Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”
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Pope Francis to Elderly: “There is no ‘Retirement’ from Spreading the Faith”

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly: Papal Message “‘The prayer of the elderly can protect the world, helping it perhaps more effectively than the frenetic activity of many others.’ [Benedict] spoke those words in 2012, towards the end of his pontificate,” Francis said. “There is something beautiful here. Your prayer is a very precious…

Pope Video July 2021: Social Friendship
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Pope Video July 2021: Social Friendship

Friendship is one of the great gifts that life gives us. Being able to count on friends, during good times as well as bad, is a gift from God. Wouldn’t it be stupendous if we could “go beyond (our) groups of friends and build social friendship, which is so necessary for living together well,” as…

John Allen Jr on U.S. Bishops’ Vote on Communion Practices
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John Allen Jr on U.S. Bishops’ Vote on Communion Practices

In this episode: U.S. bishops vote on communion practices, Holy See cautions U.S. bishops against denying communion, meeting of Pope Francis and President Biden deferred, U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sides with Catholic adoption agency, three Catholic priests in Umbria leave priesthood to get married. Source: CRUXnow

A Prayer for the Earth
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A Prayer for the Earth

A Prayer for the Earth by Pope Francis, published in Laudato Si’

Focus on Priestly Formation: Pope Francis’ Concerns
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Focus on Priestly Formation: Pope Francis’ Concerns

The issues at play concern both who is admitted to seminaries, and the formation of clergy before and after ordination. It is not primarily a question of a seminarian or a priest’s liturgical preferences but whether they might seek to impose an ideologically-driven vision of the Church in their parish. That results in division and…

Pope Francis to Priests: ‘Your Fragility is a Chance of Encounter with God’.
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Pope Francis to Priests: ‘Your Fragility is a Chance of Encounter with God’.

“My fragility, the fragility of each one of us, is a theological place of encounter with the Lord,” he told a group of around 20 priests at a June 7 meeting at the Vatican. “The ‘superman’ priests end up badly, all of them,” Francis said. “The fragile priest, who knows his weaknesses and talks about…

Pope Video June 2021:The Beauty of Marriage
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Pope Video June 2021:The Beauty of Marriage

“Is it true, what some people say-that young people don’t want to get married, especially during these difficult times? Getting married and sharing one’s life is something beautiful. It’s a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the effort. And on this life-long journey, the husband and wife aren’t…

Pope’s Prayer Intention May: The Wold of Finance
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Pope’s Prayer Intention May: The Wold of Finance

Saint Joseph the Worker
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Saint Joseph the Worker

In his apostolic letter on Saint Joseph Pope Francis writes: A working father An aspect of Saint Joseph that has been emphasized from the time of the first social Encyclical, Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, is his relation to work. Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an honest living to provide for his family….

Pope Francis: Meeting Christ in Poor Renews Our Missionary Vigor
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Pope Francis: Meeting Christ in Poor Renews Our Missionary Vigor

Pope Francis said Thursday that the poverty and exclusion from the job market caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made the work of Catholic groups that assist poor communities even more urgent. “Going out to meet the wounded and risen Christ in the poorest communities allows us to regain our missionary vigor, because that is…

April Pope Video:  For Fundamental Human  Rights
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April Pope Video: For Fundamental Human Rights

“Defending fundamental human rights demands courage and determination. I’m referring to actively combatting poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labor rights. Often, in practice, fundamental human rights are not equal for all. There are first-, second-, and third-class people, and those who are disposable. No. They…

Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary
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Francesco: A Pope Francis Documentary

“Francesco”, the documentary film directed by Evgeny Afineevsky dedicated to Pope Francis, is to be streamed globally from Sunday, 28 March. Speaking about his experience with the film, Afineevsky says: “What I admire most about the Pope is the way he brings people together”