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Don’t Create Sacrament of ‘Pastoral Customs,’ Pope Preaches (15578)

The Pope reminds Christians to open the door to the ‘holy people of God, a simple people, who want to get closer to Jesus.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned that some Christians establish the eighth sacrament “of pastoral customs” when they insist on protocol instead of seeking to meet spiritual needs.

He made his remarks during his May 25 homily on the Gospel reading from Mark 10 in which the disciples rebuked people who were bringing children to Jesus.

“I remember once, coming out of the city of Salta, on the patronal feast, there was a humble lady who asked for a priest’s blessing,” Pope Francis recalled in the chapel of St. Martha’s House.

“The priest said, ‘All right, but you were at the Mass’ and explained the whole theology of blessing in the Church. 'You did well.'

‘Ah, thank you father; yes...READ MORE

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Adoration With Pope Energizing Catholics Worldwide (8745)

The gathering will be an hour of simultaneous adoration for the feast of Corpus Christi, which Pope Francis will begin in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5pm Rome time.

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Eucharistic adoration

– Matthew Rarey-CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic world will be united with Pope Francis on the feast of Corpus Christi as he leads a “historic” hour of simultaneous Eucharistic adoration.

“Even some islands in the middle of the ocean … at two in the morning — they don’t have electricity — but even with that, they will be in communion with us and Pope Francis for one hour,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella said as he explained the intense reaction he is seeing to the June 2 event.

“I am proud to say that this is a historical moment for the history of the Church, because, for one hour, all the churches in the world will be united. … We are united because the Eucharistic makes us all one body and one spirit, so we...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Complete Benedict XVI’s Encyclical on Faith (8343)

The pope emeritus will not contribute additional material to the document, the Vatican discloses.

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VATICAN CITY —  Pope Francis is completing an encyclical on faith begun by Pope Benedict XVI, but the pope emeritus is not contributing further to the document, the Vatican has said.

Speaking to reporters May 24, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied earlier reports claiming that Benedict XVI was continuing to write the encyclical that would then be signed by Pope Francis.

“As is known, at the time of his resignation, Benedict XVI left the encyclical project that had already been started,” Father Lombardi said, adding that it “now appears his successor is completing it, even if I couldn’t predict the time necessary for its publication.”

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Wisconsin Cardinal Takes Possession of Roman See (1952)

For the first time since receiving his red hat in November, Cardinal James Harvey visited his titular church.

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Cardinal James Harvey celebrated Mass at St. Pius V a Villa Carpegna on May 26.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ROME — Far from his native Milwaukee, Cardinal James Harvey took possession of his “titular church” in Rome, a vibrant suburban parish that will now look to him as its cardinal-patron.

“Be assured of my continued remembrance in the Lord and of my friendship, my friendship for all of you, regardless of how you collaborate within this reality, this parish community,” Cardinal Harvey told parishioners at St. Pius V a Villa Carpegna during Mass on May 26.

In Catholic tradition, each cardinal is given a “titular see” in Rome that serves as a highly symbolic link to the successor of St. Peter, the pope.

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The First Martyr of the Mafia (5550)

Father Giuseppe Puglisi of Sicily, who was killed by Mafia hitmen in 1993, was beatified May 25.

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Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi

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PALERMO, Italy — No one expected the murder of Father Giuseppi “Pino” Puglisi, the Sicilian priest killed in 1993 by Mafia hitmen. So said three Sicilian bishops, who shared part of their life with the blessed, as they recalled his life and his surprising death during the week before their friend’s beatification.

The beatification of Father Puglisi took place May 25 in the Sicilian city of Palermo, Italy. The event, which drew a crowd of more than 80,000 people, according to Vatican Radio, comes only 20 years after the priest’s death. Cardinal Paolo Romeo, the current archbishop of Palermo presided over the beatification Mass.

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Pope Calls Parish ‘Sentinel’ for Rome Diocese (2071)

At the first local church he has visited as Pope, the Holy Father presided over first Communion for 16 children.

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Pope Francis meets with first Communicants May 26 at Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah parish in Rome.

– Vatican Radio/Facebook

ROME — Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah was the first church in the Diocese of Rome that Pope Francis visited, and enthusiasm was high, as presided over first Communion for 16 children.

The Pope was welcomed May 26 by thousands of parishioners and the pastor, Father Benoni Ambarus, who noted that the parish, located on the northern outskirts of Rome in Prima Porta, can be seen either as the last one in the Rome Diocese, or as the first, as a sentinel guards the door.

“Dear sentinels,” Pope Francis responded off-the-cuff, “I like what you said: ‘That periphery has a negative sense, but also a positive sense.’ Do you know why?”

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God Is Love, Pope Affirms, But Not in ‘Sentimental’ Sense (3242)

The Holy Father celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Trinity yesterday.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — As he celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis spoke about how God is love, but not in an “emotional” or “sentimental” way.

“The light of Easter and Pentecost have renewed in us each year the joy and wonder of faith that recognizes that God is not something vague, abstract, but has a name: ‘God is love,’” the Pope said May 26, before reciting the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

And this love “is not sentimental, emotional, but the love of the Father who is the source of all life, the love of the Son who died on the cross and rose, the love of the Spirit who renews man and the world,” he stated.

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Military Archbishop Honors U.S. Veterans (4118)

In his annual Memorial Mass homily, Archbishop Timothy Broglio said they had gathered together ‘to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served.’

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Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima in Arlington, Va.

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WASHINGTON — The head of the military archdiocese honored veterans and those on active duty, thanking members of the armed forces and praying for all who have served in the protection of the United States.

“We gather in this Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, because we want to give thanks in that perfect prayer for all of those who have served,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio in his homily at the May 19 Mass of Remembrance in Washington.

“We are able to be here in prayer, because women and men have set aside their security, their plans, their families and what is familiar in order to serve this nation whose foundation is based on principles.”

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