Full Texts of Pope's Homily at Cathedral in Manila, Address to Diplomats

01/16/2015 Comment

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' homily at an 11.15am Mass with clergy and religious in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, and his address earlier to diplomats at the Presidential Palace. 


Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Mass with Bishops, Priests and Religious
Manila, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
January 16, 2015
“Do you love me?…  Tend my sheep” (Jn 21:15-17).  Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel are the first words I speak to you, dear brother bishops and priests, men and women religious, and young seminarians.  These words remind us of something essential.  All pastoral ministry is born of love.  All...READ MORE

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Devil Talk

01/15/2015 Comments (8)

One of the most volatile passages in the New Testament is the moment at which Jesus looks at some of his Jewish audience and declares point blank, "You are of your father, the devil" (John 8:44). Not unnaturally, this sounds pretty ugly to modern ears and, particularly in the shadow of the Shoah, strikes many moderns as prima facie evidence for the alleged "intrinsic anti-semitism" of Christianity, stretching all the way back to the New Testament and even to the very words of Jesus himself.  So, for instance, Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz writes, "Hatred and violence are consequences of Christian Anti-Semitism, not the source. The source is the demonizing of the Jewish people. This comes as no...READ MORE

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The Fishers' Shmedifying Guide to Van Maintenance

01/15/2015 Comments (32)

A few years ago, my kids were very excited about getting ice cream at Friendly's. They were so excited that they weren't careful about how they opened the door to the van, and wham! It whacked the car next to us in the parking lot, leaving a small mark.

Being decent people, we immediately got out, apologized to the car owner, and offered her our insurance information. She, being an absolute lunatic, got hysterical, called the police, and reported us to child protective services because our kids were out of control.

It turned out that she was not just an overprotective car owner, but a certifiable crazy person; and since the insurance claim went nowhere, CPS refused to investigate, and the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Arrives in the Philippines

Speaks to reporters aboard the papal plane.

01/15/2015 Comments (1)

After a flight of nearly six hours, Pope Francis arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila at 5.35pm local time today, where he was welcomed by the country's President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. After the national anthems and presentation of their respective delegations, the Pope was driven to the apostolic nunciature.

Francis gave no discourses today, but he did speak to reporters on the papal plane, during which he referred to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith," the Pope said. If you do, he said, you "can expect a punch." 

"Every religion has dignity, every religion that respects human life...READ MORE

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The (Sexual Revolutionary) Beat Goes On

01/14/2015 Comments (81)

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Actor Gary Sinise and Fox TV personality Brett Baier withdrew from their planned participation in a conference of Roman Catholic business leaders, under pressure from the Gay Lobby. You might think this is just another episode of the gay lobby intimidating people they don’t like. But there is more at stake here. This episode is part of the pattern that has allowed the Sexual Revolution to continue with minimal resistance. What’s at stake here is whether ordinary people are allowed to have their own version of their own life stories.

Here is the back-story you may not have heard. Yesterday, Legatus sent a letter to its 5,000 members, which read in part:

I write to inform you that Gary...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address at Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

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Pope Francis today travelled to the north of Sri Lanka where a 30-year civil war was waged between ethnic Tamils and Sinhalese that ended in 2009. 

In his address at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu - the most visited Marian shrine in the country - he reminded those present that the Blessed Mother "wants to guide Sri Lankans to greater reconciliation, so that the balm of God’s pardon and mercy may bring true healing to all."

During the ceremony, a special prayer was raised to the Virgin Mary for the consolidation of peace in the country. Tamil and Sinhalese families who suffered greatly from the hostilities were among those present.

Here below is the full text of the Pope's speech:



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Two Books for Life: ‘Prayers for Life’ and ‘On Human Life’

01/14/2015 Comment

The power of my mother telling me that she was praying for my future spouse — said to me when I was a tween uninterested in marriage — didn’t sink in until I had my own children. The ten years since I became a mother have helped me better understand and appreciate the power of prayer itself too. For me, there has been something about the tangibility of the crucible parenting is that has made me experience just what a difference power can make.

It’s an important time of year for being aware of life issues. January 22 marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and will see hundreds of thousands people marching in peaceful and prayer-filled protest in both...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz

01/14/2015 Comments (2)

Here below is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at the Jan. 14th canonization Mass of Blessed Joseph Vaz, at Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  


“All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God” (Is 52:10)

This is the magnificent prophecy which we heard in today’s first reading. Isaiah foretells the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth. This prophecy has a special meaning for us, as we celebrate the canonization of a great missionary of the Gospel, Saint Joseph Vaz. Like countless other missionaries in the history of the Church, he responded to the Risen Lord’s command to make disciples of every nation (cf. Mt 28:19). By his words,...READ MORE

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