Full Text of Pope's Homily at Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba

09/22/2015 Comments (1)

Pope Francis' Homily of Pope Francis at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre 

Santiago, Cuba

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

"The Gospel we have just heard tells us about something the Lord does every time he visits us: he calls us out of our house.  These are images which we are asked to contemplate over and over again.  God’s presence in our lives never leaves us tranquil: it always pushes to do something.  When God comes, he always calls us out of our house.  We are visited so that we can visit others; we are encountered so as to encounter others; we receive love in order to give love.

In the Gospel we see Mary, the first disciple.  A young woman of perhaps between fifteen and...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis' Homily at Mass in Holguín

09/22/2015 Comment

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Homily of Pope Francis

Mass at Holguín, (Plaza de la Revolución)

Monday September 21, 2015

Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

We are celebrating the feast of the apostle and evangelist Saint Matthew.  We are celebrating the story of a conversion.  Matthew himself, in his Gospel, tell us what it was like, this encounter which changed his life.  He shows us an “exchange of glances” capable of changing history.

On a day like any other, as Matthew, the tax collector, was seated at his table, Jesus passed by, saw him, came up to him and said: “Follow me”.  Matthew got up and followed him. Jesus looked at him.  How...READ MORE

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Why the Pope's Friendliness to Castro? Cardinal's Story Might Offer a Clue

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CNA, courtesy of Alex Castro

Pope Francis meeting Fidel Castro in Havana on Sunday.

– CNA, courtesy of Alex Castro

Pope Francis’ approach to the communist regime in Cuba, and particularly its former revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, is receiving some mixed and bemused reactions.

But an exchange between a curial cardinal and Fidel back in the 2000s may provide some clue behind the Pope’s seeming affinity with Castro and the regime, and vice-versa.

Concerns have been raised that, on arrival in Havana, the Pope expressed his “sentiments of particular respect and consideration” towards Fidel who had been heavily criticized for human rights abuses throughout his political life.

The Pope spent half an hour in a “familiar and informal” meeting with the Jesuit-educated former dictator yesterday, offering...READ MORE

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Full Texts of Pope's Homily, Angelus, Vespers in Havana

09/20/2015 Comment

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Homily of Pope Francis

Holy Mass, Havana, Plaza de la Revolución - Havana

Sunday September 20, 2015


The Gospel shows us Jesus asking a seemingly indiscreet question of his disciples: “What were you discussing along the way?”  It is a question which he could also ask each of us today: “What do you talk about every day?”  “What are your aspirations?”  The Gospel tells us that the disciples “did not answer because on the way they had been arguing about who was the most important”.  The disciples were ashamed to tell Jesus what they were talking about.  As with the disciples then, we too can be caught up in these same arguments: who is the most...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis's Address On Arrival in Havana

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Mr President,

Distinguished Authorities,

Brother Bishops,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you, Mr President, for your greeting and your kind words of welcome in the name of the government and the entire Cuban people. I also greet the authorities and the members of the diplomatic corps present at this ceremony.

My gratitude also goes to Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, the Most Reverend Dionisio Guillermo García Ibáñez, Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba and President of the Episcopal Conference, the other bishops and all the Cuban people, for their warm welcome.

I thank, too, all those who worked to prepare for this Pastoral Visit. Mr President, I would ask you to...READ MORE

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Pope Giving Shelter to Christian Refugee Family in Vatican

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By Andreas Tille [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis is giving shelter to a Melkite Greek Catholic refugee family from the Syrian capital Damascus in a Vatican apartment close to St. Peter's basilica, it was revealed Friday afternoon.

According to the Vatican, the family arrived in Italy on Sept. 6, the day the Pope called on every parish in Europe to house at least one family of refugees. The family, consisting of a father, mother and two children, are to remain anonymous until Italian authorities have ruled on their asylum request.

On Saturday morning, the family visited the Pope's residence at the Casa Santa Marta to personally thank the Holy Father for letting them stay in St. Anne's parish in the Vatican. They also wished...READ MORE

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Flurry of Books Upholding Church Doctrine Appear Before Family Synod

09/18/2015 Comments (5)

As the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family takes shape, a slew of new or updated books upholding the Church’s teaching and tradition on marriage and the family have been written and published shortly before the meeting begins.

The publications are a response to what many see as threats to established Church teaching and practice presented at the last synod, and which look likely to be repeated at the upcoming meeting of bishops next month.  

One of the latest comes from no less than the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who has had published a new edition of his book: “Mystery and Sacrament of Love – A Theology of Marriage and the Family for the New...READ MORE

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Could Pope Use UN Visit to Help Broker Peace in Syria?

09/17/2015 Comments (4)

It's not beyond the realm of possibility that Pope Francis might be able to exert diplomatic pressure to help bring peace to Syria, Iraq and other areas of conflict when he visits the United Nations next week. Speculation has been heightened after reports he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council this month.

Russia has close connections with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and Putin reportedly wishes to take a central role in trying to form coalition of Western and Arab countries, including Syria’s Assad regime, against the Islamist terrorist network, ISIS. The Pope may also use the meeting to urge Putin to help...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin