Monthly Archives: March 2018

Pope at Easter Vigil: The resurrection breaks the silence of Christ's death

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2018 / 02:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, Pope Francis said the announcement of Christ’s resurrection was the greatest message in history, one that broke the silence of his death and gave us hope in the dark.

The hours following Christ’s passion “are the hours when the disciple stands speechless in pain at the death of Jesus. What words can be spoken at such a moment?” the Pope said March 31.

This “silent night” is the same night we, his disciples, experience today, he continued, but amid this silence comes “the …read more



Prisoners in Rome thank Francis for 'making sure we're not forgotten'

Rome, Italy, Mar 31, 2018 / 01:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ Holy Thursday Mass at a prison in Rome was more than just another event for the inmates who participated – it was a sign that while invisible to the world outside, they had not been forgotten.

“Yesterday is a moment that I think is going to resonate through the prison for at least the whole next entire year. I think it’s a moment that touched every single guard and every single prisoner who was there,” seminarian Alex Nevitt told CNA March 30.

A seminarian in his third year …read more



French bishops unite in declaration against assisted suicide

Paris, France, Mar 31, 2018 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a push to legalize physician-assisted suicide in parts of Europe, 118 French bishops signed a declaration this week promoting end-of-life care and explaining the Church’s opposition to suicide in all forms.

“Whatever our convictions, the end of life is a time we all will live and a concern we share. Everyone must be able to think as calmly as possible, avoiding the pitfalls of passions and pressures,” the bishops said in the document.

“We want, above all, to express our full compassion for our brothers and sisters at the …read more



Analysis: Paul VI is truly the pope of 'Humanae Vitae'

Vatican City, Mar 31, 2018 / 09:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Paul VI’s love for life, highlighted in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, is at the center of the miracles that paved the way to his beatification and canonization, both of which involved unborn children.

Because of these miracles, “Paul VI might be invoked as the protector of the rising life,” Fr. Antonio Marrazzo, the postulator of his cause of canonization, told CNA.

As noted, both of Pope Paul VI’s approved miracles were performed for unborn children. In neither of the two cases was the mother ever in mortal danger. …read more



March 31: Psalm 23:1; Psalm 84:11; Matthew 6:33; Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 4:19; 1 Timothy 6:17; Psalm 74:20; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 4:18–19; John 3:19; John 12:46; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 John 2:11; 1 John 4:7–8

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Pope Francis: Homily at the Easter Vigil (National Catholic Register)

Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica (video, booklet). “We began this celebration outside, plunged in the darkness of the night and the cold,” he preached. “We felt an oppressive silence at the death of the Lord, a silence with which each of us can identify, a silence that penetrates to the depths of the heart of every disciple, who stands wordless before the cross.” …read more



Psalm 108:1-5

Psalm 108

A song. A psalm of David.

My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, higher than the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

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