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Pope gives step-by-step primer on contemplative prayer with Gospel

Pope Francis

TURN off the television, tune out the neighbours, and spend 10 or 15 minutes reading a Gospel passage and speaking to Jesus, Pope Francis told people at his early-morning Mass. “Today find 10 minutes – 15 at the most – and read the Gospel, imagine the scene and say something to Jesus. Nothing more. Your knowledge of Jesus will increase ... Read More »

Pope recognises martyrdom of Archbishop Romero

Oscar Romero placards

AFTER decades of debate within the Church, Pope Francis has formally recognised that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in hatred of the faith” and not for purely political reasons. Pope Francis signed the decree yesterday (February 3), recognising as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Archbishop Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass. The ... Read More »

Obedience to God’s will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope tells religious

Religious at Vatican

TOTAL obedience to God’s will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope Francis has told religious men and women. “Yes, the happiness of a religious is a consequence of this path of lowering oneself with Jesus and, when we are sad, when we complain, it will do us well to ask ourselves how we are living this dimension of ‘kenosis'” or ... Read More »

Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models

Pope Francis blesses child

WHEN their lives are all work and no play, men turn their children into “orphans” who lack a father to guide them, show them love and teach them values, Pope Francis said. “They are orphans in a family because their fathers are often absent, also physically, from home, but above all because when they are home they don’t act like ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 27, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 27, 2015 Queensland Catholic schools welcomed more than 12,000 new Year 7 students who started their first secondary school year. Church leaders were “stirred” by the high numbers of the “Millennial generation” at a recent US pro-life rally, proving it’s not just the grandparents who oppose abortion. ... Read More »

Persecuted for faith, Christians are united in bloodshed, Pope says

Christian leaders

CHRISTIANS are united in bloodshed as they suffer from violence and persecution in various parts of the world, Pope Francis told Christian leaders. Today’s martyrs were men and women, who through their witness to Jesus, were “persecuted and killed because they are Christian”, the Pope said on January 25 during an ecumenical prayer service marking the end of a Week ... Read More »

Maturing in faith means not just asking God for favours, Pope says

Pope Francis

THE journey of faith always begins a little selfishly, seeking from God healing or help with a problem, but Christian maturity is allowing oneself to be purified and to arrive at the point of recognising Jesus as saviour, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass yesterday (January 22) in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives, Pope Francis commented ... Read More »

Praying for victims in Niger, Pope says no war can be waged for God

Niger attacks

PRAYING for victims of violent protests and targeted attacks against the Church in Niger, Pope Francis said no war can ever be waged in God’s name. He asked that the Lord grant “the gift of reconciliation and peace so that religious feelings never become an occasion for violence, suppression and destruction”, he said yesterday (January 21) at the end of ... Read More »

Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, Pope says

Pope Francis and newlyweds

FAMILIES who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said. The main culprit was “an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money” as its priority instead, he said yesterday (January 21). The Pope dedicated his general audience talk to a review of some of the highlights ... Read More »

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