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S+L BLOG: Pentecost



“The gift of the Holy Spirit renews the earth” Pope Francis against the backdrop of St Peter’s Basilica and dressed in scarlet vestments, celebrated Mass on Pentecost Sunday. In his homily, the Holy Father began by focusing on Sunday’s readings saying that, “the word of God, tells us that the Spirit is at work in individuals ...read more
All around us, this miracle of nature reveals the life-giving work of the Holy Spirit. Fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost – when the same Spirit who at the dawn of time hovered over the chaos of nothingness to give us God’s gift of ...read more
Sunday was an historic day at the Vatican, where His Holiness Pope Francis first began by celebrating Sunday Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost. Preaching inside a packed St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis spent his sermon talking of the Holy Spirit as the Master of Life. He said “The Holy Spirit teaches us the way, ...read more
Part two of a reflection for the Solemnity of Pentecost. The readings are Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 103; Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 and John 20: 19-23. Read part one here. My first experience with the Holy Spirit was when I was about 12 years old. A new associate pastor arrived at our parish in Panama that year. ...read more
Part one of a reflection for the Solemnity of Pentecost. The readings are Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 103; Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 and John 20: 19-23. Tomorrow we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and in the readings we have two completely different versions of the same event. In the book of Acts, Luke describes the ...read more
This week on Vatican Connections the Holy See says Pope Francis did not perform an exorcism after Pentecost Mass on May 19. The first of the new curial appointments are made, and our Roman Profile looks at the way past popes have left their mark on the Roman cityscape. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: Newness, Harmony, and Mission at Pentecost; Catholic Charities turns 100; and Fr. Alex Osei is appointed Director of the Canadian English Sector of the Pontifical Mission Societies. ...read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we contemplate and re-live in the liturgy the outpouring of the Holy Spirit sent by the risen Christ upon his Church; an event of grace which filled the Upper Room in Jerusalem and then spread throughout the world. But what happened on that day, so distant from us and yet ...read more
This weekend, 120,000 members of lay movements and ecclesial associations are gathering in Rome to celebrate Pentecost and the Year of Faith. Around 150 different groups from around the world are registered for the events. Under the slogan, “I Believe! Increase our Faith”, the pilgrimage begins at the tomb of St. Peter on Saturday morning. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: On Pentecost Sunday Pope Benedict says we live in a modern day Tower of Babel and suggests ways to overcome the phenomenon. CNS talks to Bishop Bernard Fellay of the SSPX, WYD Rio unveils the patron saints for the big event, and congratulations go out to two S+L family members who received ...read more