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Pontiff makes quick trip to Castel Gandolfo

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:11
Pope Francis made a quick visit to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo on Sunday, November 16. The Pontiff blessed two sculptures by the Argentine artist Alejandro Marmo, ...

Pakistan: Christian arrested for blasphemy, 2 arrested for lynching Christian couple

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:00
Police in Lahore, Pakistan, have announced the arrest of a Christian man who had been on the run since 2011, when he was accused of blasphemy. Qaiser Ayub, who had been a ...

Foster family life, Pope tells Zambia's bishops

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:55
Pope Francis paid tribute to the growth of the Church in Zambia and encouraged the nation's bishops to promote family life. "I am convinced that the weakening of [family] bonds is ...

Pontiff: marriage is the permanent union of a man and a woman

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:48
Pope Francis reflected on sexual complementarity within marriage in an address to a conference sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The "complementarity of man ...

Pope Francis confirms trip to Philadelphia

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 06:39
Addressing a conference sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis said on November 17 that "I wish to confirm that, God willing, in September of 2015, I ...

Pope laments violence against refugees

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 05:55
Following his November 16 Angelus address, Pope Francis lamented the recent violence against refugees in Rome. "In these days in Rome there have been very strong tensions between ...

Pope Francis: the treasures of the Gospel are not to be kept to oneself

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 05:01
Reflecting on the parable of the talents (Mt. 25:14-30), which he urged those assembled in St. Peter's Square to read, Pope Francis said in his November 16 Angelus address that the ...

Monday, November 17, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

All human life is sacred, Pope emphasizes in address to doctors

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:32
Emphasizing that all human life is sacred, Pope Francis addressed the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors and lamented abortion, euthanasia, and immoral reproductive technologies. ...

Holy See diplomat urges nations to implement weapons treaty

Catholic News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 04:02
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's leading diplomat at UN offices in Geneva, urged states that have signed a 1980 weapons treaty to implement it, lest it risk becoming a dead ...

"THE NECESSITY OF PRAYING ALWAYS" - One Bread, One Body, Nov 17, 2014

St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5 | Psalm 1:1-4, 6 | Luke 18:35-43

"Jesus asked him, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' " —Luke 18:40-41

Jesus spoke of "the necessity of praying always and not losing heart" (Lk 18:1). We are to never stop praying (1 Thes 5:17). Many centuries ago, a Christian went on pilgrimage and asked holy person after holy person how it could be possible to ... More

Sunday, November 16, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

NOT GOOD, NOT BETTER, BUT BEST - One Bread, One Body, Nov 16, 2014

33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 | 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 | Psalm 128:1-5 | Matthew 25:14-30

"Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your master's joy!" —Matthew 25:21

The Lord doesn't call us to do good. "No one is good but God alone" (Mk 10:18). He doesn't call us to do better — better than others or even better than before. The Lord doesn't like to compare. He simply wants us to do our best. Our best may ... More

Saturday, November 15, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

DRIVING A CONVERT-ABLE - One Bread, One Body, Nov 15, 2014

3 John 5-8 | Psalm 112:1-6 | Luke 18:1-8

"Listen to what the corrupt judge has to say." —Luke 18:6

More people than ever respect "neither God nor man" (Lk 18:2). These people are powerfully continuing and promoting great injustices. They "care little for God or man" (Lk 18:4). They are "lovers of self and of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, ... More

The Elderly - Pope Francis, Shepherd of Truth

"A TIME OF GRACE"
In a special way, old age is a time of grace, in which the Lord renews His call to us; He calls us to safeguard and transmit the faith, He calls us to pray, especially to intercede; He calls us to be close to those in need .... The elderly, grandparents have the ability to understand the most difficult of situations: a great ability! And when they pray for these situations, their prayer is strong; it is powerful! More

Peru's President Humala meets with Pontiff

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:06
Pope Francis met on November 14 with president Ollanta Moises Humala Tasso of Peru. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting indicated that the conversation had revolved ...

Milan archdiocese apologizes for suggestion to keep tabs on gender-related school programs

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:03
The Archdiocese of Milan has apologized for a letter suggesting that religion teachers should report on any school programs related to homosexuality or gender issues. Father Gian ...

Full schedule set for Pope's January visit to Sri Lanka, Philippines

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:57
The Vatican has announced the full schedule for a January trip by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The Pontiff will leave Rome on Monday evening, January 12, to fly to ...

Put people before profits, Pope urges accountants' group

Catholic News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:49
Christians in the financial world must resist the "strong temptation to defend one's own interests without worrying about the common good, without paying too much attention to justice and ...
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