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  • Tweets from the Holy Father

A missionary Church knows that its best message is its readiness to be transformed by the word of life, making service its hallmark. #ApostolicJourney

Without prayer, our life and mission loses all its meaning, strength and fervor. #ApostolicJourney

The Gospel is full of questions that attempt to unsettle, to stir and to invite the disciples to set out, to discover the truth that is capable of giving and generating life. #ApostolicJourney w2.vatican.va/content/france…

When Christians and Buddhists have the opportunity to appreciate and esteem one another, in spite of our differences, we offer the world a word of hope that can encourage and support those who are wounded by division. #ApostolicJourney

I leave today on my 32nd #ApostolicJourney. Dear friends in Thailand and Japan, before we meet, let us pray together that these days may be rich in grace and joy.

God will not be the only one who welcomes us into Heaven. There will also be those with whom we have shared all the Lord has placed in our hands, after administering it well.

How beautiful it would be if the poor could occupy in our hearts the place they have in the heart of God! #WorldayofthePoor

The poor facilitate our access to Heaven. Even now, they are the treasure of the Church. They reveal to us the riches that never grow old, that unite heaven and earth, for which life is truly worth living: the riches of love. #WorldayofthePoor w2.vatican.va/content/france…

In #GospelOfToday (Luke 21, 5-19) as an antidote to haste, Jesus proposes perseverance to each of us: “By your perseverance you will secure your lives”.

Let us pray for the grace to be able to listen to the cry of the poor: it is the cry of hope of the Church.

God is merciful towards those who admit their need.

God has entrusted us with His greatest gifts: our life, the lives of others, and so many different gifts for each person. He invites us to make these talents bear fruit with audacity and creativity.

My thoughts go out to beloved Burkina Faso, where an attack has killed many people. I entrust to the Lord the victims and all those who suffer as a result of such tragedies. I appeal to the Authorities to promote inter-religious dialogue and harmony.

Let us ask the Lord to pour His Spirit upon Christian couples and families, so that, as they generously open their doors to Christ and to their brothers and sisters, they may bear authentic witness to a life of faith, hope and charity. #GeneralAudience

I am close to Armenian Catholics of Qamishli, in Syria, as they gather for the funeral of their parish priest, Father Hovsep Bedoyan, who was killed yesterday together with his father. I pray for them, their families, and for all Christians in Syria.

We ask the Lord to increase our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in our hearts: He who assumed our human nature, who became Man in order to fight with our flesh and to conquer in our flesh. #HomilySantaMarta

We must put an end to the culture of waste, we who pray to the Lord to give us our daily bread. Food waste contributes to hunger and to climate change. pas.va/content/accade…

Listening to the simple and clear words of Jesus about life after death in the #GospelOfToday (Lk 20:27-38) gives great consolation and hope. We need this a lot in our time, so rich in knowledge about the universe but so poor in wisdom about eternal life.

Jesus, true God and true man, destroyed death, is risen and wants to rise again in the hearts of all. No one, no matter how wounded by evil, is condemned to be separated from God on this earth forever.

Prayer always arouses feelings of fraternity, it breaks down barriers, crosses borders, creates invisible but real and effective bridges, and opens horizons of hope.

Faith calls for a journey, a “going out”. Purification takes places on the journey of life, a journey that is often uphill, because it leads upwards.

Christian hope, nourished by the light of Christ, makes the resurrection and life shine even in the world’s darkest nights.

Dear friends, in this month of November, we are invited to pray for the dead. Let us entrust our family members, friends and acquaintances to God, especially in the Eucharist, feeling them close to us in the spiritual company of the Church. #GeneralAudience

We face this choice many times in our lives: do I accept the Lord's invitation or close myself off in my interests, in my smallness? Let us ask the Lord for the grace always to accept the invitation to His feast, which is free. #SantaMarta

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Last Friday, I released an important Pastoral Teaching Message on the 'seal' of Confession – see inside this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue252… I pray God will bless you with His love this coming week and grant eternal rest to your departed loved ones.

test Twitter Media - Last Friday, I released an important Pastoral Teaching Message on the 'seal' of Confession – see inside this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: https://t.co/ZXomPEnIBd I pray God will bless you with His love this coming week and grant eternal rest to your departed loved ones. https://t.co/SsABJ0oBog

Today is World Day of the Poor, a day when the holy father asks us to pray and to do works of transformational action for the poor, the socially excluded and those on the margins. Let’s not forget too the weakest and most vulnerable of all: the unborn child in its mother’s womb.

test Twitter Media - Today is World Day of the Poor, a day when the holy father asks us to pray and to do works of transformational action for the poor, the socially excluded and those on the margins. Let’s not forget too the weakest and most vulnerable of all: the unborn child in its mother’s womb. https://t.co/BsXiltqua1

A very happy feastday to you all! May St. Edmund of Abingdon, the Secondary Patron of our Diocese of Portsmouth, continue to obtain many graces for us from the Lord. Enjoy today - and please pray for me!

test Twitter Media - A very happy feastday to you all! May St. Edmund of Abingdon, the Secondary Patron of our Diocese of Portsmouth, continue to obtain many graces for us from the Lord. Enjoy today - and please pray for me! https://t.co/34oYFVn8mG

I’ve just released a pastoral teaching message on Safeguarding and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I wanted to clarify the nature of the inviolable seal of confession in light of calls for priests to break it when a penitent confesses child sexual abuse: ow.ly/XHY430pT9DZ

This coming Sunday, the 33rd of the Year, is the third World Day of the Poor. In his message for it, Pope Francis reminds us that the poor are not statistics to be counted but people to be encountered. Read more in this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue251…

test Twitter Media - This coming Sunday, the 33rd of the Year, is the third World Day of the Poor. In his message for it, Pope Francis reminds us that the poor are not statistics to be counted but people to be encountered. Read more in this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News:
https://t.co/q8iRUqKZeE https://t.co/JRfj9olLKH

Welcome to this 250th edition of @PortsmouthRC e-News! I hope you enjoy my weekly round-up of news, liturgy, prayers, events and forthcoming fixtures across our Diocese of Portsmouth. As it's November, don't forget to pray for the Holy Souls. portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue250…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this 250th edition of @PortsmouthRC e-News! I hope you enjoy my weekly round-up of news, liturgy, prayers, events and forthcoming fixtures across our Diocese of Portsmouth. As it's November, don't forget to pray for the Holy Souls. https://t.co/X67iIGALDQ https://t.co/IgFS1PNs6M

Please say a prayer for all our teachers and students that this half-term may be a refreshing one. Please pray too for the IICSA hearings this week and next and all involved in Safeguarding. You can read more about this in the latest @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue249…

test Twitter Media - Please say a prayer for all our teachers and students that this half-term may be a refreshing one. Please pray too for the IICSA hearings this week and next and all involved in Safeguarding. You can read more about this in the latest @PortsmouthRC e-News: https://t.co/H8fJoV8DQm https://t.co/N6wsbDLv4p

I’m sure like me you were deeply saddened and shocked to hear about the 38 people found dead today in a lorry container in Essex. Let us pray to Our Lord and Saviour that he will take these poor souls to Himself and grant much consolation to their loved ones.

test Twitter Media - I’m sure like me you were deeply saddened and shocked to hear about the 38 people found dead today in a lorry container in Essex. Let us pray to Our Lord and Saviour that he will take these poor souls to Himself and grant much consolation to their loved ones. https://t.co/vDkMDEM8FO

I’d like to invite you to a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonisation of St. John Henry Newman at Sacred Heart Bournemouth this Friday, 25th October at 7pm. Meanwhile, here's @PortsmouthRC e-News for this week: there is lots to report. portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue248…

I’m just back from an amazing weekend in Rome and the Mass for the canonisation of St. John Henry Newman, celebrated by the Holy Father. There were lots of people from the UK present, including a group of pilgrims from Jersey. Here's this week's e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue247…

test Twitter Media - I’m just back from an amazing weekend in Rome and the Mass for the canonisation of St. John Henry Newman, celebrated by the Holy Father. There were lots of people from the UK present, including a group of pilgrims from Jersey. Here's this week's e-News: https://t.co/VQLyPLBxqB https://t.co/xOuNe5DnOp

Yet another celebratory meal! This time with Bishop Mark Davies and students from the Mater Sacerdotum House of Discernment in Shrewsbury (inc our three Portsmouth men). Yes, that’s Fr Edmund Montgomery on the front row - and Cardinal Marx on the other table next to the window!

test Twitter Media - Yet another celebratory meal! This time with Bishop Mark Davies and students from the Mater Sacerdotum House of Discernment in Shrewsbury (inc our three Portsmouth men). Yes, that’s Fr Edmund Montgomery on the front row - and Cardinal Marx on the other table next to the window! https://t.co/cXE6Q7lUau

Wonderful celebration of Mass this morning in St Peter’s Square for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman. Very solemn, with the chanting of the Gospel in Latin and in Greek. There were lots of Oratorians around - all looking very happy!

test Twitter Media - Wonderful celebration of Mass this morning in St Peter’s Square for the canonisation of St John Henry Newman. Very solemn, with the chanting of the Gospel in Latin and in Greek. There were lots of Oratorians around - all looking very happy! https://t.co/8oZFlu8dHY

Out tonight with Fr James and our Portsmouth students from the English College

test Twitter Media - Out tonight with Fr James and our Portsmouth students from the English College https://t.co/vK7qY20TtU

I’m in a taxi now that’s taking me into Rome. I met a few people on the flight coming in for the canonisation, including a big group from Toronto. There’s a real buzz in the air!

test Twitter Media - I’m in a taxi now that’s taking me into Rome. I met a few people on the flight coming in for the canonisation, including a big group from Toronto. There’s a real buzz in the air! https://t.co/f547nLhi1S

Getting ready now to head out to Rome for Sunday’s canonisation. Lots of people are going, including our students from Mater Sacerdotum in Shrewsbury. (By the way, yesterday’s question: the answer is Silchester!)

test Twitter Media - Getting ready now to head out to Rome for Sunday’s canonisation. Lots of people are going, including our students from Mater Sacerdotum in Shrewsbury. (By the way, yesterday’s question: the answer is Silchester!) https://t.co/sGuCRG8pIu

I’m out today on a hike towards the north of the Diocese. Can you guess from this picture where I am? (Answer tomorrow!)

test Twitter Media - I’m out today on a hike towards the north of the Diocese. Can you guess from this picture where I am? (Answer tomorrow!) https://t.co/YmfhwIw20H

I’m at St Michael’s Abbey Farnborough all the moment - their church looking more magnificent than ever! I’ll say a prayer for you at the National Shrine of St Joseph, which is an altar (just out of sight in this view) on the right of the sanctuary.

test Twitter Media - I’m at St Michael’s Abbey Farnborough all the moment - their church looking more magnificent than ever! I’ll say a prayer for you at the National Shrine of St Joseph, which is an altar (just out of sight in this view) on the right of the sanctuary. https://t.co/DQtS7lg0NC

This weekend I’m on a Pastoral Visitation to Corpus Christi, the Jesuit parish in Bournemouth. It’s a splendid church with excellent parishioners, all in the good care of Fr Adrian Howell SJ. The numbers are impressive, with 89 children preparing for First Holy Communion.

test Twitter Media - This weekend I’m on a Pastoral Visitation to Corpus Christi, the Jesuit parish in Bournemouth. It’s a splendid church with excellent parishioners, all in the good care of Fr Adrian Howell SJ. The numbers are impressive, with 89 children preparing for First Holy Communion. https://t.co/Hk20x6dwdD

Just had the PCP (new teacher) award ceremony in the Cathedral this morning. Professor Anna Lise Gordon, Director of the Institute of Education at St Mary’s Twickenham was here on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Francis Campbell. Prayers and congratulations to our NQTs!

test Twitter Media - Just had the PCP (new teacher) award ceremony in the Cathedral this morning. Professor Anna Lise Gordon, Director of the Institute of Education at St Mary’s Twickenham was here on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Francis Campbell. Prayers and congratulations to our NQTs! https://t.co/p8rpMlcHBf

We’ve had a great Clergy retreat this week led by Abbot Xavier from Quarr. He’s taken us through the Acts of the Apostles, helping us to reflect upon the nature, mission and challenges for the Church both then and now.

test Twitter Media - We’ve had a great Clergy retreat this week led by Abbot Xavier from Quarr. He’s taken us through the Acts of the Apostles, helping us to reflect upon the nature, mission and challenges for the Church both then and now. https://t.co/l5ZOKZ0yrr