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Words from Pope Francis

Posted by peg reitz on 5/29/15

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS   

The Pope announced a Holy Year beginning on Dec. 8, 2015.  Published here are sections of the Papal degree : “Misericordiae Vultus”  - “The Face of Mercy” - which formally announced the theme and reason for the Holy Year.  Here is the 7th installment:

 

The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person.  In the present day, as the Church is charged with the task of the new evangelization, the theme of mercy needs to be proposed again and again with new enthusiasm and renewed pastoral action. It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to the ... Read More »

Words from Pope Francis - Pentecost Sunday 2014

Posted by peg reitz on 7/08/14

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS   

From his  homily on Pentecost Sunday 2014

 

The event of Pentecost draws our attention to “a Church which surprises,” since a fundamental element of Pentecost is surprise. Our God is the God of surprises, we know. No-one expected anything more from the disciples: ... Read More »

Words from Pope Francis From his address to the athletes competing in the World Cup

Posted by peg reitz on 7/08/14

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS   

From his  address to the athletes competing in the World Cup

 

Sport is not only a form of entertainment, but also – and above all I would say – a tool for communicating values that promote the good of the human person and ... Read More »

Words from Pope Francis

Posted by peg reitz on 7/08/14

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS

    From the homily preached at gathering of families from Rome on July 2, 1014

 

"Joseph, Mary and Jesus experience the dramatic condition of life as refugees, full of fear, uncertainty, and discomfort. Unfortunately, in our times, millions of families can identify with this ... Read More »

Words From Pope Francis

Posted by peg reitz on 5/16/14

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS   

From the Apostolic Exhortation:  “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of  the Gospel), paragraph. 288   (November 24, 2013) -  Prayer to Mary

 

Mary, Virgin and Mother, you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,welcomed the word of life in the depths of your humble faith:as you ... Read More »

World Day of Peace (selection from)

Posted by peg reitz on 2/13/14

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS

    a selection from the World Day of Peace message of January 2014 

Fraternity is an essential human quality, for we are relational beings. A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother; ... Read More »

Christmas Homily

Posted by peg reitz on 2/13/14

A WORD FROM POPE FRANCIS

    From the homily preached at St. Peter’s Basilica on December 25, 2013 

"Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace among those whom he favors. I take up the song of the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on ... Read More »

World Day of Peace

Posted by peg reitz on 2/13/14

WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS

    a selection from the World Day of Peace message of January 2014 

According to the biblical account of creation, all people are descended from common parents, Adam and Eve, the couple created by God in his image and likeness, to whom Cain and Abel were ... Read More »

Words from Pope Francis - Mary as the image and model of the Church

Posted by peg reitz on 12/12/13

     Basilica on October 23, 2013

 

I would like to look at Mary as the image and model of the Church. I will do so by taking up an expression of the Second Vatican Council. The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church states: "As St Ambrose taught, the Mother ... Read More »

Words from Pope Francis, October 30, 2013 Commuion of Saints

Posted by peg reitz on 12/12/13

      October  30, 2013 

Today I  speak about a very beautiful reality:  the "communion of saints".   The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that two realities are meant by this expression: communion 'in holy things' and 'among holy persons' (n. 948). I wish to pause on the second meaning.   ... Read More »