“Be Tender, As God Is Tender,” Pope Francis Tells Priests

“Leave the whip behind in the sanctuary,” Pope Francis told clergy gathered this week for retreat at the Roman Basilica of St. John Lateran. He challenged bishops, priests and deacons to mirror the tenderness of God in their ministries. They are called, the pope explained, to a ministry of tenderness which is “a divine grace.”Speaking about the tenderness of God, the pope recalled Deuteronomy 24—explaining that God, while acknowledging that men's hearts are hardened, nonetheless regards them … [Read more...]

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Americans to Join Pope Francis for Charismatic Conference in Rome

Two Americans, Dr. Ralph Martin, founder of Renewal Ministries, and Patti Mansfield, popular Catholic author and speaker, will join the Holy Father and 52,000 Charismatic Catholics from more than 50 countries on Sunday afternoon, June 1, at the Olympic Stadium of Rome.On that day, Pope Francis—the first pontiff to ever visit a sports stadium in Rome--will participate in the 37th National Assembly of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement. The June 1-2 conference has the theme of "Convert! … [Read more...]

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