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Pope at Santa Marta: Find the Living Jesus in the Gospel

(Vatican Radio) We need to proclaim the Gospel with humility not with ‘wise words’ because Jesus Himself is the power of the Word of God, and only those who have an open heart can receive Him said Pope Francis Monday morning, as he resumed his daily mass at Santa Marta after the summer break.

Emer McCarthy reports, listen: 

Commenting on the readings of the day, the Pope explained what the Word of God is and how we should receive it. St. Paul reminds the Corinthians that does not proclaim the Gospel based on persuasive words of wisdom.

Bartholomew I announces June Environmental Summit

(Vatican Radio) In a letter to the Orthodox world marking the new Ecclesiastical New Year, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I has announced an Environmental Summit next June on the theme of “Theology, Ecology, and the Word: a conversation on environment, literature and the arts.”

Pope at Angelus: care for creation and Gospel values

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday called on the faithful and all people of good will to have greater care for creation. His appeal was offered to mark the Italian Bishops’ Day for the Safeguarding of Creation initiative, which the bishops have this year chosen to focus on educating in the care for creation. “I hope,” said Pope Francis, “that everyone – institutions, associations and citizens – will strengthen their efforts, so as to safeguard the life and health of people by respecting the environment and nature.”

Pope Francis calls priest serving at Iraqi refugee camp

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called a priest at a refugee camp in Iraq to express his closeness to the persecuted Christians who have taken refuge there and to promise his continued support.

Catholic legislators urged ‘to be leaven in the world’

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who heads the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, shared a message on Friday with participants of the fifth annual conference of the International Catholic Legislators Network.

The Aug. 28-31 conference, held outside of Rome in Frascati, gathered Catholic parliamentarians from around the world to discuss the promotion of Christian values and morals in the political arena. His English-language message included a greeting from Pope Francis.

The closeness of the pastor - Pope Francis receives the parish priest from Gaza

They are a minority, but like all the other people of Gaza they have
suffered because of the conflict. They have been sustained by the certainty of
being part of the universal Church and of feeling the solicitude and care of
the Pope and the solidarity and prayers of Christians throughout the world. Fr
Jorge Hernández Zanni of the Institute of the Incarnate Word spoke about them
in this interview with our newspaper.

What are your first
impressions after your meeting with the Pope?

Scotland’s Archbishops urge participation in upcoming referendum on Scottish independence

(Vatican Radio)  Scotland’s two Catholic archbishops are urging participation in the upcoming referendum on independence for Scotland scheduled for September 18th.  They also are asking Catholics to engage with the issues being raised in the campaign period leading up to the vote.  Archbishops Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will distribute pastoral messages on the referendum to be read at all Masses during the weekend of 30-31 August.


Please find below the two archbishops’ statements and the full text of their pastoral messages:

Mideast’s Church leaders denounce ISIS for ‘crimes against humanity’

The Patriarchs and Church leaders of Eastern rite churches have again denounced what they call “crimes against humanity”  committed by Islamic State (formerly ISIS) militants in Iraq and Syria.  Meeting outside Beirut, Lebanon, the Patriarchs condemned the persecution and killings of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, saying the continued existence of Christians in the region is being threatened by the jihadi group’s campaign of terror.

"La Cachita" finds a home in the Vatican gardens

(Vatican Radio) Affectionately known as "La Cachita", Cuba's beloved Virgin of Charity of El Cobre has been given a place of honour in the Vatican gardens. 

In a ceremony presided over by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a replica of the image of the "Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre", the Patron Saint of Cuba, was located in the Vatican.

A delegation of Cuban bishops, who brought the statue as a gift to Pope Francis, was present for the ceremony. 

Card Vegliò: action is needed to defend minorities in Iraq

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, to discuss the plight of those fleeing the Islamist violence in Iraq. The so-called Islamic State controls large areas of both Syria and Iraq, and has been conducting a campaign of terror, especially against religious minorities, including Christians.

Cardinal Vegliò told Vatican Radio the Pope said the Church must be in the forefront  in efforts to  defend the weak. 


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