Pope Francis Gets a White Rose of His Very Own

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Visitors to the Vatican Gardens and the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo will soon enjoy the fragrance of roses. Two French rose growers have come together to cultivate a new variety of white rose, which they have named "Pope Franciscus" in honor of the pontiff. Croix Dominique and Jacques Ranchon, horticulturists from Bourg-Argenal in the Loire region, developed the new rose. The breeders then sought permission to name the rose in honor of Pope Francis. In March 2014, they sent a … [Read more...]

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St. Teresa of Avila’s “Prayer for a Busy Life”

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Prayer for a Busy Life by St. Teresa of Avila"Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world.Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world."Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you.All things are passing; God never changes.Patience obtains all things.He who possesses God lacks nothing: God … [Read more...]

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Wise Advice from St. Peter Regelado

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Do you remember when Pope Francis spoke of the Church as a field hospital for sinners?  In a September 2013 interview which was published in Jesuit publications worldwide, the Holy Father said: “I see the Church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds. ... And you have to start from the … [Read more...]

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