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Pope’s Morning Homily: Only Through Service Can One Follow Christ

Vatican City State, May 26, 2015     

It is sad to see a Christian who wants both Jesus and worldly gain. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel from St. Mark, in which Peter says to Jesus that he and the disciples “have given up everything and followed you.”

Regarding Christ’s response, the Pope noted that He did not respond with promises of wealth, but rather…

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Pope Francis Meets With Italian Christian Workers Associations

Vatican City State, May 25, 2015     

This Saturday, Pope Francis met with the Italian Christian Workers Association (ACLI) and called on them to promote dignified labor. During the Argentine Pontiff’s remarks, he criticized how the global economic system often puts at the center the ‘god of money,’ which discards children, elderly, young people, and promotes a culture of waste.

This mentality results in exploiting all levels of society…

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Pope’s Pentecost Homily

Vatican City, May 24, 2015     

“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you… Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:21-22). The gift of the Spirit on the evening of the Resurrection took place once again on the day of Pentecost, intensified this time by extraordinary outward signs. On the evening of Easter, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and breathed on them his Spirit (cf. Jn 20:22); on the morning of Pentecost the…–2?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch

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Living the Moral Life 5

There is another part to this relationship not mentioned yet. We are striving to have a relationship with God. God is God, and we are not. With other people, we are having a relationship with others that are equal to us. God is superior to us. He has all wisdom, knowledge and understanding. He also loves us and is willing to share all of His goodness with us. Continue reading

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In Syria, a Pastor Comes Home to Comfort His Flock

Syria, May 22, 2015

By Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart

I just returned to Aleppo from a trip to the US, where I did my best to explain our situation to American Christians in several major cities on the East Coast. My journey appears to have been useful; so say the organizers of the awareness-raising campaign, the team of Aid to the Church in Need-US, which has been terrific in its dedication and commitment to our cause! They gave me…


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