Tag Archives: catholic

Prayer keeps us from losing faith

(Vatican Radio) If a Christian “becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith.”
This was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily during his Thursday morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
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We must never resign ourselves to the pain of war

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday addressed participants of the International Meeting for Peace in the spirit of Assisi organised by the Rome-based Community of Saint Egidio.

The meeting, held from September 29 to October 1 sees the participation of religious leaders of all denominations and of men and women who are committed to building peace in the world. Read more

Pope Francis Saturday Morning Homily

(Vatican Radio) Ask for the grace you need in order not to flee the Cross: this was the message of Pope Francis to the faithful at Mass on Saturday morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel in the Vatican. His remarks following the daily readings focused on the Gospel passage of the day, in which Jesus announces His Passion to the disciples. Read more from Vatican Radio.

Pope Francis visits the island of Sardinia

(Vatican Radio) The Pope on Sunday celebrated Holy Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria, in Cagliari on the island of Sardinia.
The pastoral voyage has a special significance for Pope Francis, whose hometown of Buenos Aires in Argentina takes its from Our Lady of Bonaria.
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Pope’s Monday Mass: “Christian hope is Jesus personified”

(Vatican Radio) The virtue of hope, perhaps less understood than those of faith and charity, should never be confused with human optimism which is more a state of mind. For a Christian, hope is Jesus personified in the Eucharist and in the Word. That’s the essence of what Pope Francis said at this morning’s daily mass at the Vatican guesthouse Santa Marta. Read more.

Pope Francis Friday Mass, Sept. 6

(Vatican Radio) The Christian ought always to be joyful as one who goes to a wedding. This was the message of Pope Francis in his remarks following the Gospel at Mass on Friday morning in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel in the Vatican. The Holy Father further stressed the need to overcome the temptation to put the novelty of the Gospel into old wineskins, and repeated that the Sacrament of Matrimony is the image of Christ’s union with the Church. Read More.

Pope Francis homily at Mass Sept. 3

Jesus has no need of armies. Read the report from Vatican Radio.

Pope calls for prayer and fasting

Pope Francis has declared next Saturday, September 7, as a worldwide Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. He will also be holding a five-hour vigil in St. Peter’s Square from 7 pm to Midnight next Saturday.

Pope meets with Jordanian king

Pope Francis met on August 29 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and the two agreed that negotiation is “the only option” that will resolve the continuing conflict in Syria.

In a joint statement, the Pope and the Jordanian ruler said that “the path of dialogue and negotiation between all components of Syrian society, with the support of the international community, is the only option to put an end to the conflict and to the violence that every day causes the loss of so many human lives, especially amongst the helpless civilian population.”

Pope Francis and King Abdullah also spoke about the need to resume negotiations between Israel and Palestine, with a particular focus on resolving the status of Jerusalem. The Pope praised Abdullah for his efforts to promote inter-religious dialogue, especially through a conference that will be held in Amman in September, on the difficulties facing the Christian minorities in the nations of the Middle East.

Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Rose of Lima lived from 1586 – 1617 in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru. Her father was in the cavalry while her mother raised their large family. At a young age, Saint Rose began pursuing Christ through penance, purity, and prayer. As she approached womanhood, many suitors were attracted. In opposition, Saint Rose cut off her hair and begged her father to allow her to remain chaste. He granted Rose her will but insisted she remain un-cloistered. In obedience, she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. Her mortifications increased to include fasting, coarse clothing, isolation, and prolonged prayer. These sufferings she offered up for the sake of lost souls, her country, and the conversion of sinners. Her efforts granted her a supernatural love through which she served the poor, funding these efforts through her artistic needlework and tatting. Saint Rose was canonized in 1671 by Clement X and is known as the first American saint.