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 Anna Mitchell, Matt Swaim, and Mark Lane.

The Son Rise Morning Show team: Anna Mitchell, Matt Swaim, and Mark Lane.

Can one tweet change everything?

For Mark Lane, the Son Rise Morning Show’s new associate producer, the journal of a thousand miles began with one tweet in late February.

To be precise, that’s 965.8 miles — from Ft. Worth, TX, where Lane worked as a control operator and call screener at a secular radio station and freelanced in sports radio, to Cincinnati’s Sacred Heart Radio. And neither Lane, who sent the tweet, nor the Son Rise Morning Show’s new host Matt Swaim, who retrieved it, knew it would be the answer to many prayers.

For four days, Lane had been praying the rosary, the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Memorare aloud with EWTN radio. A convert to Catholicism, he wanted to work in radio but thought that his current job was going nowhere and no other jobs — certainly nothing in Catholic radio — seemed available. So he and his girlfriend decided that serious prayer about the future was in order.

He’d made a list of what he wanted to do with his career — from big goals to “molecular” ones — and used EWTN’s broadcast prayers as a time to focus on asking God to help him realize them in a way that would serve Him.

“I prayed to be worthy,” he says. “I didn’t know what that was but I knew I wasn’t it, so I prayed for for it — not to be rich, not famous, but worthy. I didn’t want to waste my talent and end up rotten fruit on the jungle floor.”

A question about hockey

He’d been beginning his day by praying with EWTN radio since January. “I’d get up at 4 or 4:15 and call my girlfriend, and we’d listen to the EWTN rosary together,” he said. “Most of the time I’d be in bed praying along with it. Then I’d roll out of bed, get coffee, and listen to the Son Rise Morning Show while I got ready for work.”

On February 20th, during the Olympics, new Son Rise Morrning Show host Matt Swaim asked listeners to tweet if they knew what NFL teams did while some of their best athletes were competing in the Games.

“I was at my computer working on my goals, so I looked it up and tweeted Matt an article,” Lane says. “He ‘followed’ me on Twitter immediately. I don’t usually follow people who follow me, but this time I followed him back.” When two people follow each other on Twitter, they can send brief direct (private) messages, and that afternoon Swaim sent one.

“It said, ‘Good tweeting with you this morning, got a radio question for you, can you call me?’” Lane says. “And I knew he was going to ask me to be involved with the Son Rise Morning Show in some way.”

 The Holy Family watches over Sacred Heart Radio Station Manager Bill Levitt's office.

Not a usual site in secular radio: The Holy Family watches over Sacred Heart Radio Station Manager Bill Levitt’s office.

While Lane had been praying for a new career direction, the staff at the Son Rise Morning Show had been praying too. Even before host Brian Patrick announced his move to Washington to produce EWTN’s evening newscast, Swaim and News Director Anna Mitchell had been splitting production duties during Patrick’s frequent absences to consult for the network. Mitchell would be taking maternity leave in a few months. Sacred Heart Radio needed a trained, Catholic radio producer used to working on a morning show who could start work soon — and hit the ground running.

The job demanded someone who knew all aspects of radio and could go on air when needed. “It’s a small station, everyone has to know how to do everything,” says Swam. “We were thinking inside the box,” looking for someone already in the small world Catholic media, when the tweet about hockey came in from a stranger.

Looking at Lane’s twitter profile so he could mention him on the air, Swaim saw that he was a radio professional, Catholic, and looking for a career change. Moreover, he freelanced in sports radio.

“Outside of conservative talk radio, the only kind of radio with any kind of success is sports radio,” Swaim says. “People want that! And our listeners do too. They want to know that they can be a good Catholic and still care about their bracket.”

An interview over Skype, long conversations with his girlfriend and family, and a move to Cincinnati later, Lane began his work at the Son Rise Morning Show on the day before Sacred Heart Radio’s spring fund drive. Still in temporary housing, trying out Skyline chili and getting used to a city infrastructure that seems “very used” in contrast to cities in Texas, Lane says he already felt at home.

“For the first time since I was 19, I feel like I’ve found a place, like I’m not in transition,” he says. “Being on the air, being integral in getting content, delivering the news casts, I feel like this is a place to stay, thrive, and grow.

“I’ve wanted to be in Catholic radio since 2013. I’d daydream, driving down the road and listening to it, but I never actually sought it. I figured you had to have some background in apologetics, like Patrick Madrid or Al Kresta. I didn’t have that. I covered the Dallas Cowboys as a freelancer. I figured, who would want me?”

He found out who… with one tweet.

The Son Rise Morning Show is broadcast nationally weekday mornings from 6 – 8 by EWTN, and a third hour is broadcast locally on Sacred Heart Radio (740 AM and 89.5 FM).

Photos © Gail Deibler Finke for The Catholic Beat, a sister apostolate to Sacred Heart Radio. For more photos from Sacred Heart Radio’s spring fund drive, see the gallery at our Facebook page.

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Anna Mitchell, Matt Swaim, and Mark Lane at one of the three chapels down the hall from Sacred Heart Radio's studios at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH).

Anna Mitchell, Matt Swaim, and Mark Lane at one of the three chapels down the hall from Sacred Heart Radio’s studios at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH).

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Some Catholic events this week

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April 18, Service Featuring The Crucifixion by John Stainer at St. Cecilia Church (Oakely, OH), 7 pm. Written in 1887, this musical meditation on the Passion combines choir, solo voices, and scripture readings in retelling the story of Good Friday. The popular annual service includes the use of music, light and shadow to bring the listener nearer the sacrifice of Our Lord. No fee; all welcome.

April 18, Ecumenical Way of the Cross and 40 Days for Life Sharonville Closing Ceremonies (Sharonville, OH), 9:30 am. Meet outside St. Michael Catholic Church. All faiths welcome.

April 18, Ecumenical Way of the Cross at the Cincinnati Planned Parenthood (Mt. Auburn/Cincinnati), 9:30 am. All faiths welcome.

April 18, St. John Passion Play at Lockland Christian Church (Lockland, OH), 7 pm. In its 97th season, this play first put on by St. John the Baptist parish in Over-the-Rhine in gratitude for the lives of soldiers spared in World War I continues at various area venues. No fee; free will donations accepted. Last performance of 2014. For information call (859) 392-0129. See our story here.

April 18, Good Friday Walk for Justice and Peace in Dayton (OH), noon. Annual ecumenical walk. For information call the Dayton Catholic Social Action Office at (937) 224-3026.

April 22, An evening of American folk music at St Michael the Archangel Church (Sharonville, OH), 7:30 pm. Featuring the St Michael the Archangel Choir. For information call 513.563.6377 or visit

April 22, Life in the Spirit Seminar Series Begins at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood), 7 pm. Sponsored by the St. Raphael Charismatic Prayer Group, this seminar meets for seven consecutive weeks. To register call 513.518.6472.

May 24, Married Couple Family Day at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford (OH), 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring juggler and storyteller Tom Sparough and his wife, teacher and fiber artist Geralyn. All couples welcome, married one year or 50. Children age 3 and welcome. Opening and closing sessions and lunch with the kids; focus and work sessions for parents to enrich their marriage, while the kids have special programming of their own. For more information or to register, call (513) 248-3500, ext. 10.

April 25 – 27, Engaged Encounter Weekend at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). An intense weekend of marriage preparation presented by a team of two married couples and a priest or deacon. Couples have the wonderful opportunity to dialogue privately without outside distractions about their future married life.  $235 (includes room and meals). Register at For information call Ashley Altenau at (513) 479-1700 or email her at

April 24, 25 “The Message of Divine Mercy” talks by Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Westwood, OH) 10 am and 7 pm.Thursday, 10 am Friday. Fr. Cambra, a priest of the. Marians of the Immaculate Conception will present a three-part talk on God’s mercy.

April 25-27, Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in Dayton (OH).  Click here to request information.


April 25, St. Clare School All-Class Reunion at St. Clare Church (College Hill/Cincinnati), following 5 pm Mass. All gradates and families invited. No mailing will go out this year; the St. Clare Alumni group asks all to spread the word. Call Ellen Hodapp Dillon at (513) 521-2828 for information.

April 26, Deacon Ordinations at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains; 11 am.

April 26, Priest Ordination in the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, 10 am. Bishop Roger Foys will ordain Ryan Lee Stenger. All welcome. Reception follows at Covington Latin School.

April 26, “Hearts Aflame/Fire of Love” Divine Mercy Conferences for Adults and Teens at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (Burlington, KY). Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, will present this conference for the fourth consecutive year. Speakers include Mother Margaret Mary; Abvess of teh Children of Mary and Deacon Ralph Poyo. Deacon Bob Gutendorf (Dayton, OH) will emcee the conference and Christopher and Sarah Burrows (Maysville, KY) will emcee the concurrent conference for teens. Music by Jason Shields and Braden Dorsey. Speakers, music, Mass, Adoration, more. Tickets $20 (lunch included). For information or reservations call (859) 689-5010  or (513) 967-3172 or (937) 378-4396.

April 26, 2014 Chatfield College Quilt, Craft and Car Show at the Marietta, OH, campus, 10 am – 5 pm. This annual event is a regioinal favorite with a juried quilt show, live music, food, and activities for people of all ages. Tickets $3 adults, $2 seniors, no charge for children 12 and under.

April 26, Bill Tonnis Concert at Badin High School’s Little Theater (Hamilton, OH), 7 pm. Sponsored by St. Joseph parish. The Pastoral Associate for Oureach at Our Lady of the Visitation Church, Bill left his career as a radio newscaster to abswer God’s call to writie and performing music, and has recorded three CDs since 2007. Refreshments available. Tickets $5. For infomation call Dottie at (513) 368-7535.

April 27, Eastertide Vespers at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West (Mt. Washington, OH) Chapel of St. Gregory the Great, 7 pm. The Athenaeum Chorale and Seminary Schola will sing and Fr. Paul Ruwe, Spiritual Director of the seminary, will celebrate this service, with accompaniment by the Cincinnati Brassworks and Timpani. All welcome.

April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH), noon – 3 pm. Confessions 1:30 – 2:30; Service 2:30, Procession and Divine Mercy Chaplet.

April 27, Xavier University Choruses and Orchestra at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington, KY), 3 pm. Tom Merrill, Matt Phelps, Conductors; Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem. A Cathedral Concert Series event; no fee.

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Almost 140 children roamed the grounds of Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West (Mt. Washington, OH) Sunday in a first-ever Easter egg hunt sponsored by young benefactors.

Almost 140 children roamed the grounds of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West (Mt. Washington, OH) Sunday in a first-ever Easter egg hunt sponsored by young benefactors.

First-time hunt for Bishop Fenwick Society families

The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West’s grounds were host to a first ever Easter Egg Hunt last Sunday, as almost 140 children scrambled to find more than 1000 plastic eggs.

Enjoying the petting zoo.

Isabella Buckley holds a baby chick at the petting zoo.

Sponsored by the Generations Circle of the Bishop Fenwick Society, a group of young seminary benefactors, the event included crafts and games, as well as a petting zoo.

The Bishop Fenwick Society supports seminary education in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati by annual contributions of $1000 or more. Donors up to age 50 can join the Bishop Fenwick Society’s Generations Circle with contributions of $250 (with a sponsor who his a BFS member) or $500.

For information about how to contribute to The Athenaeum of Ohio as a member of the Generations Circle, the Bishop Fenwick Society, or in other campaigns, click here.

Photos courtesy Trey Rouse.

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Marissa Rouse (right) and her cousin enjoy the baby animals at the event's petting zoo.

Cousins Julia Raines (left) and Marissa Rouse enjoy the baby animals at the event’s petting zoo.

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Make perfect hard boiled eggs every time, for casseroles and more.

Make perfect hard boiled eggs every time, for casseroles and more.

John 13:38 Peter claims he would lay down his life for Jesus. But he does not know his own heart, for Jesus says, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! 

Eggs were an important part of the Bible diet, and were symbols both of mourning and resurrection. Lots of us will be preparing Easter eggs – check out last year’s post for my recipes for naturally colored eggs, and my web site for my clone of Reese’s peanut butter eggs. Here are some facts you may not know about eggs:


For only 70 calories each, eggs are rich in nutrients. They contain, in varying amounts, almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans as well as several other beneficial food components. Egg protein is the standard by which other protein sources are measured. A large egg contains more than six grams of protein, and has 4.5 grams of fat, only 7% of the daily value. Only one-third (1.5 grams) is saturated fat and two grams are mono-unsaturated fat.

The American Heart Association has amended its guidelines on eggs! There is “no longer a specific recommendation on the number of egg yolks a person may consume in a week.”

How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs (Really!)

Follow this method and you will have no green edges in the yolk of the hard boiled egg.

Cover with cold water, bring them to a nice boil, put the lid on, turn the fire off and let them sit about 12-15 minutes.  For small eggs, 12 minutes is enough. For larger eggs or eggs straight from the fridge, go for 15 minutes. They turn out perfectly cooked. To remove the shell, pour the whole pan of eggs into the sink, drain and add cold water. I peel them under the water and that works well.


A family favorite for Easter. 

Sauté sausage ahead of time and bring to room temperature before continuing.

  • 1 pound sausage, cooked
  • 3 cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed completely
  • 12 oz. shredded cheddar
  • 12 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Place hash browns in sprayed 9×13 pan. Top with sausage and cheese. Whisk eggs milk and seasonings and pour on top. Bake 60 minutes until puffed and golden. Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean. Servings: 10-12.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

 Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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Jim Caveziel as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, which UP TV rebroadcast on Holy Thursday.

Jim Caveziel as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, which UP TV rebroadcast on Holy Thursday.

Film to air tonight at 10 pm by popular demand.

Following its Palm Sunday broadcast of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which gave the network its biggest audience ever, UP TV will rebroadcast the film on Holy Thursday at 10 pm.

Sunday’s broadcast, the 10-year-old film’s first commercial and edited for television broadcast, had an average audience of 1.1 million viewers and UP’s strongest-ever telecast in several demographics, including adults 18 through 54.

Because of its success, UP TV will give the film a second showing before Easter. Like the Palm Sunday showing, the Holy Thursday broadcast will be presented with limited commercial interruption.

“We knew that The Passion of the Christ would resonate with our audience and attract new viewers to UP as well,” said Charley Humbard, UP’s president and CEO. “The film is the centerpiece of our extensive Easter programming and truly epitomizes our holiday theme: ‘Easter Lives Here.’ The Thursday night special encore presentation provides the perfect movie to watch before Good Friday.”

Filmed entirely in reconstructed Aramaic and Latin with subtitles, The Passion of the Christ focuses on the last 12 hours of Christ’s life. It received numerous industry and critical awards, including the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Drama, and was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Best Original Score. It was also voted the most pro-Catholic film of all time by readers of Faith and Family magazine and the National Catholic Register.

UP TV is a 24-hour television network available on cable, DISH, DIRECTV, and Verizon’s FIOS. This year it scheduled nightly Biblical films in the two weeks before Easter.

The remaining Easter film schedule:

Mary, Mother of Jesus 04/17/14 – 8:00 pm

The Passion of the Christ 04/17/14 – 10:00 pm

Judas 04/18/14 – 12:00 am

Story of Jacob and Joseph 04/18/14 – 8:30 am

The Story of David 04/18/14 – 11:00 am

Barabbas 04/18/14 – 3:00 pm

Judas 04/18/14 – 6:00 pm

Jesus 04/18/14 – 8:00 pm

Barabbas 04/19/14 – 12:00 am

The Ten Commandments 04/19/14 – 8:00 am

King of Kings (Pt. 1) 04/19/14 – 12:00 pm

The Greatest Story Ever Told 04/19/14 – 3:30 pm

The Robe 04/19/14 – 8:00 pm

Demetrius and The Gladiators 04/19/14 – 11:00 pm

The Robe 04/20/14 – 1:00 am

Apostle Peter and the Last Supper 04/20/14 – 8:00 am

The Robe 04/20/14 – 10:00 am

Jesus 04/20/14 – 1:00 pm

Mary, Mother of Jesus 04/20/14 – 5:00 pm

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St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington; click to enlarge.

St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington; click to enlarge.

The 38th Covington (KY) Concert Series ends Sunday, April 27th, with a combined concert by Xavier University choirs and instrumental ensembles.

XU’s choirs, soloists, and orchestra will perform Ralph Vaughan-William’s Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace). First performed in 1936, this powerful choral work is a plea for peace written on the even of the Second World War.

Covington’s St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is architecturally stunning, and its pristine acoustics allow music lovers of all ages the opportunity to hear sacred music performed live in the kind of space it was intended for. Over the past decades the series has hosted musicians and choral groups from around the world, and some of the world’s top organists have played its three historic organs.

Covington’s Cathedral Concert Series was founded by Dr. Robert J. Schaffer, the cathedral’s organist and director of music.

All performances are free and open to the public. A freewill offering is gratefully accepted; all proceeds go to defraying the costs of the the concerts.

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Seventh graders at St. Henry School, Erlanger, perform Living Stations of the Cross. Click to enlarge.

Seventh graders at St. Henry School, Erlanger, perform Living Stations of the Cross. Click to enlarge.

1000 Words is a feature highlighting a single photo. Here, seventh graders at St. Henry School (Erlanger, KY) perform Living Stations of the Cross for students, staff, and parents.

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Photo courtesy St. Henry School.

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 The Heart of the Matter” at a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Mercy Health Music & Wellness event this month.

Cardiologist Dr. Timothy Brennan speaking on “Music: The Heart of the Matter” at a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Mercy Health Music & Wellness event this month.

Music & Wellness, a program created by Mercy Health and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, hosted a sold-out program exploring the relationship between music and medicine earlier this month.

Three hundred people gathered to hear CSO CSO violinist Rebecca Kruger-Fryxell, violist Steve Fryxell, and Mercy Health Dr. Timothy Brennan (a specialist in Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease) speak about how music can help calm, energize, and otherwise influence the hearer’s mood and health.

The Music & Wellness partnership provides Mercy Health patients, employees, physicians and the community access to unique musical experiences. These include performances by CSO musicians in Mercy Health hospitals, educational workshops detailing the relationships between music and wellness, abd lecture performances on topics such as the science behind music and medicine.

The result is a way for both organizations to serve the health and spiritual well-being of the community.

For more about the program, upcoming events, and more, click here.

Photo courtesy Mercy Health.

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FINAL MSJ University logo

When the College of Mount St. Joseph becomes Mount St. Joseph University this summer, it will have a new logo to go with its new name.

The logo, designed by Florence, KY-based Icon Marketing, features a blue shield with a gold border. Inside the shield is a sun for the Sisters of Charity, the letters “MSJ,” and the date of the college’s founding.

“We wanted the logo for Mount St. Joseph University to convey our rich heritage, but also show how we’re moving forward with the designation to university,” says Dr. Tony Aretz, president of the Mount. “The strong shield gives a nod to the future of our excellent academic programs.”

The Delhi (OH) college presented six logo ideas to a college stakeholders: students, prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff, Board of Trustees and Sisters of Charity members, and launched a social media outreach to get opinions from the public. The feedback resulted in the addition of the date and a change in typeface.

“The logo process reinforced what we believe our stakeholders feel about the Mount,” said Aretz. “That’s a good thing because we know our mission and academics hold true regardless if they are students or graduated 20 years ago. We are enthusiastic about the next steps as we transition to Mount St. Joseph University and sharing our story.”

Changing to a university, says a spokesperson for the Mount, allows the school to emphasize its growing number of advanced degree programs and its growth into online programs, as well as its  interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program.

The switch will become official on July first.

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Nesta Quinta-Feira Santa, o Santo Padre lavou os pés de doze pessoas que sofrem de diversos tipos de deficiências e necessidades especiais. O lugar escolhido pelo papa foi o Centro Santa Maria da Providência, da Fundação Dom Carlo Gnocchi, onde ele celebrou, às 17h30 de Roma, a missa “in Coena Domini”, que rememora... 11 hours 45 min
(Vatican Radio) In a gesture of humility and service, and in imitation of Christ, Pope Francis put on an apron and knelt down to wash the feet of 12 patients at a long-term care facility, during the Missa In Coena Domini, or the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, on Thursday evening. Visibly fatigued and requiring assistance to kneel and stand up again as he came close to the end of the rite, Pope Francis conveyed tenderness and concern for each person, pouring water on each person’s foot, then drying it and kissing it, before offering a loving gaze, sometimes reciprocated, depending on each person’s state of health. The patients ranged in age from 16 to 86, and all suffer from a variety disabilities. All of them are Italian (though three were of a different ethnic origin), including one Muslim man. The Mass was celebrated in Italian in the chapel of the Santa Maria della Provvidenza Centre, one of more than two dozen healthcare facilities, run by the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. It reflected the character of the healthcare centre and of the local Christian community, with the centre’s usual Sunday choir, consisting of patients, volunteers and staff, singing popular Italian hymns. Many of the centre’s patients sat in their wheelchairs in the front rows of the assembly. The Mass, which recalls Christ’s last Passover meal with this Apostles, his washing of their feet in a gesture of service, and the institution of the Eucharist, begins the Easter Triduum. The Pope’s selection of the location and his gesture of washing the feet of 12 people with disability was intended to underline the forms of fragility, in which the Christian community is called to recognize the suffering Christ and to which it must devote attention, solidarity and charity. In his brief homily, the Pope recalled that God made himself a servant in Christ and that this is the inheritance of all believers. Christ came to love and his followers, in turn, “need to be servants in love”. Speaking extemporaneously, he said to wash the feet of another was, in Jesus’ time, the task of the slave or the servant of the house. In executing this gesture, Jesus tells his followers that they are called to be servants to each other. “Everyone here must think of others… and how we can serve others better,” he said. At the end of the Mass, the Pope carried the Blessed Sacrament to an Altar of Repose. He remained there in prayer until the end of the Pange Lingue hymn, after which he processed out of the chapel in the usual silence with which the Holy Thursday evening liturgy concludes. This is the second year the Pope celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper among a group of people usually marginalized by society. Last year, the Pope celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper at a youth detention centre. Listen to the report by Laura Ieraci: ... 11 hours 57 min
O papa nomeou como bispo auxiliar da arquidiocese de Caracas, na Venezuela, dom José Trinidad Fernández Angulo, sacerdote da arquidiocese de Mérida e reitor do seminário maior Santa Rosa de Lima, em Caracas. Dom José Trinidad Fernández Angulo nasceu em 24 de maio de 1964 na cidade de Mérida e lá foi ordenado padr... 12 hours 10 min
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis preached an extemporaneous homily during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which was held at S. Maria della Provvidenza, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the suburbs of Rome. The following is an English translation of Pope Francis’ reflections on the Lord’s loving act of service, an act which the Pope himself imitated later in the Mass, kneeling down to wash the feet of twelve patients of the centre. ********* We have heard what Jesus did at the Last Supper: It is a gesture of farewell. He is God and He makes Himself a servant, our servant. It is like an inheritance. You also must be servants of one another. He crossed this path by love. Also you must love each other and be servants in Love. This is the inheritance that Jesus leaves us. And He makes this gesture of washing feet, which is a symbolic act. The slaves performed this, the servants at the meals for the people who came to dine because at that time the streets were made of dirt, and when they entered in a house it was necessary to wash one’s feet. And Jesus made performed this action, a work, a service of a slave, of a servant. And this He leaves like an inheritance amongst us. We must be servants of each other. And for this reason, the Church, today, commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Eucharist, also—in the ceremony—performs the action of the washing of the feet, which reminds us that we must be servants of one another. Now I will perform this act, but all of us, in our hearts, let us think of others and think in the love that Jesus tells us that we have to have for the others and let us consider also how we can serve better, other people. Because Jesus wanted it this way amongst us.... 12 hours 26 min
Sempre ouvimos o termo sacerdote e seria muito bom, aproveitando o Tríduo Pascal, refletirmos sobre isso em vista das celebrações da Quinta-feira Santa, com a Instituição do Sacerdócio Ministerial. Nenhum de nós – que recebemos o sacramento da Ordem em seu segundo ou terceiro graus – tem um sacerdócio próprio, ma... 12 hours 58 min
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Ciclo A Textos: Gn 1, 1-2,2; Gn 22, 1-18; Ex 14, 15-15,1; Is 54, 5-14; Is 55, 1-11; Bar 3, 9-15.32-4,4; Ez 36, 16-28; Rom 6, 3-11; Mt 28, 1-10 Ideia principal: Cristo ressuscitado nos enche com a sua Luz e Fogo, afastando a escuridão dos nossos pecados; se faz Palavra, lembrando-nos a história da salvação; conv... 14 hours 39 min
Aniceto nasceu na Síria, provavelmente na cidade de Emesa. Os dados históricos acerca do nascimento e vida do santo não são exatos. Aniceto, de acordo com o Anuário Pontifício, foi o décimo primeiro Papa, sucedendo São Pio I no ano 153. Seu papado deparou-se com o governo do Imperador Antônio que empreendeu grand... 14 hours 43 min
(Vatican Radio) “The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness, and this anointing invites us to accept and appreciate this great gift: the gladness, the joy of being a priest.” At the Chrism Mass in Saint Peter’s, Pope Francis spoke about “priestly joy,” a joy, he said, “which anoints us,” an “imperishable joy,” a “missionary joy.” The joy which anoints priests, the Pope said, “has penetrated deep within our hearts, it has shaped them, and strengthened them sacramentally.” It is a joy that can never be taken away; although it “can lie dormant, or be clogged by sin or by life’s troubles … deep down it remains intact, like the embers of a burnt log beneath the ashes, and it can always be renewed.” Pope Francis focused especially on the third feature of priestly joy: “Priestly joy is deeply bound up with God’s holy and faithful people, for it is an eminently missionary joy.” This joy, he said, “arises only when the shepherd is in the midst of his flock.” There, his joy is “guarded” by the faithful, by “God’s faithful people” who are able to protect and embrace their priests, to help them open their hearts “to find renewed joy.” Priestly joy, the Holy Father continued, is guarded, not only by the flock, but “by three sisters who surround it, tend it, and defend it: sister poverty, sister fidelity, and sister obedience.” Explaining these three “sisters,” the Pope said that because the priest is poor “in terms of purely human joy,” he must seek his joy “from the Lord and from God’s faithful people.” The priest must go out of himself, seeking God and the people of God. “Going out of ourselves,” he said, “presupposes self-denial; it means poverty.” Priestly joy is also a “sister to fidelity,” Pope Francis said – not, he explained, “in the sense that we [priests] are all ‘immaculate’ (would that by God’s grace we were!), for we are all sinners, but in the sense of an ever renewed fidelity to the one Bride, to the Church.” Priests will find true joy when they are faithful to their mission, doing “all that he has to do, and letting go of everything that he has to let go of, as long as he stands firm amid the flock which the Lord entrusted to him.” Finally, priests find joy in “sister obedience,” an obedience not only to the externals of their mission, “but also union with God the Father, the source of all fatherhood.” The Pope continued, “It is also an obedience to the Church in service: in availability and readiness to serve everyone, always, and as best I can,” following the example of Mary. “All who are called should know that genuine and complete joy does exist in this world,” Pope Francis said. “It is the joy of being taken from the people we love and then being sent back to them as dispensers of the gifts and counsels of Jesus.” Concluding his homily, Pope Francis prayed that the Lord might “enable many young people to discover the burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call.” He prayed, too, for the recently ordained, for priests who have been in ministry for some time, and for elderly priests. Listen to Christopher Wells' report: ... 19 hours 36 min
“Anointed with the oil of gladness”. In a few words Pope Francis was able to capture the mission of a priest. This he did in his homily at Holy Thursday's Chrism Mass, 17 April, in St Peter's Basilica. The following is the English text of the Pope's homily, which was delivered in Italian. Dear Brother Priests, In the eternal “today” of Holy Thursday, when Christ showed his love for us to the end (cf. Jn 13:1), we recall the happy day of the institution of the priesthood, as well as the day of our own priestly ordination. The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness, and this anointing invites us to accept and appreciate this great gift: the gladness, the joy of being a priest. Priestly joy is a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself but for the entire faithful people of God: that faithful people from which he is called to be anointed and which he, in turn, is sent to anoint. Anointed with the oil of gladness so as to anoint others with the oil of gladness. Priestly joy has its source in the Father’s love, and the Lord wishes the joy of this Love to be “ours” and to be “complete” ( Jn 15:11). I like to reflect on joy by contemplating Our Lady, for Mary, the “Mother of the living Gospel, is a wellspring of joy for God’s little ones” ( Evangelii Gaudium , 288). I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that priest is very little indeed: the incomparable grandeur of the gift granted us for the ministry sets us among the least of men. The priest is the poorest of men unless Jesus enriches him by his poverty, the most useless of servants unless Jesus calls him his friend, the most ignorant of men unless Jesus patiently teaches him as he did Peter, the frailest of Christians unless the Good Shepherd strengthens him in the midst of the flock. No one is more “little” than a priest left to his own devices; and so our prayer of protection against every snare of the Evil One is the prayer of our Mother: I am a priest because he has regarded my littleness (cf. Lk 1:48). And in that littleness we find our joy. Joy in our littleness! For me, there are three significant features of our priestly joy. It is a joy which anoints us (not one which “greases” us, making us unctuous, sumptuous and presumptuous), it is a joy which is imperishable and it is a missionary joy which spreads and attracts, starting backwards – with those farthest away from us. A joy which anoints us . In a word: it has penetrated deep within our hearts, it has shaped them and strengthened them sacramentally. The signs of the ordination liturgy speak to us of the Church’s maternal desire to pass on and share with others all that the Lord has given us: the laying on of hands, the anointing with sacred chrism, the clothing with sacred vestments, the first consecration which immediately follows… Grace fills us to the brim and overflows, fully, abundantly and entirely in each priest. We are anointed down to our very bones… and our joy, which wells up from deep within, is the echo of this anointing. An imperishable joy . The fullness of the Gift, which no one can take away or increase, is an unfailing source of joy: an imperishable joy which the Lord has promised no one can take from us ( Jn 16:22). It can lie dormant, or be clogged by sin or by life’s troubles, yet deep down it remains intact, like the embers of a burnt log beneath the ashes, and it can always be renewed. Paul’s exhortation to Timothy remains ever timely: I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands (cf. 2 Tim 1:6). A missionary joy . I would like especially to share with you and to stress this third feature: priestly joy is deeply bound up with God’s holy and faithful people, for it is an eminently missionary joy. Our anointing is meant for anointing God’s holy and faithful people: for baptizing and confirming them, healing and sanctifying them, blessing, comforting and evangelizing them. And since this joy is one which only springs up when the shepherd is in the midst of his flock (for even in the silence of his prayer, the shepherd who worships the Father is with his sheep), it is a “guarded joy”, watched over by the flock itself. Even in those gloomy moments when everything looks dark and a feeling of isolation takes hold of us, in those moments of listlessness and boredom which at times overcome us in our priestly life (and which I too have experienced), even in those moments God’s people are able to “guard” that joy; they are able to protect you, to embrace you and to help you open your heart to find renewed joy. A “guarded joy”: one guarded by the flock but also guarded by three sisters who surround it, tend it and defend it: sister poverty, sister fidelity and sister obedience. The joy of priests is a joy which is sister to poverty . The priest is poor in terms of purely human joy. He has given up so much! And because he is poor, he, who gives so much to others, has to seek his joy from the Lord and from God’s faithful people. He doesn’t need to try to create it for himself. We know that our people are very generous in thanking priests for their slightest blessing and especially for the sacraments. Many people, in speaking of the crisis of priestly identity, fail to realize that identity presupposes belonging. There is no identity – and consequently joy of life – without an active and unwavering sense of belonging to God’s faithful people (cf. Evangelii Gaudium , 268). The priest who tries to find his priestly identity by soul-searching and introspection may well encounter nothing more than “exit” signs, signs that say: exit from yourself, exit to seek God in adoration, go out and give your people what was entrusted to you, for your people will make you feel and taste who you are, what your name is, what your identity is, and they will make you rejoice in that hundredfold which the Lord has promised to those who serve him. Unless you “exit” from yourself, the oil grows rancid and the anointing cannot be fruitful. Going out from ourselves presupposes self-denial; it means poverty. Priestly joy is a joy which is sister to fidelity . Not primarily in the sense that we are all “immaculate” (would that by God’s grace we were!), for we are sinners, but in the sense of an ever renewed fidelity to the one Bride, to the Church. Here fruitfulness is key. The spiritual children which the Lord gives each priest, the children he has baptized, the families he has blessed and helped on their way, the sick he has comforted, the young people he catechizes and helps to grow, the poor he assists… all these are the “Bride” whom he rejoices to treat as his supreme and only love and to whom he is constantly faithful. It is the living Church, with a first name and a last name, which the priest shepherds in his parish or in the mission entrusted to him. That mission brings him joy whenever he is faithful to it, whenever he does all that he has to do and lets go of everything that he has to let go of, as long as he stands firm amid the flock which the Lord has entrusted to him: Feed my sheep (cf. Jn 21:16,17). Priestly joy is a joy which is sister to obedience . An obedience to the Church in the hierarchy which gives us, as it were, not simply the external framework for our obedience: the parish to which I am sent, my ministerial assignments, my particular work … but also union with God the Father, the source of all fatherhood. It is likewise an obedience to the Church in service: in availability and readiness to serve everyone, always and as best I can, following the example of “Our Lady of Promptness” (cf. Lk 1:39, meta spoudes ), who hastens to serve Elizabeth her kinswoman and is concerned for the kitchen of Cana when the wine runs out. The availability of her priests makes the Church a house with open doors, a refuge for sinners, a home for people living on the streets, a place of loving care for the sick, a camp for the young, a classroom for catechizing children about to make their First Communion… Wherever God’s people have desires or needs, there is the priest, who knows how to listen ( ob-audire ) and feels a loving mandate from Christ who sends him to relieve that need with mercy or to encourage those good desires with resourceful charity. All who are called should know that genuine and complete joy does exist in this world: it is the joy of being taken from the people we love and then being sent back to them as dispensers of the gifts and counsels of Jesus, the one Good Shepherd who, with deep compassion for all the little ones and the outcasts of this earth, wearied and oppressed like sheep without a shepherd, wants to associate many others to his ministry, so as himself to remain with us and to work, in the person of his priests, for the good of his people. On this Holy Thursday, I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call. On this Holy Thursday, I ask the Lord Jesus to preserve the joy sparkling in the eyes of the recently ordained who go forth to devour the world, to spend themselves fully in the midst of God's faithful people, rejoicing as they prepare their first homily, their first Mass, their first Baptism, their first confession… It is the joy of being able to share with wonder, and for the first time as God’s anointed, the treasure of the Gospel and to feel the faithful people anointing you again and in yet another way: by their requests, by bowing their heads for your blessing, by taking your hands, by bringing you their children, by pleading for their sick… Preserve, Lord, in your young priests the joy of going forth, of doing everything as if for the first time, the joy of spending their lives fully for you. On this Thursday of the priesthood, I ask the Lord Jesus to confirm the priestly joy of those who have already ministered for some years. The joy which, without leaving their eyes, is also found on the shoulders of those who bear the burden of the ministry, those priests who, having experienced the labours of the apostolate, gather their strength and rearm themselves: “get a second wind”, as the athletes say. Lord, preserve the depth, wisdom and maturity of the joy felt by these older priests. May they be able to pray with Nehemiah: “the joy of the Lord is my strength” (cf. Neh 8:10). Finally, on this Thursday of the priesthood, I ask the Lord Jesus to make better known the joy of elderly priests, whether healthy or infirm. It is the joy of the Cross, which springs from the knowledge that we possess an imperishable treasure in perishable earthen vessels. May these priests find happiness wherever they are; may they experience already, in the passage of the years, a taste of eternity (Guardini). May they know, Lord, the joy of handing on the torch, the joy of seeing new generations of their spiritual children, and of hailing the promises from afar, smiling and at peace, in that hope which does not disappoint. ... 20 hours 39 min
(Vatican Radio) For the second year in a row Pope Francis has chosen to celebrate the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper among people often pushed to the margins of society. He will once again visit the Don Gnocchi centre in Rome’s Casal del Marmo area, close to the Youth Detention Center where the Pope celebrated Mass among young prison inmates last year. This year he will be visiting a sister center for the elderly and disabled. The Mass of Our Lords Supper commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and Christ’s mandate to the Apostles – the first ordained bishops and priests- to be at the service of God’s people. A moment that symbolizes this service is the Mandatum – or washing of the feet of twelve people. Holy See Press Office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi has confirmed that this year the chosen twelve will include nine Italians, one Muslim from Libya, a young man from Cape Verde and an Ethiopian woman. All of whom have received help and support from the Don Gnocchi Foundation to overcome the difficulties, marginalization and isolation they often face on account of their age or a disability. But why does Pope Francis seem to have a particular preference for the Don Gnocchi Foundation? To find out more Linda Bordoni spoke to expert physicist Dr. Furio Grammatica*, who is the Chair of the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT) at the Don Gnocchi Foundation. She found out that with a chain of 30 healthcare and research centres specialized in rehabilitation throughout Italy, the Foundation embodies what Pope Francis has termed “moving out to the margins” in search and support of those people society has forgotten or discarded. Listen: “What are the expectations of your guests and your operators, getting close to the meeting with the Pope ?” It has been a big surprise for all of us. We all knew how Pope Francis likes the concrete service to the most frail people, and we all felt him as a “supporter” of our mission, like his predecessors showed us to be. On the other hand, when we realised that, thanks to a request of our President – Monsignor Angelo Bazzari – the Pope really decided to visit us in a so important and symbolic occasion – we all thought “too fantastic to be true”! Concerning our guests, one could guess that most of them cannot fully catch the meaning of this visit, but this is definitively not true, even for the most critical cases: what I learned first, when I joined Don Gnocchi Foundation 10 years ago, is that our guests all developed a clear “sixth sense” on how much they are loved, and – in a definitively more straight way than us – they fully rely on people closer to them, who represent the fondness they feel. Pope Francis is not only a Pope, but a icon of the tenderness and strength at the same time, so they are really excited in view of meeting the Pope. We, as Don Gnocchi Foundation operators, really expect a familiar, easy, true presence of the Pope at our Centre, bringing-in a wave of hope and strength in our daily care towards our guests. These are not easy days, for anyone. By the way, the Lent period reminds us the meaning of solitude, weakness, doubts, being tired or confused. Let me say, to see the Pope coming at our workplace means anticipating a bit the Easter for us ! “What does Pope Francis' decision to visit your Foundation represent for you ?” Our Founder, Don Carlo Gnocchi, has been defined as “a charity entrepreneur”, putting together two terms that are sometimes felt as opposite. Actually he demonstrated in his life, and left us as an heritage, that these terms are not only compatible, but synergic. For those like us, willing to continue on this track, the secret not to be overcome by pure management logic is to stay stuck on the reality of the sufferance, with humility, feeling our limits, but - on the other hand – “combating the battle against the invasion of death”, as Don Carlo used to say, by all means : charity together with science, patience together with innovation, closeness together with technology. We feel that Pope Francis message – so far – has been very clear and is very encouraging for us to go on in this track: staying close to neighbour, first, somehow witnessing the caress of God through all our available means. If the Pope comes and washes the feet to our guests, we can only be more and more determined to offer them all that we can. “Can you tell us something about your structure and activities ?” Don Gnocchi Foundation is more than 60 years old. Don Carlo Gnocchi was a chaplain of the alpine troops during the second world war, and there he saw – as everyone – horrific situations and the fear of dying soldiers especially to leave their families alone; but – with the typical vision of the saints – don Carlo also saw a perspective to be trained by this desperation and to offer a vision of hope, starting from there. In 60 years the Foundation evolved together with the frailties of its guests, passing from the little war victims to the wider target of rehabilitation , but keeping the holistic approach of the Founder: the human being has to be restored as a whole, as a masterpiece, taking into account body and soul at the same time and using all means available. So we passed from crutches to nanotechnologies, from blood analysis to genomics, from bare visual inspection to advanced neuroimaging, from the pilot centre to a chain of 29 centres in 9 Italian regions, in which we see 3,5 million patients a year, and more than 5.000 operators work in the field of clinics, rehabilitation, assistance to elderly, to disabled people, to terminally ill patients; education; scientific and technological research (the Foundation is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Research Hospital excellence centre in the field of rehabilitation medicine); innovative models of territorial care, also using ICT advanced techniques; presence in developing countries to export the value of being rehabilitated even where desperation of everyday life is the rule. This is the declination of the Foundation mission slogan “Accanto alla vita, sempre”, that is “Always aside life”. “Always” means from the childhood to the death and from hospital to home. It is important for us what Pope Francis repeatedly says: be magnanimous, let’s stretch our hearth. We hope he will remind to all of us this encouragement next Thursday, confirming he will support us with his guide. * Furio Gramatica, physicist, was born in Milano in 1964. He is the Chair of the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT) at Don Gnocchi Foundation – an Italian chain of 30 healthcare and research centres specialized in rehabilitation – where he also leads the Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics Laboratory (LABION). For five years he served as Director of the Biomedical Technology Department “Polo Tecnologico” in the same Foundation. Formerly, he spent several years at CERN (Geneva), at Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics and in high-technology companies, with R&D management roles. Dr. Gramatica is a member of the Executive Board of the European Technology Platform of Nanomedicine (ETPN) and Chair of the ETPN Clinical Interface Group; member of the board of experts, evaluators and reviewers of the European Commission and of Wellcome Trust; nanomedicine Scientific Advisor of the Italian Ministry of Health; national representative of Italy at ETPN Mirror Group; member of Nanotechnology Commissions of Assobiotec and of Milano Engineers Association; fellow professor of physics at Milan University Medical School.... 22 hours 3 min
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(Vatican Radio) In a series of reflections, the Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche, walks Vatican Radio through the Holy Week liturgies, explaining their significance, symbolism and place within the history of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. He begins with the Chrism Mass, the first of the liturgies Holy Thursday morning, that leads us towards the Holy Triduum. Listen: “On the first Holy Thursday when Our Lord in the Upper Room, celebrated the Eucharist with his disciples…he ordained his first bishops, his first priests. On that day every year, in every diocese throughout the world, the bishop together with his priest gather together to celebrate Mass together. It’s called ‘the Great Concelebration’. It’s a very unique event, in the life of the Church because the priests renew their promises to serve the Lord, in the various ministries that they have been given. But they also promise to serve the Lord through the conversion of their own lives constantly turning towards Him, the source of all life”. “On this same occasion the Chrism Mass – chrism is the same word as Christ, Jesus is called Christ because he is the Anointed One of God – the oils which are used for the celebration of the Sacraments are blessed and consecrated. The Oil for the Sick… and the Oil of Catechumens…and the Oil of Chrism is consecrated. Through that oil of Chrism those who are being ordained bishops or priests will have that oil put either on their head …or hands to show that they are being set apart in a very special way to minister to the people of God. They are the ones to bring Christ to the people whom they have been sent to serve”. Produced by Emer McCarthy... 1 day 21 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday – the Wednesday of Holy Week or “Spy Wednesday” as it is called in many parts of the English-speaking world. The Gospel reading of the day recounts Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, which sets in motion the events of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. In his catechetical remarks to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square under a brilliant blue April sky, with a crisp spring breeze blowing through the city, Pope Francis spoke of Christ’s free embrace of suffering and death, which he took on for our sake. It was a theme to which he returned in the English-language remarks that were read out following the main catechesis in Italian. “Out of love for us,” wrote Pope Francis, “Jesus freely walked the path of humiliation and self-abandonment for our salvation.” Listen : As Saint Paul says, “he emptied himself… and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:7-8). As we contemplate Jesus in his passion, we see reflected the sufferings of all humanity and we discover God’s answer to the mystery of evil, suffering and death. He gives us his Son, who dies humiliated, betrayed, abandoned and reviled. Yet God’s victory shines forth in what appears, in human terms, to be failure and defeat. The Holy Father’s English remarks went on to say that Jesus’ passion is the culmination of his revelation of the Father’s infinite love and his summons to faith in his word. Christ takes upon himself the power of evil in order to set us free: “by his wounds we have been healed” (cf. 1 Pet 2:24). This week, as we follow Jesus along the way of the cross, may we imitate his loving obedience to the will of the Father, especially in times of difficulty and humiliation, and open our hearts to his gifts of reconciliation, redemption and new life. There were several groups of English-speaking pilgrims in the crowd, from countries including England, Australia, Canada and the United States, for whom the Holy Father had greetings. Pope Francis offered a particular welcome to the delegation from the NATO Defense College, which is located in Rome and which hosts major international events as the premier academic institution of the Treaty Organization. Pope Francis will lead the Holy Week liturgies and devotions in Rome, including the traditional Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday morning, the Missa in coena Domini at the Centro Santa Maria della Provvidenza – “Our Lady of Providence” – home for the elderly and disabled on Thursday evening, the Passion service with the veneration of the Cross on Good Friday afternoon, and the Way of the Cross on Good Friday evening at the Colosseum in Rome, and the culminating celebration of the Sacred Triduum – the Easter Vigil Mass – in St Peter’s Basilica, on the night between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday morning, when he will also give the traditional urbi et orbi blessing following Mass.... 1 day 21 hours
(Vatican Radio) On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Pope Francis received the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Card. Angelo D’Amato, SDB, and authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees: - A miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Ludovico of Casoria (nee Archangelo Palmentieri), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor and founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St Elizabeth – the “Gray Sisters”; Born in Casoria (Italy) on March 11, 1814 and died in Naples (Italy) March 30, 1885. - A miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Amato Ronconi, of the Third Order of St. Francis, the founder of the Poor Pilgrims Hospice of the city of Saludecio now called the Blessed Amato Ronconi Rest Home/Charitable Work; born in Saludecio (Italy) in or around the year 1226 and died in Rimini (Italy) in or around 1292; - The heroic virtues of the Servant of God Maria Alano de Guynot Boismenu, of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Titular Archbishop of Claudiopolis, former Apostolic Vicar of Papua; born in Saint -Malo (France) December 27, 1870 and died in Kubuna (Republic of the Fiji Islands, Oceania) November 5, 1953; - The heroic virtues of the Servant of God William Janauschek, professed priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer; born in Vienna (Austria) October 19, 1859 and died there June 30, 1926.... 1 day 22 hours
(Vatican Radio/l’Osservatore Romano) The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, presided at Mass Tuesday evening in commemoration of the many men and women killed for their witness to the faith in the world today. They are the modern day martyrs whose memory is honored each year by the Catholic community of St Egidio in a special suffrage Mass in the basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, led the community in prayer for these men and women from Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Tanzania, the Central African Republic who were ready to offer their lives for the Gospel. Also present at the gathering were representatives from the various Churches and Christian communities that have been marked by the blood of martyrs. Emer McCarthy reports: Commenting on the passage from the Gospel of Mark proclaimed in the liturgy of the Word, Cardinal Parolin pointed to the union of the loving witness borne by Christians who do not flee derision and the prospect of death for their fidelity to God, and Christ himself who out of love for the Father endured derision from those who passed beneath the Cross. “Today's prayer keeps their memory alive, because their legacy is alive. This legacy flows from lives that were often humble and frail, but that were steeped in love”. Still today “in various contexts many of our brothers and sisters remain the object of anti-Christian hatred. They are not being persecuted not because they are vying for worldly, political, economic or military power, but precisely because they are tenacious witnesses of another vision of life, one of abasement, service, freedom, which is based on faith”. In their weakness, the Secretary of State said, “they are close to us, they show us that strength comes from God and that it is always possible to go forth and reach out to those who are far off, even those who see you as an enemy”. The Cardinal then emphasized the point by quoting the profound certainty expressed by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium : “The disciple is ready to put his or her whole life on the line, even to accepting martyrdom, in bearing witness to Jesus Christ, yet the goal is not to make enemies but to see God's word accepted and its capacity for liberation and renewal revealed”. According to Open Doors, a nondenominational group tracking persecuted Christians worldwide, 2,123 Christians were killed last year due to their faith. More than half of those reported killings occurred in Syria, followed by over 600 in Nigeria and 88 in Pakistan. But North Korea — a country of more than 24 million, with an estimated 300,000 Christians — remained the most dangerous country worldwide for Christians for the 12th consecutive year, followed by Somalia, Syria and Iraq. (Photo AP: Priest Aysar Georgis walks past pictures of slain Iraqi Christians outside Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Iraqi Christians are marking a somber Christmas in the face of repeated violence by militants intent on driving their beleaguered community from Iraq. The writing in arabic reads," Martyrs blood - seeds of life.")... 2 days 49 min
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O papa Francisco enviou hoje um telegrama ao bispo de Valparaíso, dom Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar, manifestando seus pêsames pelas vítimas do incêndio descontrolado que começou no último sábado e avançou sobre bairros da cidade chilena situada a 110 quilômetros de Santiago. Até o momento, a tragédia deixou 16... 2 days 10 hours
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written to the Chief Rabbi of Rome to wish the Eternal City’s Jewish community – and by extension the global community – a happy Pesach, or Passover. A telegram signed by Pope Francis and addressed to Riccardo Di Segni reads: “As the great feast of Passover approaches I would like to extend my most cordial greetings of peace to you and all the Jewish Community of Rome. The memory of the liberation from oppression by the strong arm of the Lord inspires thoughts of mercy, reconciliation and fraternal closeness to all those who suffer under the weight of new [forms of ] slavery. Turning our thoughts to Jerusalem, which I will have the joy of visiting in the near future, I ask you to accompany me with your prayers while I assure you of my thoughts and invoke abundant blessings” Passover 2014 begins at sundown on Monday, April 14th. It lasts 8 full days and commemorates the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. ... 2 days 23 hours

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Vatican City, Apr 17, 2014 / 05:54 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his homily given during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly vocation, saying a cleric "is useless" unless his happiness is found in the grace of God. 21 hours 33 min
Denver, Colo., Apr 17, 2014 / 05:34 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has voiced his gratitude to all those who spoke out against proposed Colorado legislation that could have put an end to life-affirming laws in the state.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina, Apr 17, 2014 / 05:15 pm (EWTN News).- Bishop Luis Urbanc of Catamarca, Argentina, has called on Catholics to show greater care and concern for "the increasing number of young mothers." 22 hours 12 min
Vatican City, Apr 17, 2014 / 01:49 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- During his homily for Holy Thursday's Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate. 1 day 1 hour
Vatican City, Apr 17, 2014 / 01:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, are "bound together" by their love for addressing the world in conversation, a cardinal who worked with them both has said. 1 day 2 hours
Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 11:25 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will publish a new webpage highlighting the emphasis both pontiffs placed on the role of women. 1 day 16 hours
Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 10:42 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Amid growing protests led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state.
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Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 06:09 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Blessed John Paul II's life and teachings on family and marriage are still bearing fruit, say members of one Colorado parish that has launched a family-friendly initiative inspired by the late Pope's example.
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Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 06:00 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us. 1 day 21 hours
Manchester, United Kingdom, Apr 16, 2014 / 05:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need for "a renewed love for the priesthood."
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Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 05:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Bl. John Paul II's key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith.
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Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 01:35 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis is contributing to the fight against human trafficking by making the matter a frequent point of public discourse, says a U.S. ambassador who specializes in the subject.
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Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 01:32 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is "both extreme and dangerously ambiguous" in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws.
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Vatican City, Apr 16, 2014 / 01:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement which will be made to the U.N. next month is routine, and a part of its obligations as a signatory to the treaty. 2 days 2 hours
Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 11:39 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison "Regina Coeli" will receive a pocket-sized copy of the Gospels as a gift from Pope Francis for Easter. 2 days 15 hours
Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 08:22 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations. 2 days 19 hours
Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2014 / 05:38 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The internet and social media have caused major changes in human communication, but also create a "tremendous opportunity" for evangelization, a communications expert with the U.S. bishops has said.
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Vatican City, Apr 15, 2014 / 05:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27.
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