Pope Francis gives interview to Belgian youth

Photo credit: Catholic News Service

Photo credit: Catholic News Service

On March 31 at the Vatican, Pope Francis gave an interview to a group of young people from Flanders, Belgium, who were accompanied by Bishop Luc Van Looy, bishop of Ghent. Among the topics discussed were happiness, the pope’s love of the poor, and how to witness to those who do not believe in God. The group included a group of four who had attended World Youth Day in Rio, as well as a young woman who is an atheist.

Catholic News Agency recently released a transcript of the interview. Below are a few of the young peoples’ questions and the Holy Father’s answers:

You have shown your great love of the poor and the wounded in many ways. Why is this so important for you?

Because this is the heart of the Gospel. I am a believer. I believe in God. I believe in Jesus Christ and his Gospel.  And, the core of the Gospel is the proclamation to the poor. When you read the Beatitudes, for example, or you read Matthew 25, you see there how Jesus is clear in this. The core of the Gospel is this. And Jesus says of himself, “I came to announce to the poor, freedom, health, the grace of God…” To the poor. Those who need salvation, that need to be welcomed in society. Then, if you read the Gospel, you see that Jesus had a certain preference for the marginalized. The lepers, the widows, orphaned children, the blind… marginalized people. And also the great sinners… and this is my consolation! Yes, because He is not even scared of sin! When he came across a person like Zaccheus, who was a thief, or like Matthew, who was a traitor to his heritage (patria) for money, He was not afraid! He looked at the them and he chose them. Also this is a poverty: the poverty of sin. For me, the heart of the Gospel is of the poor. (more…)

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Top 100 “Proudly Catholic” Movies

the-sound-of-music-1920x1080The new film Noah has caused quite a stir, receiving both praise and criticism from its Christian viewers. However, Noah is just one of many Christian-themed movies that have been made over the years. In fact, The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College recently released a list of the Top 100 “Proudly Catholic” Movies. The Gregorian Institute polled 6,500 online readers, who voted on their favorite “Proudly Catholic” movie, and the list is the result of their votes. Below are the Top 10:

1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
2. A Man for all Seasons (1966)
3. The Sound of Music (1965)
4. Les Miserables (2012)
5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
6. For Greater Glory (2012)
7. The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
8. The Song of Bernadette (1943)
9. The Mission (1986)
10. Ben Hur (1959)


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Fun Find: USCCB’s Five Things to Remember

USCCBLOGDo you like to keep up with what’s going on in the Catholic world, but sometimes miss the news on Immaculate Heart Radio? A great place to get a quick run-down on the day’s Catholic news and events is the USCCB’s Five Things to Remember.

This is a feature of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Blog, and is updated daily by their Social Media Strategist, Matt Palmer. Each day runs through the  news and events from the Church in America and around the world. Bookmark it to stay informed and inspired each day!

To give you an idea of what information they provide, here is yesterday’s 5 Things to Remember: (more…)

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