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Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Imitate Jesus' Humility, Thank Him for It During Holy Week, Pope Says
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus' resurrection "isn't the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn't the happy ending of a film," but is the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation, Pope Francis said. In the ...
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    Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 16.
  • Via Crucis Recalls Migrants who Have Died, Disappeared
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — There is no way to mistake how Scalabrinian Father Mauro Verzeletti feels about immigration from Latin America to the United States. He does not want it to happen, mostly because he knows the journey most migrants will face is fraught ...
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    Friends and family carry photos of migrants who died or disappeared while trying to cross into the U.S.
  • Dutch Jesuit Killed in Syria
    ROME (CNS) — A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits' Middle East ...
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    Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt chats with civilians in early January, urging them to be patient, in the besieged area of Homs, Syria.
  • Pope, Britain's Queen Elizabeth Have Informal Meeting at Vatican
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In their first overseas trip in three years, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met April 3 with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The 30-minute visit of the 87-year-old queen and her 92-year-old husband ...
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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican April 3.
  • At Border Mass, Bishops Call for Compassion, Immigration Reform
    NOGALES, Ariz. (CNS) — With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return ...
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    Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., blesses people on the Mexican side as he distributes Communion through the border fence.
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<p>He became a pilgrim, traveling from one great shrine to another, living off alms. He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor. Filled with the love of God and neighbor, Benedict had special devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the Blessed Sacrament. In Rome, where he lived in the Colosseum for a time, he was called "the poor man of the Forty Hours Devotion" and "the beggar of Rome." The people accepted his ragged appearance better than he did. His excuse to himself was that "our comfort is not in this world." </p><p>On the last day of his life, April 16, 1783, Benedict Joseph dragged himself to a church in Rome and prayed there for two hours before he collapsed, dying peacefully in a nearby house. Immediately after his death the people proclaimed him a saint. </p><p>He was officially proclaimed a saint by Pope Leo XIII at canonization ceremonies in 1883.</p> American Catholic Blog Today offers limitless possibilities for holiness. Lean into His grace. The only thing keeping us from sainthood is ourselves.
 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Pope Francis!

Why did the pope choose the name Francis? Find out in this new book by Gina Loehr.

The Seven Last Words

By focusing on God's love for humanity expressed in the gift of Jesus, The Last Words of Jesus serves as a rich source of meditation throughout the year.

Visiting Mary
In this book Cragon captures the experience of visiting these shrines, giving us a personal glimpse into each place.
John Paul II

Here is a book to be read and treasured as we witness the recognition given John Paul II as a saint for our times.

The Surprising Pope

Get new insight into this humble and gentle man—Pope John XXIII--who ushered in the Church's massive changes of Vatican II.

Franciscan Father Dan Horan talks about his new book.
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FRANCISCAN REFLECTIONS
José Rodriguez Carballo, minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, celebrates the Franciscan tradition.
As Christians, we have been given mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, in a communion that extends far beyond biological ties.
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Holy Thursday
The Church remembers today both the institution of the Eucharist and our mandate to service.
Wednesday of Holy Week
Today join Catholics around the world in offering prayers for our Pope Emeritus on his 87th birthday.
Tuesday of Holy Week
Today keep in prayer all the priests and ministers throughout the world who will preside at Holy Week services.
Monday of Holy Week
Holy Week reminds us of the price Jesus paid for our salvation. Take time for prayer at home and at church.
Palm Sunday
Holy Week services and prayers invite us to follow Jesus into Jerusalem, experiencing the events of his passion and death.

BIBLE REFLECTIONS
Sharing the Word - Franciscan Media Productions
Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper
Wednesday of Holy Week
Tuesday of Holy Week
Bringing Home the Word
Sunshine and Shadow, Life and Death
Sunday, April 13, 2014
How often do we turn on God when things don’t go the way we had them so carefully planned?
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