Pope Francis’ Homily for the Canonization of Junipero Serra

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St. Junipero Serra

“Jesus did not provide a short list of who is, or is not, worthy of receiving his message, his presence. Instead, he always embraced life as he saw it.” Read Pope Francis’ homily for the canonization mass of Fr. Junipero Serra after the jump:

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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”

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Pope Francis Joy

Pope Francis has released his first Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” or “The Joy of the Gospel”. It is an incredible, challenging, and wide-ranging document. In it he writes, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?  . . . Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is the case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.” He continues, “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”  Read the entire thing at the Vatican’s website here: Evangelii Gaudium. Read a summary from Vatican Insider here: This is How the Joy of the Gospel Can Reform the Church

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