Pope Francis Address at La Macarena

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Medellín – 09.09.2017 – 16.00
La Macarena Stadium

Encounter with priests, religious, consecrated persons, seminarians and their families

Address of the Holy Father


OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONHoly See Press Office


Dear Brother Bishops,
Dear Priests, Men and Women Religious, and Seminarians,
Dear Families, Dear “Paisas”!

The parable of the true vine which we have just heard from the Gospel of John is given within the context of Jesus’ Last Supper. In that intimate moment, marked by a certain tension but full of love, the Lord washed the feet of his disciples, and wished to perpetuate his memory in the bread and wine, as he spoke from the depths of his heart to those he loved the most.

In this first “Eucharistic” night, in this first sunset after his example of service, Jesus opens his heart; he entrusts to them his testament. Just as the Apostles, some women and Mary, the Mother of Jesus (cf. Acts 1: 13-14) continued to meet in that Upper Room, so too we are gathered here together to listen to him, to listen to one another. Sister Leidy of Saint Joseph, María Isabel and Father Juan Felipe have offered us their testimonies… So also each of us here could share our own vocation story. All these would converge in our experience of Jesus who comes to meet us, who chooses us first, thus seizing our hearts. As Aparecida says: “Knowing Jesus is the best gift that any person can receive; that we have encountered him is the best thing that has happened in our lives, and making him known by our word and deeds is our joy” (Aparecida Document, 29).

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Pope Francis Homily At Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Medellín – 09.09.2017 – 10.15
Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport
Holy Mass
Homily of the Holy Father


OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONHoly See Press Office


“The Christian Life as Discipleship”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During the Mass on Thursday in Bogotá, we heard Jesus calling his first disciples; the part of Luke’s Gospel which opens with this passage, concludes with the call of the Twelve. What are the evangelists reminding us of between these two events? That this journey of following Jesus involved a great work of purification in his first followers. Some of the precepts, prohibitions and mandates made them feel secure; fulfilling certain practices and rites dispensed them from the uncomfortable question: “What would God like us to do?” The Lord Jesus tells them that their fulfilment involves following him, and that this journey will make them encounter lepers, paralytics and sinners. These realities demand much more than a formula, an established norm. The disciples learned that following Jesus presupposes other priorities, other considerations in order to serve God. For the Lord, as also for the first community, it is of the greatest importance that we who call ourselves disciples not cling to a certain style or to particular practices that cause us to be more like some Pharisees than like Jesus. Jesus’ freedom contrasts with the lack of freedom seen in the doctors of the law of that time, who were paralyzed by a rigorous interpretation and practice of that law. Jesus does not live according to a superficially “correct” observance; he brings the law to its fullness. This is what he wants for us, to follow him in such a way as to go to what is essential, to be renewed, and to get involved. These are three attitudes that must form our lives as disciples.

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Pope Francis Greeting At Hogar San Jose

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

COLOMBIA – Medellín – 09.09.2017 – 15.00
Encounter in the Hogar San José
Greeting of the Holy Father


OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONHoly See Press Office


Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Dear Boys and Girls,

I am very happy to be with you here at “Saint Joseph’s Home”. Thank you for the welcome you prepared for me. I am grateful also to the director, Monsignor Armando Santamaría, for his words.

I wish to express my thanks to you, Claudia Yesenia, for your courageous testimony. Hearing all of the difficulties you experienced, I thought of the unjust suffering of so many boys and girls throughout the world, who have been and continue to be innocent victims of the evil that others commit.

The Baby Jesus was also a victim of hatred and persecution; he too had to run away with his family, to leave his country and his home, in order to escape death. To see children suffer, wounds our hearts because children are Jesus’ favourites. We can never accept that they are mistreated, that they are denied the right to live out their childhood peacefully and joyfully, that they are denied a future of hope.

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Catholics Care: Hurricane Relief Fund

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Catholics Care Hurricane ReliefThe Diocese of Brooklyn wants to do its part to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Here are some ways you can help.

Donate Now

  • Make an online donation
  • Text “Catholics Care” to (917) 722-4565 to donate via SMS. (Standard text messaging rates apply.)

Volunteer Your Time

We are sending 100 Catholic volunteers from Brooklyn and Queens to help with the hurricane relief effort. You are needed to help rebuild the cities, homes and lives of those affected by these natural disasters.

To help, follow these steps:

  • Talk to your doctor about the trip. If you are healthy enough to participate, have your doctor write and sign a note verifying your fitness.
  • Download and fill out this form.
  • Email the signed doctor’s note and the completed and signed form to catholicscare@desalesmedia.org, or mail them to DeSales Media Group, Attention: Catholics Care, 1712 Tenth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will be in touch with you soon after to organize the trip. Thank you for your support!

DeSales Media Group’s Coverage of Catholic Day at Citi Field

Posted on Sep 9, 2017

The Diocese of Brooklyn hosted Catholic Day at Citi Field on Saturday, Sept. 9. The day began with a Mass by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, followed by a Catholic festival featuring live music, food trucks, games and Catholic activities. A sampling of our social media coverage is below.

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DeSales Media Group’s Saturday Coverage of the Pope’s Visit to Colombia

Posted on Sep 9, 2017

Pope Francis continued his historic visit to Colombia on Saturday, and DeSales Media Group provided blanket coverage from early to late.

As always, our coverage of the Pope’s visit included live video on NET TV with commentary by Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, and Liz Fabulas, anchor of Currents. Our journalists and outlets also brought real-time quotes and images, some of which you can see below, to their audiences via social media.

Follow us on social media and our websites for more coverage of this historic visit.

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DeSales Continues Coverage of Pope’s Historic Visit to Colombia

Posted on Sep 8, 2017

After more than 50 years of civil war in Colombia, Pope Francis is focusing on reconciliation during his historic trip, the first by a Pope to the country since 1986, and DeSales Media is offering extensive coverage every day of his journey.

Friday’s coverage of the Pope’s visit included live video on NET TV with commentary by Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, and Liz Fabulas, anchor of Currents. Our journalists and outlets also brought real-time quotes and images, some of which you can see below, to their audiences via social media.

Follow us on social media and our websites for more coverage of this historic visit.

– DeSales: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
– NET TVFacebook | Twitter | YouTube
– The TabletFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
– Nuestra VozFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Pope Francis Address At National Prayer Meeting

Posted on Sep 8, 2017

COLOMBIA – Villavicencio – 08.09.2017 – 15.40
Parque Las Malocas Great prayer meeting for national reconciliation Address of the Holy Father


OFFICIAL TRANSLATION
Holy See Press Office


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have been looking forward to this moment since my arrival in your country. You carry in your hearts and your flesh the signs of the recent, living memory of your people which is marked by tragic events, but also filled with heroic acts, great humanity, and the noble spiritual values of faith and hope. I come here with respect and with a clear awareness that, like Moses, I am standing on sacred ground (cf. Ex 3:5). A land watered by the blood of thousands of innocent victims and by the heart-breaking sorrow of their families and friends. Wounds that are hard to heal and that hurt us all, because every act of violence committed against a human being is a wound in humanity’s flesh; every violent death diminishes us as people.

I am here not so much to speak, but to be close to you and to see you with my own eyes, to listen to you and to open my heart to your witness of life and faith. And if you will allow me, I wish also to embrace you and weep with you. I would like us to pray together and to forgive one another – I also need to ask forgiveness – so that, together, we can all look and walk forward in faith and hope.

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Pope Francis’ Homily From Mass In Catama, Colombia

Posted on Sep 8, 2017

COLOMBIA – Villavicencio – 08.09.2017 – 09.30
Holy Mass in Catama
Homily of the Holy Father


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“To be reconciled in God, with Colombians and with Creation”

“Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, is the new dawn that proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you has been born the sun of justice, Christ our God” (cf. Antiphon for the Benedictus). The feast of the birth of Mary shines its light over us, just as the gentle light of dawn radiates above the vast Colombian plain, this beautiful landscape whose gateway is Villavicencio, and shines its light too upon the rich diversity of its indigenous peoples.

Mary is the first light who announces night’s end, and above all, the impending day. Her birth helps us to understand the loving, tender, compassionate plan of love in which God reaches down and calls us to a wonderful covenant with him, that nothing and no one will be able to break.

Mary knew how to transmit God’s light, and she reflected the rays of that light in her home which she shared with Joseph and Jesus, reflecting it also in her people, her country and that home which is common to all mankind: creation.

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Pope Francis Homily At Simon Bolivar Park Bogota

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

COLOMBIA – Bogotá – 07.09.2017 – 16.30 Simón Bolívar Park
Holy Mass – Homily of the Holy Father


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“Artisans of Peace, Promoters of Life”

The Gospel writer tells us that the calling of the first disciples happened along the shore of Lake Gennesaret, where the people came together to hear a voice capable of guiding them and illuminating them; it was also the place where fishermen used to bring their tiring days to an end, where they looked for sustenance in order to live a dignified and happy life, one not lacking the basic necessities.  It is the only time in the whole Gospel of Luke that Jesus preaches near the Sea of Galilee.  On the open sea their hopes for a bountiful catch are turned into frustration with what seem to be pointless and wasted efforts. According to an ancient Christian interpretation, the sea also represents the vastness where all peoples live; because of its turmoil and darkness, it evokes everything that threatens human existence and that has the power to destroy it.

We use similar expressions to define crowds: a human tide, a sea of people.  That day, Jesus had the sea behind him, and in front of him a crowd that followed him because they knew how deeply moved he was by human suffering… and they knew of his impartial, profound, and true words.  Everyone came to hear him; the word of Jesus has something special that leaves no one indifferent; his word has the power to convert hearts, to change plans and projects.  It is a word demonstrated by action, not academic findings, cold agreements, removed from people’s pain; for his is a word valid both for the safety of the shore and the fragility of the sea.

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