The Quotable Pope Francis

Photo credit: CNS photo/Paul Haring

Photo credit: CNS photo/Paul Haring

On the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to the papacy, Catholic News Service has compiled a list of “Pope Francis’ top 10 most quotable quotes of the year.”

The quotes come from interviews, speeches, formal papal documents and unscripted morning homilies given by Pope Francis over the last year. Below are some quotes that made the Catholic News Service list:

“Brothers and sisters, good evening. You all know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals have gone almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are.” (First words as pope: March 13, 2013)

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.” (“Lumen Fidei,” June 29, 2013). (more…)

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Marriage support and enrichment a priority for the Church in San Francisco

wedding-couple-holding-handsSan Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone recently told the National Catholic Register that he considers supporting couples in the sacrament of matrimony to be a higher priority than opposing same-sex “marriage” laws. Archbishop Cordileone told the Register:


“The Church, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco in particular, seeks to fulfill the need of supporting and strengthening couples in marriage and family by teaching and forming them in their faith through retreats, seminars and ongoing programs which provide information and formation for engaged and married couples.”

These efforts include all aspects of married life, from strengthening marriage preparation and introducing marriage enrichment programs, to ministering to divorced or separated Catholics, as well as those who experience same-sex attraction.

Ed Hopfner, Director of Marriage and Family Life for the San Francisco Archdiocese, said: (more…)

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Megachurch pastor converts to Catholicism


Ulf Ekman

Ulf Ekman, founder of Word of Life megachurch in Sweden, stunned his congregation on Sunday when he announced he and his wife are converting to Catholicism.

Ekman’s Word of Life ministry includes a congregation of about 3,000 with a staff of 12 pastors. He also launched Scandinavia’s largest Bible school and constructed the largest free church building in Scandinavia. His recorded teachings have been spread around the world, he has published books in 60 languages and his television media program has a presence on all seven continents.

Ekman said of his journey toward Catholicism: (more…)

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