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Student Youth Organization To Hold Pro-Life Conference

Manila,      July 31, 2013

A student organization from the University of Asia and the Pacific will hold a chastity and pro-life conference titled “Real Love Revolution 2013” at the Philippine International Convention Center Plenary Hall in Pasay City on September 7, 2013.

Catalyst, the university’s outreach, advocacy and leadership organization, has invited Jason and Crystalina Evert, two powerful speakers on pro-life issues to speak during the conference.

The conference aims to enlighten Filipinos, especially the youth, about the importance of chastity in our lives. …

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Total Consecration: Day 19 out of 33 days: (Wednesday, July 31)

 Luke 18:15-30

Jesus and the Children
And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them. But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Amen, I say to you: Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child, shall not enter into it.

The Rich Aristocrat
And a certain ruler asked him, saying: Good master, what shall I do to possess everlasting life? And Jesus said to him: Why dost thou call me good?… Continue reading

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Pope’s Homily at Closing Mass of World Youth Day at Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,      July 28, 2013

Here is the translation of the homily given by Pope Francis at the Closing Mass of the 28th World Youth Day at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. 


Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Young Friends,

“Go and make disciples of all nations”. With these words, Jesus is speaking to each one of us, saying: “It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on this experience to others.” Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission! Today, in the light of…

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Total Consecration: Day 18 out of 33 days: (Tuesday, July 30)

Luke 17:1-10

On Leading Others Astray
And he said to his disciples: It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they come. It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones.

On Brotherly Correction
Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, … Continue reading

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Many people have asked me about the pilgrimage others and I have taken. Particularly they ask what struck me the most. I would have to say what stuck me the most is what is known as the five stones we have been given to defeat the Goliath in our lives. These are: 1) Prayer with the heart; Rosary 2) Eucharist 3) Bible … Continue reading