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« Reply #1880 on: September 17, 2014, 09:26:08 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/09/17/pope_tells_catholics_to_go_forth_with_the_gospel_message/1106688

Pope tells Catholics to go forth with the Gospel message
17/09/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis encouraged Catholics go forth and bring the Gospel message to the world and to their communities.

Speaking on Wednesday during his General Audience the Pope spoke of the universal and apostolic nature of the Catholic Church
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Please find below the official synopsis of the Pope’s catechesis:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: When we profess the Creed, we affirm that the Church is catholic and apostolic.  The word catholic signifies that she is universal.  This means that the Church is found everywhere and teaches the whole truth regarding the heavens and the earth.  The Church shows her catholicity by speaking all languages which is the effect of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit gave to the Apostles and the whole Church the gift of proclaiming the Good News of God’s salvation and love to all, even to the ends of the earth.  The Church then is of her nature missionary, given to evangelization and encounter; that is, she is apostolic.  Founded on the Apostles and in continuity with them, the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel to everyone, and to show the tenderness and power of God.  This too flows from Pentecost.  It is the Holy Spirit who prevents us from being self-absorbed, of thinking that the blessings of God are for us alone.  Rather, the Spirit compels us to encounter our brothers and sisters, even those most distant from us in every way, to share with them the love, peace, and joy of the Risen Lord.  May we always live in solidarity with all of humanity, and never closed in on ourselves.  May we go out, in communion with the Successors of the Apostles, to announce Christ and his love to all.  And may we always be a sign of the Church our Mother: holy, catholic and apostolic. 
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« Reply #1881 on: September 17, 2014, 09:34:16 PM »

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Sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals



Vatican City, 17 September 2014 (VIS) – This morning, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., provided an update on the sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals, which began on Monday, 15 September and will conclude this afternoon. As usual, the Holy Father was present at all sessions apart from this morning's, due to the Wednesday general audience.

“In the previous meetings, the Cardinals had worked by examining all the Congregations and Pontifical Councils, but they had also assigned a significant amount of time to hearing the referring Commissions on economic and organisational questions (COSEA and CRIOR) and on matters pertaining to the economic Dicasteries. Work in this area may now be considered complete, following the constitution of the Council and the Secretariat for the Economy. The press conference held by Cardinal Pell in July focused on the results of this work and on the initiation of the activities of these new organs.

“Therefore, in this meeting the Council of Cardinals resumed work on the other Dicasteries. In the meantime, several contributions had been prepared by various members of the Council on the different issues within their sphere of competence, which were proposed or presented to the Council. During these days, the Council focused on two principal “hotspots”.

“The first includes the themes of the laity and the family. It is a very broad area, encompassing many issues, including for instance the role of women in society and in the Church, youth, childhood, or matters related to lay associations and movements, and so on.

“The second comprises themes linked to justice and peace, charity, migrants and refugees, health, and the protection of life and ecology, especially human ecology.
 
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« Reply #1882 on: September 17, 2014, 09:55:25 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/09/17/sri_lanka_gets_first_saint;_canada_gets_a_new_blessed/1106720

Bl. Joseph Vaz, first saint to Sri Lanka
2014-09-17 Vatican Radio



Pope Francis’ approval of  the votes of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops in favor of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz  attains special significance in the wake of the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father to Sri. Lanka in January 2015.
 
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« Reply #1883 on: September 18, 2014, 08:58:42 AM »

Sister,

All cardinals wear red.  The person in the photo (bottom center) is not a cardinal.  Since he is wearing purple, he is a bishop.
And, of course, the pope gets to wear white. 


many thanks.  I knew there was some significance.

 
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« Reply #1884 on: September 18, 2014, 04:21:57 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-at-santa-marta-the-courage-to-admit-we-are-si

Pope at Santa Marta: The courage to admit we are sinners
2014-09-18 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Having the courage to acknowledge that we are sinners enables us to receive Christ’s caress, His forgiveness, said Pope Francis Thursday morning during Mass at Santa Marta.

The day's liturgy presents the Gospel of the sinful woman who washes Jesus' feet with her tears and anoints them with perfume drying them with her hair. Jesus is invited to the house of a Pharisee, "a person of a certain level of culture" - the Pope said – who "wanted to listen to Jesus", hear his doctrine, find out more. In his own mind, he judges both Jesus and the sinful woman, thinking if Jesus "truly were a prophet he would know want kind of woman is touching him”. The Pharisee “is not a bad man” he simply “cannot understand the woman’s actions”.

"He cannot understand the simple gesture: the simple gestures of the people. Perhaps this man had forgotten how to caress a baby, how to console a grandmother. In his theories, his thoughts, his life of government - because perhaps he was a councilor of the Pharisees – he had forgotten the simple gestures of life, the very first things that we all, as newborns, received from our parents".

Pope Francis said that Jesus rebukes the Pharisee "with humility and tenderness", "his patience, his love, the desire to save everyone" leads him to explain the woman’s gesture to the Pharisee, and at the same time point to the Pharisee’s own lack of courtesy.  And amid the shocked murmuring of the crowd, he says to the woman: "Your sins are forgiven". "Go in peace, your faith has saved you!"
 
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« Reply #1885 on: September 18, 2014, 04:48:30 PM »

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Pope Francis to bishops: men able to cultivate God's fields



Vatican City, 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father received in audience the bishops appointed during the last year, who are participating in the congress organised by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Francis commented that he was happy to meet them and said that they were “the fruit of the arduous work and tireless prayer of the Church who, when she chooses her pastors, recalls that entire night the Lord spent on the mount, in the presence of the Father, before naming those He wanted to stay with him and to go forth into the world”.

The Pope asked them now that they have overcome their initial fears and excitement of their consecration, never to take for granted the ministry entrusted to them, never to lose their wonder before God's plan nor the awe of walking aware of His presence and the presence of the Church who is, first and foremost, His. He also reminded them of “the inseparable bond between the stable presence of the bishop and the growth of the flock”. “When the pastor is missing or unavailable, pastoral care and the salvation of souls is at risk. In fact, in the pastors Christ gives to the Church, He shows His love for His bride and gives His life for her”.
 
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« Reply #1886 on: September 18, 2014, 04:55:54 PM »

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The Pope receives the bishops of Cote d'Ivoire: the role of the Church can be crucial in rebuilding your country

Vatican City, 2014 (VIS) – The bishops of Cote d'Ivoire were received by the Holy Father this morning, at the end of their five-yearly “ad Limina” visit, and the written discourse he handed to them emphasised the need for dialogue and brotherhood among prelates and their priests, along with the successful inculturation of faith.
 
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« Reply #1887 on: September 18, 2014, 05:05:44 PM »

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Pope Francis meets with Jewish leaders to mark Rosh Hashana
2014-09-18 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Wednesday afternoon met with  delegation of 40 world Jewish leaders at the Casa Santa Marta.  The gathering was in honor of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.  Among those attending the event were World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder, Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins, WJC Treasurer Chella Safra and a number of Jewish community heads and senior WJC officials.
 
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« Reply #1888 on: September 18, 2014, 05:12:17 PM »

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Holy See calls for defense of Indigenous Peoples
2014-09-18 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Delegation at the United Nations offices in Geneva on Wednesday said every attempt to marginalize indigenous peoples must be eliminated. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Permanent ******* of the Holy See to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva, was addressing the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council.

“This means, first of  all, respecting [indigenous peoples] territories and the pacts made with them; likewise, efforts must be made to satisfy their legitimate social, health and cultural requirements,” Archbishop Tomasi said.  “We cannot overlook the need for reconciliation between the indigenous peoples and the societies in which they are living.”

The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held by the United  Nations from September 22-23.
 
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« Reply #1889 on: September 19, 2014, 09:51:02 PM »

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Pope at Mass: resurrection completes Christian identity
2014-09-19 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence on Friday morning. In remarks to the gathered faithful following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the Resurrection as the seal of Christian identity. Drawing on the words of St Paul the Apostle from his Letter to the Corinthians, which were proclaimed at Mass, Pope Francis spoke of the difficulty that some Christians – and others, who might otherwise be attracted to the Faith – have in understanding and living with the certain knowledge in faith that our bodies will be transformed and that we shall be restored to them.
 
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« Reply #1890 on: September 19, 2014, 09:55:34 PM »

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Pope receives New Evangelization conference participants
2014-09-19 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the participants in a conference on his post-Synodal Exhortation, Evangelii gaudium on Friday. Some 2,000 people gathered in the Paul VI audience hall to meet the Holy Father, on the afternoon of the second day of a three-day conference organized by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation in order to explore strategies and avenues for the pastoral renewal of the Church in the missionary key of the Joy of the Gospel.
 
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« Reply #1891 on: September 19, 2014, 10:01:24 PM »

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Pope Francis meets Armenian president
2014-09-19 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at the Vatican on Friday.

According to a statement from the Secretariat of State, the two men expressed satisfaction for the development and strengthening of bilateral relations, highlighting the special role of Christianity in the history and life of Armenian society.
 
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« Reply #1892 on: September 19, 2014, 10:18:22 PM »

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Pope: Economy and social order must serve human person
2014-09-19 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message - through his Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin - to the II Catholic Social Days for Europe, currently underway in Madrid.

The message states that "one of the great challenges for the Church in Europe is to find effective ways to bring the light of the Gospel to bear upon the pressing issues which affect the continent", which include teh plague of youth unemployment and rising tides of popularism. The message also encourages the more than 200 participants gathered in Madrid until Sunday 21"to deepen your own pursuit of holiness by a firm commitment to personal prayer and conversion"and to "offer to the various sectors of society a more coherent and joyful witness which will awaken consciences to the reality that temporal goods and the ordering of society must be at the service of the human person and their ultimate fulfilment in God”.

the message conlcudes that a Church " gives greater attention to the material needs of those who suffer will also learn how to provide a more convincing proclamation of truth and salvation to those who hunger and thirst for eternal life and to those who “call you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15).

The full text of the message is transcribed below.
 
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« Reply #1893 on: September 19, 2014, 10:26:08 PM »

Cardinal Parolin was recently added to the Council of Cardinals making him the 9th member of the Council to advise the pope.

http://www.news.va/en/news/cardinal-parolin-says-albania-models-a-culture-of

Cardinal Parolin says Albania models 'a culture of encounter'
2014-09-19 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, says one of the Pope’s main reasons for visiting Albania on Sunday is to highlight how the former Communist country has chosen “a culture of encounter”, rather than using religion to fan the flames of conflict.

In an interview with Vatican television, (CTV) the cardinal says the Holy See offers its support and encouragement to the people of Albania as they continue to emerge from “a long winter of isolation” and seek integration into the European Union.

Noting the difficulties that people faced under the decades of dictatorship, Cardinal Parolin says Albanians can offer the rest of Europe the example of a spiritual patrimony that survived despite the persecution, as well as a strong sense of the family.
 
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« Reply #1894 on: September 19, 2014, 10:30:29 PM »

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Pope Francis visits St Mary Major
2014-09-19 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis paid a private visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Thursday afternoon, to pray for the success of his upcoming voyage to Albania. A brief statement from the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, says that the Holy Father made the trip across the city centre to the top of the Esquiline Hill to spend time with Our Lady salus populi Romani – Protectress of the Roman people – whose icon in the church is among the city’s oldest and most beloved objects of Marian devotion. 
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« Reply #1895 on: September 20, 2014, 08:27:14 PM »

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Pope Francis: evangelization is Church's essential mission
2014-09-20 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held a special audience on Saturday for the bishops taking part in a training seminar held over the past two weeks under the auspices of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The sessions were organized particularly for bishops ordained during the course of the past two years, and examined various aspects of episcopal life and ministry, relating to the work of preaching the Good News.
 
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« Reply #1896 on: September 20, 2014, 08:30:37 PM »

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Pope Francis meets with President of Latvia
2014-09-20 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday met with Andris Bērziņš, President of the Republic of Latvia, who subsequently met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

The Holy See Press Office issued statement describing the discussions taking place in a “cordial atmosphere”, and during which the good relations between Latvia and the Holy See were evoked, as well as the positive contribution made by the Catholic Church to society, especially in the fields of education and social welfare.
 
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« Reply #1897 on: September 20, 2014, 08:33:34 PM »

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Pope receives Argentina's Kirchner
2014-09-20 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Saturday. The meeting began at 12:30 Rome Time in the lobby of the Santa Marta guesthouse, and lasted roughly a quarter-hour. After the private colloquy, Pope Francis greeted the other members of the presidential delegation. President Kirchner brought the Holy Father an image of Our Lady, Untier of Knots, one of the devotional titles of which Pope Francis is most fond, and one under which he promoted devotion to our lady in Argentina. 
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« Reply #1898 on: September 20, 2014, 08:36:46 PM »

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Pope Francis establishes Commission to reform marriage annulment process
2014-09-20 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office on Saturday announced Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission  for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law. The decision was made on August 2, 2014.
 
The work of the Commission will start as soon as possible and will have as its goal to prepare a proposal of reform of the matrimonial process, with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined, and safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of matrimony.
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« Reply #1899 on: September 20, 2014, 08:41:33 PM »

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Pope names new archbishop of Chicago
2014-09-20 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase J. Cupich to succeed Cardinal Francis E. George as the archbishop of Chicago.

Listen to the press conference in Chicago, with Archbishop-elect Cupich:
 
The Pope accepted the resignation of Cardinal George, in conformity with canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law. At the time of his nomination, Bishop Cupich was heading the Diocese of Spokane in Washington.

Bishop Cupich was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1949. He earned his bachelor’s in philosophy from the College of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1971. For the next four years, he was a seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975, later earning a licentiate (1979) and a doctorate (1987) in sacramental theology from the Catholic University of America.
 
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