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Pope’s Homily for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Holy Mass on the Occasion of the Liturgical Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe

At 6:00 pm today, Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent, the Holy Father Francis presided over the Eucharistic Celebration in the Vatican Basilica, on the occasion of the liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe.
Here is a ZENIT translation of the homily the Pope gave in the course of the Holy Mass. …

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-homily-for-feast-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-2/


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Cultural Colonization Doesn’t Tolerate Differences

Cultural and ideological colonization doesn’t tolerate differences and makes everything equal, ending by persecuting believers,” said Pope Francis in his homily of the Mass celebrated this morning, November 21, 2017, in the chapel of Santa Marta Residence.
In his homily, the Holy Father said that “ideological and cultural colonizations only see the present, they deny the past and don’t see the future. They live in…

Santa Marta: Cultural Colonization Doesn’t Tolerate Differences


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Pope Cites Fr. Solanus Casey Beatification

Pope Francis noted November 18, 2017, beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey, who took the next step toward sainthood in a huge event at Ford Field in Detroit.
“Humble and faithful disciple of Christ, he was distinguished for his tireless service to the poor,” the Holy Father said. “May his witness help priests, Religious and laity to live with….

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-cites-fr-solanus-casey-beatification/


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Pope Approves Causes of Saints

Pope Francis on November 8, 2017, authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate Decrees regarding several causes for sainthood.  The Holy Father made the announcements in audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation.
Prominent among the decrees is that for Pope John Paul I.

Pope Approves Causes of Saints


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Santa Marta: ‘If a Living Jesus Isn’t in the Church, She Collapses’

“If a living Jesus isn’t in the Church, she collapses,” warned Pope Francis while celebrating Mass on November 9, 2017, feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Rome’s Cathedral. In the course of the celebration at Saint Martha’s Residence in the Vatican, the Holy Father encouraged to “purify the Church,” beginning with oneself.
To “build the Church” one must remember that Jesus “is the cornerstone in this building. Without Jesus Christ there is no Church. Why? — because there is no foundation. And if one builds a church…

Santa Marta: ‘If a Living Jesus Isn’t in the Church, She Collapses’


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Pope’s Catechesis on the Heart of the Church

Call the Eucharist the “heart” of the Church, Pope Francis on November 8, 2017, began a new series of catecheses during his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.
“Today we begin a new series of catecheses, which will point our look on the “heart” of the Church, namely, the Eucharist,” the Holy Father proclaimed. “It’s essential for us Christians to understand well the value and meaning of the Holy Mass, to live ever more fully our relationship with God.”
The Pope recalled the many Christians over time who have been willing to die to defend the Eucharist.  He cited an example from the year 304, during Diocletian’s persecutions, when…

Pope’s Catechesis on the Heart of the Church


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Summit to Address Human Trafficking, Organized Crime

Women judges and prosecutors from around the world will gather November 9-10, 2017, at Casino Pio IV in the Vatican to address ways to reduce human trafficking and organized.  The event is sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS).
This meeting has been called under the conviction that modern slavery, in the forms of forced labor, prostitution and organ trafficking, is a crime against…

Summit to Address Human Trafficking, Organized Crime