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« Reply #4760 on: November 12, 2016, 11:25:11 PM »

Interesting...imo

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« Reply #4761 on: November 13, 2016, 08:02:24 PM »

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Don't miss the backstory on the crucifix at today's Mass for socially excluded people: http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/medieval-crucifix-st-peters-basilica-resurrected-from-obscurity.cfm





http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/medieval-crucifix-st-peters-basilica-resurrected-from-obscurity.cfm
Medieval crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica 'resurrected' from obscurity
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« Reply #4762 on: November 13, 2016, 08:12:41 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/11/13/pope_the_only_values_that_endure_are_god_and_neighbour/1271994

Pope: 'the only values that endure are God and neighbour'
13/11/2016 13:40

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued a warning against the “anaesthetized” consciences of those who see the poor and needy as a burden instead of as brothers and sisters to be helped.

Celebrating Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for some 6000 poor and homeless people from countries in Europe and Africa, the Pope said "We should be worried when our consciences are anaesthetized and we no longer see a brother or sister suffering at our side, or notice the grave problems in our world, which become a mere refrain familiar from the headlines on the evening news
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Sunday’s celebration concluded the Holy Year’s Jubilee for the Socially Excluded which saw charity groups bringing poor and homeless people to the Vatican for the occasion. Pope Francis held a special audience on Friday with over 4000 poor people whom he said “are at the heart of the Gospel”.

And they – the poor- whom Pope Francis said should be seen as “concrete people, not useless objects but precious persons” were the ones seated in the front pews of the Basilica during Mass on Sunday morning when Francis pointed out that God and neighbor are the most valuable riches in life, while “all the rest, even this Basilica, pass away”.

With a stern warning against today’s culture of waste, he said “It is the symptom of a spiritual sclerosis when we are only interested in objects to be produced rather than in persons to be loved. This is the origin of the tragic contradiction of our age: as progress and new possibilities increase, which is a good thing, less and less people are able to benefit from them.”

“There is no peace in the homes of the prosperous as long as justice is lacking in the home of everyone” he said.

Noting that today, in the cathedrals and sanctuaries throughout the world, the closing of the Doors of Mercy signals the end of the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis concluded asking  “for the grace not to close our eyes to God who sees us and to our neighbour who asks something of us”.

“May the Lord grant that we may look without fear to what truly matters, and turn our hearts to our true treasure” he said.

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ homily:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzTliUc1GZM
2016.11.13 Holy Mass for the Jubilee of persons in precarious situations
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« Reply #4763 on: November 13, 2016, 08:21:16 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/11/13/pope_god_is_our_caring_father_who_will_never_abandon_us/1272008

Pope: 'God is our caring Father who will never abandon us'
13/11/2016 15:26

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday reminded the faithful that even the most sacred human constructions are "transitory" and warned them not to place their faith in them or in “false messiahs” who speculate on people's needs.

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus, the Pope said that our only certainty is that our life is in the hands of the Lord, and that God will never abandon us
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Nothing can be lost if we place our lives in the hands of the Lord – Pope Francis said – as he reflected on the Gospel reading of the day which tells of the destruction of the Temple and the signs of the end of times.

And commenting on the many “false messiahs” that exist in the world today – people who speculate on the human need for security – Francis invited the faithful not to be terrified or disorientated by wars, revolutions and calamities “because they too are part of the reality of the world”.
 
https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-awaiting-the-end-times/
Angelus Address: On Awaiting the End Times 
November 13, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYPoxmu3nG0
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« Reply #4764 on: November 14, 2016, 05:38:31 PM »

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New book features Bergoglio's writings when Archb. of Buenos Aires
2016-11-10 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) A new book that explores the themes and the content of Pope Francis’ homilies and discourses from when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires was presented on Thursday in the Vatican.

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich and the newly elected Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Arturo Sosa, were present for the presentation together with man behind the book.

Jesuit father Antonio Spadaro, no newcomer to other editorial adventures that feature Pope Francis, is the man who collected the material that makes up the book and edited it giving life to the very first unabridged collection of the writings of Jorge Mario Bergoglio during the 14 years he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.
 
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« Reply #4765 on: November 14, 2016, 05:47:38 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/these-four-cardinals-asked-pope-francis-to-clarify-amoris-laetitia-43614/

These four cardinals asked Pope Francis to clarify 'Amoris laetitia'

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2016 / 01:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- .Citing conflicting interpretations of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, four prominent cardinals wrote a letter to him in September requesting that he “resolve the uncertainties and bring clarity.”

The full text of the letter was published in an English translation by the National Catholic Register Nov. 14.

“We the undersigned, but also many Bishops and Priests, have received numerous requests from the faithful of various social strata on the correct interpretation to give to Chapter VIII of the Exhortation,” the cardinals wrote in their Sept. 19 letter to the Pope

The signatories were Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences; Raymond Burke, patron of the Order of Malta and prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura; Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna; and Joachim Meisner, Archbishop Emeritus of Cologne.

They noted the fact that “theologians and scholars have proposed interpretations” of Amoris laetitia, especially its eighth chapter on accompanying, discerning, and integrating weakness, which “are not only divergent, but also conflicting.”

The cardinals also noted that “media have emphasized this dispute, thereby provoking uncertainty, confusion, and disorientation among many of the faithful.”

“Compelled in conscience by our pastoral responsibility and desiring to implement ever more that synodality to which Your Holiness urges us, we, with profound respect … ask you, Holy Father, as Supreme Teacher of the Faith, called by the Risen One to confirm his brothers in the faith, to resolve the uncertainties and bring clarity, benevolently giving a response to the 'Dubia' that we attach to the present letter,” they wrote.

The cardinals submitted five “dubia”, or doubts, about the interpretation of Amoris laetitia to be clarified by its author, also drawing the dubia to the attention of Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
 
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/full-text-and-explanatory-notes-of-cardinals-questions-on-amoris-laetitia
Nov. 14, 2016
Full Text and Explanatory Notes of Cardinals’ Questions on ‘Amoris Laetitia’
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« Reply #4766 on: November 14, 2016, 05:56:32 PM »

http://www.catholicaction.org/interview_with_cardinal_burke_about_the_dubia

Exclusive Interview:
Cardinal Burke Explains
 Plea to Pope for Clarity

November 14, 2016

Catholic Action president, Thomas McKenna, was granted the following interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke to further explain the intentions of the four cardinals and the published documents entitled “Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in Amoris Laetitia." The full text is provided at the end of the interview.

Catholic Action: Your Eminence, thank you for taking the time to have this interview with us about what you have published today. The substance of the documents which you and the other Cardinals have made public is called “Dubia.” Can you please explain what Dubia means and what the presentation of Dubia involves?

Cardinal Burke: It is my pleasure to discuss these important matters with you. The title of the document is, “Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in ‘Amoris Laetitia’.” It has been co-authored by four cardinals: Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, Joachim Cardinal Meisner, and myself. My fellow cardinals and I are publicizing a plea that we have made to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, regarding his recent Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Portions of the document contain ambiguities and statements that are like knots that cannot be easily untied and are causing great confusion. Sharing the Pope’s devotion to Our Lady, Untier of Knots, we are asking him to clarify these ambiguous statements and, with the help of God, to untie some of the knotty statements of the document for the good of souls.

Dubia is the plural form of the Latin word, dubium which means a question or a doubt. When, in the Church, an important question or doubt arises about the faith itself or its practice, it is customary for Bishops or priests or the faithful themselves to articulate formally the question or doubt and to present it to the Roman Pontiff and his office which is competent to deal with it. The formulation of an individual question or doubt is called simply a dubium. If more than one question or doubt is articulated, they are called dubia. The Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia has raised a number of questions and doubts in the minds of Bishops, priests and the faithful, many of which have already been presented to the Holy Father and discussed publicly. In the present case, four Cardinals have presented formally to the Holy Father five fundamental questions or doubts regarding faith and morals based on the reading of Amoris Laetitiae.
 
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« Reply #4767 on: November 15, 2016, 05:49:14 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-discern-well-to-avoid-becoming-lukewarm-chris

Pope: ‘Discern well to avoid becoming lukewarm Christians’
2016-11-15 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Tuesday warned Christians against the danger of becoming ‘lukewarm’ or losing sight of the Lord. His words came during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.

Taking his cue from the readings of the day, Pope Francis repeated the scathing admonition of the Book of Revelations against those Christians of the Church of Laodicea “who are neither hot nor cold: I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Beware of the calm which deceives: God is not there

The Lord, Francis said, warns against that calm “without substance” of the lukewarm, calling it “a calm which deceives”.

“But what does a lukewarm person think? The Lord says it here: He thinks he is rich. ‘I have grown rich and have need of nothing. I am calm.’ That calm which deceives. If, in the heart of the Church, of a family, of a community, of a person there is an ever-present calm, God is not there.”

To the lukewarm, the Pope said not to fall asleep in the false belief of needing nothing.

The Lord shows that the lukewarm are naked; their richness comes not from God
 
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« Reply #4768 on: November 15, 2016, 05:53:02 PM »

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Confession reforms the Church's life, says Pope
2016-11-15 Vatican Radio

On 15th November, Pope Francis greeted a large group of Dutch Pilgrims in St Peters Basilica. The group was made up of representatives of the Dutch Association of Catholic Organisations, who had come to Rome to take part in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The group was accompanied by the Archbishop of Utrecht, Cardinal Wilem Eijk. The Cardinal had originally asked for Pope to be the celebrant of a Mass for the group. Although that wasn’t possible, the Pope joined the group at the end of the ceremony and greeted them. Cardinal Eijk also took the opportunity to present the Pope with a new book entitled “A Welcoming Netherlands.” The book describes the works undertaken by many Catholic projects in the Netherlands, in response to the Pope calling the Year of Mercy. The Dutch Bishops Conference will also be distributing copies of the book to all Dutch parishes, as a witness and encouragement to mercy.

In his address, Pope Francis described the Year of Mercy as an opportunity to “enter even further into relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the face of the merciful Father.”
 
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« Reply #4769 on: November 15, 2016, 05:59:32 PM »

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Pope urges international community to act in combating climate change
2016-11-15 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the international community to act without delay in combating climate change.

In a message to participants of the COP22 Climate Change meeting taking place in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, the Pope pointed out that all parties and stakeholders have a “serious ethical and moral responsibility to take action and implement last year’s Paris climate-change agreement.

“The current situation of environmental degradation – Pope Francis said – which is strongly connected to the human, ethical and social degradation that we unfortunately experience daily, challenges us all, each of us with our own roles and competencies, and brings us together here with a renewed sense of awareness and responsibility”.
 
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« Reply #4770 on: November 15, 2016, 06:07:02 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/11/15/jubilee_closure_consistory_media_coverage_unveiled/1272463

Jubilee closure/Consistory: Media coverage unveiled
15/11/2016 16:34


(Vatican Radio) The Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications unveiled on Tuesday details of the multimedia coverage for the Consistory and the closing ceremony for the Jubilee Year of Mercy taking place on November 19th and 20th. At a presentation in the Vatican the Secretariat’s Prefect, Monsignor Dario Vigano, said, in an historic first, the two papal events over the weekend will be filmed live in Ultra HD with a High Dynamic Range thanks to a joint production by the Vatican Television Centre and Vatican Radio in collaboration with Eutelsat, Globecast and Sony. Monsignor Vigano said the multimedia coverage of these two events marked the creation of a New Audiovisual Production Centre created by the merger of the Vatican Television Centre and Vatican Radio 
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« Reply #4771 on: November 15, 2016, 06:12:04 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/papal-nuncio-to-us-bishops-mercy-will-heal-wounds-of-division-84442/

Papal nuncio to US bishops: mercy will heal wounds of division

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2016 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church needs to “be on the move” to bring Christ to young people in an ever-changing world, Pope Francis’ representative to the U.S. told bishops on Monday.

“Mercy is what this country needs to heal the wounds of division after a polarizing campaign,” Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., stated in his first official address to the U.S. bishops.

The Nuncio spoke at the bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore Nov. 14. He was formerly the Pope’s representative in Mexico before Pope Francis transferred him to the U.S. in April.

From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has focused on mercy, Archbishop Pierre explained, pointing to the current Jubilee Year of Mercy which officially ends with the closing of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on the Feast of Christ the King Nov. 20, preceded by the closing of Holy Doors in dioceses around the world Nov. 13.

“We need to understand more properly this mercy of God,” the nuncio said, focusing on how the Church can better show mercy to young people who show enthusiasm and a desire for generosity.
 
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« Reply #4772 on: November 15, 2016, 06:21:51 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/dinardo-gmez-elected-new-heads-of-us-bishops-58750/

DiNardo, Gómez elected new heads of US bishops

Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2016 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as its president, and Archbishop Jose Gómez of Los Angeles vice-president.

Cardinal DiNardo has served as conference vice-president since 2013. He was elected president at the bishops' fall assembly Nov. 15 in Baltimore, and will serve a three-year term.

The bishops’ conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S.
 
Cardinal DiNardo has served as Archbishop of Galveston-Houston since 2006, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2007. Archbishop Gómez succeeded as Archbishop of Los Angeles, in 2011.

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« Reply #4773 on: November 15, 2016, 09:05:56 PM »

 
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-if-pope-wont-clarify-his-serious-error-cardinals-must-make-a

Tue Nov 15, 2016 - 7:32 pm EST
BREAKING: Cardinal Burke says if Pope won’t clarify ‘serious error’, Cardinals must make ‘formal act of correction’

ROME, November 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – After joining a group of four cardinals in releasing a call for Pope Francis to clarify grave errors in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Raymond Burke has now indicated the cardinals are contemplating a “formal correction” should the pope fail to address their concerns.

The cardinals had written to the pope with their concerns on September 19, but after failing to receive a response for nearly two months, they released the letter publicly on Monday morning.

Now, in an interview with the National Catholic Register’s Ed Pentin, Burke discusses the next steps should the pope fail to address the cardinals’ concerns. Here is Pentin’s question and the cardinal’s response:

What happens if the Holy Father does not respond to your act of justice and charity and fails to give the clarification of the Church’s teaching that you hope to achieve?

Then we would have to address that situation. There is, in the Tradition of the Church, the practice of correction of the Roman Pontiff. It is something that is clearly quite rare. But if there is no response to these questions, then I would say that it would be a question of taking a formal act of correction of a serious error.
 

Ed Pentin’s full interview with Cardinal Burke--
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-burke-on-amoris-laetitia-dubia-tremendous-division-warrants-action
Vatican  |  Nov. 15, 2016
Cardinal Burke on Amoris Laetitia Dubia: ‘Tremendous Division’ Warrants Action
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« Reply #4774 on: November 16, 2016, 08:36:45 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-audience-exercise-patience-with-others

Pope Audience: Exercise patience with others
2016-11-16 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) During his last General Audience before the close of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis drew inspiration from the spiritual work of mercy, to bear wrongs patiently, telling the faithful in St Peter’s Square during his catechesis that exercising patience was a virtue.

He said that, “in showing patience to those who wrong us and, by extension, to those we find irritating, we imitate God’s own patience with us sinners.”

The Pope added, “it also happens at times that annoying people are the ones closest to us…” Among relatives there is “always someone”, he said. “There are also people who irritate us in the workplace and even in our spare time.”

Pope Francis went on to say that in the Bible there are many examples of God’s patience and recalled the patience Jesus had during the three years of his public life.
 
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« Reply #4775 on: November 16, 2016, 09:07:16 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/11/15/new_documentary_‘pope_francis_in_his_own_words’/1272444

New Documentary: ‘Pope Francis in His Own Words’
15/11/2016 15:56

Jorge Bergoglio posing with his family. (Back row 2nd on left). - AFP

(Vatican Radio) ‘Pope Francis in His Own Words’ was the title of a new documentary screened in the Vatican on Tuesday that includes direct filmed testimony from the Pope about his family, his vocation and his vision of the Church. The 46-minute documentary includes video coverage of a series of key events where the Pope has spoken about himself over the past three years during his travels and his meetings with people. It also includes the history of his vocation to the priesthood, the role of his grandmother in his faith journey, the importance of forgiveness in his life and his dreams as a seminarian. In addition to covering the Pope’s in-flight press conferences, the documentary shows pictures of the house where Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born, the primary school he attended and the church where he discerned his vocation. One of the highlights of the documentary was Pope Francis’s pastoral visit to the U.S. where he addressed both houses of Congress and attended the World Meeting of Families.  
 
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« Reply #4776 on: November 17, 2016, 07:07:04 PM »

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-gods-love-is-faithful-beyond-reason

Pope Francis: God's love is faithful beyond reason
2016-11-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence on Thursday morning – the liturgical memory of St. Elisabeth of Hungary, the devout queen who was a 3rd Order Franciscan renowned for her solicitude to the needy.

In remarks following the Readings of the Day, Pope Francis addressed words to the gathered faithful that focused on the episode proclaimed from the Gospel according to St. Mark, in which Our Lord wept for the sins of Jerusalem. The Holy Father spoke especially of the stark contrast of God’s steadfast and faithful love for His people, and His people’s faithlessness – which is our faithlessness:

“That is what pains the heart of Jesus Christ, this story of infidelity, this story of not recognizing the caresses of God, the love of God, a God in love with you who is looking for you, and desirous of seeing you happy. Jesus saw in that moment [when, shortly before His passion, He wept over Jerusalem’s sinfulness] what awaited him as the Son – and He wept ... ‘because they did not recognize the time of their visitation.’. This drama has not only happened in history and ended with Jesus. It is the drama of every day. It is even my drama. Can any of us really say, ‘I know how to recognize the hour in which I have been visited? does God visit me?’”
 
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« Reply #4777 on: November 17, 2016, 07:24:00 PM »

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Pope to Caritas: reject whatever humiliates and exploits humans
2016-11-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met leading representatives of Caritas on Thursday and urged them to persevere in their fight against poverty and at the same time learn from the poor themselves. The participants at the audience in the Vatican included leading Caritas officials from across the world.

The Pope did not read his prepared remarks, instead handing out the text of his address and speaking off the cuff, followed by a question and answer session with those present.

In his prepared remarks the Pope noted that we are called to act against social exclusion of the weakest and strive for their integration. With our society dominated by the throw-away culture, we need to overcome that indifference and learn the art of solidarity.

Your mission, he went on, is to promote charity and justice in our world in the light of the gospel and the teaching of the Church by involving the poor as the true protagonists of their development.
 
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« Reply #4778 on: November 17, 2016, 07:29:51 PM »

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Pope prays for peace with leader of Assyrian Church of the East
2016-11-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis spoke on Thursday of the suffering of innocent victims caught up in the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, saying that nothing can justify such terrible violence. His words came as he met with the head of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Gewargis III, who was making his first visit to the Vatican since being elected as Catholicos-Patriarch in September last year.

In his words to the new leader of this Church, which traces its roots back to the apostles Thomas and Bartholomew, the Pope appealed for an end to the conflicts in the Middle East which cause such great suffering to Christians and members of other religious or ethnic minorities.

Every day, the Pope said, Christians in these places "walk the way of the Cross". They remind us that Jesus is always at the heart of our faith, even in our adversity, calling us to live out his message of love, reconciliation and forgiveness.

Blood of martyrs is seed of unity

Just as the blood of Christ, shed out of love, brought reconicilation and unity, the Pope said, so the blood of the martyrs is the seed of unity for all Christians.
 
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« Reply #4779 on: November 17, 2016, 08:12:37 PM »

http://thecatholicpost.com/2016/11/17/sainthood-candidate-may-be-coming-home-court-ruling-favors-sheen-family/

Sainthood candidate may be coming home; court ruling favors Sheen family
By: Tom Dermody   -   November 17, 2016

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen speaks in this undated file photo
The Supreme Court of the State of New York today ruled in favor of the family of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen regarding their request to allow the transfer of the sainthood candidate’s remains to Peoria, where he was raised and ordained a priest.

On Nov. 1, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth heard arguments in favor of the transfer from lawyers for Archbishop Sheen’s niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, as well as those from the Archdiocese of New York, which sought to keep the remains of the famed orator and media pioneer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where he was entombed following his death on Dec. 9, 1979.

The Diocese of Peoria has been a promoter of Archbishop Sheen’s canonization cause for more than 14 years. Today’s ruling is seen as a key factor in allowing his cause to move forward.

“The petitioner (Joan Sheen Cunningham) is granted the right to remove the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, N.Y., to St. Mary’s Cathedral (in Peoria),” ruled Judge Bluth at the close of a 10-page decision. The court, she said, deferred to the wishes of the family “because petitioner has set forth a justifiable, good, and substantial reason for moving the remains.” Among the reasons cited for disinterment is that the move will aid in the canonization process; that Archbishop Sheen’s parents are buried nearby in Peoria; and that St. Mary’s Cathedral is where Archbishop Sheen was ordained a priest and a place he visited often during his lifetime.

Archbishop Sheen’s heroic virtue and life of sanctity were recognized in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI, who granted him the title “Venerable.” The Diocese of Peoria has said that, with progress already made in the cause and pending the approval of Pope Francis, a beatification could be celebrated in the near future after the arrival of the remains at St. Mary’s Cathedral, where a crypt is being prepared for his re-interment.
 
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