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Pope to Seminarians: We Have Too Many ‘Half Priests’ Who Fail to Imitate Jesus

Vatican City, April 15, 2014

Pope Francis met Monday in the Vatican with seminarians from regions around Rome, warning them that the Church has “many half priests” who fail to reach their potential because they are not “pastors in the mage of Jesus.”

The seminarians are members of the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, a regional seminary for several of the dioceses around the city of Rome.

“We have so many, so many half way priests,” the Pope told the young men. “It is a sorrow, that they do not succeed in reaching the fullness. …

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Pope Francis Celebrates Palm Sunday Mass

Vatican City, April 14, 2014

An estimated 100,000 pilgrims from all over the world filled St. Peter’s Square for Palm Sunday Mass presided by Pope Francis.

This was his second Palm Sunday Mass as Pope, and the faithful enthusiastically waved palms as Francis entered St. Peter’s Square in his popemobile and greeted those present.

The Holy Father began his homily by discussing Christ’s entry in Jerusalem: “This week begins with the festive procession of olive branches: the whole people welcome Jesus. The children, the young people sing, they praise Jesus.” He continued how this week then moves into the death and resurrection of Jesus and how we have heard the Passion of the Lord during the Gospel. …

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Crucifying Jesus

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Liturgy of the Eucharist: Part 12

     As the priest turns the first page of the First Eucharistic Prayer we go from praying for our leaders to opening up that prayer to all in the Church. What the priest prays in the Mass is the prayers from the entire Church. Both prayers for and prayers from includes the Church Militant (us), the Church Suffering (souls in purgatory and the Church Triumphant (the saints in heaven). It should give us comfort that we have many brothers and sisters in Christ who are with us, saying yes to all our concerns as we say yes to theirs. In the Eucharist, we truly have communion. It is one way our sacrifices are made one. Continue reading


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