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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect in April the successor of the Grand Master

February 15, 2017. On 29 April the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

The Art of Preaching: What makes a good Homily?

2015-03-01

What exactly is a good homily? What does it take for a message to hit home. We asked people around St. Peter's Square, for their opinion. 

"It has to be short, concise and straight to the point.” 

"I think it should speak to your heart, to your soul and heart.” 

"They need to get the message out to their Congregation and that depends on actually knowing who you're speaking to.” 

"It should be short, I think max, 10 minutes is acceptable.”

For better or worse, people usually judge the Mass by the quality of the homily. 

Now the Vatican is also weighing in. It issued a document to give priests and seminarians a few tips on preparing for homilies. It shouldn't be a catechism course, it reads, but rather, a way to explain Church teaching through the Gospel.  


FR. DAVID RIDER
"I found that people really relate to images and to stories.”

Father David Rider has been a priest for nine months. As a young priest, he says the key is to reflect on what the reading says to both the priest and the congregation. Being prepared, is a must. 

FR. DAVID RIDER
"Pope Francis has an interesting line in Evangelii Gaudium where he says, priests who say, I’m going to rely on the Holy Spirit and make it up on the spot and let the Spirit guide me. He says, they are not Spiritual they are irresponsible.” 

The Vatican document also includes a portion of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation, 'Evangelii Gaudium' where it says that, for the most part the homilies should be brief. There should be a balanced mix of theology and practicality.

FR. DAVID RIDER
"If a priest is using language that is very familiar to him from his studies and that would be understood by other priests and seminarians, he’s probably not using language that people need to hear. He’s got to simplify his language.” 

The document also includes tips on giving homilies for weddings and funerals and special Christian holidays. 

Perhaps the best example is Pope Francis, whose homilies are always to the point, practical, moving and usually also challenging. 


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