26th World Day of the Sick – February 11, 2018[World Day of the Sick Message];
The theme for this year’s Day of the Sick is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “Woman, behold your son … Behold your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27)…
3. John, as a disciple who shared everything with Jesus, knows that the Master wants to lead all people to an encounter with the Father. He can testify to the fact that Jesus met many people suffering from spiritual sickness due to pride (cf. Jn 8:31-39) and from physical ailments (cf. Jn 5:6). He bestowed mercy and forgiveness upon all, and healed the sick as a sign of the abundant life of the Kingdom, where every tear will be wiped away. Like Mary, the disciples are called to care for one another, but not only that. They know that Jesus’ heart is open to all and excludes no one. The Gospel of the Kingdom must be proclaimed to all, and the charity of Christians must be directed to all, simply because they are persons, children of God.
6. Jesus bestowed upon the Church his healing power: “These signs will accompany those who believe… they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mk 16:17-18). In the Acts of the Apostles, we read accounts of the healings worked by Peter (cf. Acts 3:4-8) and Paul (cf. Acts 14:8-11). The Church’s mission is a response to Jesus’ gift, for she knows that she must bring to the sick the Lord’s own gaze, full of tenderness and compassion. Health care ministry will always be a necessary and fundamental task, to be carried out with renewed enthusiasm by all, from parish communities to the most largest healthcare institutions. We cannot forget the tender love and perseverance of many families in caring for their chronically sick or severely disabled children, parents and relatives. The care given within families is an extraordinary witness of love for the human person; it needs to be fittingly acknowledged and supported by suitable policies. Doctors and nurses, priests, consecrated men and women, volunteers, families and all those who care for the sick, take part in this ecclesial mission. It is a shared responsibility that enriches the value of the daily service given by each. [Read full text]
First World Day of the Poor[World Day of the Poor Message];
At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, I wanted to offer the Church a World Day of the Poor, so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need. To the World Days instituted by my Predecessors, which are already a tradition in the life of our communities, I wish to add this one, which adds to them an exquisitely evangelical fullness, that is, Jesus’ preferential love for the poor.
The New Charter for Health Care Workers(Select Booklet to order)
is a revision and updating of the earlier 1995 edition, also produced by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers. The work is divided into three major sections: “Procreating,” “Living,” and “Dying,” each of which lays out authoritative teachings in medical ethics grounded in the traditional resources of the Church. There are extensive citations to magisterial documents. The book will be of service to all who are working in healthcare, especially those in Catholic facilities or who are attending to Catholic patients. The text has been faithfully translated from the Italian by The National Catholic Bioethics Center. From the Preface: “The Charter certainly cannot amount to an exhaustive treatment of all the problems and questions that come up in the field of healthcare and sickness, but it was produced to offer the clearest possible guidelines for the ethical problems that must be addressed in the world of healthcare in general, in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the magisterium of the Church.”
AMORIS LAETITIA – On Love in the Family
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis
[Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation];
Document Outline (Article 6):
» I will begin with an opening chapter inspired by the Scriptures, to set a proper tone.
» I will then examine the actual situation of families, in order to keep firmly grounded in reality.
» I will go on to recall some essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, thus paving the way for
» two central chapters dedicated to love.
» I will then highlight some pastoral approaches that can guide us in building sound and fruitful homes in accordance with God’s plan,
» with a full chapter devoted to the raising of children.
» Finally, I will offer an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us
» and conclude with a brief discussion of family spirituality.
Recommendation on Reading the Text: (Article 7)
I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text. The greatest benefit, for families themselves and for those engaged in the family apostolate, will come if each part is read patiently and carefully…
SYNOD ON THE FAMILY OCTOBER 4-25, 2015, VATICAN CITY
The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Theme: The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.
Opening Homily by The Holy Father, Pope Francis [Homily];
The Holy Father again addresses the Synod on October 6, 2015 [Article — Full Text not Available];
Catholic New Agency — News on the Synod [Read More]
POPE FRANCIS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA September 23-27, 2015
Calendar of Events from EWTN & all Addresses from The Holy Father, Pope Francis [Read More].
Pope Francis’ Visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor [Read More][Pictures from the Sisters]
“NEW” Encyclical Released
Thursday, June 18, 2015
On the Care of Our Common Home.
[Link to Vatican Website]
Year of Consecrated Life – 2015
The Dicastery presents a shared itinerary, a space for personal, communal & institutional reflection as we journey towards 2015, the year the Church has dedicated to religious life, with the desire and the intention of making courageous evangelical decisions leading to revitalization, bearing fruits of joy.
Preparatory Letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life [Read More].
Be Glad, Rejoice, Radiate Joy: Listening — Joy, the beauty of consecration — Your calling — Found, touched, transformed, Joy, a faithful ‘yes’;
Comfort, Comfort My People: Listening — Bringing God’s embrace — Tenderness is good for us — Closeness as companionship — The restlessness of love;
For Reflection & Questions from Pope Francis
Synod on the Family
The 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops with the Theme: “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” met October 5-19, 2014.
Pope Francis’ address at the Conclusion of this Initial Meeting of the Synod on the Family, October 18, 2014 [Read]
Message of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Sunday, October 18, 2014 [Read]
The Interim Report entitled “Relatio Synodi” of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evengelization” (5-19 October 2014) is now available in English [Read more. Note the document released on October 13th did not reflect the consensus of the Synod Fathers. Watch the website for the the English translation of the final interim document. [Read more]
Some Upcoming Vatican Events
2015 September 25-27 – World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia (Papal Visit Sep 26 & 27. The Holy Father is expected to participate in the Festival of Families, an intercultural celebration of family life around the world, which would be held on Saturday, September 26th, and a Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, September 27. Both of these events will be open to the public (Registration to World Day of Families is not required for the Papal visit). [Read more]
29th World Youth Day, 2014 – Theme: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
30th World Youth Day, 2015 – Theme: Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
31st World Youth Day, 2016 (Krakow) – Theme: Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (Pastoral Care)
November 20-22, 2014 – PCHCW Annual Conference, Vatican City. Theme: Autism
November 21-23, 2013 – PCHCW Annual Conference in Vatican City. Theme: The Elderly
June 14-15, 2013 – PCHCW, IV International Study Meeting, Vatican City, Theme: The Child as a Person and as a Patient: Therapeutic Approaches Compared. Attended by Marylee Meehan, NACN-USA Member and PCHCW Member appointed to the council by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The General Session addressed Pediatric Medicine Faced with Malaise and Disturbance in Children and the Suffering Child: Experiences Compared. There were 36 presenters from around the world with every continent represented.