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‘Evangelii Gaudium’ (The Joy of the Gospel) Released Today

Vatican City,      November 26, 2013

Pope Francis’ highly anticipated Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel, was released today by the Holy See. The first Exhortation of the Holy Father’s pontificate, Evangelii Gaudium “develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world. …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets with Pope Francis

Vatican City,      November 25, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin was received in the Vatican Apostolic Palace by Pope Francis this evening.

The meeting is the first between the Russian head of state and the Holy Father. During the meeting, which was said to have lasted roughly 35 minutes, President Putin and the Holy Father discussed …

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A King With a Cross as Throne

Paris,      November 22, 2013

1)     The most important thing is not to be like Jesus but, like the good thief, to be with Jesus.

     In his life on Earth Jesus ruled[1] and supported his disciples by saying words of truth, doing charitable deeds, serving them up to the point of washing their feet and showing his infinite love sitting on the throne of the cross after having received the crown of thorns by Pontius Pilate. …

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Pope Francis: Churches Should Be True Places of Adoration and Praise

Vatican City,      November 22, 2013 

The Temple is not only a place of liturgical rites and song, but above all a place of adoration, Pope Francis stressed at Mass in Casa Santa Marta this morning.

Reflecting on today’s first reading from the Book of Maccabees, which referred to the rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus, the Holy Father said that the role of the Temple was to be a place of reference for the community, for the people of God.

“The Temple is the place where the community goes to pray, to praise the Lord, to give thanks, but above all to adore: the Lord is adored in the Temple,” …