February 2015

The Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know.   1. What does the word “transfiguration” mean? The word “transfiguration” comes from the Latin roots trans– […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 23 January 2015 to 21 February 2015. Angelus 15 February 2015 Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 17 February 2015 – As martyrs General Audiences 18 February 2015 Homilies 18 February 2015 – Holy Mass, blessing and imposition of the Ashes Messages 23 January […]

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Spanking is quite controversial in some quarters. Some people speak of it as if it is tantamount to child abuse. Other say, that they were spanked as children, that it didn’t do any long-term harm, and that it actually did them good. So I was interested to see Pope Francis’s remarks on spanking in a […]

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Recently there was some discussion on Facebook of how ashes should be placed on the head, with some folks thinking that the form of the cross is mandatory. It isn’t. There is no set form, and in some countries–like Italy–the norm is to sprinkle ashes on the top of the head. Today I ran across […]

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This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, and we read about events that occurred at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Following his baptism, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness—his own, personal equivalent of Lent. It was a time of preparation for the beginning of his public preaching in Galilee. Here are 9 […]

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Ash Wednesday is upon us again! Here are 9 things you need to know and share . . .   1. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent). The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 2 February 2015 to 16 February 2015. Angelus 8 February 2015 Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 5 February 2015 – I will cure you 6 February 2015 – The great one’s darkest hour 9 February 2015 – Working with God 10 February 2015 […]

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1. What is Lent? According to the Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar [.pdf]: 27. Lent [is a liturgical season that] is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the paschal mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian initiation, and the faithful, […]

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We discuss the first part of the Doctor Who finale of series 8, “Dark Water”. What did we think of the revelation of the nethersphere that was hinted at during the entire season? And what to think of the true identity of ‘Missy’? Hear our thoughts in this episode of ‘Secrets of Doctor Who’. Join Jimmy […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 31 January 2015 – 08 February 2015. Angelus 01 February 2015 Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 03 February 2015 – The Gospel in hand (3 February 2015) General Audiences 04 February 2015 Homilies 02 February 2015 – Feast of the Presentation of the […]

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