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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis offered prayers for young people, and especially young Catholic scholars, on Wednesday, the day before the liturgical feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas.A Dominican priest and Doctor of the Church, whose influence on Catholic theology and on intellectual history in the West is rivalled only by that of St. Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of Catholic schools.Addressing young people, the sick, and newlyweds at the end of his weekly General Audience on Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said, “Let [St. Thomas’] example push you, dear young people, to see in Jesus the one merciful life teacher.” He went on to say, “May his intercession obtain for you, dear sick people, serenity and peace in the mystery of the Cross.” Pope Francis also prayed, “May his doctrine be an encouragement for you, dear newlyweds, to entrust yourselves to the wisdom of the heart, that you might fulfil your missi...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis had words of encouragement for the work of Austria’s Independent Commission for the Protection of Victims on Wednesday. The Independent Commission is a free and autonomous civil society institution that acts on behalf of all victims of abuse and violence in the church and society in Austria.The Holy Father welcomed the members of the Commission, who were present together with the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn following the main catechesis in St. Peter’s Square.The Pope said, “The Lord never abandons us,” and added, “let us allow ourselves to be transformed by His merciful love for us, that we might become true children of God.”
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke about God’s mercy throughout history, and in our own day.Listen to Christopher Wells' report:  In his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis noted that the Lord always accompanied the people of Israel, and showed how God continues to work in our own time as well.He pointed to the story of Joseph and his brothers as an example of grace and reconciliation, and said the Jubilee Year of Mercy was a good opportunity to reconcile with family members.The example of Moses, who led the Israelites from slavery to freedom, shows that “mercy cannot remain indifferent in the face of the suffering of the oppressed, the cry of those subject to violence, reduced to slavery, condemned to death.” Suffering is a reality in every age, a reality that can make us feel impotent, and tempt us to indifference. But, Pope Francis said, “God is not indifferent, He never looks away from human suffering.” The God of mercy hea...
(Vatican Radio) The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson,  sent a catechesis to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress taking place in Cebu, Philippines.The address was delivered by the Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, Antonio Ledesma, SJ.The full text of the address follows: “The Eucharist and the Care for Creation” CatechesisCebu, 27 January 2016Cardinal Peter K.A. TurksonPresidentDelivered by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma S.J.Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro IntroductionI have been assigned a topic that invites us to delve into the depths of what it means to be truly Catholic. I say this because, as you well know, in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church the Fathers at the Second Vatican Council called the Eucharist the “summit and source” of the Christian life.[i] The Eucharist is a multifaceted jewel set in the very crown of Catholicism. A jewel can be viewed from many angles, seen with the ...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects - but he also says the war is already being lost....
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The latest on the fight against the Zika virus that health officials suspect is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil. (All times local):...
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Military authorities responded Tuesday to a report of gunshots at a building on the campus Naval Medical Center San Diego....
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis held talks with Iran's president at the Vatican Tuesday, calling on Tehran to play a key role in stopping the spread of terrorism as Iran tries to improve its image in the global arena following an agreement on its nuclear program....
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Iran's president and Pope Francis have exchanged gifts and wishes for hope and prayers after they met privately at the Vatican....
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization says it suspects a link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a rare birth defect that gives babies abnormally small heads, but says so far the evidence is "circumstantial" and more research is needed....
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