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The Pope’s Pentecost Message of Christian Unity

Published on THE STREAM Last weekend, on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis joined in worship and praise with Christians from across confessional lines. Pentecostal, Evangelical and Catholic Christians from around the world gathered for the fiftieth anniversary of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. He told the faithful, Today, we are here in the open […]

Pope on Pentecost: Division isn’t from the Holy Spirit

Published on Catholic News Agency by Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Jun 4, 2017 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis said that division doesn’t come from the Holy Spirit, who forms the universal Church with both unity and diversity – and we must pray to resist the temptation to encourage division. The […]

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for everyone, Pope Francis says

Published on Catholic News Agency By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Jun 4, 2017 / 11:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis said that the grace of the Holy Spirit is for everyone – something we must keep in mind as we continue to walk the path toward Christian unity through prayer and good works. “Share […]

The Most Important Question of Your Life

Jesus asked that question of his disciples. And we are his contemporary disciples, and he’s asking us today. The encounter is recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter sixteen, and the Gospel of St. Mark, chapter six. Matthew gives us a little more detail, and here’s the context: the disciples had been walking with […]

The Way – The First Christians

The early followers of Jesus were first called Christians at Antioch – that means followers of Christ, followers of the Messiah. So what were they call before that? They were called The Way, and the new way because they lived differently. They lived differently because of their encounter with the Lord Jesus. They thought differently. […]

Understanding the Feast of the Ascension as the Portal to Eternity

Throughout most of the Catholic Church around the world we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday. In some places, the Feast is transferred to Sunday. However, whether celebrated on Thursday or Sunday, it is meant to be a cause for celebration. It can be – IF we allow the Holy Spirit to show […]

Pope Francis Resets Marian Devotion on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Published on Catholic Online. Permission to republish is granted On the centennial of the Apparition of Mary, the Mother of the Lord, to the children of Fatima, Pope Francis spoke from a pastors heart to hundreds of thousands who had gathered. Francis has a deep love for Mary, the Mother of the Lord. He is […]

President Trump: Restore the Office of Faith Based Initiatives

Today, President Donald Trump will sign an Executive Order protecting religious liberty. I thank God for this, but there’s another way he could send a strong signal of his respect for religious bodies. He could restore the near-moribund Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. His predecessor left the office on life support. President George W. Bush created the White House Office […]

Road to Emmaus – Jesus Walks with Us on the Road of Life

Published on Catholic.org In the Gospel of Luke, the Apostle recounts the story of the disciples walking along the road toward Emmaus, forlorn and perplexed over the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. (Luke 24:13-35) Jesus draws near to them on their journey – but they do not recognize Him. This failure to recognize Jesus is […]

Feast of Divine Mercy: Doubting Thomas and the Wounds that Heal Our Disbelief

Published on Catholic Online. Permission to re-publish granted The Second Sunday of Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday in the Roman Liturgical Calendar. The Gospel for the Liturgy (John 20: 19-31) recounts one of the Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ to his disciples. The glorified Jesus appears to his disciples, coming through locked doors and says […]