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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 04/06/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for the general audience (AP)

Francis arrives in St Peter's Square for the general audience (AP)

Piety doesn’t mean putting on “a saintly face”, Pope Francis said at his general audience today (short video, full video).

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has defended the Pope’s critique of capitalist excesses in a speech in America (full text).

New Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is “the right man at the right time“, Catholic Bishop Adel Zaky has said.

A conference seeking to “improve the pastoral care of Gypsies” will began at the Vatican tomorrow.

Former Anglican blogger Greg Griffiths explains why he has become a Catholic.

Tim Wong describes what really happened to the nuns in Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des carmélites.

And Fabrice Coffrini admires the skills and sportsmanship of a Society of St Pius X soccer team.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.


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  • Ana Milan

    As there is only one Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, I hope that Greg Griffiths will drop the ‘Roman’ bit in the title which Anglicans and other Protestant denomination love to attach to us, as they somehow regard themselves catholic as a result of being “in communion” with hundreds of other heretical churches worldwide. He must also accept that Catholic Church Doctrine comes from Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit and is not for manipulating to his or anyone else’s opinions or desires. It is high time that they stopped fighting and came back to the church that Jesus founded on Peter the Rock. Their lives will be transformed!

  • Guest

    ‘Piety doesn’t mean putting on “a saintly face”, Pope Francis said at his general audience today (short video, full video).’

    I trust those attending to the Holy Father’s genuinely warm welcome yesterday, to the Charismatic Movement and their sincerely pious public devotions, may pay close attention to the point made.

    ‘“And so we are moved to sentiments of piety – not pietism, or outward religiosity. Why do I say ‘piety’ and not ‘pietism’? Because there are those who think that piety means closing ones eyes, assuming an image or a saintly face”, commented Pope Francis, using a phrase typical of Piedmont, the Italian region from which he originates: “Fare la mugna quacia” (feign ingenuousness, Ed.). “This is not the true gift of piety. The true gift of piety makes us truly capable of rejoicing with those who are joyful, of weeping with those who weep, of being close to those who are in anguish, of correcting those who err, of consoling the afflicted, of welcoming and assisting those in need. There is also a close relationship between piety and quietude”, he observed. “The Holy Spirit makes us calm and patient, in peace with God and meekly at the service of others”.’

    The true gift of piety, of a family love, is always far greater than some duty imposed or a passing sentiment, rather it is of that intimate – and often unspoken – unity which is as blood being thicker than water .. not least when the Blood is divine and Water the washing of rebirth from the Holy Ghost, for these unite us to God, as children adopted fully by our heavenly Holy Father; and that is not to be sniffed at, have hips shaken at, or to make po-faced reverence at (if you see what I mean).


    God Bless Our Pope! Lord, help us all!

    St Michael defend us in the day of battle!

    Papa Pacelli – Beato Subito / Santo Subito!

  • Asif

    Are you sure your not mixing up your large and small c’s ?
    I presume you quote the Creed from the missal, and mine has ” one holy catholic and apostolic church ” with a small c as catholic in universal, Whereas Catholic with a large C usually referes to the Catholic as the shorthand of Roman Catholic. Many churches in communion with Rome are not Catholic, and you don’t have to be in communion with Rome to be part of the wider Universal church. What about the Orthodox and eastern Churches ? , never mind the Protestant denominations.

  • Ana Milan

    Whilst Jesus gave His blood for all mankind, He only instituted one church, not countless groups of faiths/religions. He made Peter the head of the apostles and said that on this rock he would build his church. The Schism of 1054 when the Orthodox communities broke away has not been healed. They do not yet accept the Infallibility/authority of the Pope (Peter) and even have disputes amongst themselves with regard to liturgy. Neither they nor Anglicans nor Protestant denominations are catholic in their own right but claim to be when taken as a whole ,which really doesn’t conform with the essence of the Creed.

  • firstparepidemos

    Ana, The title “Roman Catholic” is quite valid. There are 23 particular churches in communion with the Holy See, of which the Roman (or Latin) Church is but one; the other 22 are Eastern Catholic churches e.g. Maronite, Melkite, Ruthenian and Ukrainian. All of these have the right to the name “Catholic”.

  • lewispbuckingham

    ‘The church
    should encourage the lay faithful to take a keen interest in public
    affairs and get involved in civic activities oriented towards the common
    good. Even though politics is often regarded as a “dirty” game, who
    else than committed Christian citizens can clean it up?’

    Well said, for if we don’t do this, someone else is sure to make a mess of it.