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« Reply #6100 on: March 09, 2018, 04:30:32 PM »

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Fr. Cantalamessa: humility brings us closer to God, the Truth
09 March 2018, 14:28

Fr. Raniero Cantalmessa preaching the Lenten meditation.   (Vatican Media)
In his Lenten meditation on Friday, Fr. Cantalmessa focused on the importance of humility, not only for personal holiness but also to build up the community and Church.
By Robin Gomes

According to St. Paul, people are wise when they are humble and are humble when they are wise, and that a true estimate of ourselves is to recognize our nothingness.  In its most profound meaning, humility belongs only to Jesus, the Truth, said Capuchin priest Father Raniero Cantalamessa in his Lenten meditation.  The preacher of the papal household delivers a reflection every Friday during the Lenten season to Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia. 
 
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« Reply #6101 on: March 09, 2018, 04:44:32 PM »

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Pope to confessors: help young people discern their vocations
09 March 2018, 12:26

Pope Francis meets with participants in an annual course on the Internal Forum organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary

By Philippa Hitchen

Pope Francis on Friday told confessors that they have a special responsibility to help young people discern their vocations in life.

The Pope was talking to participants in an annual course on the Internal Forum organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary. This year, ahead of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the course is focused on the relationship between the Sacrament of Confession and discernment of vocations.

Be instruments of Reconciliation

Pope Francis told the young confessors they must understand their role as instruments of God’s mercy and never seek to become “masters of people’s consciences”. Remembering they are only instruments of Reconciliation, he said, is not to diminish their ministry, but rather to assume a humble attitude of listening to the Spirit so that Christ can be seen clearly as our great high priest.
 
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« Reply #6102 on: March 09, 2018, 04:56:06 PM »

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Pope Francis: Jesus asks us to let him love us
09 March 2018, 19:15

2018.03.09-Celebrazione-Penitenziale  (Vatican Media)
Pope Francis opens the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative by leading a penitential celebration in St Peter’s Basilica.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

Thousands of the faithful gathered together in St Peter’s Basilica, responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to participate in “24 Hours for the Lord.” The Pope’s homily focused on the readings chosen for the penitential celebration: 1 John 3:1-10, 19-22 and Matthew 26:69-75.

God's love surpasses our imagination

Pope Francis says that John’s words provide us with a source of “joy and consolation,” knowing that God’s love for us is so deep that we are his children. That love surpasses our imagination and “reaches beyond any sin with which our conscience may charge us.  His is an infinite love, one that knows no bounds.” It is God’s grace that we can rely on in order to strengthen our hope that we will never lack his love, “in spite of any sin we may have committed by rejecting his presence in our lives.”
 

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« Reply #6103 on: March 09, 2018, 05:07:07 PM »

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Young people to write meditations for Via Crucis at Colosseum
09 March 2018, 11:39

The Way of the Cross at the Colosseum  (Vatican Media)
The meditations for the 14 stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum will be written by a group of young people coordinated by prof. Andrea Monda.

Pope Francis wants to listen to the young, and he has decided to entrust the meditations of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) on Good Friday at the Colosseum to them.

Prof. Andrea Monda, professor of religion, journalist and writer, has been asked to choose 15 young people and to gather their thoughts. The announcement was made by the director of the Vatican Press Office, Greg Burke.
 
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« Reply #6104 on: March 09, 2018, 05:15:18 PM »

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The Pope's visit to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo
09 March 2018, 12:08

The faithful in front of the new Church of Saint Pio of Pietralcina a San Giovanni Rotondo
On March 17, Pope Francis travels to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo, following in the footsteps of Padre Pio.
By Debora Donnini

For the centenary of the appearance of the stigmata of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and on the 50th anniversary of his death, on Saturday 17 March Pope Francis will make  a pastoral visit to Pietrelcina, in the diocese of Benevento, and to San Giovanni Rotondo , in the Diocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo. On Thursday the Vatican Press Office published the updated program of the journey of Pope Francis to the central places in the life of Padre Pio.

Pietrelcina

The Pope will arrive by helicopter in Pietrelcina at 8 am: first there will be a brief prayer stop in the "Saint Francis" Chapel, then a meeting with the faithful in the square in front of the liturgical hall of Piana Romana. Finally he will greet the Capuchin community of Pietrelcina.
 
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« Reply #6105 on: March 09, 2018, 05:22:58 PM »

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Vatican: Pope to visit the 3 Baltic nations, Sept. 22-25
Associated Press   Mar 9, 2018

ROME - The Vatican says Pope Francis will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Sept. 22-25 as the three Baltic nations celebrate their 100th anniversaries.

The Vatican confirmed the trip Friday, saying Francis would visit Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania; Riga and Aglona in Latvia, and Tallinn in Estonia.
 
The three Baltic nations declared their independence from Russia in 1918 but were incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1940 and remained part of it until 1991.

Francis has only one other confirmed trip for the rest of 2018, to Geneva in June. He is widely expected to go to Ireland in August for the World Meeting of Families.

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« Reply #6106 on: March 10, 2018, 08:24:01 PM »

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Pope to Fountain of Mercy Association: You can become witnesses of mercy
10 March 2018, 11:00

Audience of Pope Francis for Members of the Swiss Association "Fountain of Mercy" 
Pope Francis calls members of a Swiss religious group to promote a culture of mercy, at an audience during their pilgrimage to Rome.
By Christopher Wells

On Saturday, Pope Francis received members of a Swiss association dedicated to contemplating mercy, while invoking it in the world and living it in fraternal love.

The Association “Fontaine de la Miséricorde” (The “Fountain of Mercy” Association) is composed of members from four French-speaking Swiss cantons, and nearby regions of France. Its purpose is to foster the spiritual life, and a life of authentic prayer in mercy, in Geneva and the surrounding areas of francophone Switzerland.

Mercy rooted in the heart
 
Addressing the community, Pope Francis said, “With you I give thanks to the Lord, who has permitted you to experience His mercy, and has led you to seek and propose means so that it might be well-rooted in your hearts and so help you to look always with serenity on daily life.”
 
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« Reply #6107 on: March 10, 2018, 08:29:54 PM »

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Vatican Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith: interview with the Prefect, Archbishop Luis Ladaria SJ
10 March 2018, 09:36

Interview with Archbishop Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer SJ, addresses a variety of issues, including his own relationship with Pope Francis, in this exclusive interview.
By Alessandro Gisotti

Spanish by birth and Jesuit by vocation, Archbishop Ladaria SJ spent over 30 years teaching theology in Spain and at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University. In 2004, Pope St John Paul II appointed him Secretary-General of the International Theological Commission. Last year, Pope Francis made him Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

What is it like being Prefect of this Congregation under Pope Francis?

As far as I am concerned, it’s a simple question of obedience. Pope Francis called me and told me his decision, and I said: "Holy Father, if that’s what you have decided, I accept and say no more". So that’s the first thing. Of course it is a responsibility and I must say that the first few days I did not sleep too well... But slowly you get used to the idea and see that it is possible, especially knowing this is what the Pope wants. So it’s better not to think too much about it: the whole thing is done and dusted!
 
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« Reply #6108 on: March 10, 2018, 08:37:07 PM »

http://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2018-03/interview-archbishop-roche-memorial-mary-mother-of-church.html

Our Lady is a gift of the Trinity
10 March 2018, 15:25

Pope Francis venerating Our Lady  (Vatican Media)
The publication announcing the addition of the Memorial of Mary Mother of the Church to the General Roman Calendar sparked a discussion on Facebook. Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary, Congregation for Divine Worship joins in.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

The greater part of the discussion on Facebook focused on the question of devotion to Mary detracting from the worship of Christ and the Trinity. Archbishop Roche’s reply is that Mary, chosen by the Trinity to be the Mother of God, is a gift to us from the Trinity. Devotion to Mary “would hardly detract from a gift that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have given to the Church. In fact, it enhances the role that Mary has within the Church.”

Mary helped Jesus give birth to the Church

Regarding the positioning of the doctrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, within Catholic tradition, Archbishop Roche tells us that this memorial is linked to the end of Vatican II. “Pope Paul VI declared that Mary was to be known as the Mother of the Church, because her relationship with the Church is so close” due to the relationship that she had with her own Son, Jesus. Members of the Church are members of Christ’s Body. Mary gave birth to that Body.
 
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« Reply #6109 on: March 10, 2018, 09:19:47 PM »

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Poland’s prayer chain for Pope Francis on 5th anniversary
10 March 2018, 14:27

Pope Francis was elected pontiff on 13 March, 2013.
Starting on Sunday, the Polish Catholics will join a prayer campaign for Pope Francis, who frequently requests for prayers.
By Robin Gomes

A prayer initiative organized by the Polish Church for Pope Francis on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of his pontificate, is kicking off on Sunday in Poland.  “One for all, all for one!” is the title of the prayer chain that is in response to the frequent requests for prayers by the Pope.    “I encourage you to join this prayer chain that connects bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful,” urged Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznan, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.

Initiative of Polish youth

The prayer chain is the initiative of the Lednica Youth Movement, that gathers every year at Lednica lake near Gniezno.   Over 25 organized groups and dozens of people all over Poland have declared their participation in the 11 March event.
 
On March 13, the day of the election of Pope Francis, members of the entire Polish Bishops’ Conference will celebrate a Mass for the Pope at the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw.  It will be presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio. The liturgy will be telecast live on TVP INFO.
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« Reply #6110 on: March 11, 2018, 01:41:18 PM »

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Pope at Angelus: ‘Rejoice and open your hearts to the gift of God’s salvation’
11 March 2018, 12:12

Pope Francis addresses the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus Prayer   (Vatican Media)
Pope Francis has invited the faithful to rejoice as we approach Easter and to open our hearts to the Lord’s gift of salvation and joy.
By Linda Bordoni

Addressing the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which – Pope Francis reminded them – is called “Laetare” Sunday from the first words of the antiphon of the Eucharistic liturgy and that mean "to rejoice",  he said we are invited to rejoice in God’s great love for humanity.

Christians, the Pope explained, are strong in the knowledge that God so loved the world that he sent his only Son to give us eternal life. They are strong, he continued, because even when the situation appears desperate, they know that God will intervene offering man salvation and joy.
 
https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-the-call-to-rejoice-laetare-sunday/
Angelus Address: On the Call to Rejoice, Laetare Sunday 
March 11, 2018

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« Reply #6111 on: March 11, 2018, 01:49:21 PM »

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Pope Francis calls for a ‘globalization of solidarity’
11 March 2018, 18:03

Pope Francis addresses members of the Sant'Egidio Community that is celebrating its 50th anniversary
Pope Francis visited the Rome-based Sant'Egidio Community which is celebrating an important anniversary this year, and is known for its service to peace, to the poor, to migrants, to the sick, to interreligious dialogue. It is currently involved in peace mediation in the Central African Republic.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis has encouraged members of the Sant’Egidio Community to continue courageously in their mission to build bridges, keep dialogue open, stay close to the poor and the discarded, and pray for peace.

The Pope’s words came on Sunday afternoon during a visit to the headquarters in Rome of the Community that is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

During a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word inside the beautiful Santa Maria in Trastevere Basilica which the lay organization uses to shelter the homeless and offer Christmas lunch to the poor, the Pope spoke with gratitude of the work carried out by the world-wide network of Sant’Egidio volunteers and its mission to broker peace and accompany the poor.
 

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« Reply #6112 on: March 11, 2018, 02:06:14 PM »

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Cardinal Karl Lehmann dies at 81
11 March 2018, 13:11

Cardinal Karl Lehmann and Pope Francis
Following the death of German Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Bishop emeritus of Mainz, on 11 March 2018, the Holy See Press Office provided a brief biography of the beloved bishop and theologian.

German Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Bishop emeritus of Mainz Germany, was born on 16 May 1936 in Sigmaringen, Germany.

He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau on 10 October 1963 and held doctorates in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

He was an assistant to Fr Karl Rahner at the University of Münster. After earning his "habilitation", he taught dogmatic theology at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. He was a member of the Central Committee of German Catholics and the Jaeger-Stählin Ecumenical Circle. He later taught at the Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg im Breisgau, and was a member of the International Theological Commission. He also edited the official publication of the documents of the Joint Synod of the Dioceses in the Federal Republic of Germany (Synod of Würzburg, 1971-75).
 
He participated in the conclave of April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI and in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Saint John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Leone I (St. Leo I).

Died on 11 March 2018.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-karl-lehmann-influential-german-prelate-dies-at-81-80258
Cardinal Karl Lehmann, influential German prelate, dies at 81
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Pope Francis sends condolences for death of Cardinal Lehmann
12 March 2018, 14:26

German Cardinal Karl Lehmann  (ANSA)
Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolences to Bishop Peter Kohlgraf, Bishop of Mainz, following the death of Cardinal Karl Lehmann on Sunday, 11 March.

Pope Francis has paid tribute to the stature of deceased German Cardinal Karl Lehmann recalling his fruitful activity as theologian, Bishop and President of the German Episcopal Conference.

In a telegramme addressed to the current Bishop of Mainz, the town where Lehmann served as bishop until 2016, the Pope described the Cardinal as having “contributed to shaping the life of the Church and of society, always open to the issues and the challenges of the time and committed to offering answers and orientations stemming from Christ’s message.”
 
He assured his heartfelt prayers for those who are grieving the loss of the Cardinal whom, he said, the Lord has called to Him following a grave illness and much suffering.

The Pope concluded his message imploring Jesus to give his faithful servant fulfillment in the Kingdom of heaven.
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« Reply #6114 on: March 12, 2018, 05:44:16 PM »

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Pope Francis: Don’t be “parked Christians”
12 March 2018, 11:48

Pope Francis says true Christians don’t stop going forward after receiving the first gift of grace. They are always advancing, seeking after the joy of being with the Lord.
By Vatican News

“Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”  That was the complaint Jesus made to the official who asked Him to heal his son. The people knew that Jesus had already performed great miracles; and in Monday’s Gospel reading, the Lord seemed to lose patience, because His miracles seemed to be the only thing that mattered to them. In his homily at the morning Mass, Pope Francis reflected on this passage:

“Where is your faith? Seeing a miracle, a wonder, and saying, ‘You have power, you are God.’ Yes, it is an act of faith, but so small. Because it is evident that this man has a strong power; but faith begins there, but then it has to go forward. Where is your desire for God? Because this is the faith: to have the desire to find God, to encounter Him, to be with Him, to be happy with Him.”
 
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Pope encourages French politicians in their commitment to common good.
12 March 2018, 13:46

Pope Francis meeting politicians, parliamentarians and bishops of Marseilles provice.
Pope Francis on Monday met a group of French politicians along with their bishops from Marseilles episcopal province.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Monday encouraged French politicians in their commitment to the common good by creating a more just, human and fraternal society, keeping in mind especially the needs of migrants and refugees.   

Building bridges between people

Meeting some 300 politicians, parliamentarians and their bishops from the Marseilles episcopal province, the Pope urged them to build bridges between people who find themselves in different social, economic, cultural and religious conditions, as well as between generations.   

He also expressed the Church’s appreciation for a political commitment that is inspired by the desire to create favourable conditions for people to live together, respecting their differences and being attentive to those in precarious situations, especially the most fragile.
 
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Pope Francis receives Bernice Albertine King, Martin Luther King, Jr's daughter
12 March 2018, 12:23

Bernice Albertine King visits Pope Francis while in Italy to receive an award recognizing her commitment to non-violence and peace.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

Pope Francis received in audience this morning the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr, Bernice Albertine King who presented the Holy Father with the sixth volume of the series entitled "The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr: Advocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948-1963".

Bernice King was awarded an International Prize recognizing women involved in non-violence and peace initiatives. Gabriela Lio, a Baptist pastor says that “In the present racist and xenophobic climate, awarding Bernice King puts the spotlight on the legacy of M L King of non-violence, by recovering the courage of a faith that welcomes, encounters, and dialogues, which in this moment cannot but be interreligious. The legacy of which Bernice King is an authoritative spokesperson reconnects these aspects of the faith as a lesson of consistency between what is believed, what is preached, and what is practiced.”
 
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Vatican releases series on the theology of Pope Francis
12 March 2018, 10:26

A series of books in Italian, entitled “Theology of Pope Francis”, has been released by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV). Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, the Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication, who presented the series, speaks about it.
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« Reply #6118 on: March 12, 2018, 06:27:36 PM »

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Pope Benedict XVI: there is continuity with Pope Francis' Pontificate
12 March 2018, 15:29

Pope Benedict wanted to give a contribution, very significant as always, to the interior spiritual unity of the two pontificates. Thus Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò characterizes the letter sent to him by the Pope Emeritus.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

Regarding the magisterium of Pope Francis, Benedict writes that “there is interior unity” between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis, his successor. Pope Benedict’s letter was presented by its recipient, Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, during a press conference presenting “The Theology of Pope Francis,” a series of 11 books written by 11 different authors, and published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The news conference was held in Sala Marconi in the headquarters of Vatican Media.

Pope Benedict applauds publication of the series

“I applaud this initiative,” writes Pope Benedict. “It contradicts the foolish prejudice of those who see Pope Francis as someone who lacks a particular theological and philosophical formation, while I would have been solely a theorist of theology with little understanding of the concrete lives of today’s Christian.
 
https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/03/12/pope-benedict-rejects-foolish-prejudice-rupture-francis/
Pope Benedict rejects ‘foolish prejudice’ of a rupture with Francis
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« Reply #6119 on: March 12, 2018, 07:26:20 PM »

A few articles as we prepare for Pope Francis' Fifth Anniversary of his pontificate -- March 13, 2018

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/evangelii-gaudium-a-key-to-understanding-francis-papacy
Vatican  |  Feb. 28, 2018
‘Evangelii Gaudium’ — A Key to Understanding Francis’ Papacy
Many of the central themes guiding the Pope’s subsequent actions were laid out in his first apostolic exhortation.
Edward Pentin

http://www.lastampa.it/2018/03/12/vaticaninsider/eng/inquiries-and-interviews/fernandez-without-the-gaze-of-faith-the-pope-is-reduced-to-a-character-pZObKFi0LBZv9IrlPfUOhL/pagina.html
Fernandez, “Without the gaze of faith, the Pope is reduced to a character”
Interview with the archbishop - rector of the Catholic University of Argentina - on Francis’ five years of pontificate: there is a risk of reducing the Pope's messages to slogans
andrea tornielli   Pubblicato il  12/03/2018

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/popes-emphasis-on-accompaniment-takes-root-in-us-catholic-ministries
Nation  |  Mar. 12, 2018
Pope’s Emphasis on ‘Accompaniment’ Takes Root in US Catholic Ministries
The Holy Father’s focus on personal relationships is making a difference.
Peter Jesserer Smith
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