Oh come all ye faithful…
Oh come all ye faithful…
Pope Francis receives gifts from Benjamin Netanyahu Prime minister of Israel.
O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.
We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.
We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.
Pope Benedict XI–Prayer at Ground Zero
On Holy Thursday (2001) Cardinal Bergoglio washed and kissed the feet of 12 AIDS patients (“with humility, respect, and great love”) at the chapel (Our Lady of Lujan) of a drug rehab center in Buenos Aires. His message was clear, that “those who traffic in human misery, along with those who aid and abet them, will be condemned,” which (as his fellow-Jesuit, Fr Garcia, comments): “seems to imply His Excellency has a rather sober view of Hell, always good to know.”
Pope Francis has a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.
Here are some important twitter accounts you should be following:
@Pontifex - Pope Francis’ official twitter account
@CatholicFacts - Us!
@PCCS_VA - Official Vatican Communication
@KofC - The Knights of Columbus
@USCCB - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Pope Francis is the first member of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. The Society of Jesus was formed on September 27, 1540 in Rome, Italy
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936. He is 76 years old. He is the first Pope born in the Americas.
"This Virgin Mother of the Only-begotten of God, is called Mary, worthy of God, immaculate of the immaculate, one of the one." Origen, Homily 1 - (A.D. 244).
Need a motto? A theme for your life? Saint Paul has the answer for you! In his first letter to the Corinthians, he tells them, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”
Wise words to live by, if you ask me.