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« Reply #1520 on: May 31, 2014, 07:50:06 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/05/30/pope_francis_ordains_new_synod_undersecretary_to_episcopacy_/1101202

Pope Francis ordains new Synod undersecretary to episcopacy
30/05/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Friday eveneing in St Peter’s Basilica, during which he consecrated Fr. Fabio Fabene a bishop. Bishop Fabene is the undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops. In his homily, which was closely based on the model homily for episcopal ordinations found in the Roman Ritual, the Holy Father spoke of the high calling of the office of bishop, and the great responsibility the office entails toward both God and the faithful.

“Episcopacy, in fact,” said Pope Francis, “is a service, and not an honour, since it is for the bishop to serve, rather than to dominate.”
 
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« Reply #1521 on: May 31, 2014, 07:55:16 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/you-can-make-a-better-world-pope-tells-disadvantaged-children/

'You can make a better world,' Pope tells disadvantaged children

Vatican City, May 31, 2014 / 08:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This morning the “Ode to Joy” rang out from a teenaged orchestra as Pope Francis entered a room packed with 400 Italian school children from disadvantaged homes. They waved and cheered as the Pope spoke to them in simple terms about the importance of light and love in a dark world.

Today’s meeting was the second of its kind, a collaboration between the Pontifical Council for Culture’s “Court of the Gentiles” and Trenitalia, the Italian train company which sponsored the children’s ride from Naples to Rome.

Pope Francis’ encounter with the school children, who came from Naples as well as outlying areas of Rome, was marked by a joyful informality as he continued his simple question and answer style.

“Is it possible to make a better world?” he asked the children gathered in the atrium of the Paul VI hall on May 31, as they shouted “yes!” in reply.

“Yes! And better than the world I live in?” Pope Francis continued, as his young audience again shouted, “yes!”
 
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« Reply #1522 on: June 01, 2014, 10:08:38 PM »

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Pope celebrates end of Marian month in Vatican Gardens
01/06/2014



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday evening concluded the Month of Mary in the Vatican Gardens. A procession led by Cardinal Angelo Comastri went from the church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was there that Pope Francis greeted the faithful.

"Mary 'went in haste' to her elderly cousin Elizabeth. She wasted no time, immediately went to serve," Pope Francis said. "And 'the Virgin of readiness' is now ready to help us when we pray, when we ask for her help and protection."
 
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« Reply #1523 on: June 01, 2014, 10:12:10 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/01/regina_coeli_jesus_remains_with_us/1101257

Regina coeli: Jesus remains with us
01/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) During his weekly Regina coeli address, Pope Francis spoke about the feast of the Ascension, which is celebrated on Sunday in Italy and some other countries.

“Setting out” is the key word of today’s feast, the Pope said in his weekly Regina coeli address. “Jesus sets out toward the Father, and commands His disciples to 'set out' into the world."

But Jesus’ return to the Father is not a separation from us, Pope Francis said. Rather, the risen Lord draws our gaze to heaven “to show us that the end of our journey is the Father. Jesus Himself said that He was going to prepare a place for us in Heaven.” Even if we can’t see Jesus, he is always with us: “He is always with us, and even now is here with us in the Piazza. The Lord is with us!”
 

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« Reply #1524 on: June 01, 2014, 10:24:40 PM »

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http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/news/detail/articolo/francesco-francis-francisco-olimpico-34503/

06/ 1/2014
Francis at Rome’s Olympic Stadium: “The devil wants to destroy the family”


(©Reuters) The Pope at Rome's Olympic stadium

Today Francis addressed 52 thousand faithful at the Charismatic Renewal gathering at Rome's Olympic Stadium: “The elderly are the Church’s wisdom and yet they are cast aside”
GIACOMO GALEAZZI
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“At first I thought Renewal was a samba school,” the Pope joked and the whole stadium roared with laughter. Then he warned: “When someone thinks they are important, that’s when the plague hits.” Finally, he kneeled down as faithful prayed at the end of his speech, asking the Lord to bless him, just as Francis had asked of them to do straight after his election on 13 March 2013, from the central Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica.

“Someone is missing here, possibly the most important people: grandparents. They are the guarantors of our faith.” Francis’ words totally threw the organisers of the Charismatic Renewal Convocation (Renewal in the Spirit – RNS), who only expected four people to speak at today’s meeting at the Olympic stadium: a priest, a young boy, a married couple and a disabled person.

“Like good wine, the elderly have freedom given to them by the Holy Spirit,” the Pope said, recalling the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, where he met two elderly people, Simeon and the prophetess Anna. “The elderly are the Church’s wisdom and yet we cast them aside,” the Pope said. That elderly lady, Anna, canonized “gossip” because instead of gossiping, she went around saying that the Saviour had come. Grandmothers and grandfathers are our wisdom and strength.” “May the Lord always give us elderly people who pass onto us the memory and wisdom of the Church and the sense of joy with which Simeon and Anna greeted promises from afar,” Francis said.

He asked the thousands of priests gathered to “be close to the people and to God.” “Lord, look at your people who await the Holy Spirit; look at the young; look at the families; look at children; look at the sick; look at priests; at the consecrated men and women; look at us bishops. Look at everyone and grant us that holy inebriation, the inebriation of the Spirit, which allows us to speak in all languages, the languages of charity, always standing by the side of those brothers and sisters who need us. Teach us not to fight over power, teach us to be humble, to love the Church more than our party, to receive the Spirit, Lord send your Spirit upon us.”
 
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Pope Francis meets the Moviment of the Holy Spirit Renewal
Streamed live on Jun 1, 2014

Pope Francis meets the partecipants in the 37th National Conference of the Holy Spirit Renewal, in Rome.
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« Reply #1525 on: June 02, 2014, 10:06:09 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/02/pope_francis_at_daily_mass_on_monday/1101287

Pope Francis at daily Mass on Monday
02/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican on Monday morning, with a group of married couples at various stages on life’s journey in attendance. The focus of the Holy Father’s remarks following the readings of the day were the faithfulness, perseverance, and fruitfulness of Christ’s love for His bride, the Church – three characteristics that are also at the heart of Christian marriage.

Fifteen couples, with between 25 and 60 years’ experience in marriage, were gathered in order to give thanks to God for the milestones they’ve reached. After the readings of the day, Pope Francis shared some reflections on the three pillars of spousal relationship in the Christian vision of things: fidelity, perseverance, fruitfulness. The Holy Father said that Christ, Himself, is the model measure of these, which the Pope called the “three loves of Jesus”: for the Father, for His mother, and for the Church. “Great” is His love for the Church, said Pope Francis, adding, “Jesus married the Church for love.” She is, he said, “His bride: beautiful, holy, a sinner, He loves her all the same.” His way of loving set the three characteristics of this love in relief:
 
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« Reply #1526 on: June 03, 2014, 08:36:10 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/03/pope_at_mass_jesus_intercedes_for_us_before_the_father/1101304

Pope at Mass: Jesus intercedes for us before the Father
03/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) Despite our many sins, Jesus always intercedes for us before the Father.  He shows Him his wounds, through which we are saved.  The daily readings at Mass at Casa Santa Marta Tuesday morning gave Pope Francis the opportunity to dwell on the power of intercessory prayer. The readings spoke of Jesus taking leave of his disciples and St. Paul taking leave of the Christian community to return to Jerusalem. Emer McCarthy reports:

The people are saddened by St. Paul’s departure from Miletus as were the disciples when Jesus took his leave of them before "going to Gethsemane and beginning His Passion". The Pope noted that the Lord consoles them and "there is a small sentence of dismissal …that makes one think". Jesus "speaks to the Father, in this discourse, and says, 'I pray for them'. Jesus prays for us. "As he had prayed for Peter and for Lazarus before the tomb. Jesus tells us: "You are all of the Father. And I pray for you before the Father. "Jesus does not pray for the world, "he prays for us" he "prays for the Church".
 
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« Reply #1527 on: June 04, 2014, 08:50:32 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/04/pope_audience_the_gift_of_piety/1101346

Pope Audience: Piety grounds and perfects our relationship with God
04/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) The faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday for the Pope’s General Audience were treated to the latest installment of the Holy Father’s catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which this week focused on Piety.

Pope Francis explained that this gift is one that is so often misunderstood or considered in a superficial way, but which touches the heart of our identity and our Christian life.

Piety, the Pope said indicates that we belong to God and have a deep connection with God.
 
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« Reply #1528 on: June 04, 2014, 08:53:48 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/04/vatican_to_renew_its_pastoral_care_of_gypsies/1101350

Vatican to renew its Pastoral Care of Gypsies
04/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) A world meeting to examine and improve the pastoral care of gypsies will take place in the Vatican from 5th to 9th June.

Organized by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the meeting gathers Episcopal Promoters and National Directors of the Pastoral Care of Gypsies. The title of the event is “The Church and Gypsies: to Announce the Gospel in the Peripheries”. Participants include 8 Episcopal Promoters, 16 National Directors and 22 experts (pastoral operators and consultants). 

On the first day of the meeting the participants will be received in audience by Pope Francis,

AIMS OF THE MEETING
 

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« Reply #1529 on: June 04, 2014, 09:07:02 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/04/pope-free-market-economy_n_5440937.html

Cardinal Maradiaga Slams Free Market Libertarianism: 'This Economy Kills'
Religion News Service    | By David Gibson 
Posted:  06/04/2014 6:59 am EDT    Updated:  06/04/2014 6:59 am EDT   

WASHINGTON (RNS) Taking direct aim at libertarian policies promoted by many American conservatives, the Honduran cardinal who is one of Pope Francis’ top advisers said Tuesday (June 3) that today’s free market system is “a new idol” that is increasing inequality and excluding the poor.

“This economy kills,” said Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, quoting Francis frequently in a speech delivered at a conference on Catholicism and libertarianism held a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

The pope, Maradiaga said, grew up in Argentina and “has a profound knowledge of the life of the poor.” That is why, he said, Francis continues to insist that “the elimination of the structural causes for poverty is a matter of urgency that can no longer be postponed.”

“The hungry or sick child of the poor cannot wait,” the cardinal said.

Maradiaga, who heads a kitchen cabinet of eight cardinals from around the world that Francis established to advise him shortly after his election last year, also argued that personal charity was insufficient to solve global problems.

“Solidarity is more than a few sporadic acts of generosity,” he said.

Instead, he said, solidarity with the poor, as envisioned by Catholic social teaching, calls for “dealing with the structural causes of poverty and injustice.” The cardinal stressed that the church “by no means despises the rich,” and he said Francis “is also not against the efforts of business to increase the goods of the earth.”

“The basic condition, however, is that it serves the common good,” he said.

A charismatic churchman who speaks fluent English, Maradiaga was animated in his criticism of the effects of today’s free market capitalism and he peppered his remarks with digs at economic conservatives.
 
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« Reply #1530 on: June 04, 2014, 09:17:01 PM »

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
"The Perspective of the Gospel" – In Francis' Defense, The "Vice-Pope" on The Economy

Over his 14 months as Pope Francis' foremost adviser, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has been no stranger to brow-raising – or, for not a few, agita-inducing – statements... and perhaps that's putting it mildly. Yet while said penchant for provocation is no surprise to those who've known the globe-trotting Honduran over his two decades on the church's global scene, his new role as coordinator of the "Gang of Eight" – and, arguably, Francis' "Vice-Pope" – gives his words not just a far bigger audience, but a whole new weight.

His surname often confused by English speakers, last time we checked in with Rodríguez, he was voicing his "dream that the next Pope will be Asian" while forcefully laying out Francis' program over twin October talks in Dallas and Miami. Today, he's in Washington, where – amid pointed criticism or outright dismissal of the Pope's emphatic teaching on social and economic matters by conservative political commentators, as well as some within the church – the cardinal took Francis' defense into his own hands.

The keynote of a daylong conference on libertarianism and the Magisterium organized by the Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, Rodríguez's full-tilt reiteration of Evangelii Gaudium comes days after the Pope himself repeated his governing manifesto's warning that "this [global] economy kills" while speaking to the press on his return from the Holy Land.

Citing European figures of woefully low birthrates and skyrocketing youth unemployment, Francis observed that "this means that there is an entire generation which is 'neither-nor': they neither study nor work, and this is something really serious! A generation of young people is being thrown away. For me, this throwaway culture is extremely serious. But it is not only in Europe, it is a bit everywhere, but in Europe we really feel it. A comparison can be made with the culture of well-being, ten years ago. And this is tragic. It is a difficult moment. It is an inhumane economic system. I didn’t hesitate to write in the Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium that this economic system kills. And I repeat this."

Reinforcing the message, the cardinal was introduced by one of organized labor's top leaders, the AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

While Rodríguez tends to replace a good deal of his scripted content with colorful off-the-cuff reflections, below is the cardinal's text as prepared for delivery this afternoon. Following the keynote, the principal response (fulltext) was given by one of the USCCB's keener policy wonks, Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane.
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The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism.

Keynote. June 3rd. 2014

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodríguez Maradiaga SDB

Archbishop of Tegucigalpa

 
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« Reply #1531 on: June 04, 2014, 09:24:32 PM »

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/the-vatican/detail/articolo/francesco-francis-francisco-bartolomeo-34531/

06/ 3/2014
Prayer for Peace on June 8th: Bartholomew will be there too


(©LaPresse) Francis with Bartholomew in Jerusalem

At the encounter to pray for peace in the Holy Land, called by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday, June 8th there will be also the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew.   Vatican Insider received this confirmation from authoritative sources of the patriarchy. The decision will be made ​​official most likely tomorrow, after the meeting of the synod during which the patriarch will present the initiative.

It was Pope Francis who invited Bartholomew during the meeting held at the Greek-orthodox Patriarchate on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The patriarch of Constantinople had accepted the invitation, though reserving the right to respond.

The presence of the Successor of the Apostle next to the Successor of the Apostle Peter, on the occasion of the arrival of the Israeli and Palestinian presidents at the Vatican, is an important sign of the commitment of Christians for Peace in the Holy Land.  It testifies that the “Sister” Churches intend to continue along this path undertaken in Jerusalem.
 
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« Reply #1532 on: June 05, 2014, 11:40:46 AM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/05/pope_francis_at_thursday_morning_mass_in_santa_marta/1101392

Pope Francis at Thursday morning Mass in Santa Marta
05/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican on Thursday. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the need to cultivate a real sense of belonging in and to the Church, and spoke of three temptations into which people who call themselves Christians often fall: “uniformism”, “alternative-ism” and “exploitation-ism”.

Taking his cue from the Gospel reading of the day, which was from the 17th chapter of the Gospel according to St John, and contains Our Lord’s prayer for the unity of the Church, the Holy Father spoke of some people, who seem to have “one foot inside" and one foot outside the Church, so that they reserve “the possibility of being in both places,” both inside the Church and out of it. The Holy Father said that such as these do not really feel that the Church is their own. He said that there are some groups that, “rent the Church, but do not claim it as their home.” He identified three specific groups or kinds of Christians: he began with those, who would have everyone be equal in the Church, whom he called “uniformists”:
 
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« Reply #1533 on: June 05, 2014, 11:56:18 AM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/the-pope-receives-aram-i-catholicos-of-the-armenia

Pope receives Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Cilicia: We share the same hopes



Vatican City, 5 June 2014 (VIS) – “On our journey towards full communion, we share the same hopes and a similar sense of responsibility as we strive to be faithful to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ”. With these words, Pope Francis greeted His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Cilicia, during their meeting in the Vatican this morning.

As the Pope observed, His Holiness Aram I's commitment to the cause of Christian unity is well known to all. The Catholicos has played an important role in the World Council of Churches and in the Middle East Council of Churches, which support Christian communities in the Middle East, and has made a significant contribution to the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
 
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« Reply #1534 on: June 05, 2014, 12:00:42 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/05/pope_francis_sends_message_to_catholic-orthodox_meeting_in_m/1101399

Pope Francis sends message to Catholic-Orthodox meeting in Minsk
05/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has sent a message on behalf of Pope Francis to the IV European Orthodox-Catholic Forum, which took place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.  The event discussed the theme ”Religion and diversity: the challenges for the Christian Churches in Europe.”

“His Holiness hopes that religious freedom in Europe will be protected in all of its forms and that Christians may always bear witness to the hope that is in them with kindness, respect and an upright conscience,” reads the message.
 

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« Reply #1535 on: June 05, 2014, 10:32:58 PM »

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/world-news/detail/articolo/ortodossi-ortodoxos-orthodox-34562/

06/ 5/2014
All the battles of Kirill



The season that the Orthodox patriarchate of Moscow is now experiencing is rather complex: a season that cannot but have far-reaching repercussions in relations between the Orthodox Churches of the world, and of course with Rome. The recent news released by “AsiaNews”  and which so far has not found any official confirmation, is that Pope Francis had sent a personal message to Patriarch Kirill. A message delivered through non-diplomatic channels, where in essence the Pope said to Kirill:  I'm ready to meeting, even now.  And this  already, in itself, represents a problem. For reasons of internal balance within the Holy Synod, where the anti- Catholic wing is always strong. Pope John Paul II had tried to establish personal contact (with the gift of an icon by Kazan, among others) but without success. John Paul II was Slavic , Polish, and perhaps Moscow feared his charisma.  Later there was word of a possible meeting with Pope Benedict XVI; but at some point the idea met with obstacles, always from the East.  Now the issue is raised again with Francis: everything looks nice and positive in this successor of Peter, who is said to also be willing (like his predecessors, on the other ) to discuss his role in the concert of the Church. What to do?
 
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« Reply #1536 on: June 05, 2014, 10:39:31 PM »

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765654548/Sen-Mike-Lee-Dirk-Kempthorne-Joel-Osteen-in-meeting-with-Pope-Francis-at-Vatican.html

Sen. Mike Lee, Dirk Kempthorne, Joel Osteen meet with Pope Francis at Vatican
Published: Thursday, June 5 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Updated: 4 hours ago



WASHINGTON — A small group of political and religious leaders from the United States, including Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican today.

Part of a multiday, unofficial visit to Italy to promote ecumenical prayer and interfaith understanding, Lee was joined in the private audience by former U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne; Lakewood Church pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen; Tim Timmons, a pastor and author based in Newport Beach, California; and Gayle D. Beebe, president of Westmont College, an evangelical school in Santa Barbara, California.

Lee said The International Foundation, a private nonprofit, arranged the trip.

The Utah Republican conversed with the Pope in Spanish, which is the pontiff's mother tongue, about the need for faith in Jesus Christ and to build families. Lee, who served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, speaks fluent Spanish.

"I was told it would not only be the proper protocol, but also appreciated if I were to address him in Spanish," Lee said in a telephone interview from Rome. "The invitation to meet came from Pope Francis' desire to invite more people to come unto Jesus Christ," he added.

Lee said Francis asked his guests to pray that more people would serve and protect the family.

Ecumenical outreach

According to a Westmont College statement, the pontiff "invited the Protestant leaders to discuss the question: 'Can we find common ground in order to advance the life and ministry of Jesus so more people can experience the joy of Christian faith?'"
 

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« Reply #1537 on: June 05, 2014, 10:52:36 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/latin-patriarch-dedicates-church-at-magdala-center/

Latin patriarch dedicates church at Magdala Center


Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Credit: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel, Jun 4, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century synagogue where Jesus Christ may have preached.

“I hope that, for the thousands of pilgrims who visit this place, it will be an opportunity to experience God made man who walked in these lands,” Patriarch Twal said May 28 at the Duc in Altum Church near the Israeli city of Migdal.

Four bishops and about 40 priests concelebrated the dedication Mass. Representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Church of Scotland and other Christian churches attended, as did several Jews, the Legion of Christ reports.

Pope Francis had blessed the church’s tabernacle during his visit to the Holy Land.
 
Fr. Solana said the Magdala Center is “called to foster reflection on the role of women in the Church and in society.”

The Duc in Altum Church chapel takes inspiration from Jesus’ ministry on the Sea of Galilee and from the role of women in evangelization.

“We believe that, just as Mary Magdalene experienced God’s mercy, as well many pilgrims will experience the love of God,” Fr. Solana said.

A name from a woman in the Gospel is featured on each pillar in the chapel atrium, except for one pillar that is empty.

De la Garza said that empty pillar is “dedicated to all the women who are pillars in their own families and who hand on the faith.”

The Magdala Center project hopes to add a hotel for pilgrims and a restaurant, though Fr. Solana said more funds are needed to complete these plans.

The Magdala Center website is at www.magdalacenter.com.
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« Reply #1538 on: June 05, 2014, 11:04:54 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-appoints-new-board-for-vaticans-financial-watchdog/

Pope Francis appoints new board for Vatican's financial watchdog

Vatican City, Jun 5, 2014 / 10:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed a new board for the Authority for Financial Information, marking a new step in the path toward financial transparency, and strengthening the international profile of the authority.

The new members are: Marc Odendall, a financial consultant in the philanthropic sector, from Switzerland; Joseph Yuvaraj Pillay, president of the Council of Consultors of the president of Singapore; Juan Zarate, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Harvard professor of law; and the Italian Maria Bianca Farina, managing director of the Italian insurance companies Poste Vita and Poste Assicurazioni.

The Pope had already appointed a new president of the authority Jan. 30, in the person of Bishop Giorgio Corbellini.

Bishop Corbellini replaced the first president of the authority, Cardinal Attilio Nicora, who resigned due to having reached the age limit.

With today’s decision, Pope Francis completely replaced the board of the authority, whose members have been the same since its establishment in 2010.
 
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« Reply #1539 on: June 06, 2014, 06:43:18 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/06/06/_pope_at_mass_priests,_never_forget_your_first_love/1101441

Pope at Mass: Priests, never forget your first love
06/06/2014

(Vatican Radio) Priests must be pastors first, scholars second, and they should never forget Christ, their "first love".  This was Pope Francis’ message to all men consecrated to God in the priesthood, at Friday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta.

"How is your first love?". That is, are they still as in love with you as the first day? Are they happy with you or do they ignore you? These are universal questions which we should all ask ourselves regularly, says Pope Francis. And not just couples, but priests, bishops too, in front of Jesus.  Because He asks us just as He one day asked Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me?".

The Pope began his homily reflecting on this dialogue in the Gospel, where Christ asks the first of the Apostles three times if he loves Him more than others: "This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: how is your love today, the love of Jesus? Is it like first love? Am I as in love today as on the first day? Or does work and worries lead me to look at other things, and forget love a little? There are arguments in marriage. That's normal. When there is no love, there are no arguments: it breaks. Do I argue, with the Lord? This is a sign of love. This question that Jesus asks of Peter brings him to first love. Never forget your first love. Never".
 
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