Pope Francis: Angels Battle for Destiny of Mankind and Win
The angels battle Satan for the destiny of mankind and win. They defend and guard the greatest mystery of the Church: God-made-Man -- even though Satan often presents “humanistic explanations” for his attacks on mankind. This was the focus of Pope Francis' homily at Mass Monday morning at Casa Santa Marta, marking the Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.
Today’s readings present us with very strong images: the vision of the glory of God described by the prophet Daniel with the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, before the Father. The archangel Michael and his angels fight against "the great dragon, the ancient serpent, he who is called the devil" and "seduces all of inhabited earth," but he is defeated, as affirmed by the Book of Revelation;
Healthy through a Miracle: Floribeth Mora Diaz in Munich
Munich, September 22, 2014. Her healing from an aneurysm was recognized as a miracle and made the canonization of Pope John Paul II possible. Floribeth Mora Diaz from Costa Rica will be a guest at the Polish Catholic Community and the Friends of the John Paul II Foundation in Munich on Friday, September 26. Father Stanislaw Plawecki, Head of the
Polish Catholic Community in Munich, will be celebrating Holy Mass in Polish language in honor of Saint John Paul II in the St. Joseph Church in Munich (Josephsplatz 1). Afterwards Mrs. Diaz will tell her story at the St. Joseph parish house (Tengstrasse 7). Following the presentation, which will be translated from Spanish into Polish, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
Pope to Albanian Christians: I Came To Give You Thanks For Your Witness
Thousands of pilgrims waited for Pope Francis' arrival to Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, where he eventually celebrated Mass in Latin and Albanian.
During his homily, the Pope recalled the religious persecution undertaken by the Communist regime in Albania. It lasted four decades and almost swept away the Church's presence in the country.
Pope: Killing in the Name of God is a Great Sacrilege!
"Authentic religion is a source of peace and not of violence! No one must use the name of God to commit violence! To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman".
Pope Francis said these words today, on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the Catholic University of "Our Lady of Good Council" of Tirana during a meeting with representatives from various religious communities: Muslim, Bektashi, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and Jewish.
Pope John Paul II: A Saint for Canada
An engaging and insightful reflection by one of Canada’s leading priests on the Canadian experience of a modern-day saint, Pope John Paul II.
No other pope in history traveled as widely as Pope John Paul II. Although commemorative and memorabilia books abound on his life and travels, few offer such an intimate portrait and reflection from a Canadian perspective of this remarkable papacy. Women and men across Canada were deeply moved by Pope John Paul II’s three visits. His words and witness penetrated the hearts of all, and shaped the Canadian Church for decades to come.
Now from Fr. Thomas Rosica, a man who spent countless hours with the pope and knew him well, comes this remarkable reflection on Pope John Paul II’s visits and teachings to Canadians.