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US Vice President in Ukraine

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:51
(Vatican Radio) U.S Vice President Joe Biden has warned Russia to end what he called the illegal occupation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as the West is preparing more sanctions against Russian officials. During his visit to Ukraine, he also unveiled a multi-million dollar aid package to support the country's embattled government, while urging Kyiv to crackdown on rampant corruption. After talks with government officials, Biden urged Moscow to in his words "stop talking and start acting" to disarm pro-Russian separatists in the east. Kyiv has accused Moscow of supporting separatists to
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'Santa Marta' homilies available in Italian volume

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:28
(Vatican Radio) It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated items for listeners tuning in to our Vatican Radio news broadcasts. It’s one of the most clicked-on stories for those browsing the different language pages of our Vatican Radio website. And it’s one of the most popular pieces picked up by the many other agencies, sites and social networks that share our daily output of news from here at the heart of the Holy See. It is, of course, the homily that Pope Francis gives at his regular morning Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta where he’s been living since his election on March 13th last
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Blessed John Paul II's Polish roots : courage and moral strength

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:26
(Vatican Radio ) I'm sure you remember John Paul II's invitation to us not to be afraid . Certainly he himself was not afraid to stand up to the trials of life in defense of others, neither as Pope nor as priest back in Poland.As you'll discover in a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick no one ever doubted the courage of Pope John Paul, certainly not his closest advisors. Among them Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze who specifies how .."Pope John Paul II put the Church on the map of the world and in the corridors of those who make policies as perhaps no other pope in
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Canonization Vatican Briefing: The postulators talk about the two Popes

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:18
(Vatican Radio) Why are Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints? That was the key question being asked at a briefing in the Vatican’s Press Hall on Tuesday that was attended by the postulators for the two Popes’ sainthood causes. The briefing kicked off a week of events in the Vatican leading up to Sunday’s canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. Listen to this report by Susy Hodges: Father Giovangiuseppe Califano, the postulator for John XXIII, said as a 15 year old seminarian Angelo Roncalli was already making resolutions that were intended to help him become a
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Holy Saturday: an empty day?

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:12
(Vatican Radio) - We bring you a reflection for Easter Saturday presented by Monsignor Peter Fleetwood.In this brief reflection Monsignor Peter Fleetwood explains how the only time apart from occasional phrases in gospel readings that hell is mentioned in Church is when we recite the shorter version of the proclamation of faith, what we call the Apostle's Creed: "After Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, Christians have continued with the words: 'he descended into hell'. In other words after the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus which we remember on Good Friday , the Apostle's Creed
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Et Resurrexit tertia die: J.S. Bach's joyful exuberance

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:09
(Vatican Radio) After the subdued tone of our Passiontide hymns, it's now time to burst forth in songs of joy says our music historian Monsignor Philip Whitmore as he presents this musical meditation focusing on the first of the Glorious Mysteries. One which takes us straight to the moment when the powers of darkness were defeated for ever and the day of our redemption dawned. A programme produced by Veronica Scarisbrick.Listen:
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Easter: when a Latinist bursts into song

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:08
(Vatican Radio) Age old hymns are among the most glorious things in the world says our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster as he bursts into song and explains the Latin of a hymn he deems eternal.Father Foster who served as Latinist in the Vatican for many years and under many popes is currently teaching Latin in the United States.A programme produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:
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Blessed John Paul II : an Easter message

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:07
(Vatican Radio) In the course of his over a quarter of a century pontificate Blessed John Paul II, to be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday April 27, spoke many times about the central mystery of salvation.Being a good linguist he often did so in English especially for the benefit of English speaking pilgrims during his Wednesday general audiences in Saint Peter's Square. A weekly appointment he dearly loved , during which he shared with those present a catechesis. On one occasion , it was April 1993 and Eastertide, he spoke of the Resurrection of Christ and of that message of the Angel to
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Blessed John XXIII: an Easter message

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:07
(Vatican Radio ) On the 17 April 1960, Blessed John XXIII wished the faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square a Happy Easter in English, a language he never quite mastered.It was the 17th of April of that year when during his so called 'Urbi et Orbi' , Easter message to the city and to the world , this Roman Pontiff soon to be canonised by Pope Francis , told the faithful in in a style that was still formal in manner yet at the same time personal in content: "Here we are, from Easter onwards we can renew our loyal commitment to honour the responsibilities that life lays before us in
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Pope John Paul II’s love for Holy Land in Jubilee Year pilgrimage

Vatican News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:04
(Vatican Radio) Peace in the Holy Land was always an aspiration very dear to Pope John Paul II who was particularly concerned about the continuous drain of the indigenous Christian community from the land of Christ’s birth. Violence and economic difficulties have forced tens of thousands of them to flee abroad. Arab Christians now account for less than 2% of the population – where once they were a significant minority.In the Jubilee year 2000, Pope John Paul’s finally fulfilled one of his greatest dreams: to walk the path of Jesus in the Holy Land. His apostolic pilgrimage to Bethlehem and
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US Vice President heads to Ukraine

Vatican News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:45
UKRAINE (Vatican Radio)-- American Vice President Joe Biden has begun a two-day visit to Ukraine following Sunday's deadly shootout in the east that shattered a fragile Easter truce announced by the government. The U.S. has accused Russia if stirring unrest and warned Moscow that time is running out for the implementation of an international accord to avoid more sanctions.Biden arrives in Ukraine at a turbulent time. Russia has expressed outrage after as many as three people were killed Easter Sunday at a pro-Russian checkpoint in eastern Ukraine.Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that
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Patriarch Twal: Easter in the Holy Land

Vatican News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:01
(Vatican Radio) Five rockets fired from the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during this Easter Monday morning. No one was injured. Military officials said they had not responded to the salvo.But residents of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza said an Israeli helicopter opened fire there, though it was not clear what it was targeting.Pope Francis is due to visit the Holy Land from the 24th to the 26th of May. Vatican Radio spoke to The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal who spoke to us about Easter in the Holy Land especially in light of the Pope’s upcoming visit there.He
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Pope Francis: Let the joy of the Risen Lord be imprinted in our hearts and lives

Vatican News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:40
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis began his Regina Coeli address on Monday by saying Happy Easter !Christ is risen! He is truly risen ." The Holy Father told the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square that the dominant feeling that shines in the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection is one of joy and wonder, and he went on to say that in the liturgy we relive the mood of the disciples with the news that the women had brought, Jesus is risen!The Pope said, “Let this experience imprinted in the Gospel, be imprinted in our hearts and in our lives. Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate
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Papal Easter Mass and blessing draw 150,000 faithful

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:36
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Sunday liturgy in St. Peter’s Square. In his Easter message, the Pope called for peace and stability in the world’s most conflict-ridden countries, and then bestowed his blessing Urbi et Orbi. An estimated 150,000 people were in attendance.Beginning with the words of the angels to the myrrh-bearing women—“Do not be afraid! ... for he has been raised”—Pope Francis said the culmination of the Gospel in the resurrection of Jesus is “the Good News par excellence”. Without the fact of the resurrection, he told the 150,000 people gathered to hear
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Easter in Nigeria: Boko Haram will not have the final word

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:30
(Vatican Radio) “Easter tells us that all hope is not lost, we in northern Nigeria cannot let Boko Haram have the final word, it tells us that there is a greater force and therefore we should not be overcome by a terrible fear and even paranoia that we are unable to even go out to worship”, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos told Vatican Radio this Easter Sunday. Nigerians marked Easter with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 84 abducted schoolgirls. The leader of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram
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Sunday Gospel Apr 20 2014

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:09
Jiill Bevilacqua presents 'There's More in the Gospel than Meets the Eye' in which you can hear readings and reflections for Easter Sunday.Listen: Gospel Jn 20:1 - 9On the first day of the week,Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.They both ran, but the other disciple ran
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Patriarch Laham's Easter appeal: Stop sending arms, terrorists to Syria

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:57
(Vatican Radio/Sana) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which was recaptured from rebels last week. Assad's Easter visit to Maaloula highlighted growing government confidence in recent gains against insurgents around the capital and along the Lebanese border. In his Easter message, the Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All East Gregory III Laham Patriarch Laham called upon the Arab and Western world to leave Syria for the Syrians and stop sending mercenaries, terrorists and weapons to it.SANA agency reports the Patriarch said that “the
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Pope pleads for peace in Easter message

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 08:42
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Morning mass, with an assembly of about 150,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square. After the mass, as is custom, he ascended to the loggia to pronounce his Easter message and to grant his blessing Urbi et Orbi. Below is a translation of the Pope’s message, which pleads for peace in the most distressing places in our world today.***************Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy and Holy Easter!The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is
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Pope at Easter Vigil: 'Return to Galilee' and rediscover God's grace

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 03:28
(Vatican Radio) Jesus’ call to his Apostles, after his Resurrection, to “return to Galilee”, is the call to re-read everything in the life of Christ “on the basis of the cross and its victory.. from this supreme act of love,” said Pope Francis in his homily during the Easter Vigil celebration on Saturday evening. It is also a call to every Christian to rediscover their baptism “as a living fountainhead, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith and our Christian experience,” he said. “To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God’s grace touched me
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Mexico City rocked by earthquake

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:18
(Vatican Radio) Seismologists and volcanologists are monitoring the aftershocks of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, which rocked and swayed Mexico City for a full two minutes.The sheer duration of this quake, as much as its power is noteworthy. And after the two minutes had subsided aftershocks started. Experts have so far measured more than seventy. The quake drove thousands on to the streets of Mexico City, having reached the Capitol just seconds from its epicenter in the South Western State of Guerrero, on the other side of the country. Structural damage to a hospital in the State Capitol
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