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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

09/19/2015 Comments (4)

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

09/19/2015 Comments (6)

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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Pope Attacked Over Motu Proprio; Cardinal Kasper Reasserts His Proposal

09/11/2015 Comments (125)

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Reports have emerged that a seven-page dossier, obtained by the German newspaper Die Zeit, is circulating around the curia in which senior Vatican officials have voiced discontent with the recent change in Church law on annulments, and an absence of consultation over the matter.

On Tuesday, the Pope made sweeping reforms to make the process of obtaining a declaration of nullity simpler, quicker and cheaper.

According to Die Zeit, the officials juridically “picked apart” the Pope’s motu proprio (papal decree) on annulment reform, accuse the Holy Father of giving up an important dogma, and assert that he has introduced de facto “Catholic divorce”.

Further concerns mentioned in the document...READ MORE

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New Polish Documentary Examines "Crisis" Ahead of Synod

09/10/2015 Comments (6)

Polonia Christiana, a bimonthly Catholic publication in Poland, has produced an incisive, informative, and timely documentary on the Synod on the Family.

Called “Crisis: Where Will the Synod Lead Us To?”, it focuses on the extent of the crisis in the Church uncovered during the synod, and includes interviews with Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, and Polish analysts on the Church.  

Cardinal Burke warns that the Church is facing "a critical moment" in which "we may have to give our all to safeguard and promote the truth of the faith, not only for own salvation but for the salvation of our world and for the generations to come.”

Bishop Schneider, auxiliary bishop of...READ MORE

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The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Excerpt

09/09/2015 Comments (5)

For Professor John Rist, one of the Church’s foremost experts in patristics and Church history, the Synod on the Family represents the first time since the fourth century “there has been a serious clash about a basic moral teaching of Catholic Christianity.”

In my new eBook “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published this week by Ignatius Press, Professor Rist lays out the controversial meeting in the context of the Church’s history – a perspective for which many readers have noted their appreciation. He also explains the way in which it marks a break with how such assemblies have been conducted in the...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