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‘Invocation for Peace’: Yes to Encounter and No to Conflict (3620)

The Pope brought the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the presidents of Israel and Palestine together on Pentecost Sunday for an unprecedented prayer service in the Vatican Gardens.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” Pope Francis told the heads of Israel and Palestine, who he brought together in the Vatican Gardens for an unprecedented “Invocation for Peace” on Pentecost Sunday.

“It calls for the courage to say Yes to encounter and No to conflict,” the Pope continued. “Yes to dialogue and No to violence; Yes to negotiations and No to hostilities; Yes to respect for agreements and No to acts of provocation; Yes to sincerity and No to duplicity.”

The Holy Father delivered his address at the end of an evening filled with Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, chants and orchestral music.

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Pope Francis Calls Upon Crime Experts for Humane Justice System (2634)

The Holy Father said that justice has to involve the redemption of the offender and avoid confusing punishment with reparation for the crime.

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– Kyle Burkhart/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has asked experts at an international conference on criminal law to consider a fuller understanding of justice that moves beyond mere punishment to redemption of the offender.

“It seems to me that the big challenge that we must all face is that the measures taken against evil do not stop with suppression, discouragement and isolation for those who caused it,” Pope Francis said, “but help them to reconsider, to walk in the paths of good, to be genuine people far from their miseries, becoming merciful themselves.”

Pope Francis made these thoughts known in a letter he sent to the participants of the 19th International Conference of the International Association of...READ MORE

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Standing at the Birthplace of the Catholic Church (3577)

A visit to the Upper Room in Jerusalem put everything in perspective.

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Denise Bossert

– Denise Bossert

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And, suddenly, there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4


The day my group visited the Upper Room during a journalists’ tour of the Holy Land last month, the room itself was closed to the public, although we were allowed to peer into the building’s lower floor and meander in its...READ MORE

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Pope on Pentecost Preaching: The Holy Spirit Enlivens the Church (3720)

The Holy Spirit is the ‘interior Teacher,’ guiding us ‘along the right path, throughout the situations of life.’

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CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

Pope Francis gives a homily in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

VATICAN CITY — On the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis focused his homily and Angelus address on the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding and giving life to the Church.

The first Pentecost “does not remain only limited to that moment, but is an event that is renewed and renews itself again. Christ, glorified at the right [hand] of the Father, continues to realize his promise, sending the Holy Spirit to enliven the Church, who teaches us, reminds us and makes us speak,” the Pope preached to the congregation at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 8.

The Holy Spirit is the “interior Teacher,” explained the Holy Father, guiding us “along the right path, throughout the situations of life.”


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What to Say to the Bible Christian, Hope During Difficult Times, Adultery Remains Adultery and More! (4352)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow What to Say to That Bible Christian by Fr. Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

What to Say to That Bible Christian by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Hope During Difficult Times - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Adultery Remains Adultery – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Saint Who Chopped Down a Sacred Oak – The Catholic Herald

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part III – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

The Maniac: G. K. Chesterton – Two Catholic Men and a Blog

Stuck As the Prodigal Son’s Older Brother – Jenni Groft, Catholic Stand

The Importance of the Sign of the Cross Must Not be Lost – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

The Devil’s Surprise: Mary’s Feet – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic News and Information

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Church Grows at Faster Rate than World Population, Beauty and Bible Interpretation and Much More! (3829)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/08/2014 Comment

Follow Catholic Church Grows at Faster Rate than World Population by Jean M. Heimann of Catholic Fire for the video.

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Beauty and Bible Interpretation: A Response to Modern Bible Studies – Luke Murray, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Just Food Is Not Enough! – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

St. Joan of Arc: A Guide for Every Age – Christopher Check, Crisis Magazine

Adopting C. S. Lewis - Jason Liske, Catholic Stand

How the Light of the Gospel Is Returning to Limerick – Donna Sue Berry, Regina Magazine

Pope Francis and Retirement – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Escape Egalitarian Tyranny with Socratic Questioning - James Kalb JD, Crisis Magazine

Why Christians Say “Encounter” – Marc...READ MORE

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Palestinian Christians: A New Generation Rises for Peace (4214)

At a May 26 event with Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, two Arab-Christian youths share their view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their hopes for a genuine, permanent peace.

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Courtesy of Jiries Elias

Jiries Elias presents Pope Francis with soil from the Holy Land.

– Courtesy of Jiries Elias

JERUSALEM — Pope Francis came to Jerusalem with a message of peace and reconciliation as talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials teeter on the brink of collapse. But in this region, the future for peace between Israelis and Palestinians may come from the upcoming youth, who are determined to beat the odds and forge a peace built on mutual respect and a common humanity between Jews and Arabs, Christian and Muslim.

Louis Salem and Jiries Elias, both 16, spoke to the Register at President Shimon Peres’ house in Jerusalem on May 26, where they waited with other high-school youth for Pope Francis to arrive. They are both Arab Christians living in Jerusalem. Although they have Israeli...READ MORE

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Anglican Earthquake: Greg Griffith Converts; Blogging and the Closing of the Catholic Mind and More! (6069)

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06/07/2014 Comment

Follow Anglican Earthquake: Greg Griffith Converts to Catholicism by Don. R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic to read more.

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Blogging and The Closing of the Catholic Mind – Kevin M. Tierney, Common Sense Catholicism

The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

Bishops Must Avoid Being Partisan – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”: Frozen (Movie) - Abigail Reimel, Catholic Stand

The Case for Infant Baptism – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Up Up & Away. . . – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Pop Culture and the New Evangelization – R. Jared Staudt, Catholic Exchange

Radical Pacifism Kills – Jason Jones & John...READ MORE

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