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Synod14 Final Briefing: Though We Still Are On a Journey, Pope Wanted This Document Available to All

Vatican City, October 19, 2014

Pope Francis has ensured that the world will be fully aware of results of this synod on the family and has warned the world’s top Church officials against various temptations, including being too rigid, as well as too soft.

Speaking to the nearly 200 prelates gathered at the Synod of Bishops on the family’s final session Saturday afternoon, the Holy Father cautioned Synod Fathers against “a temptation to hostile inflexibility”. He also cautioned them to not fall into “destructive tendency” of being do-gooders, saying “that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them.” …

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Liturgy of the Eucharist Part 36

Next, we pray what most people commonly consider the end of the Our Father, “for Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever”. Some Catholics will ask me from time to time; why don’t we pray that part of the prayer. Many of our Protestant brothers and sisters may wonder what is going on when at first we do not say that prayer like they do, but after another prayer is said. When we read the part in scripture where you find the Our Father taught by Jesus (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4), in fact, you do not see the prayer there. So where did it come from? Continue reading

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Paul VI as a Child Was a Mischievous Little One

Vatican City, October 17, 2014

By Renzo Allegri

Paul VI will be beatified by Pope Francis on Sunday at 10:30 am in Saint Peter’s Square, during the closing Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

Born in Brescia on September 26, 1897, Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini belonged to a bourgeois family. His father, Giorgio Montini, was a lawyer and, for several years, director of the Catholic newspaper “Il Cittadino di Brescia” [“The Citizen of Brescia”]. During three legislatures, he was a deputy in the Italian Parliament in Don Sturzo’s party. Giovanni Battista had two brothers: Ludovico, a lawyer and politician, and Francesco, a doctor.

Montini was elected Pope on June 21, 1963, succeeding John XXIII. He was on Peter’s throne until August 6, 1978, when he died in Castel Gandolfo at age 80.

He is one of history’s great Popes – not very popular …

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Praise Brings Joy, Says Pope in Morning Homily

Vatican City, October 16, 2014

It’s easy to pray for a grace, it’s far more difficult to pray in praise of the Lord, but this is the prayer of true joy, said Pope Francis at Mass on Thursday morning in Santa Marta.

Reflecting on St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, which joyfully elevates a prayer of blessing to God, the Pope noted that this is something “we don’t normally do”: Instead giving “praise to God is pure gratuity” and in doing so we enter into “a great joy”. …

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Synod14: Summary of 12th General Congregation

Vatican City, October 16, 2014

The twelfth General Congregation included the presentation, in the Assembly, of the Reports of the ten Small Groups, divided according to language: two in French, three in English, three in Italian and two in Spanish. In general, the Small Groups presented both an evaluation of the “Relatio post disceptationem” (RPD), a provisional document published at the midway point during the Synod, as well as proposals to incorporate in the “Relatio Synodi” (RS), the definitive and conclusive document of the Assembly.

Firstly, some perplexity was voiced regarding to the publication, although legitimate, of the RPD since, it was said, this is a working document that does not express a univocal opinion shared by all the Synod Fathers. Therefore, after expressing their appreciation of the work involved in drawing up the text and regarding its structure, the Small Groups presented their suggestions.

It was first underlined that in the RPD there is a focus on the concerns of families in…

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Houston Mayor Backs Off From Subpoenas to Pastors


Houston Mayor Annise Parker has backed down from the subpoenas the City of Houston issued to several area pastors, Breitbart Texas has learned.

Breitbart Texas reported earlier about the controversy, stemming from litigation challenging the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance and subpoenas asking the pastors for the content of their sermons, speeches and communications with church members. …


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