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  • Tweets from the Holy Father

Open your heart and let the Lord's grace enter in. Salvation is a gift, not a way of presenting yourself outwardly. #SantaMarta

The world needs saints, and all of us, without exception, are called to holiness. We are not afraid!

Let us defend ourselves from the risk of being actors rather than witnesses. We are called to be living memory of the Lord.

What is worse: the recognizable demon that pushes you to sin so that you feel ashamed, or the well-mannered demon that lives within you and possesses you with the spirit of worldliness? #SantaMarta

Praying is not like using a magic wand. Prayer requires commitment, constancy and determination. #SantaMarta

The newness of the Gospel transfigures us inside and out: spirit, soul, body, and everyday life.

Spend time before the Lord in contemplation, and do everything possible for the Lord at the service of others. Contemplation and service: this is our path of life. #SantaMarta

Each of us is the wounded man, and the Good Samaritan is Jesus, who approached us and took care of us. #SantaMarta

We ask the Lord for the gifts of dialogue and patience, of the closeness and welcome that loves, pardons and doesn't condemn.

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to throw open the doors of our hearts so that Jesus can enter and bring us His message of salvation. #SantaMarta

In a decisive moment of his youth, Saint Francis of Assisi read the Gospel. Still today the Gospel lets you know the living Jesus, it speaks to your heart and it changes your life.

We ask for the grace to listen to one another, in order to discern together what the Lord is asking of His Church. #Synod2018

The presence of our Guardian Angel in our life is not just to assist us along the journey, but to show us where we need to go. #SantaMarta

We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. #PrayForTheChurch

The holy anxiety for the Gospel is the only anxiety that gives peace.

Sunday is the day to say to God: thank you Lord, for life, for your mercy, and for all your gifts!

St Michael, help us to fight for our salvation. St Gabriel, bring us the Good News that gives hope. St Raphael, protect us on our journey.

Life becomes more beautiful when we discover that our spirit finds rest in God alone.

Jesus gave us a simple programme for journeying towards holiness: the commandment of love for God and our neighbor.

I hope that a new phase may open up in China, that will help to heal the wounds of the past, restore and maintain full communiion with all Chinese Catholics, and take up the proclamation of the Gospel with renewed commitment. w2.vatican.va/content/france…

Let us pray that programmes for development may predominate in the world, and not those for weapons.

The Lord draws good out of evil through His power and His infinite creativity.

Let us allow the Holy Spirit to clothe us with the weapons of dialogue, understanding, the search for mutual respect and fellowship!

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

One of the heavy duties I have as Bishop - tackling a monster mailbag and email Inbox! I’m giving all of today and tomorrow to catching up. Please say a prayer for God’s blessing and His love on all these correspondents.

test Twitter Media - One of the heavy duties I have as Bishop - tackling a monster mailbag and email Inbox! I’m giving all of today and tomorrow to catching up. Please say a prayer for God’s blessing and His love on all these correspondents. https://t.co/p6nX8QCkt0

Wonderful celebration in Windsor to mark 150 years since the church of St Edward the Confessor opened. Today it’s looking better than ever! God bless Canon David and the parish

test Twitter Media - Wonderful celebration in Windsor to mark 150 years since the church of St Edward the Confessor opened. Today it’s looking better than ever! God bless Canon David and the parish https://t.co/we9t0GdxMJ

This is really sad news - a newly enrolled seminarian shot dead: international.la-croix.com/news/seminaria… Please pray for him and for his poor family. Please pray too for stability and a good way forward in Cameroon, not least in Bamenda.

A few weeks ago, I wrote to the Holy Father proposing an Extraordinary Synod to discuss the abuse crisis and to consider the life and ministry of priests (portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/extraord…). I’m happy to say I’ve now had a gracious reply. Let’s keep this ongoing matter in our prayers.

test Twitter Media - A few weeks ago, I wrote to the Holy Father proposing an Extraordinary Synod to discuss the abuse crisis and to consider the life and ministry of priests (https://t.co/UKkMaHtvZI). I’m happy to say I’ve now had a gracious reply. Let’s keep this ongoing matter in our prayers. https://t.co/X2DBXaf3Wt

Let’s continue to pray for Archbishop Cornelius, the clergy and the faithful of our sister Diocese of Bamenda and for a resolution of the serious problems in Cameroon. Here’s a short article from today’s Catholic World Report: catholicworldreport.com/2018/10/09/cam…

Welcome to this, the 200th edition – yes, 200th! - of our weekly e-News with news, prayers, reflections, diary items and much more for this week from me and from across the Diocese. @PortsmouthRC portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue200…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this, the 200th edition – yes, 200th! - of our weekly e-News with news, prayers, reflections, diary items and much more for this week from me and from across the Diocese. @PortsmouthRC https://t.co/5hCHDHJzGp https://t.co/9D6hcUYZC0

Just finished the termly Council of Priests. We have all new members led expertly by Fr John Lee as Chair. David Lawes gave us a financial presentation on where things are up to and the need soon for a fundraising campaign to finance our seminarians.

test Twitter Media - Just finished the termly Council of Priests. We have all new members led expertly by Fr John Lee as Chair. David Lawes gave us a financial presentation on where things are up to and the need soon for a fundraising campaign to finance our seminarians. https://t.co/De9zg8fP5X

During the Visitation of the parish of Yateley and Hartley Wintney, I called into the Marriage Tribunal, over in Crowthorne. Here’s me with Fr Simon Thomson, the Judicial Vicar, and Dani Marsden its Administrator. Please pray for them in this really important pastoral endeavour.

test Twitter Media - During the Visitation of the parish of Yateley and Hartley Wintney, I called into the Marriage Tribunal, over in Crowthorne. Here’s me with Fr Simon Thomson, the Judicial Vicar, and Dani Marsden its Administrator. Please pray for them in this really important pastoral endeavour. https://t.co/RWgszSpVyT

En route - through the rain! - to St Swithun’s Yateley for the Pastoral Visitation. Please pray for Fr Simon Thomson and the parishioners and the mission and of the Church there and in Hartley Wintney.

test Twitter Media - En route - through the rain! -  to St Swithun’s Yateley for the Pastoral Visitation. Please pray for Fr Simon Thomson and the parishioners and the mission and of the Church there and in Hartley Wintney. https://t.co/W5hl5BDRhv

Back now from two full days at Chilworth Manor of ongoing clergy formation with Dr Judith Champ (Oscott) and Fr Gerard Fieldhouse Byrne (St Luke’s Manchester). Topic was ‘Resilience in the Midst of Change’ and over 60 clergy attended. It was excellent. Please pray for us all.

test Twitter Media - Back now from two full days at Chilworth Manor of ongoing clergy formation with Dr Judith Champ (Oscott) and Fr Gerard Fieldhouse Byrne (St Luke’s Manchester). Topic was ‘Resilience in the Midst of Change’ and over 60 clergy attended. It was excellent. Please pray for us all. https://t.co/3RHr9BqqSG

Let’s offer prayers today for all who were killed or badly injured in the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, and for those who have lost relatives and friends, house and home. Let’s ask the Lord to grant his grace to all working in the rescue services.

test Twitter Media - Let’s offer prayers today for all who were killed or badly injured in the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, and for those who have lost relatives and friends, house and home. Let’s ask the Lord to grant his grace to all working in the rescue services. https://t.co/V6wu79s3Te

I’m now back from Rome and the Ad Limina visit. It was an exhilarating time and very interesting. Look out in this week’s @CatholicHerald for the Diary I kept during the week!) Read more in this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue199…

test Twitter Media - I’m now back from Rome and the Ad Limina visit. It was an exhilarating time and very interesting. Look out in this week’s @CatholicHerald for the Diary I kept during the week!) Read more in this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: https://t.co/PRM22ospMb https://t.co/BVPrvsgW3i

Here’s a good photo-memory of yesterday. I’m standing halfway down at the front on his left. Meanwhile we finished the Ad Limina this afternoon with a Plenary Conference meeting. It’s now time for a pizza before returning home tomorrow. Deo gratias!

test Twitter Media - Here’s a good photo-memory of yesterday. I’m standing halfway down at the front on his left. Meanwhile we finished the Ad Limina this afternoon with a Plenary Conference meeting. It’s now time for a pizza before returning home tomorrow. Deo gratias! https://t.co/6wVP33ZdXn

We’ve just had Mass in honour of Our Lady in the beautiful Borghese Chapel in St Mary Major’s, beneath the holy icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani. I offered the Mass for the evangelisation and conversion of England.

test Twitter Media - We’ve just had Mass in honour of Our Lady in the beautiful Borghese Chapel in St Mary Major’s, beneath the holy icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani. I offered the Mass for the evangelisation and conversion of England. https://t.co/GxmzghWGDm

Forgive all the tweets today .. but we’re now on the bus from a Mass at St John Lateran to the Beda College for supper. Its been a spiritually uplifting day. I offered Mass for everyone in our Diocese - God bless you all.

test Twitter Media - Forgive all the tweets today .. but we’re now on the bus from a Mass at St John Lateran to the Beda College for supper. Its been a spiritually uplifting day. I offered Mass for everyone in our Diocese - God bless you all. https://t.co/A7VXXRRlL5

The meeting with the Holy Father was remarkable - 2 and half hours!! It was Q&A. He spoke as a pastor and a father, full of wisdom, and many of us asked him questions. I thanked him for underlining personal accompaniment, the need for joy and also about the canonisation of Bl PGF

test Twitter Media - The meeting with the Holy Father was remarkable - 2 and half hours!! It was Q&A. He spoke as a pastor and a father, full of wisdom, and many of us asked him questions. I thanked him for underlining personal accompaniment, the need for joy and also about the canonisation of Bl PGF https://t.co/7v1GS4ea8e

We’ve just had a very informative meeting with the Congregation for Catholic Education about Catholic universities and Catholic schools. I asked advice on how to promote the vocation of being a Catholic teacher. We’re now off the meet the Holy Father!

test Twitter Media - We’ve just had a very informative meeting with the Congregation for Catholic Education about Catholic universities and Catholic schools. I asked advice on how to promote the vocation of being a Catholic teacher. We’re now off the meet the Holy Father! https://t.co/IrxfIrpbox

Just visited PontCouncil for Interreligious Dialogue. I asked about how to correlate proclamation and dialogue: they spoke about a meeting of different religious leaders with youngsters on how they see the Afterlife. Pleased that Anglican Bishop Chris of Portsmouth is now here!

Here we are leaving the Pont Council for New Evangelisation. Abp Fisichella spoke about the forthcoming Directory for Catechesis. He also said the Bishop in his Diocese is the Prime Catechist and like the Pope on Wednesdays, he should give regular Catechesis.

test Twitter Media - Here we are leaving the Pont Council for New Evangelisation. Abp Fisichella spoke about the forthcoming Directory for Catechesis. He also said the Bishop in his Diocese is the Prime Catechist and like the Pope on Wednesdays, he should give regular Catechesis. https://t.co/sBOOLNz9rj

We had Mass this morning in this ancient church dedicated to St Stephen: it’s in the gardens behind St. Peter’s Basilica. Bishop Seamus Cunningham was the celebrant and he spoke eloquently about St Vincent de Paul and what he teaches us for the Christian life today.

test Twitter Media - We had Mass this morning in this ancient church dedicated to St Stephen: it’s in the gardens behind St. Peter’s Basilica. Bishop Seamus Cunningham was the celebrant and he spoke eloquently about St Vincent de Paul and what he teaches us for the Christian life today. https://t.co/p1Edj1OlpK