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  • The day Pope Francis embraced my disabled son

    04/04/2013 5:50:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 3, 2013 | PAUL GONDREAU
    April 3, 2013 ( - “Small acts with great love,” Mother Teresa was fond of saying. On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis bestowed an extraordinary Easter blessing upon my family when he performed such an act in embracing my son, Dominic, who has cerebral palsy. The embrace occurred when the Pope spied my son while touring the Square, packed with a quarter million pilgrims, in the “pope mobile” after Mass. This tender moment, an encounter of a modern Francis with a modern Dominic (as most know, tradition holds that St. Francis and St. Dominic enjoyed an historic encounter), moved not...
  • Pope Francis General Audience focused on women. Feminists arent going to be happy

    04/03/2013 8:59:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 3, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The text of Pope Francis’ general audience:Feminists and proponents of women’s ordination aren’t gonna be happy.My emphases and comments: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we turn to the Catechism of the Year of Faith. [Well! He mentioned it again.] In the Creed we repeat this phrase: “He rose again on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures”. This is the very event [a historical event] that we are celebrating: the Resurrection of Jesus, the center of the Christian message that has resounded since the beginning and has been handed down so that it may reach us today. Saint Paul...
  • Rhode Island parents moved to tears after Pope Francis kisses their disabled son, 8,

    04/02/2013 1:42:08 PM PDT · by envisio · 30 replies
    DM ^ | 4/2/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Rhode Island couple has revealed how they were moved to tears when Pope Francis kissed their disabled eight-year-old son in front of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday. Paul and Christina Gondreau of Johnston and their five children, including son Dominic who suffers from cerebral palsy, attended Easter Mass at the Vatican. An usher directed Dominic and his mother to an area designated for handicapped children, said Paul Gondreau, a theology professor at Providence College who is teaching this semester in Rome. When the pope's vehicle arrived, the usher motioned to the driver to stop...
  • Pope recites St. Peter's Gospel professions of faith at apostle's tomb

    04/02/2013 9:14:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | April 1, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis visits the excavated necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 1. The necropolis is where St. Peter's tomb has been venerated since early Christian times and where the first church dedicated to him was built. The tomb is two levels below the main altar of the modern basilica. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Kneeling before the tomb of St. Peter, Pope Francis repeated the three professions of faith the Gospels report the apostle making: "Lord, you are the Christ, the son of the living God," "Master, to...
  • Insight: Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, scandal-ridden bank

    04/02/2013 10:50:14 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 9 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/12 | pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.
  • Pope Francis tours excavated area near St. Peter's tomb

    04/01/2013 2:23:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | April 1, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis visits the excavated necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 1. The necropolis is where St. Peter's tomb has been venerated since early Christian times and where the first church dedicated to him was built. The tomb is two levels below the main altar of the modern basilica. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis became the first pope to tour the excavated necropolis where St. Peter is buried, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. With explanations from the two directors of the necropolis, the pope...
  • Pope plans stargazing show at St Peter's Basilica

    04/01/2013 11:16:03 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 6 replies ^ | Apr 1, 2013 | Ken Hartly-Wright
    The new Pope is considering letting astronomers use the dome of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City as a makeshift planetarium, in a bold attempt to heal the long-standing rift between science and religion. Pope Francis has already given his blessing to the plan, which would see the constellations being projected onto the dome's interior as they would have appeared around the time of Jesus's death. The Pope's interest in the cosmos is said to have been sparked after he was shown recent images of the cosmic microwave background dubbed the echo of the Big Bang obtained by...
  • Pope Francis Tells Priests: Keep Churches Open, Hear Confessions

    04/01/2013 6:23:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Pope Francis joined a prominent Vatican official and seven priests for lunch on Holy Thursday and emphasized the importance of hearing confessions, according to a priest who was present at the meeting Archbishop Giovanni Becciu has a longtime custom of inviting priests to join him for lunch on Holy Thursday a custom that predates his 2011 appointment as sostituto, the deputy secretary of state responsible for the internal affairs of the Roman Curia. When Pope Francis heard about the meal with the priests, most of whom work with the poor, he said he wanted to attend.
  • Pope: Easter Vigil Homily [Full text]

    03/31/2013 5:25:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | March 31, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Below we publish the definitive text of Pope Francis Easter Vigil Homily, March 30th, 2013:Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Gospel of this radiant night of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women who go the tomb of Jesus with spices to anoint his body (cf. Lk 24:1-3). They go to perform an act of compassion, a traditional act of affection and love for a dear departed person, just as we would. They had followed Jesus, they had listened to his words, they had felt understood by him in their dignity and they had accompanied him...
  • Rockne and the Resurrection: celebrating Easter and the Irish "feast"

    03/31/2013 10:11:08 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 3-31-13 | Tom O'Toole
    Two weeks ago, you could say St. Patrick got the short shrift, for because March 17 fell on a Lenten Sunday, the patron saint of Ireland was not celebrated in church, at least not liturgically. Of course, while some priests did in fact mention Patrick (the wise ones, that is) I doubt on this greatest Christian feast of the year, that few will even think about the "feast" of that other great (Fighting) Irish icon, Knute Rockne. For as 3-31-31 (the day Rockne died) flips around to 3-31-13, Christ's triumph over death and evil certainly trumps over Rockne's victories over...
  • Pope Francis Leads First Easter Celebrations

    03/31/2013 3:19:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl ^ | March 31,2013 | Dario Thuburn, Agence France Presse
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis led his first Easter Sunday celebrations in front of tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square at a mass marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar. The pope will then deliver a special blessing for Rome and the world from the same balcony where he made his first public appearance after being elected this month.
  • How Should We Understand Pope Francis Washing Women's Feet?

    03/30/2013 10:44:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    NCRegister ^ | March 28, 2013 4:28 | Jimmy Akin
    How Should We Understand Pope Francis Washing Women's Feet? by Jimmy Akin Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:28 --snip-- This Year's Mass of the Lord's Supper It was surprising but not surprising when the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had chosen to celebrate this year's Mass of the Lord's Supper not in one of the papal basilicas of Rome but, instead, in its juvenile prison.That's precisely the kind of gesture that we have come to expect from the new pope in the short time we've been getting to know him.It's not traditional, but it's humble and evangelistic.And...
  • Pope Francis Sermon for the Vigil of Easter

    03/30/2013 5:18:39 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 2 replies
    The Vatican | March 30, 2013 | Pope Francis
    Here's the text of Pope Francis Sermon for the Vigil of Easter
  • Pope Francis Links Turin Shroud To Jesus Christ As Relic Is Shown On Television For Easter

    03/30/2013 11:28:23 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | March 30, 2013 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis Links Turin Shroud To Jesus Christ As Relic Is Shown On Television For Easter Francis has drawn an explicit link between Christ and the ghostly image imprinted on the Turin Shroud but stopped short of declaring the holy icon the true burial cloth of Jesus. Nick Squires 30 Mar Francis made his first remarks on the mysterious relic since being elected Pope in a special video message as the shroud was shown live on television for only the second time in its history. His remarks came on Holy Saturday, which falls between the commemoration of Christs crucifixion on...
  • Does This Finding Prove Jesus Resurrection? New Book Offers Stunning Details About the Shroud

    03/30/2013 1:29:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 28, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    The Shroud of Turin continues to spark intense theological debate. While one side believes that the cloth is nothing more than a medieval forgery, the other contends that the x-ray-like image imprinted on it was supernaturally created during Jesus Christs resurrection. In the past, claims that it was the work of a renaissance artist, an optical illusion or, as mentioned, a legitimate, faith-inspired phenomenon have abounded. Without a doubt, the cloth has confounded supporters and detractors, alike, for decades. Now, The Mystery of the Shroud, a book that examines new chemical and mechanical tests that were more recently conducted on...
  • Pope Francis: Never speak poorly of others

    03/29/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | March 28, 2013
    2013-03-28 LOsservatore Romano Speaking poorly of someone else is equivalent to selling them. Like Judas, who sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. And it was precisely by drawing inspiration from the Gospel passage from Matthew which foretells the betrayal of Judas Iscariot that Pope Francis in his brief Homily at the Mass he celebrated on Wednesday morning, 27 March, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae put people on guard against gossip with an explicit invitation: Never speak poorly of other people.Present at the celebration, as has now become a tradition, were several Vatican employees...
  • Pope recognises martyrs who died at the hands of communist and fascist regimes

    03/29/2013 7:34:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 28, 2013 | FRANCIS X ROCCA
    <p>An Italian priest who died in a Nazi concentration camp and two victims of Soviet-bloc regimes during the Cold War were among those recognised as martyrs by Pope Francis.</p> <p>Pope Francis likewise recognised the martyrdom of Romanian Father Vladimir Ghika and Hungarian Salesian Brother Stephen Sandor, who were killed by their country’s communist regimes, in 1954 and 1953, respectively. The decrees prepare the way for the martyrs’ beatification, probably later this year.</p>
  • 'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

    03/28/2013 1:58:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies
    cna ^ | March 28, 2013 | David Uebbing
    <p>Pope Francis kisses the foot of a young person at a detention facility on Holy Thursday 2013. Credit: CTV.</p> <p>Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve.</p>
  • Pope Francis Washed Feet Of Prisoners On Holy Thursday

    03/28/2013 2:05:45 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies ^ | March 28 2013 | FNS
  • Pope Francis: self-help courses can turn Catholics into Pelagians

    03/28/2013 5:58:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 264 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 3/28/2013
    Pope Francis has said in his Chrism Mass homily that self-help courses can turn Catholics into Pelagians who minimise the power of grace. The Pope said at a Mass in St Peters Basilica attended by about 1,600 priests that it is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord. He said: Self-help courses can be useful in life, but to live by going from one course to another, from one method to another, leads us to become Pelagians and to minimise the power of grace, which comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith,...