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John Paul II Seen in Pope Francis, Vatican Official Reflects
On the eighth anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s death, the Vatican official in charge of overseeing his canonization process says that people see some of him in Pope Francis.

Catholics for the Common Good Pope Francis

Women Communicate  God's Look of Love, Pope Says
VATICAN CITY, April 3, 2013 -- During his second Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said that women’s main role in the Church is to communicate God’s love.

Catholics for the Common Good All SaintsEntering the Door of Faith During the Triduum 
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, 2013 --Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter for the Year of Faith written prior to his pontificate has a profound message of hope for us to reflect upon during this Easter Triduum.  Our Holy Father challenges us to approach our faith with humility and a child-like confidence in the Lord and says “Crossing this threshold of the faith supposes that we'll not be ashamed to have the heart of a child who, because he still believes in impossible things, can still live in hope, which is the only thing capable of giving sense to and transforming history. It means asking unceasingly, praying without weakening and adoring so that our vision may be transfigured.”

Catholics for the Common Good Pope Francis

Weigel Thinks Pope Francis
Embodies Church's Future
ROME, March 16, 2013 -- Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the Church to thrive in the modern cultural context.

Catholics for the Common Good Pope Francis

A Pope for
The New Evangelization
ROME, March 15, 2013 -- George Weigel, in a recently published article, provided important insights about Pope Francis that are very exciting. Without getting too theological, it was Blessed John Paul II's Christian personalism, Pope Benedict XVI's theology of communio, as well as their contributions to the New Evangelization that has had such a profound influence on CCG and its unique way of thinking about marriage and family. Pope Francis is from the same rich school and is really the perfect man to build on the foundation laid by his two predecessors.

Holy Trinity by Hendrick van Balen

Art Historian Says Benedict's
'Way of Beauty' Will Continue to Flower
-- Pope Emeritus Benedict's emphasis on beauty as a means to encounter truth and grow in faith is one of the “greatest seeds” planted during his pontificate, says art historian Elizabeth Lev.

What Does Reform
Of the Church Mean?

WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2013 --Hans Kung, out there on the far left fringes of Catholicism, has ideas about the reform of the Catholic Church; so does Bernard Fellay, the schismatic bishop and leader of the hard-right Lefebvrists. The National Catholic Reporter has its notions of Catholic reform; so does the National Catholic Register; neither is likely to agree with the other about the proper reform agenda. Calls for Catholic reform are ubiquitous, across the landscape of Catholic opinion. But how often do we stop and think about what distinguishes authentic Catholic reform from ersatz Catholic reform? Are there criteria that help us understand what’s true and false, in this matter of Catholic reform?

Archbishop Jose Gomez

Archbishop Gomez:
Pope Benedict XVI --
Teacher of Faith

LOS ANGELES, February 22, 2013 -- "I was surprised, as I’m sure you all were, by the Pope’s announcement that he would be stepping down from his office at the end of this month. Pope Benedict XVI has truly been a Holy Father to the family of God, his Catholic Church. His decision to resign is a beautiful, Christ-like act of humility and love for the Church.  This is the act of a saint."

Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Priests from Rome Archdicocese. Farewell meeting. Vatican II discussed.

The War of the Two Councils:
The True and the False
ROME, February 15, 3103 – In the farewell address to the priests of Rome, the startling accusation of Benedict XVI against the political interpretation of Vatican II made by the media, during the assembly and afterward.

“We are certainly not seduced by the naïve expectation that, faced with the great challenges of our time, we shall find some magic formula. No, we shall not be saved by a formula but by a Person, and the assurance which he gives us: I am with you!”
      Blessed John Paul II
     "At the Begining of the
      New Mellenium"

A New Grammar for the Year of Faith
NEW YORK, January 4, 2013 – A New Grammar for the Year of Faith It is the grammar that has in Jesus son of God and son of man its ultimate and definitive center. This "mystical" dimension of Christianity is also the heart of Vatican Council II. A theologian from New York takes part in the discussion opened by "www.chiesa" in Rome.

How to Read
The New "Signs of the Times"

ROME, December 30, 2012 – In Catholic Italy there are fewer and fewer marriages, and there are some who see in this the umpteenth signal of the advent of a post-Christian era. [Here is] an analysis of the current "signs of the times" and how the Church is interpreting them.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishops Urge Catholics To Pray For
Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty

"Part of a Movement"
WASHINGTON, DC, December 6, 2012 —The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty.

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Philadelpia

- The current Year of Faith is an opportunity to counter the cultural relativism that plagues modern society and that has led many in the Church to deny Catholic teaching on important topics, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

Highlights of the Synod From
Vatican Observer Sandro Magister
VATICAN CITY, November 5, 2012 – The most concrete proposals. The most significant remarks. The surprises from Norway and Cambodia. The most applauded of all: a young catechist from Rome. The countermelody of the superior general of the Jesuits

Holy Father's Homily,
Opening of the Synod
New Evangelization
VATICAN, October 7, 2012 -- Marriage had a prominent mention in Pope Benedict's homily as he opened the Synod on the New Evangelization. He noted that, "marriage is called to be not only an object but a subject of the new evangelization." Referring to the readings about marriage of the day from Genesis (2:24) and Matthew (10:7-8), he asked, "What does this word say to us today? It seems to me that it invites us to be more aware of a reality, already well known but not fully appreciated: that matrimony is a Gospel in itself, a Good News for the world of today, especially the dechristianized world". Read the full homily as he set the stage for the Synod Fathers.

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