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Be patient even in the midst of trials, Pope encourages

Feb 17, 2014 - 11:48 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis emphasized that God is not a “sorcerer” who does what we want, but rather has a plan that we should wait for with patience even when we face challenges.

Council of cardinals begin third set of reform meetings

Feb 17, 2014 - 08:46 am .- Meeting for the third time since its institution, the Council of Eight has reconvened in Rome to address the economic affairs of the Holy See, and will continue their discussions over the next three days.

Gossip is poisonous, insists Pope

Feb 16, 2014 - 06:21 am .- Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life.

A stationary Christian has a sickness of identity, Pope reflects

Feb 14, 2014 - 11:00 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis addressed the identity of a Christian, saying that the faithful must “go out” and “walk” as disciples that are astute and who announce the Gospel with joy.

Pope warns against a weakened faith that leads to idolatry

Feb 13, 2014 - 11:40 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis encouraged all present to pursue God rather than their own passions, noting how the Old Testament figure Solomon “lost his faith” to idolatry despite being wise.

Pope lauds fruitful dialogue between Jews, Catholics

Feb 13, 2014 - 05:16 am .- In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis highlighted the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that their shared roots obligate them to work together to in building a just society.

Vatican analyst explores continuity of Francis, Benedict in book

Feb 12, 2014 - 06:55 am .- Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election, stating that there is strong coherence between the two pontiffs.

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Feb 11, 2014 - 03:16 am .- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff.

Pope: Marriage cannot be based simply on emotional satisfaction

Feb 10, 2014 - 02:37 pm .- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations.

Pope meets with Sri Lankans, welcomes invitation to visit

Feb 8, 2014 - 11:23 am .- Today the Pope met with over 1,500 Sri Lankan pilgrims, assuring them of his prayers for continued peace in the conflict-ridden nation and expressing his hope for a future visit.

Sainthood causes of over 100 martyrs advanced by Pope

Feb 8, 2014 - 11:04 am .- The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests.

Pope encourages faithful to be humble disciples of Christ

Feb 7, 2014 - 11:28 am .- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the witness of John the Baptist from the Gospel, highlighting how the saint lived and died with humility and urging all to follow in his example.

Pope's Harley, leather jacket auctioned for over $350,000

Feb 6, 2014 - 01:49 pm .- On Feb. 6, Pope Francis’ autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle and leather jacket were auctioned in France, bringing in more than $350,000 for a local charity in Rome.

Pope urges faithful to pray for the grace of dying in hope

Feb 6, 2014 - 11:32 am .- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the moment of our death, remarking on the beauty of dying in unity with the Church and inviting the faithful to reflect on what legacy they will leave behind.

Bishop: Pop culture's take on Pope an opening for conversion

Feb 5, 2014 - 12:01 am .- A Rolling Stone piece on Pope Francis was an attempt to “hijack” the papacy for secularist causes, but Catholics should be prepared to use the Pope’s “pop culture moment” rather than become its “victim,” Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln has said.

Queen Elizabeth to meet with Pope Francis in April

Feb 4, 2014 - 12:52 pm .- Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3, and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced.

God is a father who never disowns his children, Pope affirms

Feb 4, 2014 - 12:14 pm .- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis compared the love of God to the two fathers in the day's readings, saying that God is a parent who “weeps” for his children and desires them to be close to him.

Pope's Lenten message highlights poverty of Christ

Feb 4, 2014 - 06:06 am .- In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to give the same humble witness in our care for the poor.

Pope: Presentation of Jesus joins young, old

Feb 2, 2014 - 10:34 am .- Pope Francis’ Sunday homily reflected on the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, noting how the event shows both young and old people joyous in their faithfulness to God.

Consecrated life is a gift from God, Pope reflects

Feb 2, 2014 - 08:29 am .- Pope Francis spoke emphatically about the importance of religious life during his Sunday Angelus message.

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April 18, 2014

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Jn 18:1 - 19:42

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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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