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They say parenthood gives us the opportunity to become saints. Ok, I say that.
Vatican City, Aug 28, 2016 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of the Norcia earthquake, Pope Francis again offered prayers and said he hopes to visit the victims. He also reflected on the gospel call to help the poor. “Today, Jesus gives a voice to those without a voice and asks each of us an urgent appeal to open our hearts and make our own the sufferings and anxieties of the poor, the hungry, the marginalized, refugees, those defeated by life, those who are rejected by society and the arrogance of the strongest,” the Pope said during his Angelus message on Sunday. He discussed the gospel parable of a wedding feast where a guest who takes the highest seat of honor must move to the lowest seat when someone of a higher rank arrives. “Jesus makes us understand the necessity of choosing the last place, to search the smallness and obscurity,” Pope Francis said Aug. 28. Pride and vanity are the cause of many evils in the world, the Pope e...
Bogotá, Colombia, Aug 27, 2016 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as God trusts us and expects us to change, we must treat others “never based on fear but on the hope God has in our ability to change,” Pope Francis said in Saturday remarks that rejected the despair of a fractured culture. “Which will it be: hope for change, or fear?” the Pope asked a gathering of Catholic leaders Aug. 27. “The only thing acting out of fear accomplishes is to separate, to divide, to attempt to distinguish with surgical precision one side from the other, to create false security and thus to build walls.” By contrast, acting on the basis of hope for change and conversion is something that “encourages and incites.” He said hope “looks to the future, it makes room for opportunity, and it keeps us moving forward.” Fear-based action bespeaks guilt and punishment, while action based on the hope of transformation “bespeaks trusti...
Vatican City, Aug 26, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however, the former pontiff took the time to chat not only about his successor, but the saints who've accompanied him throughout his life.In the interview, published Aug. 24 in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Benedict said he has been serene and happy since his resignation, and that while there were “smaller and larger difficulties” in his pontificate, there were also “many graces” that came from the fact that he wasn’t alone.“From the beginning I was conscious of my limits and I accepted, as I have always sought to do in my life, in a spirit of obedience,” he said.“I realized that all I had to do I couldn’t do alone and so I was almost forced to put myself in the hands of God, to entrust myself to Jesus, to whom, as I gradually wrote my volume ...
«Non-Violence: A Style of  Politics for Peace». This is  the title of the Message for the 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of Pope Francis.Violence and Peace are at the origin of two opposite ways to building society.The proliferation of hotbeds of violence produces most serious negative social consequences. The Holy Father sums up this situation in the expression: “A Third World War in Pieces”. Peace, by contrast, promotes social positive consequences and it allows the achievement of real progress. Therefore, we should act within what is possible, and negotiate ways of peace even where they seem tortuous and impractical. Thus, non-violence can acquire a more comprehensive and new meaning. It will not only consist of desire, of moral rejection of violence, barriers, destructive impulses, but also of a realistic political method that gives rise to hope.Such a political method is based on the primacy of law. If the rights and the equal dignity of...
(Vatican Radio) In this week's edition of There's More in the Gospel Than Meets the Eye, Jill Bevilacua and Seàn-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections for the Twentysecond Sunday in Ordinary Time.Listen:  GOSPEL       LK 14:1, 7 - 14On a sabbath Jesus went to dineat the home of one of the leading Pharisees,and the people there were observing him carefully.He told a parable to those who had been invited,noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet,do not recline at table in the place of honor.A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him,and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say,‘Give your place to this man,’and then you would proceed with embarrassmentto take the lowest place.Rather, when you are invited,go and take the lowest placeso that when the host comes to you he may say,‘My frien...
Rome, Italy, Aug 26, 2016 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Sister Marjana Lleshi awoke in the early house of Wednesday morning to the violent shaking of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 250 people, devastating several towns in central Italy.Wounded and trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice crumbled to the ground around her, Sr. Lleshi thought for sure that death was imminent, and began sending messages to loved ones telling them goodbye.However, just when her hope had run out and she was ready to let go, she heard the voice of Louis, a young Columbian caregiver assisting at their home for the elderly, calling out for anyone who might still be alive – a voice she refers to as her “angel” from God.“I looked around and saw everything was crumbling,” Sr. Lleshi said in an Aug. 25 interview with SIR, the official news agency of the Italian bishops.She said she had woken up about 30 minutes after the initial shock from the earthquake around 3:30 a.m...
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors Thursday from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area for summer's final days....
Denver, Colo., Aug 25, 2016 / 03:54 am (CNA).- It happened on the most ordinary day, in the most ordinary of places.A woman stood by herself in the back of an airport lounge, flipping distractedly through a magazine while she waited for her flight. Suddenly, she was approached by a 5’0” woman in a blue and white sari.“Hello. My name is Mother Teresa. I just wanted to give you my card.”The religious sister passed her a business card and gave her hand a gentle squeeze before turning and boarding a flight. The woman stared at the card. And then, a smile.This is one of hundreds of testimonies about the life and holiness of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta included in the new book “A Call to Mercy” (Image, 2016). The 384-page book published just weeks ahead of the Calcutta sister’s Sept. 4 canonization.The book gives an exclusive peek into the first and secondhand oral and written testimonies that built Mother Teresa’s cause for sainthood....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Remo Casilli, ReutersBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice incentral Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children whodied Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned hisweekly general audience into a prayer service.Beginning the audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francissaid he had prepared a normal audience talk on how the merciful Jesus is closeto people, but given the devastation in central Italy, he decided to lead therecitation of the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.Later in the day, the Vatican press office said that as aconcrete sign of Pope Francis' concern for the earthquake victims, six Vaticanfirefighters had been sent to Amatrice. They will work under the direction ofthe Italian government emergency services in searching for victims and offeringthem assistance.Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanologyreported the first quake, which registered a magnitude 6....
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