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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 15: Synthesis

Let’s wrap up this address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. The final word of encouragement: passion. I would like to sum up all of this in a phrase that I leave to you as … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 14: Looking With the Eyes of the Poor

More from Pope Francis and his address to his brother bishops of Latin America. One more thing: in this sense, hope must always look at the world with the eyes of the poor and from the situation of the poor. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 13: The Laity

Pope Francis takes notice of the laity in this address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. Many of today’s Catholics attempt to justify or explain away clericalism, clouding definitions or appealing to some vague sense … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 12: Hope Has A Woman’s Face

Pope Francis looks to the women of Latin America in this address to his brother bishops south of the Mexico-US border. In Latin America, hope has a woman’s face I need not dwell on the role of women on our … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 11: Hope Has A Young Face

In his address to his brother bishops of Latin America, Pope Francis reminds them–and us–that there are many competitors for the minds and hearts of young people.. In Latin America, hope has a young face We often speak of young … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 10: A Sacrament of Hope

Yet more from Pope Francis’ address to the bishops of Latin America. Hope is a difficult concept for many of us. Faith we often buttress with facts. We convince ourselves that God is real, and we Christians devote much to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 9: Deep Roots

More with Pope Francis and his address to the bishops of Latin America. The Church appreciates like few others the deep-rooted shared wisdom that is the basis of every reality in Latin America.  She lives daily with that reserve of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 8: A Sacrament of Unity

We’re about halfway through the address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America last month. Some typical language from Pope Francis, colorful and thoughtful on the sins of the Americas: A Church able to be a … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 7: A Permanent State of Mission

Continuing here with the address of Pope Francis last month to his brother bishops of Latin America. We would never have heard language like “permanent state of mission” before Vatican II. Or that much in the immediate years after that. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 6: Not Yielding To Discouragement

In his address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America, Pope Francis addresses the matter many of us in ministry often find in ourselves. It would be an Ignatian discipline to go back to the original … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 5: Unity

Continuing with this address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. Pope Francis is concerned with the quality of unity. Let’s read to see what he thinks of it. When the disciples returned excited by the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 4: Attending To The Encounter With Christ

Pope Francis mentions the Aparecida document in his address to his brother bishops of Latin America. Aparecida is a treasure yet to be fully exploited.  I am certain that each of you has seen how its richness has taken root in … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 3: A Community of Disciples

Continuing with the address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. When we speak of the modern movement to discipleship, we are expanding on older, less complete understandings of the Church. The Church is the community … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 2: God’s Voice, A Father To Children

Continuing with this address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. More typical of his writing and speaking, and well within Ignatian expectations, the personalism of God to believers: When God speaks to us in Jesus, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 1

Rocco Palmo thought much of this address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. As I read through it, I found much worthy of reflection and, since it is posted here, commentary too. We’ll take it … Continue reading

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