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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5





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Pope Francis blesses the faithful with holy water as he celebrates Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 24. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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Synod council discusses working document for October 2015 meeting
At a two-day meeting this week, the “ordinary council” of the Synod of Bishops discussed and revised a draft of the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod’s October 2015 session. Pope Francis chaired the meeting of the ordinary council, along with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops. Along with its work on the instrumentum laboris, the council also discussed the procedures that will be used for the October session.

Pope to Franciscans: Stay true to charism, keep people's respect 
Pope Francis urged Franciscan friars to hold true to their charism of fraternity, humility and poverty and not lose the respect they have earned over the centuries for living up to those ideals. The more one feels small before God and in need of his mercy, "the closer we are to salvation; the more we are convinced of being sinners, the more we are willing to be saved," he said in an audience May 26 with 200 Franciscan leaders.

Pope recalls 500th anniversary of St. Philip Neri’s birth
Pope Francis has sent a message to the Congregation of the Oratory to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of its founder, St. Philip Neri (1515-95). Through the saint’s apostolate in Rome, “commitment to the salvation of souls” was re-emphasized in the Church, and “once again, the Church recovered its understanding that pastors have to be with their people to guide and support their faith,” Pope Francis wrote in his May 26 message.

Think you're important because you have money? Think again, Pope says
In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others. “There are three things, three steps that take us away from Jesus: wealth, vanity and pride,” the Pope told attendees of his May 26 Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. Riches, he said, are dangerous “because they immediately make you vain and you think you are important. And when you think you are important, you build your head up and then you lose it.”

Man behind Globetrotters recalls meeting with pope
As senior vice president of communications for the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Meister coordinated a meeting with Pope Francis and some of the players. The team had just completed a record-setting tour of North America, before traveling to Vatican City where they met and named Pope Francis just the ninth honorary Harlem Globetrotter in team history. May 6 marked the eighth time the Globetrotters have had an audience with a pope -- the most recent in 2000, when St. John Paul II was named the seventh honorary Harlem Globetrotter in team history at the Vatican.

What does Pope Francis miss most? Walking in the streets, eating pizza at restaurants
In a recent interview with an Argentine newspaper, Pope Francis said he misses the “tranquillity of walking in the streets” and that he's always been “callejero” – a man of the city. The interview was published May 24, and is the result of a 45 minute meeting between the pontiff and a journalist and photographer from “La voz del Pueblo.” They spoke in the Vatican's Saint Martha residence where the Pope lives and celebrates daily Mass.


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

Pope Francis, the diplomacy of freedom
Pope Francis gave an important speech this week to the joint committe of the Council for European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and to the Conference of European Churches (CEC). In the speech, the Pope asked Christians not to be divided on ethical issues, and above all he said his categorical no to legislation restricting religious freedom.

A Charismatic Comes Home – Conversion Story of Kevin Stephenson
I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church at twelve years old and became an acolyte. I loved serving and helping with the sacraments. I enjoyed putting on the robes and preparing the elements. I felt I was part of something very sacred. I treasure the memories and experience I had in the Anglican and Episcopalian church growing up. I particularly remember the majestic large cathedral and primary school, which I attended, of St. James Anglican Church in England. It was majestic and the parish priest was well-respected.

Secrets of Fatima ‘lift veil’ on anti-Christian persecution, says Vatican cardinal
The “secrets” of Our Lady of Fatima tell of today’s Christian persecution, in addition to the martyrdom of the past century, Cardinal Angelo Amato has said. The prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes made the comment as he opened a conference on “The Message of Fatima between Charism and Prophecy”. The text of his talk was published on the website of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

Would Jesus Watch “Game of Thrones?”
Usually when an older person asks “Would you be doing this if Jesus was in the room?” it is a rhetorical question. That is, the person asking already knows the answer he or she expects, and so does the person being asked. I want to ask the question as a real question. Would Jesus watch “Game of Thrones?”



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