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May you bring to all the joy and hope of the Risen Christ!

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HOMILY for the EPIPHANY


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Pope Francis' Message for 50th World Day of Peace

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The World Day of Peace is January 1, 2017

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POPE SHARES A SPECIAL PRAYER HE PRAYS AT NIGHT


Curious how Pope Francis ends his day? Well, he shared this personal detail during today’s General Audience (6-22-16).
This morning in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father continued his catechesis for the Holy Year of Mercy, turning to Jesus’ healing of the leper (Lk 5:12-14).
Francis recalled that at Jesus’ time, lepers were considered unclean and bound by law to avoid contact with others. Saint Luke tells of one leper, moved by faith, who did not fear to pass among the crowds and beg Jesus to cleanse him.
“All that this man does and says, [this man] who was considered impure, is an expression of his faith!” Francis said, noting he recognizes the power of Jesus, certain of His power to cure him.
“The leper’s supplication,” the Pope explained, “shows that when we present ourselves to Jesus, long speeches are not necessary. A few words suffice, though accompanied by full confidence in His omnipotence and in His goodness. In fact, to entrust ourselves to the will of God means to submit to His infinite mercy.”
The Pope then departed from his text, saying he wanted to share something personal with those present.
“In the evening, before going to bed, I pray this brief prayer: ‘Lord, if you will, you can cleanse me!’ And I pray five ‘Our Fathers,’ one for each wound of Jesus, because Jesus has purified us with His wounds.”
“But if I do this, you can also do it at home,” Francis encouraged, telling them to say: ‘Lord, if you will, you can cleanse me!’ As one does this, Francis said, “Think of Jesus’ wounds and say an Our Father for each one of them, for Jesus always listens to us.”


Pope Francis Canonizes 2 New Heroes of the Church

Pope Francis has made two founders of religious orders canonized saints.
On Sunday morning, July 5th, the Holy Father canonized Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Swedish Lutheran convert who established the Bridgettine order in her nation, and Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, who founded the Marians of the Immaculate Conception during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

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Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation

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STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. CAP. REGARDING

POPE FRANCIS’ APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION, AMORIS LAETITIA








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URBI et ORBI MESSAGE


Thank You, Holy Father for three great years!
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"PRAY for ME!"



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Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy

The Holy Father's announcement was greeted with an applause by those present in the Basilica.
"I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, so that they can animate as a new step in the path of the Church in its mission of bringing the Gospel of mercy to each person," he said.
"I am convinced that the whole Church can find in this Jubilee the joy to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to each man and each woman of our time. We entrust it to the Mother of Mercy, so that She may turn towards us Her gaze and watch over our path."
According to the Holy See Press Office, the Jubilee Year of Mercy takes place on the 50thanniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. "This is of great significance, for it impels the Church to continue the work begun at Vatican II," a communique from the Holy See stated.
The official and solemn announcement of the Holy Year will take place on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12th.
While an ordinary Jubilee year is celebrated every 25 years, an extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an event of significant importance. The last ordinary Jubilee took place in the year 2000 while the last extraordinary year was proclaimed in 1983 by John Paul II.
Throughout his pontificate, mercy has been a major theme close to the Pope's heart; his episcopal motto –Miserando atque eligendo – refers to the merciful gaze of Christ towards St. Matthew upon choosing him.






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