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Pope apologizes for priests' sex abuse, promises strong response

Apr 11, 2014 - 10:36 am .- Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children.

The Christian life is a constant battle against evil, Pope reflects

Apr 11, 2014 - 07:36 am .- Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the topic of temptation, observing that it has a specific structure, and encouraging attendees to learn from scripture how to fight the devil.

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Apr 11, 2014 - 03:31 am .- Responding to an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties involved, encouraging them to foster open dialogue.

Christian unity: a goal common to John XXIII, John Paul II

Apr 11, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Both John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, acted for Church unity and dedicated much of their lives and Magisterium to foster relations among Christian communities.

Vatican, civil authorities join forces against human trafficking

Apr 10, 2014 - 10:02 am .- Gathered in Rome to discuss methods for the eradication of human slavery, both law enforcement and Vatican officials exchanged ideas on how to collaborate in combating the issue and caring for victims.

Pope Francis warns against the dictatorship of narrow thought

Apr 10, 2014 - 07:09 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned faithful against idealizing one’s own way of thinking and encouraged them to be vigilant in prayer, noting that a closed mind leaves no room for God.

Pope mourns 'brutal killing' of priest, urges end to violence

Apr 9, 2014 - 12:17 pm .- In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and appealed to the country’s leaders to foster peace and respect human dignity.

Our lives should have the flavor of the Gospel, Pope observes

Apr 9, 2014 - 04:14 am .- During his general audience Pope Francis began a new catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, drawing specific attention to wisdom and noting that it illuminates our actions and draws us closer to God.

Special adviser appointed to Vatican's 'central bank'

Apr 9, 2014 - 12:00 am .- The Secretariat for the Economy appointed Saturday Franco Dalla Sega as “ad interim” special adviser to the extraordinary section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

Pope Francis to make two pastoral visits over summer

Apr 8, 2014 - 05:23 pm .- This coming summer, Pope Francis will make two pastoral visits inside of Italy, following two previous trips to the Italian cities of Assisi and Lampedusa.

Pope to say Mass of Lord’s Supper at rehab center for disabled persons

Apr 8, 2014 - 01:02 pm .- It was announced April 7 that Pope Francis will say the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at a residential rehabilitation site for disabled persons in Rome.

Christianity is more than a survival guide, Pope insists

Apr 8, 2014 - 08:32 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis focused on how Jesus heals our sin with the Cross, and emphasizing that Christianity is not merely following a written formula, but rather a person who sacrificed for us.

Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

Apr 8, 2014 - 07:18 am .- The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is the first time a Roman Pontiff has traveled to the country in since John Paul II went 25 years ago.

Pope Francis reaffirms importance of Vatican bank's mission

Apr 8, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis approved a proposal Monday on the future of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the “Vatican bank,” affirming its importance for the good of the Church.

God's mercy goes beyond our sin, Pope Francis reflects

Apr 7, 2014 - 12:09 pm .- In his Mass said Monday, Pope Francis reflected on the biblical scene in which Jesus prevents the stoning of an adulterous woman, observing how the Lord’s forgiveness extends even beyond what is considered just.

Those who truly seek goodness will be led to God, Pope affirms

Apr 7, 2014 - 09:03 am .- In his March 31 interview with Belgian communications students, Pope Francis gave a message to both believers and non-believers, stating that if one genuinely seeks beauty, they will find a path to the Lord.

University course highlights role of media in evangelization

Apr 7, 2014 - 04:34 am .- Santa Croce University in Rome is offering a multifaceted communications course, emphasizing the importance of the field for evangelization, and preparing students for difficulties they may encounter.

Transcript: Pope Francis' March 31 interview with Belgian youth

Apr 7, 2014 - 04:29 am .- Pope Francis recently gave an interview at the Vatican to some youth from Flanders (Belgium), accompanied by the Bishop of Ghent, Lucas Van Looy. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian.

Jesus can heal deadened hearts, says Pope

Apr 6, 2014 - 01:12 pm .- Pope Francis delivered a Sunday evening homily at a parish in the south of Rome, preaching about the importance of detaching from sin through the power of Christ’s healing grace.

Pope distributes free copies of Gospels

Apr 6, 2014 - 06:30 am .- Pope Francis handed out free pocket-sized copies of the gospels to crowds filling St. Peter’s square for the Sunday Angelus, as an encouragement to read the word of God.

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April 18, 2014

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First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

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Jn 18:1 - 19:42

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