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Filipino Bishops Discuss the Fruits of Pope Francis’ Visit (1232)

Cardinal Luis Tagle said that bishops, clergy and laity have all been ‘challenged by the Pope’ and that they must work to put it into practice.

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Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle embrace at the close of Mass Jan. 16 in Manila.

– CNA/Alan Holdren

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines prompted gratitude from leading bishops, who encouraged Filipinos to reflect on the Pope’s message and to use discernment in responding to modern life.

“The Pope is a pope of surprises, but God also surprised him,” Bishop Mylo Vergara of San Jose said at a press conference following Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines.

The bishop praised Pope Francis’ “spontaneity” and his appearance as someone who is “one with us.”

“That was his intention, even before coming here. He wanted to be one with us, in mercy and compassion,” the bishop said.

Bishop Vergara was joined by Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, apostolic nuncio...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Selma’ (3153)

One of the best films of the year illuminates Martin Luther King Jr.’s work — and the role of religion in the civil-rights movement.

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Selma achieves something few historical films do: It captures a sense of events unfolding in the present tense, in a political and cultural climate as complex, multifaceted and undetermined as the times we live in.

It depicts characters who share important goals but are not all on the same page in their priorities or their methods. It makes principles, expectations and choices that are taken for granted today subjects of plausible dispute and antagonism, even among those who share the same goals. We also see characters who oppose those goals without coming across as movie villains.

It offers a portrait of one of the 20th century’s most iconic leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., here seen not...READ MORE

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The Philippines Says Farewell: ‘Pope Francis, We Love You!’ (1241)

The Pope departed after a ceremony, where more 400 abandoned children performed songs to bid him farewell.

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Pope Francis and Philippine President Benigno Aquino during the papal departure ceremony Jan. 19.

MANILA, Philippines — The Pope departed the Philippines on Monday morning from Villamor Air Base, after a ceremony where more than 400 abandoned children from various welfare centers performed songs to bid him farewell.

“Pope Francis, we love you!” they said in a coordinated chant.

The Pope walked along a red carpet to his plane with Philippine President Benigno Aquino, making personal comments to several bishops, officials and laity.

He also spoke to President Aquino one-on-one.

“I want to thank you, Mr. President, for the warm welcome,” the Pope said Jan. 19. “You must have worked some extra hours.”

On Sunday, a massive crowd of 6 to 7 million people gathered for his final Mass at...READ MORE

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Proposed Schedule for Pope’s U.S. Visit Revealed (5329)

EWTN News Exclusive: Archbishop Bernardito Auza, a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. in September, said the Holy Father plans to visit three cities in his six-day trip.

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MANILA, Philippines — Archbishop Bernardito Auza, a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. in September, has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities: New York, Washington and Philadelphia.

“He would arrive on the 22nd, and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA/EWTN News in Manila on Jan. 18.

A Philippines native, Archbishop Auza is the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in New York and to the Organization of American States in Washington. He is back in his homeland this week, participating in the events...READ MORE

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How St. Ignatius Tells Us to Avoid Satan, A Vocation Is a Call from God, The Sisterhood and More! (2684)

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Reason #7 to Reject the Reformation: History – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Justice Is Far From Us: Will We Bring it Close? – Jennifer Hartline, Catholic Stand

Top Religion Related Science News for 2014 – Deacon Harbey Santiago

Ruminating on Vocations – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

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Addressing Antinomianism Requires Recognizing It – Doctor Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

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Pope’s Parting Message to the Philippines — Protect the Family (1178)

The Holy Father also highlighted the Philippines’ status as the foremost Catholic country in Asia as a vocation and a special blessing from God.

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Pope Francis celebrates Sunday Mass at Rizal Park in Manila on Jan. 18.

– EWTN

MANILA, Philippines — In his homily for the Jan. 18 closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

The Christ Child, explained Pope Francis, “reminds us of the importance of protecting our family and those larger families that are the Church, God’s family, and the world, our human family.

“Sadly, in our day, the family all too often needs to be protected against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.”

Just as Jesus welcomes and embraces children in the Gospel, the Pope...READ MORE

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History Made: Philippine Crowd for Pope Francis Hits 6-7 Million (4081)

In his homily at the Jan. 18 Mass, described as ‘the largest event of the history of the popes,’ the Pope called for the protection of the family.

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Millions gather in Manila for Pope Francis' closing Mass on Jan. 18.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

MANILA, Philippines — The Vatican’s spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines, where an estimated 6-7 million people attended his closing Mass.

“The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists at a press conference in Manila on Sunday, calling it the “largest event of the history of the popes.”

In his homily for the Jan. 18 closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

“Sadly, in our day, the family all too often needs to be...READ MORE

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Vatican Spokesman Talks of Pope’s Energy, His English and His Off-the-Cuff Remarks (7065)

Father Federico Lombardi speaks to journalists during a Jan. 17 press briefing.

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Pope Francis laughs during his Jan. 16 homily at Manila's Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

MANILA, Philippines — In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why Pope Francis so frequently deviates from his prepared speeches.

“Every time that we are in a particularly intense situation, the Pope desires to speak from the heart,” the spokesman told journalists during the Jan. 17 briefing.

“Sometimes, maybe, he is tired or he feels [he is] not able to find the right word; and then he reads the speech. But if he feels that the emotion and the strength is there to express his heart more spontaneously, then he does this.”

The press briefing took place after Pope Francis’ half-day trip to the...READ MORE

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