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Pope Francis’ encyclical, "Laudato Si" ("Praised Be"), challenges us to change our lifestyles to stop the degradation of our planet and its poorest inhabitants.

In honor of the pope’s compassion for the earth, enjoy these titles which focus on the environment and our role in protecting it.

The Spirit of Saint Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spiritualty of the Earth

Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis


 
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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome: There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in 57-58 A.D.. 
<p>There was a large Jewish population in Rome. Probably as a result of controversy between Jews and Jewish Christians, the Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome in 49-50 A.D. Suetonius the historian says that the expulsion was due to disturbances in the city “caused by the certain Chrestus” [Christ]. Perhaps many came back after Claudius’s death in 54 A.D. Paul’s letter was addressed to a Church with members from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds. </p><p>In July of 64 A.D., more than half of Rome was destroyed by fire. Rumor blamed the tragedy on Nero, who wanted to enlarge his palace. He shifted the blame by accusing the Christians. According to the historian Tacitus, many Christians were put to death because of their “hatred of the human race.” Peter and Paul were probably among the victims. </p><p>Threatened by an army revolt and condemned to death by the senate, Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D. at the age of 31.</p> American Catholic Blog While the future may be uncertain to us, we can rest comfortably in the loving control and sovereignty of our Heavenly Father. We can trust his plan, and we can rely upon his fatherly design and control.

 Church Leader Responds to Same-Sex  Marriage Ruling

 
 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Happy Birthday
May this birthday mark the beginning of new and exciting adventures!
Sts. Peter and Paul
Honored both separately and together, these apostles were probably martyred during the reign of the emperor Nero.
Wedding
Help the bride and groom see their love as a mirror of God’s love.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
God gave Mary to us as a help in our quest for holiness.
St. Josemaría Escrivá
This 20th-century Spanish priest devoted his life to the Work of God.










ENTERTAINMENT
Max
Following in the esteemed paw prints of Rin Tin Tin and Lassie comes "Max" (Warner Bros.), a heroic canine on a mission to vanquish evil while mending a broken family.

Sprung from the Malinois -- or Belgian Shepherd -- breed, Max ...

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Robbie Amell stars in a scene from the movie "Max."



BIBLE REFLECTIONS
Sharing the Word - Franciscan Media Productions
Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles
Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Bringing Home the Word
The Space Between Faith and Doubt
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Doubt can lead us to question, to reflect, to understand reality at a deeper level.
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