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Pope: Let Us Not Be Afraid to Invite Mary, Jesus to the Marriage ‘Feast’

Vatican City, April 29, 2015

Pope Francis has acknowledged the crisis of marriage in many societies and said Christians can counter this if they start to trust again that Jesus grants grace to married couples. The Pope made this observation speaking to the crowds during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square while continuing his catechesis on marriage and family.

“Let us not be afraid to invite Jesus and Mary to the marriage feast,” the Pope said, “for Christian spouses marry not only for themselves, …

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Marriage Can Only Be Union of One Man and One Woman: “This Is a Beautiful Truth”

Washington, D.C., April 28, 2015

The leader of the US bishops addressed thousands gathered in Washington on Saturday for the March for Marriage

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville told the marchers that marriage, “like the gift of human life itself,” simply cannot be essentially changed or redefined. …

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Pope Francis Plans to Visit Fatima in 2017

Rome, April 27, 2015

Pope Francis is expected to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima (Portugal) in 2017 on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. …

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Pope Gives New Priests Tips at Ordination Mass

Vatican City, April 26, 2015

This morning, the Bishop of Rome presided over the ordinations of priests for the diocese of Rome in Saint Peter’s Basilica, and has given the new priests a list of do’s and don’ts.

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Living the Moral Life, Week 2

The second part of why we need God’s help to live moral lives is that human reasoning simply will not be enough to build a just society. There may be a group of people who will want to build a just society. But then you have to find enough people who have the wisdom to sift through the emotions and the politics to discern what is right. Then you have to find the strength, motivation and energy to live it out and then try to force others to live the same way. When someone goes astray, mercy must be the model, because if it was only justice, there would be only the suffering that justice demands of those who do wrong. Continue reading