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10 Sep 2014 Vatican Comments (2)

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:53 am .- A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively risky m…

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Pope Francis addresses Vatican Employees on family care issues

  Pope Francis welcomed the employees of the Vatican and the Vatican City State on Monday at the Paul VI hall, to exchange Christmas greetings with them…

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03 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (7)

Is my friend's ability to see the past and future sinful?

Full Question A Catholic friend sometimes has psychic flashes of the past, the future, and of people's souls. This person did not seek this ability and has…

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05 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (7)

Where is the scriptural justification that says I should honor Mary or treat her different from any other woman?

Full Question As an Evangelical, I believe in measuring things against the Bible. Where is the scriptural justification that says I should honor Mary or tr…

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03 Nov 2015 Articles Comments (1)

The 5 Papal Resignations in Catholic History

1. Benedict XVI: Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope on 19th April 2005 as Pope Benedict XVI. He announced his resignation from the Papacy in 11 February 2013 sta…

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01 Sep 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican No comments

Pope Francis proposes new work of mercy: care for our common home

Holy Father makes proposal in message on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Pope Francis is proposing adding care for the environment to the traditio…

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04 Sep 2015 Europe News No comments

Retired bishop assaulted by passenger on a train in Ireland

Bishop Emeritus of Kerry said to be very shaken by the incident Bishop Emeritus Bill Murphy of Kerry was punched in the face last month by a drunken passenge…

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Bishop Cantu: Congo’s bishops working hard to steer nation to peace

Politicians in the country have agreed to move a planned election to April 2018 As the most respected institution in Congo, the Catholic bishops’ conference is…

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11 Feb 2016 Articles No comments

Art for Goodness’ Sake

The Virgin of Humility (1435-1445) by Fra Angelico (Bl. Giovanni da Fiesole). Located in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. How many famous artis…

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The Holy Father gets Celebratory Birthday Cake from the Italian Youths

Born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis celebrated his 79th birthday on Thursday, 17 December, 2015. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17. Pope Francis who became Pope on March 13th 2013  is the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic church.

During his Weekly General Audience on Wednesday, thousands of pilgrims who were gathered in St. Peter’s Square sang birthday wishes for His Holiness, also Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki gave him a birthday cake, in the shape of a Mexican sombrero.

On Thursday, members of the Italian Lay Movement “Azione Cattolica” brought with them a celebratory cake to wish Pope Francis a Happy Birthday. He addressed the youths who were gathered for their annual Christmas audience and thanked them for the cake and well wishes. He went on to bless their commitment to the mission of welcoming migrants and urged them to become missionaries of Christ.

To “journey towards the Lord means to take the good road – not the evil one; it means to put oneself on the road of forgiveness, of peace, of solidarity,” Pope Francis told them.

“In this regard, your initiative in favor of Migrants in the Agrigento diocese is a very good one,” he added.

In Italy in 1905, Azione Cattolica was established as a non-political lay organization under the direct control of bishops. It was established by Pope Pius X after an earlier similar organization.One of their recent projects includes working with migrants, for which Pope Francis offered prayers and blessings.

“So many brothers and sisters of ours who arrive full of hope, but are also wounded and in desperate need of so much, including peace and bread,” the Holy Father noted, asking the movement to continue their contributions to their community and to migrants in need.

Pope Francis urged the youth gathered to be benevolent, saying that they should share with those less fortunate than themselves. He also offered a blessing and greetings to the officials of ‘Azione Cattolica,’ thanking them for their work for the Church.






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