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Welcome Jesus as a Friend, Look for Him Among the Living Not Among Problems of Culture
VATICAN CITY, March 30, 2013 -- Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as a friend during the Church's most holy night of the year.

Catholics for the Common Good Pope Francis

Papal Preacher Urges Church: Remove Barriers to the Gospel
VATICAN CITY, March 29, 2013 -- On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is opening for the Church” and remove any obstacles that stand in the way of sharing Christ.

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.”

Reflections on the
Method of Saint John Paul II

Government Cannot Take Away
True Freedom, Archbishop Chaput Teaches
- Government cannot give or take away the ultimate freedom found in obedience to God, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops' “Fortnight for Freedom.”

Pope Says:
True Greatness Found
in Humble Service

- Pope Benedict XVI says that the path to real greatness in life is not found in self-promotion but in sacrificial love towards God and other people. 

Blessed Are the Persecuted:
Catechesis on Persecution
By the Successor of Peter

ROME, April 23, 2012 – Benedict XVI explains how to respond to the persecutions that are still hitting Christians today. In the same way as the apostles. Without fear, without revenge. With freedom, courage, prayer.

The Apostles' Response to Persecution
Wednesday Catechesis of Pope Benedict XVI

Father Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Papal Household

Homily to the Papal Household:
Enter into the Mystery of the Trinity,
The Mystery of Love
VATICAN, March 15, 2012 -- In our days, it is particularly relevant to “revisit the Fathers of the Church, not only to understand the content of the Faith in its earliest form, but even more, to rediscover the vital unity between faith as it is professed, and faith as it is lived – between the thing itself, and its enunciation.”

Jesus, the face of God, the face of the New Evangelization

Jesus, Our Contemporary
VATICAN, February 2012 -- An important conference was held in Rome in early Feburary with a provacative title, "Jesus, Our Contemporary." Strikingly, it was part of an interreligious dialogue that brought together not just Catholics, but Protestants, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, nonbelievers. It is part of an ongoing project by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, in support of Pope Benedict's emphasis of the mission of the Church to lead people to God. The question is what God? As Pope Benedict has written to the bishops of the world, "Not just any god, but the God who spoke on Sinai; to that God whose face we recognize in a love which presses 'to the end' – in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen." Read Cardinal Ruini's own description of the conference.

Pope Benedict speaks to Cardinals at Consistory Chair of Peter "The Church does not exist for her own sake, but she has to point beyond herself, to the realms above..."

Pope Benedict: Faith Without Love
Would No Longer Be an Authentic Christian Faith
VATICAN, February 19, 2012 -- Pope's homily at mass in Vatican Basilica, with the newly-created cardinals, on the solemnity of the Chair of Saint Peter. "The Church does not exist for her own sake, but she has to point beyond herself, to the realms above..."

How to Win the Culture War
FEATURE ESSAY: To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him. You cannot win a war (1) if you simply sew peace banners on a battlefield, (2) if you fight civil wars against your allies, or (3) if you use the wrong weapons.

Man's Face is Painted from the Inside
"Virtuous human action-- an icon of God.
Aquinas's vision of Christian morality."

Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP, Theologian to the Papal Household

Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI,
Year of Faith- Porta Fidei

Pope's Letter Explains
Urgent Need for 'Year of Faith'

"Porta Fidei" (Door of Faith)
VATICAN CITY, October 17, 2011-- Pope XVI Benedict says the Church's "Year of Faith," starting October 2012, comes in response to a "profound crisis of faith that has affected many people" and left them searching for answers.

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