Pope Francis: We can’t fool Jesus

Rome, Italy, Mar 9, 2015 / 09:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians cannot hide their lives from Jesus, Pope Francis has said. Instead, they must recognize their sins and trust in the mercy of God. During the season of Lent, the Pope said, we should ask ourselves: “Does Jesus trust me, or do I lie to him?” Do I behave as a Catholic who then “lives as a pagan?” One might say “Jesus does not know, no one will tell him.” But he knows. “We cannot fool … [Read more...]

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Marginalizing women leads to sterile society, says Pope

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2015 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women across the globe received a special greeting on Sunday from Pope Francis, who stressed the importance of their unique perspectives on the world. “A world where women are marginalized is a sterile world,” the Pope said during his address  to the crowds who had gathered in St. Peter's Square to take part in the recitation of the Angelus with the Pope. “Not only do women carry life,” he said, … [Read more...]

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Let Jesus cleanse your heart, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2015 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis drew a penitential lesson from Jesus’ Cleansing of the Temple, encouraging Christians to allow Jesus to drive out  “all the behaviors that are against God, against our neighbor, and against ourselves.”“Does the Lord feel at home in my life? Do we allow Him to ‘cleanse’ our hearts and to drive out the idols, those attitudes of cupidity, jealousy, worldliness, envy, hatred, those habits … [Read more...]

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In Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple, Pope Francis sees a lesson about the liturgy

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2015 / 06:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus’ cleansing of the moneychangers from the Temple is a reminder to Christians of the need for “authentic worship” and “conformity between liturgy and life,” Pope Francis said. The Pope warned against entering the “Lord’s House” while behaving in a way contrary to “justice, honesty, and charity toward one’s neighbor.” Worship and liturgical celebrations, he explained … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Jesus is waiting for us

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2015 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What’s so important about an encounter? Pope Francis thinks one encounter is key to everything.   “Everything in our life, today as at the time of Jesus, begins with an encounter,” the Pope said at a March 7 audience. Christ is always there first: “when we arrive, He is there waiting.” He reflected on the life of Monsignor Luigi Giussani, founder of the Communion and Liberation movement. His life was … [Read more...]

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A man captured by Christ: The legacy of Father Giussani 10 years on

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2015 / 02:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten years after the death of Father Luigi Giussani, founder of the global fraternity Communion and Liberation, the priest's life continues to shed light on man's deepest questions, his biographer says. What still strikes the world about Fr. Giussani is “his humanity, definitely,” Alberto Savorana told CNA Feb. 27. “A humanity that since he was a little boy had been seized by a very important encounter on a day … [Read more...]

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Church unity is found in Christ, Eucharist, Pope Francis tells bishops

Vatican City, Mar 6, 2015 / 12:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday reminded bishops to turn their sights to the Eucharist – rather than themselves – as the source of unity for the Church. “The bishop does not gather people around himself, or his own ideas, but around Christ, present in his word and in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood,” the Pope said Mar. 4 during an audience with bishops taking part this week in a gathering of the Focolare … [Read more...]

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