Tag: "Pope Francis"

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online
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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

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We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

Holy Land - Preparing for Pope Francis
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Holy Land – Preparing for Pope Francis

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When Pope Paul VI visited the Holy Land, Auxiliary Bishop Marcuzzo was still only a seminarian, but to this day he remains impressed by the visit. Now, 50 years later, other seminarians are preparing for the visit of a new Pope. Returning to the sources: this was the goal Pope Paul VI had set himself […]

What Does Pope Francis’ Visit to the Holy Land Have to do With Us?
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What Does Pope Francis’ Visit to the Holy Land Have to do With Us?

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It may seem as though Pope Francis’ trip to the Holy Land May 24-26 is something far away, both mentally and geographically. Trust me, it’s very close. Sure, he’ll be meeting with a number of dignitaries from positions and areas that don’t directly affect us. But, the main purpose for his trip is to meet […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Front Row With Francis: The Gift of Fortitude

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“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” –GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy Continuing his Catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis used this week’s lesson to discuss the gift of fortitude. When we consider the Gifts of the Spirit, […]

Pope to U.N. Heads: Unborn Children are "Our Brothers and Sisters"
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Pope to U.N. Heads: Unborn Children are “Our Brothers and Sisters”

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The highest-ranking U.N. human rights official, Navi Pillay, looked down and fidgeted as Pope Francis delivered an unambiguous pro-life message to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and top U.N. officials. Unborn children are “our brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis told Pillay and her colleagues gathered in Rome for a coordination meeting. Pillay’s office facilitates the work of the […]

Pope Francis to Meet Refugees in Jordan
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Pope Francis to Meet Refugees in Jordan

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It’s only a week now until Pope Francis sets out on his trip to the Middle East. Father Khalil Jaar is already excited. “I was asked whether I could organize two buses of refugees for a meeting with the Holy Father,” the priest of the Latin Patriarchate said proudly. “I didn’t have to think about it […]

Book Review: <em> Reclaiming Francis</em>
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Book Review: Reclaiming Francis

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A funny thing happened as Msgr. Charles M. Murphy was putting the finishing touches on a manuscript about St. Francis and how he could be a role model for the new evangelization: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to lead the Catholic Church and took the name of Francis to be his own. While […]

Don’t Be a Tourist on the Spiritual Journey of Faith
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Don’t Be a Tourist on the Spiritual Journey of Faith

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One of the points I try to stress with those joining me on the many trips I host to Rome and other Christian holy places is the difference between a tour and a pilgrimage. A tour is more of a fun seeking trek to an exotic location, one filled with great photo opportunities that contain […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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24 Hours for the Lord Begins Today

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At the request of Pope Francis, the Diocese of Rome and other dioceses throughout the world will begin the weekend with a sustained period of heightened Lenten reflections and devotional practices termed “24 hours for the Lord.” The Pope announced the initiative from the window of the Papal Apartments after praying the “Angelus” last Sunday.  […]

Destroyed Wedding Cake
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Pope Francis Tackles the Marriage Epidemic

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Much has been made of Catholics’ negativism toward Church teaching and practice on marriage as it was reflected in survey results released by several European bishops’ conferences and some U.S. dioceses. The mostly self-selected respondents predictably disagreed with the Church about many things, leading progressive Catholic media to claim this showed the need for change. […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Front Row With Francis: The Meaning of Lent

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Pope Francis looked up during his General Audience on Ash Wednesday and ditched the script, putting aside his prepared remarks to question the spectators gathered for the weekly encounter, “I want to ask: Your children, your kids—do they know how to make the sign of the cross? Do your grandchildren know how to make the […]

Seven Lessons in Pope Francis’ Lenten Message
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Seven Lessons in Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

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Pope Francis has asked Catholics to meditate on poverty this Lenten season, by focusing his message for Lent on St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians, that Christ “became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor.  8:9).   The Pope’s emphasis on poverty dates back to the earliest days of his Pontificate, when […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Front Row With Francis: Anointment of the Sick

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At his Weekly General Audience on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Pope Francis got to talk about one of his favorite topics: care of the sick and the infirmed, by reference to the Anointment of the Sick.  The Pope tackled the ‘taboo’ quality of the misunderstood Sacrament, acknowledging that “there is a bit of this idea […]

How Shepherds Smell Like Their Sheep
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How Shepherds Smell Like Their Sheep

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One of the phrases people quote about Pope Francis is his exhortation that “shepherds must smell like their sheep.”  If you ask ten people what this means, you will likely get ten different answers.  Nobody can agree upon what it means, but everyone can agree it is something important.  I believe that as always, the […]

Pope Francis Composes New Prayer for Families, Synod
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Pope Francis Composes New Prayer for Families, Synod

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On the Feast of the Holy Family, December 29, 2013, Pope Francis invited all Catholics to pray for families as the Church prepares for an Extraordinary Synod to examine the troubling disconnect between Church teaching and the reality of modern family life. In his Angelus address given to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, Pope […]

The Link Between Catechesis and Liturgy
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The Link Between Catechesis and Liturgy

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From time to time in various debates about the liturgy, the principle of lex orandi lex credendi surfaces.  While the Latin might be a little off putting, the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the concept as follows:  When the Church celebrates the sacraments, she confesses the faith received from the apostles – whence the ancient […]

Snippets From an Exhortation:  The Anti-Modernism of Pope Francis
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Snippets From an Exhortation: The Anti-Modernism of Pope Francis

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The narrative that has been played out since the election of Jorge Bergoglio is one of a Pope ready to overturn all the doctrines of the Church , ordain women priests, change the teaching on marriage and homosexuality, and generally turn the Catholic Church into a minor caucus within the Democratic Party. This narrative was […]

Why We Can't Save Marriage in Five Easy Steps
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Why We Can’t Save Marriage in Five Easy Steps

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The way to save marriage isn’t by new laws, but new hearts.

 Book Review: <i>Pope Francis: I Believe in Mercy</i>
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Book Review: Pope Francis: I Believe in Mercy

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Known for their work on the Manga Hero edition of Habemus Papem which told of Pope Benedict XVI, the creative team of Regina Doman as writer and Sean Lam as artist has once again joined to tell a pope’s life story. This time the attention is on Pope Francis. Intended for teens and young adults, […]

When the Vicar of Christ Imitates Christ, Why is it so Alarming?
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When the Vicar of Christ Imitates Christ, Why is it so Alarming?

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It now seems so long ago, but just eight months ago Pope Benedict the Beloved resigned the papacy. Catholics had no modern frame of reference for such an event, and many with agendas of their own in the news media, and even in the Church, used our shock and dismay to sow discord and doubt. […]

The Charisms are a Way of Growing in Faith
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The Charisms are a Way of Growing in Faith

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The communion of holy persons who grow through participation in spiritual goods, and above all the Sacraments, the charisms and charity, was the theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis during today’s general audience. In the Sacraments, each one of us is “incorporated in Christ and united with the entire community of believers. Therefore, if one the […]

The Communion of the Holy: True Consolation of Our Faith
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The Communion of the Holy: True Consolation of Our Faith

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“The communion of the holy”, one of the most beautiful aspects of our faith, as it was defined by Pope Francis, was the theme of the catechesis of this Wednesday’s general audience, which took place in St. Peter’s Square and was attended by more than 80,000 people. The communion of the holy consists of two […]

The Christian Family Experiences Joy in Faith
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The Christian Family Experiences Joy in Faith

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The readings this Sunday invite us to reflect on some basic features of the Christian family. 1. First: the family prays. The Gospel passage speaks about two ways of praying, one is false – that of the Pharisee – and the other is authentic – that of the tax collector. The Pharisee embodies an attitude […]

Let Us be Close to all Families, Especially Those In Difficulty
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Let Us be Close to all Families, Especially Those In Difficulty

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“The family is a community of life with its own consistency. It is not the sum of the persons by whom it is constituted, but rather a ‘community of persons’”, said Pope Francis, quoting Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical “Familiaris consortio,” in an address to participants in the twenty-first plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council […]

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