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  • ‘To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands: ‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.

  • Every word of God is tested ; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Add nothing to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be exposed as a deceiver. Two things I ask of you, deny them not to me before I die: Put falsehood and lying far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; (provide me only with the food I need;) Lest, being full, I deny you, saying, "Who is the LORD?" Or, being in want, I steal, and profane the name of my God.

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  • On Sept. 23, the Catholic Church remembers the Italian Franciscan priest St. Pio of Petrelcina, better known as “Padre Pioâ€� and known for his suffering, humility and miracles. The man later known by these names was originally named Francesco Forgione, born to his parents Grazio and Maria in 1887. His parents had seven children, two of whom died in infancy. They taught the five surviving children to live their faith through daily Mass, family prayer of the rosary, and regular acts of penance. Francesco had already decided at a young age to dedicate his entire life to God. At age 10, he felt inspired by the example of a young Capuchin Franciscan, and told his parents: “I want to be a friar – with a beard.â€� Francesco’s father spent time in America, working to finance his son’s education so he could enter the religious life. On Jan. 22, 1903, Francesco donned the Franciscan habit for the first time. He took the new name Pio, a modernized Italian form of “Pius,â€� in honor of Pope St. Pius V. He made his solemn vows four years later, and received priestly ordination in the summer of 1910. Shortly after, he first received the Stigmata – Christ’s wounds, present in his own flesh. Along with these mystical but real wounds, Padre Pio also suffered health problems that forced him to live apart from his Franciscan community for the first six years of his priesthood. By 1916 he managed to re-enter community life at the Friary of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he lived until his death. He handled many duties as a spiritual director and teacher, covering for brothers drafted into World War I. During 1917 and 1918, Padre Pio himself briefly served in a medical unit of the Italian army. He later offered himself as a spiritual “victimâ€� for an end to the war, accepting suffering as a form of prayer for peace. Once again, he received the wounds of Christ on his body. They would remain with him for 50 years, through a succession of global conflicts. Against his own wishes, the friar’s reputation for holiness, and attending miracles, began to attract huge crowds. Some Church officials, however, denounced the priest and had him banned from public ministry in 1931. Pope Pius XI ended the ban two years later, and his successor Pius XII encouraged pilgrimages to Padre Pio’s friary. Known for patient suffering, fervent prayer, and compassionate spiritual guidance, Padre Pio also lent his efforts to the establishment of a major hospital, the “Home to Relieve Suffering.â€� Padre Pio died in 1968, and was declared a saint in 2002. Three years after his death, Pope Paul VI marveled at his simple and holy life in an address to the Capuchin Order. “A worldwide following gathered around him ... because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was – it is not easy to say it – one who bore the wounds of our Lord,â€� Pope Paul explained. “He was a man of prayer and suffering.â€�

  • Le pape François appelle de ses vœux une « contribution » commune de juifs et chrétiens pour « la justice et la paix ». Il a en effet adressé un message de vœux au grand rabbin Riccardo Di Segni et à la communauté juive de Rome, à l’occasion des grandes fêtes d’automne : Roch Hachana (Nouvel An juif, jeudi 25 et ...

  • Les préparatifs du 51e Congrès eucharistique international qui se tiendra à Cebu, aux Philippines, du 24 au 31 janvier 2016, sont déjà lancés : le Comité pontifical pour les congrès eucharistiques internationaux se réunira en effet au Vatican pour faire le point, du 25 au 27 septembre 2014. Parmi les participants...

  • Le pape François prie pour la fin de l'épidémie d'Ebola qui sévit en Afrique de l'Ouest, rendant hommage aux missionnaires et aux soignants qui se dédient aux malades. En rencontrant les évêques de la Conférence épiscopale du Ghana, ce matin, 23 septembre 2014, au Vatican, le pape a en effet évoqué l'épidémie, qu...

  • « La vie chrétienne, c'est simple : écouter la Parole de Dieu et la mettre en pratique... Rien de plus », affirme le pape François. Lors de la messe de ce 23 septembre 2014 à Sainte-Marthe, le pape a médité sur les foules qui « suivaient Jésus car ses paroles touchaient le cœur ». Or, a-t-il fait observer, aujour...

  • Marginaliser les personnes âgées, c'est « appauvrir la société de leur sagesse, de leur expérience et de leur présence enrichissante », affirme le Saint-Siège : le nombre croissant de personnes âgées les invite au contraire à « contribuer à la société plus longtemps ». A la veille de la rencontre du pape avec les...