Author: Pedro Gabriel

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Which Pope said this?

“Human pride and egoism always create divisions, build walls of indifference, hate and violence. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, makes hearts capable of understanding the languages of all, as he re-establishes the bridge of authentic communion between earth...

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Which Pope said this?

“Do not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of...

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Fatima and Francis linkaround

“Dear pilgrims, we have a Mother, we have a Mother! Clinging to her like children, we live in the hope that rests on Jesus.  As we heard in the second reading, “those who receive the abundance of the grace and...

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Which Pope said this?

But in order that the desired fruit may be derived from this apostolate and this zeal for teaching, and that Christ may be formed in all, be it remembered, Venerable Brethren, that no means is more efficacious than charity. “For...

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Faggioli and the limits of reform

“Be attentive to that old and always new temptation from the promoters of Gnosticism. They wanted to make a name for themselves and expand their doctrine and fame, so they always sought to say something new and distinct from what...

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What is the first papal reference to “social justice”?

“Truly wonderful is the work he [Pope Gregory, the Great] was able to effect during his reign of little more than thirteen years. He was the restorer of Christian life in its entirety, stimulating the devotion of the faithful, the...

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It’s Benedict XVI’s 93rd birthday!

Where Peter Is wishes a Happy Birthday to our beloved Pope Emeritus. May God keep him always in good health, and may his pilgrimage on this earth keep bearing many fruits. Pedro GabrielPedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and...

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Faces and voices of the Popes of yore

Sometimes, when browsing the Internet, I like to research footage and recordings of historical figures, especially those who lived before TV and radio were widespread. There is, to me, something fascinating about hearing voices that death has forever silenced in...

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The disfigured crucifix: a museum faith or an Easter faith?

“The Crucifix bathed by the tears of Heaven, the Pope alone in the plaza” — Andrea Tornielli Vatican News Editorial March 28th, 2020 Recently, I wrote that the extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing on March 27 received a universally positive...

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Which Pope said this?

“Hence he whom the crowd acclaims [on Palm Sunday] as the blessed one is also he in whom the whole of humanity will be blessed.  Thus, in the light of Christ, humanity sees itself profoundly united and, as it were,...

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Urbi et Orbi: Meeting the real Pope Francis

Last Friday’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing received a very positive reception. Most Catholics on social media, even many who are usually critical of Pope Francis, praised the ceremony as a much-needed beacon of hope in the midst of the...

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Which Pope said this?

“Dear brothers and sisters, elderly friends! In a world like this which often makes a myth of strength and power, it is your mission to witness to the values which truly count, going beyond appearances, and which endure forever because...

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R.R. Reno and the bioethics of a pandemic

In recent days, we have seen the rise of many articles in American media (and particularly in Catholic publications), questioning the public health regulations implemented around the world to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of those articles stood out, both...

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Which Pope said this?

“Man can put this question [“why is there suffering?”] to God with all the emotion of his heart and with his mind full of dismay and anxiety; and God expects the question and listens to it, as we see in...

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Which Pope said this?

“But charity will never be true charity unless it takes justice into constant account (…) From this it follows that a “charity” which deprives the workingman of the salary to which he has a strict title in justice, is not...

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Dr. Marshall and the coronavirus: suffering people deserve better!

“Apocalyptic thought: This may be the Judgment of God. Pachamama leads to suspension of all true worship of the Blessed Triune God. In the Major and Minor Prophets of OT, God revokes true worship when His people drift to idols”...

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Which Pope said this?

“Jesus does not dialogue with the devil. Jesus responds to the devil with the Word of God, not with his own words. In temptation, we often begin to dialogue with temptation, to dialogue with the devil: “yes, I may do...

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The desert temptations and the God of surprises

“Brothers and sisters, let us guard ourselves and be attentive to the temptation of the Father of Lies and Division, the master of separation that, tricking us into searching for a given good or answer to a specific situation, ends...

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Which Pope said this?

“Today’s Gospel reading (cf. Mt 5:17-37) is on the “Sermon on the Mount” and deals with the subject of the fulfilment of the Law: how should  I fulfil the Law, how can I do it? Jesus wants to help his...

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Which Pope said this?

“An authentic option for the poor and the abandoned, while motivating us to liberate them from material poverty and to defend their rights, also involves inviting them to a friendship with the Lord that can elevate and dignify them (…)...

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