Monthly Archives: April 2013

The devil in Pope Francis’ teaching

How his Ignatian (Jesuit) spirituality affects his many references to the devil or the evil one.

A new video from Catholic News Service:

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Gospel – Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Gospel Jn 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

O God,
restorer and lover of innocence,
direct the hearts of your servants towards yourself,
that those you have set free from the darkness
of unbelief may never stray from the light of your truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen

From here and there and everywhere

Catholic News Service News Briefs for Tuesday, April 30:

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Pope Francis to Catholic Charismatic Renewal

“Tell them I love them very much…”


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Curial Reform

It’s gonna take time, folks. Official pooh-poohs rumors of eminent head-chopping at Vatican Bank.

From Catholic News Service

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Pope-emeritus to move to his new residence in Vatican

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI will move into his new residence at the Vatican on May 2, rather than May 1, the Vatican has announced.

Correcting earlier reports about the retired Pope’s plans, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that Benedict XVI will make his return to the Vatican on Thursday. The former Pontiff, who has been living at Castel Gandolfo since his resignation took effect on February 28, will occupy the ground floor of a monastery that has been remodeled to accommodate him and his small domestic staff.

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Secular reporter says priest wrongly convicted in Philadelphia abuse scandal

From and Catholic World News

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Pope Francis meets with President of Israel

From Vatican Information Service

A worldly Church cannot transmit the Gospel

Pope Francis’ Tuesday Mass

(Vatican Radio) A worldly Church is a weak Church. The only way to stop this from happening is to entrust the Church to the Lord through constant prayer. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass Tuesday morning, celebrated with staff from the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, also known as APSA.

“We can safeguard the Church, we can cure the Church, no? We do so with our work, but what’s most important is what the Lord does : He is the only One who can look into the face of evil and overcome it. The prince of the world comes but can do nothing against me: if we don’t want the prince of this world to take the Church into his hands, we must entrust it to the One who can defeat the prince of this world. Here the question arises: do we pray for the Church, for the entire Church? For our brothers and sisters whom we do not know, everywhere in the world? It is the Lord’s Church and in our prayer we say to the Lord: Lord, look at your Church … It’ s yours. Your Church is [made up of ] our brothers and sisters. This is a prayer that must come from our heart”.

Then, Pope Francis remarked that “it is easy to pray for the grace of the Lord”, “to thank Him” or when “we need something.” But it is fundamental that we also pray to the Lord for all, for those who have “received the same Baptism,” saying “they are Yours, they are ours, watch over them”.

“Entrust the Church to the Lord is a prayer that makes the Church grow. It is also an act of faith. We can do nothing, we are poor servants – all of us – of the Church: it is He who keeps her going and holds her and makes her grow , makes her holy, defends and protects her from the prince of this world and what he wants the Church to become, in short more and more worldly. This is the greatest danger! When the Church becomes worldly, when she has the spirit of the world within herself, when that peace which is not that of the Lord – that peace when Jesus says, ‘I leave you peace, my peace I give you’, not as the world gives it – when she has that worldly peace, the Church is a weak Church, a defeated Church, unable to transmit the Gospel, the message of the Cross, the scandal of the Cross … She cannot transmit this if she is worldly”.

During his homily, Pope Francis returned several times to the importance of prayer to entrust “the Church to the Lord”, the path to “the peace that only He can give”:

“Entrust the Church to God, entrust the elderly, the sick, the children, the youth … ‘Safeguard your Church Lord ‘: she is yours! With this attitude, He will give us, in the midst of tribulations, the peace that only He can give . This peace which the world cannot give, that peace that cannot be bought, that peace which is a true gift of the presence of Jesus in the midst of his Church. Entrusting the Church that is in distress: there are great tribulations, persecution … there are. But there are also small tribulations: the small tribulations of illness or family problems … entrust all this to the Lord guard your Church in tribulation, so she does not lose faith, so she does not lose hope. ”

Pope Francis concluded : “May the Lord make us strong so we do not lose faith, so we do not lose hope”. Entrusting the Church to the Lord “will do us and the Church good. It will give us great peace [and although] it will not rid us of our tribulations, it will make us stronger in our sufferings”.

Vatican Radio