Posts Tagged ‘Church’

A New Era of the Church

What is being proclaimed on this Pentecost Sunday is the dawning of a new era of the Church – the era of the Holy Spirit.
Publish date: 2017 - 6 - 4

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Pope Francis: The Church knows how to welcome and accept, especially those in need of great care

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday (July 12) wrapped up his journey to Latin America by celebrating an open-air Mass at Nu Guazu outside Asuncion on the final day of his visit to Paraguay. In his homily at the Mass which was attended by hundreds of thousands of faithful including many from his native Argentina, the Pope stressed the importance of welcoming others, showing hospitality and warned about the evil of isolation which he said eats away at our life and makes us closed in on ourselves.
Publish date: 2015 - 7 - 17

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Pope Francis: The Church in heaven sustains and guides the earthly Church through her intercession

Pope Francis in his weekly general audience said that the Church on earth is on a pilgrimage to heaven guided by the Lord, who will lead us to the fullness of joy and truth at the end of time. “In today's catechesis we reflect on the Church (that is) on pilgrimage to the kingdom,” the Pope told those present in St. Peter's Square for his November 26 audience.
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 27


Pope Francis: The ministry of the bishop is accepted in obedience

(CNA/EWTN News) During his weekly general audience on Wednesday November 5, Pope Francis said that a Church which does not foster communion with the bishop is unhealthy. In his remarks to the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square, the Pope called on Christian communities to “nurture a sincere and profound communion” with the bishop, “starting […]
Publish date: 2014 - 11 - 6


Pope Francis: Ask the Lord to enable us to be a visible sign of his love for all mankind

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience on October 29, Pope Francis spoke of the visible actions carried out by the Church, explaining that they are an expression of her deeper spiritual reality rooted in the two natures of Christ. “The visible and the invisible of the Church are not opposed, but are rather integrated […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 30


Pope Francis: Christian hope is the joyful expectation of the Lord’s coming

(CNA/EWTN News) In his Wednesday general audience address on October 15, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian hope, saying that it consists in our joyful expectation of the return of its source, Jesus Christ. “Christian hope encompasses the whole person, so it is not a mere desire or an optimism, but the full […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 16


Pope Francis: Charisms are bestowed upon the faithful for the benefit of the whole community

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis dedicated his weekly general audience on October 1 to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, saying that rather than making us better than others, they commission us to serve our brothers and sisters. “A charism is more than a talent or personal quality. It is a grace, a gift that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 10 - 2


Pope Francis: From the moment the Holy Spirit came, the apostles went out to the world

(CNA/EWTN News) At his weekly general audience on September 17, Pope Francis spoke on what it means to evangelize, calling it apostolic work born of an encounter with Christ rather than lifeless efforts from the self-appointed “elect.” Pope Francis offered catechesis to those gathered in the square, reflecting on the words “catholicity” and “apostolic.” The […]
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 18

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Pope Francis: The Church teaches her sons and daughters to be merciful

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on September 10, Pope Francis continued to reflect on the Church as mother, explaining that she teaches us by example how to go to the essential point of the Gospel, which is mercy. “Like a good mother and educator, she focuses on what is essential; and the essential, according […]
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 11


Pope Francis: With nourishment from the Church, we are able to overcome the difficult moments

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience on September 3, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, turning to the aspect of her maternity, of which the Virgin Mary is a model encouraging us to reach out to our brothers and sisters. “The Church is also mother because she cares for her children and guides […]
Publish date: 2014 - 9 - 4


Pope Francis: In South Korea, the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis discussed his recent trip to South Korea in his General Audience address Wednesday August 20, saying its significance is found in the three words memory, hope, and witness. In South Korea “the Church is the guardian of memory and of hope: and is a spiritual family in which adults transmit to […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 21


Pope Francis: The Church is a family that teaches us to live as disciples of the Lord

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience address on June 25, Pope Francis drew attention to how God formed the Church to unify humanity, emphasizing that no one is saved on their own, but rather through the help of others. “Our identity is one of belonging. To say ‘I am Christian’ means to say: ‘I belong […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 26


Pope Francis: God constitutes a people of all those who listen to him and set out on their path, trusting in him

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis stressed the familial nature of the Church at his Wednesday General Audience on June 18, emphasizing God’s desire to form a people through fatherly love. “To speak of the Church is to speak of our mother, of our family,” he said. He said the Church is not a private association or […]
Publish date: 2014 - 6 - 19


Pope Francis: Mary is a model of union with Christ

(CNA/EWTN News) In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting today on the importance of Mary as an example of how to respond to God’s plan with fidelity. “She is also a model of union with Christ, be it in her daily duties, be it in the way of […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 23


Pope Francis: The Church is sent to bring the Gospel to the whole world

(ZENIT) Pope Francis reflected on the apostolic and missionary aspect of the Church during his Wednesday General Audience on October 16. “It is like a river that flows through history, it develops, it irrigates, but the water that flows is always that which comes from the source, from Christ Himself: He is the Risen One, […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 16


Pope Francis: The Church embraces the whole human race

(ZENIT) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Creed in October 9’s General Audience, focusing particularly on the Catholicity of the Church. Pope Francis described the Church as a “House of harmony” and compared this harmony to that of a symphony that, while comprised of different instruments, join together to make a beautiful harmony. Each […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 9

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Pope Francis: The Church orients us on the path of life, indicating the way that leads to maturity

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis returned to the theme of the “Church as our Mother” during his audience catechesis on Wednesday. The Pope’s English language remarks were read out at the Audience. Pope Francis said: The Church accompanies us in mercy, in understanding, never judging us or closing the door, but offering forgiveness to help us […]
Publish date: 2013 - 9 - 18

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Pope Francis: The Church is our Mother

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, September 11. The Holy Father continued his catechetical reflections on the Church, focusing on the image of the Church as Mother. Pope Francis said: Like our Mothers, the Church gives us the gift of life. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, […]
Publish date: 2013 - 9 - 11