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« Reply #6220 on: April 15, 2018, 04:27:22 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-04/pope-francis-regina-coeli-15-april-2018-resurrection-body.html

Regina Coeli: Resurrection shows Christian perspective on body
15 April 2018, 17:08

Pope Francis greets the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the weekly Regina Coeli address
In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, Pope Francis emphasizes the reality of Christ’s bodily Resurrection.
By Christopher Wells

The Resurrection of Jesus was at first inconceivable to the Apostles, Pope Francis said in his weekly address for the Regina Coeli. And so, when He appeared to them, they thought they were seeing a ghost.

Jesus rose with His physical body
 
But, the Pope said, the Risen Jesus is not a phantasm; He is a man, with a body and a soul. That’s why, in Sunday’s Gospel reading, the Risen Lord shows His disciples the wounds in His hands and feet, and invites them to touch Him and see that He is a man of flesh and blood. When even this is not sufficient, the Lord asks the Apostles for something to eat. When they hand Him a piece of broiled fish, “Jesus takes it and eats it in front of them.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/regina-coeli-address-on-the-realism-of-the-resurrection-full-text/
Regina Coeli Address: On the Realism of the Resurrection (Full Text) 

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« Reply #6221 on: April 16, 2018, 12:44:07 PM »

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Pope meets with young and old during parish visit
16 April 2018, 12:34

Pope Francis listens to a young boy during his parish visit on Sunday  (Vatican Media)
During his visit to the parish of Saint Paul of the Cross, in the Corviale neighbourhood of Rome, Pope Francis met with the faithful before celebrating the Sunday Mass
By Christopher Wells

As is customary in his visits to Roman parishes, Pope Francis took the opportunity to meet with parishioners of St Paul of the Cross before celebrating Sunday Mass for the community.

Ahead of the liturgy, Pope Francis met with young children in catechism courses, as well as the elderly, the poor, and the sick members of the parish; and later heard the confessions of several people.
 
God has "the heart of a dad"
 
Finally, one little boy, overcome with emotion, was unable to ask his question—so the Pope invited him to come up and whisper in his ear. “He was weeping for his father” who had died a short time ago, Pope Francis said, “and he had the courage to do so in front of us, because of the love he has in his heart for his dad.” The young boy asked if his father, who was not a believer, is in heaven.

“He was a good man,” the boy said, and Pope Francis took up that thought. “It is a beautiful witness” he said, when a man’s sons can call him good. Answering the boy’s question, the Pope said only God can know who is in heaven. “But how does the heart of God look upon such a dad?” he asked. “God has the heart of a dad,” he continued, and God would not allow such a father to remain far from Him.

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-04/pope-francis-parish-visit-rome-mass-homily.html
The joy that makes us young
In his homily on Sunday at the Roman parish of St Paul of the Cross, Pope Francis spoke about the joy felt by the disciples when they saw the Risen Lord.
By Christopher Wells
 

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« Reply #6222 on: April 16, 2018, 12:54:37 PM »

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Pope at Mass: ‘Follow Jesus out of faith, not self-interest’
16 April 2018, 12:49

In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning, Pope Francis said there are two ways of following Jesus: out of self-interest in his miracles or through faith in his word.

Pope Francis at Mass on Monday warned against following Jesus out of self-interest in his miracles rather than through faith in his word. He invited us to refresh our memory of the wonderful things God has done in our lives, so as to respond with love.

Self-interest of the crowd

The Pope reflected on the day’s Gospel (John 6:22-29), in which the crowd wanted to make Jesus a king after the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Jesus, he said, rebuffed them, saying “you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled.”

Pope Francis pointed out the two elements of Jesus’ response. On the one hand, he said, they were seeking Jesus in order to feel his Word in their hearts, that is, out of faith. On the other, they were merely curious to see his miracles. The Holy Father said these were good people but their faith was a little too curious and self-seeking.
 
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« Reply #6223 on: April 16, 2018, 01:31:40 PM »

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates his 91st birthday
16 April 2018, 09:40

April 16 marks Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's 91st birthday. He will be spending the day quietly in the 'Mater Ecclesia' Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives.

The day of Joseph Ratzinger’s birth has been seen by some as a sign of Divine Providence. It was certainly a sign of things to come. The future Pope Benedict XVI was born on Holy Saturday, April 16th 1927. His birthplace is Marktl-an-Inn, a tiny village less than an hour’s walk away from Altoetting, the most important Marian Shrine in Bavaria.
 
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« Reply #6224 on: April 16, 2018, 08:44:18 PM »

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Pope joins meeting to prepare synod for the Amazon
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Apr 16, 2018

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis met with members of the preparatory council for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019.

Meeting in Rome April 12-13, the presynod council worked with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, to finalize the preparatory document and related questionnaire for the special assembly next year.

The council members and several experts on the Amazon, who were invited to attend, discussed the pastoral needs in the territory, especially the need “for a more incisive inculturation of the Gospel for the people who live there, particularly the indigenous people,” the Vatican said in a statement April 14.

They also “reflected on the ecological crisis affecting the region and underlined the need for promoting an integral ecology along the lines” of the pope’s 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” the Vatican said.

Announcing the gathering of bishops last October, the pope said the synod will seek to identify new paths of evangelization, especially for indigenous people who are “often forgotten and left without the prospect of a peaceful future, including because of the crisis of the Amazon forest,” which plays a vital role in the environmental health of the entire planet.

The theme chosen by Francis for the synod is: “The Amazon: New paths for the Church and for an integral ecology.”
 
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« Reply #6225 on: April 18, 2018, 11:25:32 AM »

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Pope at Mass: The Church needs prophets
17 April 2018, 12:51

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta  (© Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano)
Pope Francis’s homily on Tuesday morning focused on the liturgical reading that narrates the stoning of St. Stephen, the Church’s first martyr.
By Linda Bordoni

Speaking during his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said a true prophet is he who is capable of weeping for his people who do not heed him.

He reflected on the liturgical reading of the day in which Stephen accused the people, the elders and the scribes of being stiff-necked people who always oppose the Holy Spirit, and just like their ancestors did, they persecute the prophets.

Francis said that those people did not have open hearts, they did not want to listen to Stephen and they did not remember the history of Israel.
 
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« Reply #6226 on: April 18, 2018, 11:33:41 AM »

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Pope appeals for Alfie Evans and Vincent Lambert
18 April 2018, 11:15

Alfie Evan's father is received by Pope Francis at the Casa Santa Marta  (Vatican Media)
Pope Francis met with the father of seriously ill British toddler Alfie Evans in the Vatican before making an appeal in which he reiterated his call to safeguard the lives of Alfie and of Vincent Lambert.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis renewed his appeal for the respect of the lives of Vincent Lambert and Alfie Evans, reiterating that “the only author of life, from its beginning to its natural end, is God.”

Speaking during the General Audience on Wednesday, the Pope said he wanted to highlight their plights and remind us that “it is our duty to do all that is possible to safeguard life”. “Let us gather in silence and pray so that the lives of all persons, especially of these two brothers of ours, are respected” he said.
 

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« Reply #6227 on: April 18, 2018, 11:46:30 AM »

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Pope at General Audience: ‘Sign of cross reminder of Baptism’
18 April 2018, 12:26

Pope Francis greets young artists at the Wednesday General Audience  (Vatican Media)
In his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis said the sign of the cross is a reminder of who we are and to whom we belong, inviting parents to teach their children to make it correctly.
By Devin Watkins

Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Baptism at the Wednesday General Audience, inviting parents and godparents to teach children to make the sign of the cross correctly.

He said the priest and parents trace the sign of the cross on the child during the Baptismal liturgy to express “the imprint of Christ on the one who is going to belong to him.” He said it also “signifies the grace of the redemption Christ won for us by his cross.”

Speaking off-the-cuff, the Holy Father urged parents and godparents to teach children to make this sign correctly, because “if they learn it as children, they will make it correctly later as adults.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-baptism-2-the-sign-of-the-christian-faith/
GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Baptism (Part II): The Sign of the Christian Faith 
April 18, 2018 14:32

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« Reply #6228 on: April 19, 2018, 05:39:56 PM »

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Pope at Mass: “Evangelization is the Spirit’s work”
19 April 2018, 11:48

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta  (Vatican Media)
At Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning, Pope Francis uses the account of Philip’s evangelizing activity in Acts 8:26-40 to explain evangelization using three key words: “Get up”, “draw near”, and “start with an actual situation”.

During his homily at Thursday morning’s Mass, Pope Francis reminded us that every Christian has an obligation and a mission to accomplish: evangelization. “Get up”, draw near”, and “start with an actual situation” are three keys to unlock what evangelization is.

The wind of persecution sows God’s Word

Pope Francis began by explaining that the “wind of persecution” experienced by the early Church drove the disciples out of Jerusalem to other parts of Judea and to Samaria.

Just like the wind does with seeds from plants, it transports and sows them elsewhere, so also it happens here: they went elsewhere, with the seed of the Word, and they sowed the Word of God… From the wind of persecution, the disciples brought evangelization…. This is how the Lord evangelizes…. This is how the Lord wants us to evangelize.
 
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« Reply #6229 on: April 19, 2018, 05:49:45 PM »

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Pope Francis marks anniversary of Benedictine Confederation
19 April 2018, 12:35

Pope Francis marks anniversary of Benedictine Confederation
In a meeting marking the 125th anniversary of the Confederation, the Pope recalled the vital work of hospitality, education and dialogue that Benedictines have contributed to the Church throughout the world
By Philippa Hitchen

Pope Francis met on Thursday with a group of Benedictine abbots and monks who are marking the 125th anniversary of the foundation of their confederation.

In his words to the group, the Pope highlighted the work of hospitality, education and dialogue for which the Benedictines are renowned in countries across the globe.
 
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« Reply #6230 on: April 19, 2018, 05:55:38 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-04/pope-francis-pastoral-visit-alessano-molfetta.html

Southern Italy awaiting Pope on Friday
19 April 2018, 15:36

Pope Francis is visiting Alessano and Molfetta on April 20 to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of Bishop Tonino Bello, known for his pastoral outreach and works of peace.

Pope Francis will be on a brief trip to southern Italy on Friday to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of a popular Italian bishop known for his pastoral zeal and works of peace.  The Pope will fly to the towns of Alessano and Molfetta associated with Bishop Tonino (Antonio) Bello of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi, whose cause for beatification was opened in 2007.

The Pope will fly in the morning from Rome's Ciampino Airport to the Galatina military airport, on the heel of Italy, from where he will board a helicopter to Alessano, the town where Bishop Tonino was born and later buried.  Pope Francis will visit the tomb of the bishop and meet some of his relatives.

After addressing the faithful of Alessano, Pope Francis he will fly north to the port town of Molfetta, where Bello was bishop and where he died.  He will say Mass in the cathedral and then fly back to Rome where he is schedule to arrive at around 1:30 pm.
 
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« Reply #6231 on: April 19, 2018, 06:15:49 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2018-04/pope-francis-alfie-evans-bambino-gesu-mariella-enoc.html

Bambino Gesu reiterates offer to care for Alfie Evans
19 April 2018, 16:07

In an interview with the President of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital, Mariella Enoc says that the hospital is ready to admit him.

After Pope Francis met with Thomas Evans, Alfies father, the Vatican’s Secretary of State communicated to Dr Mariella Enoc the Pope’s desire that she to do everything possible to bring Alfie to the Rome-based Bambino Gesu pediactric hospital.

Dr Enoc says that the medical staff of Bambino Gesu has been in close contact since last July with the hospital in Liverpool where the 23-month old is currently hospitalized with a rare degenerative brain disease.
 
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Bishops affirm professional care of hospital in Alfie Evans case
19 April 2018, 11:29
The Catholic bishops of England and Wales issue a statement highlighting the professionalism of staff at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital
 
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