Pope Francis honors elderly at Vatican


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From ABC News:

Pope Francis on Sunday hailed the value of the elderly, including his predecessor Benedict XVI, who joined him at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square honoring the contribution of grandparents to society.

Tens of thousands of people, many of them grandparents and grandchildren, applauded when Francis said that Benedict’s living in papal retirement at the Vatican is “like having the wise grandfather at home.” Benedict, seated, clasped his hands together and extended them toward Francis in a sign of gratitude.

Francis warmly embraced the frail, 87-year-old Benedict, who used a cane and wore a long white coat despite the warmth of a summerlike morning.

Francis, 77, said group homes for elderly with no families were OK as long as they are “not prisons.” He lamented that the elderly are often “forgotten, hidden, neglected,” calling that treatment tantamount to a kind of euthanasia.

Referring also to himself, Francis described old age as a “time of grace.”

“Grandparents who have received the blessing of seeing the children of their children are entrusted with a great task: transmitting the experience of life, the history of a family, of a community, of a people, sharing, with simplicity, wisdom, and faith itself — the most precious inheritance,” the pope added.

Read the whole story at ABC News.

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The Heart of a Shepherd

papa-agnelloFr. Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary and founder of Word on Fire, released a new video called Evangelizing with the Heart of a Shepherdin which he discusses 6 practical recommendations for those who want to actively seek the lost and shepherd people back to the Church. Some of the recommendations are:

1. Pray

“I know it sounds maybe a little facile or pious, but in the Bible nothing great is ever accomplished, ever, apart from prayer.”

2. Attract, don’t wag your finger

“In our post-modern time, people don’t respond very well to being told what to do. It’s much better, and Pope Francis emphasizes this a lot, to begin with the attractive quality of Christianity. Show the beauty and the form of the Christian life and let people be drawn to it.”

3. Preach the encounter

“When you look in the Gospels, what you see over and over again is … Jesus encountering somebody who’s bringing a question, an anxiety, a deep human concern, a pain; and then that meets an answer coming from the Lord.”

Watch the video below to see the rest!

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Thousands gather for prayer, Eucharistic procession in response to Oklahoma City ‘black mass’

From the National Catholic Register:

Thousands of Catholics across Oklahoma responded to a sparsely attended black mass in Oklahoma City with prayers, Eucharistic processions, and demonstrations, as the city’s archbishop emphasized God’s love and mercy.

“We are gathered as witnesses to hope at a time when darkness seems to be gaining ground both here and around the world,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a homily for a Holy Hour at Oklahoma City’s St. Francis of Assisi parish on the afternoon of Sept. 21 attended by more than 2,000.

… The occult group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu had scheduled a black mass at the city-run music hall. A black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony that invokes Satan and mocks the Mass, involving the desecration of the Eucharist, generally by stealing a consecrated Host from a parish and using it in a profane, sexual ritual.

Adam Daniels, who organized the event, had claimed to have in his possession a consecrated host mailed to him by a friend. However, on Aug. 21 his attorney gave the reputed Host to a priest of the Oklahoma City archdiocese after a facing a lawsuit that charged the host was stolen property.

… [Bishop Edward Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa] said that black mass organizers “embrace evil and anger and revenge” while Catholics preach “God loving humanity. Forgiveness, love, mercy and peace.”

“We counteract hate by forgiveness, by love and by showing what is beautiful.”

Read the whole story at the National Catholic Register.



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