Pope Francis: “Jesus is the bread of life”

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged the faithful to look beyond material needs and turn to Jesus who is “the bread of life”. The Pope’s words came as he addressed the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus. Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni: Taking his cue from the Gospel reading […]

Pope: St Theresa of Avila source of truth and values

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a letter of greeting and encouragement to participants of an Interuniversity Congress on Saint Theresa of Avila. The letter, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Holy Father, expresses gratitude to the Academic world for highlighting the relevance of Saint Theresa’s teachings. Organized […]

Pope: Don’t Be Too Embarrassed to Go to Confession

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By Kathleen Naab Pope Francis today in the Angelus address referred to an annual feast celebrated each Aug. 2 in Assisi, the Feast of Pardon, and exhorted the faithful to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation and receive Communion. The Feast of Pardon attracts thousands to Assisi each Aug. 2. The feast originates with the acc… […]

Pope: Perspective of Eternal Life Helps Us Through Hard Days

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By Kathleen Naab Drawing from today’s Gospel from the Bread of Life discourse found in St. John’s Gospel, Pope Francis is encouraging the faithful to keep their sights on heaven and go beyond the preoccupations of daily life. The Pope said this today in his address before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in […]

Angelus: On the Bread of Life

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By Staff Reporter Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. This Sunday we continue reading the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. After the multiplication of the loaves… […]

Gospel for 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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By Staff Reporter When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to […]

Analysis: Exploiting the Vulnerable

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By Father John Flynn, LC How to deal with the problem of human trafficking is receiving ample attention both from the Church and civil leaders in recent times. Last week the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences held a two-day workshop in the Vatican on “Modern Slavery and Climate Change.” Attended by mayors of […]

First funerals of Mexico truck tragedy take place

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(Vatican Radio) The first funerals of Mexico’s truck tragedy which killed 27 pilgrims, have been taking place. Pope Francis has sent his condolences after the tragedy on Wednesday in the town of Mazapil. In a telegram to the Bishop of Zacatecas, Sigifredo Noriega Barceló, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said Pope Francis was […]

Pope to hold extra General Audiences during Year of Mercy

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(Vatican Radio) The month of August promises to be a busy one for Pope Francis who is scheduled to be involved in a series of public events. Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, told Vatican Radio that the Pope will meet publically with the faithful in numerous occasions during the summer month and […]

New Armenian Catholic patriarch pulled from retirement to take the reins

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Beirut, Lebanon, Aug 1, 2015 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare move, the Armenian Catholic Church has pulled their new patriarch from out of retirement to take on the role as their new head. Church leaders cited his energy and authority as necessary when dealing with current issues, particularly those in the Middle […]