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Pope Francis Calls for ‘Renewed and Decisive Approach to Resolving Conflicts’

“Combatting the culture of abuse, the loss of credibility, the resulting bewilderment and confusion, and the discrediting of our mission urgently demands of us a renewed and decisive approach to resolving conflicts,” according to Pope Francis.
His remarks came in a 3600-word letter to the US bishops, who are meeting for a spiritual retreat January 2-8, 2019. The letter, Dated January 1, 2019, was released by the Vatican on January 3.
Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., is directing the retreat under the theme of “He appointed Twelve, to be with Him and to Send Out to Preach” based on Mark 3:14. The retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer as the Church seeks to respond to the signs of the times.

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-francis-calls-for-renewed-and-decisive-approach-to-resolving-conflicts/


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Pope: Marriage Is Under Attack Now More Than Ever Before

Vatican City, October 27, 2014

While acknowledging the never-before-seen challenges Christian families are facing, Pope Francis still offered hope by reminding faithful that the Church is always, regardless of difficulties, being internally renewed.

During a Saturday audience with more than 7,000 pilgrims belonging to the Schoenstatt Movement, the Holy Father admitted the “Christian family and marriage are under great attack” due to growing relativism over the concept of marriage. But, …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-marriage-is-under-attack-now-more-than-ever-before?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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“God Is” Retreat November 1

GOD Is-Day of Renewal

There will be a God Is day of renewal on Saturday, November 1 from 7:30am and closing with the 4pm Mass in St Mary Church in Freeport, IL. The event will be held at the Holy Family Community Center. It will be available in English and Spanish.

There will be adoration time, discussion sessions, talks, skits, Mass, Confessions and good fellowship in this retreat. It will renew your relationship with Jesus in a fun way and help you find a new appreciation of the Sacraments. Come with us and discover our faith in a new way!