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Pope Francis supports defence of family life in Mexico



Pope Francis has spoken openly about his support for the Mexican bishops who, along with millions of people, have taken to the streets to protest against the legalisation of same-sex marriage and the serious threat it poses to family life.
 

The pope said: “I am very happy to associate myself with the bishops of Mexico, in supporting the commitment of the Church and of civil society in favour of the family and of life, which in this time require special pastoral and cultural attention in all the world.”

Pope Francis: ‘Jesus is the only One who frees us and saves us’

 
Pope Francis, in his Sunday Angelus has spoken of the need to allow Jesus to come into our lives to cleanse us and for us to allow our bodies to be inhabited by him, and only him. The Pope said: “Let us allow Him to enter into our lives, into our families, into our hearts….so that we might be able to rediscover the beauty of the encounter with Christ, the only One Who frees us and saves us.”
 
The Pope said: “His [Jesus’] humanity is the true temple where Godis revealed, speaks, is encountered; and the true worshippers, the true worshippers of God are not only the guardians of the material temple, the keepers of power and of religious knowledge, [but] they are those who worship God “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).

Huge Catholic Youth Event in Scotland Aims to Unite in Solidarity with Persecuted Christians

 
Aid to the Church in Need, an organisation which helps persecuted Christians around the world through prayer, information and action, is inviting Catholic High Schools and Universities from all over Scotland to gather in Carfin on 11th June in a show of solidarity with persecuted Christians.
 
The event, which will take place at Carfin Grotto near Motherwell, is expected to be the largest ever gathering of young Catholics in Scotland.
 
Beginning with the midday Angelus, the event will then play host to a programme of Adoration, music and guest speakers.

Pope Francis at Angelus: Jesus is our Joy

 
Pope Francis, in his Sunday Angelus address, told the thousands gathered in St Peter's Square that Christians are called to live and to witness to the joy that comes from the nearness of God and from God’s presence in our life. He said that Christian joy is not simply the fullness of joy that we will experience in heaven. Rather, it begins even in this life, it is experienced even now, “because Jesus is our joy.”
 
Click here to read the full story at news.va:http://www.news.

Pope Francis at Angelus: love of God and neighbour are inseparable

 
Pope Francis prayed theAngeluswith pilgrims and tourists gathered in St Peter’s Square beneath the window of the Papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Sunday. In remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father offered some reflections on the Gospel reading of the day, which was taken from Gospel according to St. Matthew (22:34-40).
 
The Pope said: “Today's Gospel reminds us that the whole law of God is summed up in love for God and neighbour,” said Pope Francis, adding, “You cannot love God without loving our neighbour and you cannot love your neighbour without loving God,” and explaining that the “novelty” of Christ’s teaching consists in the union of the two commandments.

Pope Francis Angelus Address on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

"Through the cross of Christ, evil is overcome, death is defeated, life is given to us, hope is restored. "
 
Click here to read what the pope had to say as he celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-angelus-address-sunday-september-14th
 

Sunday Angelus: Pope Francis asks Mary to ‘Hasten our Steps to Bethlehem’

 
During his Angelus message on the Third Sunday of Advent Pope Francis spoke about the Church being a house of joy.  He said, “The Church is not a refuge for sad people, the Church is a house of joy.”
 
The Pope, referring to the Gospel, said that this joy comes from knowing that we are all welcomed and loved by God and “with His help, we can start anew and overcome sadness and tears, we can “sing a new song”. 
 
The Holy Father said that “Christian joy, like hope, is founded on the faithfulness of God, in the certainty that He always keeps His promises….

Pope Francis Suggests Praying the Rosary is the Best Medicine

 
During his Sunday Angelus Pope Francis offered some medicine to the 80,000 strong crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square.  Holding up a small medicine box upon which an anatomical drawing of a human heart could be seen, the Pope said: “I want to recommend some medicine for all of you.  It’s spiritual medicine.”
 
He then confirmed that the medicine box didn’t contain any pills but that it actually contained a set of rosary beads and said, “Don’t forget to take it.  It’s good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life.

Pope Francis - Angelus - Sunday 21st July....'Listen to the voice of Jesus'

Pope Francis, during his final Angelus before departing for Rio to join Catholic youth for World Youth Day, asked the faithful to accompany him spiritually in prayer for the first Apostolic visit of his pontificate.  He said that he entrusted “this new stage of the great pilgrimage of young people across the world” to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary who is so loved and venerated in Brazil.  He then urged young people to “listen to the voice of Jesus”.
 
In reflecting on the Gospel and the story of Jesus and the two sisters, Mary and Martha, he said that both sisters, though offering hospitality in different ways, offered something that is needed to serve the Lord.

Pope Francis - Angelus - Sunday 23rd June

Pope Francis, at the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square, reflected on Jesus’ words: “Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
 
The Pope gave a special mention to the fathers and mothers who every day put into practice their faith by devoting their lives for the good of the family.  He also spoke of the many “priests, monks, and nuns who give generously their service to the Kingdom of God.”  He also mentioned the young people who give up their interests to devote their time to children, the disabled, and the elderly.
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