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The Five (5) Traits of Pope Francis

Below are the five (5) traits of Pope Francis as identified by Fr Antonio Spadaro: 1. A pontificate of discernment and «incomplete thought» For Pope Francis t…

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Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father …

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Can sanctuary lamps be some color other than red?

Full Question A friend recently told me she was at a Catholic church whose sanctuary lamp was enclosed in glass that was not red. Is this OK? An…

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Olympian who helped fallen competitor says God groomed her to love

An Olympic runner whose sportsmanship drew headlines this week says that her faith in God helps her to find joy in her sport. Abbey D'Agostino, who was raise…

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Can homologous artificial insemination be permitted as a licit treatment for male infertility?

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Can you help me resolve my difficulties with Marian doctrines?

Full Question I am having serious issues with Marian doctrines. I feel the titles the Church gives to her, such as co-redemptrix, mediatrix, and dispenser …

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There Was No Ur-Gospel

Some years ago the mail brought me the latest issues of World, an Evangelical biweekly, and the Christian Research Institute’s Journal, a bimonthly from t…

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08 Oct 2015 News USA Comments (1)

New movement hopes to share the reality of marriage

A new group called the Marriage Reality Movement aims to help Catholics and others renew the vision of marriage in society. “It is about formation for the ev…

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04 Sep 2015 Europe News No comments

Cardinal Nichols urges Britain to be ‘more generous’ to migrants

The cardinal gave an interview to ITV news last night about the growing migrant crisis Britain must be more generous to desperate migrants Cardinal Vincent N…

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The Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis released his first Apostolic Exhortation on November 26. Entitled Evangelii Gaudium — The Joy of the Gospel– it’s perfectly timed for Thanksgiving and Advent, when we count our blessings. Or in some cases need some encouragement to be able to see them.


In it he urges each of us to have done with trying to find joy and comfort anywhere else but in Christ himself:


“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.


The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders.


No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!”


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