Sunday, September 18, 2016

When St. Peter's Square was hidden amid the streets of Rome.


 
St. Peter's Basilica was not always visible as it is today. It was hidden in the streets of the Borgo neighborhood.

This is one of many discoveries one can make when visiting "La Spina” exhibition, which goes over the history of the Vatican from ancient Roman times until the Jubilee year of 1950.

CLAUDIO PARISI PRESICCE
Councilman for Cultural Goods (City of Rome)
"There are three Romes: the visible Rome, the hidden Rome, and the invisible Rome, which is a product of all the transformations that this ancient city has undergone throughout time.”

This exhibition sheds light on the invisible Rome, so that the visitor can see what the city looked like in the past.

It is tied together by the Spina di Borgo, a row of buildings that separated St. Peter's Square from the Tiber river, conferring the Vatican a very different appearance from that which it has today.

CLAUDIO PARISI PRESICCE
Councilman for Cultural Good (City of Rome)
"We have explained what this 'thorn' is; this linear segment that goes from the Tiber to St. Peter's Basilica... All its transformations, its meaning throughout time, and the moment when it was torn down, making way for the Via della Conciliazione, inaugurated in 1950.”

The new Via della Conciliazione had a crucial symbolic element. In the spirit of reconciliation brought on by the Lateran Treaty, Mussolini wanted to build a great avenue that represented the new friendly relationship between the Italian Republic and the State of Vatican City, after years of hostility.

The exhibition is located in the Capitoline Museums, in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, and it is open until November 20.
 
 
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

From Pope Francis - September 14, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE
Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 14 September 2016 -



After celebrating Mass for Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was murdered by terrorists in July, Pope Francis went to St. Peter's Square. There he visited thousands of pilgrims who flocked to hear his catechesis.

He explained three of Jesus' phrases in the Gospel...

POPE FRANCIS
"Come to me, take my yoke and learn from me. It is my wish that all world leaders could say the same."

He explained that Jesus makes a request: to imitate him. He is not a master who imposes impossible burdens. Everything He asks for He has done before. He is not a far-away, distant God. He prefers to be among the people.

POPE FRANCIS
"Jesus was not a prince. How terrible it is for the Church when their pastors become princes, away from the people, away from the poorest in society. That is not the spirit of Jesus. Jesus scolded these pastors, and He warned people about these pastors saying: do what they say, but not what they do."

The pope concluded the audience with waving and cheering pilgrims from different countries, the sick, newlyweds and, on this occasion, young people who are now beginning a new academic school year.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

ATLANTIC CITY TRIP: Thursday, August18, 2016

 
Our next trip to Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino will be Thursday, August 18, 2016. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp from the front of St. Columba Church. The cost is $35.00. Please make checks payable to Saint Columba Church and bring check to the St. Columba rectory during office hours or drop it in the Convent mail slot to the attention of Sr. Anna. If you decide to go on that day, the cost is $40.00. Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

From Pope Francis - August 3, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 3 August 2016 -

  

Pope Francis resumed his weekly audiences today at the Paul VI Audience Hall, after taking a break during the month of July. He recounted his experience at WYD in Krakow, including his prayerful moment at the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. He also commented on the unity he witnessed between the youth from around the world. 

The Pope said,"The young continue to be a prophetic sign of hope for the future. Waving the flags of their respective countries, they formed a mosaic of fraternity and a joyful response to the challenge of the Gospel.” 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

My recent Pastoral Visit to Poland for World Youth Day took place twenty-five years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II following the fall of the Iron Curtain. Poland, Europe and the world have changed greatly since then, but the young continue to be a prophetic sign of hope for the future. Waving the flags of their respective countries, they formed a mosaic of fraternity and a joyful response to the challenge of the Gospel. 

Poland, with its rich cultural and spiritual heritage, today reminds us that Europe has no future apart from its founding values, centred on the Christian vision of man and including the message of mercy expressed so eloquently in the last century by Saints John Paul and Faustina Kowalska. At Auschwitz-Birkenau, in silence, I pondered all that happened there, remembered the victims, and sensed the mercy of God that made itself felt even in that abyss of evil. 

Remembrance serves as a warning and a charge for our own time, so torn by conflicts, hatred and violence. I thank all those who made possible this visit, which offered a sign of fraternity and peace to Poland, Europe and the world. 

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from Ireland, Sweden, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Aruba, Canada and the United States of America. In a special way, I greet the many groups of young people returning from our celebration of World Youth Day. With prayerful good wishes that the present Jubilee of Mercy will be a moment of grace and spiritual renewal for you and your families, I invoke upon all of you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

ATLANTIC CITY TRIP: Thursday, July 21, 2016

 
Our next trip to Atlantic City’s Resort Casino will be Thursday, July 21, 2016. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp from the front of St. Columba Church. The cost is $35.00. Please make checks payable to Saint Columba Church and bring check to the St. Columba rectory during office hours or drop it in the Convent mail slot to the attention of Sr. Anna. If you decide to go on that day, the cost is $40.00. Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!

Angelus Domini 2016.07.17


Starts at 12:00 pm every Sunday and on the main liturgical feasts, the 
Pope recites the Angelus prayer with the pilgrims. Before and after 
the prayer, he delivers a brief reflection and issues greetings.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pope Francis' Easter message



"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
 for his mercy endures for ever” (Ps 135:1)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead. That is why we proclaim today: Jesus is Lord!

His resurrection fulfils the prophecy of the Psalm: God’s mercy endures for ever; it never dies. We can trust him completely, and we thank him because for our sake he descended into the depths of the abyss.

Before the spiritual and moral abysses of mankind, before the chasms that open up in hearts and provoke hatred and death, only an infinite mercy can bring us salvation. Only God can fill those chasms with his love, prevent us from falling into them and help us to continue our journey together towards the land of freedom and life.

The glorious Easter message, that Jesus, who was crucified is not here but risen (cf. Mt 28:5-6), offers us the comforting assurance that the abyss of death has been bridged and, with it, all mourning, lamentation and pain (cf. Rev 21:4). The Lord, who suffered abandonment by his disciples, the burden of an unjust condemnation and shame of an ignominious death, now makes us sharers of his immortal life and enables us to see with his eyes of love and compassion those who hunger and thirst, strangers and prisoners, the marginalized and the outcast, the victims of oppression and violence. Our world is full of persons suffering in body and spirit, even as the daily news is full of stories of brutal crimes which often take place within homes, and large-scale armed conflicts which cause indescribable suffering to entire peoples.

The risen Christ points out paths of hope to beloved Syria, a country torn by a lengthy conflict, with its sad wake of destruction, death, contempt for humanitarian law and the breakdown of civil concord. To the power of the risen Lord we entrust the talks now in course, that good will and the cooperation of all will bear fruit in peace and initiate the building of a fraternal society respectful of the dignity and rights of each citizen. May the message of life, proclaimed by the Angel beside the overturned stone of the tomb, overcome hardened hearts and promote a fruitful encounter of peoples and cultures in other areas of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, Yemen and Libya. May the image of the new man, shining on the face of Christ, favour concord between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land, as well as patience, openness and daily commitment to laying the foundations of a just and lasting peace through direct and sincere negotiations. May the Lord of life also accompany efforts to attain a definitive solution to the war in Ukraine, inspiring and sustaining initiatives of humanitarian aid, including the liberation of those who are detained.

The Lord Jesus, our peace (Eph 2:14), by his resurrection triumphed over evil and sin. May he draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to shed blood in different parts of the world, as in the recent attacks in Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Côte d’Ivoire. May he water the seeds of hope and prospects for peace in Africa; I think in particular of Burundi, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, marked by political and social tensions.

With the weapons of love, God has defeated selfishness and death. His son Jesus is the door of mercy wide open to all. May his Easter message be felt ever more powerfully by the beloved people of Venezuela in the difficult conditions which they are experiencing, and by those responsible for the country’s future, that everyone may work for the common good, seeking spaces of dialogue and cooperation with all. May efforts be made everywhere to promote the culture of counter, justice and reciprocal respect, which alone can guarantee the spiritual and material welfare of all people.

The Easter message of the risen Christ, a message of life for all humanity, echoes down the ages and invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees – including many children – fleeing from war, hunger, poverty and social injustice. All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance. May the forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit not fail to be centred on the human person and his or her dignity, and to come up with policies capable of assisting and protecting the victims of conflicts and other emergencies, especially those who are most vulnerable and all those persecuted for ethnic and religious reasons.

On this glorious day, "let the earth rejoice, in shining splendour” (cf. Easter Proclamation), even though it is so often mistreated and greedily exploited, resulting in an alteration of natural equilibria. I think especially of those areas affected by climate change, which not infrequently causes drought or violent flooding, which then lead to food crises in different parts of the world.

Along with our brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith and their fidelity to the name of Christ, and before the evil that seems to have the upper hand in the life of so many people, let us hear once again the comforting words of the Lord: "Take courage; I have conquered the world! (Jn 16:33). Today is the radiant day of this victory, for Christ has trampled death and destruction underfoot. By his resurrection he has brought life and immortality to light (cf. 2 Tim 1:10). "He has made us pass from enslavement to freedom, from sadness to joy, from mourning to jubilation, from darkness to light, from slavery to redemption. Therefore let us acclaim in his presence: Alleluia!” (Melito of Sardis, Easter Homily).

To those in our society who have lost all hope and joy in life, to the elderly who struggle alone and feel their strength waning, to young people who seem to have no future, to all I once more address the words of the Risen One: "See, I am making all things new… To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life” (Rev 21:5-6). May this comforting message of Jesus help each of us to set out anew with greater courage to blaze trails of reconciliation with God and with all our brothers and sisters.


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mass Schedule changes at Guardian Angel
as of April 2, 2016

As of April 2, 2016, the following Mass Schedule changes will be in effect at Guardian Angel:

  • Saturday Mass at 5:00 pm will now be in Spanish
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 am in Vietnamese, an addition to the schedule.
  • Sunday Mass at 7:00 pm in English, an addition to the schedule.

All other Mass times will remain the same. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND CONFESSIONS

The people of Guardian Angel/St. Columba’s Church, an inclusive and welcoming Catholic Community, wish their Chelsea friends and
neighbors a JOYOUS PASSOVER AND EASTER season. 

We invite all to join us:

HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND CONFESSIONS

PALM SUNDAY - Saturday, March 19, 2016 
Guardian Angel 5:00 pm – St. Columba 4:00 pm 
Sunday, March 20, 2016 
Guardian Angel 9:00 am & 12:00 noon
St. Columba 9:00 am, 10:30 am (Spanish) & 12 noon

CONFESSIONS - Monday, March 21 2016 
Guardian Angel - 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
St. Columba 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Spanish

HOLY THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – 
St. Columba - Tenebrae (Morning Prayer) – 9:00 am 
Guardian Angel - Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7:00 pm (Bilingual)

GOOD FRIDAY – March 25, 2016 – 
St. Columba -  Tenebrae (Morning Prayer) – 9:00 am 
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 3:00 pm (English) & 7:00 pm (Spanish)

HOLY SATURDAY March 26, 2016 – 
St. Columba - Tenebrae (Morning Prayer) – 9:00 am
Guardian Angel Easter Vigil Mass – 8:00 pm (Bilingual)

EASTER SUNDAY – March 27, 2016 – 
Guardian Angel Masses: 9:00 am & 12:00 noon
St. Columba  Masses: 9:00 am, 10:30 am (Spanish) & 12:00 noon

         
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

From Pope Francis - March 2, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 2 March 2016 -


Pope Francis explains the meaning of the word
“freedom” during the general audience.


Pope Francis explained at the general audience that freedom cannot be identified with autonomy or self-sufficiency.

The self-sufficient person does not believe that he needs the love of others or God. Therefore, this person does not feel in need of mercy or forgiveness, and is unable to experience the love of God. God feels rejected because of this, but He will never disown His children. 

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:

"Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

In these weekly catechesis inspired by the present Holy Year of Divine Mercy, we have often reflected on God’s fatherly love and forgiveness.  The Prophets present this love also as involving correction, a summons to conversion and the renewal of the Covenant.  Every parent knows the challenge of helping children to grow in freedom and responsibility.  

In the Scriptures, God expresses his dismay at the rejection of his love, as seen in the disobedience and sin of his children.  

If he chastizes his people, it is to move them to repentance and conversion.  In his mercy, he asks them to turn back to him with all their hearts and to receive a righteousness that is itself his gift.  God is pleased, Isaiah tells us, not by ritual sacrifice but by rejecting evil and practicing justice.  


Though our sins be like scarlet, he will make them white as snow.  May all of us be open, during this year of grace, to our heavenly Father’s merciful invitation to come back to him and to experience this miracle of his love and forgiveness".


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Monday, February 22, 2016

Msgr. Walter Presents A Lenten Reflection Series


 
Priest, Prophet, King

A DVD  presentation of the
Most Rev. Robert Barron

Session One: Wednesday, March 2, at 7:00 pm
                                      Lesson One: Adoratio
                                      Lesson Two: The High Priest

Session Two: Wednesday, March 9, at 7:00 pm
                                      Lesson Three: Challenging False Worship
                                      Lesson Four: the Word Made Flesh

Session Three: Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 pm
                                      Lesson Five: Ordering the Kingdom
                                      Lesson Six: King of Kings

Each lesson will be preceded by an introduction
and followed by shared reflections.

All sessions will take place at Guardian Angel Church hall,
193 Tenth Avenue, and will end at 8:30 pm.

Most Rev. Robert Barron is the creator of the
renowned TV series Catholicism.

Parish of Guardian Angel/St. Columba
212-807-8876

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lent 2016: Fast and Abstain for Mercy

As we enter in this Holy Season of Lent, I would like to share with you, my dear friends, a different way to look at sacrifices and Lenten resolutions. In general, people tend to have a very negative view of sacrifices. Perhaps this is due to the simple dictionary definition of sacrifice:

“the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone: an act of killing a person or animal in a religious ceremony as an offering to please a god: a person or animal that is killed in a sacrifice” (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sacrifice).

This negative view is expressed in the fact that sacrifice means for many some sort of surrender of something of value as means of preventing some evil; e.g., “I will give up candy for Lent because the Church says I must abstain and fast on Fridays lest I be condemned.”

In addition, there is the misinterpretation of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: “But go and learn what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifices’” (Ps 50; Mt 9:13 quoting Hos 6:6). Most people ignore that the OT Covenant was centered on a liturgy whose central aspect of worship consisted in offering holocaust sacrifices to appease the wrath of God. We are talking about a system in which every year thousands of animals were slaughtered and, burnt to God as means of worship. In the NT Our Lord Jesus reproaches that those sacrifices amount for nothing if there is no love in the heart of the one doing the offering. In fact, with the advent of the New Covenant, liturgy radically changed its understanding and its ways for worshiping the Lord. No longer, there is need to sacrifice animals, neither to sprinkle the sacrificial blood unto the People of God, the Sanctuary and the Altar, in order to be purified and thus be rendered acceptable for worship. The Lord Jesus Christ revealed to us that the only sacrifice from pleasing to the Father in Heaven is the very own Sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son on the Ara Crucis.  

Perhaps the etymology of the word sacrifice may assist us to understand the novelty of Jesus’ teachings. Sacrifice in Latin is sacrificium, from sacer holy + facere to make; a sacrifice is to make something holy, and not just to prevent us from evil. There is nothing negative in Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary. He did not just give up his life to please his Father. On the contrary, Our Lord Jesus Christ embraced the Patibulum Crucis with the very essence of the power of his Agape Love: “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father” (Jn 10: 18). Sacrifices are then, things we do to sanctify other people and ourselves or to sanctify situations, or things important to us. What it is important is not so much what we offer, but the intention for which and in which we offer sacrifice.

During this year of Mercy, Papa Francisco invites us to live out the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy: The corporal works of mercy are as follows: To feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to harbor the harbourless; to visit the sick; to ransom the captive; and to bury the dead. And the spiritual works of mercy are:  to instruct the ignorant; to counsel the doubtful; to admonish sinners; to bear wrongs patiently; to forgive offences willingly; to comfort the afflicted; to pray for the living and the dead. Let us, particularly, do those as our Lenten sacrifices.

Nevertheless, I would like to invite you also to consider going an extra step in offering to Jesus that which you enjoy the most; that which, unfortunately, has trapped you in its nets, so that, without it, you feel very empty. I am talking about your phones and your tablets, your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Facetime, WhatsApp, Skype and all the social networks available. Make them holy, that is sacrifice them, offer them up, so that in turn the Lord may increase in you the power of his Agape Love in order to  rise with Him on Easter Sunday. Please pass it on this Lent, let us fast and abstain for an increase of Love in our hearts … Jesus is waiting for you nailed onto the Cross, what are you going to do? He loved you first and now he is expecting your act of love in return, he is expecting you. Open you heart and love him back the way He loved you. Fast and Abstain for Mercy.

Fr. Randy Soto
Kenrick Seminary
Saint Louis, Mo
Lent 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

From Pope Francis - February 10, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 10 February 2016 -

If we want God to be merciful to us, it must come from us first.

Many pilgrims looked shocked as they watched a sick patient being brought on a stretcher, so that the Pope could bless and greet people who accompanied him.

It was moments before Pope Francis began a new general audience in which he explained the origin of the Jubilee in the Old Testament. It was celebrated every 50 years and was a time of  "general amnesty when debts were canceled and the land restituted to their owners.”

POPE FRANCIS

"The goal was a society based on equality and solidarity, where freedom, land and money to become a good for everyone, not just for some, as is the case now.”

Pope Francis said that today's wealth is controlled by a few and said that a concrete way to live the Jubilee is by living fraternity and giving to those in need.

POPE FRANCIS

"Jubilee is to transform, so that our hearts get bigger, more generous, more filled with the love of God. But I tell you one thing. If this desire, if the Jubilee does not reach your bank account then it is not a true Jubilee. Is this understood?”

Pope Francis recalled that the Jubilee originally reminded people that everything belongs to God.  We are all brothers and we should not subject our neighbor to misery.

POPE FRANCIS

"And often, in desperation, many men end in suicide because they fail and don't have hope. They don't find a helping hand but a hand that asks them to pay interest. FLASH. The biblical message is clear: open up courageously and share. This is mercy. And if we want God to be merciful to us it must come from us first.”


Pope Francis concluded by calling for prayers for his meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow on Friday, in Cuba, and for his next trip to Mexico.



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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 11th - Fr. James Martin, S.J.
discusses “Seven Last Words”


Fr. Martin will discuss his new book, followed by a book signing.
This event is free. (Voluntary donations accepted at the door.)

Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus

Based on his talks at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, the New York Times bestselling author and editor at large of America magazine, Fr. James Martin, S.J. offers a portrait of Jesus, using his last words on the cross to reveal how deeply he understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul.



February 11th at the Sheen Center: http://sheencenter.org/…/authors-series-fr-james-martin-s-j/.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

From Pope Francis - January 27, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 27 January 2016 -

"May warring siblings forgive each other during the Year of Mercy."


The weekly general audience has returned to St. Peter's Square, where thousands of pilgrims can show their affection for Pope Francis. He returned to his catechesis on mercy with a message for families who may be fighting amongst themselves.

POPE FRANCIS

"I think of the many siblings that have become estranged from family and do not speak. And this Year of Mercy is a good opportunity for them to reconnect, embrace, and forgive each other. To forget the bad things.”

Recalling the story of Moses, who saved the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, the Pope explained that God is not indifferent to the suffering of mankind.

POPE FRANCIS

"The mercy of God is not indifferent to the pain of the downtrodden, the cry of whose tho suffer violence, slavery, or are condemned to death. It makes us feel impotent and tempts us to harden our hearts. God, in turn, 'is not indifferent,' he does not abandon, but instead acts and saves.”

The Pope insisted that God loves every person in a special and privileged way. He encouraged people to discover that reality.

The audience ended on a colorful note, thanks to these circus performers.

POPE FRANCIS

"I thank you for the nice display. You are creators of beauty. You make beauty and beauty does good for the soul. Beauty brings us closer to God. Behind this show of beauty, there are so many hours of training. Continue forward, continue. And thank you.”

A circus has performed at the Vatican before, but it was perhaps the first time that the Pope said their work brings people closer to God.


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Friday, January 22, 2016

From Pope Francis - January 20, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 20 January 2016 -


The Pope calls for Protestants, Orthodox, and Catholics 
to “move beyond divisions”.


Every Wednesday, whenever the general audience is held inside, Pope Francis walks through the central passage of Paul VI Hall. He's accompanied by collaborators and guards, many of whom take care of gifts handed to the Pope.

In addition to letters and sweets, he receives plenty of other items. This pilgrim gave the Pope a small statue of Our Lady. It doesn't look like it was easy to bring over.

This week's catechesis focused on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It's celebrated every year by Protestants, Orthodox, and Catholics. The Pope began by recalling that all three confessions share the same baptism.


POPE FRANCIS

"This is experience of grace creates an unbreakable bond between the baptized. In a way, we really consider ourselves brothers and sisters and members of only one people of God, capable of announcing the wonders that He has made from simple testimony and fraternal unity.”

The Pope recalled that God displays his mercy through the Sacrament of Baptism. That grace, he added, is much more powerful than what divides Christians today.

POPE FRANCIS

"We ask that all disciples of Christ will find a way of working together to bring the mercy of God to every corner of the planet.”


The gifts did not stop coming when the audience came to a close. This Argentine bishop gave the Pope a carving of the "cowboy priest” Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero.


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

This innovative “video of the Pope”
is causing a sensation


Traditionally, Christians pray for the Pope's intentions that are publish on a monthly basis. However, from now on, Pope Francis will be announcing these intentions in a spot like this. The aim is to increase His outreach in a more modern and powerful way.

The project is an initiative of La Red Mundial de Oración del Papa and was conducted by La Machi Communications agency in collaboration with ROME REPORTS and the Vatican Television Center.



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Sunday, January 3, 2016

We'll be back soon!

Our website is undergoing a domain change in order to incorporate "Guardian Angel" into the website address. This process could take a few days during which time the site will be down. 



Once everything is in order, the new website address will be www.guardianangelstcolumba.org.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Pope's prayer intentions for January: Dialogue, peace, and unity

Pope Francis wants 2016 to be a year of dialogue, openness, and peace. That's why his first universal prayer intention of the year is "that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.”


January 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, a date which falls under the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Pope's evangelization intention is "that by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.”






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