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  • Tweets from the Holy Father

The Word of God is the lamp with which we look to the future: its light allows us to read the signs of the times.

Let us follow the example of St Francis of Assisi and take care of our common Home.

God calls each one of us, and each call is a gift that should fill us with joy.

When we are full of self-importance, we leave no space for God. So let us ask the Lord for a conversion of heart.

All it takes to encounter God is to acknowledge that we are needy. And the key to that encounter lies in humbling ourselves.

Today we recall the words of Don Tonino Bello: "Works of charity are not enough, unless those works are done with charity".

Mercy opens the doors of the heart because it makes us feel like we are all children of one Father.

The Christian vocation means being a brother or sister to everyone, especially if they are poor, and even if they are an enemy.

God asks us little and gives us a lot. He asks us to open our hearts and to welcome Him and the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.

Those who protect children are on God’s side and triumph over those who oppress them. Let us free every child from every form of exploitation.

While I continue to pray unceasingly for peace, and invite all people of good will to do the same, I renew my appeal to all those with political responsibilities to ensure that justice and peace prevail.

The Church is young because the Gospel is its lifeblood and regenerates it constantly.

We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do. #GaudeteetExsultate

The holiness to which the Lord calls you grows through small gestures in everyday life. #GaudeteetExsultate

Saints are distinguished by a spirit of prayer and a need for communion with God. There is no holiness without prayer. #Holiness

Holiness is the most attractive face of the Church. #SaintsToday

The word "happy" or "blessed" becomes a synonym for "holy", because those faithful to God, by their self-giving, gain true happiness. #GaudeteetExsultate

Keeping a heart free of all that tarnishes love, sowing peace all around us, accepting daily the path of the Gospel, even though it may cause us problems: that is holiness. #SaintsToday

Being poor of heart, reacting with meekness and humility, knowing how to mourn with others, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, seeing and acting with mercy: that is holiness. #SaintsToday

Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain. #GaudeteetExsultate

Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. #SaintsToday

Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. #Holiness

Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. #GaudeteetExsultate

Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. #SaintsToday

The Lord calls each of us to holiness, you too. #Holiness

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Let’s offer heartfelt prayers today for little Alfie Evans - now an Italian citizen - and his courageous parents. If there is anything at all that can be done, may the Lord enable us by His love and grace to effect it.

Im sat on the plane at Heathrow at the moment about to leave for Madrid and then by train to Valladolid to visit our seminarians there. Please pray for them and for a safe journey for myself.

Great day today with an uplifting Liturgy in the Cathedral in which 46 young people from St Swithun Wells parish and NW Hampshire Pastoral Area were confirmed and sent out on mission. May God bless them and keep them in His love.

This is a special weekend when we pray for vocations to the priesthood. Please offer the Rosary for this intention: our situation in Portsmouth is urgent. Better, click here - and join me in saying the Glorious Mysteries: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bishop/media/r…

The Bishops’ Conference finishes this morning with voting on the various propositions. I’m then driving back to Portus Magnus. Meanwhile here’s an uplifting message to ponder:

test Twitter Media - The Bishops’ Conference finishes this morning with voting on the various propositions. I’m then  driving back to Portus Magnus. Meanwhile here’s an uplifting message to ponder: https://t.co/0jeteZwJNx

I am releasing today a strong message about the 'no-prayer zones' being imposed around abortion clinics. You can read it as the second item in this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue179…

Arrived now at Hinsley Hall for the Bishops’ Conference. I’ll be interested to know where we’re up to with the new Lectionary. ICEL meanwhile are doing a brilliant job with the Breviary, its hymns and intercessions.

Today I’ve published a Pastoral Letter called ‘People of Life’ about the beauty of the human person, the sanctity of life and sexuality, the pursuit of an authentic ecology and a positive engagement with contemporary culture. You can read it all in Enews later this week.

This afternoon I’ve been meeting potential candidates for the diaconate for our Diocese. I thank God for their generosity. Please pray for them, for all our diaconal students in formation and for all our deacons in ministry.

Really looking forward to the first Confirmation Mass tomorrow - the youth of North West Hampshire. Please pray for them that filled with the Holy Spirit they may be truly intentional disciples of Christ.

The deteriorating international situation is worrying. Let us redouble our prayer to the Lord for an end to the war in Syria, for better relations with Russia and for a new spirit of ‘can-do’ collaboration between all nations on earth.

Happy Easter! I hope and pray that you have had a sense of the Lord’s joyful presence this Easter! I now look forward to all the Confirmations that will be taking place over the next weekends here at the Cathedral. Here's this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue178…

We venerate St Stanislaus today. Happy Feastday to Fr Stan in Reading - and to all Poles, especially those in our Diocese!

Pope Francis yesterday released a great new teaching document called ‘Gaudete et Exultate’. It’s all about how we must grow in holiness. You can read it here: m.vatican.va/content/france…

test Twitter Media - Pope Francis yesterday released a great new teaching document called ‘Gaudete et Exultate’. It’s all about how we must grow in holiness. You can read it here: https://t.co/quvgd7fQ6X https://t.co/DSYJYLogsR

By the way, this is the picture I was trying to send yesterday. I’m hoping Wanda will bring with her either that mountain axe or that pipe to our Bl. PGF Celebration Day on 4th July. (Let’s hope she can get them through customs!)

test Twitter Media - By the way, this is the picture I was trying to send yesterday. I’m hoping Wanda will bring with her either that mountain axe or that pipe to our Bl. PGF Celebration Day on 4th July. (Let’s hope she can get them through customs!) https://t.co/uMLDytxzbD

I’m really looking forward to our Diocesan Eucharistic Congress prep day on Saturday 5th May in New Portsmouth Theatre. There’ll be talks, inspiring music, interviews, prayer and some fun. It’s free admission: for more details and to book: click here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/portsmouth-d…

Today is the birthday of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Youth. In his honour for the glory of the Lord, do an act of charity today towards the poor and needy. Have a great day and God bless you! google.co.uk/search?q=bless…:

Campaigners in Guernsey are using the euphemism “assisted dying” but don’t be fooled. Assisted dying means either euthanasia (killing someone to put them out of their misery) or assisting someone to commit suicide.

My tweet yesterday about the ‘loss’ of the Anglo-Irish from practice and the new presence of overseas Catholics shows us the massive but exciting pastoral challenge the Church in England now faces.

The Cathedral was packed yesterday for the Easter Mass - it was really encouraging. What’s noticeable though are the huge numbers of Poles, Filipinos, Keralans and Nigerians. Anglo-Irish Catholics, sadly, have largely evaporated.