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Pope Francis: General Audience English summary

Vatican Today (VIS) - 0 sec ago
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian hope at his Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square. Please find below the official English-language summary:   Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, I would now like to reflect on how we teach the virtue of hope.  So I will speak directly, person to person, especially to our young people, with a few words of guidance and encouragement.  First and foremost, wherever the Lord has planted you, stand firm in hope; never lose heart!  Trust in God’s fatherly care, the love of Jesus and the power of the Spirit to transform and renew all things.  Never yield to the negativity that tears things and people down, but keep building, trying to make this world conform ever more fully to God’s plan.  Keep your eyes open to the beauty all around you, keep the lamp of faith burning in your heart, and trust in the fulfilment of God’s promises.  Use your God-given gifts of mind and heart to help our human family to grow in freedom, justice and dignity.  Jesus has won the victory and he asks us to follow his example by bringing his love and mercy to a world wounded by sin, hatred and division.  Be faithful to your ideals, get up whenever you fall, and never despair.  In a word: live, love and believe!  And with God’s grace, be beacons of hope to all around you. (from Vatican Radio)...

Myanmar leader condemns human rights violations in speech on Rohingya

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya while broadly condemning human rights violations.

'New Pro-Life Movement' co-founder loses job, attacked online

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Rebecca Bratten Weiss believes the same colleagues who gathered "evidence" for a LifeSiteNews article targeting her also contributed to the loss of Steubenville adjunct contract.

Don't look away; be moved by tragedy and help, pope says

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
"Compassion is an emotion that engages, it is a feeling from the heart, from the gut," affecting one's entire being, the pope said Sept. 19 during morning Mass.

German theologian: Reformation meant different things in different eras

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
How Protestants regarded Martin Luther has evolved as the Reformation he engendered has likewise evolved, according to German Catholic theologian Father Peter Neuner. 

Pope, Bolivian bishops discuss rise of 'parallel' churches

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Pope Francis urged the bishops of Bolivia to faithfully guide their flocks as breakaway groups comprised of former priests and seminarians are gaining ground in the country.

St. Louis' Catholics push for peace, in city roiled again by race

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Archbishop Robert Carlson will lead an interfaith prayer service Sept. 19 in St. Louis, a city on edge from the acquittal of a white police officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a black man in 2011.

Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges they face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute and changing its name.

Pope praises Rome's first interreligious half-marathon

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Pope Francis praised the first ever "multireligious" half-marathon in Rome, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, after thousands of runners participated.

Morning Briefing

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Morning Briefing: Call to suspend deacons gets cool reception; South Sudan's religious renew strength; Mike Huckabee and the rise of Christian media; Nun rock band

Links for 09/19/17

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: what single-payer health care has going for it; Cupich bans guns from Chicago churches; a "pro-lifeish" Democrat.

My parents opened the door to the unmerited gift of grace

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Soul Seeing: The reward-punishment dynamic was so pervasive in life that the extra jolt of my parents' acceptance for who I was simply felt good, though unnamed and unexplained.

'Holy chow' teaches us to behave politically about food

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Eco Catholic: Whether the issue is city councils and trans fats, fast food jobs for inner-city teens, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks or the fear many have that they (and America) are permanently fat, what we eat matters. What we put into our body has an impact on our bodies and much, much more. 

Francis, the comic strip

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Francis, the comic strip: It seems Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the comic strip, picks up on that cue.

Irish call to suspend deacon ordinations gets cool reception

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Fr. Roy Donovan of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland said the church should wait on ordaining deacons pending a commission's study on women deacons, but American clerics and a Canadian deacon NCR contacted said the idea is unfair to deacons already on the path to ordination and misconstrues their role.

A train ride reveals the beauty of human diversity

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
NCR Today: As I savor the richness of the company on the Washington, D.C., Metro every day, it's a wonderful motivator to pray for the incredible variety of human beings.

Governing requires prayer, wisdom, counsel, pope says

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Those who govern are called to be humble and serve the good of the people God entrusts to them rather than the interests of their party or themselves, Pope Francis said.

Philippine priest, kidnapped in May, freed

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
A senior Philippine priest taken hostage by Islamic State-inspired militants in the southern city of Marawi has been freed after almost four months of captivity.

In Bolivia, when the water dries up, so does the economy

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
Lake Poopo dried up three years ago, and 30 million fish died almost overnight. Along with the fish went the livelihood of the residents of a few dozen Aymara and Uru communities.

Indian priest says Yemeni captors did him no physical harm

Natl Catholic Reporter - 24 min 12 sec ago
A Catholic priest from India who was freed after being held 18 months in Yemen said Saturday that he was never physically harmed.
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