From the Holy Father

 

(Vatican Radio - 2017-06-18) In a sunny St Peter’s Square on Sunday Pope Francis recalled the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi. The Holy Father reminded the pilgrims and tourists present that Jesus states that he is “the living bread which has descended from heaven.

 

Pope Francis has opened the way to declare as saints those who, following in the footsteps and teachings of Jesus, freely choose to give their lives for others in situations that they know will lead to their certain death. He has opened the way to declare as saints those who, following in the footsteps and teachings of Jesus, freely choose to give their lives for others in situations that they know will lead to their certain death.

As I began reading through his pointed reflections on each one of Paul’s descriptors of love—patient, at the service of others, not jealous, not boastful—I suddenly found a letter that was written to me and for me, and I cannot help but think that many others will have a similar experience.

I would dare suggest that chapter four will constitute the enduring legacy of this letter, and the reason people will go back to it ten or twenty years from now.

The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church. As the Synod Fathers noted, for all the many signs of crisis in the institution of marriage, “the desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people, and this is an inspiration to the Church”. As a response to that desire, “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed”.

The Bishop of Portsmouth has described the Pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia as a “magnificent” document, “breathtaking in scope”, and urged everyone, “clergy and people”, to read and study it.

But Bishop Philip Egan clarified that it did not change Church teaching on the subject of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried.

The breath of God’s life saves us from this asphyxia that dampens our faith, cools our charity and strangles every hope,” Pope Francis said during Ash Wednesday Mass.

"Lent lives within this dynamic: Christ precedes us with his exodus and we cross the desert, thanks to him and behind him," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent.

When asked if giving money to people begging on the street was the right thing to do since they might spend it on alcohol or drugs, Pope Francis replied that we should instead ask ourselves "what do you do on the sly? What 'happiness' do you seek in secret?"

The central theme of today’s Gospel is conversion-penance. The clue is given by two events that actually happened in Jesus’ time and that are found only in the Gospel of St. Luke.

“How many parents say they are Catholics, but never have time to talk to their children, to play with their children, to listen to their children”.

“It is not the rock that gets its name from Peter, but Peter that gets it from the rock, just as the name Christ does not derive from the Christian, but the name Christian derives from Christ”

When the Apostles asked the Lord to teach them to pray, Jesus responded, “When you pray, say ‘Father…’” This word, “Father,” the Pope said, is the “secret” of the prayer of Jesus

Teenagers will not find happiness by downloading a smartphone app or acting like a movie star, Pope Francis has said as part of the Vatican’s weekend celebration of young people.

Dear young people from throughout Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania!  I also bless your countries, your hopes and your journey to Krakow, praying that it will be a pilgrimage of faith and fraternity.