Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, gives the keynote address March 25 at the Florida Eucharistic Congress in Jacksonville. (CNS photo/Brandon Duncan, St. Augustine Catholic)

Catholics urged to be open to Christ’s miraculous power to transform

Posted by - March 30, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CNS) — Drawing on the imagery of the empty jars at the wedding feast at Cana, Archbishop Christophe Pierre challenged Catholics at the 2017 Florida Eucharistic Congress to identify what is missing from their lives and ask Jesus to transform them as he did water to wine. Archbishop Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to

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Jacinta and Francisco Marto are pictured with their cousin Lucia dos Santos (right) in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children, thus paving the way for their canonization. (CNS file photo)

Pope recognizes miracle attributed to Fatima visionaries

Posted by - March 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for the causes of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto during a meeting

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Natasa Govekar, director of the theological-pastoral department of the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, is pictured in her office at the Vatican March 21. Govekar said church communications involves creativity. "You can never just cut and paste from the past and, even less, from the world." (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Make way for the Gospel: Vatican ensures media give the message

Posted by - March 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the Vatican Secretariat for Communication works to unify Vatican media efforts, a key pastoral concern is to keep open all the channels that allow Pope Francis to speak to the world. “With a pope who is so naturally communicative, if we don’t put obstacles in his way, we already are

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Faithful in Manila, Philippines, celebrate the Black Nazarene Jan. 7. When Catholics are "deaf to the word of God," their hearts are hardened, and "they lose the meaning of faithfulness," the pope said March 23 in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/Mark R. Cristino, EPA)

Hardened hearts can turn believers into atheists, pope says

Posted by - March 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Not listening to God’s voice can distance Christians from him and lead them instead to seek solace in worldly idols that offer only doubt and confusion, Pope Francis said. When Catholics are “deaf to the word of God,” their hearts are hardened, and “they lose the meaning of faithfulness,” the pope

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Pay close attention to pope’s words and actions, papal nuncio says

Posted by - March 30, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States, gets plenty of questions about Pope Francis. A March 27 discussion at Georgetown University, sponsored by the university’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, was no exception. The nuncio, who sat onstage with John Carr, the initiative’s director, was asked

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Pope Francis speaks as Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan looks on during a meeting with clergy and religious at the cathedral in Milan March 25. The pope was making a one day visit to Milan. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Spread hope, preach Christ, don’t worry about numbers, pope says

Posted by - March 30, 2017

ROME (CNS) — Visiting Milan, the center of Italian fashion and finance, Pope Francis spent the morning with the poor and those who minister to them. He had lunch at the city’s historic San Vittore prison, where all 893 inmates — men and women — are awaiting trial. But Pope Francis began his visit March

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Pope Francis greets a child during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope: God promises the ‘impossible,’ asks people hope against all hope

Posted by - March 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hope is not built on people’s predictions, assurances or line of reasoning, Pope Francis said. Real Christian hope “is not based on our word, but on God’s Word” and promises of salvation and eternal life, the pope said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square March 29. Continuing a series

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While on island last month, Sr. Flor de Maria Alvarez, MMB (center) met with Mt. Carmel School President, Galvin Guerrero to discuss the collaboration of MCS with the Cause for Canonization of Blessed Margarita Maria Maturana. Shown here outside the main High School Building named in her honor in 2015, Sr. MaryAmm Hartmann, MMB (left) accompanied Sr. Flor de Maria that day.

Mother Margarita’s Educational Legacy

Posted by - March 30, 2017

Mother Margarita gave twenty years of her life to education. She was of course, an outstanding educator, but more than that, she cared about the destiny of her pupils. When speaking about her pupils to her sister Leonor, she said: “I like to educate them individually, personally. May Our Lord give me some of His

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