Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pope shows his love, by outlining a heart by helicopter's window

Pope shows his love, by outlining a heart by helicopter's window

As he boarded a helicopter to meet with World Youth Day volunteers in Rio, Pope Francis made the sign of the Cross, before taking off. Then a few moments later, as crowds bid him farewell, the Pope used his fingers to outline a heart, TWICE by the helicopter's window. 

Pope Francis to the youths: 'The Church needs your enthusiasm!"

Pope Francis to the youths: 'The Church needs your enthusiasm!"

“This continent has received the proclamation of the Gospel which has marked its history and borne much fruit. Now this proclamation is entrusted also to you, that it may resound with fresh power. The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you.”

Friday, July 26, 2013

Pope Francis in action

For Francis, confessions the most important thing he'll do all week | National Catholic Reporter

For Francis, confessions the most important thing he'll do all week | National Catholic Reporter

 "Oh, Father, if you knew my life, you would not say that to me!" "Why, what have you done?" "Oh, I am a great sinner!" "All the better! Go to Jesus: he likes you to tell him these things!"

Beach celebration with Pope Francis

Pope to Argentinians: Live the Gospel out on the street, not just in your parish

Pope to Argentinians: Live the Gospel out on the street, not just in your parish

Pope Francis, visited Rio's Cathedralto meet with thousands of Argentinians who traveled to Brazil take part in World Youth Day. Speaking in Spanish, the Pope encouraged the youth, tolive their faith, out in the streets and not just in their parish.

POPE FRANCIS 
“What do I expect from World Youth Day? I want action. I know you will shake things up. I know  that's going to happen here in Rio. But I also want action in your dioceses. I want you to go beyond your comfort zone. I want the Church to go out to the street".....

Pope Francis in Copacabana: 'make Christ the center of your lives!'

Pope Francis in Copacabana: 'make Christ the center of your lives!'

POPE FRANCIS
“Worldly possessions, money and power can offer a moment of intoxication, the illusion of being happy, but in the end they dominate us and lead us to ask for more each time, to never being satisfied. And we end up feeling full, but not nourished. It's very sad to see youths that are full, but weak. Youths must be strong, take nourishment from their faith and not gorge on other things!”

The pope among the urban poor

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pope to recovering drug addicts: The Church is with you, but you need the will to stand up

Pope to recovering drug addicts: The Church is with you, but you need the will to stand up

PAPA FRANCISCO
 “You have to want to stand up; this is the indispensible condition! You will find an outstretched hand ready to help you, but no one is able to stand up in your place. You are never alone! The Church and so many people are with you. Look ahead with confidence. You have a long and difficult journey, but you must look ahead.”

Cardinal Dolan: Does WYD work?

Pope gets emotional at the end of Mass in Aparecida

Pope gets emotional at the end of Mass in Aparecida

As the Pope ended his first World Youth Day Mass, he got emotional, as he embraced an image of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil.

While leaving the altar, the Pope was visibly moved as he carried the statue. With watery eyes, he welcomed the special moment, as thousands of pilgrims looked on. 

New type of sci-fi Gospel books

Pope Francis venerates Our Lady of Aparecida

WYD Rio2013 English Anthem

Breaking down the Pope's first World Youth Day in numbers

Breaking down the Pope's first World Youth Day in numbers

The Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, one of the sites Pope Francis will visit in Brazil

The Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, one of the sites Pope Francis will visit in Brazil

Every day, hundreds of buses with thousands of pilgrims flock to a very special Brazilian known as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida. With over 11 million visits per year, it is one of the most visited Marian shrines in the world. In fact, it welcomes much more pilgrims than other famous sites like that of Lourdes and Fatima.

On arrival, many pilgrims light a candle, to thank Our Lady for the graces they've received. Others spend hours praying in this room suited for over 70,000 people. In it, some leave personal items like letters and pictures to thank Our Lady or to make a special prayer.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Humble pope asks permission to enter Brazil | National Catholic Reporter

Humble pope asks permission to enter Brazil | National Catholic Reporter

Saying he wanted to "knock gently" at Brazil's door, Francis began his brief remarks shortly after touching down at Rio's international airport Monday with a surprising request: "I ask permission to come in and spend this week with you," he said.

Pope on plane: No to a 'throw-away' culture | National Catholic Reporter

Pope on plane: No to a 'throw-away' culture | National Catholic Reporter

John L. Allen Jr. has the full transcript of the Pope's remarks on the plane trip from Rome to Brazil

My moment with the pope | National Catholic Reporter

My moment with the pope | National Catholic Reporter

John Allen writes:

Me: "Holy Father, I'm John Allen with the National Catholic Reporter in the United States. You probably don't remember, but we met in 2001 when you took over for Cardinal [Edward] Egan of New York at the synod of bishops.
Francis: "Yes, yes, I remember …"
Me: "I wanted to tell you that not long after the conclave, in April, I had the chance to visit your sister in Buenos Aires. She's a remarkable woman!"
Francis: "She likes to talk a little bit, too! She was probably a great source for you …"
Me: "I had a great time with her. Also, I wanted to tell you that American Catholics are rooting for you …"
Francis: "Thanks much."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

FATHER Z IS WRONG: It’s Christ Cathedral, Not St. Callistus

FATHER Z IS WRONG: It’s Christ Cathedral, Not St. Callistus

Leandro by bike: Vatican City

Bike across Europe and see the Pope... that's what Leandro did!

Leandro by bike: Vatican City: --Há uma versão em português logo abaixo-- I was having breakfast early yesterday morning when my mobile phone rang. Due to the fact tha...

For All the Saints: The Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne

For All the Saints: The Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne

In 1999, Canadian professor Dr. William Bush published the definitive biography in English of  Blessed Thérèse of St. Augustine and the Martyrs of Compiègne. This 2010 blog post is based on Professor Bush's scholarly work... I highly recommend it to you. It gives details of the nuns' captivity and martyrdom that no other source provides.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/yimcatholic/2010/07/for-all-the-saints-the-carmelite-martyrs-of-compiegne.html

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rio hospital ready for pope

The Pope's peculiar correspondence with Argentina's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

The Pope's peculiar correspondence with Argentina's president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Pope Francis has replied to the peculiar letter sent to him by Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in which she congratulated the Pope on the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. 

In her letter, Kirchner addressed the Pope directly, leaving aside protocol and diplomatic customs. In fact, she refused a template prepared for her by her staff which, she said, 'looked like something from the 13th century'.....  

Martyrs of Compiègne - Catholic Focus

Entretien avec l'aumônier des gardes suisses

Monday, July 15, 2013

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

Letter from Discalced Carmelite Father General for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Pope Francis: Sunday angelus (full text)

Pope Francis: Sunday angelus (full text)

WYD Patron Saints: inspiring figures for everyone

WYD Patron Saints: inspiring figures for everyone

One of the keywords of World Youth Day is inspiration. Youths from all over the world come together to strengthen their faith and see the Pope. It's a time to find inspiration both from their peers and from others who have experienced the joy of faith. In the words of Blessed John Paul II, it's about following the road of the Cross.

Before his resignation, and while preparations were still underway, Benedict XVI agreed that the event was to have 18 Saints and Blesseds as patrons, inspiring personalities and intercessors for the pilgrims....    

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pope Francis has 'musical' meeting with the president of Trinidad

Pope Francis has 'musical' meeting with the president of Trinidad

Pope Francis plays the steel pans!

AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic disapproval concerning the Provisional Constitution

AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic disapproval concerning the Provisional Constitution

Cairo - The temporary constitution enacted by decree on Monday by the Egyptian President ad interim Adly Mansour causes the first, worrying negative reactions on behalf of a growing number of lawyers and militants of Egyptian civil rights belonging to the Christian Churches.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pope Francis signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II

Pope Francis signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II

Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised Friday lunchtime when Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. called them back for a second announcement: Pope Francis had approved the cause for canonization of two of his venerable and much loved predecessors Blessed John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Rome's new mayor meets with Pope. Arrives to the Vatican on his bicycle

Rome's new mayor meets with Pope. Arrives to the Vatican on his bicycle


-Did your ride your bicycle here? Bravo! Good job. 

-My mother told me, "you can't go see the Pope on your bicycle."

-But of course, you can!

-I told her, "to go see this Pope, yes I can." 

-I like it!

Rome's new mayor meets with Pope. Arrives to the Vatican on his bicycle

Rome's new mayor meets with Pope. Arrives to the Vatican on his bicycle


-Did your ride your bicycle here? Bravo! Good job. 

-My mother told me, "you can't go see the Pope on your bicycle."

-But of course, you can!

-I told her, "to go see this Pope, yes I can." 

-I like it!

AFRICA/EGYPT - Patriarch Sidrak: The Egyptian people have regained the Country

AFRICA/EGYPT - Patriarch Sidrak: The Egyptian people have regained the Country

According to His Beatitude Sidrak "The people have experienced a bad year and will never accept to go back. But at least five million citizens will continue to support the radical beliefs of the Muslim Brotherhood. They should not be excluded from the political scene, but they must behave like a political party, and not as a means to impose religious hegemony. Everyone can live their own religious faith in the mosque or church, without imposing on others religious precepts". 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Archbishop on restoring America's forgotten values












Archbishop Michael O. Jackels reflects on the challenge of being both Catholic and American today.

Pope at Mass: We encounter the Living God through His wounds

Pope at Mass: We encounter the Living God through His wounds

(Vatican Radio) To meet the living God we must tenderly kiss the wounds of Jesus. We can find these wounds that are found in our hungry, poor, sick, imprisoned brothers and sisters. Study, meditation and mortification are not enough to bring us to encounter the living Christ. Like St. Thomas, our life will only be changed when we touch Christ’s wounds present in the poor, sick and needy. This was the lesson drawn by Pope Francis during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta Wednesday as he marked the Feast of St. Thomas Apostle.

AFRICA/EGYPT - Waiting for the moves on behalf of the army. The Church could be involved in the plans for ending the crisis

AFRICA/EGYPT - Waiting for the moves on behalf of the army. The Church could be involved in the plans for ending the crisis

Minya - After President Morsi’s speech – who on Tuesday evening, July 2nd reiterated his firm intention to remain in power until the end of the term, obtained with democratic elections - "the people are disappointed and fear the outbreak of a spiral of violence

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Catholic Radio station in Rumbek resumes broadcasting - Fides News Agency

AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Catholic Radio station in Rumbek resumes broadcasting - Fides News Agency

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ASIA/SYRIA - The "Caliphate" of Saraqib, where Fr. Murad was killed

ASIA/SYRIA - The "Caliphate" of Saraqib, where Fr. Murad was killed

These are those factions that have a single stated goal: to establish an Islamic "caliphate" in which there is a restrictive law that does not allow even the presence of "infidels" . "They have turned Islam into an ideology of ethnic cleansing," explains to Fides the social activist Farid, a Syrian Sunni Muslim of Idlib, who said he is "shocked and concerned about the situation: we are all afraid".
"It is a new edition of Islamic fundamentalism, the most restrictive in history", explains Farid. The Islamist groups have erected the town of Saraqib "capital of the caliphate", where an Emir was proclaimed and an Islamic court was also set up, the only competent court of jurisdiction for any dispute, which applies the sharia so slavishly as the only source of law. "The fact is that the supreme court judge is a lout man and in no way a man of learning, he was a factory worker and is joined by another judge who comes from Saudi Arabia," explains Farid."In this situation, inconceivable for the history and tradition of Syria, everything becomes possible. We live in an atmosphere of terror, in insecurity. It is possible for beheadings to occur - he explains - because for this ideology the infidel must be beheaded. For other minor offenses, the men’s limbs are mutilated, beaten or flogged.

Archbishop: Lampedusa visit shows Pope Francis has "eyes of the heart"

Archbishop: Lampedusa visit shows Pope Francis has "eyes of the heart"


Lampedusa is less than 115 kilometres from the Tunisian coast, closer than it is to Sicily, the Italian province of which it is a part. Tens of thousands of immigrants have arrived on the island since the Arab Spring began two years ago.
“Lampedusa … is a bridge to the African continent that we cannot pretend it does not exist,” said Archbishop Francesco Montenegro, of the Sicilian Archdiocese of Agrigento. He asked Pope Francis to visit the island during his recent “ad limina” visit with to Rome.
“I saw the Pope paid close attention to the news I gave him and I said it would be good if he wanted to come,” Archbishop Montenegro said. He told Vatican Radio the Pope is not only visiting the refugees, but also the people of the island, whose small population has been “giving everything” to help the migrants, who often come with nothing on perilous, flimsy boats.....