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Monsignor Ocariz confirmed as new prelate of Opus Dei

ROME, Jan. 23, 2017– Pope Francis on Monday confirmed the election of Monsignor Fernando Ocariz Braña as Prelate of Opus Dei. The priest becomes the third successor of St. Josemaria Escriva as head of the personal prelature. The Jan. 23 election of Msgr. Ocariz was not unexpected, as he had been auxiliary to the previous prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarría, and was his natural replacement. Bishop Echevarría died Dec. 12 at the age of 84. Msgr. Ocariz was born in Paris in 1944 to a Spanish family who had been exiled because of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s....

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When practicality competes with piety

These two values should go together. When they happen to be in conflict, and especially when we give more importance to practicality than to piety, it could only mean one thing—that our priorities have gone awry. We have chosen to be a Martha instead of a Mary. But things could even be worse than that comparison. Especially these days when we are often swept away by strong pressures from all over, there is always that danger to fall for the enticements of practicality and completely leave piety behind. To be realistic in our present conditions, we need to be ready to resist this great temptation and work toward giving piety priority over practicality. Better still, we should find a way where the two values, in their proper order, can be put together. This, of course, will require some deepening in our convictions that God should be treated first before anything else in our life. God should be the beginning and end of everything in our life. He is, in fact, everything to us. We need to convince ourselves more strongly that there is nothing in life where God need not be the center of interest, or where he can be set aside, at least for some time. Again, God is everything to us! That is non-negotiable. This means that we should strengthen our belief, beefing it up with the...

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On Trump presidency, Pope says we must ‘wait and see’

VATICAN, Jan. 22, 2017– In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God’s own patience with him and his faults. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais Jan. 20, the same day as the U.S. presidential inauguration, Pope Francis said he doesn’t like to get ahead of himself “or judge people prematurely.” “We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen...

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Pope Francis makes a strong call for better marriage prep

VATICAN, Jan. 21, 2017– In his annual speech to the Holy See’s main court on Saturday, Pope Francis stressed the pressing need for effective education and preparation for the sacrament of marriage – not only to guard against invalid marriages, but also to strengthen the faith of the couple as they prepare for the unique blessings and challenges of married life. “The goal of this preparation consists, namely, in helping engaged couples to know and to live the reality of marriage as it is intended to be celebrated, so that it is possible to do so not only validly...

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Pope names Filipino priest as bishop of Papua New Guinea diocese

MANILA, Jan. 23, 2016— Pope Francis has appointed a Filipino-born priest as the new bishop for the Church in Papua New Guinea. Salesian Fr. Pedro Baquero will be the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Kerema, located around 300 kilometers north-west in the country’s capital of Port Moresby. The Pope made the appointment over the weekend as the diocese has been without a prelate since the death of Bishop Patrick Taval in April 2013. At 46, the bishop-elect will oversee the 47-year old diocese with 35 priests and 24 female religious who are working to serve more than 26,000...

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