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Pope Francis to European Parliament: Build a Europe that revolves around people, not the economy

Pope Francis to European Parliament: Build a Europe that revolves around people, not the economy

Published on Nov 25, 2014

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The Pope had some strong words for Europe’s most important assembly: The European Parliament. 

In his speech, he urged politicians and institutions to leave aside counterproductive bureaucratic models and instead to re-engage in the goal founders of the European Union had when they envisioned a future based on cooperation and fostering peace. POPE FRANCIS “At the heart of this ambitious political project is confidence in people, not so much as a citizen or an economic agent, but in people, men and women who are endowed with transcendent dignity.” Dignity was a theme he highlighted many times. Offenses against dignity come in many forms, he explained, from not being able to express one’s faith publicly, to gender discrimination, unemployment and a lack of food. It’s transcendent human dignity, he added, because it trumps all other possible interests. POPE FRANCIS “I would like to reaffirm the centrality of the human person, which otherwise is at the mercy of the whims and the powers of the moment.” As representatives of 28 countries, Pope Francis also reminded them, of the effects their decisions have and of their responsibility to serve and protect democracy. POPE FRANCIS “Keeping democracies alive is a challenge in the present historic moment. The true strength of our democracies, understood as expressions of the political will of the people, must not be allowed to collapse under the pressure of multinational interests which are not universal, which weaken them and turn them into uniform systems of economic power at the service of unseen empires. This is one of the challenges which history sets before you today.” The Pope then called on them to build and not just to manage. Recognizing human dignity isn’t enough, he explained. They must take it a step further and promote family life, education, care for the environment and attention to immigration. POPE FRANCIS “Dear Members of the European Parliament, the time has come to work together in building a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.” At the end of his speech, the Parliament, which includes 751 legislators and who represent more than 500 million Europeans, gave the Pope this standing ovation. POPE’ SPEECH

Pope Francis: There is always money to buy weapons but not to create jobs

Pope Francis: There is always money to buy weapons but not to create jobs

Published on Nov 21, 2014

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Pope Francis sent a video message to the participants of the 4th Festival of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which taking place in Verona. He denounced tthat the current economic crisis serves as a pretext for inaction against poverty. 

POPE FRANCIS “The risk is that indifference can make us blind, deaf and mute, existing only for ourselves, with a mirror in front, so we estrange ourselves from what is happening around us. Men and women closed in themselves. There was someone like that who was called Narcissus. Do not go down that path.” The Pope reflected on the current distribution of money. He also lamented that there are resources for some things while there are none for others. POPE FRANCIS “For example, the money to buy weapons can be found, to make war, for financial operations without scruples, there is money. There is mainly silence about this. Yet, there is always an emphasis on the lack of money to create jobs, to invest in knowledge, talents, to design a new welfare, to protect the envrionment.” In the face of this situation, Pope Francis asked those present at the festival to promote the initatives and talents of each one, especially for youth.

Pope Francis at General Audience: All baptized people can be saints

Pope Francis at General Audience: All baptized people can be saints

Published on Nov 19, 2014

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Pope Francis explained during his General Audience that holiness is not a state reserved for bishops or religious. He said that it is a gift that is given by God and that all baptized people can be saints. 

SUMMARY OF THE POPE’S CATECHESIS: Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on the Church, we now consider the universal call to holiness. Thanks to Baptism, each member of the Church shares in this vocation; every one of us is called to be a saint. Holiness is first and foremost God’s gift, and not our own achievement. Christ loved the Church, Saint Paul tells, and gave himself up for her, to make her holy (cf. Eph 5:26).  In the communion of the Church, each of us has been sanctified by the grace of Baptism and is called to grow in this holiness. Whatever our state of life, we are called to live our daily lives and to fulfil our various responsibilities in prayerful union with the Lord and our brothers and sisters. Today let us ask ourselves how well we have responded to this call. By asking us to become holy in our daily lives, Christ is inviting us to experience in all things his own deep joy and to become a gift of love to all around us. Growing in holiness thus means becoming better persons, free of selfishness and self-absorption, and ever ready to place ourselves at the service of our brothers and sisters in the Church as “good stewards of God’s manifold grace” (1 Pet 4:10). I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including the various groups from England, Denmark, Japan and the United States of America. I thanks the choirs for their praise of God in song. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke joy and peace in the Lord Jesus. God bless you all!

Pope Francis explains that you don’t have to be a bishop, priest or religious to be a saint

Published on Nov 19, 2014

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The Pope went around St. Peter’s Square and blessed many children. The most elegant of them all was this baby who was dressed up for the occasion.  read more

Pope Francis: Conversion is sincere when it reaches your ‘pocket’

Pope Francis: Conversion is sincere when it reaches your ‘pocket’

Published on Nov 18, 2014

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In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope commented on the Gospel which recalls the conversion of Zacchaeus who gave back what he stole with interest. 

Pope Francis jokingly said that when conversion “reaches your pocket” it is sincere, but there are other types of Christians who should convert. An example are those who live for appearances. POPE FRANCIS “I have a good family, people do not gossip about me, I have everything I need, I married in church …I am ‘in the grace of God’, I am alright. Appearances! Christians of appearance … they are dead!” The Pope also warned against another type of behavior. That of a lukewarm Christian, who thinks everything is good because nothing is lacking. Those types, the Pope said, God spits out of his mouth. However, he continued, all can still convert and change. EXCERPTS FROM THE POPE’S HOMILY (Source: Vatican Radio) “Am I one of these Christians of appearances? Am I alive inside, do I have a spiritual life? Do I hear the Holy Spirit, do I listen to the Holy Spirit, do I move forward, or …? But, if everything looks good, I have nothing to reproach myself about: I have a good family, people do not gossip about me, I have everything I need, I married in church …I am ‘in the grace of God’, I am alright. Appearances! Christians of appearance … they are dead! Instead [we must] seek something alive within ourselves, and with memory and vigilance, reinvigorate this so we can move forward. Convert: from appearances to reality. From being neither hot nor cold to fervor”. “He was just like many leaders we know: corrupt. Those who, instead of serving the people, exploit the people to serve themselves. There are some like this, in the world. And people did not want him. Yes, he wasn’t lukewarm; He was not dead. He was in a state of putrefaction. He was corrupt. But he felt something inside: this healer, this prophet who people say speaks so well, I would like to see him, out of curiosity. The Holy Spirit is clever, eh! He sowed the seed of curiosity, and so in order to seem him this man even does something a little ‘ridiculous. Think of an important leader, who is also corrupt, a leader of leaders – he was the chief – climb a tree to watch a procession: Just think of it. How ridiculous!”. “When conversion touches pockets, it’s a certainty. Christians in heart? Yes, everyone is. Christians by blood? All of us. However, Christians with pockets, very few. But, conversion … and here, it arrived straight away: the authentic word. He converted. But faced with this word, the words of the others, those who did not want conversion, who did not want to convert: ‘Seeing this, they grumbled: ‘He has gone to the house of a sinner!’: He has dirtied himself, he has lost his purity. He must purify himself because he entered the house of a sinner”.

Pope Francis: Are you making good use of your God given talents?

Pope Francis: Are you making good use of your God given talents?

Published on Nov 17, 2014

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During Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the parable of the talents, where God gives every person gifts, that are meant to be put to good use. 

POPE FRANCIS “Talents are the heritage God trusts us with. Which heritage? His Word, His Eucharist, Faith in God the Father, His forgiveness… So many things. His greatest treasures. Jesus doesn’t ask us to keep His grace in a safety box. None of that. He wants us to use it to help others” The Pope invited Catholics to reflect on how they’ve used their talents, or if they’ve even used them at all. POPE FRANCIS “And what have we done? Who have we shared our faith with? How many people have we inspired through our hope? How much love have we shared with our neighbors?” For example, the Pope invited pilgrims to learn to forgive and to reconcile with people. The Pope also referenced recent tension between local citizens and immigrants in several European cities. Especially after an altercation in a Roman neighborhoodtriggered even more clashes and even violence. POPE FRANCIS “I invite institutions on every level to assume as a priority this social emergency. If it’s not addressed promptly and accordingly, the situation can worsen.” The Pope made Roman parishes available for citizens to meet with immigrants and local institutions to try and lessen the tension through dialogue.

Pope Francis denounces “false compassion” behind abortion and euthanasia

Pope Francis denounces “false compassion” behind abortion and euthanasia

Published on Nov 17, 2014

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The Pope welcomed the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors to the Vatican to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

Pope Francis delivered a powerful speech about the value of human life, spanning from conception to natural death. He said the dignity of life is not tied to one’s well being, adding that  one life is not more sacred than another. He denounced the “false compassion” that surrounds cases of abortion and euthanasia. POPE FRANCIS “The dominant thought sometimes proposes a  ‘false compassion.’ It promotes abortion as a way to help the woman; seeking euthanasia as an act of dignity; ‘producing’ a child, which is considered a right and not a gift, as a scientific conquest; or using human lives as guinea pigs to presumably save other lives.” He talked about evangelic compassion as a force that can accompany people, especially those who need it most. When it comes to a procedure that violates one’s consciousness, the Pope encouraged doctors to act according to the Gospel. POPE FRANCIS “We are currently living in a time in which life is experimented on… Bad experiments. Children are ‘made’, instead of welcoming them as gifts of God. In a time in which ‘life is played with,’ beware! This is a sin against the Creator! Against God the Creator! Who created things this way.” Pope Francis added that abortion is not a religious or philosophical issue, but rather a scientific one, because it is about a human life. A life that is not lawful to eliminate. POPE FRANCIS “But it’s the modern perspective… The word ‘listen’ in ancient terms and the modern term of  ‘kill’ means the same.” The Pope once again highlighted the need to speak and act against a throw away culture.

The Cost of Abortion & Contraception Deception

Michael Voris talks an in-depth discussion of the true, financial cost of abortion and its effects to the United States. “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death” (CDF, Donum vitae III; CCC: 2273). read more

Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

by Elise Harris

.- Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred.

“We’re are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) playing with life,” the Pope told an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 15. read more

Pope Francis: Teach children by example, not words

Pope Francis: Teach children by example, not words

Published on Nov 14, 2014

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In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope spoke on the importance of leading by example when transmitting the faith to children. Appropriately, a group of boys and girls from a Roman parish were present at the Mass. 

POPE FRANCIS “We all have a responsibility to give our very best and the very best that we have is our faith: teach it to them, but teach it by example! Words are pointless… Today, words are pointless. In today’s world obsessed with images, where everyone has these cell phones, words are pointless … Example! Example!” Lastly, the Pope encouraged Christians to embrace an attitude of fraternity and to leave indifference behind. EXCERPTS OF THE POPE’S HOMILY (Source: Vatican Radio) “Do we teach them what we heard in the First Reading: to walk in love and truth? Or do we teach them with words, and then allow our lives to go in another direction? But it is our responsibility to look out for these children! A Christian has to take care of children, little ones and pass on the faith, pass on what he lives, what is in his heart. We cannot ignore the little plants that grow”. “We all have a responsibility to give our very best and the very best that we have is our faith: give it to them, but give it by example! Words are pointless… Today, words are pointless. In today’s world obsessed with images, where everyone has these cell phones, words are pointless … Example! Example!” “In these Sacraments – let me ask you a question – is prayer a sacrament? … Out loud now! … No!

Pope Francis: The Kingdom of God is found in silence, not in causing a spectacle

Pope Francis: The Kingdom of God is found in silence, not in causing a spectacle

Published on Nov 13, 2014

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In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of humility.

He assured that the Kingdom of God does not consist of creating spectacle or showing off, but rather in silent testimony. He said it is in the challenges of everyday life, in the small “daily cross”. POPE FRANCIS “When one thinks about the perseverance of many Christians, who carry their families forward, – men and women –, who take care of children, of grandparents, and reach the end of the month with only half a euro, but keep praying… That’s the Kingdom of God, hidden, in the sanctity of everyday life.” Finally, he added that the Kingdom of God is like a seed, which must be cultivated through silence and prayer.

9 Statements by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas

9 Statements by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas

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Listers, Pope Benedict XVI describes St. Thomas Aquinas as having an “exquisitely Eucharistic soul.” The following is taken from a talk delivered by the Holy Father on June 2nd, 2010 and he also delivered a follow up on June 16th of the same year. The former is focused more as a basic introduction to the life and virtue of the Angelic Doctor and the second is more theological in nature. read more