The upcoming encyclical: “An important event in the life of the universal church”

View image | gettyimages.com A couple of high profile people have been talking about the pope’s upcoming encyclical on the environment and climate change.  Of course, nobody talking about it has even read the document, so it’s impossible to know what it contains. But what we do know right now is that the ideas expressed in an encyclical—any encyclical—are [Read More...]

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Pope Francis cautions against faith based on “predicted visions”

Perhaps another hint of what may be coming on the Medjugorje front? From National Catholic Register: Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself. In his June 9 daily Mass at the [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: decision on Medjugorje coming soon

From Catholic News Agency:  When asked by a Bosnian journalist about the status of his decision on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje on his flight from Sarajevo to Rome, Pope Francis said that after a lengthy study, a decision could be coming soon.“We’re at this point of making decisions … and then they will be [Read More...]

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Pope leads Corpus Christi procession, honors persecuted Christians

From Catholic News Agency: Persecuted Christians were remembered during Thursday’s Corpus Christi procession in Rome, where Pope Francis told the thousands taking part to walk and pray in unity with those who cannot express their faith so openly. “Let us feel united with them: sing with them, give praise with them, worship with them,” the [Read More...]

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Let us prey: scammers ripping off faithful who want to see Pope Francis in U.S.

View image | gettyimages.com Take note: We received an email from a parishioner at Good Shepherd in Andover, who said her priest, on Sunday, warned the congregation about sham letters. Letters offering tickets for sale to see Pope Francis. “Our priest told us to throw away any letter we received telling us we could get [Read More...]

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Here it is: the winning design for the altar at Washington’s papal Mass

From The Catholic Standard:  Because the crowd of people who will gather at Pope Francis’s open air Mass in Washington in September won’t be able to experience the interior beauty of the Basilica of the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception during the Mass, the winning students of the altar design contest decided to bring [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: Civilization is measured by its ability to protect life

From Vatican Radio: “The degree of progress of a civilization is measured by its ability to protect life, especially in its most fragile stages.” These were the words of Pope Francis during an audience with the Science and Life Association, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary. The Holy Father began by thanking them for their [Read More...]

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Report: Pope’s new encyclical to be called “Laudato sii”

Catholic News Agency reports: Taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” prayer praising God for creation, the likely name of the Pope’s upcoming encyclical was informally announced just weeks before its anticipated publication.Fr. Giuseppe Costa, director of the Vatican Publishing House, reportedly announced the encyclical’s title during the delivery of the Cardinal [Read More...]

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Massachusetts high school to be named for Pope Francis

It’s believed to be a first. Details:  The new name of the combining Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools has been announced: Pope Francis High School. The name of the school was chosen by a group of Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic students working with school officials. The recommendation was accepted Friday by Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski. “The [Read More...]

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Philadelphia to install new mural honoring Pope Francis

It’s timed to coincide with the World Meeting of Families, ‘natch. Details from Philly.com: Officials unveiled a rendering for the mural, which will be displayed at the future location at St. Malachy School at 1012 W. Thompson St., on Thursday. The announcement of the mural comes just less than four months in advance of the [Read More...]

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