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Pope praises Missionaries of Charity’s ‘beautiful’ Vatican ministry

Pope praises Missionaries of Charity’s ‘beautiful’ Vatican ministry

Pope Francis visits the Dono di Maria House on May 21, 2013. Credit: L’Osservatore Romano.

Vatican City, May 22, 2013 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis thanked the Missionaries of Charity for their work and described one of their houses located inside the Vatican “a beautiful reality” and “a school of charity.”

“I thank all those who in various ways support this beautiful reality of the Vatican,” said Pope Francis during a May 21 evening visit to celebrate the residence’s 25th anniversary.

“This house is a place that teaches charity, a school of charity, that teaches us to go out to every person, not for profit, but out of love,” he stated at the Gift of Mary House. Read more

Pope: Financial reform along ethical lines

Pope: Financial reform along ethical lines

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(Vatican Radio)“There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone.”… “Money has to serve, not to rule” Those were the Pope’s words to new Non Resident Ambassadors who were in the Vatican on Thursday to present their letters of credence. The new Ambassadors from Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Botswana listened to Pope Francis as he spoke about a the financial crisis which we are experiencing that ultimately is, he said, as a result of a profound human crisis.

The Holy Father began his address to those present on a positive note by praising advances in various areas. These achievements he underlined, in fields such as health, education and communications can only benefit mankind.

But at the same time, the Pope went on to say, “the majority of the men and women of our time continue to live daily in situations of insecurity, with dire consequences… People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way.” Read more

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

By Estefania Aguirre and David Uebbing
Pope Francis meets with Pope Tawadros and his delegation on May 9, 2013 in Vatican City. Credit: Copticworld.org.

Vatican City, May 10, 2013 / 07:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the urgent need for unity among Christians in the Middle East.

“We must prepare our people for this very real and needed unity that we know and live, we must work quickly and seriously,” said Pope Tawadros II in May 10 remarks provided to CNA by his office. Read more

Pope Francis: Address to Pope Tawadros

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Pope Francis: Address to Pope Tawadros

 

 

(Vatican Radio) Below please find the full text of Pope Francis’ address to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, whom he met on Friday May 10, at the Vatican

Your Holiness,

Dear Brothers in Christ,

For me it is a great joy and a truly graced moment to be able to receive all of you here, at the tomb of Saint Peter, as we recall that historic meeting forty years ago between our predecessors, Pope Paul VI and the late Pope Shenouda III, in an embrace of peace and fraternity, after centuries of mutual distrust. So it is with deep affection that I welcome Your Holiness and the distinguished members of your delegation, and I thank you for your words. Through you, I extend my cordial greetings in the Lord to the bishops, the clergy, the monks and the whole Coptic Orthodox Church. Read more

A Pope of the Poor

A Pope of the Poor

 

Washington does not quite know what to make of Pope Francis. Some ecclesial and political spinners are trying to fit him into their own agendas and biases. Before the conclave we heard contradictory hopes for a new pope: culture warrior or less focused on sexual matters, manager or evangelizer, enforcer or communicator. Instead we have a humble, hopeful and holy pastor. Like his namesake, Pope Francis is likely to make the powerful uneasy. As he declared: “Francis of Assisi—for me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation…. How I would like a church which is poor and for the poor!”

It would be hard to identify three priorities that draw less attention in Washington than poverty, peace and protecting creation. Official Washington is about helping the “middle class,” confronting global enemies and economic growth, not lifting up the poor, seeking peace or caring for the earth. On parts of the left, secular deities are sexual freedom and unrestrained choice. On the right, many worship at the altar of unlimited economic freedom and the unfettered market. Both ideological orthodoxies reflect overwhelming individualism and neither focuses on the common good or protecting the weak. Read more

Pope Francis reflects on the dignity of work at Wednesday’s general audience

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Pope Francis reflects on the dignity of work at Wednesday’s general audience

 

 

Pope Francis in his catechesis on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st reflected on two important figures in the life of Jesus: the figure of St. Joseph as the model of all workers and on Mary as we mark the beginning of the month dedicated to the mother of Jesus. Pope FRancis in comments in Italian spoke about the dignity and importance of work.

Listen to Emer McCarthy’s report including Wednesday morning’s mass

Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of the Holy Father’s Wednesday Audience catechesis:

Dear brothers and sisters, Good Day!,

Today, May 1st, we celebrate Saint Joseph the Worker and begin the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady. In our encounter this morning, I want to focus on these two figures, so important in the life of Jesus, the Church and in our lives, with two brief thoughts: the first on work, the second on the contemplation of Jesus Read more

Pope: Dignity for the Dhaka workers, dignity for the jobless

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Pope: Dignity for the Dhaka workers, dignity for the jobless

 

 

(Vatican Radio) A society that “does not pay a just wage”, that “does not give work” to people; a society that “that only looks to its balance books, that only seeks profit” is unjust and goes against God. It is work – not power, not money, not culture – that gives men and women a sense of dignity. By stripping them of work, society strips them of their God given dignity. Emer McCarthy reports: http://media01.radiovaticana.va/audiomp3/00369662.MP3

This was the focus of Pope Francis reflections at Mass Wednesday May 1st. The Holy Father marked the feast of St Joseph the Worker together with children and single mothers who are guests at the “Il Ponte” center for solidarity based in the port town of Civitavecchia north of Rome. Mass was concelebrated by the man who founded and runs the center for these families in need, Fr. Egidio Smacchia. Read more

Pope to priests: go out to the “outskirts” as shepherds

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Pope to priests: go out to the “outskirts” as shepherds

(Vatican Radio) In Rome this Holy Thursday, Pope Francis celebrated his first Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Tracey McClure reports…

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In his homily, the Pope began by expressing his joy over celebrating his first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome and he reminded the clergy present that he would be among them in recalling their priestly ordination.

In fact, some 1600 diocesan priests, religious, bishops and cardinals renewed their priestly vows during the morning Liturgy in a St. Peter’s packed, too, with hundreds religious sisters and faithful. This is the mass in which the Bishop of Rome, like those in other dioceses around the world, blesses the oils which will be used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Anointment of the Sick over the coming year.

Speaking in Italian for the Homily, Pope Francis likened the image of the sacred oil to the kind of selfless evangelical zeal that should characterize the life and work of priests. Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of young prisoners

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Pope Francis washes the feet of young prisoners

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrates the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Rome’s “Casal del Marmo” juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.

While the practice of his predecessors has included washing the feet of priests or laypeople, the ceremony was normally held in either St. Peter’s Basilica or the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

It has been revealed that as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis used to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – which reflects on the call to imitate Christ by serving one another- in prisons, hospitals or shelters for the poor and marginalized.

“With the celebration at Casal del Marmo, Pope Francis will continue that practice, highlighting “the commandment of love” and service through the ritual of washing the feet of others. Read more

Pope: Mass of Our Lord’s Supper [Full text]

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Pope: Mass of Our Lord’s Supper [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) The Washing of the Feet, or Mandatum, is an integral part of the Holy Thursday liturgy, the Missa in Coena Domini, or Mass of Our Lord’s Supper, which opens the East erTriduum

The Washing of the Feet is a sign of service. Or as Pope Francis told about 40 young detainees gathered around him for Mass in an inner city detention center, it is “Christ’s caress, because Jesus came just for this, to serve us, to help us”. Emer McCarthy reports:

On Thursday evening as the sun set over a rain washed Rome, Pope Francis crossed the Tiber River bound for the city’s juvenile prison, Casal del Marmo, which roughly translated into English reads, ‘Marble Home’. Read more