Dear Brothers and Sisters: With the opening of the Holy Door yesterday in Saint Peter’s, we inaugurated the Jubilee of Mercy. This extraordinary Holy Year reminds us that, amid profound changes in our world, the Church is called to bear convincing witness to God’s mercy, which alone can triumph over human sin and bring true freedom. God’s mercy, made present in our midst by the incarnation of his Son, is the very heart of the Gospel.
First of all, I want to say how glad I am to be here with you today. I greet you most warmly, those who have come to Saint Mary’s University from Catholic schools and colleges across the United Kingdom, and all who are watching on television and via the internet. I thank Bishop McMahon for his gracious welcome, I thank the choir and the band for the lovely music which began our celebration, and I thank Miss Bellot and Elaine for her kind words on behalf of all the young people present. In view of London’s forthcoming Olympic Games, it has been a pleasure to inaugurate this Sports Foundation, named in honour of Pope John Paul II, and I pray that all who come here will give glory to God through their sporting activities, as well as bringing enjoyment to themselves and to others.
Chapel of St Mary’s University College
I am pleased to have this opportunity to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution made by religious men and women in this land to the noble task of education. I thank the young people for their fine singing, and I thank Sister Teresa for her words. To her and to all the dedicated men and women who devote their lives to teaching the young, I want to express sentiments of deep appreciation. You form new generations not only in knowledge of the faith, but in every aspect of what it means to live as mature and responsible citizens in today’s world.
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: path of forgiveness and mercy
Vatican City, 12 April 2015 (VIS) – The Pope presided at the first vespers of the second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday – in St. Peter's Basilica at 5.30 p.m. yesterday, Saturday 11 April. The celebration included the consignment and reading of the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, to begin on 8 December 2015 and to close on 16 November 2016.
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CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER AND DISEASE
Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 22, 2015
M E S S A G E
Theme: Animation to Promote Life and Light
Our country has many stories of people turning from rags to riches and they are increasing day by day. Opportunities came their way which enabled them to explore possibilities and take initiatives. Those who have access to opportunities can dream, yes, even beyond their known capacities, when they are sustained either by the community or by well-meaning persons and support systems.
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
With joy I welcome the Pontifical Council for the Laity gathered for this Plenary Assembly. I thank the Cardinal President for his words to me.
The time since your last Plenary has been a busy period, full of apostolic initiatives. In them you have adopted the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Guadium as the programmatic text and compass to guide your reflection and your work. The year just begun will mark a very important date: the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. In this regard, I know that you are appropriately preparing to to commemorate the publication of the Decree on the Lay Apostolate Apostolicam Actuositatem. I encourage this initiative, which looks not only to the past but to the present and the future of the Church.
“Have the courage to be happy”
Dear Young Friends,
We continue our spiritual pilgrimage toward Krakow, where in July 2016 the next international World Youth Day will be held. As our guide for the journey we have chosen the Beatitudes. Last year we reflected on the beatitude of the poor in spirit, within the greater context of the Sermon on the Mount. Together we discovered the revolutionary meaning of the Beatitudes and the powerful summons of Jesus to embark courageously upon the exciting quest for happiness. This year we will reflect on the sixth beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”.
“I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
We, the 140 members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India gathered for the 27th Plenary Assembly at St.John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru from3-9 February, 2015,wish to convey our greetings of joy, peace and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ to our Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and all People of Good Will.
In the light of the theme of the Plenary Assembly, “Liturgy and Life”, we deliberated upon liturgical renewal in the Church in India and reflected on the intrinsic relationship of liturgy to the life of the People of God. We were encouraged and inspired by the message of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to our Conference in which, quoting Evangelii Gaudium 24, he invites us to reflect that “the Church evangelizes and is herself evangelized through the beauty of the liturgy, which is both a celebration of the task of evangelization and the source of her renewed self-giving”.
“Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.
HOLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION
C/o Caritas Goa, Instituto Nossa Senhora de Piedade,
D. B. Marg Road Panjim Goa - 403001
Ref No.CG/Holy/Childhood/Nat/108 12th January 2015
The Parish Priest/Chaplains,
Rectors, Superiors, Administrators/Managers
and Heads of Educational & Other Institutions,
Archdiocese of Goa & Daman.
Dear Rev. Father, Sisters, Brother, Madam, Sir,
Greetings to each and every one of you, your Community and your Collaborators.
HOLY CHILDHOOD DAY this year is celebrated on Sunday, 15th February 2015
Theme: LIVE YOUR FAITH SHARING IT WITH OTHERS
Holy Childhood Association is one of the four sections of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The primary aim of the Association is to inculcate a vibrant Missionary Spirit in children, especially where children share their faith with children suffering in many ways.