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Pope Commends AIC on 400th Anniversary #AIC400

Pope: ‘a culture of mercy renews hearts and opens up to a new reality’  (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement and thanks to members of the International Association of Charities (AIC) as it celebrates the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the first Confraternity of Charity by Saint Vincent de Paul […]

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The Pope Video: Help for Persecuted Christians

Help for Persecuted Christians, which is part of “The Pope Video” series promoted by the Vatican, was released Thursday, March 2. In many parts of the world, there are Christians who are persecuted simply because of the fact that they are Christians. They need not only our material help but also our prayer. Let us […]

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The Pope Video: Welcome the Needy

Welcome the Needy, which is part of “The Pope Video” series promoted by the Vatican, was released Thursday, February 2. Every month we will see a new two-minute video from Pope Francis with his intentions and a motivating message. The project is an initiative of Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), that aims to spread […]

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Pope Francis: Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time

In our Vincentian Family Commissions meetings last week in Rome, one of the topics raised and discussed on more than one occasion was communications. Questions discussed were how are we communicating across commissions, how we are communicating with the Vincentian Executive Committee, how communications are across the Vincentian Family as a whole and how we […]

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Thanksgiving Meal – Dividing?  Transforming?

Judging from internet posts, many people experienced political indigestion as they celebrated the traditional American Thanksgiving meal. This stands in stark contrast to the experience of another meal of thanksgiving described in the Academy Award winning film. Pope Francis has often talked about his admiration for the film “Babette’s Feast.” In 2010, when the pope […]

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Pope Francis’ “Misericordia et Misera” and our Vincentian Life

Misericordia et Misera is the title of the new apostolic letter of Pope Francis, presented on November 21. The letter begins with a profound reflection on two evangelical texts that speak of God’s mercy: the encounter of Jesus and the adulteress (Jn 8:1-11) and the encounter of Jesus with the sinner in the house of a […]

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Pope Francis Celebrates the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul with the Vincentian Family

Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, C.M., Superior General, participated in the Eucharist Pope Francis celebrated in the chapel at the House of Santa Marta, Vatican, on the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul, September 27, 2016. On the homily of Pope Francis for that day, L’Osservatore Romano writes: “To recognize spiritual desolation, to pray when we experience […]

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