How Pope Francis gives witness to the 'new holiness'

How Pope Francis gives witness to the 'new holiness'

Laurence Freeman - The Tablet - Articles

The Pope’s idea of holiness embeds a prophetic anger against the dull mediocrity of consumerist individualism but, no less, against intellectualised religiosity. In the five short, well-crafted chapters of his new exhortation Francis speaks from a Catholic pulpit but his audience is the whole of humanity in its contemporary crisis of faith.

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

Why Syria's patriarchs back Assad

Samuel Lieven - La Croix International - World Issues

Three patriarchs — two of them Orthodox and the other Catholic — have co-signed a statement strongly condemning the Western air strikes against Syrian government positions while reasserting their support for the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies.

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad)

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad)

Joseph Santiago, cmf - Church Issues

“On the call to holiness in the contemporary world”. Much of the document was written in the second person, speaking directly to the individual reading it. "With this exhortation I would like to insist primarily on the call to holiness that the Lord addresses to each of us, the call that He also addresses, personally, to you," he wrote near the beginning. 

Gaudete et Exsultate: A help for our conversion and fulfilment, not an instrument for ideological wars

Gaudete et Exsultate: A help for our conversion and fulfilment, not an instrument for ideological wars

Christopher Morgan - Catholic Voices - Church Issues

The day the Papal Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, was released a tweet was posted noting it was probably best not to read the document trying to find lines to disagree with or delighting in how the Pope called out one’s ideological enemies. It concluded “simply read and ask the Holy Spirit to help us become holier!”

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday of Easter – Year B –

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday of Easter – Year B –

Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org - Homilies

Wonder and fear always accompany even today, the manifestations of the Lord “in the middle” to his communities. Wonder and fear are the images of the radical changes that the apparition of the Risen Christ brings to human life. With its radiance, the light of Easter reveals the pettiness of each withdrawal to the current world and opens the minds and hearts on absolutely new reality to the world of the resurrected, world that fascinates and inspires wonder and fear, for it is God’s world.

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