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Pope Francis: Prayer Is Not Simply Saying Words ‘Like a Parrot’ (27265)

Prayers should come from the heart, the Holy Father instructs, looking at and hearing God and asking for his guidance.

10/08/2013 Comments (47)

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass, Pope Francis touched on the importance of prayer and forgiveness in the life of a Christian, warning against common attitudes that “close the door” to God.

“The Lord tells us: ‘The first task in life is this: prayer.’ But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer of the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord,” said the Holy Father during his Oct. 8 daily homily.

Pope Francis celebrated his daily Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican, where he chose to reside shortly after he was elected as Bishop of Rome.

The Pope centered his reflections on the prophet Jonah from the first reading of the day and on...READ MORE

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Wartime Chaos ‘Paralyzes’ Lives of Syrian Christians (2079)

Our people ‘need, really, everything, because they have left everything,’ laments a local bishop.

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Residents of Azaz, Syria, walk past a bombed-out building in August 2012.

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Only peace can end the suffering of Syria’s Christian refugees, say local Christian leaders who emphasize the need to give refugees hope alongside material support.

“It is chaos: it is violence; it is blood; it is death. Life has been paralyzed. We have lost everything,” Archbishop Theophile Georges Kassab of Homs told Aid to the Church in Need. “What can I tell you more? Only one thing, in the name of the majority: enough, enough, enough!”

“Now, before anything, our people need love and devotion," the archbishop added. “They need material support as well. They need, really, everything, because they have left everything.”




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Holocaust Survivor Thanks Pope for Church’s Aid in WWII (3034)

Graziella Viterbi credits Assisi’s wartime Bishop Giuseppe Nicolini, and a network of Catholic collaborators, for saving her life, along with many other Jews.

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Graziella Viterbi stands in front of the Assisi home where she lodged with her family during the Second World War, hidden by local Catholics from the occupying German forces.

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ASSISI, Italy — The last living person whom the bishop of Assisi saved from being killed during the Holocaust met with Pope Francis Oct. 4, thanking him for the Church’s role in protecting her people.

“Thank you for what the Church did for us,” Graziella Viterbi, 88, told Pope Francis Oct. 4 at the archbishop’s residence in Assisi, where her family fled as refugees in 1943.

“I thank you,” Pope Francis replied. “Pray for me.”

Before this exchange, the two had greeted each other, both saying, “Shalom.”

The two met in the “hall of divestment,” the room in the bishop’s residence where St. Francis stripped off his clothes and embraced a life of poverty dedicated to Christ.


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Leading a Respect-Life Revolution — in L.A. (3969)

Kathleen Domingo is helping to build a new generation of California Catholics, committed collectively to a consistent ethic of life.

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Kathleen Domingo, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' coordinator for life

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LOS ANGELES — How do you build a real culture of life? Not an abstraction or a theory — but a real, living, breathing culture of life?

Well, meet Kathleen Domingo, the Archdiocese of Los Angelesʼ new coordinator for life — a woman on fire to make the gospel of life a lived, concrete experience using the methods of the New Evangelization.

“I want people to understand what is actually meant by a culture of life,” Domingo said.

Domingoʼs position represents a major change in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles under Archbishop Jose Gomezʼs leadership. After more than a decade of no respect-life leadership, due to budget cuts in the archdiocese, Archbishop Gomez brought it back in the new...READ MORE

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The Church Lady: Glorious Hats Make a Comeback, Little Known Stories of Padre Pio and Much More! (5485)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Church Lady: Glorious Hats Make a Comeback. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine to read more.

The Church Lady: Glorious Hats Make a Comeback by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine – BigPulpit.com

Little Known Stories of Padre Pio – Church Mystics

PopeWatch: Circling the Wagons – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Traditionalist Defends Pope Francis - Catholic in Brooklyn

Pope Francis Is Killing Me – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Popes Warned Us Against Excessive Government - Stephen M. Krason, Aleteia

The Pope Francis Pop Fervor – BigPulpit.com

Bill O’Reilly’s New Book, Killing Jesus: Inconsistent at Best - Scott Eric Alt, Logos & Muse

The 2 Other Chrysostoms – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

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Latest Pope Francis Interview Involved ‘Conflation’ of Details (5550)

For example, part of the account of the Holy Father’s ‘mystical moment’ at the time of his election as pope is inaccurate.

10/07/2013 Comments (10)

VATICAN CITY — Following skepticism of the accuracy of a recent interview with Pope Francis, several sources have suggested that the printed text, while faithful overall to the Pope’s thought, may not have captured his exact words.

“Eugenio Scalfari did not tape his interview with Pope Francis, nor did he take notes, so the text was an after-the-fact reconstruction. Such texts run the risk of either missing some key details or conflating various moments or events recounted during the oral interview,” wrote Father Thomas Rosica, who helps the Vatican Press Office conduct its English-language business, on Oct. 5.

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The U.S.-Vatican Relationship — More in Common Than Meets the Eye (3618)

In a new book, former ambassador Francis Rooney discusses the nature and history of this important international relationship.

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The United States and the Vatican have had a long and complicated history. In The Global Vatican (Rowman & Littlefield; 308 pages; $27.95), Francis Rooney, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 through 2008, provides a diplomatic history of the relationship between the two sovereigns.

Although generally friendly now, the relationship was, for most of U.S. history, somewhat chilly. Americans had deep anti-Catholic sentiments, and well into the 20th century, there were doubts among those in America’s power structure whether Catholics could make good Americans at all.

As for the Vatican, the papal diplomatic corps and household at first did not know what to make of this...READ MORE

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Allow God to Disrupt Your Plans, Pope Francis Says (9653)

The Holy Father urged Christians to follow the Good Samaritanʼs example and ‘let the surprises of the Lord speak to you.’

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Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — Reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis reminded Christians in his homily at Mass on Monday that they must be open to allowing God to intervene in their lives and to lead them away from their own arranged path.

“I say to myself, and I say to you: Do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” Pope Francis said in his homily, according to Vatican Radio.

“Be docile to the word of God. … Have the capacity to hear his voice and to listen to it,” he said.

In his Oct. 7 homily at the chapel of the Vaticanʼs St. Martha guest residence, Pope Francis talked about the story of Jonah fleeing from God, as well as that of the priest...READ MORE

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