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The following is a translation of a reflection posted by Madonna Lee on Pope Francis’ Visit to South America on our Chinese website. Each week, Madonna posts a reflection on what she sees happening in the Church, and many come back each week to read her reflections. Now and then, we would like to share ...read more
Much has been made of the messages Pope Francis delivered during his visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. As always, the pope made reference to local saints and historical episodes in his homilies and addresses, thrilling the locals and confusing foreigners following on television. Here’s a rundown of the some of the people and things ...read more
On Monday, July 13, 2015, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation, was featured on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air with John Harper. Listen to the full interview that covers topics ranging from the Pope’s recent trip to South America to Laudato Si and his upcoming trip to Cuba, the United States and ...read more
Below you will find the full text of Pope Francis’ impromptu address to the youth in Paraguay: Dear Young People, Good Afternoon! After having read the Gospel, Orlando came up to me and said, “I ask you to pray for the freedom of each one of us, of everyone”. This is the blessing which Orlando ...read more
On Sunday, July 12, 2015, Pope Francis concluded his visit to South America with a meeting with young people in Asunción, Paraguay. Below you will find the prepared text which the Pope did not read:   Dear Young People, I am happy to be with you in this atmosphere of celebration. Happy to listen to ...read more
Following the conclusion of Holy Mass in Ñu Guazú and the words of Archbishop Edmundo Ponziano Valenzuela Mellid of Asunción, Pope Francis delivered the follow Angelus address: I thank the Archbishop of Asuncion, the Most Reverend Edmundo Ponziano Valenzuela Mellid, and the Orthodox Archbishop of South America, Tarasios, for their kind words. At the end ...read more
On Sunday morning, July 12, 2015, during his last day in Paraguay, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in the military airbase of Ñu Guazú, the same place Saint John Paul II canonized St. Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz and companions during his Apostolic Journey to Paraguay in 1988. Below you will find the full text of his homily: “The ...read more
This morning, Pope Francis left the Apostolic Nunciature and went by car to the barrio of Bañado Norte di Asunción, an area where many poor people live and where the Church and the State provide various projects of social assistance. The Pope was welcomed at the chapel of San Juan Bautista by Jesuit Fr. Ireneo ...read more
Last week, I asked for your ideas. How would you define Marriage? The point is not to re-define Marriage, but to try to figure out what Marriage really is and why the Church teaches what she teaches about the true nature and design of Marriage. The first comment I received was from Rosemarie via Facebook: “Marriage ...read more
On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Pope Francis met with Paraguayan bishops, priests, seminarins and nuns for Vespers. Below you can find the full text of his address at the conclusion of vespers:  How good it is for all of us to pray Vespers together! How can we not dream of of a Church which reflects ...read more