francis:_god_loves_us_and_always_forgives_us/en1-690184

2013-05-08 15:15:49
Pope Francis: God loves us and always forgives us

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday called on the faithful to recognise God’s love for us and to share it with our brothers and sisters.

The Pope was addressing crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the General Audience
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Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni... RealAudioMP3

As has become customary in these occasions, Pope Francis took his time to stop, greet and exchange a few words, as well as kiss the babies and children as he made his way through the crowds thronging St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience.

And continuing his catechesis on the Creed, the Pope turned his attention in particular to “The Holy Spirit: Lord and Giver of Life”.
With a reference to the Creed, Pope Francis explained that the Spirit is “Lord”, fully God, the third person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the gift of the Risen Christ, who draws us, through faith, into communion with God.
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Post by: grace-land on May 08, 2013, 09:51:53 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/08/pope_meets_with_heads_of_womens_religious_communities/en1-690219

2013-05-08 14:13:54
Pope meets with heads of women's religious communities

(Vatican Radio) A vocation to religious life must always been seen as a call from God to serve the poor, the sick, the lonely and those who find themselves on the margins of society. That was Pope Francis’ message on Wednesday to 800 women who head religious communities in countries around the world. The sisters met with the Pope at the conclusion of their plenary assembly of the International Union of Superior Generals which has been focused on the theme of leadership in light of Gospel values.

In his speech to them, Pope Francis spoke of their vows of obedience, poverty and chastity, saying the sisters are not spinsters, but rather spiritual mothers and icons of the Mother Church. Echoing the theme of their five day meeting, the Pope said true power is always service to others. While the world may see power in terms of possession, dominion and success, the authority of God is always synonymous with service, humility and love.

As he has done in the past, the Pope warned of the damage caused to the Church by men and women who seek to further their own careers and personal ambitions. Instead Pope Francis urged the sisters to always “feel with the Church” in faithfulness to the Magesterium, the Pastors and the Bishop of Rome as a visible sign of the unity of the Church. Finally the Pope thanked the sisters for their work and for the maternal intuition which they bring to the life of the Church.

Lilsten to Philippa Hitchen's report: RealAudioMP3

Please find below a summary of Pope Francis' address to the UISG participants:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 08, 2013, 10:06:25 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/pope-tells-nuns-to-be-spiritual-mothers-not-spinsters/2013/05/08/a6968e86-b81b-11e2-b568-6917f6ac6d9d_story.html

Pope tells nuns to be spiritual mothers, not ‘spinsters’
Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service, 
Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 3:30 PM

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Speaking about the nuns’ vow of chastity, the pope stressed that it must be a “fertile” chastity, generating “spiritual children in the Church.”

With one of the more colorful off-the-cuff expressions that have become a hallmark of his young pontificate, Francis said that “the consecrated are mothers: they must be mothers and not’spinsters’!”

“Forgive me if I talk like this, but this maternity of consecrated life, this fruitfulness, is important!” he added.

Echoing a theme that has often resonated in his public speeches, the Jesuit pope also lashed out against “careerists” and “social climbers” who “use the Church ... as a springboard for their interests and personal ambitions,” saying they do a “great damage” to the church.

The Vatican-mandated overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the largest umbrella organization for U.S. nuns, loomed large over the May 3-7 meeting of Catholic sisters, which is devoted to discussing the issues of authority within the Catholic Church.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 08, 2013, 10:10:09 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/08/holy_see,_us_sign_memorandum_of_understanding_on_financial_enforcement/en1-690093

2013-05-08 08:53:30
Holy See, US sign Memorandum of Understanding on financial enforcement

(Vatican Radio) The Financial Intelligence Authority of the Holy See and Vatican City State signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its U.S. counterpart at the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, on Tuesday in the US Capital. Below, please find the full text of a statement regarding the Memorandum from the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ. Listen: RealAudioMP3

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The Financial Intelligence Authority of the Holy See and Vatican City State (Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria - AIF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding [Tuesday] in Washington, D.C., with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), its U.S. counterpart at the U.S. Department of Treasury, to strengthen its efforts to fight money laundering and terrorism financing globally.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 10, 2013, 08:57:14 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/10/pope_at_mass:_christian_joy_far_from_simple_fun_/en1-690760

2013-05-10 11:31:50
Pope at Mass: Christian joy far from simple fun

(Vatican Radio) Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that Jesus Christ is with God and with us.

This is the lesson that Pope Francis drew from the Acts of the Apostles at Friday morning Mass as he described the disciples joy in the days between our Lord’s Ascension and Pentecost and what we can learn from them. Mass in the Santa Marta residence chapel was concelebrated by the Archbishop of Mérida, Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo, and the abbot primate of the Benedictine monks Notker Wolf, and was attended by Vatican Radio staff accompanied by the Director General, Father Federico Lombardi. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

"A Christian is a man and a woman of joy. Jesus teaches us this, the Church teaches us this, in a special way in this [liturgical]time. What is this joy? Is it having fun? No: it is not the same. Fun is good, eh? Having fun is good. But joy is more, it is something else. It is something that does not come from short term economic reasons, from momentary reasons : it is something deeper. It is a gift. Fun, if we want to have fun all the time, in the end becomes shallow, superficial, and also leads us to that state where we lack Christian wisdom, it makes us a little bit stupid, naive, no?, Everything is fun ... no. Joy is another thing. Joy is a gift from God. It fills us from within. It is like an anointing of the Spirit. And this joy is the certainty that Jesus is with us and with the Father”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 10, 2013, 09:06:36 PM
Video at the bottom of the link

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/10/pope_francis_welcomes_egypts_coptic_orthodox_pope_tawadros/en1-690886

2013-05-10 15:23:44
Pope Francis welcomes Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, telling him the future of Egypt and the role of its Christian communities finds a deep echo in the heart of the entire Catholic world.

Pope Tawadros of Alexandria, who heads the largest Christian Church in the Middle East, is currently making a five day visit to Rome, his first outside Egypt since his enthronement last November. He’s due to hold talks with Vatican and Italian officials, as well as celebrating together with the various Coptic communities here in Italy.

Friday’s meeting between the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox popes comes 40 years to the day after the first historic encounter between Pope Paul VI and Tawadros’ predecessor, Shenouda III, who signed a joint statement pledging the two Churches to the search for reconciliation and unity.

In his speech to Pope Francis, Tawadros proposed that May 10th each year should be marked as a day of celebration between the two communities. He also invited the successor of St Peter to visit his Church, founded by St Mark the Evangelist around the middle of the 1st century.

Following the papal audience, Philippa Hitchen spoke to the Coptic leader and asked for his impressions of the meeting…

Listen: RealAudioMP3

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis' address to Pope Tawadros and his delegation:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 11, 2013, 11:23:34 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/11/pope_at_mass:_true_prayer_takes_us_out_of_ourselves/en1-691060

2013-05-11 11:37:23
Pope at Mass: true prayer takes us out of ourselves

(Vatican Radio) True prayer brings us out of ourselves: it opens us to the Father and to the neediest of our brothers and sisters. This was a central part of Pope Francis’ message to the faithful gathered for Mass on Saturday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican, with agents of the Vatican Gendarmerie and a group of Argentine journalists with their families in attendance.

The Pope's homily focused on the day's Gospel reading, in which Jesus says, “f you ask the Father any thing in my name, he will give it you.” Discussing Jesus’ words, Pope Francis said, “There's something new here, something that changes: it is a novelty in prayer. The Father will give us everything, but always in the name of Jesus.” The Lord ascends to the Father, enters “the heavenly Sanctuary,” opens doors and leaves them open because “He Himself is the door,” and “intercedes for us,” as priest, even, “until the end of the world”:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 11, 2013, 11:30:00 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/10/council_of_european_bishops_conference_meets_pope_francis/en1-690908

2013-05-11 07:15:02
Council of European Bishops Conference meets Pope Francis

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with the presidency of the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CCEE) and was briefed on their work. Afterwards, the CCEE President, Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, and other senior members of the Council briefed journalists on their meeting.

Susy Hodges spoke to the Vice-Secretary General of the CEE Father Michel Remery who told her one of the key themes discussed during their encounter with the Pope was the question of religious freedom and intolerance against Christians.

Listen to the extended interview with Father Michel Remery: RealAudioMP3

Father Remery says Pope Francis was “very interested and keen” to hear what they had to say during their meeting and learn about “the issues of greatest concern.” Asked what those greatest concerns were, he replied that threats to religious freedom along with growing secularization are seen as some of the most serious “threats” and required an active response from the Church.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 12, 2013, 11:22:08 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/saints-canonized-pope-francis-19161616#.UZBSc74o7IU

A Look at New Saints Canonized by Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY May 12, 2013

Pope Francis has made hundreds of new saints at his first canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square. Here is a look at the people receiving the Catholic Church's highest honor:
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ANTONIO PEZZULLA AND 812 FELLOW MARTYRS

In 1480, some 20,000 Turkish troops overran the citadel of Otranto in what is now the southeastern Puglia region of Italy, in the "heel" of the boot-shaped peninsula. The invaders demanded that the locals, including many who took refuge in the city's cathedral, convert to Islam. The Turks took 813 men from among those refusing to convert.

Pezzulla, also known as Primaldo, was the group's leader, and the first among the martyrs to be beheaded. They are referred to as "The martyrs of Otranto."
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Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-francis-canonized-802-new-saints-english-10004.html#.UZBY_r4o7IU

Pope Francis canonized 802 New Saints
2013-05-12 12:08:35
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 12, 2013, 11:29:27 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/10/otranto_martyrs:_exceptional_witness_of_fidelity_to_christ/en1-690956

2013-05-11 14:44:19
Otranto Martyrs: exceptional witness of fidelity to Christ

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Among those being canonized on Sunday are 800 martyrs who gave their lives for Christ in 1480 – Antonio Primaldo and his Companions. These were the Martyrs of Otranto. Dr. Donald Prudlo, associate professor of Medieval History at Jacksonville State University, Alabama, spoke with Christopher Wells about their dramatic story:

“Mehmed II was one of the most powerful and successful emperors in Ottoman Turkish history. He had taken the impregnable city of Constantinople in 1453, and had pacified the Balkan regions. By the 1470s Mehmed 'The Conqueror' was preparing a death blow to Europe. His fleet sailed the Mediterranean without challenge. Having taken 'New Rome' he set his sights on 'Old Rome.' In order to test the resolve of Christian Europe he sent an exploratory raiding party in 1480. Its target was the small maritime town of Otranto in far south Italy. During this expedition thousands of people were massacred, in what was really an attempt to instill terror into the inhabitants of the peninsula. After the city fell, its civil and religious leaders were either beheaded or sawn into pieces. Eight hundred men of the town were offered the choice between conversion to Islam or death. Led by the tailor Antonio Primaldi, acting as spokesman for the group, they were beheaded, one by one, on a hill outside town while their families watched.

“The significance of their sacrifice was clear. Antonio and his townsmen had, in reality, saved Europe – their bravery gave Christendom time both to regroup, and to realize the gravity of the threat. Mehmed II died the next year, at the age of only 49, frustrating Ottoman plans for expansion.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 13, 2013, 01:53:51 PM
http://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-francis-addresses-tens-of-thousands-of-pro-life-marchers-95750/

Pope Francis Addresses Tens of Thousands of Pro-Life Marchers
May 13, 2013|11:46 am

Pope Francis greeted more than 40,000 people from Italy and other countries who had gathered for a pro-life event at Saint Peter's Square after marching against abortion on Sunday, and praised their efforts to highlight the importance of respect for human life.

"I greet the participants of the March for Life which took place this morning in Rome and invite everyone to stay focused on the important issue of respect for human life, from the moment of conception," Catholic News Agency quoted the pope as saying at St. Peter's Basilica.

There were about 80,000 people, half of whom were there for the Regina Coeli prayer, an ancient Latin Marian Hymn, led by the pope after he canonized some 800 new saints.

"I am pleased to recall the petition that today takes place in many Italian parishes, in order to support the initiative European 'One of Us' to ensure legal protection to the embryo, protecting every human being from the first moment of its existence," the pope added.

The "One of Us" movement is comprised of primarily independent anti-abortion Roman Catholic groups which are seeking to gain one million signatures in seven of 27 countries in the European Union by November. Should the petition gain one million signatures by that time, the European Parliament will be forced to schedule a debate on the issue of life at conception.

The pontiff said there was a need for a law to "protect all human beings from the first moment of their existence."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 13, 2013, 08:32:53 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/13/pope_at_mass:_the_holy_spirit_and_historical_memory_/en1-691619

2013-05-13 14:48:18
Pope at Mass: The Holy Spirit and historical memory

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Spirit helps Christians remember the history of our faith and the gifts we have received from God. Without this grace, we risk slipping into idolatry. That was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass on Monday.

Monday’s first reading from the answer that Acts of the Apostles described Paul’s exchange with a group of disciples in and their surprising statement: “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Pope Francis began his homily commenting on these words and the amazement they produced by in Paul.

But he noted, with a certain realism, that the lack of awareness manifested by the Christians two thousand years ago was something confined to the first ages of the faith. “The Holy Spirit,” he said, “is always somewhat ‘the unknown’ of the faith.”

“Even now, many Christians do not know who the Holy Spirit is, what the Holy Spirit is. And you sometimes hear: ‘But I get on well enough with the Father and with Son, because I pray the Our Father to the Father, I have communion with the Son, but I do not know what to do with the Holy Spirit. . .' Or people say, ‘The Holy Spirit is the dove, the one that gives us the seven gifts.’ But in this way the poor Holy Spirit always comes last and finds no place in our lives.”

Pope Francis said that the Holy Spirit is “God active in us”, “God who helps us remember,” who “awakens our memory.” Jesus himself explains this to the Apostles before Pentecost: the Spirit that God will send in my name, “will remind you of everything I have said.”

The opposite, he said, would lead the Christian down a dangerous path:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 15, 2013, 12:02:05 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/14/pope_at_mass:_a_big_heart_to_avoid_selfish_isolation/en1-691921

2013-05-14 12:03:13
Pope at Mass: A big heart to avoid selfish isolation

(Vatican Radio) We need a "big heart" that is wide open and capable of loving. We must also avoid behaving selfishly at all costs because, selfish people, like Judas, do not understand what giving and love are; they become traitors, isolated and alone. This was Pope Francis’ message Tuesday morning during Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Focusing on the Gospel of the day and the contrast between the path of love and that of selfishness, Pope Francis said if we really want to follow Jesus, we must "live life as a gift" to give to others, "not as a treasure to be kept to ourselves". The Pope quoted the words of Christ: " No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." But Tuesday's liturgy, he noted, also presents us with another person: Judas, "who had the exact opposite attitude." And this, he explained, was because Judas "never understood what gift really means":
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 15, 2013, 10:12:40 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/15/pope_francis_at_mass:_bishops_and_priests_need_prayers_of_faithful/en1-692314

2013-05-15 13:01:48
Pope Francis at Mass: bishops and priests need prayers of faithful

(Vatican Radio) Pray for priests and bishops, that they might not give in to the temptations of money and vanity, but serve the people of God. This was Pope Francis’ exhortation to the faithful at Mass this morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican, at which there was a group of Vatican Radio staff. Listen: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis’ homily took its starting point from the passage in the Acts of the Apostles, in which Paul exhorts the elders of the Church of Ephesus to watch over themselves and all the flock, to be attentive shepherds, and guard against the “ravenous wolves” that would feed on the fold. “One of the ‘most beautiful pages of the New Testament’,” said Pope Francis, “[the episode] is full of tenderness, of pastoral love,” from which emerges a picture, “[of] the beautiful relationship of the bishop with his people.” Bishops and priests, he explained, are at the service of others, to preserve, build and defend the people of God. Theirs is, “a relationship of protection and love between God and the pastor and the pastor and the people”:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 15, 2013, 10:16:46 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/15/audience:_do_not_be_‘part-time’_christians/en1-692235

2013-05-15 11:06:40
Audience: Do not be ‘part-time’ Christians

(Vatican Radio) In preparation for the Feast of Pentecost and in the context of the Year of Faith catechesis on the Creed, Pope Francis dedicated his Wednesday audience to the action that the Holy Spirit accomplishes in us, in guiding us to the Truth. Emer McCarthy reports. Listen: RealAudioMP3

He said “In this Year of Faith let us ask ourselves if we have actually taken a few steps to get to know Christ and the truths of faith more, by reading and meditating on the Scriptures, studying the Catechism, steadily approaching the Sacraments. But at the same time let us ask ourselves what steps we are taking so that the faith directs our whole existence. Do not be a ‘part-time” Christian, at certain moments, in certain circumstances, in certain choices, be Christian at all times! The truth of Christ, that the Holy Spirit teaches us and gives us, always and forever involves our daily lives. Let us invoke him more often, to guide us on the path of Christ's disciples”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 15, 2013, 10:20:53 PM
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/467994/20130516/pope-francis-banishes-disgraced-gay-scottish-cardinal.htm#.UZRB074o7IV

Pope Francis Banishes Disgraced Gay Scottish Cardinal for Prayer, Penance
May 16, 2013 10:10 AM EST

Pope Francis ordered ousted Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien to leave the country and spend the time in prayer and penance. The cardinal was asked to step down by then Pope Benedict XVI in one of his last moves before he retired on Feb 28 after Cardinal O'Brien admitted sexual relations with other priests in his younger days.

Because of his admission, the cardinal was asked to step down as head of the Scottish Roman Catholic Church days before his official retirement and not to join the March conclave that eventually resulted in the election of then Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pontiff.

He initially denied the accusations but eventually admitted that there where occasions when he acted inappropriately.

Period of banishment for the disgraced cardinal will be subject to agreement between him and Vatican, although the reports said it would be only for several months.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 16, 2013, 08:46:10 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/16/pope_at_mass:_an_apostolic_nuisance/en1-692628

2013-05-16 11:41:59
Pope at Mass: An Apostolic nuisance

(Vatican Radio) Saint Paul was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass Thursday morning, and in particular his talent at ‘being a nuisance’, at unsettling people who had grown too comfortable in their faith and imbuing them with that Apostolic zeal that is necessary for the Church to move forward. Emer McCarthy reports:

Pope Francis said that Apostolic zeal, implies "an element of madness, but of spiritual madness, of healthy madness” and proclaiming Christ has its consequences, which can often result in persecution. Nonetheless, stated the Pope, we must not be ‘backseat Christians’ cozy in our comfort zones.

Drawing inspiration from the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 22, where Paul was brought before the Sanhedrin, Pope Francis pointed out that the life of the Apostle to the Gentiles was one of "persecution", but that this did not discourage him. The fate of Paul, he stressed, "is a fate with many crosses, but he keeps going, he looks to the Lord and keeps going":

"Paul is a nuisance: he is a man who, with his preaching, his work, his attitude irritates others, because testifying to Jesus Christ and the proclamation of Jesus Christ makes us uncomfortable, it threatens our comfort zones – even Christian comfort zones, right? It irritates us. The Lord always wants us to move forward, forward, forward ... not to take refuge in a quiet life or in cozy structures, no?... And Paul, in preaching of the Lord, was a nuisance. But he had deep within him that most Christian of attitudes: Apostolic zeal. He had its apostolic zeal. He was not a man of compromise. No! The truth: forward! The proclamation of Jesus Christ, forward! ".
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 16, 2013, 10:35:11 PM
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-17/pope-criticises-cult-of-money/4695440

Pope calls for end to 'cult of money'
Posted 4 hours 55 minutes ago

Pope Francis has called on world leaders to reform the global financial system and put an end to the "cult of money".

The Pope made his first major comments on the global financial crisis while speaking to foreign ambassadors in Vatican City.

He said money should serve people, not rule them, and added that people are struggling to live under an economic dictatorship.

"We have created new idols," he said.

"The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal."
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Meanwhile, the Vatican has announced that its own famously secretive bank will start publishing an annual report on a new website.

The Institute is also to hire external consultants to ensure its procedures satisfy international standards against money laundering.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 16, 2013, 10:45:19 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/16/pope:_financial_reform_along_ethical_lines/en1-692694

2013-05-16 13:29:36
Pope: Financial reform along ethical lines

(Vatican Radio)“There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone.”… “Money has to serve, not to rule” Those were the Pope’s words to new Non Resident Ambassadors who were in the Vatican on Thursday to present their letters of credence. The new Ambassadors from Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Botswana listened to Pope Francis as he spoke about a the financial crisis which we are experiencing that ultimately is, he said, as a result of a profound human crisis.

The Holy Father began his address to those present on a positive note by praising advances in various areas. These achievements he underlined, in fields such as health, education and communications can only benefit mankind.

But at the same time, the Pope went on to say, “the majority of the men and women of our time continue to live daily in situations of insecurity, with dire consequences… People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way.”

Pope Francis explained that in his opinion, one cause of this situation, was our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society. Consequently, he added, the financial crisis which we are experiencing makes us forget that its ultimate origin is to be found in a profound human crisis. “In the denial of the primacy of human beings.”

He continued by saying the worship of the golden calf of old, has now a new image, “in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.” Our societies, Pope Francis noted are becoming throw away ones, and worse still he added, “human beings themselves are nowadays considered as consumer goods which can be used and thrown away.”

The Pope explained that what we are really seeing concealed behind current attitudes is a rejection of ethics, a rejection of God, and speaking directly to the new Ambassadors the Holy Father encouraged the financial experts and the political leaders of their countries to consider the words of Saint John Chrysostom: “Not to share one’s goods with the poor is to rob them and to deprive them of life. It is not our goods that we possess, but theirs”.

Stressing the need for financial reform along ethical lines, the Pope noted that it would require a courageous change of attitude on the part of political leaders and he urged them to face this challenge with determination and farsightedness, taking account, of their particular situations.

In his concluding comments, Pope Francis said that the Church herself encourages those in power to be truly at the service of the common good of their peoples. Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s report RealAudioMP3

Below is the official English language translation of Pope Francis' address for the New Non-Resident Ambassadors to the Holy See: Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana (16 May 2013)
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on May 17, 2013, 06:22:11 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/16/pope_at_mass:_an_apostolic_nuisance/en1-692628

2013-05-16 11:41:59
Pope at Mass: An Apostolic nuisance

(Vatican Radio) Saint Paul was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass Thursday morning, and in particular his talent at ‘being a nuisance’, at unsettling people who had grown too comfortable in their faith and imbuing them with that Apostolic zeal that is necessary for the Church to move forward. Emer McCarthy reports:

Pope Francis said that Apostolic zeal, implies "an element of madness, but of spiritual madness, of healthy madness” and proclaiming Christ has its consequences, which can often result in persecution. Nonetheless, stated the Pope, we must not be ‘backseat Christians’ cozy in our comfort zones.

Drawing inspiration from the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 22, where Paul was brought before the Sanhedrin, Pope Francis pointed out that the life of the Apostle to the Gentiles was one of "persecution", but that this did not discourage him. The fate of Paul, he stressed, "is a fate with many crosses, but he keeps going, he looks to the Lord and keeps going":

"Paul is a nuisance: he is a man who, with his preaching, his work, his attitude irritates others, because testifying to Jesus Christ and the proclamation of Jesus Christ makes us uncomfortable, it threatens our comfort zones – even Christian comfort zones, right? It irritates us. The Lord always wants us to move forward, forward, forward ... not to take refuge in a quiet life or in cozy structures, no?... And Paul, in preaching of the Lord, was a nuisance. But he had deep within him that most Christian of attitudes: Apostolic zeal. He had its apostolic zeal. He was not a man of compromise. No! The truth: forward! The proclamation of Jesus Christ, forward! ".
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He is so right about Paul . . . the apostle Peter is another good example.
Thanks for the postings, grace-land.  I do read them.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 17, 2013, 11:41:37 PM
You're welcome, Sister.  He spoke about Peter at Friday's mass; I'll post it in a minute. 
Oh, yes, I see that you brought Belle to meet Francis today. lol


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 17, 2013, 11:49:29 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/17/pope_francis_celebrates_friday_morning_mass/en1-692959

2013-05-17 12:28:29
Pope Francis celebrates Friday morning Mass

(Vatican Radio) The problem is not that we are sinners, but that we do not allow ourselves to be transformed by the encounter with Christ in love: this was the main focus of Pope Francis’ remarks at Mass on Friday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican, which was attended by employees of the Vatican Museums. Listen: RealAudioMP3

At the center of the homily was the day's Gospel reading, in which the Risen Jesus thrice asks Peter if Peter loves Him. “It is,” said Pope Francis, “a dialogue of love between the Lord and his disciple,” one that retraces the whole history of Peter’s meetings with Jesus, from Peter’s first calling and invitation to follow the Lord, to his receiving the name of Cephas – the Rock – and with the name, his peculiar mission, “which,” said Pope Francis, “was there, even if Peter understood nothing of it [at the time].” Then, when Peter recognized Jesus as the Christ and went on to reject the way of the Cross, and Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan!” and “Peter accepted this humiliation.” Peter often “believed himself to be a good fellow,” was “fiery” in the Garden of Gethsemane, and “took the sword” to defend Jesus, but then denied him three times – and when Jesus looked on him with that look, “so beautiful [it was],” said the Pope, that Peter weeps. “Jesus in these meetings is maturing Peter’s soul, Peter's heart,” helping Peter to grow in love. So Peter, when he heard Jesus three times ask him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” was ashamed, because he remembered the time when, three times, he said he did not know the Lord:

“Peter was saddened that, for a third time, Jesus asked him, “Do you love me?” This pain, this shame – a great man, this Peter – [and] a sinner, a sinner. The Lord makes him feel that he is a sinner – makes us all feel that we are sinners. The problem is not that we are sinners: the problem is not repenting of sin, not being ashamed of what we have done. That's the problem. And Peter has this shame, this humility, no? The sin, the sin of Peter, is a fact that, with a heart as great as the heart Peter had, brings him to a new encounter with Jesus: to the joy of forgiveness.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 18, 2013, 10:49:29 PM
http://www.dfwcatholic.org/gossip-is-like-slapping-jesus-pope-asserts-35631/.html

Gossip is like slapping Jesus, Pope asserts
Posted by CNA Daily News on May 18th, 2013

Vatican City, May 18, 2013 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today about how gossip by Christians is a “slap” to Jesus “in the person of his children.”

“All three – disinformation, defamation and slander – are sins! This is sin! It is to slap Jesus in the person of his children, his brothers,” the Pope said May 18 in the chapel of St. Martha’s House
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The topic game up in Pope Francis’ homily because of the day’s Gospel reading from John 21 in which Peter asks if John will be alive when Jesus returns to earth.

?“What is it to you?” the pontiff began his homily, referring to Jesus’ response to Peter, who was being tempted “to interfere in the lives of others.”

Peter became “nosy,” Pope Francis remarked, noting that there are two ways people are tempted to get involved in others’ lives. The first is “to compare oneself with others” and the second is to gossip.

“It seems nice to chat,” he reflected, “I do not know why, but it looks nice. Like sweet of honey, right? You take one and then another, and another, and another, and in the end you have a stomach ache. And why? The chatter is like that eh? It is sweet at first and it ruins you, it ruins your soul!”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 18, 2013, 10:53:43 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/18/pope-church-must-help-the-poor_n_3299764.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pope Francis Insists Church Must Help Poor, Not 'Speak Of Theology'
Posted: 05/18/2013 5:14 pm EDT

VATICAN CITY, May 18 (Reuters) - Pope Francis shared personal moments with 200,000 people on Saturday, telling them he sometimes nods off while praying at the end of a long day and that it "breaks my heart" that the death of a homeless person is not news.

Francis, who has made straight talk and simplicity a hallmark of his papacy, made his unscripted comments in answers to questions by four people at a huge international gathering of Catholic associations in St. Peter's Square
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But he outdid himself in passionately discussing everything from the memory of his grandmother to his decision to become a priest, from political corruption to his worries about a Church that too often closes in on itself instead of looking outward.

"If we step outside of ourselves, we will find poverty," he said, repeating his call for Catholics to do more to seek out those on the fringes of society who need help the most," he said from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica

"Today, and it breaks my heart to say it, finding a homeless person who has died of cold, is not news. Today, the news is scandals, that is news, but the many children who don't have food - that's not news. This is grave. We can't rest easy while things are this way."

The crowd, most of whom are already involved in charity work, interrupted him often with applause.

"We cannot become starched Christians, too polite, who speak of theology calmly over tea. We have to become courageous Christians and seek out those (who need help most)," he said.

To laughter from the crowd, he described how he prays each day before an altar before going to bed.

"Sometimes I doze off, the fatigue of the day makes you fall asleep, but he (God) understands," he said.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 18, 2013, 11:18:58 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/pope-francis-launches-new-mobile-app-article-1.1347861

Pope Francis and Vatican launch new mobile app for Catholics
Missio, an app designed by the Pontifical Mission Societies, offers a Catholic perspective on world news. The Pope officially unlocked the app at the Vatican on Friday.
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 2:39 PM

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Are you a diehard Pope Francis fan? There’s an app for that.

The Pope has propelled the Catholic church into the smartphone era with a fresh new mobile app.

The Vatican’s Clementine Hall buzzed with excitement Friday as His Holiness used the Keys of St. Peter to unlock Missio (the Latin word for mission), an app designed by the church’s missionary branch.
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Missio’s goals are somewhat different. The app presents world news to its users with a Catholic perspective. Users have access to the Pope’s daily homily and videos from the Catholic News Service. The app also collects news stories and photographs from News.va, the Vatican’s news agency and FIDES, the Pontifical Mission Societies’ news agency
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The application software was developed by Little i Apps and can be downloaded for free on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play. It is available in eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 19, 2013, 11:18:14 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/19/pope_at_pentecost:_newness,_harmony_and_mission/en1-693563

2013-05-19 12:53:49
Pope at Pentecost: Newness, harmony and mission

(Vatican Radio) Below the official English language translation of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass for the Feast of Pentecost with New Movements:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we contemplate and re-live in the liturgy the outpouring of the Holy Spirit sent by the risen Christ upon his Church; an event of grace which filled the Upper Room in Jerusalem and then spread throughout the world.

But what happened on that day, so distant from us and yet so close as to touch the very depths of our hearts? Luke gives us the answer in the passage of the Acts of the Apostles which we have heard (2:1-11). The evangelist brings us back to Jerusalem, to the Upper Room where the apostles were gathered. The first element which draws our attention is the sound which suddenly came from heaven “like the rush of a violent wind”, and filled the house; then the “tongues as of fire” which divided and came to rest on each of the apostles. Sound and tongues of fire: these are clear, concrete signs which touch the apostles not only from without but also within: deep in their minds and hearts. As a result, “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit”, who unleashed his irresistible power with amazing consequences: they all “began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability”. A completely unexpected scene opens up before our eyes: a great crowd gathers, astonished because each one heard the apostles speaking in his own language. They all experience something new, something which had never happened before: “We hear them, each of us, speaking our own language”. And what is it that they are they speaking about? “God’s deeds of power”.

In the light of this passage from Acts, I would like to reflect on three words linked to the working of the Holy Spirit: newness, harmony and mission.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 19, 2013, 11:33:35 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/19/regina_caeli_:_a_gift_and_a_treasure_for_the_church/en1-693597

2013-05-19 15:50:21
Regina Caeli : A gift and a treasure for the Church

(Vatican Radio) Ahead of reciting the Easter Marian hymn, Regina Caeli, for the last time this year on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis had a special message for the estimated 200 thousand men, women and children gathered before for him in St. Peter’s Square and stretching back right to the banks of the Tiber. He told them; “You are a gift and a treasure for the Church”. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3
The vast majority gathered to the Vatican Sunday morning were members of the New Movements and Ecclesial Communities – all formed by lay Catholics - that the Pope had convoked to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost together with him, as part of the Year of Faith.

The Feast which falls 50 days after Easter, marks the end of the Easter season. It commemorates Christ’s sending the Holy Spirit down upon his Apostles in the Upper Room and the birth of the Church.
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Pope Francis then stepped away from the altar, moving to the left of the basilica façade, where the icon of Our Lady, dearly beloved of the Roman faithful Salus populi romani, was enthroned. There he reached out and placed a hand upon the icon as the Regina Caeli rang out across the ocean of faithful marking the end of Easter time. As of Monday the Church enters Ordinary Time.

But not without one last word from Pope Francis. Before once again touring through the throng in his open topped jeep, all the way down to Via della Conciliazione, the Pope bid everyone goodbye in his own way: “Brothers and sisters, thank you so much for your love for the Church! Have a good Sunday, a blessed feast day and a good lunch!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 20, 2013, 11:25:25 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/20/pope_at_mass:_courageous,_humble_prayer_can_work_wonders/en1-693742

2013-05-20 13:24:10
Pope at Mass: Courageous, humble prayer can work wonders

(Vatican Radio) Courageous, humble and strong prayer can accomplish miracles: this was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

The Pope was commenting on Monday’s Gospel passage which recounts the disciples failure to heal a child; Jesus himself must intervene and laments the disbelief of those present. Responding to the child’s father’s pleas for help He says “everything is possible to one who has faith ". Pope Francis noted that often those who love Jesus don't risk much on believing in him nor entrust themselves completely to Him:

"But why this disbelief? I believe that it is [when] the heart will not open, when the heart is closed, when the heart wants to have everything under control".

It is a heart, then, that "does not open" and does not "give control of things to Jesus" - said the Pope - and when the disciples ask him why they could not drive the spirit out of the boy, the Lord replies that the "this kind can only come out through prayer. " "All of us - he said – carry a little bit of a disbelief, within." Strong prayer is needed, humble and strong prayer that enables Jesus to carry out the miracle. Prayer to ask for a miracle, to ask for an extraordinary action - he continued – must be an involved prayer, a prayer that unites us all”. To further underline his point, the Holy Father told the story of a young child in Argentina who at only 7 years of age fell ill and was given only a few hours to live by doctors. Her father, an electrician, a "man of faith," started “acting like madmen - said the Pope - and in that state of madness “took a bus to the Marian Shrine of Lujan, 70 km away”.

"He finally arrived after 9 pm, when everything was closed. And he began to pray to Our Lady, with his hands gripping the iron fence. And he prayed, and prayed, and wept, and prayed ... and that’s the way he remained all night long. But this man was struggling: he was struggling with God, he struggled with God Himself to heal his daughter. Then, at 6 in the morning, he went to the bus station, took the bus and arrived home, in the hospital at 9 am, more or less. And he found his wife weeping. And he thought the worst. “What’s happened? I do not understand, I do not understand! What has happened? '. 'Well, the doctors came and they told me that the fever is gone, she is breathing well, that there is nothing! They will leave her for two days more, but I do not understand what happened! This still happens, eh? Miracles do happen”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 21, 2013, 07:56:28 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/21/pope_at_mass:_true_power,_even_in_the_church,_is_in_serving_others/en1-694087

2013-05-21 13:24:29
Pope at Mass: True power, even in the Church, is in serving others

(Vatican Radio) For a Christian, true progress lies in humbling ourselves as Jesus did. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also reiterated that true power is in service and that there is no room for power struggles within the Church. During the prayers of the faithful Pope Francis also prayed for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

In the readings of the day, the source of the Holy Father’s reflections, Jesus speaks of his passion. However his disciples, begin arguing about who is the greatest among them. Commenting on this ‘bitter episode’ the Pope noted: "The struggle for power in the Church nothing new", in fact "it began then with Jesus”. The Pope said: "In the Gospel of Jesus, the struggle for power in the Church must not exist" because true power, that which the Lord "by his example has taught us," is "the power of service".
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 21, 2013, 08:00:16 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/21/fr_lombardi_sj:_pope_did_not_perform_exorcism/en1-694048

2013-05-21 12:25:50
Fr Lombardi SJ: Pope did not perform exorcism

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ decision to place his hands on the head of a sick child and pray over him on Pentecost Sunday stirred speculation he might have performed an exorcism. The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, clarified on Tuesday that the Holy Father did not perform an exorcism on the occasion. "The Holy Father did not intend to perform any exorcism," said Fr Lombardi. "Rather," he explained, "as he frequently does with the sick and the suffering who come his way, he intended simply pray for a suffering person who had been brought before him."

Exorcism is, in the strict sense, the “casting out” of evil spirits. The power to exorcise was conferred by Jesus on the apostles, and it is understood that this power passes to the bishops who are the successors to the apostles, and priests the co-workers. That said, the Church has had – for many hundreds of years, it ought to be added – a very precise ritual of exorcism: there are no evangelical-style tent revival theatrics, but careful, even methodical attention and faithful following of the prescribed prayers, gestures and use of sacramental such as holy water and the crucifix. Fr. Bernd Hagenkord, SJ, clarifies further:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 22, 2013, 11:53:28 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/22/pope_at_mass:_culture_of_encounter_is_the_foundation_of_peace/en1-694445

2013-05-22 12:40:02
Pope at Mass: Culture of encounter is the foundation of peace

(Vatican Radio) “Doing good” is a principle that unites all humanity, beyond the diversity of ideologies and religions, and creates the “culture of encounter” that is the foundation of peace: this is what Pope said at Mass this morning at the Domus Santae Martae, in the presence of employees of the Governorate of Vatican City. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, concelebrated at the Mass.

Wednesday’s Gospel speaks to us about the disciples who prevented a person from outside their group from doing good. “They complain,” the Pope said in his homily, because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” And Jesus corrects them: “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.” The disciples, Pope Francis explains, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of ​​possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong . . . Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation”:

"The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. He must. Not can: must! Because he has this commandment within him. Instead, this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God. That we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 22, 2013, 11:58:19 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/22/audience:_the_holy_spirit,_unity_and_communion_[full_text]/en1-694369

2013-05-22 10:52:57
Audience: the Holy Spirit, unity and communion [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) Below a Vatican Radio translation of Pope Francis’ General Audience catechesis, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. [Original text Italian]:

Dear brothers and sisters, good day!

in the Creed, after having professed faith in the Holy Spirit, we say: "We believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church." There is a deep connection between these two realities of faith: the Holy Spirit gives life to the Church, guides Her steps. Without the presence and the incessant action of the Holy Spirit, the Church could not live and could not accomplish the task that the Risen Jesus has entrusted her; to go and make disciples of all nations (cf. Mt 28:18). Evangelization is the mission of the Church, not just of a few, but my, your, our mission. The Apostle Paul exclaimed: "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel" (1 Cor 9:16). Everyone must be evangelizers, especially through with their life! Paul VI pointed out that "... evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize,"(Apostolic Exhortation. Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14).
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 23, 2013, 12:01:26 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/22/vaticans_financial_information_authority_releases_annual_report/en1-694459

2013-05-22 14:35:13
Vatican's Financial Information Authority releases Annual Report

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office on Wednesday hosted the launch of the Annual Report of the Financial Information Authority for 2012. The Director of the AIF,Rene Brülhart, highlighted the cooperation of various Vatican offices in tackling any potential abuse of the financial system.

Communique on the Annual Report of the Financial Information Authority, 2012
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 23, 2013, 11:17:56 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/23/pope_francis_at_mass:_be_salt_of_the_earth/en1-694853

2013-05-23 13:42:36
Pope Francis at Mass: be salt of the earth

(Vatican Radio) That Christians might spread the spiritual salt of faith, hope and charity: this was Pope Francis’ exhortation at Mass Thursday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. The Pope warned against the risk of becoming insipid, “Museum-piece Christians.”
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“Salt makes sense when you [use] it in order to make things more tasty. I also consider that salt stored in the bottle, with moisture, loses strength and is rendered useless. The salt that we have received is to be given out, to be given away, [in order] to spice things up: otherwise, it becomes bland and useless. We must ask the Lord not to [let us] become Christians with flavour-less salt, with salt that stays closed in the bottle. Salt also has another special feature: when salt is used well, one does not notice the taste of salt. The savour of salt - it cannot be perceived! What one tastes is the flavour of the food: salt helps improve the flavor of the meal.”

“When we preach faith, with this salt,” said Pope Francis, “those who receive the proclamation, receive it each according to his peculiarity, as [happens when salt is used judiciously] on food.” So, “Each with his own peculiarities receives the salt and becomes better [for it].” The Holy Father went on to explain that the “originality” that Christian faith brings is therefore not something uniform:

“The Christian originality is not a uniformity! It takes each one as he is, with his own personality, with his own characteristics, his culture – and leaves him with that, because it is a treasure. However, it gives one something more: it gives flavour! This Christian originality is so beautiful, because when we want to make a uniformity - all salted in the same way - things will be like when the woman throws in too much salt and one tastes only salt and not the meal. The Christian originality is this: each is as he is, with the gifts the Lord has given him.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 23, 2013, 11:52:22 PM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jerrybowyer/2013/05/23/pope-franciss-economics-yes-he-has-a-leftist-view-of-free-markets/

Op/Ed
5/23/2013 @ 8:00AM
Pope Francis's Economics: Yes, He Has A Leftist View Of Free Markets

When Cardinal Bergoglio was first chosen as Pope, my immediate reaction was that, although he would probably not tamper with the Church’s views on sexual issues, he would likely move it to the left in terms of economic rhetoric. I based that to some small degree on his choice of name: Saint Francis is something of a favorite of progressives in the Church due to his vow of poverty and his love of animals. But even more important to me was the intellectual milieu out of which he came: Argentine populism, and his own public statements as a cardinal in support of those themes. You can read my thoughts at the time here.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 24, 2013, 11:20:44 PM
http://www.religionnews.com/2013/05/24/is-pope-francis-is-a-heretic-no-but-he-does-raise-questions/

Is Pope Francis is a heretic? No, but he does raise questions
May 24, 2013

(RNS) Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy?

It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross.

The passage that prompted the reports came from Francis’ brief homily at the informal morning Mass that he celebrates in the chapel at the Vatican guesthouse.

Speaking on Wednesday (May 22), Francis said that as human beings created in the image of God, everyone has a “duty to do good.”

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists,” he said, answering his own query. “Everyone! And this blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the blood of Christ has redeemed us all!”

Cue the jaw dropping and head scratching. Atheists were pleasantly surprised, conservative Catholics were dazed and confused, and the pope’s comments raced around the Internet; for a while they were the second-most shared piece on Reddit.

So was Francis preaching a form of “universalism”? That is the unorthodox teaching that says, essentially, that all faiths are equal and all are going to heaven, especially if you are nice to people here on earth. It’s also a heresy that Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, spent a career quashing every time he thought he thought he spied a hint of it in some theologian’s writings.

But the short answer to the question is easy: No. Francis was only affirming the doctrine that Christ redeemed the whole world. Whether people accept that belief is another matter.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 24, 2013, 11:27:44 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/24/pope_francis:_suffering_difficulties_with_patience_and_overcomin/en1-695179

2013-05-24 13:52:24
Pope Francis: Suffering difficulties with patience and overcoming oppression with love

(Vatican Radio) “To suffer with patience and to overcome external and internal oppression with love.” That was the prayer of Pope Francis today at the Domus Sanctae Martae during Mass on the feast of Mary Help of Christians.

In his homily, Pope Francis requested two graces: “To endure with patience and to overcome with love.” These are “graces proper to a Christian.” “To suffer with patience,” he notes, “is not easy.” “It is not easy, whether the difficulties come from without, or are problems within the heart, the soul, internal problems.” But to suffer, he explained, is not simply to “bear with a difficulty.”:

“To suffer is to take the difficulty and to carry it with strength, so that the difficulty does not drag us down. To carry it with strength: this is a Christian virtue. Saint Paul says several times: Suffer [endure]. This means do not let ourselves be overcome by difficulties. This means that the Christian has the strength not to give up, to carry difficulties with strength. Carry them, but carry them with strength. It is not easy, because discouragement comes, and one has the urge to give up and say, ‘Well, come on, we’ll do what we can but no more.’ But no, it is a grace to suffer. In difficulties, we must ask for [this grace], in difficulty.”

The other grace the Pope asks for is “to overcome with love”:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 25, 2013, 11:59:45 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/25/pope:_open_the_door_to_faith/en1-695466

2013-05-25 12:58:41
Pope: Open the door to faith

(Vatican Radio) Those who approach the Church should find the doors open and not find people who want to control the faith. This is what the Pope said this morning during Mass in the Casa Santa Marta.
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"I remember once, coming out of the city of Salta, on the patronal feast, there was a humble lady who asked for a priest's blessing. The priest said, 'All right, but you were at the Mass' and explained the whole theology of blessing in the church. You did well: 'Ah, thank you father, yes father,' said the woman. When the priest had gone, the woman turned to another priest: 'Give me your blessing!'. All these words did not register with her, because she had another necessity: the need to be touched by the Lord. That is the faith that we always look for , this is the faith that brings the Holy Spirit. We must facilitate it, make it grow, help it grow. "

The Pope also mentioned the story of the blind man of Jericho, who was rebuked by the disciples because he cried to the Lord, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

"The Gospel says that they didn’t want him to shout, they wanted him not to shout but he wanted to shout more, why? Because he had faith in Jesus! The Holy Spirit had put faith in his heart. And they said, 'No, you cannot do this! You don’t shout to the Lord. Protocol does not allow it. And 'the second Person of the Trinity! Look what you do... 'as if they were saying that, right? ".

And think about the attitude of many Christians:

"Think of the good Christians, with good will, we think about the parish secretary, a secretary of the parish ... 'Good evening, good morning, the two of us - boyfriend and girlfriend - we want to get married'. And instead of saying, 'That's great!'. They say, 'Oh, well, have a seat. If you want the Mass, it costs a lot ... '. This, instead of receiving a good welcome- It is a good thing to get married! '- But instead they get this response:' Do you have the certificate of baptism, all right ... '. And they find a closed door. When this Christian and that Christian has the ability to open a door, thanking God for this fact of a new marriage ... We are many times controllers of faith, instead of becoming facilitators of the faith of the people. "

And 'there is always a temptation - said the Pope - "try and take possession of the Lord." And he tells another story:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 26, 2013, 11:53:40 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/god-is-love-but-not-in-emotional-sense-pope-says/

Vatican City, May 26, 2013 / 06:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he celebrated the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis spoke about how God is love, but not in an “emotional” or “sentimental” way.

“The light of Easter and Pentecost have renewed in us each year the joy and wonder of faith that recognizes that God is not something vague, abstract, but has a name: ‘God is love,’” the Pope said May 26, before reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

And this love “is not sentimental, emotional, but the love of the Father who is the source of all life, the love of the Son who died on the cross and rose, the love of the Spirit who renews man and the world,” he stated.

Pope Francis then reflected on how the Trinity “is not the product of human reasoning, it is the face which God himself revealed, not from the top of a throne, but walking with humanity in the history of the people of Israel, and above all in Jesus of Nazareth.

“Jesus is the Son who made us know the merciful Father and brought to the world his ‘fire,’ the Holy Spirit,” he said.

On today’s feast, he explained, “we praise God not for a particular mystery, but for himself, ‘for his glory is immense,’ as the liturgical hymn says. We praise him and thank him because he is love, and for how he calls us to enter the embrace of his communion, which is eternal life.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 26, 2013, 11:58:03 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/26/pope-hails-priest-martyred-by-mafia-decries-mobsters-for-criminal-rackets-like/

Pope hails priest martyred by Mafia, urges mobsters to abandon evil ways
Published May 26, 2013

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis paid tribute to a courageous priest murdered by the Sicilian Mafia as a martyr and urged mobsters on Sunday to abandon their evil ways, particularly the exploitation of people in trafficking rackets such as prostitution.

Francis issued his call to organized crime members to convert their hearts, a day after the beatification of the Rev. Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi in Palermo. The Vatican honored Puglisi as a martyr in the ceremony, 20 years after he was slain in the city by mobsters for defiantly preaching against the Mafia in a neighborhood where Cosa Nostra held sway.

Francis told a crowd in St. Peter's Square that the Mafia killed the Rev. Giuseppe Puglisi because he tried to keep youths from being recruited by mobsters.

Beatification is the last formal step before possible sainthood. As part of the process leading to beatification, church officials considered statements that convicted Mafiosi had given to investigators. The mobsters told authorities that Cosa Nostra bosses had ordered Puglisi's murder because he had dared defy the Mafia by his preaching and work with young people. Mafia bosses convicted of ordering the slaying and are serving life sentences in prison.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 27, 2013, 11:04:04 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/27/pope:_the_culture_of_economic_wellbeing_and_attraction_towards_th/en1-695924

2013-05-27 14:44:53
Pope: the culture of economic wellbeing and attraction towards the provisional prevent us from following Jesus

(Vatican Radio) In order to follow Jesus we must get rid of our culture based on economic wellbeing and of our attraction for the provisional. This was the message highlighted this morning by Pope Francis during Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.   ::snipping3::

Jesus asked a young man to give all his riches to the poor and then to follow him. But when the young man heard this, he went away sad. Pope Francis’ homily found inspiration in the well-known episode narrated in the Gospel, and he underlined that “riches are an impediment” that “do not facilitate our journey towards the Kingdom of God”. And he pointed out: “Each and every one of us has riches”. There is always, he said, a richness that “stops us from getting close to Jesus”. And this must be singled out. We must all, he continued, examine our conscience and pinpoint our riches because they stop us from getting close to Jesus on the path of life”. And the Pope focused on what he called two “cultural riches”: the first, a “culture of economic wellbeing that causes us to be lacking in courage, makes us lazy, makes us selfish”. Wellbeing, he said, “anaesthetizes us, it’s an anaesthetic”.

“No, no, not more than one child, because otherwise we will not be able to go on holiday, we will not be able to go out, we will not be able to buy a house. It’s all very well to follow the Lord, but only up to a certain point. This is what economic wellbeing does to us: we all know what wellbeing is, but it deprives us of courage, of the courage we need to get close to Jesus. This is the first richness of the culture of today, the culture of economic wellbeing”.

There is also, he added, “another richness in our culture”, another richness that prevents us from getting close to Jesus: it’s our fascination for the temporary”. We, he observed, are “in love with the provisional”. We don’t like Jesus’s “definitive proposals”. Instead we like what is temporary because “we are afraid of God’s time” which is definitive.

“He is the Lord of time; we are the masters of the moment. Why? Because we are in command of the moment: I will follow the Lord up to this point, and then I will see… I heard of a man who wanted to become a priest - but only for ten years, not any longer…” Attraction for the provisional: this is a richness. We want to become masters of time, we live for the moment. These two riches are the ones that, in this moment, prevent us from going forward. I think of so many men and women who have left their land to work throughout their lives as missionaries: that is definitive!”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 28, 2013, 07:31:08 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1302333.htm

POPE-ENCYCLICAL May-28-2013
Pope Francis plans to complete encyclical on faith, spokesman says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Continuing a papal tradition of finishing a predecessor's work in progress, Pope Francis intends to complete an encyclical -- on the virtue of faith -- begun during the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.

"I can confirm that the plan for an encyclical on faith, begun by Benedict XVI, has been taken up by the new pope," Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said in a May 24 email response to questions. He said it would "be premature" to guess when the encyclical would be completed.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 28, 2013, 08:07:13 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/28/pope_at_mass:_following_christ_is_not_a_career,_it_is_the_way_of_th/en1-696136

2013-05-28 11:38:09
Pope at Mass: Following Christ is not a career, it is the way of the Cross

(Vatican Radio) We should not reduce the proclamation of Jesus to being a mere cultural ‘gloss’ or ‘veneer’, it must go ‘straight to the heart’ and change us. Moreover, following Jesus ‘does not mean more power’, it is not a ‘career’ because His way is that of the Cross. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass Tuesday in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence. Emer McCarthy reports:

What is our reward in following you? Pope Francis began with the question Peter puts to Jesus. A question, he said, which in the end concerns the life of every Christian. Jesus says that those who follow Him will have "many good things" but "with persecution." The path of the Lord, he continued, "is a road of humility, a road that ends in the Cross." That is why, he added, "there will always be difficulties," "persecution." There will always be, "because He travelled this road before" us. The Pope warned that "when a Christian has no difficulties in life – when everything is fine, everything is beautiful - something is wrong." It leads us to think that he or she is "a great friend of the spirit of the world, of worldliness." The Pope noted this "is a temptation particular to Christians":

"Following Jesus, yes, but up to a certain point: following Jesus because of culture: I am a Christian, I have this culture ... But without the necessity of true discipleship of Jesus, the necessity to travel this His road. If you follow Jesus as a cultural proposal, then you are using this road to get higher up, to have more power. And the history of the Church is full of this, starting with some emperors and then many rulers and many people, no? And even some - I will not say a lot, but some - priests, bishops, no? Some say that there are many ... but they are those who think that following Jesus is a career. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 28, 2013, 08:11:49 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/28/vatican_to_un:_100_thousand_christians_killed_for_the_faith_each_year/en1-696232

2013-05-28 14:31:57
Vatican to UN: 100 thousand Christians killed for the faith each year

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has expressed "deep concern" for violations of religious freedom and systematic attacks on Christian communities in regions of the world such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This was pointed out by Msgr. Silvano Maria Tomasi, who spoke Monday at the United Nations in Geneva.

Statement by His Excellency Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi Permanent ******* of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with High Commissioner - Item 2
Geneva, May 27, 2013
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on May 29, 2013, 12:14:18 PM
http://www.religionnews.com/2013/05/24/is-pope-francis-is-a-heretic-no-but-he-does-raise-questions/

Is Pope Francis is a heretic? No, but he does raise questions
May 24, 2013

(RNS) Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy?

It might look that way from the eye-catching headlines this week that made it appear everyone was bound for heaven — “even atheists!” — thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross.

The passage that prompted the reports came from Francis’ brief homily at the informal morning Mass that he celebrates in the chapel at the Vatican guesthouse.

Speaking on Wednesday (May 22), Francis said that as human beings created in the image of God, everyone has a “duty to do good.”

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists,” he said, answering his own query. “Everyone! And this blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the blood of Christ has redeemed us all!”

Cue the jaw dropping and head scratching. Atheists were pleasantly surprised, conservative Catholics were dazed and confused, and the pope’s comments raced around the Internet; for a while they were the second-most shared piece on Reddit.

So was Francis preaching a form of “universalism”? That is the unorthodox teaching that says, essentially, that all faiths are equal and all are going to heaven, especially if you are nice to people here on earth. It’s also a heresy that Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, spent a career quashing every time he thought he thought he spied a hint of it in some theologian’s writings.

But the short answer to the question is easy: No. Francis was only affirming the doctrine that Christ redeemed the whole world. Whether people accept that belief is another matter.
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grace-land, I hear what he is saying, but I'm not sure I agree.  I know a lot of people who do "good" but scorn the name of the Lord.  Just saying . . .


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on May 29, 2013, 12:16:13 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/25/pope:_open_the_door_to_faith/en1-695466

2013-05-25 12:58:41
Pope: Open the door to faith

(Vatican Radio) Those who approach the Church should find the doors open and not find people who want to control the faith. This is what the Pope said this morning during Mass in the Casa Santa Marta.
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"I remember once, coming out of the city of Salta, on the patronal feast, there was a humble lady who asked for a priest's blessing. The priest said, 'All right, but you were at the Mass' and explained the whole theology of blessing in the church. You did well: 'Ah, thank you father, yes father,' said the woman. When the priest had gone, the woman turned to another priest: 'Give me your blessing!'. All these words did not register with her, because she had another necessity: the need to be touched by the Lord. That is the faith that we always look for , this is the faith that brings the Holy Spirit. We must facilitate it, make it grow, help it grow. "

The Pope also mentioned the story of the blind man of Jericho, who was rebuked by the disciples because he cried to the Lord, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"

"The Gospel says that they didn’t want him to shout, they wanted him not to shout but he wanted to shout more, why? Because he had faith in Jesus! The Holy Spirit had put faith in his heart. And they said, 'No, you cannot do this! You don’t shout to the Lord. Protocol does not allow it. And 'the second Person of the Trinity! Look what you do... 'as if they were saying that, right? ".

And think about the attitude of many Christians:

"Think of the good Christians, with good will, we think about the parish secretary, a secretary of the parish ... 'Good evening, good morning, the two of us - boyfriend and girlfriend - we want to get married'. And instead of saying, 'That's great!'. They say, 'Oh, well, have a seat. If you want the Mass, it costs a lot ... '. This, instead of receiving a good welcome- It is a good thing to get married! '- But instead they get this response:' Do you have the certificate of baptism, all right ... '. And they find a closed door. When this Christian and that Christian has the ability to open a door, thanking God for this fact of a new marriage ... We are many times controllers of faith, instead of becoming facilitators of the faith of the people. "

And 'there is always a temptation - said the Pope - "try and take possession of the Lord." And he tells another story:
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and yet, if I go into a Catholic church, I am not "allowed" to take communion.  That's a real stumbling block for me.  The Eucharist is of God, not the church.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 29, 2013, 10:34:16 PM
Sister, I hear you.  When I read his homily about atheists and salvation, I was confused.  The article that sought to explain it ended with, "But the short answer to the question is easy: No. Francis was only affirming the doctrine that Christ redeemed the whole world. Whether people accept that belief is another matter."
 
Here's another interesting article that explains the issue:

http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/fr-thomas-rosica/explanatory-note-on-the-meaning-of-salvation-in-pope-francis-daily-homily-of-may-22-2013
The Meaning of “Salvation” according to Pope Francis
May 23, 2013 by Fr. Thomas Rosica

I have received numerous calls and messages throughout the day yesterday and again today regarding Pope Francis’ daily homily in the Chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on Wednesday May 22, 2013.  The homily was inspired by the passage in the Gospel of Mark (9:38-40) in which the disciples tell Jesus that they tried to stop someone from driving out demons because he was not one of their party.  Jesus rebukes them saying: “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”

In one section of his homily, Pope Francis stated: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

Questions can be summed up under three categories:

1)      How can atheists be saved?

2)      Is Pope Francis describing some kind of “anonymous Christianity” at work in the world today?

3)      What are the implications of the Pope’s homily for daily living?

I have prepared some brief thoughts and responses to these questions.  They flow from my own theological studies, from five years living in the Middle East, in a Christian minority in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt as well as working in Interreligious dialogue with Jews and Muslims for many years.  I have also had much to do with atheists and agnostics on secular university campuses in Canada
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 29, 2013, 11:20:30 PM
Oh, Sister, I think that the matter of receiving communion stems from the teachings of a particular church.  My non-Catholic friends and relatives do not receive communion when they attend mass at a Catholic church.

Here are some articles that might explain it clearer:

http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/eucha1a.htm
Questions about The Holy Eucharist

http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/intercommunion.htm
Communion of Non-Catholics or Intercommunion


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 29, 2013, 11:29:23 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/29/pope_at_mass:_the_temptation_of_triumphalism_/en1-696517

2013-05-29 13:05:00
Pope at Mass: The temptation of triumphalism

(Vatican Radio) Triumphalism impedes the Church: it is the temptation of a Christianity without the Cross, a Church that only wants to go half way on the journey of redemption, overly concerned with organization and success, without understanding that real triumph is born out of failure, like the triumph of Christ on the Cross. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

The Gospel of the day recounts how Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem with his disciples, announces His passion, death and resurrection. Pope Francis described it as “the journey of faith”. He noted the disciples have another plan in mind, they plan to go only half way, that it is better to stop and they discuss among themselves how to arrange the Church and arrange salvation. Thus , John and James, ask Him to grant that in His glory one may sit one at His right and the other at His left, prompting a argument among the other about who was most important in the Church.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 29, 2013, 11:33:02 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/29/pope,_pilgrims_undeterred_by_rain_at_audience/en1-696502

2013-05-29 13:01:25
Pope, pilgrims undeterred by rain at audience

(Vatican Radio) Neither Pope Francis, nor the thousands of people who had begun to gather for the Holy Father’s weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square even before daybreak, allowed the sudden rainstorm that blew through the city of Rome on Wednesday morning to dampen their spirits. After thanking the pilgrims and tourists for their intrepid spirit, and listening to a reading from the Gospel according to St John in which the episode of the soldiers’ piercing the crucified Lord’s side is recounted (Jn 19:32-35), Pope Francis began a new series of catechetical reflections, centred on the mystery of the Church as presented through some well-known phrases from the documents of the II Vatican Council. Listen: RealAudioMP3

“The whole history of salvation,” said the Holy Father, “ is the story of God seeking man, offer[ing] humanity His love, embracing mankind.” The Holy Father went on to recall how God called Abraham to be the father of a multitude, chose the people of Israel to forge an alliance that embraces all nations, and sent, in the fullness of time, His Son, that His plan of love and salvation be realised in a new and everlasting covenant with humanity.

“When we read the Gospels,” he said, “we see that Jesus gathers around him a small community that receives His word, follows Him, shares His journey, becomes His family – and with this community, He prepares and builds His Church.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 30, 2013, 01:11:26 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2013/05/pope-francis-explains-why-he-chose-to-live-away-from-the-papal-apartments/

Pope Francis Explains Why He Chose to Live Away From the Papal Apartments
May 30, 2013

Pope Francis has revealed for the first time the reasons for his decision to shun the official papal apartments and instead live in a much more modest Vatican ‘hotel’.

He has told a friend that he likes being in daily contact with ordinary people, does not want to be isolated and enjoys sitting down to meals with visiting clergy.

The Pope, 76, who on first seeing the papal apartments reportedly exclaimed “But there is room here for 300 people!” hinted that the arrangement may be permanent.

The Pope broke with Vatican tradition when he decided, after being elected on March 13 during a secret conclave of cardinals, not to live in the apostolic apartments.

Instead he opted to remain in the Casa Santa Marta, a Vatican residence which accommodates visiting clergy and lay people, where he had stayed with his fellow cardinals during the conclave.

He lives in a suite of rooms in the residence, which sits in the shadow of St Peter’s Basilica, on the other side of the Vatican city state to the apostolic apartments.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 30, 2013, 01:45:17 PM
I think that many people and news agencies are reading/listening/watching video of the daily mass homilies by Pope Francis. The homily mentioning atheists and salvation seems to have provoked much discussion; and, therefore, the Vatican has responded with an explanation of the daily mass homilies.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/30/lombardi:_note_on_daily_mass_homilies/en1-696783

2013-05-30 12:00:37
Lombardi: Note on daily Mass homilies

(Vatican Radio) On account of the great interest expressed in Pope Francis’ homilies at morning Mass, many people have asked about the possibility of receiving the full text of those homilies, and not just the summaries published by L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio.

In a brief note, Father Lombardi, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, has explained the decision to publish partial syntheses of the Holy Father’s homily, rather than the full text.

Pope Francis, he said, wants to retain the familiar atmosphere that characterises the daily Mass, which is typically attended by a small number of the faithful. “For that reason,” Fr. Lombardi said, the Holy Father has specifically requested that the live video and audio not be broadcast.

The Pope’s daily homily, Fr. Lombardi said, is delivered spontaneously, and not from a written text, and in Italian – a language Pope Francis knows well, but which is not his mother tongue. An integral, or official, text, would necessarily have to be transcribed and slightly reworked, given the differences between a written work and the homilies’ original oral form. In short, he said, there would have to be a revision by the Holy Father himself – but this would clearly result in something that differs from what the Holy Father intends in his daily homily.

Father Lombardi went on to explain how the Holy See has resolved the question:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 30, 2013, 10:09:37 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/30/corpus_christi_procession:_in_my_life,_im_following_christ/en1-696872

2013-05-30 13:31:31
Corpus Christi procession: 'In my life, I'm following Christ'

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(Vatican Radio) Each year for the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Pope, the Bishop of Rome celebrates Mass in the City’s Cathedral, the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran.

Immediately following the Mass, the Holy Father will process with the Blessed Sacrament from the Lateran to the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Parishes, confraternities and other groups of the faithful take part in Procession, which was revived during the Pontificate of Blessed John Paul II.

“All the external symbols that we have in the procession for the Blessed Eucharist come from the ancient world, and they were symbols, things used to honour a person,” said Father Joseph Kramer, the Pastor of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini in Rome. “And I think that’s the big message of the procession, that this is a VIP holding up the traffic today, moving from one point in Rome to another . . . the fact that the Pope is the first person that’s following the monstrance, gives you an indication that here we’ve got Somebody more important than the Pope in Rome, and that’s our Lord Himself Who’s being carried in procession.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 30, 2013, 10:13:29 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18021

Pope Francis leads Corpus Christi procession through streets of Rome
CWN - May 30, 2013

Pope Francis led the Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome on May 30, after celebrating Mass at the basilica of St. John Lateran and telling the congregation that the Eucharist should nourish an attitude of solidarity.

The feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated as a holy day in Rome, and Vatican offices were closed. The Pope celebrated an outdoor Mass on the plaza outside the Lateran basilica for a congregation of about 20,000 people, then joined in the candlelight procession to the basilica of St. Mary Major for Benediction.

The tradition of a Corpus Christi procession through Rome, with the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on a platform truck, was revived by Blessed John Paul II and continued by Pope Benedict XVI. In a concession to their age, these last two Pontiffs had knelt before the Eucharist. But Pope Francis walked the route: a distance of about 1.5 miles.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on May 30, 2013, 10:22:02 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1302380.htm

POPE-CORPUSCHRISTI May-30-2013
Eucharist nourishes, sustains and should transform people, pope says

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Pope Francis raises the chalice as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of Corpus Christi outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome May 30. (CNS/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) -- In the Eucharist, Jesus makes himself the food that nourishes and sustains Catholics, even when the road gets rough, Pope Francis said before leading a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome.

 Mass and participation in Corpus Christi processions are times for Catholics to reflect on how they follow Jesus and, particularly, what the Eucharist means to them, the pope said at Mass May 30 to celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The pope encouraged Catholics to ask themselves: Is the Eucharist a "moment of true communion with the Lord, but also with my many brothers and sisters who share at this same altar?" and "Adoring Christ truly present in the Eucharist, do I allow myself to be transformed by him?"

The pope celebrated the Mass outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran, then -- on foot -- joined a candlelight Corpus Christi procession from St. John's to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, just over a mile away.

The monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament was carried on the truck that Blessed John Paul II began using in 1994 when he could no longer walk the full mile. Pope Benedict XVI participated in the procession each year, riding in the truck, kneeling before the Eucharist.

"Jesus speaks in the silence of the mystery of the Eucharist and reminds us each time that following him means going out of ourselves and making our lives not something we 'possess,' but a gift to him and to others," Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on May 31, 2013, 09:49:20 AM
Oh, Sister, I think that the matter of receiving communion stems from the teachings of a particular church.  My non-Catholic friends and relatives do not receive communion when they attend mass at a Catholic church.

Here are some articles that might explain it clearer:

http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/eucha1a.htm
Questions about The Holy Eucharist

http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/intercommunion.htm
Communion of Non-Catholics or Intercommunion

grace-land, it's pretty clear that unless I were to confess the Catholic faith, I cannot receive communion unless I am dying, etc.  I cannot confess the Catholic faith, even if I wanted to, because I am divorced and had re-married without an annulment.
The Catholic church considers the Methodist church (and others) as not having valid sacred orders.  This is most difficult for me to believe that only the Catholic church has sacred orders.  I believe God is the one who ordains and I do not believe it is only Catholics.
I have great respect for other Christian denominations.  In our creed, we say "I believe in the holy catholic church."  The word catholic here means universal.
Just my thoughts.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on May 31, 2013, 09:51:40 AM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1302380.htm

POPE-CORPUSCHRISTI May-30-2013
Eucharist nourishes, sustains and should transform people, pope says

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Pope Francis raises the chalice as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of Corpus Christi outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome May 30. (CNS/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) -- In the Eucharist, Jesus makes himself the food that nourishes and sustains Catholics, even when the road gets rough, Pope Francis said before leading a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome.

 Mass and participation in Corpus Christi processions are times for Catholics to reflect on how they follow Jesus and, particularly, what the Eucharist means to them, the pope said at Mass May 30 to celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The pope encouraged Catholics to ask themselves: Is the Eucharist a "moment of true communion with the Lord, but also with my many brothers and sisters who share at this same altar?" and "Adoring Christ truly present in the Eucharist, do I allow myself to be transformed by him?"

The pope celebrated the Mass outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran, then -- on foot -- joined a candlelight Corpus Christi procession from St. John's to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, just over a mile away.

The monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament was carried on the truck that Blessed John Paul II began using in 1994 when he could no longer walk the full mile. Pope Benedict XVI participated in the procession each year, riding in the truck, kneeling before the Eucharist.

"Jesus speaks in the silence of the mystery of the Eucharist and reminds us each time that following him means going out of ourselves and making our lives not something we 'possess,' but a gift to him and to others," Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass.
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BBM
I believe I share the same altar as it is the Body and the Blood of our Christ who is our Savior.
Again, I respect the Catholic church, but this is a great stumbling block for me.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 01, 2013, 12:12:51 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/31/pope_francis:_long_faces_cannot_proclaim_jesus/en1-697158

2013-05-31 12:55:24
Pope Francis: Long faces cannot proclaim Jesus

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Spirit is the "author" of Christian joy and to proclaim the Gospel we need to have joy in our hearts gifted us by the Spirit of God. There is a certain understanding of Christian life that is marked by sadness, but long faces cannot proclaim Jesus. Joy alone and praise of God are the only way to advance the Gospel. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports:

Pope Francis began by commenting on the daily readings. The first reading, from the prophet Zephaniah, contains the exclamation "Rejoice! Cries of joy, the Lord is in your midst. " The second, from the Gospel, tells the story of Elizabeth and her son that "rejoices" in the womb on hearing the words of Mary. The Pope noted, "it all speaks of joy, the joy that is celebration." Yet, he continues, "we Christians are not so accustomed to speak of joy, of happiness", "I think often we prefer to complain". Instead, it is "the Holy Spirit that gives us joy":

"It’s the Spirit that guides us: He is the author of joy, the Creator of joy. And this joy in the Holy Spirit gives us true Christian freedom. Without joy, we Christians cannot become free, we become slaves to our sorrows. The great Paul VI said that you cannot advance the Gospel with sad, hopeless, discouraged Christians. You cannot. A certain mournful behavior, no? Often Christians behave as if they were going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God, no? And this joy comes from praise, Mary’s praise, this praise that Zephaniah speaks of, Simeon and Anna’s praise: this praise of God! "

And how do we praise God? We praise Him by coming out of ourselves, we praise Him "freely, like the grace that He gives us is free," said Pope Francis. This pushes us to an examination of conscience on how to pray to God, said Pope Francis, who then turned to those present with a question:

"You here at Mass, do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? Do you praise God? '. This is something new, new in our new spiritual life. Giving praise to God, coming out of ourselves to give praise; spending a little bit of time giving praise. But ‘this Mass is so long!’ If you do not praise God, you will never know the gratuity of spending time praising God, the Mass is long. But if you go with this attitude of joy, of praise to God, that is beautiful! This is what eternity will be: giving praise to God! And that will not be boring: it will be beautiful! This joy makes us free. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 01, 2013, 12:50:38 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/30/interview_with_ior_president,_ernst_von_freyberg/en1-696987

2013-05-31 06:05:48
Interview with IOR President, Ernst von Freyberg

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works, known by the acronym of its Italian title IOR, is not a bank. It neither lends money nor makes direct investments and all of its clients are named.

The mission of its newly appointed president, Ernst von Freyberg, is to restore its reputation as a transparent financial institution in line with international norms at the service of the Holy Father and its 19 thousand customers worldwide, most of whom are nuns and clergy. He believes communication is a key part of this mission and members of the Church and the society at large must be informed of the IOR’s activities.

In an interview with Vatican Radio’s Fr. Bernd Hagenkord S.J., von Freyberg dispels some myths about the IOR and reveals the challenges facing the institute, which has attracted keen media attention in recent years. And he confesses to having a ‘dream’: “My dream is a very clear one. My dream is that our reputation is such that people don’t think of us any more, when they think about the Vatican, but that they listen to what the Pope says.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 01, 2013, 10:04:37 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/01/pope_francis:_mass_on_saturday_morning/en1-697510

2013-06-01 14:16:41
Pope Francis: Mass on Saturday morning

(Vatican Radio) “The Church is not a cultural organization,” but, “the family of Jesus.” This was the focus of Pope Francis’ remarks to the faithful gathered for Mass on Saturday morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican. The Pope said that Christians should not be ashamed to live with the scandal of the Cross, and urged them not to be "trapped by the spirit of the world." Listen: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis took the question put to Jesus by the scribes and chief priests, “By what authority are you doing these things?” as his starting point. Once again, he said, they were looking to set a trap for the Lord, trying to paint Him into a corner, to force Him to make a mistake. The Holy Father went on to ask why the scribes and Pharisees wanted to embarrass Jesus. ”Tthe problem that these people had,” said the Holy Father, was not that Jesus had performed miracles. Rather, he explained, “They were shocked that the demons cried out to Jesus, ‘You are the Son of God, You are the Holy One.” This is the thing about Jesus that really scandalises. “He is God who became incarnate.” For us, too, “do they set traps in life,” though, “[that characteristic] of the Church, which scandalises, is the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, and, “this cannot be tolerated, this the devil will not suffer.”:

“How many times do you hear people say: ‘But you Christians, be a bit more normal, like other people: be reasonable!’ This is a speech by snake charmers, to be sure: ‘But, be normal, OK? A little more normal, do not be so strict.” But behind this is: ‘Please, do not come with [your] tales, [about] God who became man!’ The Incarnation of the Word: that is the scandal behind it! We can do all the social work we want, and they will say, ‘How nice, the Church, what good social work the Church does’. But if we say that we do this because those people [we help] are the flesh of Christ, there is scandal. And that is the truth, that is the revelation of Jesus: that presence of Jesus incarnate.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 02, 2013, 02:27:53 AM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2297/a_holy_hour_with_pope_francis__sunday_june_2_11_am_et.aspx#.UarlBr4o7IV

A Holy Hour with Pope Francis – Sunday, June 2, 11 am ET
June 01, 2013 09:10 EST

As was announced earlier this week by the Holy See, tomorrow, Sunday June 2, a worldwide hour of Eucharistic adoration will be held, starting at 5 pm in Rome (that is, 11 am Eastern Time). Pope Francis will lead the Holy Hour from St. Peter’s Basilica (to be broadcast live here).

From the Vatican Information Service, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, explains the significance of the event, the theme of which is “One Lord, One Faith”:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on June 02, 2013, 06:42:34 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/31/pope_francis:_long_faces_cannot_proclaim_jesus/en1-697158

2013-05-31 12:55:24
Pope Francis: Long faces cannot proclaim Jesus

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Spirit is the "author" of Christian joy and to proclaim the Gospel we need to have joy in our hearts gifted us by the Spirit of God. There is a certain understanding of Christian life that is marked by sadness, but long faces cannot proclaim Jesus. Joy alone and praise of God are the only way to advance the Gospel. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports:

Pope Francis began by commenting on the daily readings. The first reading, from the prophet Zephaniah, contains the exclamation "Rejoice! Cries of joy, the Lord is in your midst. " The second, from the Gospel, tells the story of Elizabeth and her son that "rejoices" in the womb on hearing the words of Mary. The Pope noted, "it all speaks of joy, the joy that is celebration." Yet, he continues, "we Christians are not so accustomed to speak of joy, of happiness", "I think often we prefer to complain". Instead, it is "the Holy Spirit that gives us joy":

"It’s the Spirit that guides us: He is the author of joy, the Creator of joy. And this joy in the Holy Spirit gives us true Christian freedom. Without joy, we Christians cannot become free, we become slaves to our sorrows. The great Paul VI said that you cannot advance the Gospel with sad, hopeless, discouraged Christians. You cannot. A certain mournful behavior, no? Often Christians behave as if they were going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God, no? And this joy comes from praise, Mary’s praise, this praise that Zephaniah speaks of, Simeon and Anna’s praise: this praise of God! "

And how do we praise God? We praise Him by coming out of ourselves, we praise Him "freely, like the grace that He gives us is free," said Pope Francis. This pushes us to an examination of conscience on how to pray to God, said Pope Francis, who then turned to those present with a question:

"You here at Mass, do you give praise to God or do you only petition God and thank God? Do you praise God? '. This is something new, new in our new spiritual life. Giving praise to God, coming out of ourselves to give praise; spending a little bit of time giving praise. But ‘this Mass is so long!’ If you do not praise God, you will never know the gratuity of spending time praising God, the Mass is long. But if you go with this attitude of joy, of praise to God, that is beautiful! This is what eternity will be: giving praise to God! And that will not be boring: it will be beautiful! This joy makes us free. "
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Amen, amen and amen!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 02, 2013, 08:23:05 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/02/pope_francis_leads_worldwide_eucharistic_adoration/en1-697792

2013-06-02 18:45:57
Pope Francis leads worldwide Eucharistic Adoration

Vatican Radio) Millions of people around the world took part in an hour of Solemn Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday evening.

Pope Francis led the unprecedented, worldwide event from Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Catholic faithful throughout the world took part in their own Cathedrals and churches, and followed the event on television, radio, and the internet.

The Holy Father asked that this time of Eucharistic Adoration be offered especially for:
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Solemn Adoration consisted of Gospel readings taken from Christ’s Eucharistic discourse in the Gospel of Saint John, chapter six, along with traditional Eucharistic hymns and chants. Prayers from each of the past six popes, beginning with Pope Pius XII and concluding with Pope Benedict XVI, were offered during Adoration, with invocations for the needs of all mankind.

The ceremony concluded with the Tantum ergo and solemn benediction with the Blessed Sacrament by Pope Francis.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 02, 2013, 08:31:55 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/02/pope_francis:_war_is_the_suicide_of_humanity/en1-697748

2013-06-02 15:59:27
Pope Francis: war is the suicide of humanity

(Vatican Radio) “War is the suicide of humanity because it kills the heart and kills love,” Pope Francis said in his homily at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. In attendance at the Mass was a group of about 80 people, consisting of relatives of Italian soldiers killed in peacekeeping missions in the last 4-5 years, particularly in Afghanistan, along with a number of soldiers wounded during the same missions.
listen to the report... RealAudioMP3

June 2nd is “Republic Day” in Italy, which commemorates the foundation of the Italian republic in 1946. Archbishop Vincenzo Pelvi, the head of the Military Ordinary in Italy, who concelebrated Mass with the Holy Father, said it is a “significant day” in which the country expresses “a debt of love for military families.”

“The Lord hears the prayers of everyone!” – not only Solomon’s prayers on the day of the consecration of the Temple, but also the prayer of all of us. Pope Francis emphasised that fact, citing the Gospel story of the centurion who goes to Jesus to ask for the healing of his servant. He said our God is such that He hears the prayers of each one of us – not as an “anonymous” mass of prayers, but the prayers of each and every individual. "Our God is the God of the great and the God of small, our God is personal," He listens to everyone with His heart, and loves “from the heart”:

"Today we have come to pray for our dead, for our wounded, for the victims of the madness that is war! It is the suicide of humanity, because it kills the heart, it kills precisely that which is the message of the Lord: it kills love! Because war comes from hatred, from envy, from desire for power, and – we’ve seen it many times - it comes from that hunger for more power.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 02, 2013, 08:41:53 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/02/angelus:_convert_to_faith_in_providence/en1-697685

2013-06-02 13:16:02
Angelus: Convert to faith in providence

(Vatican Radio) More than 100,000 pilgrims were in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday for the Pope’s weekly Angelus address. On a beautiful June day, Pope Francis spoke about the Feast of Corpus Christi, “the feast of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.” 

This feast, the Holy Father said, “calls us to convert to faith in Providence, to be able to share the little that we are and that we have, and never to close in on ourselves.”

Below, please find Vatican Radio's translation of the complete text of Pope Francis’ catechesis during the Sunday Angelus:

Dear brothers and sisters,

Last Thursday we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi, which in Italy and other countries is transferred to Sunday. It is the Feast of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Gospel tells the story of the miracle of the loaves (Luke 9:11-17). I want to focus on one aspect that always strikes me and makes me think. We are on the shore of Lake Galilee, the evening draws near, Jesus cares for the people who have been with him for so many hours: there are thousands of them, and they are hungry. What to do? The disciples are discussing the problem, and they say to Jesus, “Dismiss the crowd” so that they can go into the neighboring villages to find food. But Jesus says, “Give them some food yourselves” (v. 13). The disciples are unsettled, and they respond, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have,” as if to say: just enough for ourselves.

Jesus knows very well what to do, but wants to involve his disciples, He wants to teach them. The attitude of the disciples is human attitude, an attitude that seeks the most realistic solution, a solution that does not create too many problems: Dismiss the crowd - they say - let each one arrange what he can for himself; for the rest, you have already done so much for them: you preached, you healed the sick...Dimiss the crowd
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 03, 2013, 11:14:46 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/03/pope_francis:_the_corrupt_harm_the_church;_the_saints_are_a_light_fo/en1-698006

2013-06-03 15:23:53
Pope Francis: the corrupt harm the Church; the saints are a light for all

Sinners, the corrupt, and saints: Pope Francis focused on these three groups in his homily for Mass Monday morning in at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope said the corrupt do great harm to the Church because they are worshipers of themselves; the saints, on the other hand, do great good, they are lights in the Church.

What happens when we want to become the owners of the vineyard? The parable of the wicked tenants in Monday's Gospel reading provided the starting point for Pope Francis’ homily, which focused on “the three models of Christians in the Church: sinners, corrupt persons; and the saints.” The Pope noted that “there is no need to talk too much about sinners, because we are all sinners." "We recognize this from the inside,” he continued, “and we know what a sinner is. If any one of us does not feel that way, he should make a visit to a spiritual doctor” because “something is wrong.” The parable, however, presents us with another figure, the figure of those who want “to take possession of the vineyard, and who have lost the relationship with the Master of the vineyard,” a Master who, “has called us with love, who protects us, but who then gives us freedom.” Those who would take possession of the vineyard, “think they are strong, they think they are independent of God”:

“These, slowly, slipped on that autonomy, that independence in their relationship with God: ‘We don’t need that Master, who shouldn’t come and disturb us!’ And we go forward with this. These are the corrupt! These were sinners like all of us, but they have taken a step beyond that, as if they were confirmed in their sin: they don’t need God! But it only seems so, for in their genetic code there is this relationship with God. And since they can’t deny this, they make a special god: they themselves are god. They are corrupt.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 03, 2013, 11:22:09 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/03/pope_francis_remembers_bl_pope_john_xxiii_(full_text)/en1-698062

2013-06-03 18:45:42
Pope Francis remembers Bl Pope John XXIII (full text)

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed a group of pilgrims from the Italian diocese of Bergamo on Monday evening in St Peter's Basilica, where they had gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of their most illustrious sons, Blessed Pope John XXIII. Below, please find Vatican Radio's English translation of the Holy Father's prepared remarks.
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Dear friends of the Diocese of Bergamo,

I am pleased to welcome you here, at the tomb of the Apostle Peter, in this place that is home to every Catholic. I affectionately greet your Pastor, Bishop Francesco Beschi, and thank him for the kind words he addressed to me on behalf of all.

Exactly fifty years ago, just at this moment, Blessed John XXIII left this world. Those who, like me, [are of] a certain age, retain a vivid memory of the commotion that spread everywhere in those days: St. Peter’s Square had become a sanctuary in the open, day and night welcoming the faithful of all ages and social conditions, in trepidation and prayer for the Pope's health. The whole world had recognized in Pope John a pastor and a father: a shepherd because [he was] father. What made him such? How could he reach the hearts of so many different people, even many non-Christians? To answer this question, we can refer to his episcopal motto, oboedientia et pax: obedience and peace. “These words,” noted the then-Archbishop Roncalli on the eve of his episcopal ordination, “are [in a way] my story and my life.” (Journal of a Soul, retreat in preparation for consecration as bishop, 13-17 March 1925)
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 04, 2013, 10:26:40 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/04/pope_at_mass:_hypocrisy_is_the_language_of_the_corrupt_/en1-698225

2013-06-04 11:37:33
Pope at Mass: Hypocrisy is the language of the corrupt

(Vatican Radio) Hypocrites may say all the right things, but for the wrong reasons. A Christian should not use a "socially mannered language", prone to hypocrisy, but speak the truth of the Gospel with the transparency of a child. There is no truth without love; love is the first truth.This was the lesson drawn by Pope Francis at morning Mass Tuesday in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports:

From the corrupt to their language of choice: hypocrisy. Pope Francis continued his thread of thought from Monday’s homily in his reflections on the episode recounted in the Gospel of the day: The tribute due to Caesar, and the Pharisees and of the Herodians’ subtle questioning of Christ on the legitimacy of that tribute.

Pope Francis noted that the intention with which they approach Jesus is to make him "fall into a trap." Their question whether it is lawful or not to pay taxes to Caesar is made "with soft words, with beautiful words, with overly sweet words . "They try to show themselves his friends." But it is all false. Pope Francis says this is because, "they do not love the truth" but only themselves, "and so they try to deceive, to involve others in their deceit, their lies. They have a lying heart, they cannot tell the truth ":

"Hypocrisy is the very language of corruption. And when Jesus speaks to his disciples, he says: 'let your language be,' Yes, yes! No, no '. Hypocrisy is not a language of truth, because the truth is never given alone. Never! It is always given with love! There is no truth without love. Love is the first truth. If there is no love, there is no truth. They want a true enslaved to their interests. There is a love, of sorts: it is love of self, love for oneself. That narcissist idolatry that leads them to betray others, that leads them to abuse of trust. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 05, 2013, 10:15:09 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/05/pope_francis_at_mass:_crying_out_to_god_for_succour/en1-698600

2013-06-05 13:09:17
Pope Francis at Mass: crying out to God for succour

(Vatican Radio) Lamenting one’s suffering to God is not a sin, but a prayer of the heart that reaches the Lord: this was Pope Francis’ reflection at Mass Wednesday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican, with the presence of some members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and of the Vatican Apostolic Library. Among others, the Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera; Archbishop Joseph DiNoia, secretary of the same Congregation; and Monsignor Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Library. Listen: RealAudioMP3

The story of Tobit and Sarah, reported in the first reading of the day, was the focus of the Pope’s homily: Two just people who live dramatic situations. The first is blinded despite his performing good works, even risking his life, and the second marries seven men in turn, each of whom dies before their wedding night. Both, in their great sorrow, pray to God to let them die. “They are people in extreme situations,” explained Pope Francis, “and they seek a way out.” He said, “They complain,” but, “they do not blaspheme.”:

“To lament before God is not a sin. A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune: ‘But, madam, that is a form of prayer. Go ahead [with it].’ The Lord hears, He listens to our complaints. Think of the greats, of Job, when in chapter III (he says): ‘Cursed be the day I came into the world,’ and Jeremiah, in the twentieth chapter: ‘Cursed be the day’ – they complain even cursing, not the Lord, but the situation, right? It is only human.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 05, 2013, 10:24:28 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/05/pope_at_audience:_counter_a_culture_of_waste_with_solidarity/en1-698604

2013-06-05 13:21:11
Pope at audience: Counter a culture of waste with solidarity

(Vatican Radio) When stock markets drop ten points its ‘a tragedy’ but starving children, homeless people dying on our streets, people disposed of like trash - such as the unborn or the elderly - has become the norm.

This is the result of a culture of waste, of our being unable to ‘read the signs’ of God’s creation, His free gift to us, and of allowing money and not man rule society. A culture of solidarity should prevail over our culture of waste, because when we care for and cultivate creation – including the human person – when we share our resources, we all have enough.

This Wednesday Pope Francis dedicated his general audience with thousands of pilgrims and visitors to St Peter’s square to the UN World Environment Day. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Below please find a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s catechesis:

Catechesis

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 06, 2013, 10:52:44 PM
This homily was given on Thursday, May 6.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/06/pope_at_mass:_the_subtle_danger_of_idolatry_/en1-698887

2013-06-06 11:59:02
Pope at Mass: The subtle danger of idolatry

(Vatican Radio) Everyone has "small or not so small" idolatries in their lives, but the road that leads to God is one of exclusive love for Him, as Jesus taught us. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta Friday. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

As is custom the Pope reflected on the daily readings and the Gospel episode that recounts the scribe who approached Jesus to ask which, in his opinion, "is the first of all the commandments". Pope Francis noted that the scribe’s intentions were probably “far from innocent”, that he gives the impression of wanting to "test" Christ, if not to "make him fall into a trap". The scribe approves of Jesus’ answer – where he quotes from the bible: " Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!"- and Christ responds with the comment: “You are not far from the kingdom of God". Pope Francis said that, in essence, with that "you are not far" Jesus wanted to say to the scribe: "You know the theory very well," but "you are still some distance from the Kingdom of God", that is, you have to walk to “transform this commandment into reality”, because we “profess God through our way of life":

"It’s not enough to say: 'But I believe in God, God is the only God.' That’s fine, but how do you live this out in your life’s journey? Because we can say, 'The Lord is the only God, there is no other', but then live as if He was not the only God and have other deities at our disposal ... There is a danger of ' idolatry: idolatry, which is brought to us through the spirit of the world. And in this Jesus was clear: the spirit of the world, no. At the Last Supper he asks the Father to defend us from the spirit of the world, because the spirit of the world leads us to idolatry. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 06, 2013, 11:10:50 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2305/francis_wont_spend_his_summer_at_castel_gandolfo.aspx#.UbFOZb4o7IU

Francis won’t spend his summer at Castel Gandolfo
June 06, 2013 01:38 EST

The Vatican’s Prefecture of the Pontifical Household announced today that, in a break from the practice of many of his predecessors, Pope Francis will not spend the summer months at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. While “he will occasionally travel” to the town 15 miles outside of Rome, the announcement stated that Francis will continue to reside at the Vatican’s Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he has lived since his election in March.

Francis will observe the lighter summer schedule typical of his predecessors; Wednesday General Audiences will not be held during the month of July, and the daily papal Masses held in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel will end July 7. Francis will travel to Brazil for World Youth Day from July 22-29.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, didn’t offer an explanation for why Francis declined to spend his summer at Castel Gandolfo, although he pointed out that he never went away during the summer months as archbishop of Buenos Aires.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 07, 2013, 09:36:15 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/07/pope_at_mass:_the_science_of_tenderness/en1-699286

2013-06-07 12:19:50
Pope at Mass: The science of tenderness

(Vatican Radio) It’s harder to open our hearts and let God love us than to love God in return. But the only way to really love Him is to love others, especially the poor. God is an expert in the science of tenderness and we should allow ourselves to be loved by Him. This was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass Friday on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis referred to the solemnity as “the feast of love” of a “heart that loved so much” and repeated several times during his homily that Jesus loved us not with His words but with His deeds and his life. A love which, St. Ignatius said, "manifests itself more in deeds than in words" and that is especially "more giving than receiving." Pope Francis said "these two criteria are like the pillars of true love" and the Good Shepherd above all else represents the love of God. He knows His sheep by name, "because His is not an abstract or general love: it is love towards everyone ".

"A God who draws near out of love, walks with His people, and this walk comes to an unimaginable point. We could never have imagined that the same Lord would become one of us and walk with us, be present with us, present in His Church, present in the Eucharist, present in His Word, present in the poor, He is present, walking with us. And this is closeness: the shepherd close to his flock, close to his sheep, whom he knows, one by one.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 07, 2013, 09:45:02 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/07/pope_launches_into_spontaneous_qa_with_students/en1-699446

2013-06-07 17:22:41
Pope launches into spontaneous Q&A with students

(Vatican Radio) In a style that seems to have almost become signature of the current pontificate, Pope Francis stepped out of yet another scripted session to engage in a spontaneous question-and-answer period with hundreds of children and teens.

The papal audience in the Paul VI Hall with students, teachers and staff of Jesuit grade schools and high schools on Friday became a friendly dialogue between the 76-year-old pontiff and the young people.

The students, who had come from six Italian cities and one school in Albania, were passing the time singing a Christian rap song, when the Pope entered the hall unannounced. At his sighting, they immediately erupted into cheers and applause.

In response, it seems, Pope Francis decided to put his five-page written message aside.

“I prepared a text, but it’s five pages! A little boring,” he said to the young people, who responded with laughter.

He proposed to give short summary and then take questions from the students instead.

With sensitivity and humour, the Pope answered 10 frank questions, that ranged from his priestly vocation to his decision to forego the usual papal apartment.

When asked if it was a difficult to leave his family and friends and become a priest, the pope said it was. “It is not easy but there are beautiful moments and Jesus helps you and gives you some joy.”

When asked why he wanted to join the Jesuits, he said he wanted to be a missionary and he was attracted by the religious order’s missionary zeal and activity.

When asked why he decided to renounce the usual papal apartment, he said it was a question of personality, not of luxury.

“I have a need to live among people.” he said. “If I were to live alone, perhaps a little isolate, it would not be good for me. … It is my personality. … It is not an issue of personal virtue, it is only that I cannot live alone.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 08, 2013, 11:37:51 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/08/pope_at_mass:_learning_from_mary_to_keep_the_word_of_god/en1-699623

2013-06-08 12:38:28
Pope at Mass: Learning from Mary to keep the Word of God

(Vatican Radio) Like Mary, we must learn to receive and keep the Word of God safe in our hearts. Marking the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary at morning Mass Saturday, Pope Francis pointed out that Mary assimilated the Word of God into her life, by meditating it and pondering what message the Lord had for her through His Word. This, he said is what safekeeping means. Listen: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis developed his homily around the two themes of astonishment and safekeeping, starting from the Gospel of the day Luke chapter 2. It recounts the astonishment of the teachers in the Temple listening to Jesus and Mary’s keeping the Word of God safe in her heart. Astonishment, the Pope observed, "is more than joy: it is a moment in which the Word of God comes, is sown in our hearts. " But, he warned, "we cannot always live in wonder", this should be “kept in our hearts” throughout our lives. And this is precisely what Mary does, when she is "astonished" and keeps the "Word of God" in her heart:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 08, 2013, 11:40:47 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/08/pope:_religious_freedom_often_affirmed,_not_always_put_into_practice/en1-699755

2013-06-08 16:33:25
Pope: Religious freedom often affirmed, not always put into practice

(Vatican Radio) Religious freedom was among the topics which Pope Francis touched upon Saturday during his meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. In his address to the Italian Head of State, Pope Francis recalled how 2013 marks the 17th centenary of the Edict of Milan, a document which many consider to be the first example of religious freedom being promoted.

“In today’s world, religious freedom is more often affirmed than put into practice”, the pope said. It is often threatened, and not infrequently violated. The serious outrages against this fundamental right are a source of serious concern, and need to be confronted at the global level.

Defending religious liberty and making it available for everyone, Pope Francis said, is everyone’s responsibility. Doing so “guarantees the growth and development of the entire community.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 09, 2013, 12:05:48 AM
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/popes-remarks-on-mass-killings-of-armenians-could-damage-ties-with-vatican-foreign-ministry.aspx?pageID=238&nID=48465&NewsCatID=359

Pope’s remarks on mass killings of Armenians could damage ties with Vatican: Foreign Ministry
ANKARA
June/08/2013

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has reacted in a written statement June 8 to Pope Francis’ remarks describing the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as “the first genocide of the 20th century,” warning that his stance could damage ties between the two countries.
 
“What is expected from the Papacy, under the responsibility of its spiritual office, is to contribute to world peace instead of raising animosity over historical events,” the statement read. “The Vatican’s ambassador was called on June 7, 2013, to the Foreign Ministry and was told that Pope Francis’ remarks were unacceptable.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 09, 2013, 12:19:52 AM
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/787740.shtml#.UbQBxr4o7IU

Muslim envoy asks Pope Francis to take ‘step forward’ with declaration
AFP | 2013-6-8 0:23:02 

An envoy from Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, Al-Azhar in Cairo, raised the prospect of restoring ties with the Vatican on Friday but called on Pope Francis to take "a step forward" by declaring that Islam is a peaceful religion.

"The problems that we had were not with the Vatican but with the former pope. Now the doors of Al-Azhar are open," Mahmoud Abdel Gawad, diplomatic envoy to the grand imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb, told Italian daily Il Messaggero in Cairo.

"Francis is a new pope. We are expecting a step forward from him. If in one of his addresses he were to declare that Islam is a peaceful religion, that Muslims are not looking for war or violence, that would be progress in itself," he said.

A ceremony in March in which Pope Francis washed the feet of young inmates in Rome, including a Muslim girl, was "a gesture that was very, very much appreciated" by Al-Azhar, Gawad said.

He said that if Francis were to accept an invitation from Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II to visit Egypt, he could also visit Al-Azhar. "At that point, relations and dialogue would be restored immediately," he was quoted as saying.

But Gawad ruled out the prospect of talks between the leaders of the world's three main monotheistic religions mentioned in Vatican circles, saying Al-Azhar "will not take part in any meeting with Israelis."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on June 09, 2013, 01:05:43 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/07/pope_launches_into_spontaneous_qa_with_students/en1-699446

2013-06-07 17:22:41
Pope launches into spontaneous Q&A with students

(Vatican Radio) In a style that seems to have almost become signature of the current pontificate, Pope Francis stepped out of yet another scripted session to engage in a spontaneous question-and-answer period with hundreds of children and teens.

The papal audience in the Paul VI Hall with students, teachers and staff of Jesuit grade schools and high schools on Friday became a friendly dialogue between the 76-year-old pontiff and the young people.

The students, who had come from six Italian cities and one school in Albania, were passing the time singing a Christian rap song, when the Pope entered the hall unannounced. At his sighting, they immediately erupted into cheers and applause.

In response, it seems, Pope Francis decided to put his five-page written message aside.

“I prepared a text, but it’s five pages! A little boring,” he said to the young people, who responded with laughter.

He proposed to give short summary and then take questions from the students instead.

With sensitivity and humour, the Pope answered 10 frank questions, that ranged from his priestly vocation to his decision to forego the usual papal apartment.

When asked if it was a difficult to leave his family and friends and become a priest, the pope said it was. “It is not easy but there are beautiful moments and Jesus helps you and gives you some joy.”

When asked why he wanted to join the Jesuits, he said he wanted to be a missionary and he was attracted by the religious order’s missionary zeal and activity.

When asked why he decided to renounce the usual papal apartment, he said it was a question of personality, not of luxury.

“I have a need to live among people.” he said. “If I were to live alone, perhaps a little isolate, it would not be good for me. … It is my personality. … It is not an issue of personal virtue, it is only that I cannot live alone.”
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grace-land, I have read several accounts of this and it warms my heart.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 09, 2013, 01:48:12 AM
The students like Pope Francis!  I think that the students were absolutely thrilled that he changed his mind about the 5-page prepared text and chose to answer their questions.  What a wonderful experience for them!  ::MonkeySlide::

The first time that I saw a pope at the Vatican, I had to pinch myself that it was not a dream.  Awesome experience!  I saw Pope John Paul II when he came to America.  I'll never forget his friendly face!  ::MonkeyHeart::




Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 09, 2013, 07:40:36 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/09/pope_francis:_sunday_angelus_(full_text)/en1-699870

2013-06-09 12:57:28
Pope Francis: Sunday Angelus (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square this Sunday. In his remarks to the gathered faithful, the Holy Father reflected on the mercy of Our Lord, which is the focus of the Church's prayerful attention during the month of June, traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Below, please find Vatican Radio's English translation of the Holy Father's remarks. Listen: RealAudioMP3
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Dear brothers and sisters!

The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the highest human expression of divine love. Just this past Friday, in fact, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: the feast that sets the tone for the whole month. Popular piety highly prizes symbols, and the Heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God's mercy – but it is not an imaginary symbol, it is a real symbol, which represents the center, the source from which salvation for all humanity gushed forth
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 09, 2013, 07:45:41 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/07/archbishop_of_canterbury_to_make_first_visit_to_vatican/en1-698895

2013-06-09 18:09:10
Archbishop of Canterbury to make first visit to Vatican

(Vatican Radio) The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is scheduled to make a first visit to the Vatican on Friday June 14th to meet Pope Francis and hold talks at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. During the one-day visit, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion is also due to visit the Necropolis containing the burial place of St Peter underneath the Basilica and pray at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II.

Archbishop Welby was unable to attend the inauguration of Pope Francis on March 19th this year as he was installed at the start of his own ministry in Canterbury Cathedral two days later. This papal audience will mark an important moment for both leaders to share common concerns and discuss the future of the Anglican-Catholic dialogue.

For a closer look, Philippa Hitchen spoke to Msgr Mark Langham, in charge of Anglican relations at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 10, 2013, 10:52:53 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/10/pope_at_mass:_christian_consolation_and_the_law_of_the_truly_free/en1-700096

2013-06-10 12:32:23
Pope at Mass: Christian consolation and the law of the truly free

(Vatican Radio) The Beatitudes are 'new commandments', but they are not just a simple do gooders list. They cannot be understood with the mind, only with the heart, so if our hearts are closed to God we will never know true freedom. Christian consolation is the presence of God in our hearts which teaches us to understand the Beatitudes as the law of the truly free. This was the main focus of Pope Francis’ homily Monday morning at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta residence. Emer McCarthy reports Listen: RealAudioMP3

Reflecting on the daily readings the Pope began by noting that, at the beginning of the Second Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul uses the word consolation several times. The Apostle to the Gentiles, he added, "speaks to Christians who are young in the faith," people who "have recently begun to follow the path of Jesus", he insists on this, even if "they were not all persecuted." They were normal people, "but they had found Jesus." The Pope said this "was such a life-changing experience that a special strength from God was needed" and this strength is consolation. Consolation, he said again, "is the presence of God in our hearts." But, Pope Francis warned, in order for the Lord "to be present in our hearts, we must open the door”. His presence requires our "conversion":

"This is salvation: to live in the consolation of the Holy Spirit, not the consolation of the spirit of this world. No, that is not salvation, that is sin. Salvation is moving forward and opening our hearts so they can receive the Holy Spirit’s consolation, which is salvation. This is non-negotiable, you can’t take a bit from here and a bit from there? We cannot pick and mix, no? A bit of the Holy Spirit, a bit of the spirit of this world ... No! It’s one thing or the other. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 11, 2013, 10:15:39 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/11/pope_at_mass:_poverty_and_praise_of_god_/en1-700426

2013-06-11 12:55:02
Pope at Mass: Poverty and praise of God

(Vatican Radio) The Gospel should be generously and simply proclaimed said Pope Francis during morning Mass Tuesday in the Casa Santa Marta chapel. Poverty and praise of God, he said are the two key signs of an evangelical and missionary Church. Instead a rich Church becomes an old, lifeless Church, it becomes an NGO that neglects the true treasure of God's free grace. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis began his homily quoting Jesus exhortation to the Apostles, sent to proclaim the Kingdom of God: "Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with coppers for your purses" (M 10:9). He said the Lord wants us to proclaim the Gospel with simplicity, a simplicity "that gives way to the power of the Word of God," because if the Apostles had not had "confidence in the Word of God," "they would probably have done something else”. Pope Francis went on to identify the "key word" in the mandate given by Jesus: "Freely you have received, freely give." He said everything is grace and when we leave grace “a little to one side” in our proclamation, the Gospel “is not effective".

"Evangelical preaching flows from gratuitousness, from the wonder of the salvation that comes and that which I have freely received I must freely give. This is what they were like at the beginning. St. Peter did not have a bank account, and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to the sea to catch fish and find the money in the fish, to pay. Philip, when he met Queen Candace’s finance minister, did not think, 'Ah, good, let’s set up an organization to support the Gospel ...' No! He did not strike a ‘deal’ with him: he preached, baptized and left"
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 11, 2013, 10:28:27 PM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2319/report_pope_francis_acknowledges_curia_gay_lobby_expresses_concern_over_pelagian_traditionalists_updated.aspx#.UbfPOL4o7IU

Report: Pope Francis acknowledges Curia “gay lobby,” expresses concern over “Pelagian” traditionalists UPDATED
June 11, 2013 02:56 EST

and another article--

http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Francis Unplugged – Report Claims PopeTalk on "Cosmos Bath" Nuns, "Ancien Regime" Trads, "The Handling of Money"... and The Curia's "Gay Lobby"

(SVILUPPO – 11.45am ET: Amid requests for comment on the substance of the following, the Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi told CNN that "It was a private meeting. I have no comment to make.")
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 12, 2013, 09:39:35 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/12/pope_at_mass:_true_progress_is_in_trusting_the_spirit/en1-700777

2013-06-12 12:51:49
Pope at Mass: True progress is in trusting the Spirit

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed the two extremes that threaten the progress of the Church at mass Wednesday morning: Fear of any change to the status quo which stops the Church moving forward and a tendency to follow every change dictated by today’s culture, which he described as an ‘adolescent progressivism’ that risks ‘de-railing’ believers.

Instead, the way forward for the Church, as indicated by the Holy Spirit, is that of "freedom," in continuously discerning God’s will and, he added, rules which kill charisms should not be imposed. The problem and temptation, said Pope Francis, is that we cannot control the Holy Spirit.. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

The Pope’s homily centered around Jesus’ words in the Gospel of the day, (MT 5:17) " Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets." He said this Gospel passage which follows the Beatitudes is "an expression of the new law" which is more demanding than that of Moses. This law, the Pope added, is "the fruit of the Covenant" and cannot be understood without it. "This Alliance, this law is sacred because it brought the people to God." Pope Francis likened the "maturity of this law" to a " bursting bud that reveals a flower." Jesus "is the expression of the maturity of the law". The Pope noted that Paul speaks of two times "without breaking continuity" between the law of history and the law of the Spirit:

"The hour of the law’s fulfillment, is when the law reaches its maturity when it becomes the law of the Spirit. Moving forward on this road is somewhat risky, but it is the only road to maturity, to leave behind the times in which we are not mature. Part of the law’s journey to maturity, which comes with preaching Jesus, always involves fear; fear of the freedom that the Spirit gives us. The law of the Spirit makes us free! This freedom frightens us a little, because we are afraid we will confuse the freedom of the Spirit with human freedom. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 12, 2013, 09:44:14 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/12/pope:_we_are_all_invited_to_be_members_of_the_people_of_god/en1-700783

2013-06-12 13:11:58
Pope: we are all invited to be members of the People of God

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday addressed the crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly General Audience.

Please find below Vatican Radio's full translation of his address.

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today I would like to touch briefly on another of the terms with which the Second Vatican Council defined the Church, that of “People of God" (cf. Dogmatic Constitution. Lumen Gentium, 9; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 782). I shall do so with a few questions upon which we can all reflect.

1. What does it mean to be "People of God"? First of all, it means that God does not really belong to any people; for it is He who calls us, who summons us, who invites us to be part of his people, and this invitation is open to all, without distinction, because God’s mercy “desires all people to be saved "(1 Tim 2:4). Jesus does not tell the Apostles and us to form an exclusive group, an elite group. Jesus says: Go and make disciples of all nations (cf. Mt 28:19). St Paul says that within the people of God, in the Church, "there is neither Jew nor Gentile ... for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:28). I would like to say to those who feel far from God and the Church, to those who are fearful or indifferent, to those who think they can no longer change: the Lord is calling you too to be part of his people and he does it with great respect and love! He invites us to be a part of this people, the people of God
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 12, 2013, 09:50:00 PM
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/12/3447887/andres-oppenheimer-pope-francis.html

Posted on Wednesday, 06.12.13
Andres Oppenheimer: Pope Francis’ first 100 days give signs of hope

As Argentine-born Pope Francis nears his first 100 days in office, there is little question that he has brought about a change in style at the Vatican with his daily gestures of humility. But there are also signs that he may bring about a change in substance.

In recent days, a leak of private comments Francis made to a group of Latin American Catholics has garnered big headlines, the Catholic world, and is giving us the best insight so far into whether — and how — the pope intends to carry out much-needed reforms in the Church.

The leak, published in the website of the left-of-center Chilean Catholic magazine Reflexion y Liberacion, quotes Francis as having told a delegation of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, known by its acronym CLAR, that he is confronting a network of “corruption’’ and a “gay lobby” within the Vatican that are allegedly resisting reforms.

His remarks at a June 6 private audience with CLAR were apparently referring to the Vatican’s financial scandals and cover-ups of sexual abuses by pedophile priests.

Perhaps more importantly, Francis told his Latin American visitors that he is bent on reforming the Church, although he cautioned that the changes will be carried out by an eight-member commission of cardinals he has appointed.

“The reform in the Roman Church is something that all cardinals asked for in meetings prior to the conclave. I asked for it too,” the Pope is quoted as telling his CLAR visitors. “The reform can’t be done by me... I am very disorganized, I’ve never been good at that. But the commission’s cardinals will carry it out.”

A CLAR statement later said it “profoundly laments” the unauthorized publication of the pope’s remarks, which it said were not taped nor transcribed verbatim. It said that a group of CLAR leaders had jointly written a synopsis of the pope’s comments for the group’s internal use.

The Vatican said Tuesday it would not comment, because the meeting was a private audience. The pope’s apparent remarks are believed to be his first explicit admission that there are corrupt forces within the Church.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 13, 2013, 10:17:02 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/13/pope_at_mass:_the_grace_not_to_speak_ill_of_others/en1-701107

2013-06-13 12:43:59
Pope at Mass: The grace not to speak ill of others

(Vatican Radio) May the Lord grant us the grace to watch our tongues and be careful of what we say of others, because through our weakness and sin, we often find it easier to insult and denigrate than say or do good. This was the lesson at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily Thursday morning at Mass, which he celebrated in his native Spanish. Greeting the men and women who work at Argentina’s embassies and consulates to Italy and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Pope Francis noted “It’s the first time I have celebrated Mass in Spanish since February 26th!, adding “it feels good!”. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

As is tradition, Pope Francis’ homily was inspired by the Gospel of the day, in particular Christ’s words to his disciples "unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven."

The Pope noted how this Gospel follows the Gospel of the Beatitudes and Jesus promise that He had not come to dissolve the law but to fulfill it. Pope Francis said that Christ wants “reform in continuity: from the [planting of the ] seed up to the fruit”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 13, 2013, 10:22:05 PM
http://www.religionnews.com/2013/06/13/pope-francis-first-100-days-what-weve-learned-so-far/

Pope Francis’ first 100 days: What we’ve learned so far
Alessandro Speciale    |  Jun 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February in becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years, he left behind a Roman Catholic Church weakened by scandals, beset by infighting and suffering from a general sense of isolation from the modern world.

Three months after the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis, much of the gloom seems to have lifted.

St. Peter’s Square is again a magnet for legions of pilgrims, and the communications problems that dogged Benedict’s papacy have receded. Francis’ simpler, direct style, together with his focus on the poor and the marginalized, has captivated the world.

The first pope from Latin America has now amassed more Twitter followers in Spanish than any other language.

As Francis prepares to mark his first 100 days in office next week (June 20) — an admittedly arbitrary measure for a 2,000-year-old institution that thinks in centuries — here’s what we’ve learned so far about this most unconventional of popes:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 13, 2013, 10:34:24 PM
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/06/13/pope-francis-is-a-spiritual-success-says-rabbi/

Pope Francis is a ‘spiritual success’, says rabbi
Thursday, 13 June 2013

Pope Francis is a “wonderful” leader of the Church and “a spiritual success”, an Argentine rabbi has said

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, an Argentine biophysicist and rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, made the comments at an inter-religious gathering held in Rome earlier this month. During the visit he and and more than 20 other participants, including Jews and Catholics from the United States, Italy, Argentina and Uruguay, attended the Pope’s weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square.

Rabbi Skorka told reporters after the audience that the Pope looked “very well” and was “wonderful” as Pope. The rabbi added that he was not at all surprised with the new Pontiff’s popularity.

“You can see with your own eyes the success, the spiritual success, he has achieved through his words, manners and, even, revolutionary acts,” he said.

Not only will Pope Francis continue on in the same vein, the rabbi predicted, but he will be “emphasising changes, accepting challenges more and more, undoubtedly with God’s help and God’s blessings.”
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Post by: grace-land on June 13, 2013, 10:59:43 PM
http://www.uscatholic.org/news/201306/pope-confirms-hes-finishing-encyclical-begun-pope-benedict-27450

Pope confirms he's finishing encyclical begun by Pope Benedict
(June 13, 2013)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis told members of the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops that he was preparing to publish an encyclical on faith written "with four hands" -- his own and those of Pope Benedict XVI.

While a formal speech was prepared for the pope's meeting with the council responsible for helping draft post-synodal apostolic exhortations and suggesting themes for the next synod, Pope Francis told them, "The text will be given to you, no problem, but it would be better to talk among ourselves a bit."

Audio from the meeting June 13 was broadcast in the Vatican press office.

Pope Francis told council members he had received their suggested draft for a post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the new evangelization, the theme of the Synod of Bishops in October 2012.

"But there's a problem. The encyclical has to come out and it's an encyclical written with four hands, so to speak, because Pope Benedict began writing it and he gave it to me," the pope said. "It's a strong document. I will say in it that I received it and most of the work was done by him and I completed it." -
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Post by: grace-land on June 14, 2013, 09:55:14 PM
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2013-06-14 12:23:45
Pope Francis: Friday Mass at Santa Marta

(Vatican Radio) The only way truly to receive the gift of salvation in Christ is with sincerity to recognize oneself as weak and sinful, and to avoid any form of self-justification. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ remarks at Mass Friday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. Listen: RealAudioMP3

Aware of being a weak vessel of clay, yet the guardian of a great treasure that was given to him in a totally free way: this is the follower of Christ before the Lord. Pope Francis took the point of reflection from the day’s readings, specifically from the 2nd Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, which explains that the "extraordinary power" of faith is God's work, that it has been poured out into sinful men, into "earthen vessels", in fact. Nevertheless, explained Pope Francis, it is precisely from the relationship "between the grace and power of Jesus Christ" and ourselves, poor sinners as we are, that "the dialogue of salvation" springs. This dialogue, moreover, must avoid any "self-justification", and be between God and “ourselves as we are.”:

“Paul has spoken many times - it's like a refrain, no? - of his sins. 'But I tell you this: I've been a persecutor of the Church, I pursued ...' it always comes back to his memory of sin. He feels sinful. – but even then he does not say: 'I was [a sinner], but now I am holy', no. Even now, a thorn of Satan in my flesh. He shows us his own weakness, his own sin. He is a sinner who accepts Jesus Christ, who dialogues with Jesus Christ.”

The key, says Pope Francis, is therefore humility. Paul himself proves it. He publicly acknowledges "his track record of service," i.e. all he had done as an Apostle of Jesus, but he does not hide or gloss over what the Pope calls "his handbook", i.e. his sins:
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Post by: grace-land on June 14, 2013, 10:03:29 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/14/pope_and_archbishop_of_canterbury_pledge_to_work_together_toward/en1-701502

2013-06-14 14:23:10
Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury pledge to work together towards reconciliation and unity

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, stressing the need to work and worship together in the search for reconciliation and unity between the Catholic and Anglican communities. Philippa Hitchen was on hand in the library of the Apostolic Palace to hear what the Pope and the Archbishop had to say....

Listen: RealAudioMP3

The promotion of common Christian values, the need for greater social justice and a commitment to reconciliation and conflict resolution: those were three key areas of cooperation that Pope Francis highlighted during his first meeting with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who began his own ministry just two days after the papal inauguration in March this year. Stressing especially the need to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, the Pope said Christians can bring peace to the world – but only when they themselves live and work together in harmony.

The history of relations between the Church of England and the Catholic Church, the Pope said, is “ complex and not without pain” But he said the theological dialogue, through the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, and the growth of friendships at every level, “have enabled us to remain on course even when great difficulties have arisen”. The Pope noted with gratitude the efforts of the Church of England to “understand the reasons” why Pope Benedict set up the Ordinariate for former Anglicans – a move which strained relations when the surprise announcement was made back in 2009.

In his words to the Pope Francis, Archbishop Welby spoke of the legacy of the previous pontiffs since the Second Vatican Council to the journey towards full Christian Unity. Wearing the episcopal ring, given by Paul VI to Archbishop Michael Ramsey back in 1966, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion said “it is only as the world sees Christians growing visibly in unity” that it will accept the divine message of peace and reconciliation.

After a half hour private conversation and a shared moment of prayer in the chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the two leaders set off, relaxed and smiling together, for lunch at the Santa Martha guesthouse in the Vatican where Pope Francis resides. It certainly seemed, in this first brief encounter at least, that there is much shared ground for growing together in service to the common good.

Below, please find the complete translation of Pope Francis' discourse at the meeting, followed by the complete text of Archbishop Welby's address:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 14, 2013, 10:23:13 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otn.cfm?id=985

Worried about the Pope's unscripted statements? Relax. He knows what he's doing.
By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - send a comment) | June 14, 2013 5:40 PM

By now we know that Pope Francis enjoys talking without a script. His fondness for extemporaneous comments makes him an interesting subject for journalists. But it worries quite a few Catholics, who fear that an ill-chosen phrase from the Pontiff could cause troubles for the Church. Indeed some people would have us believe the troubles have already begun.

I understand the concerns about off-the-cuff papal remarks. Remarks by the Holy Father could easily be misunderstood, for several reasons:
•because he does not have a cadre of speechwriters screening each sentence for potential trouble;
•because he is usually speaking in Italian, and although he is fluent in that language it is not his mother tongue, so he may not be aware of every nuance; and
•because his remarks are reported and interpreted to the world by journalists who do not have a fundamental understanding of the Catholic faith.

Should we be worried, then, about the possibility of some terrible papal gaffe? I don’t think so. Pope Francis is a very intelligent man, and he was chosen by his fellow cardinals to be Roman Pontiff because they recognized his sound pastoral judgment. Rather than trying to “handle” the Pope, or “explain” his statements, I’d recommend that faithful Catholics pray for him, and then relax. The Holy Father knows what he’s doing
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 14, 2013, 10:41:41 PM
Oh, dear... he wouldn't be tempted to take a spin around St. Peter's Square?... or would he?  We'll find out Sunday!  ::MonkeyBike:: 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/european-business/holy-harley-motorcycle-maker-scores-marketing-coup-with-the-pope/article12561050/

Holy Harley: Motorcycle maker scores marketing coup with the Pope
Published Friday, Jun. 14 2013, 1:31 PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Jun. 14 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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On Wednesday, as part of the company’s 110th anniversary celebrations, the Pope was given two Harleys, one of which had been signed by his predecessor, the former Pope Benedict XVI. The first is to go to auction; the other is going into the Vatican Museums. His Holiness was also given a black leather Harley jacket, though you won’t see him celebrate mass in it. He is partial to simple white robes.

Harley-Davidson’s audience with the Pope was nothing short of a marketing triumph. And there’s more. On Sunday, a few hundred Harleys will be given special permission to enter St. Peter’s Square, where, at 11 a.m., they and their owners will be blessed by the Pope as part of his regular Angelus appearance. It is impossible to imagine rival motorcycle makers getting such attention and privileges.The blessing of the Hondas or the Suzukis? Forget it.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 15, 2013, 08:32:39 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/15/pope:_the_christian_life_proclaims_the_road_to_reconcilation_with_god/en1-701813

2013-06-15 12:57:19
Pope: The Christian life proclaims the road to reconcilation with God

(Vatican Radio) Christian life is not a spa therapy "to be at peace until Heaven," but it calls us to go out into the world to proclaim that Jesus "became the sinner" to reconcile men with the Father. These were Pope Francis’ words during his homily at Mass Saturday at the Casa Santa Martha.  

The Christian life is not staying in a corner to carve a road which takes you into heaven, but it's a dynamic that encourages one to stay "on the road" to proclaim that Christ has reconciled us to God, by becoming sin for us. In his usual profound and direct way, Pope Francis focuses on a passage from the Letter to the Corinthians, from today's liturgy, in which St. Paul very insistent, almost "in a hurry", uses the term "reconciliation"five times.

"What is reconciliation? Taking one from this side, taking another one for that side and uniting them: no, that’s part of it but it's not it ... True reconciliation means that God in Christ took on our sins and He became the sinner for us. When we go to confession, for example, it isn’t that we say our sin and God forgives us. No, not that! We look for Jesus Christ and say: 'This is your sin, and I will sin again'. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us, to liberate us. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 15, 2013, 08:38:08 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/15/pope_francis_approves_prelate_to_ior/en1-701863

2013-06-15 14:27:48
Pope Francis approves Prelate to IOR

(Vatican Radio) On Saturday, Vatican Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lomabrdi issued the following statement regarding Pope Francis’ approval of a Prelate to the Institute of Religious Works, more commonly known as the IOR. With this appointment the two top positions at the financial institution are filled.

Pope Francis has approved the appointment ad interim of Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca as Prelate of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). Mons. Ricca, who was nominated by the Supervisory Committee of the Commission of Cardinals for the IOR, will act as secretary at Commission meetings and assist the Supervisory Board, according to the Institute’s Statutes.
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With the appointment of Ernst von Freyberg as President and Mons. Ricca as Prelate, the Commission of Cardinals has thus filled the two most important positions as provided by the IOR Statutes, which had remained vacant for some time. The appointment of Mons. Ricca takes immediate effect.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 15, 2013, 08:42:56 PM
Two-page article

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pope-names-interim-prelate-to-vatican-bank/2013/06/15/edfba362-d5e7-11e2-8cbe-1bcbee06f8f8_story.html

Pope names interim prelate to Vatican bank
Saturday, June 15, 5:40 PM 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis took a big first step toward reforming the troubled Vatican bank Saturday by tapping a trusted prelate to help oversee its management, a sign that he wants to know more about the bank’s activities.

Francis signed off on naming Monsignor Battista Ricca interim prelate of the bank, also known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR).

It’s a key job that has been vacant since 2011. The prelate oversees the bank’s activities, attends its board meetings and has access to all its documentation. The prelate reports to the commission of cardinals that runs the bank and is currently headed by the Vatican’s second-highest official. That gives Ricca a near-direct line to the pope, creating a bridge between the bank’s lay managers and board members and its religious leadership.

Ricca is currently director of the Vatican hotel where Francis lives and of other Vatican-owned residential institutes for clergy.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 16, 2013, 01:01:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/Articolo.asp?c=702078

2013-06-16 14:58:57
Pope Francis: Say yes to life, not death

(Vatican Radio) “Let us say ‘Yes’ to life and not death.” These were the words of Pope Francis during his homily on Sunday morning for Evangelium Vitae Day, a day celebrating the Gospel of Life. RealAudioMP3

An estimated 200,000 people were in Saint Peter’s Square for Holy Mass and the Angelus that followed with Pope Francis to mark the Year of Faith event dedicated to the Gospel of Life.

In his homily, the Pope noted how the Scriptures continuously tell us how God is the Living One who bestows life.

However, he said that “all too often, people do not choose life, they do not accept the ‘Gospel of Life’ but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others.”

The Holy Father went on to say that people dream of building a new “Tower of Babel”, a city of man that is without God. They believe that the rejection of “God, the message of Christ, the Gospel of Life, will somehow lead to freedom, to complete human fulfillment.”

As a result,” the Pope continued, “the Living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 16, 2013, 01:13:21 PM
http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/harley-davidson-110th-annivesary-pope-blesses-bikers-in-eternal-city-22286

Harley Davidson 110th annivesary: Pope blesses bikers in Eternal City
Sunday, June 16 2013

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Pope Francis blesses the Harley Davidson bikers from his Popemobile before the start of a mass outside Saint Peter's Square in Rome June 16, 2013.Photo: Reuters / Stefano Rellandini

Along with pealing bells, the roaring of around 35,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles mingled with prayers Sunday in the Eternal City where Pope Francis blessed bikers.

"I greet the many participants of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally, and also those of the State Police Motorbike club," said the Pope during his weekly Angelus blessing.

Alongside the bikers at the Vatican, Catholic faithful were taking part in a pro-life rally that was not related to the motorcycle celebration.
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Among leather and denim-clad bikers sporting tattoos prayed nuns, priests and other faithful.

Early Sunday, Cardinal Angelo Comastri from the Vatican's Basilica, said Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for 2,000 of the participants.

Later 1,400 bikes along with their riders were blessed by Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus as the Via della Conciliazione leading up to the square which was a parade route for the motorcyclists.

Bikers came from many parts of Europe and different parts of the world, and some rode from St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 16, 2013, 01:26:39 PM
Photos at the link

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/pope-blesses-hundreds-harley-davidsons-vatican-article-1.1374099?localLinksEnabled=false

Holy riders! Pope Francis blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidson bikers at Vatican Mass
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 11:59 AM

VATICAN CITY — Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the Latin recitation of the "Our Father" prayer that accompanied Francis as he greeted the crowd before Mass. Standing in his open-top jeep, Francis drove up the main boulevard leading to St. Peter's Square, blessing the thousands of people in what was a giant Harley parking lot.

Once the service got under way, bikers in their trademark leather Harley vests sat in the square alongside nuns and tens of thousands of faithful Catholics taking part in an unrelated, two-day pro-life rally.
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YouTube video at the link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihtxkz2qrQA

Raw: Harley Riders Roar Through Vatican 
Published on Jun 16, 2013 

Pope Francis had a brush with the biker fraternity on Sunday, as he blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders who were celebrating the motorbike maker's 110th anniversary with a parade in Rome. (June 16)


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Post by: grace-land on June 16, 2013, 08:32:51 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/16/pope_to_g8:_money,_politics_and_economics_must_serve,_not_rule_/en1-702044

2013-06-16 12:38:07
Pope to G8: Money, politics and economics must serve, not rule

(Vatican Radio) Money, politics and economics must serve, not rule. They must serve people and promote an ethics of truth. This was the thread running through Pope Francis Letter to the British Prime Minister on the eve of the G8 Summit.The Holy Father's Letter was in response to one sent by David Cameron ahead of the Northern Ireland summit which gathers togther the leaders of the 8 most powerful nations in the world to the banks of Lough Erne. Listen: RealAudioMP3
In his letter, Pope Francis praises the priorities on the agenda of the British G8 Presidency: the free international market, taxation, and transparency on the part of governments and economic actors; concerted action to eliminate hunger and ensure food security and the protection of women and children from sexual violence in conflict situations.

In this regards Pope Francis writes that the G8 "cannot fail to address the situation in the Middle East, especially in Syria".He expresses the hope that the Summit will help to obtain "an immediate and lasting cease-fire and to bring all parties in the conflict to the negotiating table". "Peace is an essential pre-requisite for the protection of women, children and other innocent victims", and "conquering hunger".

Pope Francis writes that, "in a seemingly paradoxical way, free and disinterested solidarity is the key to the smooth functioning of the global economy". As such he concludes his letter "every economic and political theory or action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family, educating children, praising God and developing one's own human potential. This is the main thing; in the absence of such a vision, all economic activity is meaningless".

Below please find the text of Pope Francis’ letter to the British Prime Minister:
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Post by: grace-land on June 16, 2013, 08:51:52 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/15/pope-urges-french-lawmake_n_3447033.html

Pope Francis In Gay Marriage Reference Urges French To Avoid 'Fashions And Ideas Of The Moment'
Posted: 06/15/2013 12:19 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/16/2013 9:02 am EDT

VATICAN CITY, June 15 (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged a delegation of French lawmakers on Saturday to avoid following only "fashions and ideas of the moment", when legislating, in an apparent reference to the country's legalisation of gay marriage last month.

The law granting gay men and lesbians equality in marriage and adoption has been among the most divisive of President Francois Hollande's first year in office, pitting a predominantly liberal public in mostly Roman Catholic France against traditionalists, the far-right and many churchgoers.

Without making any specific mention of the law, Francis said the church should have a voice in political issues even in staunchly secular France.

"The church would like to offer specific contributions on profound issues ... not only in an anthropological and social circles, but also in political, economic and cultural ones," Francis said, according to a Vatican statement.

Parliamentarians should legislate according to "a spirit, a soul, that does not reflect only the fashions and ideas of the moment", he said.
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Post by: grace-land on June 16, 2013, 09:04:11 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelas-cardinal-pope-urge-coexistence-19415428#.Ub5ePr4o7IU

Venezuela's Cardinal: Pope Should Urge Coexistence
CARACAS, Venezuela June 16, 2013 (AP)

Pope Francis should pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to focus on promoting democracy and peaceful coexistence to ease tensions with the socialist government's opponents, the Catholic Church's top representative in the country said Sunday.

Cardinal Jorge Urosa said he expected the pontiff to try to persuade Maduro during their meeting Monday at the Vatican to cease his verbal attacks on political rivals and critics.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 17, 2013, 10:12:18 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/17/pope_francis:_jesus_is_the_secret_of_a_christian’s_benevolence/en1-702277

2013-06-17 13:52:46
Pope Francis: Jesus is the secret of a Christian’s benevolence

(Vatican Radio) For a Christian, Jesus is “all”, and this is the source of his or her benevolence.
This was the focus of Pope Francis’s message during Mass on Monday morning at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Pope also affirmed that the righteousness of Jesus exceeds the righteousness of the scribes, that it is superior to the “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” kind of justice.
Amongst those present at the Mass, which was concelebrated by Cardinal Attilio Nicora, was a group of collaborators of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority and a group of Vatican Museums collaborators accompanied by the Museum administrative director, Fr Paolo Nicolini. The Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Tagle, was also present.

“If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also”. Pope Francis focused his homily on Jesus’ earth-shaking words to his disciples. The slap of the cheek – he said - has become a classic take used by some to laugh about Christians. In life, he explained, everyday logic teaches us to “fight to defend our place” and if we receive a slap “we react and return two slaps in order to defend ourselves”. On the other hand, the Pope said, when I advise parents to scold their children I always say: “never slap their cheek”, because “the cheek is dignity”. And Jesus, he continued, after the slap on the cheek goes further and invites us to hand over our coat as well, to undress ourselves completely.
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Post by: grace-land on June 17, 2013, 10:18:40 PM
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Posted on Monday, 06.17.13
Amid woes at home, Maduro meets with Pope Francis

BOGOTA --  Venezuela and the Vatican haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. During his 14 years in power, late President Hugo Chávez often battled with the church, accusing leaders of participating in a coup against him and calling a Venezuelan cardinal a “troglodyte” on national TV.

But on Monday, Chávez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro, said he’d had an “extraordinary” meeting with Pope Francis, where the two men talked about poverty, politics and peace in South America.

Speaking at a news conference after their encounter, Maduro said he’d proposed that the Vatican and Venezuela work together to take the administration’s signature social missions, which include free housing and healthcare, to other parts of the world.

“It was an extraordinary conversation with a human being full of humility,” Maduro said. “I told him that I felt represented by the ethics that he expressed.”

In a statement, the Vatican called the meeting “cordial” and said the men had discussed the country’s social and political situation after Chávez’s death, as well as poverty and the fight against crime and drug trafficking. Both parties also agreed that there was a need for more contact between Venezuelan Catholic authorities and the government. But the Vatican didn’t mention engaging in joint activities.

The meeting — the first for the two men — comes as Maduro is facing food shortages, runaway inflation and a belligerent opposition. Those problems followed him on his European getaway.
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Post by: grace-land on June 17, 2013, 10:24:44 PM
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2013-06-17 17:44:38
Lutherans and Catholics: From Conflict to Communion

(Vatican Radio) From Conflict to Communion: that’s how Lutherans and Catholics are describing their ecumenical journey of the past 50 years, as they look ahead together to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

From Conflict to Communion is the name of a joint document from the Lutheran-Roman Catholic International Commission on Unity which was presented at a press conference on Monday at the Lutheran World Federation headquarters in Geneva. The lengthy text looks at the joint responsibility for the division of the Western Church in the 16th century, addressing the challenges of healing those memories and working together for reconciliation and common witness to the world.

Topics explored in the document include basic themes of Martin Luther’s theology with a view to Lutheran–Catholic dialogue, as well as focusing on five ecumenical imperatives for the relationship between both Churches as they commemorate 2017 together.

On October 31st 1517, German monk and theologian Martin Luther is thought to have nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg his 95 theses addressing issues that he saw as urgently in need of reform. The resulting Reformation not only divided the Protestant and Catholic Churches, but also radically challenged the role of religion in societies.
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Post by: grace-land on June 18, 2013, 10:21:16 PM
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2013-06-18 12:57:42
Pope at Mass: The hard lesson of loving our enemies

(Vatican Radio) It is hard to love our enemies, but that is exactly what God is asking us to do, said Pope Francis at Mass Tuesday morning. He said we must pray for those who hate us and have done us wrong, ‘that their heart of stone be turned to flesh, that they may feel relief and love’. God lets sun shine and rain fall on the good and the bad, on the just and the unjust and, the Pope added, we must do the same or else we are not being Christian. Emer McCarthy reports:

Pope Francis began his homily, with a series of questions that encompassed some of the most pressing dramas of humanity. How can we love our enemies? The Pope asked, how can we love those who decide to “bomb and kill so many people?" And again, how can we "love those who out of their for love money prevent the elderly from accessing the necessary medicine and leave them to die"? Or those who only seek "their own best interests, power for themselves and do so much evil?" "It seems hard to love your enemy," he noted, but Jesus asks it of us. This current liturgy, he said, proposes "Jesus’ updating of the law", of the law of Mount Sinai with the Law of the Mount of Beatitudes. The Pope also pointed out that we all have enemies, but deep down we too we can become enemies of others:

"We too often we become enemies of others: we do not wish them well. And Jesus tells us to love our enemies! And this is not easy! It is not easy ... we even think that Jesus is asking too much of us! We leave this to the cloistered nuns, who are holy, we leave this for some holy soul, but this is not right for everyday life. But it must be right! Jesus says: 'No, we must do this! Because otherwise you will be like the tax collectors, like pagans. Not Christians. '"
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Post by: grace-land on June 19, 2013, 06:09:17 PM
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2013-06-19 12:38:18
Pope Francis condemns hypocrisy

(Vatican Radio) Christianity is not simply the study of laws or commands: this is an impediment to understanding and living the truth that God is joy and generosity. This was the message of Pope Francis at Mass celebrated this morning in Casa Santa Marta.  

The hypocrites who “lead the people of God down a dead-end street” Pope Francis said, are the subject of today’s Gospel. The Pope reflected on the famous passage of Matthew’s Gospel that contrasts the behaviour of the scribes and Pharisees – who make a show of praying, fasting, and almsgiving – with the path indicated by Jesus, Who points out to His disciples the proper attitude to assume in the same circumstances: giving alms and praying “in secret.” “And your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you.”

Pope Francis criticized not only the vanity of the scribes and Pharisees, but also those who impose “so many precepts on the faithful.” He called them “hypocrites of casuistry,” “intellectuals without talent” who “don’t have the intelligence to find God, to explain God with understanding,” and so prevent themselves and others from entering into the Kingdom of God:

“Jesus says: ‘You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to others.’ They are ethicists without goodness, they do not know what goodness is. But they are ethicists, aren’t they? ‘You have to do this, and this, and this . . .’ They fill you with precepts, but without goodness. And those are some of the phylacteries, of the tassels they lengthen, so many things, to make a pretence of being majestic, perfect, they have no sense of beauty. They have no sense of beauty. They achieve only the beauty of a museum. They are intellectuals without talent, ethicists without goodness, the bearers of museum beauty. These are the hypocrites that Jesus rebukes so strongly.
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Post by: grace-land on June 19, 2013, 06:14:30 PM
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2013-06-19 12:00:10
Pope adds name of St. Joseph to Eucharistic prayers

(Vatican Radio) In the first decree of a liturgical nature of this pontificate, Pope Francis has decided that name of St. Joseph should be added to the Eucharistic Prayers II, II and IV, as they appear in the third typical edition of the Roman Missal, after the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Below please find the text of the decree issued Wednesday by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments:

DECREE
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Post by: grace-land on June 19, 2013, 06:19:38 PM
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2013-06-19 11:00:46 A
Audience: Unity in the Body of Christ

(Vatican Radio) “The Church is not an charitable, cultural or political association, but a living Body, that walks and acts in history. And this Body has a head, Jesus, who guides, nourishes and supports it”, said Pope Francis Wednesday as he continued his series of lessons on the Creed during his General Audience.

A boiling summer sun brought temperatures to a high of 29°s, but despite this St Peter’s square was packed by tens of thousands of pilgrims. In his catechesis he told them we must remain united to the Church lamenting the divisions among Christians which he says ‘wounds this Body’. He said differences in the Church can enrich us and help us grow, but “a Body must be united to survive."

In off-the-cuff remarks Pope Francis revealed how earlier Wednesday morning he had spent almost 40 minutes in prayer with an evangelical pastor, praying for unity in the Church.

Below a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s Catechesis, Wednesday, June 20, 2013
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Post by: grace-land on June 20, 2013, 11:18:07 PM
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2013-06-20 11:39:45
Pope at Mass: How to pray the Our Father

(Vatican Radio) To pray the Our Father we have to have a heart at peace with our brothers. We don't pray "my Father," but "our Father," because "we are not an only child, none of us are”. This was the focus of Pope Francis' homily at Mass Thursday morning in Casa Santa Marta. The Pope emphasized that we believe in a God who is a Father, who is "very close" to us, who is not anonymous, not "a cosmic God."  

Prayer is not magic, rather it is entrusting ourselves to the Father’s embrace. Pope Francis centered his homily on the prayer of the "Our Father" taught by Jesus to His disciples, of which the Gospel speaks today. Jesus, he said, immediately gives us a piece of advice in prayer: "In praying, do not babble", do not make "worldly noises, vain noises”. And he warned that "prayer is not a magical thing, there is no magic with prayer." Someone once told me that when he went to a "witch doctor" they said a lot of words to heal him. But that "is pagan." Jesus teaches us, "we should not turn to Him with so many words," because "He knows everything." He adds, the first word is "Father," this "is the key of prayer." "Without saying, without feeling, that word – he warned - you cannot pray":

"To whom do I pray? To the Almighty God? He is too far off. Ah, I can’t hear Him. Neither did Jesus. To whom do I pray? To a cosmic God? That’s quite normal these days, is it not? ... praying to the cosmic God, right? This polytheistic model that comes from a rather light culture ... You must pray to the Father! It is a strong word, 'Father '. You must pray to Him who generated you, who gave you life. Not to everyone: everyone is too anonymous. To you. To me. To the person who accompanies you on your journey: He knows all about your life. Everything: what is good and what is not so good. He knows everything. If we do not start the prayer with this word, not just with our lips but with our hearts, we cannot pray in a Christian language".
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Post by: grace-land on June 21, 2013, 05:01:35 PM
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2013-06-21 13:55:04
Pope Francis: treasures we can take with us

(Vatican Radio) Ask God for the grace of a heart that knows how to love; and do not let yourself be led away by useless treasures. That was Pope Francis’ message in his homily Friday morning at his daily Mass.  

The search for the only treasure that you can take with you into the next life is the raison d'être of a Christian. It is the raison d'être that Jesus explains to His disciples, in the passage quoted in the Gospel of Matthew: “Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” But, he says, we must be careful not to be confused about true richness. There are “risky treasures” that threaten to seduce us, but “must be left behind,” – treasures gathered in life that are destroyed by death. The Pope said, with a hint of irony: “I have never seen a moving van following a funeral procession.” But there is a treasure “we can take with us,” a treasure that no one can take away, – not “those things you’ve kept for yourself,” but “those you have given to others”:

“The treasures we have given to others, that we take with us. And that will be our merit – in quotation marks, but it is our ‘merit’ of Jesus Christ in us! And that we must bring with us. And that is what the Lord lets us bring. Love, charity, service, patience, goodness, tenderness are very beautiful treasures: these we bring with us. The other things, no.”
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Post by: grace-land on June 22, 2013, 09:29:31 PM
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2013-06-22 15:18:55
Pope Francis: serve the Word of God, not the idolatry of riches and worldly cares

(Vatican Radio) The riches and the cares of the world “choke the Word of God,” said Pope Francis at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope pointed out that our life is set on three pillars: election, covenant, and promise, adding that we must trust the Father in living in the present without worrying about what will happen. 

“No one can serve two masters.” Pope Francis began his homily with the words of Christ in today’s Gospel, where He focuses on the theme of riches and cares. Jesus, the Pope said, “has a clear idea on this subject”: they are “the riches and cares of the world” that choke the Word of God, they are the thorns spoken of in the Parable of the Sower, that choke the seed that has fallen on the ground:

“The riches and cares of the world choke the Word of God and do not allow it to grow. And the Word dies, because it is not cared for: it is choked. In that case you serve riches or you serve cares, but you don’t serve the Word of God. And this also has a temporal sense, because the Parable is somewhat constructed – the discourse of Jesus in the Parable – in time, is it not? Don’t worry about tomorrow, about what you will do tomorrow. . . . And also the Parable of the Sower is built on time: he sows, then the rain comes and it grows. Simply, we remove from time.”
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Post by: grace-land on June 22, 2013, 09:36:27 PM
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2013-06-21 13:45:52
Pope to Nuncios: Be Pastors who carry Christ to the world

(Vatican Radio) Never forget you are “Pastors”, who “carry Christ to the world”, detached from the "bourgeoisie spirit and life" of those who pursue only worldly goods and which “risk ridiculing the holy mission” of Papal Representatives.

This was Pope Francis message to the hundreds of Papal Representatives, also known as Apostolic Nuncios, convoked to the Vatican from their diplomatic postings across the globe for two days of reflection and prayer in the context of the Year of Faith.

The Holy Father spoke with them Friday, in a lengthy address which he said came “from the heart”, and was not just one of “perfunctory words”. The Pope began by telling the them that they are an expression of the catholicity and universality of the Church.

Pope Francis spoke of their life, describing it as ‘nomadic’ and underpinning the challenges this temporary mode of living brings: never being able to put down roots; never having their own ‘flock’ to guide and tend to; always having to begin anew in different national and ecclesial contexts, in short, living with a suitcase at hand.

But above all, Pope Francis dwelt on what is a Nuncio’s most important service, “the delicate task of carrying out inquires” into candidates to become bishops. He said that candidates must be “close to the people, fathers and brothers…gentle, patient and merciful; animated by inner poverty, the freedom of the Lord and also by outward simplicity and austerity of life”. Pope Francis added they must not have “the psychology of "Princes”, or be “ambitious”.

And thanking the Nuncios for their precious service to the Church Pope Francis concluded : “We know that our stability does not lie in things, in our own projects or ambitions, but in being true Pastors who keep our gaze fixed on Christ”.
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Post by: grace-land on June 22, 2013, 09:43:56 PM
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2013-06-22 13:18:29 
Pope Francis recalls Paul VI

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted a group of pilgrims from the Diocese of Brescia, who had just celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the 50th anniversary of the election of Pope Paul VI, who was from the area.

In his address, Pope Francis spoke of his predecessor’s love for Christ, love for the Church, and love for mankind.

Pope Francis began his tribute to Paul VI by recalling his witness, “in difficult years”, to faith in Jesus Christ. He said this “deep love” was not possessive, but compelled him to announce it, recalling his words in Manila during his apostolic journey to the Philippines: “Convinced of Christ: yes, I feel the need to proclaim him, I cannot keep silent,” Pope Paul VI had said. “He reveals the invisible God, he is the firstborn of all creation, the foundation of everything created. He is the Teacher of mankind, and its Redeemer... He is the centre of history and of the world; he is the one who knows us and who loves us; he is the companion and the friend of our life. He is the man of sorrows and of hope. It is he who will come and who one day will be our judge and - we hope -the everlasting fullness of our existence, our happiness.”

“Dear friends,” asked Pope Francis. “Do we have the same love for Christ? Is He the center of our lives? Do we witness this in our everyday actions?”
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Post by: grace-land on June 23, 2013, 12:27:09 PM
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2013-06-23 14:38:17
Pope Mass: Respond to Jesus from the heart

(Vatican Radio) This morning, Pope Francis celebrated mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. About 40 apostolic nuncios, who remained in the Vatican after the Pope’s meeting with them on Friday, were present. Commenting on the Sunday Gospel from Luke, in which Jesus asks the Apostles, “But who do you say that I am?”, the Pope underlined that we need to respond to Jesus from the heart, inspired by our veneration for him and from the rock of his love.

In Luke, Jesus asks: “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter responds: “The Christ of God”. The question that Jesus asks in the Gospel of Luke is relevant to us 2,000 years later and cuts straight to the heart, said Pope Francis in his homily, to which we must respond with the humility of a sinner, beyond all ready-made answers.

“We, even we, who are apostles and servants of the Lord need to respond because the Lord asks us: ‘What do you think of me?’ He does it, eh? He does it many times! ‘What do you think of me?’ says the Lord. And we cannot do that which cannot be well understood. ‘But, you are the anointed one! Yes, I read it’. With Jesus, we cannot speak of him as an historic figure, a figure of history. Jesus is living in front of us. This question is asked by a living person. And we have to respond from the heart.”
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Post by: grace-land on June 23, 2013, 12:33:34 PM
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2013-06-23 12:43:23
Pope Angelus: Those who serve the truth serve Christ

(Vatican Radio) On a hot sunny day in Rome, Pope Francis greeted thousands of pilgrims and tourists from the window of the Papal apartments above St Peter’s Square who had come to hear the recitation of the Sunday Angelus.

Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel the Pope recalled some of the most incisive words that Jesus spoke, “"Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it"

The Holy Father said that this phrase is really a summary of Christ’s message which almost makes us hear his voice.

Explaining the meaning of Jesus’ words Pope Francis said that the martyrs offer the best example of losing one's life for Christ. Both in the past and today, he continued, in many parts of the world, there are martyrs both men and women who are imprisoned, or killed for the sole reason of being Christian.

But the Pope also noted that there is also the daily martyrdom, which do not result in death but is also as he put it, a "loss of life" for Christ, people doing their duty with love, according to the logic of Jesus.
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Post by: grace-land on June 24, 2013, 05:13:18 PM
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2013-06-24 12:59:32
Pope at Mass: John the Baptist a model for the Church

(Vatican Radio) The church exists for courageously proclaiming -until martyrdom- Christ, to serve and "take nothing for herself". In his homily at morning Mass on Monday, Pope Francis pointed to St. John the Baptist as model for Church: he didn't claim the Truth, the Word as his own; he diminished himself so Christ could shine.

June 24th is the Solemnity of the Birth of the Saint, whom the Gospels indicate as the forerunner or precursor of Jesus. Dedicating his homily to him Pope Francis said the Church is called to proclaim the Word of God, even to martyrdom.

Pope Francis began his homily by addressing best wishes to all who bear the name John. The figure of John the Baptist, the Pope said, is not always easy to understand. "When we think of his life - he observed – we think of a prophet," a "man who was great and then ends up as a poor man." Who is John? The Pope said john himself explains: "I am a voice, a voice in the wilderness," but "it is a voice without the Word, because the Word is not him, it is an Other." Here then is the mystery of John: "He never takes over the Word," John "is the one who indicates, who marks". The "meaning of John's life - he added - is to indicate another." Pope Francis then spoke of being struck by the fact that the "Church chooses to mark John’s feast day” at a time when the days are at their longest in the year, when they "have more light." And John really "was the man of light, he brought light, but it was not his own light, it was a reflected light." John is "like a moon" and when Jesus began to preach, the light of John "began to decline, to set". "Voice not Word - the Pope said - light, but not his own"

"John seems to be nothing. That is John’s vocation: he negates himself. And when we contemplate the life of this man, so great, so powerful - all believed that he was the Messiah - when we contemplate this life, how it is nullified to the point of the darkness of a prison, we behold a great mystery. We do not know what John’s last days were like. We do not know. We only know that he was killed, his head was put on a platter, as a great gift from a dancer to an adulteress. I don’t think you can lower yourself much more than this, negate yourself much more. That was the end that John met".


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Post by: grace-land on June 24, 2013, 05:17:06 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/24/pope:_christians_cannot_be_anti-semitic/en1-704322

2013-06-24 13:29:48
Pope: Christians cannot be anti-Semitic

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says due to “our common roots” with the Jewish people, “a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!” Listen to Tracey McClure's report: RealAudioMP3

The Pope was speaking to a 30 strong delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) who gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Hall of the Popes for a private audience Monday. The IJCIC is committed to developing relations with the Vatican’s Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews, the Orthodox Christian Church, the World Council of Churches, and other international religious bodies.

Though he acknowledged he has met “important personalities of the Jewish world,” Pope Francis admitted this marked the first time he was addressing an official group of representatives of Jewish organizations and communities. And as such, he wanted to recall that landmark Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra Aetate which he described as a “key point of reference for relations with the Jewish people.”

“The fundamental principles expressed by the Declaration,” he continued, “have marked the path of greater awareness and mutual understanding trodden these last decades by Jews and Catholics” – a path very much supported, he noted, by his predecessors.

Pope Francis recalled his own friendships with leaders of the Jewish world while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, saying these “friendly relations are in a way the basis for the development of a more official dialogue.”

The Pope encouraged those present to “follow this path trying, as you do so, to involve younger generations.” “Humanity,” he said, “needs our joint witness in favour of respect for the dignity of man and woman…and in favour of peace.”

Below, please find a transcript of Pope Francis’ discourse to the IJCIC delegation:
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Post by: grace-land on June 25, 2013, 09:51:50 PM
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2013-06-25 12:47:02
Pope Francis at morning Mass: no one is Christian by chance

(Vatican Radio) Being Christian is a response to the voice of love, to a call to become children of God. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ remarks at Mass on Tuesday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican. The Holy Father also spoke of the Christian certainty that God never leaves us alone and asks us to go forward, even in the midst of difficulties. Listen: RealAudioMP3

Pope Francis focused his homily on the first reading of the day, from the Book of Genesis, which tells of the discussion between Abram and Lot his cousin for the division of the earth. “When I read this,” he said, “I think of the Middle East and so I ask the Lord [intensely] that He give wisdom to all of us, the wisdom [to say] let’s not fight, [you and I], I from here and you from there... the wisdom for peace.” Abram, the Pope observed, “keeps walking.” He said, “[Abram] had left his land to go he knew not where, but wherever the Lord would tell him.” He kept on walking, then, because he believed in the Word of God, which, “had invited him to go out of his land.” This man, perhaps ninety years old, said the Pope, looked upon the land that the Lord had shown him and believed:

"Abram departed his land [carrying] a promise: his entire journey is a going toward this promise. The way he walked his path is a model for how we [ought to walk our own]. God called Abram, a [single] person, and that one person makes an entire people. If we go to the Book of Genesis, to the beginning, to the creation, we find that God creates the stars, creates the plants, creates the animals, creates the these and the that’s and the others ... But He creates Man in the singular, one. God always speaks in the singular to us, because He has created in his image and likeness. And God speaks in the singular. He spoke to Abram and gave him a promise and invited him to come out of his land. We Christians have been called one-by-one: none of us is Christian by pure chance. No one.”
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Post by: grace-land on June 25, 2013, 10:28:03 PM
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Pope Francis a no-show at concert
June 23, 2013 10:26 EST
 
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., the Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra (RAI) performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.  The concert was organized by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, as part of the Year of Faith celebrations. 

But the Pope did not attend.
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Before the performance, Abp. Fisichella read a message from the Pope, offering his apologies to the public, citing “urgent commitments”.  The message also made it clear that the Pope would keep all his scheduled appointments the following day, in particular the Angelus and an audience at the Vatican train station with hundreds of children who were to travel from Northern Italy to see him.  Pope Francis did in fact attend all the events on Sunday, so speculation that he missed the concert on Saturday for health reasons was baseless. 

Vatican commentator Frédéric Mounier, in the French newspaper La Croix, observed that “For the first time in more than ten years, all the apostolic nuncios of the world—the pope’s ambassadors—are present in Rome.  It is easy to imagine that, given such an opportunity to meet them, the pope quickly understood that it would be more useful for him to listen attentively to one or another nuncio from a troubled country than to attend a concert.”


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Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2013, 09:04:58 PM
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2013-06-26 12:39:21
Pope at Mass: The joy of fatherhood

(Vatican Radio) The desire to be a father is ingrained in all men, even priests, who are called to give life, care, protection to their spiritual children entrusted to them. This was the focus of Pope Francis homily at morning Mass Wednesday, in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. Mass was concelebrated by the Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo, Salvatore De Giorgi, who was celebrating the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

"When a man does not have this desire, something is missing in this man. Something is wrong. All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature, we need to feel the joy of fatherhood: even those of us who are celibate. Fatherhood is giving life to others, giving life, giving life… For us, it is pastoral paternity, spiritual fatherhood, but this is still giving life, this is still becoming fathers. "

Pope Francis was inspired by Wednesday's passage from Genesis, in which God promises an elderly Abram the joy of a child, along with descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. To seal this covenant, Abram follows God's directions and prepares a sacrifice of animals which he then defends from attack by birds of prey. "It moves me - said the Pope – to picture this ninety year old man with a stick in his hand", defending his sacrifice. "It makes me think of a father defending his family, his children":
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2013, 09:14:40 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/26/pope_francis:_weekly_general_audience_(full_text)/en1-704903

2013-06-26 11:23:38
Pope Francis: weekly General Audience (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received pilgrims and visitors in St Peter's Square on Wednesday morning for his weekly General Audience. In his catechetical remarks, the Holy Father concentrated on the image of the Church as living temple and People of God. Below, please find Vatican Radio's translation of his remarks. Listen: RealAudioMP3
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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I would like briefly to refer to one more picture that helps us to illustrate the mystery of the Church: that of the temple (cf. Lumen Gentium, 6).

What does the word, ‘temple’ call to mind? It makes us think of a building, a construction. In particular, it recalls to many minds the history of the People of Israel narrated in the Old Testament. In Jerusalem, the great Temple of Solomon was the locus of the encounter with God in prayer. Within the Temple was the Ark of the Covenant, a sign of God's presence among the people, and inside the Ark were the Tablets of the Law, the manna and the rod of Aaron, a reminder that God had always been in the history of his people, had always been with them on their journey, always directed their stride – and the Temple recalls this story. We, too, when we go to the temple, must remember this story – my story – the story of each one of us – of how Jesus encountered me, of how he walked with me, how Jesus loves and blesses me.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2013, 09:20:35 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/26/pope_sets_up_pontifical_commission_to_study_ior_reform/en1-704987

2013-06-26 13:46:11
Pope sets up Pontifical Commission to study IOR reform

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has established a Pontifical Commission charged with drawing up an “exhaustive” report into the juridical standing and activities of the Vatican’s financial institution, the Institute for Religious Works, more commonly known as the IOR.

The Commission is composed of 5 people. These include two US natives, Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon and Monsignor Peter Bryan Wells, of the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Presenting the Secretariat of State communique to journalists Wednesday, Holy See press office Director, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. stated that the Commission is tasked with carrying out inquiries and presenting the Holy Father with a report of their findings “in view of possible reform".

Fr. Lombardi noted that the Commission of 5 people is not permanent. It will present the report to the Pope and then be dissolved. He also added that no deadline has been set.

The new Pontifical Commission, which will begin its work in the coming days, is not involved in running the Institution. Its main aim will be to study it to help Pope Francis ensure the IOR’s activities are in harmony with the Churches’ mission.

Below please find a Vatican Radio translation of the Comuniquè issued by the Secretariat of State:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 26, 2013, 09:26:32 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/26/usccb_reacts_to_us_supreme_court_on_doma/en1-705148

2013-06-26 19:40:45
USCCB reacts to US Supreme Court on DOMA

(Vatican Radio) Below is a statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' on the US Supreme Court's ruling on Wednesday triking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The statement follows.

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

“Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 27, 2013, 11:05:11 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/27/pope_at_mass:_resting_our_faith_on_the_rock_of_christ/en1-705319

2013-06-27 12:48:56
Pope at Mass: Resting our faith on the rock of Christ

(Vatican Radio) There are people who "masquerade as Christians," and sin by being excessively superficial or overly rigid, forgetting that a true Christian is a person of joy who rests their faith on the rock of Christ. Some think they can be Christian without Christ; others think being Christian means being in a perpetual state mourning. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass on Thursday.

Rigid and sad. Or happy but with no idea of ​​Christian joy. These are two - in a sense opposite - "houses", in which two categories of believers live and which are both seriously flawed: they are grounded in a Christianity made of words and fail to rely on the "rock" of the Word of Christ. Pope Francis identified both groups in his comments on the Gospel of the day, the famous passage from Matthew of the houses built on sand and rock.

"In the history of the Church there have been two classes of Christians: Christians of words - those" Lord, Lord, Lord "- and Christians of action, in truth. There has always been the temptation to live our Christianity not on the rock that is Christ. The only one who gives us the freedom to say 'Father' to God is Christ, our rock. He is the only one who sustains us in difficult times, no? As Jesus said: the rain falls, rivers overflow, winds blow, but the rock is safe, words, the words take flight, they are not needed. But this is the temptation of these Christians of words, of a Christianity without Jesus, a Christianity without Christ. And this has happened and is happening today in the Church: being Christians without Christ. "
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2013, 10:09:05 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/28/pope_at_mass:_the_mystery_of_god’s_patience/en1-705591

2013-06-28 11:39:41
Pope at Mass: The Mystery of God’s patience

(Vatican Radio) The Lord asks us to be patient, after all He is always patient with us. Moreover there is no "set protocol" for how God intervenes in our lives; sometimes it's immediate, sometimes we just have to have a little patience. This was the lesson drawn by Pope Francis from the daily readings at Mass Friday morning in Casa Santa Marta. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

The Lord slowly enters the life of Abraham, who is 99 years old when He promises him a son. Instead He immediately enters the life of the leper, Jesus listens to his prayer, touches him and preforms a miracle. Pope Francis went on to speak of how the Lord chooses to become involved "in our lives, in the lives of His people." The lives of Abraham and the leper. "When the Lord intervenes - said the Pope– He does not always do so in the same way. There is no ‘set protocol’ of action of God in our life", "it does not exist ". Once, he added, "He intervenes is one way, another time in a different way” but He always intervenes. There is "always - he said - this meeting between us and the Lord".

"The Lord always chooses His way to enter into our lives. Often He does so slowly, so much so, we are in danger of losing our 'patience', a little. But Lord, when? 'And we pray, we pray ... And He doesn’t intervene in our lives. Other times, when we think of what the Lord has promised us, that it such a huge thing, we don’t believe it, we are a little skeptical, like Abraham – and we smile a little to ourselves ... This is what it says in the First Reading, Abraham hid his face and smiled ... A bit 'of skepticism:' What? Me? I am almost a hundred years old, I will have a son and my wife at 90 will have a son? '.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2013, 10:12:43 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/28/vatican_statement_on_investigation_into_mons._scarano_/en1-705611

2013-06-28 12:06:26
Vatican statement on investigation into Mons. Scarano

(Vatican Radio) Below we publish the statement released by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. regarding the arrest of an Italian Monsignor Nuncio Scarano:

As already known from the past few days, Monsignor Nuncio Scarano has been suspended from duty at APSA (Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See) for over a month, as soon as his superiors were informed that he was under investigation.

This is in accordance with the Regulations of the Roman Curia, which requires the precautionary suspension for persons against whom criminal proceedings have begun.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2013, 10:20:12 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/analysis-pope-francis-confronts-his-first-scandal-in-vatican-bank-mess/2013/06/28/3656bd60-e036-11e2-8cf3-35c1113cfcc5_story.html

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis confronts his first scandal in Vatican Bank mess
By  Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service,    Updated: Friday, June 28, 4:03 PM

VATICAN CITY — Just two days after creating a commission to review the activities of the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank, Pope Francis is confronting the first major crisis of his papacy — starring once again an unscrupulous prelate and large amounts of cash of unclear origin.

On Friday (June 28), Italian police arrested the Rev. Nunzio Scarano, a senior prelate working in the Vatican treasury, officially known as the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

Scarano stands accused of trying to smuggle some 20 million euros from Switzerland to Italy on behalf of a financier. According to prosecutors, Scarano and his associates concocted a plan that seems to come straight out of a spy movie, involving a rented plane and help from contacts within the Italian secret service.

Scarano stands accused of trying to smuggle some 20 million euros from Switzerland to Italy on behalf of a financier. According to prosecutors, Scarano and his associates concocted a plan that seems to come straight out of a spy movie, involving a rented plane and help from contacts within the Italian secret service.

While it is not clear whom the money belonged to, the investigation stemmed from prosecutors’ years-long probe into alleged money laundering at the Vatican Bank.

Prosecutors say they have no indication that the latest scandal involves the Vatican Bank itself, even though Scarano holds several accounts at the Institute for the Works of Religion, as the bank is formally known.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 28, 2013, 10:26:18 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/28/pope_to_orthodox_delegation_from_ecumenical_patriarchate/en1-705667

2013-06-28 13:20:58
Pope to Orthodox delegation from Ecumenical Patriarchate

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople which is in Rome to attend celebrations for Saturday’s feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Traditionally, as spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 1st sends a delegation to Rome each June 29th, while a Catholic delegation travels to Istanbul each November 30th to mark the feast of St Andrew, patron of the Orthodox world.

Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report: RealAudioMP3

In his meeting with the Orthodox representatives, led by Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas, Pope Francis spoke of important progress in the official dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox, which has already produced many joint documents. The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue, co-chaired by Metropolitan Ioannis, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, is currently studying the key question of primacy and collegiality in the Church of the first century, one of the main obstacles on the road to unity and reconciliation between the East and Western Churches, which divided in 1054.

In his address to the delegation, Pope Francis said “It is significant that today we are able to reflect together, in truth and love, on these issues, starting with what we have in common, but without hiding that which still separates us. This is not merely a theoretical exercise, but one of getting to know each other's traditions, in order to understand, and sometimes to learn from them as well. We know very well,” the Pope said, “that unity is primarily a gift from God for which we must pray without ceasing, but we all have the task of preparing the conditions, of cultivating the soil of the heart, so that this extraordinary grace can be received.”

Please find below a Vatican Radio traslation of the full text:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 29, 2013, 10:08:50 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/29/pope_francis:_mass_and_angelus_on_sts_peter_and_paul/en1-705903

2013-06-29 10:39:17
Pope Francis: Mass and Angelus on Sts Peter and Paul

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul with Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, during which he imposed the pallium on thirty-four of the metropolitan archbishops installed over the past year. The pallium is the white, shawl-like woolen liturgical vestment worn over the shoulders of a metropolitan archbishop, which is the peculiar sign of a metropolitan’s office: it specifically symbolizes authority and union with the Holy See. Each year on the feast, the Metropolitan archbishops installed during the course of the preceding year travel to Rome to receive the vestment. The solemnity is also one of the two days in the liturgical year in which the ancient bronze statue of St Peter in the basilica is symbolically vested in an ornate red silk cope and crowned with the triple tiara. Listen to our report: RealAudioMP3

After processing into the basilica with the thirty-four new metropolitans and hearing the readings, Pope Francis delivered a homily in which he focused on the mystery of the Petrine ministry as one particularly ordered to confirming all Christians everywhere in faith, love and unity. “Faith in Christ,” said Pope Francis, “is the light of our life as Christians.“ Addressing himself to the new metropolitans, the Pope said, “To confess the Lord by letting oneself be taught by God; to be consumed by love for Christ and his Gospel; to be servants of unity. These, dear brother bishops, are the tasks which the holy apostles Peter and Paul entrust to each of us, so that they can be lived by every Christian.”

This was a theme to which the Holy Father returned after Mass, in remarks to the faithful gathered in St Peter's square for the Angelus prayer. “What a joy it is to believe in a God who is all Love, all Grace,” he said. Also at the Angelus, Pope Francis also greeted the delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, led by Metropolitan Ioannis Zizoulas. “Let us not forget that Peter had a brother, Andrew,” said Pope Francis, “who met Jesus first, spoke of Him to Peter and took Peter to meet [the Lord].”

Then Pope Francis asked all the gathered faithful to join him in praying a Hail Mary for Patriarch Bartholomew.

In conclusion, the Holy Father greeted all the pilgrim faithful who, from every part of the world, were come to celebrate the feast in Rome.

Below, please find a list of the thirty-four metropolitans to receive the pallium:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on June 30, 2013, 11:24:55 AM
thank you for all these up-dates grace-land.  I read them with much interest.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 30, 2013, 03:47:46 PM
thank you for all these up-dates grace-land.  I read them with much interest.
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You're welcome, Sister!  It's good to hear that they are of interest to you.  It's been interesting to read his homily and how he communicates the gospel message and applies it to all who hear him--and in a very simple and informal way. 

I find the other articles very educational--the interaction of the pope with various dignitaries, religious leaders, pilgrims at mass or St. Peter's Square, etc.  I think that he will continue to lead his church in the right direction with the appropriate reforms that are needed to make it relevant in the 21st Century and beyond.  jmho
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 30, 2013, 03:53:00 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/30/pope_francis:_sunday_angelus_(full_text)/en1-706181

2013-06-30 12:31:42
Pope Francis: Sunday Angelus (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus on Sunday with faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square. In remarks before the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father spoke of the conscience as the interior space in which we can listen to and hear the truth, the good, the voice of God. Pope Francis praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, as a model of docile attention to the voice of one’s conscience. “Pope Benedict XVI has given us a great example in this sense,” he said. “When the Lord had made it clear, in prayer, what was the step he had to take, he followed, with a great sense of discernment and courage, his conscience, that is the will of God speaking to his heart.” Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of the Holy Father’s remarks. Listen: RealAudioMP3
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Dear brothers and sisters,

This Sunday's Gospel (Lk 9:51-62) shows a very important step in the life of Christ: the moment in which, as St Luke writes, "[Jesus] steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. (9:51 )” Jerusalem is the final destination, where Jesus, in his last Passover, must die and rise again, and so to fulfill His mission of salvation.

From that time, forth, after the steadfast decision, Jesus aims straight for the finish line, and even to the people he meets and who ask to [be allowed to] follow Him, He says clearly what are the conditions: not having a permanent abode; knowing how to detach oneself from familiar affections; not succumbing to nostalgia for the past.

Jesus also said to his disciples, charged with preceding Him on the way to Jerusalem to announce His coming, not to impose anything: if they do not find willing welcome, they are [simply] to proceed further, to move on. Jesus never imposes. Jesus is humble. Jesus extends invitations: “If you want, come.” The humility of Jesus is like this: He always invites us. He does not impose.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on June 30, 2013, 04:02:41 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/30/pope-francis-benedict-retirement_n_3524732.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pope Francis: Benedict Retirement Decision Showed Courage
06/30/13 10:41 AM ET EDT

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday praised his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for courageously following his conscience in deciding to retire.

Benedict became the first pontiff in 600 years to quit the post when he resigned in February, paving the way for Francis' election as pope two weeks later.

By lauding Benedict's surprise choice to step down, Francis put his papacy on record as supporting the move and leaving himself and future popes a possible way to leave what is traditionally an office held until death.

Francis told pilgrims, tourists and Romans in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that God made Benedict understand through prayer the step he had to take.

Benedict, then 85, explained when announcing his intention to resign that he felt he didn't have the mental and physical strength to continue as pontiff. The rare resignation dismayed some traditionalists in the Catholic church. But Francis praised Benedict for following his conscience "with a great sense of discernment and courage."

"We must learn to listen more to our conscience," said Francis, speaking from a window of the Apostolic Palace to the crowd in the square below.

"This doesn't mean following one's own ego, doing whatever interests us, whatever suits us, whatever pleases us," the pope said. Instead, "conscience is an interior space for listening to the truth, to good" and to God who "speaks to my heart and helps me to discern, to understand the path I must follow, and once the decision is taken, to go forward, to remain faithful."

"We have had a recent marvelous example of this relationship with God in our conscience," Francis said, citing his predecessor's resignation. "Pope Benedict XVI has given us a great example in this sense, when the Lord made him understand , in prayer, what step he had to take. He followed, with a great sense of discernment and courage, his conscience, that is, the will of God who was speaking to his heart."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on June 30, 2013, 05:33:37 PM
Read with great interest . . . yes, Pope Benedict showed much courage.  I am glad Pope Francis recognizes this.
The United Methodist Church has a mandatory retirement age -- if I remember correctly it is 72.  Although ordained ministers after that age can still be a part of a church, preach, give sacraments, etc. they are officially retired and are under the "guidance" of another ordained minister.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2013, 10:54:42 PM
Read with great interest . . . yes, Pope Benedict showed much courage.  I am glad Pope Francis recognizes this.
The United Methodist Church has a mandatory retirement age -- if I remember correctly it is 72.  Although ordained ministers after that age can still be a part of a church, preach, give sacraments, etc. they are officially retired and are under the "guidance" of another ordained minister.

Agree.  It was a courageous act for him to resign.  I read that it was rough for him during the first three weeks after his resignation, but he is doing better now. 

I think that in the Catholic Church, the mandatory retirement age is 70 for priests; age 75 for bishops and archbishops; age 8o for cardinals; and there is no mandatory retirement age for the popes.  They are usually elected for a life term; however, they can resign for a serious reason.  IIRC, the last pope to resign, before Pope Benedict, was 500 years ago.



Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2013, 11:01:45 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/01/pope_francis:_prayer_requires_courage,_tenacity/en1-706505

2013-07-01 13:57:22
Pope Francis: prayer requires courage, tenacity

(Vatican Radio) We must pray with courage to the Lord, and with tenacity just as Abraham did. That’s what Pope Francis said to the faithful gathered for early morning Mass in the chapel of the Vatican guest house Santa Marta Monday. The Pope reiterated that praying is also “negotiating with the Lord,” even coming “out of left field” as Jesus teaches us.
Listen to Tracey McClure's report: RealAudioMP3
Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Secretary Bishop Brian Farrell concelebrated today’s mass which was attended by members and staff of the same council.

In his homily, Pope Francis referred to Abraham’s courage and tenacity in appealing to the Lord to spare the city of Sodom from destruction. Pope Francis drew from the First Reading, observing that “Abraham is a courageous man and prays with courage.” Abraham, he said, “finds the strength to speak face to face with the Lord and attempts to defend that city.” And he does it with tenacity. In the Bible therefore, the Pope said, we can see that “prayer must be courageous.”

“When we speak of courage we always think of apostolic courage – going out to preach the Gospel, these sort of things…But there’s also (the kind of) courage (demonstrated) before the Lord. That sense of paralysis before the Lord: going courageous before the Lord to request things. It makes you laugh a bit; this is funny because Abraham speaks with the Lord in a special way, with this courage, and one doesn’t know: is this a man who prays or is this a‘phoenician deal’ because he’s bartering the price, down, down…And he’s tenacious: from fifty he’s succeeded in lowering the price down to ten. He knew that it wasn’t possible. Only that it was right…. But with that courage, with that tenacity, he went ahead.”

Sometimes, the Pope said, one goes to the Lord “to ask something for someone;” one asks for a favor and then goes away. “But that,” he warned, “is not prayer,” because if “you want the Lord to bestow a grace, you have to go with courage and do what Abraham did, with that sort of tenacity.” The Pope recalled that Jesus himself tells us that we must pray as the widow with the judge, like the man who goes in the middle of the night to knock on his friend’s door. With tenacity.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2013, 11:05:38 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/01/ior_director_and_deputy_director_resign._communique_of_the_pres/en1-706712

2013-07-01 21:10:50
IOR Director and Deputy Director resign. Communique' of the Press Office of the Holy See

President Ernst von Freyberg to assume General Director duties ad interim – IOR-Directorate offers resignations – Promontory seconding top level executives to fill the roles of Deputy Director and Chief Risk Officer

Vatican/Holy See 1. July 2013 – IOR-Director Comm. Paolo Cipriani and Deputy Director Dott. Massimo Tulli have offered their resignations from their current positions. After many years of service both have decided that this decision would be in the best interest of the Institute and the Holy See. The Oversight Council and the Commission of Cardinals have accepted their resignations and asked President Ernst von Freyberg to assume the functions of the General Director ad interim with immediate effect. The Vatican regulator AIF has been informed accordingly. The Special Commission appointed on June 26 2013 has acknowledged the decision.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2013, 11:10:02 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/01/pope_to_travel_to_the_italian_island_of_lampedusa/en1-706486

2013-07-01 13:25:48
Pope to travel to the Italian island of Lampedusa

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will travel on the morning of the 8th of July to the Italian island of Lampedusa. According to a communiqué released from the Holy See Press Office, the Holy Father has been deeply touched by the recent sinking of a boat carrying migrants from Africa, the latest in a series of similar tragedies.

While on the island the Pope will pray for those who lost their lives at sea, he will also visit survivors and refugees, encourage inhabitants of the island and appeal to the responsibility of all to ensure that proper care is taken of these brothers and sisters in great need
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2013, 11:15:40 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/01/vatican-bank-director-resign/2480247/

Vatican bank director, deputy resign amid scandal
5:26 p.m. EDT July 1, 2013

ROME (AP) — The director of the embattled Vatican bank and his deputy resigned Monday following the latest developments in a broadening finance scandal that has already landed one Vatican monsignor in prison and added urgency to Pope Francis' reform efforts.

The Vatican said in a statement that Paolo Cipriani and his deputy, Massimo Tulli, stepped down "in the best interest of the institute and the Holy See."

Cipriani, along with the bank's then-president, was placed under investigation by Rome prosecutors in 2010 for alleged violations of Italy's anti-money-laundering norms after financial police seized 23 million euro ($30 million) from a Vatican account at a Rome bank. Neither has been charged and the money was eventually ordered released.

But the bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, has remained under the glare of prosecutors and now Francis amid fresh concerns it has been used as an offshore tax haven.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 01, 2013, 11:25:58 PM
http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-francis-first-encyclical-to-be-released-on-july-5th-english-10436.html#.UdJIGr4o7IU

Pope Francis' first Encyclical to be released on July 5th
2013-07-01 13:09:14

July 01, 2013. (Romereports.com) The Vatican announced that Pope Francis' first encyclical will be titled 'Lumen Fidei,' which translates to 'The Light of Faith.' The encyclical was started by Benedict XVI when he was still Pope. Francis finished it, describing it as a 'strong text.'

It will be presented on July 5th, by Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet and by archbishops Gerhard Müller and Rino Fisichella.

Encyclicals are open letters, where Pontiffs write  a religious and social message, to all people of good will.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 02, 2013, 10:12:19 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/02/pope_at_mass:_courage_in_spite_of_our_weaknesses/en1-706780

2013-07-02 12:10:03
Pope at Mass: Courage in spite of our weaknesses

(Vatican Radio) Christians are called to be courageous in their weakness. We must recognize that we are weak and that, at times, we have to flee from sin without nostalgia, without looking back. We must not let temptation or fear keep us from God. Instead we must learn that ‘he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day!’ This was the lesson at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass on Tuesday. Emer McCarthy reports, Listen: RealAudioMP3

Acting with hesitancy, always looking back, being afraid to turn to the Lord, the grace of the Holy Spirit. Pope Francis took his cue from the daily readings to dwell on four "possible attitudes in conflict situations, in difficult situations." The first attitude is that of the "slowness" of Lot. He decided to leave the city before it was destroyed, but he does so slowly. The angel tells him to run away, but he carries within an '"inability to detach himself from evil and sin." The Pope noted that we want to go out, we are determined, "but there is something that pulls us back," and so Lot begins to negotiate even with the angel.

"It’s so hard to cut ties with a sinful situation. It is hard! Even in a temptation, it's hard! But the voice of God tells us this word: 'Escape! You cannot fight there, because the fire, the sulfur will kill you. Escape!' St. Therese of the Child Jesus taught us that sometimes, in some temptations, the only solution is to escape and not be ashamed to escape; to recognize that we are weak and we have to escape. And our popular wisdom, in its simplicity, says as much, somewhat ironically: 'he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.' Escaping to go forward along the path of Jesus."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on July 03, 2013, 07:49:46 AM
Read with great interest . . . yes, Pope Benedict showed much courage.  I am glad Pope Francis recognizes this.
The United Methodist Church has a mandatory retirement age -- if I remember correctly it is 72.  Although ordained ministers after that age can still be a part of a church, preach, give sacraments, etc. they are officially retired and are under the "guidance" of another ordained minister.

Agree.  It was a courageous act for him to resign.  I read that it was rough for him during the first three weeks after his resignation, but he is doing better now. 

I think that in the Catholic Church, the mandatory retirement age is 70 for priests; age 75 for bishops and archbishops; age 8o for cardinals; and there is no mandatory retirement age for the popes.  They are usually elected for a life term; however, they can resign for a serious reason.  IIRC, the last pope to resign, before Pope Benedict, was 500 years ago.


I believe that's correct.  Yes, very courageous and selfless.  I am glad he is doing better.  He has my utmost respect.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on July 03, 2013, 07:51:07 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/01/vatican-bank-director-resign/2480247/

Vatican bank director, deputy resign amid scandal
5:26 p.m. EDT July 1, 2013

ROME (AP) — The director of the embattled Vatican bank and his deputy resigned Monday following the latest developments in a broadening finance scandal that has already landed one Vatican monsignor in prison and added urgency to Pope Francis' reform efforts.

The Vatican said in a statement that Paolo Cipriani and his deputy, Massimo Tulli, stepped down "in the best interest of the institute and the Holy See."

Cipriani, along with the bank's then-president, was placed under investigation by Rome prosecutors in 2010 for alleged violations of Italy's anti-money-laundering norms after financial police seized 23 million euro ($30 million) from a Vatican account at a Rome bank. Neither has been charged and the money was eventually ordered released.

But the bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, has remained under the glare of prosecutors and now Francis amid fresh concerns it has been used as an offshore tax haven.
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nothing is sacred . . . and I do mean nothing.  So sad.  Not just in the Catholic church, but everywhere.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 03, 2013, 09:45:12 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/03/pope_at_mass:_we_encounter_the_living_god_through_his_wounds/en1-707069

2013-07-03 11:49:15
Pope at Mass: We encounter the Living God through His wounds

(Vatican Radio) To meet the living God we must tenderly kiss the wounds of Jesus in our hungry, poor, sick, imprisoned brothers and sisters. Study, meditation and mortification are not enough to bring us to encounter the living Christ. Like St. Thomas, our life will only be changed when we touch Christ’s wounds present in the poor, sick and needy. This was the lesson drawn by Pope Francis during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta Wednesday as he marked the Feast of St. Thomas Apostle.

Jesus after the Resurrection, appears to the apostles, but Thomas is not there: "He wanted him to wait a week - said Pope Francis - The Lord knows why he does such things. And he gives the time he believes best for each of us. He gave Thomas a week. " Jesus reveals himself with his wounds: "His whole body was clean, beautiful, full of light - said the Pope - but the wounds were and are still there" and when the Lord comes at the end of the world, "we will see His wounds". In order to believe Thomas wanted to put his fingers in the wounds.

"He was stubborn. But the Lord wanted exactly that, a stubborn person to make us understand something greater. Thomas saw the Lord, was invited to put his finger into the wounds left by the nails; to put his hand in His side and he did not say, 'It's true: the Lord is risen'. No! He went further. He said: 'God'. The first of the disciples who makes the confession of the divinity of Christ after the Resurrection. And he worshiped Him”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 03, 2013, 10:04:17 PM
video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/seminarians-and-novices-flock-to-rome-for-special-event-with-pope-francis-english-10450.html#.UdTUmL4o7IU

Seminarians and novices flock to Rome for special event with Pope Francis
2013-07-03 14:35:16

July 03, 2013. (Romereports.com) Between July 4th and 7th, Rome will be the center of a special event dedicated to seminarians and novices from all over the world. According to the Vatican, the city will welcome more than 6 thousand people from at least 70 countries around the world.

Most of these pilgrims will be youths, so the event will in a way be a preview of WYD in Rio.
The train of celebrations in the Eternal City has been organized by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

ARCH. RINO FISICHELLA
President, Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization
“I think that the presence of thousands and thousands of young people in Rome will be a witness of joy, first of all, and a witness that youths today can be once again able, even with difficulty, to follow Jesus Christ.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 03, 2013, 10:08:14 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1302894.htm

POPE-TRIPS Jul-3-2013
Chilean archbishop says pope will go to Africa, Asia next year

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Chilean Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago told his people he hoped Pope Francis would visit Argentina on a South American tour in 2015, but he said the pope told him the 2014 trip schedule was already full.

Pope Francis will travel to meet Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, will make "another trip to Africa and another to Asia" in 2014, Archbishop Ezzati said in an interview published July 2 on his archdiocesan website.

The Vatican press office said it had no information to release on the pope's 2014 schedule.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 03, 2013, 10:24:10 PM
http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/world-news/need-for-joint-witness-of-faith_85518

Need for joint witness of faith
Published: 7 July 2013

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis met with a 30-member delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations during a private audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace recently.

The committee is dedicated to furthering dialogue and developing relations with various international religious bodies such as the Holy See's Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews, the Orthodox Christian Church, and the World Council of Churches.

Addressing the members as his "elder brothers and sisters", Pope Francis welcomed them to the Vatican, which concluded a series of meetings between the Jewish committee and the Catholic Church aimed at fostering dialogue.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 04, 2013, 12:50:53 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/04/pope_francis:_the_courage_of_children_of_god/en1-707402

2013-07-04 12:50:54
Pope Francis: the courage of children of God

(Vatican Radio) We are sons of God thanks to Jesus: no one can take away this “identity card.” That was Pope Francis’ message during Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta.

The Pope’s homily centred on the Gospel of the healing of a paralytic. In the beginning of the day’s Gospel, Jesus says to him: “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” Perhaps, the Pope Francis said, this person remained “unsettled” because he wanted to be physically healed. Then, faced with the criticism of the scribes – who among themselves had accused him of blasphemy, “because only God can forgive sins” – Jesus healed his physical condition. In reality, the Pope explained, the healings, the teaching, the strong words against hypocrisy were “only a sign, a sign of something more that Jesus was doing,” namely, the forgiveness of sins: In Jesus the world is reconciled with God. This is “the most profound miracle”:

“This reconciliation is the re-creation of the world: this is the most profound mission of Jesus. The redemption of all of us sinners; and Jesus does this not with words, not with gestures, not walking along the street. No! He does it with His flesh! It is He Himself, God who became one of us, a human, to heal us from within, [He came] to us sinners.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 04, 2013, 01:07:16 PM
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/1856380/report-pope-now-has-over-7-2-million-followers-on-twitter

Pope now has over 7.2 million followers on Twitter
Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013, 9:15 IST

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Pope Francis now has more than 7.2 million followers on microblogging website Twitter, where his tweets are published in nine languages.

The Argentine Pope's tweets in Spanish at his @Pontifex account have the highest number of followers (some 2.73 million), followed by his English tweets (around 2.6 million).
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 05, 2013, 06:28:39 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/05/gods_mercy_at_heart_of_popes_daily_homily_/en1-707779

2013-07-05 13:53:55
God's mercy at heart of Pope's daily homily

(Vatican Radio) The heart of God’s message is mercy: that’s what Pope Francis told staff of the Vatican’s Governatorate gathered for daily mass Friday at the Santa Marta guest house inside the Vatican. Together with the pope, Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas concelebrated the early morning liturgy which coincided with Venezuela’s national holiday.
Listen to our report: RealAudioMP3

In his homily, Pope Francis drew on the Gospel reading from Matthew: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Pope Francis repeated Jesus’s words to the Pharisees who criticize the Lord for sharing a meal with sinners. The taxpayers, he explained, “were sinners twice because they were attached to money and were also traitors of the country” in the sense that they collected taxes from their own people for the Romans. Jesus, then, sees Mathew, the tax collector, and looks upon him with mercy:

Matthew, he says, feels Jesus’s gaze upon him and “he feels stunned; he hears Jesus’ invitation: ‘Follow me! Follow me!’ At that moment, this man is full of joy but he’s also doubtful because he’s also very attached to money. It just took a moment – and we see how (the artist) Caravaggio was able to capture it: that man who was looking, but also, with his hands, was taking the money. Only a moment in which Matthew says yes, leaves everything and goes with the Lord. It is the moment of mercy received and accepted: ‘Yes I’m coming with you!’ And it is the first moment of the meeting, a profound spiritual experience.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 05, 2013, 06:35:35 PM
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/05/pope_francis_signs_canonization_decrees_for_john_xxiii_and_john_paul/en1-707814

2013-07-05 13:53:05
Pope Francis signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II

(Vatican Radio) Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised Friday lunchtime when Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. called them back for a second announcement: Pope Francis had approved the cause for canonization of two of his venerable and much loved predecessors Blessed John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. Emer McCarthy reports: RealAudioMP3

Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, Friday morning, Pope Francis approved the promulgation of the decree and also convoked a special Consistory of the College of Cardinals to discuss the canonization of the Polish pope in depth.

Furthermore, he approved the favorable votes of the Ordinary Session of the Congregations Cardinals and Bishops regarding the raising to the altars of sainthood of Blessed John XXII.

This slightly unusual gesture was explained by Fr. Lombardi who told journalists that despite the absence of a second miracle it was the Pope’s will that the Sainthood of the great Pope of the Second Vatican Council be recognized.

Fr. Lombardi stated that a canonization without a second miracle is still valid, given that there is already the existing miracle that lead to the Roncalli Pope’s beatification. He also pointed to ongoing discussions among theologians and experts about whether it is necessary to have two distinct miracles for beatification and canonization. Certainly, he added the Pope has the power to dispense, in a Cause, with the second miracle.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 05, 2013, 06:40:56 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pope-francis-clears-john-paul-ii-for-sainthood/2013/07/05/cd15e68e-e58d-11e2-80eb-3145e2994a55_story.html

Pope Francis clears John Paul II, John XXIII for sainthood
(July 5, 2013)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century’s most influential popes to become saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII.

In a major demonstration of his papal authority, Francis decided that John XXIII could be declared a saint even though the Vatican hasn’t confirmed a second miracle attributed to his intercession — normally required for that final step. The Vatican said Francis had the power to dispense with such requirements.

The ceremony, likely to be a massive event, is expected before the end of the year.

The announcement came on a remarkable day melding papacies past and present. It opened with Francis and 86-year-old Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI attending their first Vatican ceremony together, sitting side by side on matching papal chairs for the unveiling of a statue in the Vatican gardens. It continued with the publication of Francis’s first encyclical, a meditation on faith titled “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”) that was largely written by Benedict before he retired. And it climaxed with the announcement of Francis’s decision to canonize two of his predecessors.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 05, 2013, 06:47:38 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/05/benedict_xvi_joins_pope_francis_in_consecrating_vatican_to_st_michael/en1-707709

2013-07-05 11:40:01
Benedict XVI joins Pope Francis in consecrating Vatican to St Michael Archangel

(Vatican Radio) To the joy of Vatican City State workers, Friday morning Pope Francis was joined by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the gardens for a ceremony during which the Holy Father blessed a statue of St Michael Archangel, at the same time consecrating the Vatican to the Archangel’s protection.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 05, 2013, 06:52:43 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/woman-reportedly-cured-by-prayers-to-john-paul-ii-cries-as-she-describes-miraculous-recovery/2013/07/05/7f024bce-e5a4-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html

Woman reportedly cured by prayers to John Paul II cries as she describes miraculous recovery
(July 5, 2013)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A Costa Rican woman whose brain aneurysm reportedly disappeared after she prayed to Pope John Paul II broke down in tears Friday as she publicly spoke for the first time about the church-confirmed miracle underlying John Paul’s case for sainthood.

The Roman Catholic Church presented 50-year-old Floribeth Mora and her doctor to reporters after Pope Francis approved the miracle needed to canonize John Paul II.

With tears in her eyes, Mora described how she was sent home with pain medicine but no apparent hope for treatment, thinking she was going to die after her 2011 aneurysm diagnosis.

She says a photograph of the pope seemed to speak to her during the deceased pontiff’s beatification, and her doctor says the aneurysm disappeared for no apparent reason.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 05, 2013, 07:17:25 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18369

Pope Francis' 1st encyclical released (with analysis, and link to full text)
CWN - July 05, 2013

The Holy See has released Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), the first encyclical letter of Pope Francis.

The document is dated June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. It was introduced to the media at a press conference in Rome on July 5.

The encyclical on faith was begun by Pope Benedict XVI, before his resignation, and completed by Pope Francis, who referred to the document as the work of “four hands,” suggesting that the encyclical represented the work of both himself and his predecessor.

In his introduction, Pope Francis writes that Benedict XVI “had almost completed a first draft of an encyclical on faith.” He says that he “added a few contributions of my own.” Still the document is signed only by Pope Francis, and will be known to Church history as the 1st encyclical of the new Pontiff.

At the Vatican press conference introducing the new encyclical, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, commented on the question of authorship: “It must be said without hesitation that while Lumen Fidei resumes some of the intuition and themes typical of the ministery of Benedict XVI, it is fully Pope Francisco’s text.” Pope Francis himself, clearly intent on underlining that his teachings are in full accord with those of Pope Benedict, observed in his introduction that the text is “in continuity with all that the Church’s magisterium has pronounced on this theological virtue.”
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Additional sources for this story
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•Encyclical Letter Lumen Fidei (Holy See)
 http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20130629_enciclica-lumen-fidei_en.html
•Presentation of the Encyclical “Lumen Fidei”: Faith Is An Experience of Communion and Solidarity (VIS)
 http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2013/07/presentation-of-encyclical-lumen-fidei.html
•Summary of the Encyclical “Lumen Fidei” (VIS)
•In first encyclical, pope celebrates faith as the light of human life (CNS)
 http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1302921.htm
•In first encyclical, Francis reaches out to seekers (National Catholic Reporter)
 http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/first-encyclical-francis-reaches-out-seekers


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 06, 2013, 11:13:39 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/06/pope_francis:_the_holy_spirit_renews_our_lives/en1-708070

2013-07-06 12:55:37
Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit renews our lives

(Vatican Radio) In his Mass on Saturday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said being Christian “does not mean doing things, but allowing oneself to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.” The Pope emphasised that even in the life of the Church there are “ancient structures” to be renewed without fear.

“New wine in new wineskins.” In his homily, Pope Francis dwelt on the renewal that Jesus brings. “The doctrine of the law,” he noted, “is enriched, renewed with Jesus . . . Jesus makes all things new.” He said Jesus brings a “true renewal of the law, the same law, but more mature, renewed.” He explained that what Jesus requires of us is greater than the requirements of the law. The law allows us to hate our enemy; Jesus, on the other hand, tells us to pray for him. This, then, is “the Kingdom of God that Jesus preaches”: a renewal above all “in our heart.” We think that “being Christian means doing this, or doing that; but it is not so:

“Being Christian means allowing oneself to be renewed by Jesus in this new life. ‘I am a good Christian, I go to Mass every Sunday from 11 til noon, I do this, I do that’. . . as if it were a collection. But the Christian life is not a collage of things. It is a harmonious whole, harmonious, and the Holy Spirit does it! He renews all things: He renews our heart, our life, and makes us live differently, but in a way that takes up the whole of our life. You cannot be a Christian of pieces, a part time Christian. Being a part-time Christian simply doesn’t work! The whole, everything, full-time. The Spirit accomplishes this renewal. Being Christian ultimately means, not doing things, but allowing oneself to be renewed by the Holy Spirit – or, to use the words of Jesus, becoming new wine.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 06, 2013, 11:21:27 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/06/pope_to_seminarians_and_novices:_there_is_no_holiness_in_sadness_/en1-708263

2013-07-06 20:04:50
Pope to seminarians and novices: "there is no holiness in sadness"

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday evening told future nuns and priests and consecrated laypeople to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, as he said: “There is no sadness in holiness”.

Speaking to participants in a four-day international event for Seminarians, Novices and those on a vocational journey, Francis gave an off-the-cuff lecture to seminarians and novices from across the globe, gathered in the Paul VI Hall.

In his remarks, the Pope urged those present not to be tempted by a culture that exalts provisional values, and he told them to avoid trappings like the latest smartphones and expensive cars so they can devote more resources to help the poor.

“It is not you that I reproach” said the Pope, and he specified that it is today’s culture of the provisional of which we are all victims that does not help us: “because in this day and age it is very difficult to make a definitive choice”. He pointed out that when he was young it was easier because the culture of the time favoured definitive choices, be it in conjugal life, in consecrated life or in priestly life. But today – he said “it is not easy to make a definitive choice. We are victims of this culture of the provisional”.

And then Pope Francis took seminarians and novices to task for being “too serious, too sad”. ``Something's not right here,'' Francis told them pointing out that `'There is no sadness in holiness,'' and adding that such clergy lack `'the joy of the Lord.''

“To become a priest or a religious is not primarily our choice; it is our answer to a calling, a calling of love”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 07, 2013, 04:40:29 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/07/pope_to_seminarians,_novices:_yours_is_a_mission_of_joy,_mercy_and/en1-708317

2013-07-07 12:55:13
Pope to Seminarians, Novices: yours is a mission of joy, mercy and prayer

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated mass with hundreds of seminarians, novices, consecrated lay persons and clergy in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday, calling their vocation a "mission."  Some 6,000 young men and women from across the globe have been on a four day pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter, reflecting and praying on their vocation in more than a dozen Rome churches and basilicas. Their journey culminated Sunday with this morning's liturgy presided by Pope Francis.

Tracey McClure tells us what the Pope had to say to them: RealAudioMP3

In his homily, Pope Francis spoke of the three reference points of Christian mission: the joy of consolation, the Cross and prayer. “Mission originates,” he said, “from the Lord’s call,” with which he sends them out.

The first part of mission is the joy of consolation, an invitation to become ever closer to God’s love and consoling embrace to become effective witnesses in the Church: “every Christian, especially you and I, is called to be a bearer of this message of hope that gives serenity and joy: God’s consolation, his tenderness towards all.”

Religious are called to bring comfort to others, and “to bear witness to the mercy and tenderness of the Lord, which warms the heart, rekindles hope, and attracts people towards the good.”

The second part of mission , the Cross, the Paschal mystery, is a symbol of “suffering, weakness and defeat, but also joy and consolation.”

“If we remain within this mystery,” he said, “we are sheltered both from a worldly and triumphalistic view of mission and from the discouragement that can result from trials and failures.”
Finally, the third element of mission, Pope Francis said, is prayer. “The labourers for the harvest are not chosen through advertising campaigns or appeals for service and generosity, but they are ‘chosen’ and ‘sent’ by God. For this, prayer is important. The Church…is not ours, but God’s.”
Evangelization, he continued, “is done on one’s knees” and requires “a constant relationship with God” so that mission isn’t merely seen as one’s “job.”
Pope Francis called the young people to “cultivate the contemplative dimension, even amid the whirlwind of more urgent and pressing duties.” And the farther their mission takes them, “let your heart be the more closely united to Christ’s heart, full of mercy and love.” “What counts,” he said, “is to be permeated by the love of Christ.”

Homily at Mass with Seminarians, Novices and those discerning their Vocations (Full Text)
Saint Peter’s Basilica, 7 July 2013
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 07, 2013, 04:45:42 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/07/pope_francis:_sunday_angelus_(full_text)/en1-708337

2013-07-07 14:38:26
Pope Francis: Sunday angelus (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St Peter's Square this Sunday. Ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis spoke of the common missionary mandate of all the baptized, as well as the special way in which those called to priesthood and religious life respond to the common Christian vocation. The Holy Father also praised the courage of those discerning vocations, and asked for the prayers of all the faithful in their behalf. After the Angelus, Pope Francis returned to discuss his Encyclical, Lumen fidei, which he released this past Friday. Below, please find Vatican Radio's English translation of his remarks.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 08, 2013, 07:54:01 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/08/pope_on_lampedusa:_“the_globalization_of_indifference”/en1-708541

2013-07-08 11:41:17
Pope on Lampedusa: “the globalization of indifference”

(Vatican Radio) In his homily at Mass celebrated with the residents of Lampedusa and the immigrants who have sought refuge there, Pope Francis spoke out against the “globalization of indifference” that leads to tragedies like the deaths of so many migrants seeking a better life.

Below, please find Vatican Radio’s full text of the Holy Father’s homily:

Immigrants who died at sea, from that boat that, instead of being a way of hope was a way of death. This is the headline in the papers! When, a few weeks ago, I heard the news – which unfortunately has been repeated so many time – the thought always returns as a thorn in the heart that brings suffering. And then I felt that I ought to come here today to pray, to make a gesture of closeness, but also to reawaken our consciences so that what happened would not be repeated. Not repeated, please! But first I want to say a word of sincere gratitude and encouragement to you, the residents of Lampedusa and Linosa, to the associations, to the volunteers and to the security forces that have shown and continue to show attention to persons on their voyage toward something better. You are a small group, but you offer an example of solidarity! Thank you! Thanks also to Archbishop Francesco Montenegro for his help and his work, and for his pastoral closeness. I warmly greet the Mayor, Mrs Giusy Nicolini. Thank you so much for all you have done, and for all you do. I give a thought, too, to the dear Muslim immigrants that are beginning the fast of Ramadan, with best wishes for abundant spiritual fruits. The Church is near to you in the search for a more dignified life for yourselves and for your families. I say to you “O’ scia’!” [trans.: a friendly greeting in the local dialect].
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 10, 2013, 07:51:01 PM
Photos at the link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359424/Pope-demands-brand-new-life-size-statue-Buenos-Aires-cathedral-taken-does-wish-celebrity.html

Pope demands brand new life-size statue of him at Buenos Aires cathedral is taken down as he 'does not wish to become a celebrity'
PUBLISHED: 09:05 EST, 10 July 2013  | UPDATED: 10:29 EST, 10 July 2013

At the age of 76 he became a household name and a magazine cover star.

But Pope Francis is apparently desperate to avoid becoming a celebrity – he has ordered the removal of a new life-size statue of him in Buenos Aires cathedral.

Since its installation two weeks ago believers visited the statue in the cathedral’s garden to pay homage to the pontiff, while tourists posed for photos alongside it.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 10, 2013, 08:04:03 PM
Photo of the Vanity Fair Italia magazine's cover at the link

http://www.latinospost.com/articles/23330/20130710/pope-francis-named-man-year-vanity-fair-italia.htm

Pope Francis Named 'Man of the Year' by Vanity Fair Italia
First Posted: Jul 10, 2013 04:02 PM EDT

The Italian version of Vanity Fair magazine declared Pope Francis "Man of the Year" in its latest issue, which was published on Tuesday. The magazine's cover reads "Francis, Pope Courage," reffering to the unconventional gestures and the clear words of the Argentine pope. According to the magazine, the pope has reached the top list of international personalities that have made history after only 100 days as pontiff.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 10, 2013, 08:24:34 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-invites-200-homeless-to-dinner-at-the-vatican/

Pope Francis invites homeless to dine at Vatican

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2013 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in his name by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello.

 Cardinal Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal experiences, according to the July 3 edition of L'Osservatore Romano.

“I welcome you in the name of the Pope. As you know, this is your home, and he is pleased that you are here,” he told the group of homeless persons before dinner was served.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on July 11, 2013, 04:38:04 PM
Photos at the link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359424/Pope-demands-brand-new-life-size-statue-Buenos-Aires-cathedral-taken-does-wish-celebrity.html

Pope demands brand new life-size statue of him at Buenos Aires cathedral is taken down as he 'does not wish to become a celebrity'
PUBLISHED: 09:05 EST, 10 July 2013  | UPDATED: 10:29 EST, 10 July 2013

At the age of 76 he became a household name and a magazine cover star.

But Pope Francis is apparently desperate to avoid becoming a celebrity – he has ordered the removal of a new life-size statue of him in Buenos Aires cathedral.

Since its installation two weeks ago believers visited the statue in the cathedral’s garden to pay homage to the pontiff, while tourists posed for photos alongside it.
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I think this speaks loudly about who he is and who he does not want to become.  Good for him.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 11, 2013, 09:09:49 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/11/pope_francis_issues_motu_proprio_on_criminal_law_matters_in_vatican/en1-709480

2013-07-11 12:00:29
Pope Francis issues Motu Proprio on criminal law matters in Vatican

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio on criminal law matters and administrative sanctions within Vatican City State and the Holy See. In a statement by the Holy See’s Press Office, it was announced that on this same date, the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State has adopted the following laws:

Law No. VIII containing Supplementary Norms on Criminal Law Matters;
Law No. IX containing Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code;
Law No. X containing General Provisions on Administrative Sanctions.

The note from the Holy See Press Office goes on to clarify the following points:
The Motu proprio makes the criminal laws adopted by the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State applicable also within the Holy See.

The criminal laws adopted today are a continuation of the efforts to update Vatican City State’s legal system, building upon the measures adopted since 2010 during the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

These laws, however, have a broader scope, since they incorporate into the Vatican legal system the provisions of numerous international conventions including: the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, on the conduct of war and war crimes; the 1965 Convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination; the 1984 Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the 1989 Convention on the rights of the child and its optional protocols of 2000.

Of particular note in this context is the introduction of the crime of torture and a broader definition of the category of crimes against minors (including: the sale of children, child prostitution, the recruitment of children, sexual violence and sexual acts with children, and the production and possession of child pornography).

A section of the legislation introduces a list of crimes against humanity, in particular, the crimes of genocide and apartheid, following broadly the definitions adopted in the 1998 Statute of the International Criminal Court. The section of the Criminal Code regarding offences committed in the exercise of public administration has also been revised in light of the 2003 United Nations Convention against corruption. With regard to penalties, that of life imprisonment has been abolished and it has been replaced with a maximum penalty of 30 to 35 years of imprisonment.

In line with the most recent developments at the international level, the new legislation also introduces a system of penalties for juridical persons who profit from the criminal activities of their constituent bodies or personnel, establishing their direct liability and providing as penalties a set of interdictions and pecuniary sanctions.

In the area of criminal procedure, the general principles of presumption of innocence and due process within a reasonable time have been recognized explicitly, while the power of the judicial authorities to adopt precautionary measures has been increased by bringing up to date the provisions for confiscation and the freezing of assets.

Also of importance is the modernization of the rather dated norms governing international judicial cooperation, with the adoption of measures in line with the standards of the most recent international conventions.

The law on administrative sanctions is of a general nature so as to serve as a common framework that provides for the possibility of sanctions in different areas intended to promote respect for the norms, to render them effective and to protect the public interests.

As a whole, these normative efforts form part of broader process aimed at modernizing further the Vatican legal system with a view to enhancing its consistency and effectiveness.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 11, 2013, 09:42:17 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/11/world/europe/vatican-child-abuse/index.html

Pope Francis lays down the law on child sex abuse on Vatican grounds 
updated 3:37 PM EDT, Thu July 11, 2013

Rome (CNN) -- Pope Francis has laid down a law making it a crime to abuse children sexually or physically on Vatican grounds, the Holy See announced Thursday.

The acts were already crimes under church law, but are now specifically outlawed within the Vatican city-state, which is home to hundreds of people.

The legislation also covers child prostitution and the creation or possession of child pornography.

But it has a "broader scope," according to Radio Vatican.

It adds provisions of international laws against war crimes, racial discrimination and humiliating treatment or punishment to the Vatican's legal system.

It includes wording from the Geneva Conventions.

Francis issued the new laws as a "moto proprio," meaning that the document was his own initiative, Vatican Radio said.

The new criminal laws are part of an ongoing update of the Vatican's legal system, which began under Pope Benedict XVI.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a U.S. advocacy group for victims of abuse by priests and other clergy, dismissed the law as "a feel good gesture."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 14, 2013, 09:14:01 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/14/pope_in_castelgandolfo:_open_the_doors_to_hope/en1-710434

2013-07-14 18:09:04
Pope in Castelgandolfo: Open the doors to hope

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday visited the hill top town of Castelgandolfo, urging the thousands of locals and visitors to be visible signs of hope and peace in the world. Some ten thousand people, led by the mayor and bishop of nearby Albano, gathered in the square and side streets surrounding the papal summer residence ahead of the Holy Father’s arrival on Sunday morning.

Greeting each and every well-wisher in Castelgandolfo, Pope Francis thanked especially the religious and civil authorities, as well as all the staff who work in the Pontifical Villa where popes have traditionally spent time over the summer period – in particular he remembered his two immediate predecessors, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Speaking at the midday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Gospel which recounts the story of the Good Samaritan and recalled the figure of a 16th century Italian priest who is popularly known as a patron saint of the sick and all who care for them.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 14, 2013, 09:22:27 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/14/pope-spends-day-in-hill-t_0_n_3594451.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pope Francis At Castel Candolfo Jokes Informally, Talks About Upcoming World Youth Day In Rio (PHOTOS)
07/14/13 09:29 AM ET EDT

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy -- Abandoning the traditional Sunday greeting to crowds in St. Peter's Square for a day, Pope Francis opted for an informal front-door encounter with residents in a hill town outside Rome that hosts the papal summer palace.

Unlike his predecessors, Francis isn't spending the summer at the Vatican residence in Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town about a 30-minute drive to the Alban Hills southeast of Rome. Instead, he came for the day, escaping the stifling humid weather in the Italian capital for a few hours.

Usually when in Castel Gandolfo on Sundays, pontiffs appear at a window overlooking an inner courtyard or on a balcony facing the town's main square. This time, Francis spoke to people at their level, standing at the main entrance, chatting and bending down to kiss babies in strollers.
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The Argentine-born pontiff mentioned that he would soon go to Brazil to join young people for the Church's World Youth Day jamboree.

"I'll leave in eight days, but many young people will head to Brazil even before," Francis said of his July 22-29 pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro. He asked for prayers so that participants will be "guided in their steps," and that they would "open their hearts to the mission that Christ will give them."

The gathering, which often draws hundreds of thousands of participants, is held every other year in a different part of the world and serves as a kind of pep rally to energize the youngest members of the Catholic church. The Vatican is concerned that many people in South America, where Catholicism is the predominant religion, are joining evangelical Protestant churches seen as more dynamic and attentive to the needs of people in the developing world.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 14, 2013, 09:25:50 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/12/update_on_the_case_of_mons._nunzio_scarano./en1-709895

2013-07-12 14:15:17
Update on the case of Mons. Nunzio Scarano

(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See has given an update this morning about the ongoing investigations by the competent Vatican authorities on the case of Mons. Nunzio Scarano.

By court order on the 9th of July, the Vatican Promoter of Justice has frozen funds at the
IOR attributed to suspended Vatican employee Nunzio Scarano as part of an ongoing
investigation by the Vatican judicial authorities. The investigation was triggered by several
suspicious transaction reports filed with AIF and could be extended to additional individuals.
IOR commissioned an objective review by Promontory Financial Group of the facts and
circumstances of the accounts in question and is fully cooperating with the Vatican Financial
Intelligence Unit AIF and judicial authorities to bring full transparency in this matter.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 15, 2013, 11:08:52 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2013/07/pope-francis-early-riser/

Pope Francis, Early Riser
July 15, 2013

From Vatican Insider:

Francis’ alarm clock goes off at 4:45 every morning in room 201 in St. Martha’s House, when everything is still pitch black. Such an early start to the day means Francis has to have a siesta after lunch. Juan Perón called this time of rest an “almost liturgical must” which made it possible for him to fit “two mornings” into his day.

The first few hours of Francis’ day are dedicated to prayer and meditation on the Readings which the Pope comments on, in the brief homilies he gives in his morning masses in the chapel of the place he likes to call the “boarding school”, commonly known as St. Martha’s House: a simple and modern building decorated with light-coloured marble and stained glass. The Bishop of Rome sits in the pews at the back of the chapel to pray.

These spontaneous but not completely improvised morning preachings are one of the most important changes of the new pontificate. And this is where the third leg of our journey begins. The Pope is assisted by cardinals, bishops or visiting priests and the masses are attended mostly by Vatican staff – from IOR staff to rubbish collectors – and their families. Francis greets all of them one by one and then has breakfast in the St. Martha’s House “common room”. For Francis, being with people and hugging them one by one is in no way a chore or a waste of time: in Argentina he would spend whole nights listening to confessions without wearing his cardinal’s insignia, so anonymously, when big pilgrimages to Our Lady of Luján would take place.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 16, 2013, 07:59:58 PM
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/490675/20130716/vatican-pope-francis-itinerary-world-youth-brazil.htm

Vatican Releases Pope Francis Itinerary for World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil
July 16, 2013 2:32 PM EST

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Pope Francis itinerary from July 23-29 while in Brazil:

July 23 - Travel to the Nuestra Señora de Aparecida shrine, celebrate Mass and have lunch with a group of young seminarians. On his way back, will visit the San Francisco de Asis hospital, where AIDS patients are treated.

July 25 - In rites, Pope Francis will receive the "golden keys" to Rio and then bless the Olympic flags. Then will visit the Manguinhos slum, where over 50,000 people live. At 6 o'clock in the evening, the Pope attends and leads his first massive gathering with young pilgrims in the Copacabana beach.

July 26 - Lead confession of some of the youths. Meet with a group of young Rio prison inmates. In the evening, lead a Way of the Cross ceremony along the streets of Rio.

July 27 - Pope Francis is expected to attend a meeting with politicians and entrepreneurs at Rio's Municipal Theater.  In the evening, will celebrate a prayer vigil with more than one million youths.

July 28 - Pope Francis end this year's World Youth Day 2013 festivities with an open-air Mass. The announcement of the next WYD will declared at this time. After, the Pope will meet with Latin American bishops or their representatives.

Pope Francis is expected to be back in Rome on Monday at 11:30 a.m
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 16, 2013, 08:13:55 PM
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=22960

Pope Francis: weak and vulnerable are 'masterpieces of God’s creation'  
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:45 pm

In a special message to Catholics across Britain and Ireland, ahead of the annual Day for Life, Pope Francis has emphasised the need to care for life from conception to natural end. In his message, he says that all life has inestimable value ‘even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect’.

He has promised his prayers that ‘Day for Life will help to ensure that human life always receives the protection that it is due.‘
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 16, 2013, 08:32:18 PM
http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/americas/brazil-steps-up-security-for-pope-franciss-visit

Brazil steps up security for Pope Francis's visit
Agence France-Presse   
Jul 17, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO // Brazil is embarking on a huge security operation to deter any repetition of last month's social unrest and protect Pope Francis during his visit next week.

More than 1.5 million pilgrims from around the world are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro for the July 22-28 visit during World Youth Day (WYD), a major Roman Catholic festival.

The defence ministry, which is coordinating security, is boosting from an initial 8,500 to 10,266 the number of army, air force and navy personnel to be deployed for the high-profile event. The increase was decided because of "the massive street protests in June", a ministry spokesman said.

In addition to the armed forces, state security officials will launch "the biggest police operation in the city's history", said Roberto Alzir Dias Chaves, the under secretary for major events.

"Seven thousand police will beef up the city's 12,000 police, in addition to 1,700 members of the elite national force and units of the civilian, highway and federal police forces," he said.

"It will be a bigger mobilisation than what occurred two years ago at the Madrid WYD," he said, noting that the plan had been developed well before the street protests in June.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 16, 2013, 08:47:56 PM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57594054-1/cut-your-time-in-purgatory-by-following-pope-on-twitter/

Cut your time in purgatory by following pope on Twitter
July 16, 2013 4:25 PM PDT

If you're Christian, you might believe the keys to salvation are faith and good works. But a little Twitter might help get you to the Pearly Gates too.

You can now reduce the time your everlasting soul has to spend in purgatory by following tweets from Pope Francis and Catholic World Youth Day, an event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the pontiff will attend later this month.

The policy is a form of indulgence, a centuries-old tradition in the Catholic Church in which the temporal punishment for absolved sins is relieved. Since it's a plenary indulgence, a believer gets total remission of sins and relief from penitence.
 
But that doesn't mean you just click on "follow" and sin at will, according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

"Get it out of your heads straight away that this is in any way mechanical, that you just need to click on the Internet in a few days' time to get a plenary indulgence," the daily quoted Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, as saying.

"What really matters is that the pope's tweets from Brazil, or the photos of World Youth Day that will be posted on Pinterest, should bear authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of each one of us."

"Then even a youngster who is a very long way from Brazil and feels involved by a video, a simple text message, or an e-mail will be truly taking part in the World Youth Day and will receive the gift of the indulgence."

The report quotes a Catholic decree concerning World Youth Day that says the faithful "can obtain the plenary indulgence...by the new means of social communication."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 16, 2013, 11:57:38 PM
http://www.catholicsentinel.org/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=34&ArticleID=21830

World Youth Day by the numbers: pilgrims, toilets and security patrols
(July 16, 2013)

SAO PAULO  -- As hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims descend on Brazil, World Youth Day coordinators in Rio de Janeiro are putting the finishing touches on preparations for up to 2.5 million people.

By July 15, more than 320,000 people had registered for the event. Media coordinator Carol Castro said many pilgrims will register when they arrive, and many will participate in the events without being registered.

The countries with the greatest numbers of pilgrims registered are Brazil, Argentina and the United States, but young people are coming from as far away as the Philippines and Slovakia. 

More than 8,400 priests from all over the globe requested credentials for the event. Approximately 5,500 journalists have been given credentials to cover Pope Francis' first international trip.

Castro said 55 percent of registered pilgrims are women and 60 percent of those coming are ages 19-34. About 300,000 beds were made available in family homes, sports centers and schools in Rio.

Officials said more than 270 locations are available for catechetical session in 26 languages, including Polish, Latvian, Mandarin and Flemish.

They said 60,000 volunteers, of whom 7,000 are foreigners, will be on hand during the week to help and direct pilgrims to the events in Rio. Nearly 800 singers, dancers, actors and musicians will be participating in the main events.

Catholic officials will have 4 million hosts for consecration, and 100 confessionals will be at hand for pilgrims.

Pope Francis will greet pilgrims on a stage overlooking Copacabana beach July 25. For those unable to get to the main stage, organizers have set up two large and 16 smaller screens and 26 sound towers.

The July 27 vigil will be outside the city at a site equal to approximately 150 soccer fields. The venue has been dubbed Campus Fidei, Latin for Field of Faith. This is also the site for Pope Francis' July 28 Mass with young people, who can watch on 33 large outdoor screens if they cannot see the altar.

To make things more comfortable for pilgrims spending the night, the area will have 4,673 portable bathrooms, 270 of which were adapted for people with disabilities.

More than 12 million liters of water will be at hand for pilgrims, distributed in 177 locations throughout the area.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 17, 2013, 03:47:31 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/17/lombardi:_sense_of_anticipation_and_participation_ahead_of_wydrio/en1-711171

2013-07-17 14:07:19
Lombardi: "Sense of anticipation and participation" ahead of WYDRio

(Vatican Radio/VIS) – In a press conference held this morning the director of the Holy See Press Office, Federico Lombardi S.J., presented information on Pope Francis' imminent apostolic visit to Rio de Janeiro for the 28th World Youth Day. Fr. Lombardi reviewed the Holy Father's programme for the week he will spend in Brazil, explaining that this journey is “particularly significant in his continent, and this naturally lends it a particular sense of anticipation and participation”.

“As we know”, Fr. Lombardi continued, “it was not his decision to make his first trip to Latin America, but rather it was his predecessor Benedict XVI who had confirmed that World Youth Day would be held in Brazil, and had confirmed that 'the Pope' would be present, as at all the World Youth Days, even though the Pope in this case would not have been him. Therefore, Pope Francis is assuming the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate in making this trip. You will recall that practically the same thing happened at the last change of pontificate: Benedict XVI's first trip was to Germany, his homeland, to Cologne for the World Youth Day decided by his predecessor John Paul II”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 17, 2013, 04:01:51 PM
http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/136270/reports-say-cfk-may-fly-to-brazil-to-meet-with-pope-francis

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Reports say CFK may fly to Brazil to meet with Pope Francis

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner may fly to Río de Janeiro next week to meet with Pope Francis who is expected to arrive on Monday in the South American country to attend the 2013 World Youth Day.

EFE Spanish news agency informed today that Argentina's Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her counterparts from Chile and Panama, Sebastián Piñera and Ricardo Martinelli, have already accepted the invitations to the event.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 19, 2013, 02:14:14 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/19/pope-francis-visits-benedict-before-leaving-for-rio-shows-him-program-and-asks/

Pope Francis visits Benedict before leaving for Rio, shows him program and asks for prayers
Published July 19, 2013

VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis has visited Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI ahead of his trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day — a trip Benedict had planned to make before retiring in February.

The Vatican said Francis spent about a half-hour Friday with Benedict and asked him for his prayers for the July 22-28 trip. Francis gave Benedict the booklet outlining the program as well as the commemorative medal that has been prepared for the trip.

Benedict participated in three World Youth Day events: in Cologne, Germany, soon after he was elected in 2005; in Sydney, Australia, in 2008; and Madrid, Spain, in 2011.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 19, 2013, 02:17:03 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/19/pope_francis_establishes_commission_on_economic_structures/en1-711788

2013-07-19 13:17:57
Pope Francis establishes Commission on Economic Structures

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday established the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organisation of the economic-administrative structure of the Holy See, a special commission to reform its economic and administrative departments. The Holy Father has already established a separate commission overseeing the Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly called the Vatican Bank. Listen to our report: RealAudioMP3

The full text of the announcement is below:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 21, 2013, 05:54:08 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/21/pope_visits_basilica_of_st_mary_major/en1-712348

2013-07-21 11:19:22
Pope visits Basilica of St Mary Major

(Vatican Radio)Pope Francis paid a visit on Saturday afternoon to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome to ask the Virgin for her protection for his upcoming apostolic journey to Brazil, for the young people who will gather at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro and for all young people worldwide. The Pope came to the Basilica to the 16:45, where he was welcomed by the Archpriest Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló. He entered through the side door of the Sacristy and immediately went to the chapel where the image of the Madonna Salus Populi Romani is displayed and where the canons of the Basilica and the community of the Dominican fathers had gathered.

Before the icon of Mary, the Pope spent time in silent prayer, for over half an hour, then he offered a wreath and lit a candle which also carried the symbolic logo of the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 21, 2013, 05:58:07 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/21/pope_angelus:_young_people_listen_to_the_voice_of_jesus/en1-712361

2013-07-21 12:39:13
Pope Angelus: Young people listen to the voice of Jesus

(Vatican Radio) On the eve of his departure to Brazil for the World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis from the window of the apostolic palace asked those present in St Peter’s Square to accompany him spiritually in prayer for this his first Apostolic visit  He also entrusted what he called “this new stage of the great pilgrimage of young people across the world”, to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who he added, is so loved and venerated in Brazil.

The Holy Father was speaking following the recitation of the Angelus underlining that at this time, young people should listen to the voice of Jesus. The week of World Youth Day said the Pope could also be called “World Youth Week as it is a week devoted to youth.

Peering down at the huge crowds in St Peter’s Square Pope Francis noticed a banner held up by a group of pilgrims, which read “Buon Viaggio” or “have a good trip”. He smiled and thanked them for their good wishes.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 21, 2013, 06:11:44 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/21/brazil-pope-francis-world-youth-day

Brazil readies for Pope Francis's visit amid uncertain times
Pontiff's tour to country for World Youth Day follows mass protests and comes as number of Catholic followers declines
Sunday 21 July 2013 13.05 EDT   


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 22, 2013, 06:30:12 PM
Videos at the two links below

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/22/pope-francis-world-youth-day/2575123/

Pope Francis arrives in Brazil for 'renovation of faith'
5:33 p.m. EDT July 22, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO – Pope Francis arrived in Brazil on Monday to renew efforts to boost participation in the Catholic faith on a continent that was converted to Catholicism centuries ago but has seen a drop in congregations.

People eagerly awaited the arrival of Francis in this heavily Catholic country, where many believe the pontiff needs to address the waning interest in the faith.

"We really need a renovation of faith," Rio schoolteacher Renato Oliveira said.

Thousands of people lined city streets on which the pope, famous for his frugality, rode in the back seat of a four-door Fiat that looked like many of the taxis in Rio.

He was to visit the state government offices in the Guanabara Palace in the afternoon for an official welcome to his first foreign tour since being elected four months ago.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met Francis as he descended from his flight from Rome. The pontiff was then handed two bouquets of white and yellow flowers by two people, each of whom he kissed on the cheek.

On a red carpet full of church leaders, Francis and Rousseff were serenaded by a choir of about three dozen children.

Young people, some draped in Brazilian flags, swarmed his convoy as security shooed them away. Some came close enough to snap photos with smartphones. The convoy stopped on several occasions, including once so the pope could kiss a child.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-exrsCM4yI

Raw: Pope Francis Arrives in Brazil
Published on Jul 22, 2013 

Pope Francis has returned to Latin America, landing in Brazil to begin his first international trip as pontiff. Carrying his own hand luggage, Francis flew from Rome to Rio on a no-frills commercial airliner that was specially booked for him. (July 22)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 22, 2013, 06:37:58 PM
Photo at the link

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/international/americas/2013/07/frenzied_crowds_greet_pope_francis_in_brazil

Frenzied crowds greet Pope Francis in Brazil
Monday, July 22, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis on Monday when he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe.

During the pope's first minutes in Brazil, ecstatic believers swarmed around the closed Fiat several times when it was forced to stop by heavy traffic on the drive from the airport to an official opening ceremony in Rio's center. A few security guards struggled mightily to push the crowd back in scenes that at times looked alarming. A city official told Globo TV that the pope's driver turned into the wrong side of a boulevard and missed lanes that had been cleared.

Francis looked calm during the frenzy. He rolled down the window on the back passenger-side of the car where he was sitting, waving to the crowd and touching those who reached inside. At one point, a woman handed the pontiff a dark-haired baby, whom he kissed before handing it back.

After finally making it past crowds and blocked traffic, Francis switched to an open-air popemobile as he toured around the main streets in downtown Rio through mobs of people who screamed wildly as he waved and smiled. Many in the crowd looked stunned, with some standing still and others sobbing loudly.

Idaclea Rangel, a 73-year-old Catholic, was pressed up against a wall and choking out words through her tears. "I can't travel to Rome, but he came here to make my country better ... and to deepen our faith," she said.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 22, 2013, 07:03:04 PM
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=882011&CategoryId=14090

Crowds Greet Pope in Brazil
(July 22, 2013)

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 22, 2013, 07:12:48 PM
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/22/in-brazil-pope-asks-permission-to-spend-the-week/comment-page-1/

Explosive found near site pope planned to visit
July 22nd, 2013  04:09 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro (CNN) - A small explosive device was found Sunday near a religious sanctuary that Pope Francis is to visit in Brazil on Wednesday, Sao Paulo military police confirmed on Monday, hours after the pope arrived.

"On July 21, a series of training actions took place at the city of Aparecida," Brazilian police said in a news release on Monday, hours after the pope's arrival in Rio de Janeiro.

"During the drill, a homemade explosive was found. The artifact was sent to military authorities for verification. Security personnel quickly cordoned the area off.The Special Tactical Action Group (GATE) was called to safely detonate destroy the artifact, without any further risk."

Brazilian police added that explosive appeared to have little destructive power. It was homemade, constructed out of a small plastic cylinder and duct tape, they said.

The explosive was found by air force personnel at a bathroom next to a parking lot, the police said. The affected area was not part of the pope's route; it was being prepared for pilgrims, according to Brazilian police.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 22, 2013, 07:24:59 PM
http://www.dfwcatholic.org/pope-comes-to-spark-flame-of-fraternal-love-in-rio-60663/.html

Pope comes to spark ‘flame of fraternal love’ in Rio
Posted by CNA Daily News on July 22nd, 2013

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 22, 2013 / 03:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Affirming the “great heart” of the Brazilian people, Pope Francis said at a welcome ceremony that he comes to World Youth Day in the name of Jesus to encourage fraternal love among humanity.

“I ask permission to come in and spend this week with you,” Pope Francis told the assembled representatives of the Brazilian nation. “I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: Jesus Christ!”

“I have come in his name, to feed the flame of fraternal love that burns in every heart; and I wish my greeting to reach one and all: The peace of Christ be with you!”

Shortly after landing at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on July 22, Pope Francis spoke in a ceremony at the governmental palace of the state of Rio de Janeiro. He was welcomed by the state governor and by the Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff.

He expressed gratitude for God's “loving providence” which had allowed that his first international trip as pope “should take me back to my beloved Latin America.”

Pope Francis then greeted the bishops present, Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Saint Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro and Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida.

He acknowledged his Petrine office, saying that “with this visit, I wish to pursue the pastoral mission proper to the Bishop of Rome of confirming my brothers in their faith in Christ, of encouraging them to give an account of the reasons for the hope which comes from him, and of inspiring them to offer everyone the inexhaustible riches of his love.”

Pope Francis then turned his attention to the young people whom he has come to see in the week-long event, who are “drawn to the open arms of Christ the Redeemer” and find refuge “in his embrace, close to his heart.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 22, 2013, 10:21:31 PM
I'm watching this now!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"

http://ewtn.com/tv/

WORLD YOUTH DAY PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS

Welcome Ceremony
Mon. Jul. 22 at 2:45 PM ET & 9 PM ET

His Holiness Pope Francis arrives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the 2013 World Youth Day, following a Papal Welcoming Ceremony and a ceremonial reception.

Life on the Rock Special from Rio
Tues. July 23 at 10 AM ET

Opening Mass
Tue. July 23 at 5:30 PM ET, Wed. July 24 at 12 AM ET

Opening Mass with Pope Francis

Mass at National Shrine of Aparecida
Wed. July 24 at 8:30 AM ET & 9:30 PM ET, Thurs. July 25 at 12 AM ET

His Holiness Pope Francis visits the National Shrine of Aparecida and celebrates Mass with Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno, Archbishop of Aparecida.

Opening of the "Polo de Atencao Integrada da Saude Mental"
Wed. July 24 at 5 PM ET, Thurs. July 25 at 2 AM ET

Pope Francis attends the opening of the "Pólo de Atencao Integrada da Saúde Mental (PAI)," a new drug rehabilitation center.

Meeting with the Mayor and Visit to the Slum of Varginha
Thu. July 25 at 8:30 AM ET & 9 PM ET

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes presents the keys of the city to Pope Francis. Also, Pope Francis visits the slum of Varginha to address its residents and give his blessing.

Welcoming Ceremony at Copacabana
Thu. July 25 at 4:30 PM ET, Fri. July 26 at 2 AM ET

Pope Francis addresses the World Youth Day Pilgrims.

Angelus
Fri. July 26 at 10:30 AM ET, Sat. July 27 at 2 AM ET

Young inmates meet with Pope Francis at the Archbishop's Palace St. Joachim.

Via Crucis
Fri. July 26 at 4:30 PM ET & 9 PM ET

Pope Francis leads the Stations of the Cross with the Youth at Copacabana Beach.

Mass at Saint Sebastion Cathedral
Sat. July 27 at 7:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 12 AM ET

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Cathedral).

Meeting with representatives of the society of Rio de Janiero and Brazil
Sat. July 27 at 10:30 AM ET & 2:30 PM ET

Pope Francis meets with representatives of the society of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil at the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater).

Prayer Vigil at Campus Fidei at Guaratiba
Sat. July 27 at 6 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 3 AM ET

Pope Francis addresses the youth and presides over Eucharistic Adoration.

Mass at Campus Fidei - includes Angelus

Sun. July 28 at 8:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at Campus Fidei, announces the next city to host World Youth Day and prays the noon Angelus.

Meeting with Volunteers and Farewell Ceremony
Sun. July 28 at 4 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 3:30 AM ET

Pope Francis thanks the many volunteers involved in World Youth Day at the Pavilhão 5 do Rio Centro (Pavilion 5 of the Rio Center).
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 01:33:52 AM
http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-07-22/pope-francis-in-brazil/

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Crowds quickly surrounded the Pope's car after the motorcade took a wrong turn. Credit: Reuters


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 01:36:19 AM
http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-07-22/pope-francis-in-brazil/

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Crowds greet Pope Francis in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Reuters


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 01:38:47 AM
http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-07-22/pope-francis-in-brazil/

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Pope Francis greets the crowd of faithful from his popemobile in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Reuters


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on July 23, 2013, 11:56:54 AM
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People reach out to Pope Francis as he rides in a popemobile through Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 22, 2013. Pope Francis returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

NICOLE WINFIELD and BRADLEY BROOKS 13 hours ago

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Tuesday, July 23,2013, time est for article published on-ine
Society Religion Brazil Latin America

http://news.yahoo.com/brazilian-crowds-delight-pope-frustrate-security-004538538.html


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 12:57:48 PM
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2013/07/23/16/17/media-shy-pope-enters-media-lion-s-den

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2013/07/23/16/17/media-shy-pope-enters-media-lion-s-den
Media shy Pope enters media 'lion's den'
2:04pm July 23, 2013

The 76-year-old Argentine, making his maiden trip abroad as pope, met with the travelling press corps on the back of his Alitalia papal plane on his way to Rio de Janeiro for a Catholic youth event.

The Pope compared himself to the prophet Daniel, who survived after being thrown into a lion's den.

"I was a little sad like the prophet Daniel in the lion's den because I saw that you weren't ferocious," Pope Francis joked to the 70 journalists before greeting each one of them personally.

"Here, I am in the midst of lions," he quipped after the dean of the Vatican press corps, Mexican television journalist Valentina Alazraki Crastich, made a short speech to welcome the Pope.

The Pope apologised for not wanting to give a press conference or even answer questions that would have been given to him in advance, like his predecessor, the retired Pope Benedict XVI.

"It's true, I don't give interviews. But I don't know why! I can't, that's the way it is. For me it's a little difficult to do," he admitted.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 01:00:55 PM
http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/americas/pope-francis-cautions-world-on-unemployed-youth

Pope Francis cautions world on unemployed youth
Agence France-Presse   
Jul 23, 2013

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE // Pope Francis said yesterday that the world risked having an entire generation of jobless young people as he headed to Brazil, an emerging power facing anger over corruption and lagging public services.

The 76-year-old Argentine, speaking mid-flight while heading to a Roman Catholic youth event in Rio de Janeiro, said his trip was aimed in part "to encourage young people to integrate into society" and convince the world not to abandon them.

"The global crisis has brought nothing good to young people. I saw the data on youth unemployed last week. We run the risk of having a generation without work," said Francis, who carried his own luggage on to the plane, in keeping with his trademark simplicity.

Making his first trip abroad since becoming pope in March, Francis lamented that the elderly were also being treated like outcasts.

"We are used to this culture of rejection with old people, we do it often, despite the life wisdom they give us. They are left on one side as if they have nothing to offer. But today the culture of rejection is being extended to young unemployed people as well," he said.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 01:29:50 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/22/pope_francis:_welcome_ceremony_in_rio_(full_text)/en1-712745

2013-07-22 23:34:01
Pope Francis: Welcome Ceremony in Rio (full text)

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, beginning a week-long Apostolic visit to mark the twenty-eighth World Youth Day. After a brief formal greeting at Rio’s Galeão airport, the Holy Father proceeded to Guanabara Palace for the official Welcoming Ceremony, where he was received by the President of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff Linhares, the Governor of Rio State, Sergio Cabral Filho, and the Mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.

In her formal remarks, the President expressed joy and gratitude at the Holy Father’s visit. The Holy Father returned those sentiments, and placed his visit in the context of World Youth Day. The Holy Father went on to offer particular encouragement to the young participants, to their families, and to those responsible for forming and empowering the new generation to take up their responsibilities as the future leaders of humanity.

After the exchange of speeches, the Pope and the President retired for a private meeting, during which Francis presented Mrs. Rousseff with a mosaic realized by the Vatican Mosaic Studio according to the centuries-old techniques used to apply the mosaics in St. Peter’s Basilica, and depicting a panoramic view of Rio from just behind and above the great Statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Please find the full text of Pope Francis’ remarks, below:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 01:42:00 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/23/what_brazils_newspapers_are_saying_about_the_papal_visit/en1-713017

2013-07-23 15:17:22
What Brazil's newspapers are saying about the papal visit

What is Brazil's media saying about Pope Francis' visit to their country? Our correspondent travelling with the Pope, Sean Patrick Lovett, sends this press review:
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Please see below full text of Sean Patrick Lovett's report:
"All of Brazil’s major daily newspapers are aglow with colourful coverage of Pope Francis’ arrival in Rio that overflows into many of the inside pages as well. Here’s a taste…

O Estado de S. Paulo leads with a headline that quotes Pope Francis: “Lack of jobs risks creating a lost generation”. Here are some of the other stories and their related titles: “Youth visit Sanctuary of Aparecida before arriving in Rio”, “Pope speaks with gestures and reinforces the preferential option for the poor”.

Muck ink is dedicated to recounting the papal traffic jam (“Pope Francis at risk amid the streets of Rio”) and to the demonstrations outside the Governor’s Palace (“Clashes with police after Pope leaves palace”) – police estimate there were about 1,500 demonstrators. Another curious side-bar claims that 56% of those registered for WYD are women.

O Globo follows suit with pages of articles and photographs of Pope Francis’ first day in Rio (“Pope attracts multitude to the streets”) and dedicates several reports to the visit to Guanabara Palace (“Pope avoids political tones”). It also reproduces the Pope’s first discourse in a full-page article that is critical of both Pope and President (“Tepid speech” and “Nice picture, not nice words”).

Much is made of the security hiccup in central Rio during the Pope’s drive-about: ”Pope-immobile” is the ironic title – “Pope left vulnerable” and “Insane security” are those more serious and analytical.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 01:48:10 PM
Video at the link

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/faith-belief-videos/3146/clashes-erupt-in-brazil-on-first-day-of-pope-visit.html

Clashes Erupt In Brazil On First Day Of Pope Visit     
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:06

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during clashes with demonstrators on Monday (July 22) near the Rio de Janeiro state governor's mansion shortly after Pope Francis spoke there after meeting with President Dilma Rousseff and other government officials.

The Pope arrived to Rio de Janeiro earlier in the day amid heightened security with concerns there could be a repeat of the mass, and sometimes violent, demonstrations that plagued several Brazilian cities last month.

The government has deployed more than 20,000 soldiers, police and security officials for the papal visit.

While some of the measures are routine security provided for any visiting head of state, they are compounded by the popular draw of the Pope, especially because Pope Francis has said he plans to travel around the city in an open-top vehicle and occasionally mix with the throngs expected to turn out to welcome him.

The visit comes amid growing economic and social dissatisfaction in Brazil, which is home to more than 120 million Catholics.

Shortly after the Pope left the area, what were mostly peaceful demonstrations took a violent turn.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 06:32:39 PM
Showing now..on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3oWBLmG1XY

Opening of the World Youth Day (WYD) at Rio

Started on Jul 23, 2013 
The Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Dom Orani João Tempesta, presides over the opening Mass of the World Youth Day with the bishops and young people from all over the world. In two days' time they will meet Pope Francis.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 10:18:54 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/23/pope_francis_in_rio_-_reflections_on_the_first_day/en1-712840

2013-07-23 08:39:12
Pope Francis in Rio - Reflections on the first day

Vatican Radio) Sean-Patrick Lovett who heads the English Programme of Vatican Radio is currently in Rio de Janeiro reporting on the Apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the Brazilian nation on the occasion of the XXVIII World Youth Day. He, and others, watched in amazement at the pictures of the Holy Father's car trying to make it to the official opening ceremony. He ended up taking a helicopter instead.
Here is Sean's report:

Heads were shaking in disbelief – and other heads will surely roll – after the Pope’s unscheduled drive-about through the centre of Rio on Monday afternoon. It’s true that the 40-minute trip from the airport to the Cathedral was unplanned, but it’s also true that the motorcade mistakenly took the wrong route and ended up being blocked by congested traffic. People quickly swarmed around the car and moments of high tension followed as security agents tried to control the swelling masses that, at times, looked like they might engulf the vehicle completely.

Only after he transferred to an open jeep, did his drive through the city regain the tone of dignity and celebration that allowed Pope Francis himself to relax and greet the enthusiastic crowds with his characteristic warmth and spontaneity. By the time he reached the Cathedral, hundreds of thousands of people had poured out into the streets, determined to give him an authentic Latin American welcome.

That welcome took on stately tones when the Pope reached the Governor’s Palace at Guanabara for the official ceremonial greeting. This time he travelled by helicopter – which solved the traffic issue and allowed him a spectacular view of Rio-by-night. It also helped the organizers pick up some time as the Holy Father’s program was already running one hour behind schedule.

A side-effect of that papal delay was that the Vatican Press Office Director’s press conference also started an hour late – to the consternation of some very travel-weary, jet-lagged journalists who were hoping he would give them the headlines they so desperately needed to trump the story of the royal baby.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 10:24:02 PM
http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/136767/pope-to-use-closed-vehicle-after-incidents-in-rio

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Pope to use closed vehicle after incidents in Rio

Rio de Janeiro transport secretary Carlos Osorio has announced that Pope Francis will use a closed vehicle for his next public appearance, due to the clamor that was caused by the pontiff on arriving in the Brazilian city.

Instead of the open-top Popemobile, Francis will travel with a roof on Wednesday evening as he continues his tour with a visit to a hospital in Rio's northern zone.

On Monday a crowd of people surrounded the Pope after his transport took a wrong turn, causing consternation amongst security detail and prompting a meeting between military, police and government figures on Tuesday.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 10:27:56 PM
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2013/07/24/06/50/pope-takes-break-from-schedule-in-brazil

Catholics gather in Rio for Youth Day
10:36am July 24, 2013

Rain clouds cleared in time and pilgrims from around the world waved flags, sang and prayed as the archbishop of Rio, Orani Tempesta, led a mass to kick off World Youth Day in the country with the world's greatest number of Roman Catholics.

Still, the Vatican sees its church in the region as under threat - to secularism and fast-growing Protestantism.

The pope was taking the day off one day after a rapturous welcome through the streets of the tropical city, but he sent greetings to his flock via Twitter.

"Dear young friends, Christ has confidence in you and he entrusts his own mission to you: Go and make disciples!" he tweeted.

Hours before the mass started, the city's metro system broke down due to a power failure, forcing throngs of pilgrims to cram into buses, find taxis or walk to the beach.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 10:43:27 PM
Video at the link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23426896

23 July 2013 Last updated at 20:57 ET
Roman Catholics attend mass in Rio for World Youth Day

Some 400,000 people attended Mass on Copacabana beach.

Around 400,000 Roman Catholics have joined a ceremony on Copacabana Beach in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to mark the opening of World Youth Day.

The highlight of the festival will be a visit on Thursday by Pope Francis.

The Pope arrived in Brazil on Monday, making his first trip abroad since becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.

His visit is taking place under tight security, after weeks of protests against the government and corruption.

Tuesday's evening Mass at Copacabana Beach was led by Rio's Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta.

He welcomed pilgrims to the five-day festival, which is expected to draw about 1.5 million people from around the world.

The Pope, who is from neighbouring Argentina, had no public events scheduled for Tuesday and spent time at a private residence.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 23, 2013, 10:55:39 PM
Photos of Opening Mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23429009

23 July 2013 Last updated at 17:21 ET
In pictures: World Youth Day in Rio


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 08:52:05 AM
I'm watching this now!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link had English translation yesterday.

http://ewtn.com/tv/

WORLD YOUTH DAY PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS

Mass at National Shrine of Aparecida
Wed. July 24 at 8:30 AM ET & 9:30 PM ET, Thurs. July 25 at 12 AM ET

His Holiness Pope Francis visits the National Shrine of Aparecida and celebrates Mass with Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno, Archbishop of Aparecida.

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Also showing on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ccvvg7FlYc

The Pope at Rio - Visit and Holy Mass at the Aparecida
Scheduled for Jul 24, 2013 

Pope Francis visits the Aparecida Shrine and after a short prayer in front of the Virgin celebrates the Holy Mass in the Basilica (9.45 am 12.30 pm local time)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 01:13:38 PM
Photos at the link

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/24/19659024-faithful-brave-the-weather-to-see-pope-francis-in-brazil?lite

Faithful brave the weather to see Pope Francis in Brazil
15 minutes ago


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 01:18:21 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/24/pope-francis-travels-to-first-public-mass-in-brazil/?test=latestnews

Pope Francis celebrates first public Mass in Brazil
Published July 24, 2013

APARECIDA, Brazil –  Crowds roared, church bells rang out and a multitude of faithful waved in jubilation as Pope Francis arrived Wednesday in this small town, his eyes welling with tears as he venerated Brazil's patron saint before celebrating his first public Mass in the country.

Thousands packed into the cavernous Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida for the service, where a powerful choir burst into song as Pope Francis arrived and tens of thousands of additional believers braved a cold rain outside.

Before the Mass, Francis entered a chapel and solemnly stood, visibly moved, before the 15-inch-tall image of the Virgin of Aparecida, the "black Mary" and patron saint of Brazil.

Francis paused before the statue in deep prayer, his eyes tearing up as he breathed heavily. He touched the frame holding the statue and made the sign of the cross as a small group of prelates behind him applauded.

It was a deeply personal moment for this pontiff, who has entrusted his papacy to the Virgin Mary and, who like many Catholics in Latin America, places great importance in Marian devotion.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 01:23:55 PM
http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/136834/pope-francis-urges-young-people-to-shun-the-ephemeral-idols-of-money-and-pleasure

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Pope Francis urges young people to shun the 'ephemeral idols' of money and pleasure

Pope Francis held his first mass as a pontiff at the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida in Sao Paulo before thousands of faithfuls who gathered despite de cold and the rain.

During the mass, Pope Francis urged young people to shun the "ephemeral idols" of money and pleasure and cherish traditional values to help build a better world.

On the third day of his week-long visit for World Youth Day, a biennial Church gathering being celebrated in and around Rio de Janeiro, he landed by helicopter in Aparecida, 260 kilometers (161 miles) west of the coastal metropolis.

The city is home to a shrine of the Virgin Mary that is venerated as the patroness of Brazil, home to the biggest Roman Catholic population in the world. It is also the site where Francis, then a cardinal in Argentina, cemented his place as a leader of the Church during a 2007 conference attended by Pope Benedict XVI.

Security around the pope today appeared much more organized than upon his Monday arrival in Rio, where adoring crowds at one point surrounded his car.

In Aparecida, where tens of thousands gathered for the pope's first public mass of the visit, Francis rode in a white popemobile with open sides and a transparent top.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 01:28:06 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/24/pope-francis-brazil-mass

Pope Francis warns against 'ephemeral idols' in Brazil mass
Wednesday 24 July 2013 12.47 EDT   

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to resist the "ephemeral idols" of money, power, success and pleasure during his first mass in Brazil, but he made no direct mention of the inequality and corruption that have sparked nationwide protests in the country.

In a sermon to a congregation of thousands at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida, the pontiff appealed to the faithful to focus on non-material values of spiritualism, generosity, solidarity and perseverance.

"Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts!" the pope said in a message that appeared to be aimed at the widespread consumerism that the Vatican has blamed for a decline in spirituality, rather than the specific individuals and institutions targeted by demonstrators in recent weeks.

Francis arrived in a khaki-coloured military helicopter and boarded an open-top popemobile to cheers from a crowd of tens of thousands who braved winter rains for several hours so they could watch on two giant screens outside the Basilisca.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 02:33:51 PM
Many photos at the link below of Pope Francis at the basilica

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2376673/Pope-Francis-Brazil-Tens-thousands-brave-dismal-weather-catch-glimpse.html

Even the rain won't keep them away: Tens of thousands brave dismal weather to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis
PUBLISHED: 12:03 EST, 24 July 2013  | UPDATED: 12:10 EST, 24 July 2013


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 02:38:52 PM
http://www.catholicsun.org/2013/07/24/pope-returns-to-marian-shrine-entrusts-wyd-to-marys-care/

Pope returns to Marian shrine, entrusts WYD to Mary’s care
Catholic News Service |   July 24, 2013

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Brazil’s Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida July 24. During his visit, the pope entrusted World Youth Day to Mary’s maternal protection, but also challenged parents, priests and other ad ult Catholics to give the young people things that the world, with all its wealth, cannot: faith and values. (CNS photo/Nacho Doce, Reuters)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 05:16:49 PM
I'm watching this now!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link had English commentary/translation this morning.

http://ewtn.com/tv/

WORLD YOUTH DAY PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS

Opening of the "Polo de Atencao Integrada da Saude Mental"
Wed. July 24 at 5 PM ET, Thurs. July 25 at 2 AM ET


Pope Francis attends the opening of the "Pólo de Atencao Integrada da Saúde Mental (PAI)," a new drug rehabilitation center.
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Also showing on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpuKq8vDerI

The Pope at Rio: visit to the São Francisco De Assis Na Providência Hospital
Scheduled for Jul 24, 2013
 

Pope Francis visits the São Francisco De Assis Na Providência Hospital, which assists drug addicts and alcoholics and offers free medical care to the poor. (6.20pm-7.30 pm local time)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 07:35:42 PM
http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pope-francis-drugs-20130724,0,2332962.story

Pope Francis visits rehab hospital, decries drug legalization
24, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Visiting with a group of recovering addicts in a Brazilian hospital Wednesday night, Pope Francis criticized the regional push to legalize drugs, saying society must instead tackle root causes of substance abuse such as the lack of education and justice.

Dressed in his simple white cassock and returning to this city from a daylong pilgrimage to one of Catholicism’s most revered shrines, Francis greeted doctors, nuns, nurses and patients, some waiting in wheelchairs in a driving rain.

“The scourge of drug-trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” the pope said, speaking in Portuguese. “A reduction in the spread and influence of drug addiction will not be achieved by a liberalization of drug use, as is currently being proposed in various parts of Latin America.”

Instead, he said, “it is necessary to confront the problems underlying the use of these drugs, by promoting greater justice, educating young people in the values that build up life in society, accompanying those in difficulty and giving them hope for the future.”

Vatican officials said the pope met with 10 recovering addicts from the so-called City of God favela, or slum, made famous in the 2002 movie of the same name, about boys growing up in the violent neighborhood. On Thursday, Francis will venture into another favela, one so poor and dangerous that it is sometimes called the Gaza Strip.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 07:41:21 PM
http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/ships-to-guard-copacabana-beach-for-pope/fcbdf721796841f381b39dc4ec762fcb

Ships to guard Copacabana Beach for pope
July 24, 2013, 4:23 p.m. PDT
AP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Defense Ministry says four navy ships will watch over Copacabana beach when Pope Francis takes part in a Way of the Cross procession.

The ships will cruise the length of the famed beach Friday checking boats near where Francis will take part in the procession with an expected 1 million faithful.

A ministry statement Wednesday says the security plan includes four other ships and 22 smaller boats to watch the beaches of Rio de Janeiro state during the pontiff's visit.

Security during Francis' visit has been a worry for Brazilian authorities because of his insistence on having contact with the faithful.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 11:40:21 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/24/pope_francis:_defeating_the_darkness_of_drug_dependency/en1-713504

2013-07-25 00:36:43
Pope Francis: defeating the darkness of drug dependency

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(Vatican Radio) From the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida to the “shrine of human suffering” that is the St Francis of Assisi hospital, located in the run-down Tijuca district of northern Rio de Janeiro. That was how Pope Francis himself described his visit on Wednesday afternoon to the hospital, run by young Franciscan friars and sisters who care for the poorest and most marginalized slum dwellers. During the visit, the Pope blessed a new wing of the hospital dedicated to the rehabilitation of drug users, saying he embraced every single person struggling with drug addiction.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 24, 2013, 11:52:38 PM
Video at the link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23432762

24 July 2013 Last updated at 20:25 ET
Pope Francis attacks drug legalisation in Latin America

Pope Francis led a Mass for World Youth Day

Pope Francis has criticised drug legalisation plans in Latin America during the inauguration of a clinic for drug addicts in Rio de Janeiro.

The roots of drug abuse should be tackled, he said on the third day of his visit to Brazil.

Uruguay is close to allowing the legal sale of marijuana, with other countries pondering similar liberalisation.

Earlier, the Argentine-born pontiff celebrated the first Mass of his trip, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.

He warned tens of thousands of faithful against the "passing idols" of money, power and pleasure.

After the visit to Aparecida, in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, the pope flew back to Rio de Janeiro.

At the inauguration of a drug rehabilitation clinic at the Sao Francisco hospital, he hugged former addicts and heard their stories.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 12:01:25 AM
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/24/19659590-pope-for-the-poor-to-visit-rio-favela?lite

10 hours ago
Pope 'for the poor' to visit Rio favela

RIO DE JANEIRO – Just a short ride away from Rio’s legendary beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are some of the most crime-ridden slums in Latin America. Known here as favelas, they are equally legendary, but for all the wrong reasons. Pockets of relentless poverty, drugs and weapons flood streets dotted with ramshackle buildings.

Pope Francis will step into one of these neighborhoods, Varginha, in the larger Manguinhos favela, on Thursday.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on July 25, 2013, 07:43:17 AM
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/24/19659590-pope-for-the-poor-to-visit-rio-favela?lite

10 hours ago
Pope 'for the poor' to visit Rio favela

RIO DE JANEIRO – Just a short ride away from Rio’s legendary beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are some of the most crime-ridden slums in Latin America. Known here as favelas, they are equally legendary, but for all the wrong reasons. Pockets of relentless poverty, drugs and weapons flood streets dotted with ramshackle buildings.

Pope Francis will step into one of these neighborhoods, Varginha, in the larger Manguinhos favela, on Thursday.
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Prayers for his safety and those with him.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 08:38:43 AM
Live streaming today!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link has English commentary/translation.

http://ewtn.com/tv/

Meeting with the Mayor and Visit to the Slum of Varginha
Thu. July 25 at 8:30 AM ET & 9 PM ET

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes presents the keys of the city to Pope Francis. Also, Pope Francis visits the slum of Varginha to address its residents and give his blessing.

And...

Welcoming Ceremony at Copacabana
Thu. July 25 at 4:30 PM ET, Fri. July 26 at 2 AM ET

Pope Francis addresses the World Youth Day Pilgrims.
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Showing on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD1z1Qe7G68

The Pope at Rio - Delivery of the Keys of the City
Scheduled for Jul 25, 2013
 

Pope Francis is wellcomed by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro in the City Palace who symbolically gives him the Keys of the City. He then blesses the flags of the next Olympic and Paraolympic Games.

and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBjozs8mZb4

The Pope at Rio - Visit to the Varginha Community
Scheduled for Jul 25, 2013
 

Pope Francis goes to the Varginha Community which is part of the Manguinhos Favela in Rio, where he visits the local parish, a family and the community in a football pitch. (10.50 am-12.15 pm local time).

After the visit at the Varginha favela, Pope Francis stops at the Cathedral to greet te young Argentinian convened in Rio for the 28th World Youth day


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 11:38:02 AM
Black dot at top left of the map is Rio favela (slum).
Black dot in the middle of the map (above Rio de Janeiro) is the pope's residence during visit.
Black dot at the bottom rights of the map is Copacabana Beach.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23453753

25 July 2013 Last updated at 10:48 ET
Pope Francis visits Rio favela

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 11:41:42 AM
http://www.thepiercecountytribune.com/page/content.detail/id/347211/Pope-blesses-Olympic-flag--greets-athletes.html?isap=1&nav=5040

Pope blesses Olympic flag, greets athletes
July 25, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis has blessed the Olympic flag, joining a long list of popes who have shown an interest in the positive role sport can play in society. Francis greeted some of Brazil's Olympic athletes during a brief visit to Rio's City Palace on Thursday. From the balcony, he blessed the Olympic flag with holy water and imparted a blessing on those gathered. Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 2016 Summer Games.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 11:53:36 AM
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/07/24/3109742/slum-trip-mass-youth-meeting-await.html

'Slum pope' tells slum residents not to lose hope
Published: July 24, 2013

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People line the roads to greet Pope Francis as he arrives in his popemobile to the Varginha slum, part of the Manguinhos slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Pope Francis on Thursday visited one of Rio de Janeiro’s shantytowns, or favelas, a place that saw such rough violence in the past that it’s known by locals as the Gaza Strip. FELIPE DANA — AP Photo
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RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis is bringing a message of hope to residents of one of Rio de Janeiro's slums, telling them not to be discouraged even in the face of corruption by their leaders.

It was a clear reference to the violent protests that paralyzed parts of Brazil in recent weeks by residents furious over rampant corruption and inefficiency within Brazil's political class.

In a speech Thursday to residents of the Varghina shantytown, Francis blasted the "culture of selfishness and individualism" that persists in the world and encouraged efforts in Brazil to end hunger and poverty.

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 12:04:31 PM
http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-07-25/pope-blesses-olympic-flags-ahead-of-rio-2016/

Pope blesses Olympic flags ahead of Rio 2016
Last updated Thu 25 Jul 2013

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Pope Francis blesses the Olympic flag in Rio de Janerio's City Palace. Credit: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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The Pope receives the symbolic key to the city from Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes Credit: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 12:15:42 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/25/pope_francis:_the_humblest_offer_the_world_a_lesson_in_solidarity/en1-713608

2013-07-25 16:58:14
Pope Francis: the humblest offer the world a lesson in solidarity

Pope Francis on Thursday visited the Community of Varginha which is part of the Manguinhos Favela in Rio. Here he visited the local parish, prayed in the tiny Church of St. Jerome Emiliani, and addressed the community gathered to greet him in a football field.

Please find below the full text of the Pope's discourse.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is wonderful to be here with you! From the start, my wish in planning this visit to Brazil was to be able to visit every district throughout the nation. I would have liked to knock on every door, to say “good morning”, to ask for a glass of cold water, to take a cafezinho, to speak as one would to family friends, to listen to each person pouring out his or her heart – parents, children, grandparents ... But Brazil is so vast! It is impossible to knock on every door! So I chose to come here, to visit your community, which today stands for every district in Brazil. How wonderful it is to be welcomed with such love, generosity, and joy! One need only look at the way you have decorated the streets of the community; this is a further mark of affection, it comes from your heart, from the heart of all Brazilians in festive mood. Many thanks to each of you for this kind welcome! And I thank Archbishop Orani Tempesta as well as Rangler and Joana for their kind words.

1. From the moment I first set foot on Brazilian soil, right up to this meeting here with you, I have been made to feel welcome. And it is important to be able to make people welcome; this is something even more beautiful than any kind of ornament or decoration. I say this because when we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them – some food, a place in our homes, our time – not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched. I am well aware that when someone needing food knocks at your door, you always find a way of sharing food; as the proverb says, one can always “add more water to the beans”! And you do so with love, demonstrating that true riches consist not in material things, but in the heart!

And the Brazilian people, particularly the humblest among you, can offer the world a valuable lesson in solidarity, a word that is too often forgotten or silenced, because it is uncomfortable. I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity! No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world! Everybody, according to his or her particular opportunities and responsibilities, should be able to make a personal contribution to putting an end to so many social injustices. The culture of selfishness and individualism that often prevails in our society is not what builds up and leads to a more habitable world: it is the culture of solidarity that does so, seeing others not as rivals or statistics, but brothers and sisters.

I would like to encourage the efforts that Brazilian society is making to integrate all its members, including those who suffer most and are in greatest need, through the fight against hunger and deprivation. No amount of “peace-building” will be able to last, nor will harmony and happiness be attained in a society that ignores, pushes to the margins or excludes a part of itself. A society of that kind simply impoverishes itself, it loses something essential. Let us always remember this: only when we are able to share do we become truly rich; everything that is shared is multiplied! The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty!
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 25, 2013, 05:12:37 PM
Welcoming Ceremony at Copacabana Beach is being shown on Youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ghqJ2nrVg


Live streaming today!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link has English commentary/translation.

http://ewtn.com/tv/

Meeting with the Mayor and Visit to the Slum of Varginha
Thu. July 25 at 8:30 AM ET & 9 PM ET

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes presents the keys of the city to Pope Francis. Also, Pope Francis visits the slum of Varginha to address its residents and give his blessing.

And...

Welcoming Ceremony at Copacabana
Thu. July 25 at 4:30 PM ET, Fri. July 26 at 2 AM ET

Pope Francis addresses the World Youth Day Pilgrims.
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Showing on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD1z1Qe7G68

The Pope at Rio - Delivery of the Keys of the City
Scheduled for Jul 25, 2013
 

Pope Francis is wellcomed by the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro in the City Palace who symbolically gives him the Keys of the City. He then blesses the flags of the next Olympic and Paraolympic Games.

and...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBjozs8mZb4

The Pope at Rio - Visit to the Varginha Community
Scheduled for Jul 25, 2013
 

Pope Francis goes to the Varginha Community which is part of the Manguinhos Favela in Rio, where he visits the local parish, a family and the community in a football pitch. (10.50 am-12.15 pm local time).

After the visit at the Varginha favela, Pope Francis stops at the Cathedral to greet te young Argentinian convened in Rio for the 28th World Youth day



Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 12:02:31 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/25/pope_francis:_prayer_service_at_copacabana_with_wyd_pilgrims_(full/en1-713864

2013-07-26 00:37:09
Pope Francis: Prayer service at Copacabana with WYD pilgrims (full texts)

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted young pilgrims taking part in World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. The sprawling sands of Rio’s famous Copacabana beach was the scene of the gathering, which was the first official encounter of pilgrims with the Holy Father during the week of events leading to the 28th World Youth Day on Sunday, July 28th.

The Copacabana appointment opened with an extraordinary display by 150 young people who offered an artistic interpretation of daily life in the “Marvelous City”. The festivities centered on a prayer service that included a reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke, which recounts the episode of the Transfiguration (9:28-36). Prayers of the faithful were offered, as well as testimonies from five young people representing every inhabited continent.

In brief words of greeting to the young people, Pope Francis expressed his joy at being able to celebrate with them, and made his own the hopeful words of encouragement spoken by Bl. John Paul II at the 1987 World Youth Day in his native Buenos Aires, “I have great hope in you! I hope above all that you will renew your fidelity to Jesus Christ and to his redeeming Cross.”

Following the Gospel reading, the Holy Father delivered a homily in which he focused on the twin themes of faith in and faithfulness to Christ, in spiritual commitment and the discipleship of everyday life. As he has since the very beginning of his pontificate, Francis spoke of the spirit of adventure the imbues a life given over to Christ, and renewed his call never to tire of asking God’s forgiveness when there is need of it in one’s life.

Below, please find the full texts of Pope Francis’ greeting and homily:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 12:07:01 AM
Video at the link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/10203039/Pope-Francis-ventures-on-foot-into-Rio-favela-during-Brazil-trip.html

Pope Francis ventures on foot into Rio favela during Brazil trip
7:49PM BST 25 Jul 2013


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 12:15:21 AM
Photos Gallery at the link

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/07/25/pope_francis_draws_up_to_1_million_people_to_brazils_copacabana_beach.html

Pope Francis draws up to 1 million people to Brazil’s Copacabana beach
Published on Thu Jul 25 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO—Pope Francis on Thursday issued his first social manifesto, calling on the rich to wipe out vast inequalities, and later received an ecstatic welcome from up to a million people on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.
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On Thursday night, when Francis presided at the World Youth Day opening on Copacabana beach, he was driven slowly through a huge adoring crowd, stopping to kiss babies and even to give his white skullcap to someone who had sewn a homemade one for him and ran to the car to hand it to him.

The weather, which has been wreaking havoc on events, forced organizers to move this weekend’s two final gatherings to Copacabana from a pasture on the outskirts of the city because it had become a vast field of mud.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 10:33:43 AM
Live streaming today!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link has English commentary/translation

http://ewtn.com/tv/

Angelus
Fri. July 26 at 10:30 AM ET, Sat. July 27 at 2 AM ET
Young inmates meet with Pope Francis at the Archbishop's Palace St. Joachim.
 
Via Crucis
Fri. July 26 at 4:30 PM ET & 9 PM ET
Pope Francis leads the Stations of the Cross with the Youth at Copacabana Beach.

Mass at Saint Sebastion Cathedral
Sat. July 27 at 7:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Cathedral).

Meeting with representatives of the society of Rio de Janiero and Brazil
Sat. July 27 at 10:30 AM ET & 2:30 PM ET
Pope Francis meets with representatives of the society of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil at the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater).

Prayer Vigil at Campus Fidei at Guaratiba
Sat. July 27 at 6 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 3 AM ET
Pope Francis addresses the youth and presides over Eucharistic Adoration.

Mass at Campus Fidei - includes Angelus
Sun. July 28 at 8:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at Campus Fidei, announces the next city to host World Youth Day and prays the noon Angelus.

Meeting with Volunteers and Farewell Ceremony
Sun. July 28 at 4 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 3:30 AM ET
Pope Francis thanks the many volunteers involved in World Youth Day at the Pavilhão 5 do Rio Centro (Pavilion 5 of the Rio Center).


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 10:40:19 AM
Live streaming today on YOUTUBE...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJHNXQWI4Vk

The Pope at Rio - Angelus and greetings of the Pope
Scheduled for Jul 26, 2013 
Pope Francis appears from the balcony of the archbishopric of Rio de Janeiro for the Angelus prayer and greets the people present. (11.45 am-12.15 pm local time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkR3Jr9UzAo

The Pope at Rio - Way of the Cross with the young people
Scheduled for Jul 26, 2013 
Pope Francis attends the Way of the Cross with the young people of the WYD on the Copacabana waterfront of Rio de Janeiro (5.45 pm - 7.20 pm local time)
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 01:38:38 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/26/wyd_rio:_pope_hears_confessions_of_young_people/en1-713994

2013-07-26 15:38:29
WYD Rio: Pope hears confessions of young people

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(Vatican Radio) On day five of his apostolic journey to Brazil for World Youth Day, Pope Francis was driven to Rio de Janeiro’s Quinta da Boa Vista park, which also houses the city’s zoo and National Museum of Natural History, to hear the confessions of a group of young people. The park, whose name literally means “farm or park of the beautiful panorama” was once owned by the Jesuits (XVI-XVII c.) before the Company of Jesus was expelled from colonial Brazil.

World Youth Day organizers have set up a massive area in the park with individual, white confessionals so that young people from every nationality can privately receive the sacrament of reconciliation from a priest speaking their own languages.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 01:43:35 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/26/wyd:_pope_points_to_vital_role_of_grandparents_in_passing_on_faith/en1-714013

2013-07-26 17:07:10
WYD: Pope points to vital role of grandparents in passing on faith

(Vatican Radio) The vital role of grandparents in passing on the faith through their families: echoing a theme that he spoke of during the flight over to Brazil, Pope Francis on Friday stressed the essential dialogue between the youngest and oldest members of society…

Speaking at the recitation of the Angelus prayer to crowds gathered outside the Archdiocesan house in Rio de Janeiro, the Pope noted that the Church today marks the feast of Jesus’ grandparents, Saints Joachim and Anne, father and mother of the Virgin Mary. As she grew up with them, the Pope said, she was surrounded by their love and faith, learning to listen to the Lord and to follow his will. Saints Joachim and Anne, the Pope said, were part of a long chain of people who had transmitted their love for God down to Mary, who received the Son of God in her womb and gave him to the world, to us.

How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith, the Pope stressed, noting that Grandparents Day is also being celebrated in countries around the world. The Aparecida Document, he recalled, underlines the vital link between children and the elderly who build the future of society together: children, because they lead history forward, the elderly, because they transmit the experience and wisdom of their lives.

How important it is, Pope Francis exclaimed, in the context of this World Youth Day to acknowledge and honour grandparents, and to have intergenerational dialogue, especially within the context of the family.

Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report: RealAudioMP3

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ Angelus address:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 01:45:38 PM
Live streaming today!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link has English commentary/translation

http://ewtn.com/tv/

Angelus
Fri. July 26 at 10:30 AM ET, Sat. July 27 at 2 AM ET
Young inmates meet with Pope Francis at the Archbishop's Palace St. Joachim.
 
Via Crucis
Fri. July 26 at 4:30 PM ET & 9 PM ET
Pope Francis leads the Stations of the Cross with the Youth at Copacabana Beach.

Mass at Saint Sebastion Cathedral
Sat. July 27 at 7:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Cathedral).

Meeting with representatives of the society of Rio de Janiero and Brazil
Sat. July 27 at 10:30 AM ET & 2:30 PM ET
Pope Francis meets with representatives of the society of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil at the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater).

Prayer Vigil at Campus Fidei at Guaratiba
Sat. July 27 at 6 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 3 AM ET
Pope Francis addresses the youth and presides over Eucharistic Adoration.

Mass at Campus Fidei - includes Angelus
Sun. July 28 at 8:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at Campus Fidei, announces the next city to host World Youth Day and prays the noon Angelus.

Meeting with Volunteers and Farewell Ceremony
Sun. July 28 at 4 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 3:30 AM ET
Pope Francis thanks the many volunteers involved in World Youth Day at the Pavilhão 5 do Rio Centro (Pavilion 5 of the Rio Center).


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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 01:46:50 PM
Live streaming today on YOUTUBE...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJHNXQWI4Vk

The Pope at Rio - Angelus and greetings of the Pope
Scheduled for Jul 26, 2013 
Pope Francis appears from the balcony of the archbishopric of Rio de Janeiro for the Angelus prayer and greets the people present. (11.45 am-12.15 pm local time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkR3Jr9UzAo

The Pope at Rio - Way of the Cross with the young people
Scheduled for Jul 26, 2013 
Pope Francis attends the Way of the Cross with the young people of the WYD on the Copacabana waterfront of Rio de Janeiro (5.45 pm - 7.20 pm local time)
 

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 01:52:37 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/26/wyd_in_rio:_what_brazils_papers_are_saying_on_friday/en1-714118

2013-07-26 16:12:39
WYD in Rio: What Brazil's papers are saying on Friday

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(Vatican Radio) Our correspondent in Rio, Sean Patrick Lovett, takes a look at what Brazil's papers had to say in their Friday editions about the ongoing World Youth Day events.
Listen to Sean's report whose full text is below: RealAudioMP3

"Remember, you heard it first on Vatican Radio. The news of the day here in Rio is the same as that which you read on our website and FB page last night. All the daily papers are filled with their version of why the venue was changed from Guaratiba to Copacabana for the Vigil and closing WYD Mass.

O Globo blames it on a “lack of organization” (though, how WYD organizers could possibly have foreseen the disastrous effects of days of constant rainfall, is unclear). The paper illustrates its point by publishing a full front-page photograph of Guaratiba underwater and pursues the issue by demanding that the Rio Municipality reveal the cost of constructing – and demolishing – the venue. They fail to acknowledge that the same costs are being paid by the local Church and WYD organization. Addressing the story in a lighter vein, another article in the same paper is headlined: “Now all roads lead to Copacabana”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 02:01:31 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/26/pope-francis-brazil/2589083/

Pope meets with convicts in Brazil
12:04 p.m. EDT July 26, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis was meeting with a group of young convicts Friday and was also going to hear confessions from some of the Catholic youth who had thronged Copacabana Beach for World Youth Day.

He celebrated the Angelus prayer with thousands gathered outside the local archbishop's residence. Francis also called on young people to seek the wisdom of their grandparents.
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Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 07:43:53 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/26/pope_francis:_wyd_way_of_the_cross_(full_text)/en1-714235

2013-07-27 01:03:32
Pope Francis: WYD Way of the Cross (full text)

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Via crucis on Friday evening with pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nearly 300 artists and volunteers from several countries including the United States animated the popular devotion. The meditations accompanying each of the 14 stations depicting the principal episodes of Christ’s Passion, death and burial focused on a theme of particular significance in the life of contemporary youth, including: mission, conversion, community, and vocation; others involved pressing social challenges and existential issues such as suffering, illness and mortality. The texts of the meditations were prepared by a pair of Brazilian priests, Fr. José Zezinho and Fr. João Joãozinho, both of whom are well known in their native country for their work with young people.

In remarks to the pilgrims, Pope Francis spoke of the Cross of Christ as the source of hope, to which anyone and everyone can and ought to bring his deepest joys, sufferings and failures. The Holy Father also spoke of Christ’s Cross as a challenge to all of us: an invitation to allow ourselves to be smitten by his love, as well as a lesson and a reminder to us always to look upon others with mercy and tenderness – especially the suffering, and those we meet who are in distress and need help, whether in the form of a word of encouragement, or a concrete action that could take us beyond ourselves.

Please find the full text of Pope Francis’ address, below:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 08:11:26 PM
21 Photos

http://www.portnews.com.au/story/1666202/gallery-world-youth-day-in-rio/?cs=260

GALLERY: World Youth Day in Rio
July 27, 2013, 9:10 a.m.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 26, 2013, 08:19:38 PM
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/26/19700645-pope-francis-enthralls-his-young-fans-i-hope-he-hugs-me?lite

6 hours ago
Pope Francis enthralls his young fans: 'I hope he hugs me!'

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Youths take the cross during the re-enactment of the 14 Stations of the Cross -- scenes of Jesus carrying the cross to his crucifixion -- with the participation of Pope Francis, in Rio de Janeiro, on July 26.


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Thousands of people flooded Rio’s lush Copacabana beach on Friday for one of the most solemn ceremonies of the Catholic faith, a procession depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

But, in keeping with the unlikely setting, the Way of the Cross procession came with a theatrical, florid twist.

With Pope Francis presiding, the event boasted massive stage sets, intricate lighting, a full orchestra and a cast of hundreds of performers straight out of a Broadway production. Francis watched in silence as the enthusiastic participants re-enacted the Biblical story.

The Way of the Cross is one of the centerpiece events of World Youth Day — and Francis was one of the main attractions.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 12:40:49 AM
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Live streaming today!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link has English commentary/translation

http://ewtn.com/tv/

Mass at Saint Sebastion Cathedral
Sat. July 27 at 7:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Cathedral).

Meeting with representatives of the society of Rio de Janiero and Brazil
Sat. July 27 at 10:30 AM ET & 2:30 PM ET
Pope Francis meets with representatives of the society of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil at the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater).

Prayer Vigil at Campus Fidei at Guaratiba
Sat. July 27 at 6 PM ET, Sun. July 28 at 3 AM ET
Pope Francis addresses the youth and presides over Eucharistic Adoration.

Mass at Campus Fidei - includes Angelus
Sun. July 28 at 8:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at Campus Fidei, announces the next city to host World Youth Day and prays the noon Angelus.

Meeting with Volunteers and Farewell Ceremony
Sun. July 28 at 4 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 3:30 AM ET
Pope Francis thanks the many volunteers involved in World Youth Day at the Pavilhão 5 do Rio Centro (Pavilion 5 of the Rio Center).
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 12:56:09 AM
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Live streaming today on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe8l8-ObzB0
The Pope at Rio - Holy Mass with the Bishops, Religious and Seminarians of the WYD
Scheduled for Jul 27, 2013 
Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass with the Bishops, Priests, Religious and Seminarians of the WYD. (8.50 am-11.00 am local time)
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cJ3q_2ULjw
The Pope at Rio - Meeting with the Brazilian leaders
Scheduled for Jul 27, 2013 
Pope Francis meets the politicians, diplomats, the representatives of the Brazilian society, of the economic and cultural world and the leaders of the main religious communities in Brazil, at the City Theatre (11.30 am-12.30 pm local time)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-aU8PgmaL8
The Pope at Rio. Prayer Vigil with the young people
Pope Francis attends the Prayer Vigil of the young people of the WYD and answers some questions at the Campus Fidei of Guaratiba (7.15 pm -9.00 pm local time)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 01:56:10 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/27/pope_to_clergy,_religious,_seminarians:_respond_to_god’s_call_in_3/en1-714368

2013-07-27 16:33:50
Pope to clergy, religious, seminarians: respond to God’s call in 3 way

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis today urged clergy, seminarians and religious to respond to the call of God, proclaim the Gospel and promote a culture of encounter in their lives and ministry. In his homily at mass Saturday at Rio de Janeiro’s Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the Pope cited these three aspects of their vocation as essential to evangelization. The Holy Father is in Brazil for a week long visit to celebrate World Youth Day with young people from around the world.
Tracey McClure reports on what the Pope had to say: RealAudioMP3

In order to do this effectively, first, they must rekindle “an awareness of their divine vocation” – something “we often take for granted in the midst of our many daily responsibilities.” We were called by God, he reminded them and we are called to live a life in Christ to be effective apostles.

And that takes “faithfulness to a life of prayer,” the daily Eucharist, and “helping those most in need.”

Far from isolating ourselves, we are called to proclaim the Gospel to others wherever they may be – he said, “even if that means in our own country.”

Let us help our young people, he said, to realize that being missionary is what it means to be Christian. And no effort should be spared in their formation.

The Pope challenged religious to look “courageously…to pastoral needs, beginning in the outskirts, with those farthest away… those who do not…go to church.”

While “the culture of exclusion, of rejection is spreading,” religious must promote “a culture of encounter.” He invited them to go against the tide in a society where the elderly and children are “unwanted” and “there is no time for that poor person on the edge of the Street.” Encounter and communion are marks of our Christian faith, he said, and we must be “obsessive” about living these out.

Below, we publish the full text of his homily:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 02:03:01 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/27/pope_francis:_my_advice_is_always_“dialogue,_dialogue,_dialogue/en1-714506

2013-07-27 18:23:48
Pope Francis: My advice is always “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with leading members of Brazilian society on Saturday and stressed the importance of constructive dialogue, saying this was essential at the present moment. “Between selfish indifference and violent protest," he said, "there is always another possible option, that of dialogue.” The Pope also called for more inclusive and humanistic economic and political process, eliminating “forms of elitism” and eradicating poverty.

In his address to the political, diplomatic, cultural, religious, academic and business leaders of Brazil the Pope paid tribute to the country’s distinct cultural tradition, looked at their joint responsibility for building the future, and stressed the need for constructive dialogue in facing the present moment. He told the leaders that the future demands of us a humanistic vision of the economy and a politics capable of ensuring greater and more effective participation on the part of all. This, he continued, is the road that we are called to travel.

The Pope went on to say that anyone exercising a role of leadership needs to keep hope alive even in the face of disappointments, and be generous even without apparent results. He said leaders make decisions in the present but should always have an eye to the future, reflecting on the consequences of our decisions.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 02:43:12 PM
http://www.voanews.com/content/pope-urges-clergy-to-reach-out-to-the-poor/1711306.html

Pope Urges Clergy to Reach Out to the Poor
July 27, 2013

Pope Francis urged bishops Saturday to get out of their churches and bring the message of Catholicism to the world's poorest areas.
 
The Argentine-born pope addressed hundreds of bishops, priests and other clergy during a mass at the cathedral in Rio de Janeiro, telling them "we cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel."
 
"It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome," the pope said, "but we must go out through that door and meet the people."
 
"Let us push the young people so they go out. Of course they are going to mess it up sometimes. We can't be afraid; the apostles did this (made mistakes) before us. We need to push them to go out. Let us courageously look to the pastoral needs of the outskirts, beginning with those who are farthest away, with those who do not usually go to church. They are the VIP guests. Go to the crossroads, go and find them,'' said Pope Francis.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 02:47:38 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23479428

27 July 2013 Last updated at 13:34 ET
Pope Francis urges dialogue to defuse Brazil protests

Pope Francis has told authorities and civil society leaders in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro to use dialogue as an alternative to "selfish indifference and violent protest".

The country has seen several violent demonstrations in the past month.

Earlier, the Pope challenged clergy to leave the comfort of their churches and reach out to the marginalised.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are marching towards Rio's Copacabana beach for a 24-hour vigil later on Saturday.

The vigil will be opened by Pope Francis and is set to culminate on Sunday with a communal Mass, which also marks the end of the World Youth Day festival in Brazil.

Up to 1.5m young pilgrims are expected at Copacabana beach this weekend, following a last-minute change of venue due to floods in the area where the vigil was supposed to take place.

'Selfish indifference'
 
Before opening the vigil, on the penultimate day of his first major international trip, the Pope addressed civil leaders and government officials at Rio's Municipal Theatre.

"Between selfish indifference and violent protest there is always another possible option: that of dialogue,'' he told the audience in a reference to the demonstrations that have been rocking the country since June.

"A country grows when constructive dialogue occurs between its many rich cultural components: popular culture, university culture, youth culture, artistic and technological culture, economic culture, family culture and media culture.''
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 02:54:59 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/27/pope-francis-indian-headdress_n_3664000.html

Pope Francis Puts On Indian Headdress From Pataxo Tribe After Speech
07/27/13 12:21 PM ET EDT

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis has delighted a crowd in Rio de Janeiro by donning a colorful Indian headdress handed to him by a member of a Brazilian tribe.

It came after the pontiff spoke Saturday at Rio's Municipal Theater to an audience mostly made up of Brazil's political, business and cultural elite.

After the talk, he was greeted by well-wishers on stage, including a few Indians.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 27, 2013, 09:12:49 PM
Pope to Rio Youth: Jesus Better Than World Cup
July 28, 2013


Pope Francis spoke the language of Brazil's soccer-mad youth Saturday, telling them that being a good Catholic is like training to play soccer. Only he added a seemingly blasphemous twist, telling them Jesus offers them "something more than the World Cup."

In the land of Pele that will host the World Cup in 2014, the joke might have gone over poorly coming from a pope from Argentina, Brazil's nemesis on the pitch.

But the crowd on Copacabana beach for the World Youth Day vigil cheered with delight.

"In order to enjoy soccer, you've got to have beer, you've got to have beautiful women and maybe drugs. How many beer cans do you see around here?" said Douglas Junior Segatini, a 35-year-old nurse from Sao Paulo state and "lifelong fan" of the Santos soccer team. "None, and that's because Christ is better than any alcohol, better than any drug, better than any match."

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pope-rio-youth-jesus-world-cup-19794163


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 27, 2013, 09:20:18 PM
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 09:34:05 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis:_wyd_prayer_vigil_(full_text)/en1-714565

2013-07-28 03:15:22
Pope Francis: WYD prayer vigil (full text)

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis joined over a million young people on Copacabana beach Saturday evening, for a prayer vigil on the eve of the final Mass marking World Youth Day, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The centerpiece of the vigil was a Eucharistic procession. The event featured litanies and hymns, as well as the testimonies of four different young people.

In his remarks to the youthful pilgrims, Pope Francis focused on the image of the field of faith – the name of the venue at which the vigil was originally to have taken place, before the week’s inclement weather rendered it unusable: the field as a place to sow seed and raise crops; the field as a place of training; the field as construction site.

The Holy Father also had words of encouragement for the many young people around the world – and especially in Brazil, who in recent days and weeks have taken to the streets to call for the betterment of their societies in a spirit of greater brotherhood. “I encourage them,” he said, “in an orderly, peaceful and responsible manner, motivated by the values ​​of the Gospel, to continue overcoming apathy and offering a Christian response to social and political concerns present in their countries.”

Please find the full text of Pope Francis’ remarks, below:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 11:32:42 PM
Photos at the link

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/27/pope-to-brazilian-bishops-you-need-to-get-out-of-the-office/comment-page-1/

July 27th, 2013  04:58 PM ET
Massive crowd in Brazil attends prayer service with pope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (CNN)– A massive crowd packed Copacabana Beach late Saturday for a prayer service with Pope Francis.

The pope addressed Catholic pilgrims who came for the weeklong World Youth Day celebration.

Organizers said 3 million attended the service. They cited the mayor's office and police for the crowd estimates, which nearly doubled the 1.6 million who came here for a 2006 Rolling Stones concert and matched the 3 million who came for the 2000 millennium celebration.

CNN could not verify the estimate.

As he drove to the stage in the popemobile, Francis was pelted with T-shirts, banners and flags from the increasingly adoring crowds being held back by barricades on both sides of the street.

The pope told young people in attendance that they were the "protagonists of the future."

"In your young hearts, you have a desire to build a better world," Francis said. "I have been closely following the news reports of the many young people who throughout the world have taken to the streets in order to express their desire for a more just and fraternal society."

He said protesters should be motivated by the values of the Gospel and to overcome apathy with "a Christian response to the social and political concerns present in their countries."

The prayer vigil had been scheduled for a field 30 miles outside of the city at "Campus Fidei," or faith field, but organizers had to move events to Rio because of flooding.

"Today too, as always, the Lord needs you, young people, for his church," the pope said. "You are called to build a more beautiful church and a better world."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 27, 2013, 11:43:04 PM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2013/07/3-million-line-beach-for-world-youth-day-vigil/

3 Million Line Beach for World Youth Day Vigil
July 27, 2013

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Source: Capital Gazette, AP, Filipe Dana


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 12:25:33 AM
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/2456/francis_to_brazilian_bishops_are_we_still_a_church_capable_of_leading_people_back_to_jerusalem.aspx#.UfSbQr4o7IU

Francis to Brazilian bishops: “Are we still a Church capable of leading people back to Jerusalem?”
July 27, 2013 11:21 EST

Delivering the longest and most detailed address of his pontificate to date—which clocks in at more than 4,000 words—Pope Francis today addressed the bishops of Brazil at the residence of the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Archbishop Orani Tempesta. In a speech already being described as the Holy Father’s most significant address as pontiff yet, he discussed his vision of the Church’s mission in the modern world (“Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them…a Church able to make sense of the ‘night’ contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and sisters from Jerusalem”) as well as particular challenges facing the Church in Brazil (“What is needed is a solid human, cultural, effective, spiritual, and doctrinal formation”).

Below is the text of the Holy Father’s address, via Vatican Radio.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 12:40:28 AM
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Live streaming today!  At the link, click the blue botton "WATCH LIVE"  This link has English commentary/translation


http://ewtn.com/tv/

Mass at Campus Fidei - includes Angelus
Sun. July 28 at 8:30 AM ET & 11 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 12 AM ET
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at Campus Fidei, announces the next city to host World Youth Day and prays the noon Angelus.

 
Meeting with Volunteers and Farewell Ceremony  
Sun. July 28 at 4 PM ET, Mon. July 29 at 3:30 AM ET
Pope Francis thanks the many volunteers involved in World Youth Day at the Pavilhão 5 do Rio Centro (Pavilion 5 of the Rio Center).
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 12:50:10 AM
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Live streaming today on YouTube...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-iZAten9MI

The Pope at Rio - Mass and Angelus for the WYD
Scheduled for Jul 28, 2013 
Pope Francis celebrates the Holy Mass with the young people from all over the world taking part in the WYD at the Copacabana. The Angelus prayer follows and the place and date of the next WYD is announced. (9.45 am-12.30 pm local time)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDq8bLUijuo

The Pope at Rio: Meeting with the volunteers
Scheduled for Jul 28, 2013 
Before leaving Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis greets the 15.000 young volunteers who have helped their coetaneous during the 28th WYD. The meeting takes place in the Congress Center of the city of Rio (5.15pm - 6.00 pm local time)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 09:39:03 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23483478

28 July 2013 Last updated at 09:17 ET
Pope Francis holds final Brazil Mass on Copacabana beach

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Many of the pilgrims gathered for Sunday's Mass had slept on the beach after attending an all-night vigil with Pope Francis

Pope Francis is closing the biggest-ever Roman Catholic World Youth Day event with a Mass on Brazil's Copacabana beach.

Up to three million people are estimated to have gathered for the service in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Many of the pilgrims had slept on the beach after attending an all-night vigil, which the Pope also led.

Sunday's ceremony marks the end of his first foreign trip since becoming pontiff in March.

Pope Francis, who has spent five days in Brazil, is set to fly back to Rome later on Sunday.

The BBC's Wyre Davies in Rio says almost every inch of the two-and-a-half mile long beach was occupied ahead of the Mass, as most of the young people stayed after the vigil, pitching tents or sleeping in the open.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 10:33:24 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis_to_welcome_sick_girl_at_final_wyd_rio_mass_/en1-714611

2013-07-28 10:30:53
Pope Francis to welcome sick girl at Final WYD Rio Mass

(Vatican Radio) Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, told Vatican Radio that Pope Francis has personally requested the presence of a sick child when he presides Sunday’s closing mass for World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The little girl, who suffers from anencephaly, a condition which means she was born without a large part of her brain, will be brought up to the altar during the Offertory procession. Most children affected by anencephaly do not survive this condition or are aborted before the pregnancy comes to term.

The little girl’s parents presented her to Pope Francis as he was leaving Rio’s Saint Sebastian Cathedral following Saturday’s mass with religious. The couple said that though they could have legally aborted their sick child, they decided to celebrate her life.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 10:39:01 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis:_go,_do_not_be_afraid,_and_serve_/en1-714699

2013-07-28 16:10:06
Pope Francis: "Go, do not be afraid, and serve"

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated the concluding Mass of World Youth Day on the beachfront of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro in the presence of over 3 million people.

Please find the full text of his homily below:

Brother Bishops and Priests,
Dear Young Friends,

“Go and make disciples of all nations”. With these words, Jesus is speaking to each one of us, saying: “It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on this experience to others.” Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission! Today, in the light of the word of God that we have heard, what is the Lord saying to us? Three simple ideas: Go, do not be afraid, and serve.

1. Go. During these days here in Rio, you have been able to enjoy the wonderful experience of meeting Jesus, meeting him together with others, and you have sensed the joy of faith. But the experience of this encounter must not remain locked up in your life or in the small group of your parish, your movement, or your community. That would be like withholding oxygen from a flame that was burning strongly. Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ, the Lord of life and history (cf. Rom 10:9).

Careful, though! Jesus did not say: “if you would like to, if you have the time”, but: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Sharing the experience of faith, bearing witness to the faith, proclaiming the Gospel: this is a command that the Lord entrusts to the whole Church, and that includes you; but it is a command that is born not from a desire for domination or power but from the force of love, from the fact that Jesus first came into our midst and gave us, not a part of himself, but the whole of himself, he gave his life in order to save us and to show us the love and mercy of God. Jesus does not treat us as slaves, but as free men, as friends, as brothers and sisters; and he not only sends us, he accompanies us, he is always beside us in our mission of love
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 11:08:53 AM
Photos at the link

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/28/pope-to-millions-gathered-fear-not/

July 28th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
Pope to millions gathered: Fear not

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)–Pope Francis closed out World Youth Day with a final Mass before a giant crowd on Copacabana beach of millions.

"Go, do not be afraid, and serve," the Pope told the crowd Sunday.

Catholic pilgrims from around the world traveled to Brazil for the weeklong celebration and a chance to see the pontiff, whose visit was a shot in the arm for a church that has seen its share of scandal and troubles.

Massive crowds followed Francis at every stop on the trip. Organizers and local officials said 1.5 million people came out for the Way of the Cross observance on Friday. The mayor's office in Rio said final estimates for a prayer vigil on Saturday could reach up to 3 million. On Sunday, the Vatican citing civil authorizes put the crowd for the final Mass over 3 million.
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At the conclusion of the service the pope announced, "We have an appointment for the next World Youth Day in 2016 in Krakow, Poland."

Pope John Paul II was the bishop of Krakow. This month, Francis signed off on a second miracle for the long serving and popular pope, allowing the church to declare him a saint. A formal date for the canonization has yet to be announced.

The pope concludes his first international trip on Sunday and returns to the Vatican.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 11:30:28 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis:_next_wyd_in_krak%C3%B2w,_poland_2016/en1-714684

2013-07-28 17:14:53
Pope Francis: Next WYD in Krakòw, Poland 2016

(Vatican Radio) It’s official: the next venue for World Youth Day celebrations will be Krakòw, Poland. Pope Francis made the announcement in Rio de Janeiro Sunday, the final day of his week-long pastoral visit to Brazil for WYD 2013.

Tracey McClure reports: RealAudioMP3

Speaking ahead of reciting the Angelus prayer with the faithful gathered in Rio, Pope Francis invoked the intercession of the Virgin Mary in preparation for Krakòw, asking “for the light of the Holy Spirit upon the journey that will lead us to this next stage in our joyful celebration of faith and the love of Christ.”

The decision to hold World Youth Day in Poland’s second largest city will come as no surprise to many. Blessed Pope John Paul II, a Pole who led the Archdiocese of Krakòw for some 15 years and the Universal Church for nearly 27, is soon to be canonized, becoming one of the country’s newest saints.

Not long before departing for WYD in Brazil, on July 4, 2013, Pope Francis confirmed his approval of Karol Wojtyla’s canonization, in a process initiated in 2005 under the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

The Polish pontiff will be canonized together with Pope John XXIII in a special mass expected to take place before the end of 2013.

Hundreds of thousands of Poles came to Rome to mourn their beloved pope in April 2005 after John Paul II’s death. They credit him with the downfall of the former communist regime and the resurgence of Poland’s Catholic identity.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 11:34:17 AM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/polish_cardinal_rejoices_over_decision_to_hold_wyd_2016_in_krakow/en1-714722

2013-07-28 17:16:56
Polish Cardinal rejoices over decision to hold WYD 2016 in Krakow

(Vatican Radio) The Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has welcomed Pope Francis’ decision to hold the next World Youth Day celebrations in his city in 2016.

In a statement from Rio de Janeiro where Blessed Pope John Paul II’s former secretary is currently attending this year’s WYD celebrations, Cardinal Dziwisz says he and the whole Church in Poland "rejoice” in the Holy Father’s acceptance of their invitation especially because 2016 will mark the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. He also attributes to John Paul II the institution of World Youth Days.
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Below, we publish the text of Cardinal Dziwisz’s statement:
 
It is with great joy that I received the message announced today by Pope Francis that the next World Youth Day will take place in Poland in the year 2016. It is a joy, an honour and a great responsability for us. In that year we will also celebrate the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 05:00:10 PM
Also showing, after meeting with volunteers, his departure from Rio--on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcaTi24MbGs

Departure from Rio de Janeiro
Scheduled for Jul 28, 2013 
Before leaving Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis greets the 15.000 young volunteers who have helped their coetaneous during the 28th WYD. The meeting takes place in the Congress Center of the city of Rio (5.15pm - 6.00 pm local time)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 28, 2013, 05:26:42 PM
(http://wpmedia.life.nationalpost.com/2013/07/rio-1.jpg?w=620)


THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.


It is Finished

There's a line that is drawn through the ages
On that line stands an old rugged cross
On that cross, a battle is raging
To gain a man's soul or it's loss
On one side, march the forces of evil
All the demons, all the devils of hell
On the other, the angels of glory
And they meet on Golgotha's hill
The earth shakes with the force of the conflict
And the sun refuses to shine
For there hangs God's Son, in the balance
And then through the darkness He cries

It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there'll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord

Yet in my heart, the battle was still raging
Not all prisoners of war had come home
These were battlefields of my own making
I didn't know that the war had been won
Oh, but then I heard the King of the ages
Had fought all the battles for me
And that victory was mine for the claiming
And now praise His name, I am free.

Bill And Gloria Gaither


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 06:59:41 PM
Amen.   ::MonkeyAngel::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 07:08:07 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/28/pope_francis:_address_to_celam_leadership_/en1-714819

2013-07-28 22:06:43
Pope Francis: address to CELAM leadership

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the leadership of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean, CELAM, which is holding its general coordinating meeting this week. The meeting was one of two appointments expressly desired by the Holy Father outside the context of World Youth Day, during his week-long visit to Rio for the World Youth Day celebrations. The first was a visit to the Marian shrine at Aparecida.

It was in Aparecida in 2007 that the CELAM bishops held their 5th General Conference, which produced a major three-part document outlining a plan for assessment of the situation of the Church in Latin America and implementing pastoral strategies to renew and revitalize the faith in the region. In his remarks to the CELAM leadership, Pope Francis said that the desired renewal is already underway in many particular Churches. His prepared address focused on the legacy of CELAM 5.

Please find the full text of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks, below:

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Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Brazil
Address to the Leadership of the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America
during the General Coordination Meeting
Rio de Janeiro – 28 July 2013
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 07:12:20 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/pope_to_wyd_volunteers:_may_you_always_be_generous/en1-714816

2013-07-29 00:49:17
Pope to WYD volunteers: May you always be generous

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(Vatican Radio) In one of his final engagements in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis met Sunday with hundreds of volunteers who had helped make World Youth Day 2013 a tremendous success.

Thanking them for their tireless efforts, he said, “With your smiles, your acts of kindness, and your willingness to serve, you have shown that ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’.”

The Holy Father tied the volunteers’ service to the theme of World Youth Day. “Every one of you,” he said, “each in his or her own way, was a means enabling thousands of young people to ‘prepare the way’ to meet Jesus. And this is the most beautiful service we can give as missionary disciples.” He called on them to continue to “be generous with God and with others.”

Turning to the theme of vocations, Pope Francis said, “God calls you to make definitive choices, and He has a plan for each of you.” Some, he said, are called to marriage. Although many people consider marriage unfashionable, the Pope asked the young people “to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide.” “Yes,” he continued, “I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage ‘to swim against the tide’. Have the courage to be happy.”

Pope Francis spoke too about the call to priesthood and religious life. “I will never forget the day, 21 September – I was 17 years old – when, after stopping in the Church of San José de Flores to go to Confession, I first heard God calling me.” He told the young people “Do not be afraid of what God asks of you! It is worth saying ‘yes’ to God.”

Finally, the Holy Father spoke to those who do not know yet what they are called to do. “Ask the Lord,” he said, “and He will show you the way.”

Pope Francis concluded his remarks by once again thanking the volunteers for all they had done. “You can always count on my prayers,” he said, “and I know that I can count on yours.”

Read the full text of Pope Francis’ remarks to the World Youth Day volunteers:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 28, 2013, 07:17:32 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/pope_francis_farewell:_i_will_always_place_my_hopes_in_young/en1-714828

2013-07-29 00:43:26
Pope Francis' farewell: "I will always place my hopes in young people"

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday evening delivered his goodbye speech to all those present at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao Airport gathered to see him on his way and to say “farewell”.

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef headed the delegation of political and civil authorities together with a numerous contingent of Cardinals and Bishops of the nation.

In his address, Pope Francis thanked the President, his brother Bishops and their collaborators, and the entire population of Brazil for making this week “a splendid celebration of the richness and joy of our faith in Jesus Christ”.

And he expressed his gratitude for the work of event organizers and media operators. And in particular he said his “gratitude goes to the many people who prayed, often in silence and simplicity for this World Youth Day to be an authentic experience of growth in faith”.

But above all – Pope Francis said – “my thoughts turn to those who are at the heart of these celebrations: the young people!” . “Many of you came here as disciples” – he continued – “I have no doubt that all of you will leave as missionaries”.

And he urged them to help build a civilization of love: “Show, by your life, that it is worth giving your time and talents in order to attain high ideals, it is worth recognizing the dignity of each human person, and it is worth taking risks for Christ and the Gospel”.

“I will always place my hopes in the young people of Brazil” – Pope Francis said – “and in the young around the world: through them, Christ is preparing a new springtime all over the earth”.

The Pope concluded his farewell speech turning his thoughts to Our Lady of Aparecida and imploring Mary to strengthen all Brazilians in the Christian faith.

Please find below the full text of the Pope's discourse at the Farewell Ceremony:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 29, 2013, 12:08:00 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/vatican_financial_authority_signs_agreement_with_italy/en1-714977

2013-07-29 12:58:12
Vatican financial authority signs agreement with Italy

(Vatican Radio) L’Autorità Informazione Finanziaria (AIF), the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Holy See and Vatican City State, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Italian counterpart, the Unità di Informazione Finanziaria (UIF) of the Bank of Italy, on July 26.

The Memorandum was signed in Rome by Cardinal Attilio Nicora, President of AIF, and Dr. Claudio Clemente, director of UIF.

A Memorandum of Understanding is standard practice and formalizes the cooperation and exchange of financial information to fight money laundering and terrorist financing across borders between the competent authorities of both countries. It is based on the model Memorandum of Understanding prepared by the Egmont Group, the global organization of national Financial Intelligence Units, and contains clauses on reciprocity, permitted uses of information and confidentiality.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 29, 2013, 12:14:08 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/pope_lands_safely_in_rome;_visits_st_mary_major/en1-715020

2013-07-29 11:38:19
Pope lands safely in Rome; visits St Mary Major

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis landed at Rome’s Ciampino airport this morning, marking his return from World Youth Day 2013.

The 12-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro marks the end of Pope Francis’ first overseas Apostolic Voyage.

The weeklong youth event ended Sunday with Mass on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach, an liturgy attended by approximately three million people.

After his arrival at Ciampino airport, the Holy Father chose to stop at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to offer a brief prayer to the Blessed Virgin for World Youth Day.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 29, 2013, 12:22:54 PM
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130729/NEWS02/707299934

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:03 a.m.
Pope Francis says he won't judge gay priests

(http://www.heraldnet.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DH&Date=20130729&Category=NEWS02&ArtNo=707299934&Ref=AR&MaxW=316)
Associated Press
Pope Francis answers reporters' questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil on Monday
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ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT -- Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference Monday as he returned from his first foreign trip.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society."

Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men who had deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory in his first news conference as pope, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.

The comments did not signal any change in church policy. Catholic teaching still holds that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." But they indicated a shift in tone under Francis' young papacy and an emphasis on a church that is more inclusive and merciful rather than critical and disciplinary.

Francis also said he wanted a greater role for women in the church, though he insisted that they cannot become priests.

He was funny and candid during the 82 minutes he spent with journalists on board the plane returning from Brazil. He didn't dodge a single question, and even thanked the journalist who raised allegations contained in an Italian news magazine that one of his trusted monsignors was involved in a gay tryst.

Francis said he investigated the allegations according to canon law and found nothing to back them up.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 29, 2013, 12:28:02 PM
http://www.jconline.com/usatoday/article/2595365

Pope: Door 'closed' on women priests
Jul. 29, 2013 9:01 AM

Pope Francis reiterated the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women priests, saying the decision is "definitive" although he would lik women to have more leadership roles in administrative and pastoral activities.

Speaking to reporters Sunday night while flying home from a week-long visit to Brazil, Pope Francis said "the Church has spoken and says no â?¦ that door is closed."

It was the first time Francis - elected the first non-European pope in 1,300 years - had spoken publicly on women in the priesthood. He said women have a special mission in the Church as "first witnesses" of Christ's resurrection.

The Roman Catholic Church's all-male priesthood has been under attack for years, particular;y as Protestant denominations have begun ordaining women.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 29, 2013, 12:37:33 PM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-29/pope-francis-says-gay-tendencies-not-the-problem-in-vatican.html

Pope Francis Says Gay Tendencies Not the Problem in Vatican
Jul 29, 2013 8:58 AM CT

Pope Francis said he finds nothing objectionable about homosexual impulses and urged gay members of the clergy to follow their mission and eschew lobbying within the Church.

“The problem isn’t having this tendency,” Francis told reporters on his flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome, according to video broadcast today on SkyTG24. “The problem is having political lobbies.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 29, 2013, 12:40:27 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/excerpts-from-pope-francis-first-news-conference-en-route-to-rome-from-brazil/2013/07/29/b042bb5e-f848-11e2-a954-358d90d5d72d_story.html

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ first news conference en route to Rome from Brazil
Updated: Monday, July 29, 7:16 AM

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THAT MYSTERIOUS BLACK BAG HE CARRIED ONTO THE PLANE HELD ONLY HIS RAZOR AND BOOKS: “The keys to the atomic bomb weren’t in it.”

HE’S TIRED AND HE HURT HIS SCIATIC NERVE USING A BAD CHAIR IN HIS FIRST MONTH AS POPE: “It was so painful. So painful! I wouldn’t wish it in anyone.”

HE LIKES HIS ADVISERS TO CHALLENGE HIM: “I like it when someone tells me ‘I don’t agree.’ This is a true collaborator. When they say ‘Oh, how great, how great, how great,’” that’s not useful.

HE LOVES RETIRED POPE BENEDICT XVI LIKE A GRANDFATHER: “The last time there were two or three popes, they didn’t talk among themselves and they fought over who was the true pope!” Having Benedict living in the Vatican “is like having a grandfather — a wise grandfather — living at home.”


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 29, 2013, 08:09:28 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/29/pope_holds_press_conference_on_flight_back_from_brazil/en1-715192

2013-07-29 18:06:54
Pope holds press conference on flight back from Brazil

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Discussing future papal journeys, he confirmed he’ll be travelling to Sardinia in September, to Assisi in October and said he hopes to visit his relatives in northern Italy because they’ve been asking to see him. He also spoke of plans for a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem, but said there was no definite decision yet. He also confirmed that former Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized at the same time, either this October or, most likely, the week after Easter next year.

Asked about relations with the Orthodox Church, Pope Francis spoke of the sense of beauty and adoration in the Eastern liturgies and how a consumerist mentality in the West has weakened our sense God. The author Dostoevsky, he added, should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the soul of Russia and its people.

Commenting on the Vatican bank, as the Institute for Works of Religion is commonly called, Pope Francis acknowledged the difficulties in deciding whether to change its status or close it altogether – he said he was relying on the advice of a commission of experts called in to promote ‘honesty and transparency’.

Speaking of other problems within the administration of the Holy See, including rumours of a ‘gay lobby’ within the Vatican, Pope Francis said there are many saintly people working in the Curia but also those who are not so saintly and cause scandals which harm the Church. Quoting from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he said that people with homosexual tendencies must not be excluded but should be integrated into society. “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” he asked.

Questioned about the role of women in the Church, the Pope said the issue of ordination is ‘a closed door’ but he said he would like to see more women in leadership roles. Just as Mary was more important than the Apostles, he said, so women today are more important than bishops and priests and there is a great need for theology to explore and explain this better.

Finally on a very personal level, Pope Francis shared how he misses the freedom of being able to walk and meet people in the streets, how he lives in the Santa Martha guesthouse because he needs to talk to others and how he has always found pleasure as a priest, bishop and now pastor of the universal Church in following the Lord’s will.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Tamikosmom on July 30, 2013, 02:55:02 PM
What Pope Francis really said about gays -- and no, it's not new
By Fr. Jonathan Morris
Published July 29, 201


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What Pope Francis really said, in response to a reporter’s question about homosexual priests who are living a celibate life was this: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” ....

Pope Francis simply and compassionately reiterated Biblical teaching. The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a “sin” to be homosexual.  They teach it is a sin to have homosexual sex because it goes against the laws of God’s nature, specifically his plan for human sexuality.

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Read more:
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/07/29/what-pope-francis-really-said-about-gays-and-no-it-not-new/?test=latestnews


Father Jonathan Morris is a Fox News contributor and program director of "The Catholic Channel" on SiriusXM radio, Channel 129. He is author of "God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God's Help" and "The Promise: God's Purpose and Plan for When Life Hurts." For more visit www.FatherJonathan.com.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 30, 2013, 10:08:18 PM
http://pauline.org/StrengthforYourDay/Blog/tabid/1005/ArticleID/91/Pope-Franciss-Remarks-on-Alleged-Gay-Lobby-within-Vatican.aspx

Pope Francis's Remarks on Alleged Gay Lobby within Vatican
7/29/2013 8:40:00 PM

Pope Francis gave a memorable press conference yesterday on the airplane which brought him back from Brazil to Rome. Speaking to journalists for about 80 minutes, Francis was startlingly candid on many issues, but his remarks on homosexuality, priests with homosexual tendencies, and a "gay lobby" in the Vatican, raised the most eyebrows.

When these comments were reported in various secular newspapers, an explanation of the surrounding context of the question the Pope was answering was omitted. Below is an email sent out on behalf of the Vatican Press Office by Father Tom Rosica, of the Salt and Light Television Network of Toronto, Canada, which gives the full text of this portion of the Pope's remarks.

Here is the email circulated by Father Rosica:

RIO DE JANEIRO
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In response to many messages and calls earlier today regarding Pope Francis' meeting with journalists aboard the return flight to Rome from Rio de Janeiro last night, I have received the full working transcript of his remarks from Fr. Lombardi.

Since most of your questions relate to his response to the question about Monsignor Ricca and the gay lobby, I have done a working translation of the question and the full answer of the Pope.

I have also included the original Italian transcription and the full paragraph from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on homosexuality to which the Pope referred.
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The Question to Pope Francis from Ilse, a journalist on the Papal flight

Ilse: I would like to ask permission to pose a rather delicate question. Another image that went around the world is that of Monsignor Ricca and the news about his personal life. I would like to know, your Holiness, what will be done about this question. How should one deal with this question and how does your Holiness wish to deal with the whole question of the gay lobby?

The Pope’s Answer
[Pope Francis's response:] Regarding the matter of Monsignor Ricca, I did what Canon Law required and did the required investigation. And from the investigation, we did not find anything corresponding to the accusations against him. We found none of that. That is the answer.

But I would like to add one more thing to this: I see that so many times in the Church, apart from this case and also in this case, one looks for the "sins of youth," for example, is it not thus? And then these things are published. These things are not crimes. The crimes are something else: child abuse is a crime.

But sins, if a person, or secular priest or a nun, has committed a sin and then that person experienced conversion, the Lord forgives and when the Lord forgives, the Lord forgets and this is very important for our lives.

When we go to confession and we truly say “I have sinned in this matter,” the Lord forgets and we do not have the right to not forget because we run the risk that the Lord will not forget our sins, eh? This is a danger. This is what is important: a theology of sin.

So many times I think of St. Peter: he committed one of the worst sins denying Christ. And with this sin they made him Pope. We must think about fact often.

But returning to your question more concretely: in this case [Ricca] I did the required investigation and we found nothing. That is the first question.

Then you spoke of the gay lobby. Agh… so much is written about the gay lobby. I have yet to find on a Vatican identity card the word gay. They say there are some gay people here. I think that when we encounter a gay person, we must make the distinction between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not good. They are bad. If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this point beautifully but says, wait a moment, how does it say, it says, these persons must never be marginalized and “they must be integrated into society.”

The problem is not that one has this tendency; no, we must be brothers, this is the first matter. There is another problem, another one: the problem is to form a lobby of those who have this tendency, a lobby of the greedy people, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of Masons, so many lobbies. This is the most serious problem for me. And thank you so much for doing this question. Thank you very much!
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 30, 2013, 11:26:13 PM
Video of press conference on the plane--with English translation and text below the video

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-francis-talks-to-press-about-benedict-xvi-vatican-bank-and-gay-lobby-english-10723.html#.UfiCzb4o7IU

Pope Francis talks to press about Benedict XVI, Vatican Bank and 'gay lobby'
2013-07-29 18:53:15


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on July 31, 2013, 01:56:43 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/excerpts-from-pope-francis-first-news-conference-en-route-to-rome-from-brazil/2013/07/29/b042bb5e-f848-11e2-a954-358d90d5d72d_story.html

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ first news conference en route to Rome from Brazil
Updated: Monday, July 29, 7:16 AM

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THAT MYSTERIOUS BLACK BAG HE CARRIED ONTO THE PLANE HELD ONLY HIS RAZOR AND BOOKS: “The keys to the atomic bomb weren’t in it.”

HE’S TIRED AND HE HURT HIS SCIATIC NERVE USING A BAD CHAIR IN HIS FIRST MONTH AS POPE: “It was so painful. So painful! I wouldn’t wish it in anyone.”

HE LIKES HIS ADVISERS TO CHALLENGE HIM: “I like it when someone tells me ‘I don’t agree.’ This is a true collaborator. When they say ‘Oh, how great, how great, how great,’” that’s not useful.

HE LOVES RETIRED POPE BENEDICT XVI LIKE A GRANDFATHER: “The last time there were two or three popes, they didn’t talk among themselves and they fought over who was the true pope!” Having Benedict living in the Vatican “is like having a grandfather — a wise grandfather — living at home.”


Thanks grace-land for giving all the updates on the Pope.  I read with great interest.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 31, 2013, 09:35:08 PM
You're welcome, Sister!

He never fails to amaze me!  He was prepared to bring a message to all in Brazil, and I think that he succeeded.  Now it is time for the clergy, dignitaries, and people to reflect on his message and make the necessary changes in their lives and country--especially the youth!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 31, 2013, 09:39:42 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-thinking-about-declaring-pius-xii-a-saint/

Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of John XXIII.
 
A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told CNA July 25 that “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’s canonization, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 31, 2013, 09:43:17 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/31/world_day_of_peace:_fraternity,_the_foundation_and_pathway_to_peace/en1-715709

2013-07-31 12:19:00
World Day of Peace: "Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace"

Pope Francis on Wednesday announced the theme for the celebration of the 47th World Day of Peace.

The theme chosen for this occurence, celebrated every year on January 1, is : "Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace". It's the first World Day of Peace to be celebrated during the pontificate of Pope Francis.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 31, 2013, 09:46:02 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/31/ior_launches_website/en1-715812

2013-07-31 14:22:44
IOR launches website

(Vatican Radio) On Wednesday the Institute for Religious Works – otherwise know by the acronym of its Italian title, IOR – launched its website: www.ior.va.

In an interview with Vatican Radio’s Bernd Hagenkord, IOR president Ernst von Freyberg spoke about the objectives of this new website. Listen: RealAudioMP3

“In May we said we would focus over the coming months on transparency and on the Moneyval process, that is the anti-money laundering obligations which the Vatican has accepted in the EU reparative framework."

“It is an important part of transparency to launch a website,” he said, explaining that its purpose “is to tell our customers, the Church, the interested public, what we are doing, how our reform efforts are progressing, and what the scope of our work is.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on July 31, 2013, 09:50:44 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/31/pope_francis_celebrates_mass:_a_jesuit_perspective_/en1-715795

2013-07-31 15:00:35
Pope Francis celebrates Mass: a Jesuit perspective

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass on Wednesday morning, marking the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, the Order to which the Pope belongs.

The Church chosen for the celebration was the Jesuits’ Mother Church in Rome, known simply as the “Gesù”.

Father Bernd Hagenkord SJ, director of Vatican Radio’s German Programme, was part of the congregation. He told Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni that the experience was a fantastic one…

Listen to the interview… RealAudioMP3

Father Hangenkord says that having a Jesuit Pope, celebrating the Feast of Saint Ignatius together at the tomb of Ignatius was something, up to now, unheard of: “I had never imagined this could have happened. It was very prayerful; it was a private Mass, so the Pope was not very ‘Popish’ with all sorts of people helping him”. He celebrated Mass himself with the help of the Jesuit Father General, Father Nicolas and with Archbishop Ladaria, who is also a Jesuit.

“The rest were Jesuits and friends from other congregations, celebrating St. Ignatius together: fantastic!”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on August 01, 2013, 08:37:14 AM
You're welcome, Sister!

He never fails to amaze me!  He was prepared to bring a message to all in Brazil, and I think that he succeeded.  Now it is time for the clergy, dignitaries, and people to reflect on his message and make the necessary changes in their lives and country--especially the youth!


I agree.  He is an amazing man with a lot of wisdom.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 01, 2013, 09:15:56 PM
Unofficial translation in English of 18 questions asked of Pope Francis by the press on the plane back to Italy...

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/gmg-26831/

07/29/2013
From the IOR to the gay lobby: Pope Francis tells all on flight from Rio to Rome

On the flight from Rio to Rome, Francis answered dozens of questions, some personal, some about the sensitive and burning issues concerning the Vatican

Andrea Tornielli
on flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome

Journalists fired improvised questions at the Pope for one hour and twenty minutes. The Pope agreed to hold the press conference straight after take-off, despite how tired he was after an eventful World Youth Day week in Brazil. Francis surprised journalists with his willingness to answer all questions put to him, even those which touched on really thorny issues like the reform of the Vatican Bank (IOR), the Ricca case, the gay lobby, Vatileaks and even the content of the black leather bad he carried on to the plane which flew him to Brazil last week. This article captures some of what was said on the flight back to Rome today, a conversation which shows how truly at ease Francis is with journalists. It is clear he had decided right from the start to hold a press conference on the return flight instead of the outgoing one, so as to prevent his comments from overshadowing the World Youth Day events. This was further confirmation of the Pope’s ability to communicate and shows he does not need any spin doctors to bolster his image.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 02, 2013, 12:14:47 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/02/pope_to_muslims_for_end_of_ramadan:_promoting_mutual_respect_through/en1-716319

2013-08-02 12:24:11
Pope to Muslims for end of Ramadan: Promoting Mutual Respect through Education

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican has published a message from Pope Francis to the world's Muslims for the conclusion of Ramadan. This year, the Islamic period of prayer and fasting concludes between August 8th and 9th.

Though it’s usually issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Pope Francis says at the start of his pontificate, he wished to personally send this message of good wishes to the world’s Muslims himself as they celebrate Id al-Fitr, breaking their fast. Tracey McClure tells us more: RealAudioMP3

In the message, the Pope proposes a theme of common reflection “that concerns both Muslims and Christians: Promoting Mutual Respect through Education.”

Saying respect is a mutual “process” of kindness, Pope Francis invited Muslims and Christians to respect each person “first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices. We are therefore called to think, speak and write respectfully of the other, not only in his presence, but always and everywhere, avoiding unfair criticism or defamation. Families, schools, religious teaching and all forms of media have a role to play in achieving this goal.”

Where interreligious relations are concerned, “especially between Christians and Muslims,” the Pope said, “ we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these!”

In educating our Muslim and Christian youth, the Pope said, “we have to bring up our young people to think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their convictions and practices.”

Reiterating “the great importance of dialogue and cooperation among believers, in particular Christians and Muslims,” Pope Francis said these need to be “enhanced” and he expressed his hope that people of both faiths “may be true promoters of mutual respect and friendship, in particular through education.”
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Below, please find the text of Pope Francis’ message:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 02, 2013, 10:18:45 PM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1303351.htm

Aug-2-2013
Senate confirms Hackett, retired CRS leader, as ambassador to Vatican
 
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Ken Hackett, retired president of Catholic Relief Services, received Senate confirmation Aug. 1 as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

"We are overjoyed that the country will be represented by a man who through his decades of service has demonstrated his commitment to the dignity and sanctity of life and fighting global poverty," said Carolyn Woo, current CRS president and chief executive officer, in an Aug. 2 statement. "We look forward to working with the new ambassador as he engages the Vatican and Pope Francis towards the common goal of advancing peace and justice in the world."
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 02, 2013, 10:57:27 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/02/vatican_forwards_request_to_italy_concerning_monsignor_scarano/en1-716620

2013-08-02 17:36:33
Vatican forwards request to Italy concerning Monsignor Scarano

(Vatican Radio) The Promoter of Justice at the Vatican Tribunal, Giampiero Milano, has forwarded to the Italian judicial authorities a formal request asking them to interrogate Monsignor Nunzio Scarano as part on the ongoing investigation into the prelate’s activities.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 03, 2013, 02:50:46 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/03/pope_appoints_new_secretary_to_“ecclesia_dei”/en1-716793

2013-08-03 13:24:42
Pope appoints new secretary to “Ecclesia Dei”

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Guido Pozzo as secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei.” Until now Archbishop Pozzo has served as the Almoner of His Holiness.

The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” was set up by Pope John Paul II in 1988 with the aim of facilitating full Ecclesial communion with those members of the Fraternity founded by Mons Marcel Lefèbvre who wish to remain united to the successor of Peter in the Catholic Church.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 03, 2013, 02:54:04 PM
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23065

Pope Francis in August  
Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 12:21 am

Pope Francis will be reducing his public activities over the summer months, the Vatican has announced. There will be no General Audiences on the following Wednesdays in August: 7, 14, 21 and 28.  ::snipping3::

On Sundays during the month of August, Pope Francis will preside at the Angelus prayer in the Vatican. On the Feast of the Assumption on 15 August, the Holy Father will celebrate Holy Mass in the Parish of Castel Gandolfo and later recite the Angelus prayer with the faithful at the papal summer residence in the Roman hill town.

 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 03, 2013, 03:26:38 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/brazilian-president-signs-law-permitting-abortion-after-papal-visit/

Brazilian president signs law permitting abortion after papal visit

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 2, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Four days after Pope Francis left Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff signed into a law a measure that opens the door to the distribution of abortion-causing drugs in the country’s public health care system.

Upon its publication in the government’s official journal, the August 1 law requires health care centers in Brazil to administer the “morning-after pill” to women who say they have been raped up to 72 hours after the crime.

The head of Brazil’s Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies, Eleonora Menicucci, an avid abortion proponent, defended Rousseff saying the decision to sign the law was out of “respect for Congress and for women.”

The new norm, she said, will have “a positive impact in preventing abortion in women who have been the victims of rape,” although she acknowledged that it allows for abortifacient “emergency contraception.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 01:23:18 PM
http://www.silive.com/opinion/columns/index.ssf/2013/08/pope_francis_needs_a_devils_ad.html

Pope Francis needs a devil's advocate (Commentary)
on August 04, 2013 at 11:11 AM, updated August 04, 2013 at 11:12 AM

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Conservative and traditionalist Catholics have been anxious to point out that there’s no substantive change — no dogmatic evolution — signaled in Pope Francis’ remarks at all. They have a point. When Francis said that gays should not be marginalized, he was referring to the church’s Catechism. His whole statement as quoted seems to be a gentle paraphrase of paragraph 2358 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which has been in place since 1994: “They ‘homosexuals~ must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”

Translation: Even if you are attracted to members of the same sex, so long as you are sincerely trying to live by the strict moral standards of ancient faith of the One True Church, Francis isn’t going to judge you. Not exactly the long-desired capitulation of the Roman Church to modern sexual mores.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 06:21:56 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/04/pope_francis:_our_encounter_with_jesus_fills_our_hearts_with_joy/en1-716981

2013-08-04 13:01:49
Pope Francis: Our encounter with Jesus fills our hearts with joy

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(Vatican Radio) “There are so many young people in the Piazza today . . . It seems like Rio de Janeiro.” Those were the words of Pope Francis as he looked over the crowds of people who braved the August heat to take part in Sunday’s weekly Angelus.

World Youth Day was at the front of the Pope’s mind as he asked the people to “thank the Lord for this great gift for Brazil, for Latin America and for the world.” He reminded his listeners that “World Youth Days are not ‘fireworks’, not just moments of enthusiasm that end in themselves; rather, they are stages of a long journey.” The Holy Father emphasized that the young people who participate in World Youth Day “are not following the Pope, they are following Jesus Christ, bearing His Cross. And the Pope guides them and accompanies them in this journey of faith and hope.”

Pope Francis departed from his prepared remarks to offer his profound thanks to the people of Brazil, whom he described as “a people of great heart . . . a generous people.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 06:24:31 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323420604578648221144717766.html

August 4, 2013, 3:26 p.m. ET.
Vatican Aims to Create Federation of Catholic Broadcasters

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican, eager to build on public momentum Pope Francis garnered on his trip to Brazil, aims to create a federation of Roman Catholic broadcasters that can transmit images of the pontiff in Rome to faithful across Latin America, a senior Holy See official said.

In an interview, Msgr. Dario Viganò, head of the Vatican's TV operations, said a dozen Catholic broadcasters from across the region—ranging from local dioceses' TV stations to those serving entire bishops conferences—are in talks with the Vatican to band together and share the cost of essential broadcasting expenses, such as renting satellites to beam images of the pope from Rome to Buenos Aires, Tegucigalpa and other cities.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 07:57:35 PM
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23070

Text: Pope Francis press conference on return flight from Brazil  
Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 5:22 pm

The full text of Pope Francis' conference with foreign journalists has now been relerased by the Vatican. A translation follows below.

Father Lombardi:
Now, dear friends, we have the joy of having with us on this return trip, the Holy Father Francis. He has been kind enough to give us a good long time to evaluate the trip with us and answer your questions in total liberty. I give him the floor for a brief introduction and then we will begin with the list of those who registered to talk and we will take them from different national and linguistic groups. Now the floor is yours, You Holiness, to begin.

Pope Francis:
Good evening and thank you so much. I am happy. It has been a good trip; it has done me good spiritually. I’m quite tired, but with a joyful heart, and I am well, well: it did me good spiritually. It does one good to meet people, because the Lord works in each one of us; He works in the heart, and the richness of the Lord is such that we can always receive many good things from others. And this does me good. This, as a first evaluation. Then I would say that the kindness, the heart of the Brazilian people is great, is true: its great. They are such kind people, a people that loves celebration, that even in suffering always finds a way to seek the good anywhere. And this is good: they are a happy people, a people who have suffered so much! The joy of Brazilians is contagious, it’s contagious! And these people have a great heart. Then I would say of the organizers, from our part as well as that of the Brazilians – but I felt I was in front of a computer, an incarnated computer … But truly, everything was absolutely punctual, no? But good.

Then we had problems with security theories: security here and there; there wasn’t an incident in the whole of Rio de Janeiro in these days, and everything was spontaneous. With less security, I was able to be with the people, to embrace and greet them, without armored cars. It’s the security of trusting people. It’s true that there is always the danger that there is a madman … alas, yes, that there is a madman who does something; but there is also the Lord! But, to make an armored space between the Bishop and the people is madness, and I prefer this madness: [to be] outside and run the risk of the other madness. I prefer this madness: outside. Closeness does good to all.

Then, the organization of the Day, not something specific, but everything: the artistic part, the religious part, the catechetical part, the liturgical part … it was very beautiful! They have a capacity to express themselves in art. Yesterday, for instance, they did very beautiful things, very beautiful! Then, Aparecida. For me Aparecida is an intense religious experience. I recall the Fifth Conference. I was there to pray. I wanted to go alone, somewhat hidden, but there was an impressive crowd! It wasn’t possible [to be hidden], I knew that before arriving. And we prayed, we did. I don’t know … one thing … but also from your part. Your work was, I’m told – I didn’t read the newspapers during these days, I didn’t have the time, I did not watch the TV, nothing --, but I’m told that it was good, good, good work! Thank you, thank you for the collaboration, and thank you for having done this. Then the number, the number of young people. Today – I can’t believe it – but today the Governor spoke of three million. I can’t believe it. But from the altar -- that’s true! – I don’t know if you, some of you were at the altar: from
the altar, at the end, the whole beach was full, up to the curve, more than four kilometres. But so many young people. And they say, Monsignor Tempesta told me, that they were from 178 countries: 178! The Vice-President also gave me this number: that’s certain. It’s important! Intense!
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:01:50 PM
Translation of press conference released by Vatican cont...

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23070

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Juan de Lara (Spanish journalist).
Good evening, Holiness. On behalf of all our companions we want to thank you for these days you have given us in Rio de Janeiro, the work you have done, and the effort it implies and also in the name of all Spanish journalists, we want to thank you for the prayers and the praying for the victims of the train accident of Santiago de Compostela. Thank you very much. And the first question, -- it doesn’t have much to do with the trip, but we take advantage of the occasion that gives us this possibility and I wanted to ask you: Holiness, in these four months of pontificate, we see that you have created several commissions to reform the Vatican Curia. I would like to ask you: What type of reform do you have in mind? Do you contemplate the possibility of doing away with the IOR, the so-called Vatican Bank? Thank you.

Pope Francis:
The steps I have taken in these four and a half months, come from two sources: the content of what had to be done, it all comes from the source of the General Congregations that we Cardinals had. They were things that we Cardinals asked for to the one who’d be the new Pope. I remember that I asked for many things, thinking of someone else. That is, we asked, this has to be done … for instance, the Commission of eight Cardinals, we know that it’s important to have an outside consultation, not the consultations that take place, but from the outside. And this is in line – here I make a sort of abstraction, thinking, however, to explain it – in the line increasingly of the maturation of the relation between the Synodality and the Primacy. That is, these eight Cardinals favour Synodality, they help the different episcopates of the world to express themselves in the government itself of the Church. Many proposals were made, which have not yet been put into practice, such as the reform of the Synod’s Secretariat, the methodology; such as the Post-Synodal Commission which has a permanent character of consultation; such as the Cardinals’ Consistories with topics that aren’t so formal – such as, for instance, canonization, but also subjects, etc. Well, the source of the contents comes from there. The second source is the opportunity. I’ll tell you, it wasn’t hard for me, at the end of the first month of pontificate, to create the Commission of the eight Cardinals, which is one thing …

The financial part I thought I’d address next year, because it’s not the most important thing to address. However, the agenda was changed due to the circumstances that you know, which are of the public domain; problems appeared which had to be addressed. The first, the problem of the IOR, namely, how to direct it, how to delineate it, how to reform it, how to heal what has to be healed, and there is the first Commission of Reference, that’s its name. You know the <chirograph>, what is requested, those who make it up, and everything. Then we had the meeting of the Commission of the fifteen Cardinals who are concerned with the economic aspects of the Holy See.

They are from all parts of the world. And there, while preparing that meeting, the need was seen to establish a same Reference Commission for the whole economy of the Holy See. That is, the economic problem was addressed outside the agenda, but these things happen when in the office of government, no? One goes here but a goal is kicked from over there and one must intercept it, isn’t that right? Then, life is like this and that is what is lovely about life also. I repeat the question you asked me about the IOR, sorry, I’m speaking in Spanish. Sorry … the answer came to me in Spanish.

With reference to that question you asked me about the IOR, I don’t know how the IOR will end; some say that, perhaps, it’s best if it’s a bank, others that it be an aid fund, others say to close it. Alas! These voices are heard. I don’t know. I trust the work of the people of the IOR, who are working on this, also of the Commission. The President of the IOR remains, the same one who was there before; instead the Director and the Vice-Director have resigned. But this, I cannot tell you how this story will end, and this is good also because one finds, one seeks; we are human, in this; we must find the best. But, this yes; but the characteristics of the IOR – whether a bank, an aid fund, whatever it is – must be transparent and honest. This must be so. Thank you.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:07:05 PM
Translation of press conference released by Vatican cont...

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23070

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Father Lombardi:
Many thanks, Your Holiness. So we now pass to a person of the representatives of the Italian group, and we have one whom you know well: Andrea Tornielli, who comes to ask you a question on behalf of the Italian group.

Andrea Tornielli:
Holy Father, I have a question that is, perhaps, somewhat indiscreet: the photograph has gone around the world of you, when we left, going up the steps of the plane carrying a black bag, and there were articles throughout the world that commented on this novelty: yes, of the Pope going up ... it never happened, we said, that the Pope went up with his baggage in hand. So, there were even theories about what the black bag contained. Now, my questions are: one, why did you carry the black bag and why was it not carried by a collaborator, and two, can you tell us what was inside? Thank you.

Pope Francis:
It didn’t have the key of the atomic bomb! Alas! I carried it because I’ve always done so: when I travel, I carry it. What is inside? There is my razor, there is the Breviary, there is the agenda, there is a book to read – I took one on Saint Therese to whom I am devoted. I have always carried the bag when I travel: it’s normal. But we must be normal … I don’t know .. what you are saying is a bit strange to me, that that photo has gone around the world. But we must get used to being normal, the normality of life. I don’t know, Andrea, if I’ve answered you …

Aura Miguel, Portuguese journalist from Radio Renascenca.
Holiness, I want to ask you why you ask so insistently that we pray for you? It’s not normal, usual, to hear a Pope ask so much to pray for him.

Pope Francis:
I’ve always asked for this. When I was a priest I asked for it, but not so frequently. I began to ask for it with a certain frequency in my work as Bishop, because I feel that if the Lord doesn’t help in this work of helping the People of God to go forward, one can’t … I truly feel I have so many limitations, so many problems, also being a sinner – you know it! – and I must ask for this. But it comes from within! I also ask Our Lady to pray for me to the Lord. It’s a habit, but it’s a habit that comes from the heart and also from the need I have for my work. I feel I must ask … I don’t know, it’s like this …
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:09:48 PM
Translation of press conference released by Vatican cont...

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23070

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Philip Pullella from Reuters:
Holiness, thank you, on behalf of the English group, for your availability. The colleague from Lara has already asked the question we wanted to ask, so I’ll proceed somewhat on those lines, however: in the search to make these changes, I remember that you said to the group of Latin America that there are so many saints that work in the Vatican, but also persons who are somewhat less saintly, no? Have you met with resistance in your desire to change things in the Vatican? Have you found resistance? The second question is: you live in a very austere world, you have stayed in Saint Martha’s, etc. Do you want your collaborators, also the Cardinals, to follow this example and perhaps live in community, or is it something for you only?

Pope Francis:
The changes … the changes come also from two sources: what we Cardinals requested, and what comes from my personality. You were speaking of the fact that I have stayed at Saint Martha’s: but I couldn’t live alone in the Palace, and it’s not luxurious. The papal apartment isn’t so luxurious! It’s ample, big, but not luxurious, but I can’t live alone and with a small tiny group! I need people, to meet people, to talk with people … And because of this the boys of the Jesuit school asked me: “Why do you do it? Out of austerity? Poverty? No, no. Simply for psychiatric reasons, because I can’t cope psychologically. Everyone must carry his life forward, his way of living, of being.

The Cardinals who work in the Curia do not live richly and magnificently: they live in an apartment, they are austere, they are austere. Those that I know, the apartments that APSA gives the Cardinals. Then it seems to me there is something else I would like to say. Each one must live as the Lord asks him to live. But austerity – a general austerity – I think is necessary for all of us who work in the service of the Church. There are so many shades of austerity … each one must find his way. In regard to the saints, this is true, there are saints: Cardinals, priests, bishops, Sisters, laymen: people who pray, people who work so much, and also who go to the poor, in a hidden way. I know of some who are concerned with feeding the poor and then, in their free time, go to do their ministry in one or another church … They are priests. There are saints in the Curia.

And there are also some who aren’t so saintly, and these are those who make more noise. You know that a tree that falls makes more noise than a forest that grows. And this grieves me when there are these things. But there are some who give scandal, some. We have this Monsignor in jail, I think he’s still in jail, he is not in jail because he resembled Blessed Imelda in fact, he isn’t a Blessed. These are scandals that cause grief. Something – I have never said this , but I recall – I think the Curia has fallen somewhat from the level that it had some time ago, of those old Curia men … the profile of the old Curia man, faithful, who did his work. We are in need of such persons. I believe … they exist, but they are not so many as there were some time ago. The profile of the old Curia man: I would say this. We need more of these. Do I find resistance? Alas! If there is resistance, I haven’t seen it yet. It’s true that I haven’t done so many things, but I can say yes, I have found help, and I have also found loyal people. For instance, I’m pleased when a person says to me: “I’m not in agreement,” and I have found this. “But I don’t see this, I don’t agree: I say it, you do it.” This is a true collaborator. And I’ve found this in the Curia. And this is good. But when there are those who say: “Ah, how good, how good, how good,” but then say the opposite on the other side … Now I can’t remember. Perhaps there are some, but I can’t remember. Resistance: in four months one can’t find so much ….
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:17:56 PM
Translation of press conference released by Vatican cont...

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23070

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Patricia Zorzan (from Brazil):
Speaking on behalf of Brazilians. The society has changed, young people have changed, and we see many young people in Brazil. You have spoken to us about abortion, matrimony between persons of the same sex. In Brazil a law has been approved which extends the right of abortion and has allowed matrimony between persons of the same sex. Why didn’t you speak about this?

Pope Francis:
The Church has already expressed herself perfectly on this. It wasn’t necessary to go back to this, nor did I speak about fraud or lies or other things, on which the Church has a clear doctrine

Patricia Zorzan:
But it’s an issue that interests young people …

Pope Francis:
Yes, but it wasn’t necessary to talk about that, but about positive things that open the way to youngsters, isn’t that so? Moreover, young people know perfectly well what the position of the Church is.

Patricia Zorzan:
What is the position of Your Holiness, can you tell us?

Pope Francis:
That of the Church. I’m a child of the Church.

Antoine-Marie Izoard (Spanish press)
Good day, Your Holiness. On behalf of colleagues of the French language on the flight – we are nine on this flight. For a Pope who is not keen on interviews, we are truly grateful to you. Since March 13, you have introduced yourself as the Bishop of Rome, with very great and strong insistence. So, we would like to understand what the profound meaning is of this insistence, if perhaps more than collegiality there is talk perhaps of ecumenism, for the case of being primus inter pares in the Church? Thank you.

Pope Francis:
Yes, on this we must not go beyond what is said. The Pope is bishop, Bishop of Rome, because the Bishop of Rome is the Successor of Peter, Vicar of Christ. There are other titles, but the first title is “Bishop of Rome,” and everything stems from there. To speak, to think what this means to be primus inter pares, no, this isn’t a consequence of that. It’s simply the Pope’s first title: Bishop of Rome. But there are also others … I think you said something about ecumenism: I believe this favours ecumenism somewhat. But, this alone …
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:25:39 PM
Translation of press conference released by Vatican cont...

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23070

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Dario Menor Torres:
A question about your feelings. You commented a week ago on the child who asked you how you felt, if someone could imagine how he could be Pope and if he could wish for it. You said one had to be mad to do it. After your first multitudinous experience, such as these days in Rio have been, can you tell us how you feel about being Pope,
if it’s very hard, if you’re happy being so and, in addition, if in some way it has enhanced your faith or on the contrary, if you have had doubts. Thank you.

Pope Francis:
To do the work of a bishop is a good thing, it’s good. The problem is when one seeks that work: this isn’t so good, this isn’t from the Lord. But when the Lord calls a priest to become bishop, this is good. There’s always the danger of thinking oneself superior to others, not as others, somewhat as a prince. These are dangers and sins. But the work of a bishop is good: it’s to help brothers to go forward. The bishop in front of the faithful, to show the way; the bishop in the midst of the faithful, to aid communion; the bishop behind the faithful, because the faithful so many times have the scent of the way. The bishop must be like this. The question was if I like it? I like being bishop, I like it. I was so happy at Buenos Aires, so happy! I have been happy, it’s true. The Lord has helped me in that. But I was happy as a priest, and I’ve been happy as a bishop. In this regard I say: I like it!

Question off-screen:
And being Pope?

Pope Francis:
Also! Also! When the Lord puts you there, if you do what the Lord wants, you are happy. This is my sentiment, what I feel.

Salvatore Mazza of 'Avvenire'
I can’t even get up. I’m sorry, I can’t even stand up because of the many children I have at my feet. We saw in these days, we saw you full of energy even late in the evening. We are seeing it now with the plane that shakes, that you are standing calmly, without an ounce of hesitation. We wish to ask you: there is much talk of forthcoming trips. There’s talk of Asia, Jerusalem, Argentina. Do you already have a more or less definite calendar for the coming year, or is it all yet to be seen?

Pope Francis:
Nothing is defined. But I can say something to which thought is being given. It’s defined – sorry – September 22 to Cagliari. Then, on October 4 to Assisi. In mind, within Italy, I would like to meet my own one day: go by plane in the morning and return with the others because they, poor things, call me and we have a good relationship. But only one day. Outside of Italy: Patriarch Bartholomew wants to have a meeting to commemorate the 50 years of Athenagoras and Paul VI at Jerusalem. The Israeli government has also extended a special invitation to go to Jerusalem. I believe the government of the Palestinian Authority has done the same.

Thought is being given to this: it’s not certain whether one will or will not go … Then, in Latin America, I don’t think there is the possibility to return because the Pope is Latin American, the first trip was in Latin America … goodbye! We must wait a bit! I think we can go to Asia, but this is all in the air. I received an invitation to go to Sri Lanka and also to the Philippines. But we must go to Asia. Because Pope Benedict did not have the time to go to Asia, and it’s important. He went to Australia and then to Europe, America, but Asia … To go to Argentina: at present I think we can wait a bit, because all these trips have a certain priority.

I would like to go to Constantinople, on September 30, to visit Bartholomew I, but it’s not possible, it’s not possible because of my agenda. If we meet, we’ll do so at Jerusalem.

Questions off-screen:
Fatima?

Pope Francis:
Fatima, there is also an invitation to Fatima, it’s true, it’s true. There’s an invitation to go to Fatima.

Questions off-screen:
September 30 or November 30?

Pope Francis:
November, November: Saint Andrew.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:30:15 PM
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Hada Messia of CNN: Hello … you are holding up better than me … No, no, no: ok, ok. My question is: when you met with Argentine young people, somewhat jokingly, perhaps somewhat seriously you said to them that you, also, sometimes feel caged: we would like to know what you were referring to, exactly.

Pope Francis:
You know how many times I wish to go on the streets of Rome, because at Buenos Aires I used to go on the street, I liked it so much! In this connection, I feel a bit caged. But I mustn’t say this because those of the Vatican Gendarmerie are so good; they are good, good, good and I’m grateful to them. Now they let me do a few more
things. I believe … their duty is to guard the security. Caged, in that sense. I would like to go on the street, but I understasnd it’s not posible: I understand it. I said it in that sense. Because my habit was – as we say in Buenos Aires – I was a street priest …

Pope Francis (aside):
I was asking the time, because they must serve supper, but are you hungry?

Marcio Campos (Brazil):
Your blessing, Holy Father. I want to say to you when you feel longing for Brazil, for the joyful Brazilian people, embrace the flag that they gave you. I want to say also that I want to thank my colleagues of the newspapers Folha de Sao Paulo, Estado, Globo and Veja for representing them with a question. Holy Father, it’s very difficult to accompany a Pope. We are all tired. You are fine and we are tired. In Brazil, the Catholic Church has lost faithful over the years. Is the Charismatic Renewal Movement a possibility to avoid the faithful joining the Pentecostal churches? Thank you very much for your presence, and thank you very much for our being on your flight.

Pope Francis:
What you say is very true about the loss of faithful: it’s true, it’s true. There are statistics. We spoke with the Brazilian bishops about the problem, in a meeting we had yesterday. You asked about the Charismatic Renewal Movement. I’ll tell you something. In the years, at the end of the 70s, beginning of the 80s, I couldn’t stand them. Once, speaking of them, I said this phrase: “They confuse a liturgical celebration with a samba school!” I said this. But I repented. Then, I got to know them better. It’s also true that the Movement, with good advisers, has gone on a good path. And now I think this Movement has done so much good to the Church in general. At Buenos Aires, I met with them often and once a year had a Mass with all of them in the Cathedral. I’ve always favored them, after I was converted, when I saw the good they do. Because at this moment of the Church – and here I lengthen the answer a bit – I think the Movements are necessary. The Movements are a grace of the Holy Spirit. “But how can one stop a Movement that is so free?” The Church is also free! The Holy Spirit does what He wishes. Then He does the work of harmonizing, but I think the Movements are a grace, those Movements that have the spirit of the Church. Because of this, I think that the Charismatic Renewal Movement not only serves to avoid some going to join Pentecostal confessions. But no! It serves the Church! It renews us. And each one seeks his Movement according to his charism, where the Spirit takes him.

Pope Francis (aside):
I’m tired. I’m tired.
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:33:33 PM
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Jean-Marie Guenois of Le Figaro
Holy Father, a question with my colleague of La Croix, also: You said that the Church without women loses fecundity. What concrete measures will you take? For instance, a feminine diaconate or a woman head of a dicastery? It’s a very small technical question: You said you were tired. Do you have a special preparation for the return? Thank you, Holiness.

Pope Francis:
We begin with the last. This plane doesn’t have special preparations. I’m in front, in a good armchair, common, but ordinary, such as everyone has. I had a letter written and a telephone call made to say that I didn’t want special preparations on the plane: is it clear? Second, women. A Church without women is like the Apostolic College without Mary. The role of women in the Church is not only maternity, the mother of the family, but it’s stronger: it is, in fact, the icon of the Virgin, of Our Lady, the one who helps the Church grow! But think that Our Lady is more important than the Apostles! She is more important! The Church is feminine: she is Church, she is spouse, she is Mother. But women in the Church, not only must … I don’t know how it’s said in Italian … a woman’s role in the Church must not end only as mother, as worker, limited. No! It’s something else! But the Popes … Paul VI wrote a very beautiful thing on women, but I think we must go further in making the role and charism of women more explicit. A Church without women can’t be understood, but active women in the Church, with their profile, which they carry forward.

I’m thinking of an example that has nothing to do with the Church, but it’s an historical example: in Latin America, in Paraguay. For me, the Paraguayan woman is the most glorious of Latin America. Are you
Paraguayan? After the war, there were eight women for every man and these women made a rather difficult choice: the choice of having children to save the homeland, the culture, the faith and the language. In the Church, it must be made more explicit. I think we have not yet made a profound theology of woman in the Church. She can only do this or that, now she is an altar server, then she does the Reading, she is president of Caritas. But there is more! A profound theology must be made of woman. This is what I think.


Pablo Ordaz of El Pais:
We wanted to know your working relationship, not so much as a friend, but in collaboration with Benedict XVI. There’s never been a circumstance like this before, and if you have frequent contacts, and if he is helping you with this burden. Thank you very much.

Pope Francis:
I believe the last time there were two Popes, or three Popes, they didn’t speak to one another; they were fighting to see who was the true one. There were three in the Western Schism. There is something that …

There is something that qualifies my relation with Benedict: I love him so much. I’ve always loved him. For me he is a man of God, a humble man, a man who prays. I was so happy when he was elected Pope. Also when he gave his resignation, it was for me an example of greatness! A great man. Only a great man does this! A man of God is a man of prayer. He now lives in the Vatican, and some say to me: but how can this be? Two Popes in the Vatican! But, doesn’t he encumber you? Doesn’t he make a revolution against you? All these things that are said, no? I’ve found a phrase to say this: “It’s like having a grandfather at home,” but a wise grandfather. When a grandfather is at home with a family, he is venerated, loved, listened to. He is a man of prudence! He doesn’t meddle. I’ve said to him so many times: “Holiness, you receive, make your life, come with us.” He came for the inauguration and blessing of the statue of Saint Michael. There, that phrase says everything. For me he is like having a grandfather at home: my father. If I had a difficulty or something I didn’t understand, I would telephone him: “But, tell me, can I do that?” And when I went to talk about that big problem of Vatileaks, he told me everything with a simplicity … at the service. It’s something I don’t know if you know, I think so, but I’m not sure: when he spoke to us, in his farewell address on February 28, he said to us: “The next Pope is among you: I promise obedience to him.” But he’s a great man, he is a great!
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:38:57 PM
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Anna Ferreira (Brazil):
Holy Father, good evening. Thank you. I would like to say “thank you” so many times: thank you for having brought so much joy to Brazil, and thank you also for answering our questions. We, journalists, are so fond of asking questions. I would like to know, why, yesterday, you spoke to the Brazilian Bishops about women’s participation in our Church. I’d like to understand better: how should this participation be for us, women in the Church? If you … what do you think of the ordination of women? What should our position in the Church be?

Pope Francis:
I would like to explain a bit what I said on the participation of women in the Church: it can’t be limited to being altar servers or presidents of Caritas, catechists … No! It must be more, but profoundly more! Even mystically more, with what I’ve said of the theology of woman. And, with reference to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and she said : “No.” John Paul II said it, but with a definitive formulation. That is closed, that door is closed, but I’d like to say something about this. I’ve said it, but I repeat it. Our Lady, Mary, was more important than the Apostles, than bishops, deacons and priests. In the Church, woman is more important than bishops and priests; how, it’s what we must seek to make more explicit, because theological explicitness about this is lacking. Thank you.

Gian Guido Vecchi, of Corriere della Sera:
Holy Father, during this trip you have spoken many times about mercy. In regard to access to the sacraments of divorced persons who have remarried, is there a possibility that something will change in the discipline of the Church? That these sacraments be an occasion to bring these people closer, rather than a barrier that separates them from the other faithful?

Pope Francis:
This is a subject that is always asked about. Mercy is greater than the case you pose. I believe this is the time of mercy. This change of era, also so many problems of the Church – such as the witness that’s not good of some priests, also problems of corruption in the Church, also the problem of clericalism, to give an example -- have left so many wounds, so many wounds. And the Church is Mother: she must go to heal the wounds with mercy. But if the Lord does not tire of forgiving, we have no other choice than this: first of all, to cure the wounds. The Church is Mother and must go on this path of mercy. And find mercy for all. But I think, when the Prodigal Son returned home, his father didn’t say: “But you, listen sit down: what did you do with the money?” No! He had a feast! Then, perhaps, when the son wished to speak, he spoke. The Church must do likewise. When there is someone … not just wait for them: go to find them! This is mercy. And I believe that this is a kairos: this time is a kairos of mercy. But John Paul II had this first intuition, when he began with Faustina Kowalska, the Divine Mercy … he had something, he had intuited that it was a necessity of this time. With reference to the problem of Communion, it’s not a problem, but when they are in a second union, they can’t. I think that it’s necessary to look at this in the totality of matrimonial ministry. And because of this it’s a problem. But also –a parenthesis – the Orthodox have a different practice. They follow the theology of the economy, as we call it, and give a second possibility, they allow it. But I think this problem – I close the parenthesis – must be studied in the framework of matrimonial
ministry. And because of this, two things: first, one of the subjects to be consulted with these eight of the Council of Cardinals, with whom we will meet, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October, is how to go forward in matrimonial ministry, and this problem will arise there. And, a second thing: Fifteen days ago, the secretary of the Synod of Bishops was with me, for the topic of the next Synod. It was an anthropological topic, but speaking and speaking again, going and returning, we saw this anthropological topic: how faith helps the planning of the person, but in the family, and to go, therefore, to matrimonial ministry. We are on the way for a somewhat profound matrimonial ministry. And this is everyone’s problem, because there are so many, no? For instance, I’ll mention only one: Cardinal Quarracino, my predecessor, said that for him half of all marriages are null. Why did he say this? Because they get married without maturity, they marry without remembering that it’s for the whole of life, or they marry because socially they must marry. And the matrimonial ministry also comes into this.

And also the judicial problem of the nullity of marriages, this must be reviewed, because the Ecclesiastical Tribunals are not enough for this. The problem of the matrimonial ministry is complex. Thank you.
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:45:15 PM
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Caroline Pigozzi fron Paris Match: Good evening, Holy Father. I would like to know if you, since you’ve been Pope, still feel yourself a Jesuit.

Pope Francis:
It’s a theological question, because Jesuits take the vow of obedience to the Pope. But if the Pope is a Jesuit, perhaps he should take a vow of obedience to the General of the Jesuits … I don’t know how this is resolved … I feel myself a Jesuit in my spirituality, in the spirituality of the Exercises, spirituality, the one I have in my heart. But I feel so much like this that in three days I’ll go to celebrate with Jesuits the feast of Saint Ignatius: I will say the morning Mass. I haven’t changed my spirituality, no. Francis, Franciscan: no. I feel myself a Jesuit and I think like a Jesuit. Not hypocritically, but I think as a Jesuit. Thank you.

Nicole Winfield, from Associated Press: Holiness, thank you again for having come “among the lions.” Holiness, at the fourth month of your pontificate, I would like to ask you to make a small evaluation. Can you tell us what was the best thing of being Pope, an anecdote, and what was the worst thing, and what was the thing that surprised you most in this period?

Pope Francis:
But I don’t know how to answer this, really. Big thing, big things didn’t happen. Beautiful things, yes, for instance, the meeting with Italian Bishops was so good, so good. As Bishop of the capital of Italy, I felt I was at home with them. And that was lovely, but I don’t know if it was the best. Also a painful thing, which affected my heart a lot, the visit to Lampedusa. But that’s something to weep about, that did me good. But when these boats arrive they leave some thousands there before the coast and they must arrive alone with the boat. And this makes me grieve because I think that these persons are victims of a global socio-economic system. But the worst thing – I’m sorry – that happened to me was sciatic –truly! – I had that the first month because to do the interviews I sat in an armchair, and this gave me some grief. It’s a very painful sciatic, very painful! I don’t wish it on anyone! But these things: to talk with people; the meeting with seminarians and women religious was very lovely, was very lovely. Also the meeting with the students of the Jesuit colleges was very lovely, good things.

Question:
What is the thing that surprised you most?

Pope Francis:
The people, the people, the good people I’ve met. I’ve met so many good people in the Vatican. I thought what I should say, but that is true. I do justice, saying this: so many good people. So many good people, so many good people, but good, good, good!
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:50:35 PM
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Elisabetta Pique (Argentinian):
Pope Francis, first of all on behalf of the 50,000 Argentines that I met there and who said to me: you are going to travel with the Pope? Please, tell him he was fantastic, stupendous, ask him when he is going to travel, but you already said you aren’t going to travel … So I’m going to ask you a more difficult question. Did you get scared when you saw the “Vatileaks” report?

Pope Francis:
No, I’m going to tell you a story about the “Vatileaks” report. When I went to see Pope Benedict, after praying in the chapel, we went to his study and I saw a big box and a thick envelope. Benedict.

Benedict said to me: “All the statements, the things that the witnesses said are in this big box, all are there. But the summary and the final judgment are in this envelope. And here one says ta-ta-ta …” He had everything in his head! But what intelligence! Everything memorized everything! But no, (words in Spanish) I didn’t get sacred, no. No, no. But it’s a big problem, alas. But I didn’t get scared.

Sergio Rubin:
Holiness, two little things. This is the first one: You have insisted a lot on halting the loss of faithful. In Brazil, it’s been very strong. Do you hope that this trip will contribute to having many people return to the Church, to feel closer to her? And the second, the more personal: you like Argentina a lot, and you have Buenos Aires very much in your heart. Argentines are wondering if you miss that Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires you went around in a bus, on the streets. Thank you very much.

Pope Francis:
I think a papal trip always does one good. I believe this will do good to Brazil, but not only the presence of the Pope, but what was done in this World Youth Day, they mobilized and they will do so much good, perhaps they will help the Church a lot. But these faithful who have gone away, so many aren’t happy because they feel they belong to the Church. I believe this will be positive, not only because of the trip, but above all because of the Days, the Day was a wonderful event. And of Buenos Aires, yes, at times I miss it. And that I’ve felt. But it is a serene missing, a serene missing, it is a serene missing. But I think that you, Sergio, know better than all the others, you can answer this question, with the book you’ve written!

Alexey Bukalov from Russia:
Good evening Holy Father. Holy Father, returning to ecumenism: today the Orthodox are celebrating 1,025 years of Christianity. There are great celebrations in many capitals. Would you like to comment on this event, I would be happy if you did. Thank you.

Pope Francis:
In the Orthodox Churches they have kept that pristine liturgy, so beautiful. We have lost a bit the sense of adoration. They keep, they praise God, they adore God, they sing, time doesn’t count. God is the centre, and this is a richness that I would like to say on this occasion in which you ask me this question. Once, speaking of the Western Church, of Western Europe, especially the Church that has grown most, they said this phrase to me: “Lux ex oriente, ex occidente luxus.” Consumerism, wellbeing, have done us so much harm. Instead you keep this beauty of God at the centre, the reference. When one reads Dostoyevsky – I believe that for us all he must be an author to read and reread, because he has wisdom – one perceives what the Russian spirit is, the Eastern spirit. It’s something that will do us so much good. We are in need of this renewal, of this fresh air of the East, of this light of the East. John Paul II wrote it in his Letter. But so many times the luxus of the West makes us lose the horizon. I don’t know, it came to me to say this. Thank you.
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:54:50 PM
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Valentina Alazraki:
Holiness, thank you for keeping the promise to answer our questions on the way back …

Pope Francis:
I delayed your supper …

Valentina Alazraki:
It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter … well, the serious question on behalf of all the Mexicans: When are you going to Guadalupe? But that one is of the Mexicans. Mine is: you are going to canonize two great Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. I would like to know, in your opinion, what is the model of holiness that issues from one and the other and the impact they’ve had on the Church and on you.

Pope Francis:
John XXIII is somewhat the figure of the “country priest,” the priest who loves each one of the faithful, who knows how to care for the faithful and he did this as bishop as well as nuncio. But how many testimonies of false Baptism he did in Turkey in favor of the Jews! He was a courageous man, a good country priest, with such a great sense of humor, so great, and great holiness. When he was nuncio, some didn’t like him so much in the Vatican, and when he arrived to bring things or ask for things, in certain offices they made him wait. He never, never lamented it: he prayed the Rosary, read the Breviary. Also he was one who was concerned for the poor. When Cardinal Casaroli returned from a mission – I believe in Hungary or in what was Czechoslovakia at that time, I don’t remember which of the two – he went to him to explain how the mission was, in that period of diplomacy of “small countries.” And they had the audience – 20 days later John XXIII was dead – and while Casaroli was going, he stopped him: “Ah Eminence – no, he wasn’t Eminence – Excellency, a question: do you continue to go to those youths?” Because Casaroli went to the prison of minors of Casal del Marmo and played with them. And Casaroli said: Yes, yes!” “Don’t ever abandon them.” This to a diplomat, who arrived from a tour of diplomacy, a very demanding trip, John XXIII said: “Don’t ever abandon the
boys.” But he was a great man, a great man! Then there is the question of the Council: he was a man who was docile to the voice of God, because what came to him from the Holy Spirit came to him and he was docile. Pius XII thought of doing it, but the circumstances weren’t ripe to do it. I think that he [John XXIII] didn’t think of the circumstances: he felt that and he did it. A man who let himself be guided by the Lord.

Of John Paul II I wish to say he was “the great missionary of the Church”: he was a missionary, a missionary, a man who took the Gospel everywhere, you know it better than me. But how many trips did he make? But he went! He felt the fire of taking forward the Word of the Lord. He is a Paul, he is a Saint Paul, he is such a man; for me this is great. And to do the ceremony of canonization of the two together I believe is a message for the Church: these two are brave, they are brave, they are two brave men. But there is underway the cause of Paul VI and also of Pope Luciani: these two are on the way. But, again something that I believe I said, but I don’t know if here or elsewhere: the date of canonization. We thought December 8 of this year, but there’s a big problem; those who come from Poland, the poor, because those who have means can come by plane, but those who come, the poor, come by bus and in December the roads already have ice and I think the date must be thought out again.

I spoke with Cardinal Dziwisz and he suggested two possibilities: either Christ the King of this year or the Sunday of Mercy of next year. I think Christ the King is too short a time for this year, because the Consistory will be on September 30 and at the end of October there is little time, but I don’t know, I must speak with Cardinal Amato about this. But I don’t think it will be December 8.

Question:
But will they be canonized together?

Pope Francis:
Together all two together, yes.
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Post by: grace-land on August 04, 2013, 08:59:04 PM
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Ilze Scamparini:
I would like to ask permission to ask a somewhat delicate question: another image has also gone around the world, which is that of Monsignor Ricca and news about your privacy. I would like to know, Holiness, what do you intend to do about this question. How to address this question and how Your Holiness intends to address the whole question of the gay lobby?

Pope Francis:
In regard to Monsignor Ricca, I’ve done what Canon Law orders to do, which is the investigatio previa. And from this investigatio there is nothing of which they accuse him, we haven’t found anything of that. This is the answer. But I would like to add something else on this: I see that so many times in the Church, outside of this case and also in this case, they go to look for the “sins of youth,” for instance, and this is published. Not the crimes, alas. Crimes are something else: the abuse of minors is a crime. No, the sins. But if a person, lay or priest or Sister, has committed a sin and then has converted, the Lord forgives, and when the Lord forgives, the Lord forgets and this is important for our life. When we go to confession and truly say: “I have sinned in this,” the Lord forgets and we don’t have the right not to forget, because we run the risk that the Lord won’t forget our sins. That’s a danger. This is important: a theology of sin. I think so many times of Saint Peter: he committed one of the worst sins, which is to deny Christ, and with this sin he was made Pope. We must give it much thought. But, returning to your more concrete question: in this case, I’ve done the investigatio previa and we found nothing. This is the first question. Then you spoke of the gay lobby. Goodness knows! So much is written of the gay lobby. I still have not met one who will give me the identity card with “gay” . They say that they exist. I think that when one meets a person like this, one must distinguish the fact of being a gay person from the fact of doing a lobby, because not all lobbies are good. That’s bad. If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in such a beautiful way, it says, Wait a bit, as is said and says: “these persons must not be marginalized because of this; they must be integrated in society.” The problem isn’t having this tendency, no. We must be brothers, because this is one, but there are others, others. The problem is the lobbying of this tendency: lobby of the avaricious, lobby of politicians, lobby of Masons, so many lobbies. This, for me, is the more serious problem. And I thank you.

Father Lombardi:
Thank you. It seems to me we can’t do much more. We have even abused the Pope who told us he was a bit tired and we now hope he will rest a bit.

Pope Francis:
Thank you and good night, good trip and good rest.


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http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/pope-lavishes-praise-on-brazilians-for-warm-welcome-during-world-youth-day-1.1397480

Pope lavishes praise on Brazilians for warm welcome during World Youth Day
Published Sunday, August 4, 2013 8:16AM EDT 

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis lavished praise on Brazilians for their warm welcome during his weeklong visit for World Youth Day.

Francis expressed his gratitude during the traditional Angelus Sunday blessing. He commented that there were many young people in St. Peter's Square, saying: "It looks like Rio di Janeiro."

The pope called Brazilians "good people," "people with a huge heart" and "a generous people," and added: "I won't forget the warm welcome."

Francisco told the faithful that youth like those who gathered with him in Brazil "are especially sensitive to the void of meaning and values that often surround them. And unfortunately they pay the price."
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A theology of women? What did Pope Francis mean?
By Pat Gohn, Published: August 5 at 7:08 am

During his now-famous impromptu interview while returning to Rome from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis declared the ordination of women a question settled definitively by Blessed Pope John Paul II, but suggested that women’s gifts might be used in other ways. His suggestion that a deeper “theology of women” might have to be developed in order to discern such service should not be misconstrued to mean the church has no theology of the feminine.  The pope’s use of the prepositional phrase – “in the church” – limited the scope of his comments.

Pope Francis did not say that the church does not have a theology of women, only that we did not have a deep theology of women in the church. His explanation focused on a central theological and Mariological tenet — the honorable status of Mary in the life of the Church — and from there he generalized about women in liturgical or leadership roles within the church.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 06, 2013, 01:38:02 AM
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1303358.htm

Aug-5-2013
Speaking of divorce, pope refers to practice of Orthodox churches

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox churches handle the breakup of marriages differently.

"The Orthodox have a different practice," he told reporters July 28 during his flight back to Rome from Rio de Janeiro. The Orthodox "follow the theology of 'oikonomia' (economy or stewardship), as they call it, and give a second possibility; they permit" a second marriage.

While the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain both use the English term "ecclesiastical divorce" when referring to the use of "oikonomia" to permit a second marriage, Orthodox scholars and the websites of both archdiocese make clear that the Orthodox practice differs from both a Catholic annulment and a civil divorce.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 06, 2013, 08:00:12 PM
http://northdallasgazette.com/2013/08/06/pope-francis-encourages-the-defense-of-marriage-beauty-and-truth-of-human-sexuality/

Pope Francis encourages the defense of marriage, beauty and truth of human sexuality
August 6, 2013

(PRNewsWire) Pope Francis praised the charitable works of the Knights of Columbus and encouraged the organization to defend the sanctity of marriage, the dignity of life, the beauty and truth of human sexuality, and the rights of believers.

The pope’s sentiments are contained in a letter of greeting to the Knights’ 131st annual convention, now taking place in San Antonio.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 06, 2013, 08:03:07 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/06/holy_sees_lawyer:_dismissed_lawsuit_in_us_never_should_have_been/en1-717598

2013-08-06 17:57:29
Holy See's lawyer: Dismissed lawsuit in US "never should have been filed"

(Vatican Radio) The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed the Plaintiff’s appeal in the Oregon federal case of John V. Doe v Holy See on Monday, bringing to an end the litigation which began in 2002. The case involved an alleged case of the sexual abuse of a minor by a priest in Oregon in 1965.

Jeffrey S. Lena, Counsel for the Holy See, published the entire documentation held by the Vatican concerning the case in 2011. This showed that the Holy See was only informed of the misconduct a year after the abuse was reported, and the priest was then laicized within weeks.

In response to the latest development, Lena pointed out “the dismissal – which was not the result of any settlement or other payment by the Holy See – was entered at the voluntary request of the Plaintiff’s own lawyers, who were faced with an impending deadline to reply to the Holy See’s appellate briefing in the case,” and said the lawsuit “never should have been filed in the first place.”

Please find the full statement by Jeffrey S. Lena below
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 06, 2013, 08:09:15 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/06/pope_francis:_gospel_a_message_of_hope,_mercy/en1-717479

2013-08-06 14:26:42
Pope Francis: Gospel a message of hope, mercy

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See on Tuesday published the 2013 Message for World Mission Day from Pope Francis. In his Message, the Holy Father says “The work of evangelization often finds obstacles, not only externally, but also from within the ecclesial community. Sometimes there is lack of fervour, joy, courage and hope in proclaiming the Message of Christ to all and in helping the people of our time to an encounter with him.”

Pope Francis says “[in] this complex situation, where the horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds, it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation, the Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation, communion, a proclamation of God's closeness, his mercy, his salvation, and a proclamation that the power of God’s love is able to overcome the darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness.”

Below please find the full text of the 2013 Message for World Mission Day
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on August 07, 2013, 09:11:59 AM
Once again, the Pope is right on -- getting folks motivated to help others is difficult.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 07, 2013, 10:50:20 PM
Once again, the Pope is right on -- getting folks motivated to help others is difficult.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 07, 2013, 11:12:01 PM
Video at the link.  Oh, dear, that excited nun almost brought down Francis!  ::MonkeyShocked::  ::MonkeyAngel::

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-prays-before-tomb-of-paul-vi-meets-with-group-on-vocational-pilgrimage-english-10769.html#.UgL-0r4o7IU

Pope prays before tomb of Paul VI. Meets with group on vocational pilgrimage
2013-08-07 18:14:41

August 7, 2013. (Romereports.com) After praying before the tomb of Paul VI, Pope Francis greeted a group of pilgrims, from the Italian province of Brescia, which is the same province where Paul VI was born. This month marks 35 years since his death.   

He met the group just outside his home at the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta. They were all very excited to see him.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: Sister on August 08, 2013, 11:49:18 AM
Video at the link.  Oh, dear, that excited nun almost brought down Francis!  ::MonkeyShocked::  ::MonkeyAngel::

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-prays-before-tomb-of-paul-vi-meets-with-group-on-vocational-pilgrimage-english-10769.html#.UgL-0r4o7IU

Pope prays before tomb of Paul VI. Meets with group on vocational pilgrimage
2013-08-07 18:14:41

August 7, 2013. (Romereports.com) After praying before the tomb of Paul VI, Pope Francis greeted a group of pilgrims, from the Italian province of Brescia, which is the same province where Paul VI was born. This month marks 35 years since his death.   

He met the group just outside his home at the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta. They were all very excited to see him.
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grace-land, that was too cute!  Thank goodness he has such a kind nature!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 08, 2013, 09:51:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/08/press_release_on_new_motu_proprio/en1-718068

2013-08-08 13:56:43
Press release on new Motu proprio

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office has released a communiqué on the new Motu proprio of Pope Francis concerning “the prevention and countering of money laundering, the financing of terrorism, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

Commenting on the new decree, the head of the Vatican press office, Fr Federico Lombardi noted it's mainly concerned with closer coordination of the financial activities of the Holy See and the many institutes dependent upon it.

Fr Lombardi said the principle novelty of this decree is to reinforce and extend the competency of the Financial Information Authority, charging it with what’s called ‘prudential supervision’ over all entities habitually engaged in financial activities. He added this move is in response to the recent recommendations of Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering agency

Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report: RealAudioMP3

Below, please find the full text of the Holy See Press Office communiqué:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 10, 2013, 12:38:43 AM
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2013/08/the-last-words-the-cardinals-heard-before-electing-the-pope/

The last words the cardinals heard before electing the pope
August 8, 2013 By Deacon Greg Kandra

An interesting piece of papal history, via CNS:

The last formal exhortation to the 115 cardinals who elected Pope Francis in March included reminders of the importance of presenting the Catholic faith in its entirety, the need to recognize the errors of church members and the need for unity within the Catholic community.

Maltese Cardinal Prosper Grech, 87, was too old to vote in the conclave, but the 115 cardinals under age 80 asked him to enter the Sistine Chapel with them March 12 and offer a meditation before they began voting.

The text of the cardinal’s remarks was not released at the time. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published the meditation in its Aug. 8 edition.

Cardinal Grech, an Augustinian priest and expert on the fathers of the early church, had told the cardinal electors that he was not there to outline the characteristics needed in a new pope, but to use Scripture to reflect on “what Christ wants from his church.”

First, he said, the church is called to proclaim the kingdom of God and the good news of salvation through Christ.

“The church does this presenting the Gospel without shortcuts, without diluting the word,” he said.

The cardinal warned that too many Catholics erroneously think that baptism and participation in the sacraments are not necessary because the Second Vatican Council recognized the possibility of “salvation even for those outside the church.”

Too many Catholics, he said, do not know the teachings of the church; “not only does an ignorance and lack of care about Catholic doctrine reign,” but also an ignorance of the basics of Christianity itself.

One of the biggest threats Cardinal Grech saw was a threat to the unity of the Catholic community. “Between ultra-traditionalist extremists and ultra-progressive extremists, between priests rebelling against obedience and those who don’t recognize the signs of the times, there always will be the risk of small schisms that not only damage the church, but go against the will of God.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 11, 2013, 08:02:58 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/11/pope_francis_greets_muslims_and_urges_both_christians_and_muslims_to/en1-718872

2013-08-11 14:22:58
Pope Francis greets Muslims and urges both Christians and Muslims to promote mutual respect.

Pope Francis on Sunday urged Christians and Muslims to promote mutual respect , especially through the education of new generations. His remarks came at the end of his Angelus address when he sent greetings to Muslims throughout the world who have just celebrated the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Listen to Susy Hodges’ report: RealAudioMP3

Text of report below:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 12, 2013, 11:33:04 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/12/pope_sends_message_for_national_week_of_the_family_in_brazil/en1-719197

2013-08-12 18:53:18
Pope sends message for National Week of the Family in Brazil

(Vatican Radio) Parents are called to teach children to defend life, recognizing that life is a gift from God. This according to Pope Francis in his message sent on the occasion of the National Week of the Family in Brazil. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Transmission and education of the Christian Faith within the family.” The Week of the Family opened on Sunday, and is being promoted by the Brazilian bishop’s conference.

In his message, Pope Francis encouraged parents in their “noble and demanding mission” of being the “first collaborators” with God, offering their children important guidance, and ensuring for them a good future. For this reason, the Holy Father said, quoting his encyclical Lumen Fidei, it is important that parents, within their own families, “encourage shared expressions of faith which can help children gradually to mature in their own faith.” (Lumen Fidei, 53) Parents, moreover, are called to transmit to their children, in both word and dead, the “fundamental truth about life and human love which receives new light from the Revelation of God.”

In a culture which devalues human life, Pope Francis said that parents are called to teach their children to defend life, beginning with life in the womb, recognizing that life is a gift from God and an assurance for the future of humanity.  ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 13, 2013, 09:48:05 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/13/pope_meets_italian,_argentine_football_players/en1-719372

2013-08-13 14:01:10
Pope meets Italian, Argentine football players

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with members of the Italian and Argentinian national football squads on Tuesday morning. They are in Rome for a Wednesday night friendly that has been organised in honour of Pope Francis’ pontificate.

Speaking in both Italian and Spanish, the Holy Father expressed his hope that the match would truly be a friendly one. He reminded the players that they are role models for many football fans, encouraged them to take that responsibility seriously. He asked them to foster the “beauty, generosity, and camaraderie” that sport can produce – and called for even professional athletes to recover the idea of being an amateur, of recovering the initial vocation of the athlete. Doing so builds up the common good through those values.

Pope Francis also warned about letting sport become simply a big business. He called on managers to “Do your work in such a way that the sporting character will not be lost.”

Turning to Spanish, the Pope spoke about his memories of going to football matches with his family as a young boy in Buenos Aires – and spoke fondly about his memories of the Gasómetro Stadium in Buenos Aires, and the winning season of 1946. He called on players to “live your sport as a gift from God, an opportunity not only to improve your talents, but also a responsibility. And he returned to the idea that athletes are examples and role models, encouraging them to set an example of loyalty, respect, and selflessness. “I have confidence,” he said, “in all the good you can do, especially among young people.”

Pope Francis ended his remarks by praying that the athletes will continue to be able to pursue the “noble vocation” of sport – and he asked them to pray for him, too, “that in the playing field that the Lord has placed me, I can play the game honestly and courageously, for the good of all.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 15, 2013, 11:07:48 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/castel-gandolfo-welcomes-pope-francis-for-assumption-mass

Castel Gandolfo Welcomes Pope Francis for Assumption Mass
Thursday, August 15, 2013 1:14 PM

An estimated 10,500 jubilant pilgrims crammed into Castel Gandolfo's small piazza Thursday where Pope Francis celebrated his first Mass on the Feast of the Assumption as Roman Pontiff.

In his homily (full text below), the Holy Father spoke of how the Virgin Mary prompts us to reflect on the struggle against evil, the resurrection, and the importance of hope.

In his Angelus address, the Pope included an appeal for "peace, dialogue and reconciliation" in Egypt where violence and unrest has caused over 600 deaths.

Pope Francis has broken with tradition this year and is taking a "working vacation" at the Vatican instead of residing at the papal summer residence in the town. Consistent with his wish to show austerity, he also travelled the 20 or so miles to Castel Gandolfo by car rather than helicopter.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters!
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 16, 2013, 08:54:53 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/minor-appointments-by-pope-francis-signs-of-curial-reform/

Minor appointments by Pope Francis signs of Curial reform

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A series of seemingly minor appointments may be the forerunners of a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia, centered on the Pope who prefers to maintain a small circle of persons around him.
 
“There is a transition in place, and Pope Francis has his own project, which he shares just with a few people around him,” a source who is familiar with the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA Aug.13.
 
 The transition can be seen, according the source, by several “side appointments” made by Pope Francis,  such as those of Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, and Msgr. Francesco Camaldo.

These appointments presage the Bishop of Rome's major appointments, and the source maintained that “the revolution will probably start with the appointment of the Secretary of State, awaited for September.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 17, 2013, 01:42:50 AM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-to-consecrate-world-to-marys-immaculate-heart/

Pope to consecrate world to Mary's Immaculate Heart

Vatican City, Aug 14, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout the world and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original Statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” wrote Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Archbishop Fisichella, who serves as president of the pontifical council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, made his remarks in a letter to Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima.

According to the Portuguese shrine's website, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will leave for Rome on the morning of Oct. 12 and return on the afternoon of Oct. 13. The statue normally resides in the shrine’s Little Chapel of Apparitions.

The archbishop said that “all ecclesial entities of Marian spirituality” are invited to take part in the celebration. Hundreds of movements and institutions that emphasize Marian devotion are expected to attend, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima says.

The two-day observance includes an Oct. 12 pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter and moments of prayer and meditation. On Oct. 13, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 17, 2013, 11:13:24 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/17/pope_calls_for_peace_in_egypt/en1-720570

2013-08-17 19:19:31
Pope calls for peace in Egypt

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has renewed his call for peace and reconciliation in Egypt. In a statement, the vice-director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Ciro Benedettini, CP, said the Holy Father “continues to follow with growing concern the serious news coming from Egypt and continues to pray for end to violence, and that the parties choose the path of dialogue and reconciliation.”

Earlier in the week, during the Angelus prayer on the Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 15), Pope Francis had launched an urgent appeal for peace in Egypt, assuring “the victims, their families, the wounded and those who suffer” of his prayers.

Meanwhile, the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, headed by Pope Tawadros II, has issued a press release concerning the recent events in their country.

Below, please find the full text of the press release, translated by the Office Of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II:

The Coptic orthodox church of Egypt is following closely the unfortunate incidences occurring in our nation Egypt and confirms its strong stance with the Egyptian law enforcement, the armed forces, and all of the institutions of the Egyptian people in its confrontation of the violent armed organizations, dark terrorists, both internal and external, the attacks on the government offices as well as our peaceful churches which are terrorizing our citizens both Coptic and Muslim.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 17, 2013, 11:21:35 PM
Video, with translation, at the link. 

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-francis-urges-catholics-to-pray-the-rosary-in-the-fight-against-evil-english-10815.html#.UhAqL74o7IU

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray the Rosary in the fight against evil
2013-08-16 16:59:44

August 16, 2013. (Romereports.com) Nearly 12,000 pilgrims packed the small square outside the Papal Residence at Castel Gandolfo, for Pope Francis' Mass for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   

Pope Francis emerged behind the iconic doors that closed off the papacy of his predecessor Benedict XVI, to a makeshift altar, wearing a simple tunic and stoll. His homily focused on the contributions of Our Lady to the Church. 
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 19, 2013, 12:38:01 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/18/pope_angelus:_faith_and_violence_are_incompatible/en1-720613

2013-08-18 13:09:00
Pope Angelus: Faith and violence are incompatible

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday reiterated his call for peace in the ongoing crisis in Egypt saying” “we continue to pray for peace in Egypt together, Mary Queen of Peace pray for us” The Holy Father also remembered those who were killed in a ferry disaster in the Philippines this week and prayed for the families in their grief.
The Pope was speaking following the recitation of the Angelus prayer from the Papal Apartments above St Peter’s Square.

During his Angelus address Pope Francis took his cue from Sunday’s Gospel liturgy.

He explained that the phrase contained in the Letter to the Hebrews: "Let us run with perseverance the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus”, is an expression that we must emphasize especially in this Year of Faith.

The Pope said that Jesus is the key to a loving relationship with God.
He is the only mediator of this relationship between us and our Father in heaven.

The Holy Father then turned his attention to another phrase in Sunday’s liturgy, which he said needed to be explained so as not to lead to confusion or misunderstanding.

Pope Francis was referring to the words that Jesus spoke to his disciples "Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division "(Luke 12:51).

“But what does this mean?” the Pope asked.

He explained that “it means that faith is not something decorative, or ornamental, it is not there to decorate your life with a little 'of religion.” No, faith, said Pope Francis, involves choosing God as the centre of one’s life, adding that God is not empty, he is not neutral, God is love.
Jesus, continued Pope Francis does not want to divide people from each other, on the contrary, Jesus is our peace.
But he lays down the criterion: live for oneself, or live for God.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 20, 2013, 11:03:29 PM
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/canonization-dates-of-former-popes-to-be-announced-in-september/

Canonization date of late Popes to be announced in September

Vatican City, Aug 20, 2013 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis plans to hold a consistory Sept. 30 to formally approve the sainthood of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII, during which the official date of the canonizations will be announced.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, made the announcement during an Aug. 20 interview with Vatican Radio, saying that only Pope Francis knows for sure the date that the canonizations will occur.

“John XXIII was the great prophet and creator of the Council,” the announcement stated, and “John Paul II is the one who put it into practice and developed it, in all its aspects and in all its potential.”

The former Popes were lauded as being “two pillars not only of Christian culture, but also of Christian holiness.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 21, 2013, 10:52:13 PM
http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/civil-religion/jim-rygelski/what-d-you-say-they-said-the-pope-said/article_2fcae446-0a78-11e3-82f6-0019bb30f31a.html

What'd you say they said the pope said?
10 hours ago  •  James Rygelski

I’ve never subscribed to conspiracy theories. Oswald acted alone, NASA didn’t fake the moon landings, Shakespeare wrote the plays bearing his name, and, best of all, Jesus really rose from the dead.

But when it comes to media reporting matters of faith, I’m no longer sure there isn’t a conspiracy to try to “do in” Christianity, particularly Catholicism.

That doesn’t mean the media – print, radio, TV, and Hollywood – regularly meet to coordinate a besmirching of the faith of more than 1 billion people. But they seem to be in lock step, even hell bent, in attempts to remake in their image Pope Francis’ remarks on Catholic teaching, thus dividing Catholics and undermining the Church.
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The media love Pope Francis – right now – because they view him as a renegade. Someday soon, though, he’ll paraphrase a famous Yogi Berraism by telling them, “I didn’t say what you said I did.”

He’ll disappoint them when he reaffirms again and again traditional Church teaching while affirming the example of Christ, who lived as a common person but vigorously gave testament to the glory of God. Let's listen to what he really says, and follow both his words and actions.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 21, 2013, 11:22:29 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/21/pope_to_attend_marian_day_in_the_vatican/en1-721412

2013-08-21 11:55:40
Pope to attend Marian Day in the Vatican

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(Vatican Radio) "Blessed are you for believing!" That is the theme of the Marian Day which will be held in the Vatican on 12 and 13 October next, in the presence of the Holy Father Pope Francis and all the associations of Marian spirituality. Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the event is part of the celebrations of the Year of Faith - organized by the then Pope Benedict XVI to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council - and coincides with the anniversary of the last apparition of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima: it was, in fact, on October 13, 1917 when at Cova da Iria, Portugal, Our Lady appeared for the sixth and final time to the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Soon after, there was the so-called "miracle of the sun" the solar disc changed colour, size and position for about ten minutes. In memory of this date, therefore, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be brought to St. Peter's Square and exposed to the veneration of the faithful.  ::snipping3::
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 22, 2013, 08:04:29 PM
http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/vaticans-year-faith-celebrations-resume-september

Vatican's Year of Faith celebrations to resume in September
Aug. 22, 2013

Vatican City--   
Vatican activities for the Year of Faith begin again in late September with an international meeting of catechists, followed in October by a Marian pilgrimage in the presence of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a celebration of faith and family life.
 
The International Conference on Catechesis will bring together leaders of national and diocesan offices Sept. 26-28 for religious education to discuss theory and practice before they begin a two-day Year of Faith pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter and celebrate Mass Sept. 29 with Pope Francis.

October, traditionally the month of the rosary, will bring thousands of members of groups promoting Marian piety to the Vatican.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal announced in early August that Pope Francis requested that the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima be brought to the Vatican for the celebration. It will be only the 11th time since the statue was made in 1920 that it has been removed from the Portuguese Marian shrine.

The seventh time it left Portugal was in 1984 when it was taken to the Vatican. After consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a liturgy in St. Peter's Square, Blessed John Paul II gave one of the bullets he had been shot with a year earlier to the bishop of Leiria-Fatima, who had the bullet placed into the statue's gold crown.
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The Year of Faith, convoked by retired Pope Benedict XVI to mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, will conclude Nov. 24.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 24, 2013, 10:56:30 PM
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/lcwr-2013-assembly-little-evidence-yet-of-any-reforms/

LCWR 2013 Assembly: Little Evidence Yet of Any Reforms
NEWS ANALYSIS: More than a year after the Vatican-mandated changes, the U.S. women religious leaders’ group appears uninterested in complying.
08/20/2013

When the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) met in its annual assembly Aug. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla., the main topic of business was how the sisters would respond to a 2012 mandate of reform from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). The LCWR is a canonically erected superiors’ organization of nearly 1,400 sisters who are leaders of about 80% of the women religious in this country.

Interest in their 2013 assembly was heightened by the presence of the Vatican’s apostolic delegate charged with conducting the reform, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle. He had offered to attend the LCWR 2012 assembly to discuss the mandate that had come out April 18 of that year, but had been told then by LCWR leaders that his presence “would not be helpful.”

This year, Archbishop Sartain addressed the entire membership in a closed session and fielded questions about the mandate from LCWR members. He also met with the LCWR’s 21-member national board during the first of three days of board meetings after the assembly closed.

However, the only decision announced by LCWR in an Aug. 19 press release was simply to continue talking with Archbishop Sartain and Bishops Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., and Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio, who the Vatican appointed to assist him.

Now the question is: How long is the CDF willing to have the apostolic delegates continue those conversations when the LCWR has not yet agreed to any of the reforms mandated in the doctrinal assessment.
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Lint to the Mandate of Reform:  http://www.usccb.org/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=55544


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 24, 2013, 11:34:14 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/23/upcoming_workshop_to_examine_human_trafficking_and_modern_slavery/en1-721938

2013-08-23 08:24:08
Upcoming workshop to examine human trafficking and modern slavery

(Vatican Radio) Human trafficking and modern slavery is the theme of a workshop set to take place on 2-3 November in the Casina Pio IV.

The Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, released the following message ahead of the workshop:

Following a wish expressed by Pope Francis, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, together with FIAMC (World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations) are organizing a preparatory workshop on 2-3 November 2013 in the Casina Pio IV to examine human trafficking and modern slavery, in order to establish the real status quo and an agenda to combat this heinous crime. For example, natural sciences today can provide new tools that can be used against this new form of slavery, such as a digital registry to compare the DNA of unidentified missing children (including cases of illegal adoption) with that of their family members who have reported their disappearance.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 25, 2013, 01:44:22 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/25/pope_francis:_you_are_not_excluded!/en1-722638

2013-08-25 13:41:52
Pope Francis: You are not excluded!

(Vatican Radio) In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the words of Jesus from the day’s Gospel: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.”

The Holy Father noted that Jesus was responding to the question of how many people will be saved. But, the Pope said, “it is not important to know how many are saved. Rather, it is important to know what is the path of salvation.” Jesus Himself is the gate, a gate “that allows us to enter into God's family, into the warmth of the house of God, of communion with Him. This gate is Jesus Himself.”

Pope Francis emphasised that “the gate that is Jesus is never closed . . . it is always open and open to everyone, without distinction, without exclusions, without privileges.” Jesus, he continued, does not exclude anyone. Some people might feel excluded because they are sinners – but Pope Francis definitively rejected this idea. “No,” he said, “you are not excluded! Precisely for that reason you are preferred, because Jesus prefers the sinner, always, in order to pardon him, to love him. Jesus is waiting for you, to embrace you, to pardon you.”

We are called to enter the gate that is Jesus. “Don’t be afraid to pass through the gate of faith in Jesus,” Pope Francis said. Don’t be afraid “to let Him enter more and more into our lives, to go out of our selfishness, our being closed in, our indifference toward others.”

Jesus speaks about a narrow gate not because it is a “torture chamber," but “because it asks us to open our hearts to Him, to recognize ourselves as sinners, in need of His salvation, His forgiveness, His love, needing the humility to accept His mercy and to be renewed by Him.”

Finally, the Holy Father emphasised that Christianity is not a “label” – it is a way of life. Christians must not be Christians in name only: “Not Christians, never Christians because of a label!” he said. He called us to be true Christians, Christians at heart. “To be Christian,” said Pope Francis, "is to live and witness to the faith in prayer, in works of charity, in promoting justice, in doing good. For the narrow gate which is Christ must pass into our whole life.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 25, 2013, 01:47:29 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/25/pope_francis_renews_call_for_peace_in_syria/en1-722627

2013-08-25 12:38:24
Pope Francis renews call for peace in Syria

(Vatican Radio) After the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Syria. “It is not confrontation that offers hope to resolve problems, but rather the ability to meet and dialogue.” The Holy Father called on the International Community to do everything in its power to help the “beloved Syrian nation” find a solution to the ongoing conflict. At the end of his remarks, Pope Francis lead all those listening in a prayer to Mary, Queen of Peace.

Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of Pope Francis appeal for Syria:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 25, 2013, 08:55:15 PM
http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/general/remembering-a-prophet-of-the-new-evangelization-john-paul-i-thirty-five-years-after-his-election-to-the-see-of-peter#more-50710

Remembering a Prophet of the New Evangelization: John Paul I Thirty-five years after his election to the See of Peter
August 25, 2013 by Fr. Thomas Rosica

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Thirty-five years ago August 25-26, Cardinal Albino Luciani, Patriarch of Venice was elected Pope after the death of the Servant of God Pope Paul VI. The conclave of 101 cardinals lasted 2 days and he was elected on the fourth ballot. Luciani took the name of John Paul I – the first pope to have two names. He wanted to continue the work of Pope Paul VI and Pope John XXIII.

Luciani was born in Canale d’Agordo near Belluno, Italy, on October 17, 1912. He entered the seminary at 11 years old, was ordained a priest at 23 years old, and was the Patriarch of Venice from 1969 until he became pope on September 3, 1978. Luciani held a theology degree from Gregorian University in Rome.

Because of his rural background and his ability to explain the catechism with such clarity and simplicity, Pope John Paul I was called “The Peasant Pope.” But he was known most for being “The Smiling Pope.”
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Many have remarked on the great similarities that exist between John Paul I and the current Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis. They really are kindred spirits and great shepherds of the flock.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 28, 2013, 10:23:32 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/27/saint_monica_:_pope_francis_set_to_visit_her_tomb..._/en1-723175

2013-08-27 14:01:28
Saint Monica : Pope Francis set to visit her tomb...

(Vatican Radio) Hidden away in the heart of Rome, up an elegant flight of travertine steps lies the imposing Renaissance Church of Saint Augustine.

When on the 28th of August Pope Francis steps into this great Church, which houses a myriad of artistic masterpieces from Raphael to Caravaggio, on a private visit to preside over Holy Mass, he does so on the day the Church remembers Saint Augustine.

But he’ll know too that this Church is linked to mothers in a special way.

First of all to the mother of Saint Augustine, Saint Monica whose feast day is on the eve of the 28th. It is here that her mortal remains were brought in the 13th century, at the request of the Pope of the time, to be entombed in the Chapel of a Church dedicated to her son.

A great mother, born in 332 AD at Tagaste an old Roman City on the road to Carthage, to whom her son Augustine refers throughout his ‘Confessions’, attributing to her his rescue from a wasteful and heretical life. Highlighting the love he had for this mother, today often referred to as the patron saint of ‘mothers of awkward sons’..
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 28, 2013, 10:33:11 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/28/pope_francis_celebrates_saint_augustine/en1-723429

2013-08-28 13:25:19
Pope Francis celebrates Saint Augustine

(Vatican Radio) Together with Augustinians from throughout the world, Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of Saint Augustine which falls on August 28th.

The Pope will lead the celebration Mass at the Church of Saint Augustine in Rome. The occasion also marks the opening of the Order’s 184th General Chapter.

As the Prior of the Augustinians, Father Robert Prevost explains, ninety friars from various countries, who constitute the membership of the Chapter, will gather in the succeeding days and weeks to discuss the state of the Order, decide questions of special importance, formulate a programme for the next six years, and elect a new Prior General and the members of his Council.

But first he tells us why Augustinian spirituality is relevant to today’s society…
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 28, 2013, 10:36:47 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/28/pope_francis_tells_young_people_to_make_noise/en1-723612

2013-08-28 17:07:41
Pope Francis tells young people to "make noise"

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday afternoon met with a group of about 500 young people from the Diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio in St. Peter’s Basilica. The youth are on a pilgrimage which is part of their diocesan celebration of the Year of Faith.

The Pope began his greetings by explaining why he agreed to the meeting.

“I did it for selfish reasons, do you know why? Why I like being with you? … Why I like being with young people?” the Pope asked. “ Because you have in your heart a promise of hope. You are bearers of hope. You, in fact, live in the present, but are looking at the future. You are the protagonists of the future, artisans of the future.”

Explaining what he meant, Pope Francis said young people have “three desires”: Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.

“And these three desires that you have in your heart, you have to carry them forward, to the future,” he said. “Make the future with beauty, with goodness and truth. Do you understand? This is the challenge: your challenge…you can do it: you have the power to do so. If you do not, it is because of laziness. … I wanted to tell you: Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 29, 2013, 12:09:47 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/29/pope_francis:_restlessness_of_love_brings_pastoral_fruitfulness/en1-723748

2013-08-29 11:51:31
Pope Francis: "restlessness of love" brings pastoral fruitfulness

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis last night said Mass at the Roman Basilica of Saint Augustine, where he met with members of the Augustinian order who are celebrating their general chapter. The celebration was attended by Augustinians from 5 continents, religious women and men who follow the rule of the bishop of Hippo, along with a number of lay people. Before entering the Basilica, the Holy Father stopped to greet the people who were waiting to see him along the street.

In his homily at the Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the “restlessness” that Saint Augustine lived.

“What fundamental restlessness did Augustine live in his life? Or perhaps I should say, what kind of restlessness invites us to arouse and keep alive in our lives this great man and saint?” The restless heart of Augustine has something to teach us, the Pope said, inviting us to reflect on “the restlessness of the spiritual quest, the restlessness of the encounter with God, the restlessness of love.”

The Pope said, “I would say to those who feel indifferent to God, towards the faith, to those who are far from God, or are abandoned, and even to us, with our ‘distances’ and our ‘abandonment’ towards God, little, perhaps, but there are so many in daily life: look into the depths of your hard, look deep within yourself, and ask yourself: Do you have a heart that desires something great, or a heart that is put to sleep by material things?”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 29, 2013, 12:15:48 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/29/pope:_prays_for_korean_month_of_martyrs/en1-723862

2013-08-29 15:22:32
Pope: prays for Korean "Month of Martyrs"

(Vatican Radio) On Thursday 29th of August, Pope Francis sent a message praying for the "Month of Martyrs" proclaimed by the Archdiocese of Seul, South Korea.

Please find below the full text of the Pope's message, signed by Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State.

The Most Reverend Andrew Yeom Soo-jung
Archbishop of Seoul

The Holy Father was pleased to learn that the Archdiocese of Seoul has proclaimed the month of September 2013 the “Month of Martyrs” in commemoration of those who laid down their lives for the Gospel in Korea. His Holiness trusts that all who participate in pilgrimages during this month, aided by the prayers and example of the martyrs, will deepen their communion with the Lord Jesus Christ who laid down his life that we might share in the inestimable gift of eternal life.  ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 29, 2013, 12:20:27 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/29/pope_francis_meets_with_king_abdullah_ii_of_jordan/en1-723911

2013-08-29 16:44:53
Pope Francis meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan

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(Vatican Radio) Peace and stability in the Middle East was the focus of Pope Francis’ meeting with the king of Jordan, Abdullah II.

The Holy Father on Thursday morning received in audience the Jordanian king and his wife, Queen Rania in the Vatican, along with a small delegation from Jordan. After exchanging cordial greetings with the king and queen, the Holy Father met with them privately for about 20 minutes before greeting the rest of the delegation.

Following the meeting with the pope, King Abdullah and several members of his delegation sat down with Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

Several themes were touched upon throughout the morning, including the negotiations which have resumed between Israelis and Palestinians, and on the question of Jerusalem.

Particular attention was given to the crisis in Syria. It was said that the path of dialogue and negotiation between all components of Syrian society, with the support of the international community, is the only option for putting an end to the conflict and the violence which every day claims many lives, including the helpless civilian population.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 31, 2013, 01:47:47 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/31/statement_from_vatican_press_office_on_ab_parolins_appointment/en1-724389

2013-08-31 12:08:26
Statement from Vatican Press Office on Ab Parolin's appointment

Official Statement from the Press Office of the Holy See on the Appointment of Abp. Pietro Parolin

The Holy Father has accepted, in keeping with Can. 354 of the Code of Canon Law, the resignation of His Eminence, Card. Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, asking him, however, to remain in office until 15 October, 2013, with all the faculties proper to the office.

At the same time, the Holy Father has nominated Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, as the new Secretary of State. He shall take possession of his office on 15 October, 2013.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 31, 2013, 01:51:08 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/31/pope_appoints_ab_parolin_new_secretary_of_state/en1-724385

2013-08-31 12:04:04
Pope appoints Ab Parolin new Secretary of State

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis named Archbishop Pietro Parolin to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Holy See’s Secretary of State. Until now, Archbishop Parolin had been Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela. From 2002 until 2009, he served in the Secretariat of State as

Undersecretary for Relations with States. Archbishop Pietro Parolin is fifty-eight years old and has been a priest since 1980. He was ordained bishop in 2009.Listen to our report: RealAudioMP3

Statement by Archbishop Pietro Parolin on the occasion of his appointment as Secretary of State.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on August 31, 2013, 02:00:54 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18893

Pope Francis appoints new Secretary of State
August 31, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, as his new Secretary of State.

While accepting the resignation of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who is 78, the Pope asked Cardinal Bertone to remain in his position until October 15 “with all the faculties proper to the office,” according to the Holy See Press Office. During that time Archbishop Parolin will be able to move from Caracas to Rome.

On October 15, the press office added, “His Holiness shall receive in audience superiors and officials of the Secretariat of State, in order publicly to thank Cardinal Bertone for his faithful and generous service to the Holy See, and to introduce them to the new Secretary of State.”

Acting effectively as “prime minister” for the Roman Pontiff, the Secretary of State is the second-ranking official at the Vatican, with broad authority over the internal actions and diplomatic policies of the Holy See. Exercising profound influence over the life of the Church, the Secretaries of State of the last four decades have included Cardinal Jean-Marie Villot (1969-79), Cardinal Agostino Casaroli (1979-90), Cardinal Angelo Sodano (1991-2006), and Cardinal Bertone (2006-13). Cardinal Sodano, who is now 85, remains the Dean of the College of Cardinals.
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The Holy See Press Office also announced that Pope Francis has decided that Cardinal Bertone’s four chief aides will all remain in their offices. Since 2011, Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu has served as Substitute for General Affairs – in essence, the chief of staff responsible for the internal work of the Roman Curia. Archbishop Dominique Mamberti has served as the Secretary for Relations with States, or Vatican foreign minister, since 2006.

Archbishop Becciu’s chief assistant, Msgr. Peter Wells, will remain as Assessor for General Affairs, and Archbishop Mamberti’s chief assistant, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, will remain Undersecretary for Relations with States.

In addition, the press office announced that the Pope has confirmed Archbishop Georg Gänswein in his position as Prefect of the Pontifical Household, a position he has held since December 2012. Archbishop Gänswein served as personal secretary to Pope Benedict XVI, and continues to work with the retired Pontiff.

As the top-ranking official on the Pope's staff, Archbishop Parolin will undoubtedly be raised to the rank of cardinal at the next consistory. However, his authority as Secretary of State may not match that of his predecessors, if Pope Francis chooses to change the functions of the Secretariat of State as part of his program for reform at the Vatican.

Also still to be determined is the future role of Cardinal Bertone. He remains, for now, the chairman of a panel created by the Pope to supervise the Vatican bank; he is also the camerlengo, who would handle some administrative duties in case of the Pope's death. His predecessor as Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, still wields considerable influence at the Vatican.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 01, 2013, 03:39:42 PM
http://www.france24.com/en/20130901-pope-announces-world-prayer-day-syria


01 September 2013 - 13H18   

AFP - Pope Francis has called for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday and said "God and history" would judge anyone using chemical weapons.
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Pope Francis, holding with a cross made from the wood of rickety fishing boats, leads a mass during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, a key destination of tens of thousands of would-be immigrants from Africa, on July 8, 2013. Pope Francis has called for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday and said "God and history" would judge anyone using chemical weapons


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"My heart is profoundly wounded in these days by what is happening in Syria and I am anxious about the prospect of dramatic developments," the pope said.

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 01, 2013, 08:55:22 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/01/pope_francis_at_angelus:_sept_7_day_of_prayer_for_peace/en1-724651

2013-09-01 12:57:04
Pope Francis at Angelus: Sept 7 day of prayer for peace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Speaking ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer with pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square this Sunday, Pope Francis said, “On [Saturday] the 7th of September, here [in St Peter’s Square], from 7 PM until midnight, we will gather together in prayer, in a spirit of penitence, to ask from God this great gift [of peace] for the beloved Syrian nation and for all the situations of conflict and violence in the world.” The Holy Father also invited non-Catholic Christians and non-Christian believers to participate in ways they feel are appropriate.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 01, 2013, 09:00:05 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/01/pope:_angelus_appeal_for_peace_(full_text)/en1-724673

2013-09-01 14:30:22
Pope: Angelus appeal for peace (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. The Pope made the announcement during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer this Sunday. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father's Angelus appeal.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Hello!
Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 01, 2013, 09:06:18 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/01/pope_francis_at_angelus:_sept_7_day_of_prayer_for_peace/en1-724651

2013-09-01 12:57:04
Pope Francis at Angelus: Sept 7 day of prayer for peace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Speaking ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer with pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square this Sunday, Pope Francis said, “On [Saturday] the 7th of September, here [in St Peter’s Square], from 7 PM until midnight, we will gather together in prayer, in a spirit of penitence, to ask from God this great gift [of peace] for the beloved Syrian nation and for all the situations of conflict and violence in the world.” The Holy Father also invited non-Catholic Christians and non-Christian believers to participate in ways they feel are appropriate.
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 ::MonkeyHeart:: Thank-you, grace-land!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 02, 2013, 12:43:54 AM
 ::HelloKitty::  You're welcome, seahorse!  It's good that the Vatican Radio site gives the latest news about Pope Francis and provides translated text, and full texts, of his speeches/messages/homilies, etc.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 02, 2013, 12:49:02 AM
I checked the calendar; Rosh Hashanah is on September 5.

http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/category/fr-thomas-rosica

The Jewish New Year and the Binding of Isaac – A Symbol of Life
September 1, 2013 by Fr. Thomas Rosica

As Pope Francis meets with World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder at the Vatican on Monday to offer Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) wishes, it is good to reflect on the meaning of the Jewish New Year celebrated this week. It has signficiance for Christians as well.

The Jewish Feast of Rosh Hashanah, meaning literally the “beginning of the year,” occurs on the first of the Hebrew month Tishre and inaugurates the solemn Jewish season which concludes with Yom Kippur. In the Bible, the Jewish New Year Festival is called Day of the Sounding of the Shofar and Memorial of the blowing of the Shofar (ram’s horn). This instrument is designed to sound the alarm of the forthcoming solemn season, to awaken Jewry to prayer and repentance. It serves as a call to remember the historical events which made Israel a people, whether at Mount Sinai or on its entrance into Israel, or on the occasion of the proclamation of the Jubilee year. In Jewish liturgy, this feast also has two other names: Day of Memorial and Day of Judgment. Each of the different names of the Festival conveys one of the special characteristics of the Festival.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 02, 2013, 05:24:33 AM
::HelloKitty::  You're welcome, seahorse!  It's good that the Vatican Radio site gives the latest news about Pope Francis and provides translated text, and full texts, of his speeches/messages/homilies, etc.


grace-land, Good Morning :smt054

Yes, It is good the Vatican keeps us in the loop, and T.Y. for forwarding the link & message.

I passed on the link to an aunt, she is going to participate on Saturday, and said T.Y.

I may omit sugar and sugar-related foods, on Saturday, that would be fasting (to me).

Looking forward to paricipating on Saturday, feels good just thinking about it.

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 02, 2013, 01:39:11 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/02/pope_francis:_“words_can_kill”/en1-724883

2013-09-02 14:51:18
Pope Francis: “words can kill”

(Vatican Radio) Where there is God there is no hatred, envy or jealousy, and there is no gossip that can kill.

This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily this morning as he celebrated Mass in the Casa Santa Marta after the summer break.

Listen to Linda Bordoni's report... RealAudioMP3

The Pope first reflected on today’s liturgical reading which tells of the meeting between Jesus and the people of Nazareth as recounted by the Gospel according to Luke.

The Pope noted that the people of Nazareth with whom he had grown up, admired Jesus, but at the same time expected great things from him: “they wanted a miracle” to be able to believe in Him. And when Jesus told them they were without faith, they were filled with fury, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill to hurl him down headlong”.

And Pope Francis reflected on the reading pointing out that a situation which had started off with admiration was to end with a crime: they wanted to kill Jesus. Because of jealousy and envy. This – he said – is not just something that happened two thousand years ago: “this kind of thing happens every day in our hearts, in our communities”. And he made the example of when somebody new enters a community, on the first day – he said - people speak well of him; on the second not so well; and from the third on gossip and badmouthing starts to spread and end up skinning him”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 02, 2013, 01:41:47 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10280941/Confession-boom-attributed-to-Pope-Francis-effect.html

Confession boom attributed to Pope Francis effect
3:11PM BST 02 Sep 2013

An informal survey of clergy based in cathedrals across England and Wales found that two thirds had noticed an upturn in numbers taking part in the sacrament, something many of them attributed to a papal “bounce”.

The Church said that the greater willingness by people to “unburden” themselves and deal “issues” than in the past had also given the centuries old practice a new relevance for some, including those who might be put off by public services.

The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, said a more informal approach to confession than in the past had also helped draw younger people – including increasing numbers who even attend with a smart phone in one hand, making use of a range of special confession apps to guide them through the process.

He joked that as a child he had been rather less diligent - even making up sins up to get through confession.

The polling of cathedral deans or priests-in-residence found that around a third had seen an increase which they attributed to a combination of the impact of the new Pope and the continuing impact of the Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain three years ago.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 02, 2013, 01:51:45 PM
http://variety.com/2013/film/international/argentina-readies-pope-francis-biopic-exclusive-1200595746/

Argentina readies Pope Francis biopic (EXCLUSIVE)
September 2, 2013 | 01:37AM PT

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One of its most international directors, Alejandro Agresti (“The Lake House”) will direct “Historia de un cura” (A Priest’s Tale), a biopic of Jorge Mario Bergoglio from his childhood through to election in March as the head of the Catholic Church.

Bergoglio became the first Jesuit pope, the first from the southern hemisphere and the first from North or Latin America.

Rodrigo de la Serna, who played memorably opposite Gael Gaecia Bernal in Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries,” will limn Pope Francis.

“A Priest’s Tale” is set up at Argentina’s Pampa Films (“Chinese Take-Away”) and Spain’s Pentagrama (“Before the Fall”).

Pablo Bossi (“Nine Queens,” “Son of the Bride”), one of the architects of Argentina’s film renaissance, will produce with Pentagrama’s Jose Ibanez whose credits include Oliver Stone’s “Comandante” and Emir Kusturica’s “Maradona by Kusturica.”

An origins story told in flashbacks and flash-forwards as Bergoglio flies to Rome and attends the papal conclave after the res¡gnation of Pope Benedict XVI, “A Priest’s Tale’s” will focus on Bergoglio as a person, Agresti told Variety.

He added: “More than a rapid biopic of key events, I’m more concerned with getting inside this very singular person, his decision to follow his vocation, and how he combined his faith and reason, having studied as a Jesuit for 14 years before being ordained.”

The grandson of Italians who settled in Argentina, Agresti will also portray Bergoglio’s Italian immigrant family context, his work in Buenos Aires’ villa slums, and austerity and humility, the director said.

Shooting in Argentina, Italy and Germany, where Bergoglio studied, “A Priest Tale’s” budget will be “above-average” for Argentina, “Bossi told Variety.

Movie’s main languages will be Spanish and Italian. The producers aim to structure “A Priest’s Tale” as a co-production with Italy, Bossi added, saying that “A Priest’s Tale” is already semi-financed thanks to private investors
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 02, 2013, 01:58:00 PM
http://www.inquisitr.com/932013/pope-francis-biopic-to-be-produced-in-argentina/

Posted: September 2, 2013
Pope Francis Biopic To Be Produced In Argentina

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“Pope Francis is attempting to change things. He can be seen as revolutionary and interests non-Catholics as well.” producer Pablo Bossi adds.

No release date has been announced for the Pope Francis biopic


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2013, 12:25:42 AM
http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/13900/in_rome_pope_francis_asks_wjc_president_lauder_to_wish_world_jewry_shana_tova_

In Rome, Pope Francis asks WJC President Lauder to wish world Jewry 'Shana Tova'
02 September 2013

ROME – Pope Francis on Monday wished Jews around the world a sweet and peaceful year 5774, called for increased dialogue among the world’s religious communities and opposed fundamentalism in any faith. During his first private audience with an international Jewish leader since being elected Catholic pontiff in March, Francis asked World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder to convey his New Year message to Jewish communities world-wide and said he also needed a sweet year because of the important decisions lying ahead. Using the Hebrew words for ‘Happy New Year’, Pope Francis wished a "Shana Tova" and asked the WJC to share that message with the Jewish people worldwide. Lauder presented the pope with a Kiddush cup and a honey cake.

At their meeting, which was held in an informal atmosphere at the Vatican, Lauder and the Catholic pontiff spoke about the situation in Syria and agreed to speak out against attacks on religious minorities, such as Coptic Christians in Egypt and against trends to restrict well-established religious practices such as circumcision. The pope specifically expressed concern about the bans on kosher slaughter in Poland and directed Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Vatican’s Commission for Relations with the Jews, to investigate and host a follow-up meeting as early as next week.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2013, 12:29:20 AM
Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-francis-names-spanish-priest-as-vatican-citys-number-two-man-english-10902.html#.UiVmAb4o7IV

Pope Francis names Spanish priest as Vatican City's number two man
2013-09-02 11:41:50

September 2, 2013. (Romereports.com) On Friday, Pope Francis named 68-year-old Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga as the secretary for the Vatican City-State Governorate, the second in command at the department that oversees the administration of the Vatican City-State. 

Father Vérgez Alzaga was born in Salamanca, Spain, and up until this appointment, had served as the telecommunications director for Vatican City. As a member of the Legionaires of Christ, he studied philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University
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As secretary of the Governorate, he will work alongside its president, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. The Governorate is in charge of the day to day administration of the Vatican City-State, which includes the Vatican Museums, the Observatory and the Vatican police.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2013, 12:31:48 AM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18902

Syrian Catholics organize nation for Pope’s day of prayer for peace
September 02, 2013

All Catholic parishes in Syria are planning to join in the September 7 day of prayer for peace declared by Pope Francis, the leader of the Melkite Catholic Church reports.

Patriarch Gregory III Laham told the AsiaNews service that pilgrimages to Marian shrines are also planned, and the Melkite Catholic churches of Syria will remain open until midnight on Saturday, despite the threats of bombing.   ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2013, 12:34:38 AM
http://www.sconews.co.uk/news/31229/packed-itinerary-for-popes-assisi-visit/

September 2
Packed itinerary for Pope’s Assisi visit

Pope Francis has a full schedule for his visit the city of Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis, on Friday October 4.

The Pope, who choose his Papal name at his election (above) in honour of Francis of Assisi, will depart from the Vatican at 7am by helicopter and will land around three quarters of an hour later at the sports field of the Seraphic Institute of Assisi, where he will meet with disabled and sick children.

At 8.45am the Holy Father will make a private visit to the Shrine of St Damian to pray, and from there will proceed to the archbishop’s residence where he will meet with the poor assisted by Caritas. After this meeting, he will transfer by car to the Superior Basilica of St Francis where he will be received by the convent friars and will pray in the crypt where the saint is buried.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2013, 08:27:39 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/03/pope_francis:_jesus_has_no_need_of_armies_to_overcome_evil/en1-725174

2013-09-03 13:08:04
Pope Francis: Jesus has no need of armies to overcome evil

(Vatican Radio) “Where Jesus is, there is always humility, meekness, and love.” That was the message of Pope Francis in his Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope emphasized the distinction between the “tranquil light” of Jesus that speaks to our hearts, and the light of the world, an “artificial light” that makes us arrogant and proud.

Christian identity, the Holy Father said, is “an identity of light, not of darkness.” Pope Francis began his homily from the words of Saint Paul to the first disciples of Jesus: “You, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness . . . you are children of the light.” This Light, he observed, is not well-liked by the world. But Jesus came precisely to save us from sin: “His light saves us from the darkness.” On the other hand, he continued, today “one might think that there is the possibility” of having the light “with so many scientific things, and so many of the things of humanity”:

“You can know everything, you can have knowledge of all things and this light on things. But the light of Jesus is something else. It is not a light of ignorance, no! It’s a light of wisdom and sagacity, but it is something other than the light of the world. The light that the world offers us is an artificial light, strong, perhaps – but that of Jesus is stronger, eh! - strong like a firework, like a flash of photography. Instead, the light of Jesus is a mild light, it is a quiet light, it is a light of peace, it’s like the light on Christmas night: without pretence.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2013, 08:29:53 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/03/franciscans_join_popes_call_for_prayers_for_peace_in_syria/en1-725275

2013-09-03 16:11:48
Franciscans join Pope's call for prayers for peace in Syria

(Vatican Radio) Franciscan Friars in Assisi are joining Pope Francis' call to pray for peace in Syria.

To do so, the Lower Church of the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi will exceptionally remain open from Tuesday to Friday until 10pm so that pilgrims and faithful can pray on the Tomb of St. Francis for peace in the Syrian nation, and for those who are called to make political decisions on the path to justice in the world.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 03, 2013, 08:36:57 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/world/i-was-surrounded-by-vipers-in-vatican-claims-cardinal-removed-by-the-pope-20130903-2t20a.html

I was surrounded by vipers in Vatican, claims cardinal removed by the Pope
DateSeptember 3, 2013 - 10:36AM

Rome: The Vatican's de facto prime minister has hit out at his enemies a day after being ordered out by the Pope, claiming that he was surrounded by "crows and vipers" who undermined him.

Defending his record despite a series of scandals, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 78, also appeared to suggest that any blame for errors should be shared by Pope Benedict XVI, who appointed him as secretary of state, effectively his number two, in 2006.
 
After taking over a Holy See allegedly characterised by gossip and back-stabbing, Francis equated gossip with murder

The backlash followed the surprise announcement on Saturday that Pope Francis had named Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, currently nuncio in Venezuela, as Cardinal Bertone's replacement, with a handover due next month.

Cardinal Bertone's tenure culminated with the leaking by Benedict's butler of papal correspondence last year. Among the documents were claims that Cardinal Bertone ran a Vatican riven by petty rivalries, corruption and mismanagement.

But speaking on the sidelines of a mass being celebrated on Sunday in Sicily, Cardinal Bertone chose to fight back. "On balance I consider these seven years to have been positive," he said. "Naturally there were problems, particularly in the last two years, they have made many accusations against me... A mix of crows and vipers."

He said while it might seem like the secretary of state "decides and controls everything", that was not the case. "There were matters that got out of control because they were problems which were sealed within the management of certain people who did not contact the secretary of state," he said.

"I always gave everything but certainly I had my shortcomings and if I could relive certain moments now I would act differently. But that does not mean that I did not try to serve the Church."

Cardinal Bertone should have stepped down upon turning 75, but was kept on by Benedict, reportedly to the displeasure of a rival faction of bureaucrats within the Vatican's walls.

On his relationship with Benedict, who made history earlier this year by stepping down from his post as head of the Roman Catholic Church, he said: "An honest assessment cannot but take note of how the secretary of state is the first assistant of the pope, a faithful executor of the tasks with which he is entrusted. Something I did and will do."

In a further attempt to show he had not acted alone, Cardinal Bertone added that "the secretary of state works in a team of five, a fine group that works very much together" - a reference to the senior officials at the secretariat of state who worked alongside Cardinal Bertone, and who, unlike him, have been reconfirmed in their roles by Pope Francis.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 04, 2013, 11:21:15 PM
2013-09-04 11:19:01
Pope Francis: renewed appeal for peace (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Syria and throughout the world on Wednesday, once again inviting Christians of every denomination, believers of every religious tradition and all people of good will to take part in the worldwide fast and vigil of prayer and penance for peace, which he has called for September 7th, the vigil of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, whom we venerate as Queen of Peace. First announced at the Sunday Angelus at the start of the week, many local Churches have already organized their own initiatives to mark the day. The Holy Father especially urged the faithful of Rome and pilgrims to the city to participate in the prayer vigil to be held in St. Peter's Square starting at 7 PM Rome Time and continuing until midnight. The Holy Father concluded, “May a powerful cry for peace go up from every land!” Listen to our report: RealAudioMP3

Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of the full text of Pope Francis’ appeal.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 04, 2013, 11:25:25 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/04/patriarch_applauds_faith_conference_called_by_king_of_jordan/en1-725477

2013-09-04 14:46:56
Patriarch applauds faith conference called by King of Jordan

(Vatican Radio) Today was the second and last day of the religious summit held in the Jordanian capital Amman to discuss the difficulties faced by Christian communities in the Middle East.

The faith conference was convened by King Abdullah II, after his visit to Pope Francis last week, and was organised by his Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad.

Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, spoke to Vatican Radio's Xavier Sartre about the hopes and fears of Christian communities in the Middle East, appealing for solidarity and prayer.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 05, 2013, 01:00:57 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/05/pope_francis:_jesus_has_a_promise_and_a_mission_for_every_christian./en1-725899

2013-09-05 15:02:08
Pope Francis: Jesus has a promise and a mission for every Christian.

(Vatican Radio) At his morning mass on Thursday, Pope Francis reflected on the different ways in which Christ reveals himself in the life of a Christian, offering support and giving each one a mission.

Listen to the report by Susy Hodges: RealAudioMP3

Speaking at his morning mass in the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke of how when Jesus comes into our lives, he always gives “a promise, a promise that gives comfort, a request for generosity and a mission to be carried out.” He said the gospel account of how Jesus, after the miraculous catch of fish invited the fishermen Peter, James and John to follow him, is an example of this. He promised to make them fishers of men and then invited them to leave everything and follow him. And this is what the apostles did, they left everything

Pope Francis says “Jesus never asks us to follow him without telling us what our mission is.” “ It’s not like a show to go along the path of Jesus,” he said. “ We follow him to do something and that’s our mission.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 05, 2013, 01:08:37 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/05/pope_francis_writes_letter_to_president_putin_of_russia_ahead_of_g20/en1-725816

2013-09-05 12:47:49
Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin of Russia as he prepares to host this year's G20 summit in St. Petersburg.

Below is the full text of the Pope's letter to President Putin.

To His Excellency
Mr Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation

"In the course of this year, you have the honour and the responsibility of presiding over the Group of the twenty largest economies in the world. I am aware that the Russian Federation has participated in this group from the moment of its inception and has always had a positive role to play in the promotion of good governance of the world’s finances, which have been deeply affected by the crisis of 2008.

In today’s highly interdependent context, a global financial framework with its own just and clear rules is required in order to achieve a more equitable and fraternal world, in which it is possible to overcome hunger, ensure decent employment and housing for all, as well as essential healthcare. Your presidency of the G20 this year has committed itself to consolidating the reform of the international financial organizations and to achieving a consensus on financial standards suited to today’s circumstances. However, the world economy will only develop if it allows a dignified way of life for all human beings, from the eldest to the unborn child, not just for citizens of the G20 member states but for every inhabitant of the earth, even those in extreme social situations or in the remotest places.

From this standpoint, it is clear that, for the world’s peoples, armed conflicts are always a deliberate negation of international harmony, and create profound divisions and deep wounds which require many years to heal. Wars are a concrete refusal to pursue the great economic and social goals that the international community has set itself, as seen, for example, in the Millennium Development Goals. Unfortunately, the many armed conflicts which continue to afflict the world today present us daily with dramatic images of misery, hunger, illness and death. Without peace, there can be no form of economic development. Violence never begets peace, the necessary condition for development.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 05, 2013, 01:13:43 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/05/pope_to_orthodox_syrian_catholicos_from_india:_let_us_work_towards/en1-725752

2013-09-05 11:44:49
Pope to Orthodox Syrian Catholicos from India: let us work towards reconciliation, unity

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(Vatican Radio) May we “continue and intensify the commitment to ecumenism, encounter and dialogue towards full communion:” with that message, Pope Francis on Thursday welcomed in the Vatican Baselios Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Metropolitan of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Tracey McClure reports: RealAudioMP3

In his remarks to the Catholicos, Pope Francis recalled the efforts of his predecessor John Paul II and the former Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews I which led to the creation in 1990 of an ongoing commission which has laid out agreements for the “common use of buildings of worship and cemeteries, the mutual concession of spiritual and liturgical resources in specific pastoral situations, and the necessity to identify new forms of collaboration” in the face of growing social and religious challenges.

Noting that past relations between their two Churches had been marred by “division and rivalry,” Pope Francis said he hoped both sides could work towards reconciliation by cultivating a “culture of encounter” by “overcoming prejudices and closed attitudes which are part of a kind of “culture of clashes” and source of division.” He called for “prayer and commitment” in order to allow friendship and cooperation to grow among the clergy, the faithful, and “among the various churches born from the witness given by St Thomas.”

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Below we publish the full text of Pope Francis’ address to His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church:

Your Holiness, dear Brothers in Christ,
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 05, 2013, 01:20:26 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/05/fr_adolfo_nicolas:_military_action_in_syria_would_be_an_abuse_of/en1-725818

2013-09-05 12:56:18
Fr Adolfo Nicolas: Military action in Syria would be "an abuse of power"

The Jesuit General, Father Adolfo Nicolas, in an interview with John Pontifex of the Independent Catholic News posted on September 4, says military action in Syria would be an abuse of power.

Please find below the full text of the interview

The Jesuit General has accused the United States and France of an "abuse of power", in considering military action in Syria and says the Jesuits fully support Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting in support of peace this Saturday.

While he says he would not normally comment on international or political situations, Father General Adolfo Nicolás SJ says the current circumstances mean he cannot keep silent, stating: "I cannot understand who gave the United States or France the right to act against a country in a way that will certainly increase the suffering of the citizens of that country, who, by the way, have already suffered beyond measure."

Fr Nicolás outlines three fundamental problems. Firstly, an abuse of power which, he says, would be like "the big boy of the neighbourhood" abusing, harassing and bullying the weaker members of the community. Secondly, he expresses concern about the lack of concrete information about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. And he highlights in particular the impact that any military action by the US and France would have upon "the ordinary innocent and poor people" of Syria.

The Jesuit General says "the danger is now" and he echoes the Holy Father's call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace on 7 September.

The full text of the extraordinary interview with him is given below.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 06, 2013, 04:53:19 PM
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18902

Syrian Catholics organize nation for Pope’s day of prayer for peace
September 02, 2013

All Catholic parishes in Syria are planning to join in the September 7 day of prayer for peace declared by Pope Francis, the leader of the Melkite Catholic Church reports.

Patriarch Gregory III Laham told the AsiaNews service that pilgrimages to Marian shrines are also planned, and the Melkite Catholic churches of Syria will remain open until midnight on Saturday, despite the threats of bombing.   ::snipping3::


               I am praying for everyone, tomorrow!


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 06, 2013, 09:02:52 PM
Praying and fasting tomorrow, September 7, for peace in the Middle East, Syria, and the world!  ::MonkeyAngel::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 06, 2013, 09:10:54 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/06/pope_francis:_daily_mass_for_friday/en1-726116

2013-09-06 12:43:51
Pope Francis: daily Mass for Friday

(Vatican Radio) The Christian ought always to be joyful as one who goes to a wedding. This was the message of Pope Francis in his remarks following the Gospel at Mass on Friday morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel in the Vatican. The Holy Father further stressed the need to overcome the temptation to put the novelty of the Gospel into old wineskins, and repeated that the Sacrament of Matrimony is the image of Christ’s union with the Church. Listen: RealAudioMP3

“When the bridegroom is present,” said Pope Francis, “there can be no fasting, no sadness.” He was reflecting on the response that Christ gives to the scribes in the daily Gospel reading, taken from the Gospel according to St. Luke (5:33-39). The Holy Father underlined that the Lord often returns to this image of the Bridegroom, saying that Jesus shows us the relationship between himself and the Church as essentially nuptial. “I think,” he said, “that precisely this is the most profound reason for which the Church has such great care for the Sacrament of Marriage and calls it “great sacrament” – for it is truly the image of the union of Christ with His Church.” Pope Francis then focused on two attitudes that the Christian ought to have in this nuptial relationship: first, that of joy, “because nuptials are a great celebration”:
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 06, 2013, 09:12:51 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/06/holy_land_joins_pope_francis’_day_of_prayer_for_peace_in_syria,/en1-726167

2013-09-06 17:27:48
Holy Land joins Pope Francis’ day of prayer for peace in Syria, Mideast

(Vatican Radio) On Saturday, Christians in the Holy Land will be observing the day called by Pope Francis for fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. The Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land together with the Latin Parish in Jerusalem have invited all Christians there to join in the observances to pray for peace in the Middle East, Syria and Egypt.

Auxiliary Bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, William Shomali told Tracey McClure “we took very seriously this wish of his Holiness. The Catholics of Jerusalem will meet at Gethsemane Church on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. for an hour of adoration. We invited all the Catholic community of Jerusalem, even the non-Catholic communities – some of them will participate. This is the wish of the Holy Father also.”

Listen to the interview with Bishop Shomali: RealAudioMP3
The prayer vigil at the Basilica of Gethsemane will be followed by a candlelight procession in the Garden of Olives. The Crypt of the Armenian Catholic Church at the fourth station of the Via Dolorosa will also remain open for private and silent prayer from 7 pm until midnight Saturday in union with pilgrims gathered for the vigil in St. Peter’s square in Rome.

Though the “major event” will take place in Jerusalem, Bishop Shomali explains that priests in parishes across the diocese are planning their own spiritual activities and vigils. “for example in Ramallah, where we have one of our biggest parishes, the mass will be celebrated in the church of the Greek Catholics. Then the faithful will go to the Islamic club in Ramallah with candles in procession and Muslims will join them until they reach the Latin Catholic church. In this way, they are including with them non-Christians because prayer is not only for Catholics. It is for everyone.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 06, 2013, 09:26:43 PM
http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-meets-president-morales-of-bolivia-in

Pope Francis meets President Morales of Bolivia in the Vatican
2013-09-06 Vatican Radio

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received in audience the Bolivian head of state Juan Evo Morales on Friday and held talks on bilateral and international issues. A communique from the Holy See’s Press Office described the talks as cordial and said the two leaders discussed the socio-economic situation in Bolivia and the struggle against social inequality and poverty. They also discussed the important role played by the Catholic Church in Bolivia in the field of education, healthcare, family support and welfare provision for children and the elderly.
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Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/evo-morales-to-pope-for-me-you-are-brother-francis-english-10941.html#.Uip_PL4o7IV
Evo Morales to Pope: 'For me, you are Brother Francis'
2013-09-06 17:58:07

September 6, 2013. (Romereports.com) With a friendly reunion with Pope Francis, Bolivian President Evo Morales closed off his European visit. In contrast to the tense relationships between the chief executive and the Bolivian Catholic Church, the atmosphere for this audience was affectionate.

“How are you Mr. President? Good morning!”
“Your Holiness. What a joy to see you again.”
“I'm glad to see you.”

“For me, you are Brother Francis.”
“That's how it should be.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 07, 2013, 06:31:08 AM
Hi monkeys - graceland "teddybear2::

I said a Rosary last night for the Syrian people and world peace :)

This morning I lit a blessed candle and prayed.  I also kept for Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry, in my
prayers, we need to pray for everyone ::MonkeyAngel::

graceland - Do you think we should post a prayer guide to the Rosary?  I was rusty.



Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 07, 2013, 11:49:05 AM
Hi monkeys - graceland "teddybear2::

I said a Rosary last night for the Syrian people and world peace :)

This morning I lit a blessed candle and prayed.  I also kept for Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry, in my
prayers, we need to pray for everyone ::MonkeyAngel::

graceland - Do you think we should post a prayer guide to the Rosary?  I was rusty.



Good morning!  Hi, seahorse!  ::HelloKitty::

Good idea--How to Pray the Rosary...

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/devotionals/rosaries/how-to-pray-the-rosary.cfm

How to Pray the Rosary
 
 The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Pope John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous.

The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.

The Five Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on the Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays of Advent:
1.The Annunciation
2.The Visitation
3.The Nativity
4.The Presentation in the Temple
5.The Finding in the Temple

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on the Tuesday, Friday, and Sundays of Lent:
1.The Agony in the Garden
2.The Scourging at the Pillar
3.The Crowning with Thorns
4.The Carrying of the Cross
5.The Crucifixion and Death

The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on the Wednesday and Sundays outside of Lent and Advent: 1.The Resurrection
2.The Ascension
3.The Descent of the Holy Spirit
4.The Assumption
5.The Coronation of Mary

The Five Luminous Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Thursdays:
1.The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
2.The Wedding Feast at Cana
3.Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God
4.The Transfiguration
5.The Institution of the Eucharist

Praying the Rosary
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 07, 2013, 11:57:14 AM
Today--Live TV broadcast and live streaming of the Vigil from the Vatican...

This link has schedule of TV broadcast and a link to a live stream (click the "Watch Live" button)
http://ewtn.com/tv/

http://www.saltandlighttv.org/live/

http://www.youtube.com/user/vatican


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 07, 2013, 12:07:53 PM
Today--Live TV broadcast and live streaming of the Vigil from the Vatican...

This link has schedule of TV broadcast and a link to a live stream (click the "Watch Live" button)
http://ewtn.com/tv/

http://www.saltandlighttv.org/live/

http://www.youtube.com/user/vatican


The five-hour TV broadcast and live streaming begin at i:00 p.m. ET today.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 07, 2013, 03:51:57 PM
grace-land  :smt054

Thank-you for posting how to pray the rosary - great timing.

September 8 Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1132

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Unable to download- watch live: Pope Francis's Vigil - I'll try TV :)
The Vatican
WATCH LIVE: Pope Francis’s Vigil for Peace in Syria
http://world.time.com/2013/09/07/watch-live-pope-franciss-vigil-for-peace-in-syria/

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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 07, 2013, 04:24:43 PM
Just got home!  I was listening to Relevant Radio, a Roman Catholic radio station, while driving around doing chores.  Had the radio on loud!   ::piggy::   ::MonkeyAngel::

http://www.relevantradio.com/about-us/stations

Relevant Radio Stations and Affiliates     
 
Network Program Grid (PDF)
Relevant Radio Stations

Click on a station below to download a PDF of your local program grid:

Illinois
Chicago 950 AM WNTD
Chicago 950 AM WNTDChicago West 930 AM WAUR

Indiana
NW Indiana 1270 AM WWCA

Minnesota
Twin Cities 1330 AM WLOL

Rhode Island
Providence 550 AM WSJW

Texas
Austin 970 AM KIXL

Wisconsin
Eau Claire 1050 AM WDVM
Green Bay 1050 AM WJOK
La Crosse 1570 AM WKBH
Madison 1240 AM WHFA
Milwaukee 100.1 FM WPJP
Wausau 92.9 FM WYNW
Wausau 92.9 FM WYNWWisconsin Rapids 93.9 FM WMMA
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 07, 2013, 10:52:18 PM
http://swampland.time.com/2013/09/07/pope-francis-leads-global-prayer-vigil-for-syria/

Pope Francis Leads Global Prayer Vigil for Syria
Sept. 07, 2013

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Filippo Monteforte / AFP / Getty Images

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The prayer service began when four Swiss guards processed through the square with the icon Salus Populi Romani, Mary, the Queen of Peace and the Protectress of the Roman people. The Pope led the Rosary recitation, a meditation, and a Eucharist ceremony. Bible readings from the Gospel of Luke focused on Mary, and thousands of people in the square followed along with a 51-page booklet the Vatican produced for the service. Priests heard confessions under the St. Peters colonnade.

The last time a Pope called a similar day of prayer and fasting was in 2003, when Pope John Paul II did the same before the Iraq war. The Vatican strongly opposed the US-led military actions in Iraq, and now, a decade later, Pope Francis continues to speak out against a potential military strike in the war-torn region.

The World Council of Churches, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and religious leaders around the world urged their followers to join the Pope’s call and spend Saturday in prayer. Catholics in Jerusalem met at the Church of Gesthemane. In Mumbai they gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Name. A giant peace flag was also raised in Assisi, Italy, the hometown of Saint Francis, for whom Pope Francis is named.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 07, 2013, 11:00:20 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/07/pope-francis-peace-vigil-_n_3887849.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pope Francis Leads Peace Prayer Vigil For Syria With 100,000 At St. Peter's Square At Vatican (PHOTOS)
09/07/13 07:37 PM ET EDT

VATICAN CITY -- Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis' call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and in vigils around the world.

The Vatican estimated about 100,000 took part in the Rome event, making it one of the largest rallies in the West against proposed U.S.-led military action against the Syrian regime following the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

Francis spent most of the vigil in silent prayer, but during his speech he issued a heartfelt plea for peace, denouncing those who are "captivated by the idols of dominion and power" and destroy God's creation through war.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 07, 2013, 11:08:38 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/07/pope_francis:_homily_at_peace_vigil/en1-726626

2013-09-07 20:39:04
Pope Francis: homily at peace vigil

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis participated in a vigil of fasing and prayer for peace with the faithful of Rome and pilgrims to the city on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis remarks in English translation. RealAudioMP3

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis. Vigil of Prayer and Fasting.

“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This allows us to enter into God’s heart and, precisely from within him, to receive his message.
 
We can ask ourselves: what does this message mean? What does it say to me, to you, to all of us?

1. It says to us simply that this, our world, in the heart and mind of God, is the “house of harmony and peace”, and that it is the space in which everyone is able to find their proper place and feel “at home”, because it is “good”. All of creation forms a harmonious and good unity, but above all humanity, made in the image and likeness of God, is one family, in which relationships are marked by a true fraternity not only in words: the other person is a brother or sister to love, and our relationship with God, who is love, fidelity and goodness, mirrors every human relationship and brings harmony to the whole of creation. God’s world is a world where everyone feels responsible for the other, for the good of the other. This evening, in reflection, fasting and prayer, each of us deep down should ask ourselves: Is this really the world that I desire? Is this really the world that we all carry in our hearts? Is the world that we want really a world of harmony and peace, in ourselves, in our relations with others, in families, in cities, in and between nations? And does not true freedom mean choosing ways in this world that lead to the good of all and are guided by love?
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 08, 2013, 03:34:34 AM
 grace-land,

Thank-you for taking so much time and patience for the links.
 I enjoyed watching and listening, to the service, on your link below.
 Ava Maria was a treat.  :smt054



http://www.youtube.com/user/vatican


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 08, 2013, 02:45:30 PM
grace-land,

Thank-you for taking so much time and patience for the links.
 I enjoyed watching and listening, to the service, on your link below.
 Ava Maria was a treat.  :smt054



http://www.youtube.com/user/vatican


You're welcome, seahorse!

I'm glad that the links were helpful.  And the link above is good for other monkeys and "guests" to view the Vigil if they missed it on Saturday.  When I heard the Marian hymn sung at the beginning of the Vigil, I remembered it as "Immaculate Mary."  Here's the link--

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcs6WPjZi0k
Catholic Hymnal: Lourdes Hymn with words and descant - Immaculate Mary

"Ave Maria," as sung by Pavarotti, is beautiful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojeLyPo_Wz4
Luciano Pavarotti - Ave Maria 1978
Uploaded on Jun 20, 2008 

Pavarotti sings Ave Maria by Schubert. A Christmas Special from 1978. Les Disciples de Massenet. Les Petits Chanteurs Du Mont-Royal conductor Gilbert Patenaude. Symphonic Orchestra conductor Franz-Pauldecker. Updated information 25/06/08, this concert is available on dvd from Amazon.com/pavarotti/analekta, this should bring up the title "Christmas at Notre dame."(dvd 2007


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 08, 2013, 02:50:41 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/08/pope_francis_at_angelus:_peace_requires_time_and_patience;_no_to_wars/en1-726725

2013-09-08 13:31:18
Pope Francis at Angelus: Peace requires time and patience; No to wars waged to sell arms

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged everyone to keep praying for peace in the Middle East, saying the search for peace is a long one that requires patience and perseverance. Speaking during his Angelus address, the Pope also condemned the proliferation of wars and conflicts and questioned whether they were wars about problems or commercial wars to sell arms on the black market. His remarks came just hours after thousands of people attended a prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square on Saturday evening as part of the events for the special day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and the world that was called by the Pope and was marked by people across the globe in different ways.
Listen to Susy Hodges' report: RealAudioMP3

Please find below an English translation of Pope Francis' Angelus address:

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 08, 2013, 07:18:10 PM
grace-land,

Thank-you for taking so much time and patience for the links.
 I enjoyed watching and listening, to the service, on your link below.
 Ava Maria was a treat.  :smt054



http://www.youtube.com/user/vatican


You're welcome, seahorse!

I'm glad that the links were helpful.  And the link above is good for other monkeys and "guests" to view the Vigil if they missed it on Saturday.  When I heard the Marian hymn sung at the beginning of the Vigil, I remembered it as "Immaculate Mary."  Here's the link--

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcs6WPjZi0k
Catholic Hymnal: Lourdes Hymn with words and descant - Immaculate Mary

"Ave Maria," as sung by Pavarotti, is beautiful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojeLyPo_Wz4
Luciano Pavarotti - Ave Maria 1978
Uploaded on Jun 20, 2008 

Pavarotti sings Ave Maria by Schubert. A Christmas Special from 1978. Les Disciples de Massenet. Les Petits Chanteurs Du Mont-Royal conductor Gilbert Patenaude. Symphonic Orchestra conductor Franz-Pauldecker. Updated information 25/06/08, this concert is available on dvd from Amazon.com/pavarotti/analekta, this should bring up the title "Christmas at Notre dame."(dvd 2007


Hi, grace-land, Thank-you!   :smt054

If you ever come across the video of Pope John Paul, in Mexico, when the Mexican's were tossing, rose petals, and serenading, John Paul, will you, please, let me know?

I believe I saw it live on Etwn.com.  I have looked high and low. The song was so beauiful
even though it was in Spanish :) I am thinking it may be copyrighted. I wish I knew the song.

I wish check out, Mr.Pavarotti, Thank-you. 
You are wonderful.  :)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 09, 2013, 12:24:47 PM
Seahorse,

ABC televised the 5th trip by Pope John Paul II to Mexico in 2002 for the canonization of Juan Diego.  That's the broadcast that I watched and saw roses and rose pedals.  It was very dramatic, colorful and beautiful!  Maybe that's the program that you watched?  I found a short video of it in Spanish.  Here it is--with a link to a Vatican site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=824fRiJZLS4

Published on Mar 31, 2013 
Los mensajes y homilías de su 5a. visita Pastoral del Papa Juan Pablo II a México en el 2002, pueden verse en el siguente enlace de la web Vaticano:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/joh...


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 09, 2013, 12:39:48 PM
Seahorse,

I don't remember any of the hymns/songs that were sung during the 2002 canonization mass; but I know that he loved a song written by a Spanish priest, I think.  Maybe it was sung that day and is the song that you remembered?

At this link, Pope John Paul II is heard singing it, with lyrics in Spanish--
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQrmy-76ENo
Juan Pablo II Canta Pescador de Hombres (translation: John Paul II Sings Fisher of Men)

This link has it in English with Lyrics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AboEgjN3M4c
cantoral - Lord, you have come (with lyrics)
 


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 09, 2013, 01:59:26 PM
Seahorse,

Out of curiosity, I continued to look for a song that might have been sung at a telecast from Mexico that you saw--that Pope John Paul II liked, too. lol  Here is another song that was sung during a visit to Mexico.  Maybe it's the song that you remembered?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVsaPC1MnuA

El Papa Juan Pablo II, su canción favorita "Amigo" (Translation:  Pope John Paul II, his favorite song "Friend")


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 09, 2013, 02:06:55 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/09/pope_at_daily_mass:_christian_hope_is_jesus_personified_/en1-727014

2013-09-09 14:52:20
Pope at daily mass: Christian hope is Jesus personified

(Vatican Radio) The virtue of hope, perhaps less understood than those of faith and charity, should never be confused with human optimism which is more a state of mind. For a Christian, hope is Jesus personified in the Eucharist and in the Word. That’s the essence of what Pope Francis said at this morning’s daily mass at the Vatican guesthouse Santa Marta.
Tracey McClure reports… RealAudioMP3

Hope is a gift from Jesus; hope is Jesus himself and bears his name, Pope Francis said in his homily. But it’s not the kind of hope that you find in a person who usually looks at “a half full glass” – that’s simply “optimism” and “optimism is a human attitude that depends on many things.”

Recalling the Gospel reading in which Jesus heals a man with a paralyzed hand and is criticized by the scribes and Pharisees, Pope Francis observed that through his miracle, Jesus shows them how their’s “is not the way of liberty.” “Liberty and hope,” the Pope said, “go together: where there is no hope, there can be no liberty.” And, the Pope said that with that gesture, Jesus shows us the power of renewal through Him.

“Jesus, hope, renews everything. He’s a constant miracle." Christ, the Pope said, embodies this “miracle of renewal” in the Church, “in my life, your life, in our life.” “Christ is the reason for our hope,” he said, “and this hope does not delude.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 09, 2013, 02:11:45 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/09/poland’s_new_ambassador_to_holy_see_presents_credentials_to_pope/en1-726851

2013-09-09 12:58:49
Poland’s new ambassador to Holy See presents credentials to Pope Francis

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday received in audience Poland’s new ambassador to the Holy See Piotr Nowina-Konopka who presented his letters of credential to the Holy Father. The Polish representative officially bears the office of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Holy See and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

The new ambassador is expected to facilitate the planning of the next World Youth Day celebrations which as Pope Francis announced at the close of WYD2013 in Brazil, will be held in Krakow, Poland in 2016.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 09, 2013, 08:54:18 PM
Seahorse,

Out of curiosity, I continued to look for a song that might have been sung at a telecast from Mexico that you saw--that Pope John Paul II liked, too. lol  Here is another song that was sung during a visit to Mexico.  Maybe it's the song that you remembered?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVsaPC1MnuA

El Papa Juan Pablo II, su canción favorita "Amigo" (Translation:  Pope John Paul II, his favorite song "Friend")


grace-land :)
 ::MonkeySlide::

Yes! Amigo, is the song! The people broke-out, spontanously, seranading  (outside the church) while tossing rose pedals, as the Pope John Paul,was carried out of church.  I believe he was aiding at the time of his visit to Mexico.  He was visibily happy and radiated as the crowd sang Amigo to him,very emotional. John Paul's life was about sacrifice and love.
The little boy singing Amigo in the video, was overcome by his love. :)

Thank-you, so much, for your time that your took for your research. I appreicate the translation.

I enjoy all your links. Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you.

Pope Francis does remind me of John Paul.  I believe both Popes understood it their calling to be the hand of God. :)


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 09, 2013, 11:10:06 PM
You're welcome, seahorse! 

It must have been during the 2002 visit to Mexico, because the video also showed rose pedals being tossed outside of the church as he arrived.   

Both songs are beautiful.  I'm glad that your song was found!  ::MonkeyDance::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 10, 2013, 12:19:34 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/10/pope:_no_to_triumphalism_in_the_church,_proclaim_jesus_without_fear/en1-727225

2013-09-10 12:25:18
Pope: No to triumphalism in the Church, proclaim Jesus without fear and embarrassment

(Vatican Radio) Christians are called to proclaim Jesus without fear , without shame and without triumphalism . Those were the words of Pope Francis at Mass this Tuesday morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also stressed the risk of becoming a Christian without the Resurrection and reiterated that Christ is always at the center of our life and hope  . Lydia O’Kane reports RealAudioMP3

“Jesus is the Winner who has won over sin and death.” Those were the words of Pope Francis on Tuesday morning during his Homily at morning Mass. He was referring to the Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians in which the Saint recommends we walk with Jesus " because he has won, and we walk with him in his victory “firm in the faith."

This is the key point, the Pope stressed: "Jesus is risen .
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 11, 2013, 01:55:59 AM
Seahorse,

ABC televised the 5th trip by Pope John Paul II to Mexico in 2002 for the canonization of Juan Diego.  That's the broadcast that I watched and saw roses and rose pedals.  It was very dramatic, colorful and beautiful!  Maybe that's the program that you watched?  I found a short video of it in Spanish.  Here it is--with a link to a Vatican site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=824fRiJZLS4

Published on Mar 31, 2013 
Los mensajes y homilías de su 5a. visita Pastoral del Papa Juan Pablo II a México en el 2002, pueden verse en el siguente enlace de la web Vaticano:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/joh...


Grace-land,

2002 was the year, Thank-you.  The petals floating from Cathedral's ceiling, elegant.

Do you know the symbolizm of the Aztec dancers, who shuffled, in a featured costume?

"Amigo" is the best song ever!  Thank-you. I remember seeing it live on EWTN.com.

Thank-you


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: seahorse on September 11, 2013, 04:37:50 PM
Hi Grace-land,

I found why the Indians were in Church, "Feather Dance", during Pope JP2-2002 Mexico trip.


 ::MonkeyDance::


http://wwrn.org/articles/2355/?&place=mexico

North America - Mexico

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John Paul bids emotional farewell
by Brendan M. Case ("Dallas Morning News," August 2, 2002)


MEXICO CITY – Pope John Paul II bid farewell to an emotional Mexico on Thursday after a visit in which politicians broke the century-old taboo of openly practicing their religion and the pontiff focused on Indian believers 

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At Thursday's ceremony, the pope tapped his fingers during a "Feather Dance" performed by indigenous dancers, and he appeared on the verge of tears at several points in the ceremony.

He also called on Indians, who in recent decades have converted in droves to evangelical Protestantism, to maintain their Catholic faith and their indigenous identity.

The drama of Juan Bautista and Jacinto de los Angeles began on Sept. 14, 1700, according to church officials.

The two men discovered their fellow townspeople in San Francisco de los Cajonos, Oaxaca, celebrating the rites of their old indigenous religion.

They told Catholic priests what they had seen, and the priests broke up the indigenous prayer meeting.

The next day, the townspeople took the two men prisoner. They killed them with machete blows after offering them a chance to live if they would renounce Catholicism.

Critics have said Juan Bautista and Jacinto de los Angeles were little more than snitches who betrayed their fellow townspeople after years of armed persecution by the Spanish and forced conversions to Catholicism.

But the painful moments of the church's conquest of indigenous people's souls were forgotten Thursday as the pope embraced and celebrated the poorest believers.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=824fRiJZLS4
(Link supplie by grace-land:))


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 11, 2013, 08:31:07 PM
Great research!  Thanks!   ::MonkeySlide::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 11, 2013, 08:34:55 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/11/pope_francis_at_general_audience:_church_is_our_mother/en1-727517

2013-09-11 11:15:51
Pope Francis at General Audience: Church is our Mother

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. The Holy Father continued his catechetical reflections on the Church, focusing on the image of the Church as Mother. The Pope also greeted pilgrims from several countries, including England, Wales, Kenya, Malta and the United States. Below, please find the full text of the official English-language summary of Pope Francis’ catechesis, as well as his words of greeting to English-speaking pilgrims and visitors. Listen: RealAudioMP3
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Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image used by the early Fathers and the Second Vatican Council: the Church as our Mother. By reflecting on the human experience of maternity, we understand that the Church is like our own Mothers. First, like our Mothers, the Church gives us the gift of life. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are reborn as children of God and receive his life. While faith is a personal act, we also recognize that faith comes to us through others – our families and communities who teach us how to believe. Second, like our Mothers, the Church nourishes us, helps us to grow, teaches us the path to follow, and accompanies us in life, especially in our illnesses and sufferings, through the Sacraments and the Word of God. Third, it is also our mission to go forth and share in the maternity of the Church by bringing others to a life of faith. And so we ask ourselves, do we love the Church as our Mother, who helps us to grow as Christians? And how do we go beyond ourselves in order to bring Christ to others? As faithful children, let us bring the light of Christ to the ends of the earth.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 11, 2013, 08:44:13 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/11/popes_letter_to_non-believers_in_italian_paper_la_repubblica/en1-727606

2013-09-11 14:25:59
Pope's letter to non-believers in Italian paper La Repubblica

(Vatican Radio) Does God forgive non-believers? Does absolute truth exist? And is God merely a creation of the human mind?
In a lengthy letter to the former editor of the Italian daily ‘La Repubblica’, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis shares reflections on these three questions and urges all non-believers to engage with Christians in an open and sincere conversation.

Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report: RealAudioMP3

In the letter published on Wednesday, the Pope laments the impasse that has grown up over the centuries with those who see Christianity as ‘dark and superstitious,’ in opposition to the ‘light of reason’.
Quoting from the recent encyclical ‘Lumen Fidei’, the Pope stresses that, on the contrary, faith must never be intransigent or arrogant, but rather humble and able to grow in relationship with others.

Responding to the three questions posed by the Italian journalist and writer, the Pope says the key issue for non-believers is that of “obeying their consciences” when faced with choices of good or evil. God’s mercy, he stresses, “has no limits” for those who seek him with a sincere and contrite heart.

Reflecting on the question of absolute truth, Pope Francis says he prefers to describe the truth in terms of a dynamic relationship between each Christian and Jesus, who said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’. The truth of God’s love, the Pope insists, is not subjective, but it is only experienced and expressed as a journey, a living relationship with each one of us, in our different social and cultural contexts.

Thirdly, Pope Francis considers the question of God as a creation of the human mind, who will thus disappear when human beings cease to exist on earth. In my experience, he says - and in that of so many other Christians past and present – God is not merely an idea but is a “Reality” of infinite goodness and mercy, revealed to us through his son, Jesus of Nazareth.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 12, 2013, 01:59:09 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/12/pope_francis:_contemplate_the_“suffering_humanity”_of_jesus_and_the/en1-727832

2013-09-12 12:06:16
Pope Francis: contemplate the “suffering humanity” of Jesus and the sweetness of Mary

(Vatican Radio) In order to live the message of the Gospel, a Christian must contemplate the “two poles” of “the suffering humanity” of Jesus and the “sweetness” of Mary. That was Pope Francis’ message in his homily Thursday morning at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.

The Gospel, he said, is demanding, it requires “strong things” from a Christian: the ability to forgive, magnanimity, love for enemies… There is only one way to be able to put it into practice: “to contemplate the Passion, the humanity of Jesus” and to imitate the behaviour of His Mother. It is precisely to Mary, whose Holy Name is celebrated in today’s Feast, that the Pope dedicated the first part of his homily. At one time, he said, today’s feast was known as the feast of the “Sweet Name of Mary.” Later this title was changed — but in the prayer, he observed, this “sweetness of her name” remains:

“Even today, we stand in need of this sweetness of the Madonna, in order to understand the things that Jesus requests of us, no? Because this list [of things] is not easy to live. Love the enemy, do good, lend without hoping for anything… to those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other; to those who rip your cloak, don’t refuse the tunic… But these are tough things, no? But the Madonna, in her own way, lived all these things: it is the grace of meekness, the grace of mildness.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 12, 2013, 02:05:07 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/12/liturgical_schedule_of_pope_francis:_september_-_november/en1-727948

2013-09-12 15:34:06
Liturgical Schedule of Pope Francis: September - November

(VIS/Vatican Radio) – The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has published the following calendar of liturgical celebrations over which the Holy Father will preside from September to November:

SEPTEMBER
Sunday, 22: Pastoral visit to Cagliari and to the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria.
Sunday, 29: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. At 10.30 a.m., Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square, on the occasion of the Day for Catechists.
Monday, 30: At 10 a.m., Consistory Hall, Ordinary Public Consistory on several causes of canonisation.

OCTOBER
Friday 4: Pastoral visit to Assisi.
Saturday 12: 5 p.m., Marian prayer in St. Peter's Square.
Sunday 13: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. At 10.30 a.m., Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square, on the occasion of the Marian Day.
Sunday 27: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. At 10.30 a.m., Holy Mass in St. Peter's Square, on the occasion of the Family Day.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 12, 2013, 02:09:10 PM
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/12/pope_francis_meets_with_prime_minister_of_thailand/en1-727929

2013-09-12 14:54:37
Pope Francis meets with Prime Minister of Thailand

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Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra. A statement released by the Holy See Press Office described the talks as cordial, in which the two spoke about the good relations between the Holy See and Thailand, was well as the cooperation between the Church and government, especially in the fields of education and society. Furthermore, they discussed international issues and the political situation in Asia, with particular focus, on the importance of intercultural and interreligious dialogue for the promotion of human rights, peace, and justice in the region.  ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 12, 2013, 02:12:42 PM
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2013-09-12 16:45:43
Pope Francis: Message to Social Week for Italian Catholics

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday sent a message for the participants of the 47th Social Week for Italian Catholics, which will be held from September 12 - 15 in Turin, on the theme: “The Family: Hope and Future for Italian Society”.

In his message, Pope Francis reminded the participants that for the Christian community, the family is much more than a “theme”, but it “is life, the daily fabric, a path for generations through which is transmitted the faith, along with love and with fundamental moral values; [the family] is concrete solidarity, hard work, patience, and also a project, a hope, a future. All of this - which the Christian community lives in the light of faith, hope and charity - it has never kept to herself , but every day it becomes leaven in the dough of society , for the greater common good.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 13, 2013, 11:43:34 PM
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2013-09-13 13:08:35
Pope: there is no such thing as innocent gossip

(Vatican Radio) He who speaks ill of his neighbor is a hypocrite who lacks the courage to look to his own shortcomings. Speaking during his homily at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis focused on the fact that gossip has a “criminal” side to it, because every time we speak ill of our brothers, we imitate Caine’s homicidal gesture.

The seed of Pope Francis’ homily on Friday was Jesus’s thought provoking query when he asked: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” After having spoken about humility – he said – Jesus speaks to us of its opposite: “of that hateful attitude towards one’s neighbor when one becomes a “judge” of his brother”. In this context – the Pope points out – Jesus uses a strong word: “hypocrite”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 13, 2013, 11:46:37 PM
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Dialogue essential to Christianity, Pope tells non-believing journalist

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to a prominent non-believing Italian journalist, Pope Francis called dialogue a “profound and indispensable expression” of the Christian life.

It “seems to me that it is nothing other than positive, not only for us individually but also for the society in which we live, to pause to dialogue on a reality as important as the faith is,” the Pope said in a Sept 11 letter to Eugenio Scalfari, translated by the Catholic news agency Zenit.

Scalfari, the 89-year-old journalist and founder of the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica,” had posed several questions to the Pope in response to his July encyclical “Lumen Fidei.”

The Pope replied that his latest encyclical was intended not only to confirm the faithful but also to advance a “sincere and rigorous dialogue” between Catholics and non-believers. Dialogue is not secondary to the Christian life, he said.

Citing “Lumen Fidei,” he reflected that faith “grows in coexistence that respects the other.” The certainty of faith “makes possible witness and dialogue with everyone.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 13, 2013, 11:51:29 PM
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Francis' teacher says Pope never supported Marxist theology

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- One of Pope Francis' former teachers says in a new book that the Holy Father has never supported a Marxist-based liberation theology.

“In the Argentinean Liberation Theology, social Marxist analysis is not used, but rather a historical-cultural analysis, not based on class warfare as a determining principle for the interpretation of society and history,” said Argentinean Jesuit priest Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone.

“I think that the pastoral work of Bergoglio is understood in this context.”

Fr. Scannone’s remarks are included in an extensive interview in the recent book “Francis Our Brother Our Friend” (Ignatius Press, 2013) authored by CNA's executive director Alejandro Bermudez.

The book’s release comes amid speculation by Vatican analysts regarding liberation theology, a controversial school of thought that developed in Latin America in the 1950s. Liberation theology has been criticized as a Marxist interpretation of the gospel, focusing on freedom from material poverty and injustice rather than giving primacy to spiritual freedom.

Although the meeting was not listed among the Pope’s official private audiences, the Vatican confirmed that at the request of Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis this week received Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, the Peruvian theologian credited with being one of the founders of liberation theology.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 14, 2013, 11:09:16 PM
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2013-09-14 12:38:55
Pope Francis: Approach mystery of the Cross with prayer and tears

(Vatican Radio) At the Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Pope Francis said the mystery of the Cross is a great mystery for mankind, a mystery that can only be approached in prayer and in tears.

In his homily, the Pope said that it is in the mystery of the Cross that we find the story of mankind and the story of God, synthesised by the Fathers of the Church in the comparison between the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, in Paradise, and the tree of the Cross:

“The one tree has wrought so much evil, the other tree has brought us to salvation, to health. This is the course of the humanity’s story: a journey to find Jesus Christ the Redeemer, who gives His life for love. God, in fact, has not sent the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. This tree of the Cross save us, all of us, from the consequences of that other tree, where self-sufficiency, arrogance, the pride of us wanting to know all things according to our own mentality, according to our own criteria, and also according to that presumption of being and becoming the only judges of the world. This is the story of mankind: from one tree to the other.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 15, 2013, 10:50:02 PM
2013-09-15 12:47:26
Pope Angelus: Look to the mercy of God

(Vatican Radio) The mercy of God was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Angelus address on a rainy Sunday in Rome. Speaking from the papal apartments above St Peter’s Square, the Pope, taking his inspiration from the Gospel of Luke said that Chapter 15 contains three parables of mercy, those of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the story of the prodigal son.

He said that all three parables speak of the joy of God, which is the joy of forgiving. The Holy Father went on to say that this Gospel shows Christianity at work, adding that mercy is the true force that can save man and the world from the "cancer" that is the sin, evil, moral, and spiritual.

Continuing on the theme forgiveness, Pope Francis said that Jesus “is all mercy , all love is God made man.” Each of us, he said “ is the lost sheep, the lost coin , and each of us is the son who has wasted their freedom following false idols, the illusions of happiness, and lost everything.” But God, the Holy Father underlined, “does not forget us, the Father never abandons us. God respects our freedom, but remains faithful . And when we return to Him, he welcomes us as children, into his house, because he never stops, not even for a moment, to expect us, with love.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 15, 2013, 10:51:56 PM
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 15, 2013, 11:01:26 PM
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2013-09-15 16:06:21
Pope's open letter and his gratitude towards Jews

(Vatican Radio) We continue to provide comments by theologians and experts to the open letter that Pope Francis wrote this week in response to a series of questions posed to him by journalist and writer, Eugenio Scalfari, of the Italian daily newspaper, “La Repubblica”.

One of the issues into which the Holy Father delved in his remarks is that of his gratitude to Jews who have kept their faith in God, through the terrible trials of these centuries.

Speaking to Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni, Joseph Sievers, Professor of Jewish History and Literature at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, says that in his opinion the tone of brotherly closeness that sets the letter is one of the things that most impressed him…

Listen to the full interview... RealAudioMP3

Professor Sievers says the tone of the letter is “one of speaking at eye-level to a person who does not profess a particular faith, and so in this context the answer to the question about Jews and Judaism, brings up the personal level, the experience of Francis when he was in Argentina”. And Prof. Sievers says: “Also I was impressed that he did not just speak about answers, but also about the deep questions that he brings in prayer to God about the Shoah. He does not pretend to have the answer, but brings that question to God”.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 15, 2013, 11:23:28 PM
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Rome’s chief rabbi commends Pope on Judaism comments
09/15/2013 21:57

ROME – Dr. Riccardo Di Segni, chief rabbi of Rome, responded warmly on Yom Kippur to Pope Francis’s remarks on Jews and Judaism.

In a letter published September 12 by national daily La Repubblica, Di Segni, known for his very cautious attitude toward interreligious dialogue and his insistence on mutually recognized limits, said, “This Pontificate does not cease to surprise.”

He was referring to an article written by the pope and published September 11 in La Repubblica in response to challenging questions asked by Eugenio Scalfari, the paper’s cofounder and former editor, and a self-proclaimed “nonbeliever.”
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In his published letter, Di Segni noted that while Francis’s words are not new but, rather, inherent to Christianity and confirmed by Vatican II, “it is the force with which he expresses them and his capacity of communicating them that is astounding. The fact that Judaism is the holy root of Christianity is fundamental, but many theological currents, especially in Protestantism, have tried to belittle them. In opposing these currents, Francis is coherent to the teaching of Benedict. Especially noteworthy is his expression of gratitude to Jews for their devotion in faith.”
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 15, 2013, 11:42:55 PM
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Pope’s meets with the father of liberation theology; Vatican media praises the Peruvian priest

Pope Francis' September 11 meeting with Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez was an informal one, held in the in the pope's residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, and not listed on his official schedule., reports the Catholic News Service. However the news that Pope Francis had received the 85-year old Peruvian priest, who is widely considered the father of liberation theology, has excited interest far beyond the Vatican's walls.

During the 1990s, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith conducted a lengthy critical review of Father Gutierrez's work, and required him to write and rewrite articles clarifying some of his theological and pastoral points.

But within a single week in early September 2013, the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published an interview with Father Gutierrez, an article by the theologian himself, and two articles praising his work -- one of them by the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller.

Following years of Vatican criticism of liberation theology under John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, these events might seem to indicate a reversal of policy under Pope Francis. It would be more accurate to say they represent the fruit of a long and painful process, through which the church has clarified the nature of its commitment to the world's poor today.
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Post by: grace-land on September 16, 2013, 02:22:25 PM
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2013-09-16 12:08:38
Pope Francis: Christians must pray for their leaders

(Vatican Radio) Humility and love are indispensable traits of those who govern, while citizens, especially if they are Catholic, cannot be indifferent to politics. That was Pope Francis’ message this morning during his daily Mass at Santa Marta, as he called for prayers for those in authority.

The Gospel of the centurion who, with humility and confidence, asks for the healing of his servant; and the letter of Saint Paul to Timothy with the invitation to pray for those who govern, inspired the Pope to “reflect on the service of authority.” Those who govern, Pope Francis said, “have to love their people,” because “a leader who doesn’t love, cannot govern – at best they can discipline, they can give a little bit of order, but they can’t govern.” The Pope considered David, “how he loved his people,” so much that after the sin of the census he asked the Lord not to punish the people, but [to punish] him. These, then, are “the two virtues of a leader”: love for the people and humility.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 16, 2013, 02:26:46 PM
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2013-09-16 15:57:09
Pope Francis to Rome priests: "never settle for simple administration"

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday morning met for over two hours with priests from the Diocese of Rome.

The private meeting, an annual event that takes place in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, was a moment of greetings and exchange.

After the Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini delivered his welcoming speech, the Pope addressed the clergy and then took time to answer the many questions they put to him.

His first words to his brother priests were words of encouragement and closeness.

Listen to Linda Bordoni's report... RealAudioMP3

Speaking off the cuff to bishops, vicars, priests and deacons, Pope Francis said the Church needs “shepherds of the people, not clerics of the State”. Dipping into a letter he had written to his priests when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2008, a year after the Aparecida Conference, and that he used as a text upon which to reflect in the lead-up to this encounter, the Pope said “a priest belongs to the people of God” and he reminded priests never to lose their identity which is in communion with the Holy Spirit, because without the Holy Spirit – he said - “we are in danger of losing our way in the understanding of faith”, and run the risk of ending up disoriented and self-referenced.
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Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 17, 2013, 04:10:36 PM
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2013-09-17 12:20:23
Pope Francis at Tuesday Mass: reflecting on our Mother Church

(Vatican Radio) The Church has the courage of a woman who defends her children, in order to bring them to encounter her Spouse. This was one of the main focal points of Pope Francis’ remarks following the readings at Mass on Tuesday morning in the chapel of the Domus sanctae Marthae in the Vatican. The Pope also reflected on the encounter between Jesus and the widow of Naim, saying that the Church herself is, in history, walking in search of her Lord. Listen: RealAudioMP3

Jesus has, “the capacity to suffer with us, to be close to our sufferings and make them His own,” said Pope Francis, who began his reflections with the encounter between Jesus and the widow of Naim, of which Tuesday’s Gospel reading tells. He pointed out that Jesus, “had great compassion” for this widow who had now lost her son. Jesus, he went on to say, “knew what it meant to be a widow at that time,” and noted that the Lord has a special love for widows, He cares for them.” Reading this passage of the Gospel, he then said, that the widow is, “an icon of the Church , because the Church is in a sense widow”:
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Post by: grace-land on September 17, 2013, 10:32:39 PM
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09/16/2013
Francis urges priests not to push cohabiting couples away

“Sanctity is stronger than scandal”. This was the message Pope Francis extended to Rome’s parish priests at a meeting in St. John the Lateran this morning, the Diocese of Rome’s weekly newspaper RomaSette reports. The Pope asked for this meeting straight after his election. The meeting took place between 10 and 12.30 and was introduced by Vicar Agostino Vallini, followed by a question and answer session between the Pope and the priests.
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The Pope told priests they should welcome couples that live together and championed the courageous and creative choices involved in going out to the “existential peripheries”, RomaSette says in its article. But the truth factor is crucial here. “The truth must always be told,” not just in the dogmatic sense of the world but in the sense of “love and God’s fullness”. The priest must “accompany” people.

Francis referred to some experience he had in Buenos Aires as examples of creativity. For example, when some churches were kept open around the clock, with confessors or “personal courses” available for couples who want to marry but can’t attend a prenuptial course because they work till late. The “existential peripheries” are the priority. These also refer to the kinds of family contexts Benedict XVI often talked about, for example second marriages. Our task is to “find another way, the just way,” Francis said.

Francis concluded his meeting with the Roman clergy by addressing the issues surrounding the annulment of a marriage, a subject that was very important to Benedict XVI. Francis said proposals have been put forward and research is currently underway. The group of eight cardinals and the next Synod of Bishops will discuss this issue in October, Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reports. 

“The problem cannot be reduced to whether” these couples “are allowed to take communion or not because whoever thinks of the problem in these terms doesn’t understand the real issue at hand,” Francis said. “This is a serious problem regarding the Church’s responsibility towards families that are in this situation.” Francis reiterated what he said on the return flight from Rio to Rome after World Youth Day, saying he will be discussing the issue with the group of eight cardinals who will be meeting in the Vatican in early October. Francis added that the issue will also be discussed at the next Synod of Bishops  on the Gospel’s anthropological relationship with individual people and the family, so that the whole Synod can look into this problem. “This,” Francis said “is a real existential periphery”.


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 18, 2013, 01:18:36 PM
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2013-09-18 12:28:13
Audience: Pope continues catechesis on Church as our Mother

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis returned to the theme of the "Church as our Mother"during his audience catechesis on Wednesday. The Pope’s English language remarks were read out at the Audience.Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I wish to return to the image of the Church as our Mother, by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live and suffer for their children. First, our mothers show us, through their tenderness and love, the correct path to follow in life, so that we may grow into adulthood. So too the Church orients us on the path of life, indicating the way that leads to maturity. Second, our mothers know how and when to accompany us with understanding through life and to help lead us back when we wonder off the right path. The Church also accompanies us in mercy, in understanding, never judging us or closing the door, but offering forgiveness to help us return to the right course. Third, as our mothers never grow tired of interceding for us, no matter our failings, so too the Church stays with us always and, through prayer, puts into the hands of the Lord all our situations, difficulties and needs.   ::snipping3::





Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 18, 2013, 01:23:27 PM
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2013-09-18 11:23:50
Audience: Pope calls on Christians to continue prayers for peace

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis Wednesday during his weekly General Audience called on Catholics together with other Christians to continue to pray for peace in the most troubled parts of the world. He made the appeal ahead of the "International Day of Peace," celebrated on September 21st.  Below is a Vatican Radio English translation of the Pope’s words. Listen to Lydia O'Kane's report RealAudioMP3

Each year, on September 21, the United Nations celebrates the "International Day of Peace," and the World Council of Churches is calling on its members to pray on that day for peace. I invite Catholics from around the world to join with other Christians to continue to ask God for the gift of peace in the most troubled parts of our planet.   ::snipping3::


Title: Re: Pope Francis
Post by: grace-land on September 19, 2013, 04:59:18 PM
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2013-09-19 14:08:44
Details of Pope Francis' visit to Sardinia on Sunday September 22nd

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis heads to Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia this Sunday (September 22nd) for a pastoral visit that includes celebrating mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The Pope announced in May that he wished to visit the Marian Shrine of Bonaria or “Good Air” because it gave his hometown of Buenos Aires its name.

During his 10-hour visit to the city of Cagliari, the Pope will also meet workers, business representatives, prisoners, the poor, young people, leading representatives from the world of culture and the island’s Catholic bishops.
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Post by: grace-land on September 19, 2013, 05:02:21 PM
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2013-09-19 15:03:58
Pope Francis receives Lithuanian Prime Minister Butkevičius

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with the Prime Minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevičius. A communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See says the Pope and the Prime Minister used their colloquy to discuss a number of issues of regional and global import, as well as to highlight the good relations between the parties. Below, please find the full text of the Communiqué
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Post by: grace-land on September 19, 2013, 05:05:51 PM
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2013-09-19 15:21:55
Catechism and the New Evangelization

(Vatican Radio) Details of an upcoming conference on Catechism were presented Thursday at the Holy See Press Office. The International Conference of Catechesis is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization as part of ongoing events for the Year of Faith.

There will also be a Day for Catechists which will run from the 28-29 September.

As part of the lead up to the three day Conference a new Catholic Church Catechism App for Tablet and Smartphone was launched at the press event.
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Post by: grace-land on September 19, 2013, 05:08:37 PM
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2013-09-19 13:17:11
Pope to new Bishops: Tend the flock of God

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received new Bishops from around the world in audience today in Rome. The audience marked the end of the annual Conference for New Bishops, which provides formation and orientation for men who have been elevated to the episcopate each year.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and Cardinal Leonardi Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches were also in attendance at the Conference, along with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila.

In his address to the new Bishops, Pope Francis said the worldwide episcopate forms a “unique body” that gives direction to the Bishops in their daily work and presses them to ask themselves “how to live the spirit of collegiality and collaboration in the Episcopate? how to be builders of communion an unity in the Church the Lord has entrusted” to them. He reminded the