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Pope Francis: It is Sad to See ‘Watered Down Christians’

Vatican City, August 31, 2014

The Gospel, the Eucharist and Prayer are the three gifts that allows us to walk the path of Christ and not of the world. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ address during Sunday’s Angelus.

The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel from St. Matthew, where Jesus tells his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem to suffer, die and rise from the dead. When Peter rebukes Him, Jesus in turn reproaches him saying “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

This critical moment, the Holy Father noted, speaks to the reality of Christians today who run the risk of becoming worldly, or “watered down.” ..

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Cardinal Veglio: Church Must Defend Poor and Voiceless in Middle East

Vatican City, August 29, 2014

Pope Francis met Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, on Thursday to discuss the plight of those fleeing the Islamist violence in Iraq.

Cardinal Vegliò told Vatican Radio the Pope said the Church must be at the forefront of efforts to defend the weak. 

“The Church must help those most in need, because their rights are being trampled upon,” he told Vatican Radio.  “The Church is for the poor and the voiceless.  We must be present and never tire …

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Ice Buckets: Does the End Justify the Means?

Rome, August 29, 2014

By Robert Clarke of Alliance Defending Freedom

The Internet has been awash, if you will forgive the pun, with videos of people the world over tipping a bucket containing ice cold water over their heads in the name of charity. The idea is that each person also donates money to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. ALS, which is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease …

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Liturgy of the Eucharist: Part 29

After the priest prays for “every heavenly blessing” for those of us who attend Mass, he prays for those who have died. “Remember also, Lord,” the priest prays, “your servants … who have gone before us with the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace.” The priest is particularly praying for those in the parish community who have died. He is praying for their salvation.

 There is also a time of silence after he says these words. The time of silence is for you to add your intentions Continue reading