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Pope Praises ‘Ridiculous’ Tax Collector Who Sought Jesus (2820)

By climbing a tree, the Holy Father said, Zaccheus ‘expresses the interior attitude of a man who seeks to bring himself above the crowd in order to have contact with Jesus.’

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 2.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus message to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis praised the ‘ridiculous’ actions of Zaccheus, the short tax collector who climbed a tree in order to be able to see Jesus in the crowds.

“This external gesture, a little ridiculous, nevertheless expresses the interior attitude of a man who seeks to bring himself above the crowd in order to have contact with Jesus,” Pope Francis said Nov. 3.

Despite the oddity of Zaccheus’ action, it serves as a model for sinners who may feel far away from Jesus, he explained.

“But let’s look at Zaccheus today in the tree: He is ridiculous, but it is a gesture of salvation,” the Pope said. “And I say to...READ MORE

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Unexpected Yet Well-Prepared: Death Be Not Proud (9511)

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My good friend Daniel Peper died a month ago. He was only 57 years old and, apparently, in great health. His death was thus a great shock for both family and friends.

I thought that Daniel would live well into his 80s or 90s, barring some unforeseen tragedy, and Daniel thought so too, given his family history and because he was physically fit and committed to regular exercise and other healthful activities.

Daniel was six years my senior, one of five boys in his family. In my youth, I knew better his younger, twin brothers — Ed and Bill — from our years at St. Mary of Redford Grade School in Detroit, until the Pepers moved out to the suburbs in 1973, as so many families in Detroit...READ MORE

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Bishop Fabre: ‘We Can Embrace a Call to Justice Together’ (3783)

As Black Catholic History Month begins, the Louisiana bishop discusses what drew him to the priesthood, the faith of African-American Catholics and his pastoral episcopal style.

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Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, La.

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Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre is one of 10 active black Catholic bishops in the United States. The Baton Rouge, La., native was installed Oct. 30 as bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, which neighbors the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where he has served more than six years as auxiliary bishop.

Shortly before his move to Houma and as the U.S. Church prepared for Black Catholic History Month in November, the Register’s editor in chief, Jeanette De Melo, spoke with Bishop Fabre about his episcopal work, his vocation and the role of the African-American community in the life of the Church.

 

You began your work in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina. What are the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Saints Lived Out Their Baptismal Seal (2737)

The Holy Father celebrated Mass for All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery Nov. 1.

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Pope Frances celebrates All Saints' Day Mass Nov. 1 at Rome's Verano Cemetery.

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ROME — Pope Francis said Mass for All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery Nov. 1, teaching that saints lived out their baptism and include many everyday people who have not been officially recognized by the Church.

“God remembers each of them, one by one, each by name,” Pope Francis preached during the afternoon Mass at the entrance of Rome’s Verano Cemetery.

“The saints, who stand before the face of the Lord, pray for us, for this, our city, and for the whole world: that everywhere the peace of Christ may shine brightly. He is our peace and eternal life.”

While at the cemetery, Pope Francis also prayed for the dead and said a blessing for the tombs there, in anticipation of All Souls’...READ MORE

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Pope: Saints Are ‘Friends of God’ Because They Loved ‘With All Their Heart’ (2332)

‘Sanctity is beautiful! Sanctity is a vocation for everyone,’ the Holy Father encouraged the faithful on the Solemnity of All Saints.

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VATICAN CITY — On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not "supermen" who are "born perfect," but, rather, are ordinary people who followed God "with all their heart."

"They are like us; they are like each of us: They are people who, before reaching the glory of heaven, lived a normal life, with joys and griefs, struggles and hopes," the Pope said before the noontime Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square Nov. 1.

Each saint changed his or her life, because, "when they recognized the love of God, they followed him with all their heart, without conditions and hypocrisies."

"They spent their lives in the service of others; they endured suffering and...READ MORE

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In Rome, February Will Be a Time for Cardinals (2997)

The Vatican has confirmed a consistory for the creation of new cardinals will take place on Feb. 22, and other key gatherings also are scheduled.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has confirmed that a consistory for the creation of new cardinals will be held on Feb. 22, the feast of the Basilica of St. Peter.

Noting that such an early announcement is unusual, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said Pope Francis had decided to convoke the consistory “in advance in order to facilitate the planning of other meetings involving the participation of cardinals from different parts of the world.”

The Vatican spokesman also recalled that the Holy Father had voiced his intention to hold the consistory on that date at two recent meetings: the Oct. 1-3 gathering of the eight-member council of cardinals,...READ MORE

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'Offer a Mass' Campaign Hopes to Benefit 3,000 Priests in Need (3997)

The campaign aims to financially support priests evangelizing poor areas of the world, such as India.

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A woman receives Communion on the tongue at Mass.

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MADRID — A campaign launched this week in Madrid hopes to benefit more than 3,300 priests around the world with donations from the faithful, while facilitating Masses offered for the intentions of participants.

The “Offer a Mass” campaign, organized by Aid to the Church in Need, promotes the collection of a $10 Mass stipend that will help support priests in need. Those who donate will have a Mass offered for their intentions.

Aid to the Church in Need explained that the stipends will help priests who have no money, food or transportation in countries such as India.

The president of the Indian Bishops' Conference, Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, in the region of Orissa,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: No One Can Be Christian Without Love of God (3216)

The Holy Father said Christians must ask whether their hearts respond more like St. Paul or like the Jerusalem that did not embrace Christ’s love.

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Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily on Oct. 31, Pope Francis spoke of the necessity of God’s love in order to be faithful, and he encouraged those present to make love the center of their lives.

“Without the love of Christ, without living this love, without recognizing it, without nurturing this love, you cannot be Christian,” Pope Francis said during his homily.

The Pope celebrated his Mass in the St. Sebastian Chapel near the tomb of Blessed John Paul II inside St. Peter’s Basilica, where a group of Polish faithful gather to celebrate the Eucharist every Thursday.

St. Paul’s words to the Romans from the day’s first reading, when he tells them that “no one can separate me from the...READ MORE

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