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Francis and the First Freedom (2958)

Through words and action, the Pope eloquently underscored the importance of religious liberty.

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Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress in Washington.

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PHILADELPHIA — From meeting with the Little Sisters of the Poor to quoting the Declaration of Independence, Pope Francis underscored the importance of religious liberty frequently during his six-day visit to the United States.

“What amazed me was how often he mentioned it, how often it was woven into his talks. I think that is very significant,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told the Register following the Pope’s Sept. 26 address at a religious-freedom rally outside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Archbishop Lori, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, also said he was grateful that Pope Francis, especially in his Sept. 23...READ MORE

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Catholic Divorce ‘Doesn’t Exist,’ Pope Francis Says on Return Flight From US (17580)

‘Either it wasn’t a marriage, and this is nullity — it didn’t exist,’ he told reporters. ‘And if it did, it’s indissoluble. This is clear.’

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight from Philadelphia to Rome.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told journalists Sunday on board his flight to Rome that giving Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics is a “simplistic” solution to the issue, and stressed that there are also other problems that need to be discussed.

“(It) seems a bit simplistic to me to say that the synod, that the solution for these people is that they can receive Communion. That’s not the only solution (asked for).”

What the instrumentum laboris (working document) proposes “is a lot,” he said. “Also, the problem of the new unions of divorcees isn’t the only problem.”

“In the instrumentum laboris, there are many (problems to be addressed). For example, young people don’t get...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Priests That Abuse Minors Have ‘Betrayed Their Vocation’ (2009)

‘And those who covered it up are guilty,’ the Holy Father told journalists, and said that while he is willing to forgive clergy who have abused children and young people, he understands why there are some who find this difficult.

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Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held while en route to Italy on Sept. 28.

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VATICAN CITY — In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God.

Francis also told journalists that while he is willing to forgive clergy who have abused children and young people, he understands why there are some who find this difficult.

“We must forgive, because we were all forgiven,” the Pope said. However, “it is another thing to receive that forgiveness.”

The abuse of minors is “nearly a sacrilege,” he said, and by committing these acts the priest has “betrayed his vocation, the calling...READ MORE

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Converts and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and Much More! (3192)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on The Truth in Hiding: Converts and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen by Don DeMarco, Ph.D., of Truth and Charity Forum link to read more.

The Truth in Hiding: Converts and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen by Don DeMarco, Ph.D., of Truth and Charity Forum - Big Pulpit

Pope Francis: Balancing Justice and Mercy – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Clare Halpine, First Things

On Pope Francis and Church Integrity – Fr. James V. Schall S. J., Crisis Magazine

Catholic Universities: Not About Hiding, But Growing Your Faith to Evangelize World – Tom Hoopes, Aleteia

A Parish with Four Names! Observations on Church Closures – Vincenzina Santoro, The Catholic World Report

Scientific Moral Regress – Zachary Gappa, Catholic Lane

‘Order’: The Brief But Extraordinary Life of a Catholic Movement –...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: I Leave ‘With a Heart Full of Gratitude and Hope’ (1593)

‘Your care for me and your generous welcome are a sign of your love for Jesus and your faithfulness to him,’ said the Pope, at the end of his Sept. 22-27 U.S. papal visit.

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Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA — As he concluded his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis thanked organizers and volunteers, saying that he concludes his trip with appreciation and hope. 

“Your care for me and your generous welcome are a sign of your love for Jesus and your faithfulness to him,” Pope Francis said. 

“So too is your care for the poor, the sick, the homeless and the immigrant, your defense of life at every stage, and your concern for family life. In all of this, you recognize that Jesus is in your midst and that your care for one another is care for Jesus himself.”

Preparing to leave, the Pope said that he does so “with a heart full of gratitude and hope.”

Sept. 27 marked the...READ MORE

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Pope Departs: ‘I Will Pray for You and Your Families’ (2974)

Official text of Pope Francis’ remarks to the World Meeting of Families’ organizing committee, volunteers and benefactors at Philadelphia’s International Airport.

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Mr. Vice-President, Distinguished Authorities, My Brother Bishops, Dear Friends,

My days with you have been brief. But they have been days of great grace for me and, I pray, for you too. Please know that as I prepare to leave, I do so with a heart full of gratitude and hope.

I am grateful to all of you and to the many others who worked so hard to make my visit possible and to prepare for the World Meeting of Families. In a particular way I thank Archbishop Chaput and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the civil authorities, the organizers, and all the many volunteers and benefactors who assisted in ways large and small.

I also thank the families who shared their witness during the Meeting....READ MORE

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Pope Makes Impromptu Stop at Statue Marking Jewish-Catholic Unity (2253)

The bronze statue depicts two figures — signifying Christianity and Judaism — sitting beside each other and displaying their sacred texts in postures of dialogue.

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A maquette of the ‘Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time’ statue that was blessed by Pope Francis, during an unscheduled Sept. 27 stop at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis paid an unscheduled visit to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia this afternoon to bless a statue celebrating improved Vatican relations with the Jewish community.

The bronze statue, titled “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time,” depicts two figures — signifying Christianity and Judaism — sitting beside each other and displaying their sacred texts in postures of dialogue.

“This statue is exactly a demonstration of two sisters of the same dignity, the church and the synagogue,” said Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi.

The statue, which was crafted by a Philadelphia native, revolutionizes past artwork on relations between the Catholic Church and...READ MORE

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As WMOF 2015 Ends, Pope Appeals: Be Open to Miracles of Love for Families (3338)

Official translation of the text of Pope Francis’ homily at the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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Today the word of God surprises us with powerful and thought-provoking images. Images which challenge us, but also stir our enthusiasm.

In the first reading, Joshua tells Moses that two members of the people are prophesying, speaking God’s word, without a mandate. In the Gospel, John tells Jesus that the disciples had stopped someone from casting out evil spirits in the name of Jesus. Here is the surprise: Moses and Jesus both rebuke those closest to them for being so narrow! Would that all could be prophets of God’s word! Would that everyone could work miracles in the Lord’s name!

Jesus encountered hostility from people who did not accept what he said and did. For them, his openness to...READ MORE

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