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Pope Francis

The Son of God Was Homeless

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by Angel Valdez

Excerpted from Pope Francis’ talk at his meeting with homeless persons at St Patrick’s Parish in Washington, D.C. Saint Joseph had to face some difficult situations in his life. One of them was the time when Mary was about to give birth, to have Jesus. The Bible tells us that, “while they were in Bethlehem,… continue reading

Pope Francis Calls Dorothy Day a Great American In His Speech to Congress

United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. 
Thursday, 24 September 2015 Mr. Vice-President,
 Mr. Speaker,
Honorable Members of Congress,
Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that… continue reading

Sacred Rights: Land, Lodging, and Labor

by Ade Bethune

The following are excerpts from Pope Francis’ address in July in Bolivia to the World Meeting of Popular Movements. The Bible tells us that God hears the cry of his people, and I wish to join my voice to yours in calling for land, lodging and labor for all our brothers and sisters. I said… continue reading

The Beatitudes Are the New Commandments

by Ade Bethune

As Moses had covenanted with God by virtue of the law received on Mount Sinai, so Jesus, from a hill on the shore of the Lake of Galilee, gives to his disciples and to the crowd a new lesson which begins with the Beatitudes. Moses gives the Law on Mount Sinai and Jesus, the new… continue reading

Pope Francis and Peter Maurin on Usury

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Pope Francis Calls Usury a Scourge, a Plague, as Did Peter Maurin On January 29, 2014, Pope Francis greeted the National Council of Anti-Usury Foundations, speaking strongly about the scourge, the plague of usury, the charging of interest, especially exorbitant interest, calling it a dramatic social ill: “I hope that these institutions may intensify their… continue reading

Pope Francis Made His First Trip Outside the Vatican To Visit Migrants

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Where Is Your Brother? Who Is Responsible For This Blood?  (Vatican Radio) In his homily at Mass celebrated with the residents of Lampedusa and the immigrants who have sought refuge there, Pope Francis spoke out against the “globalization of indifference” that leads to tragedies like the deaths of so many migrants seeking a better life…. continue reading

Pope Francis’ Call to Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria

by Rita Codrbin

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. The Pope made the announcement during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer this Sunday. Below,… continue reading