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  • Tweets from the Holy Father

It is the Spirit who makes us arise from our limitations, from our deaths, because we have so many necroses in our life, in our soul. The message of the Resurrection is this: we must be reborn.

Mercy shown to those who can only receive, without giving anything in return, is precious in the eyes of God.

Mary is a woman who walks with the grace and the tenderness of a mother; she unties all the knots of the many problems we manage to create, and she teaches us to stand upright in the midst of storms. #MaryHelpOfChristians

We pray for the Catholics in China. May Our Lady of Sheshan help them witness to the faith, in communion with the universal Church, and to persevere in unity despite the wounds and the trials, trusting in the hope that does not disappoint.

God does not reside in the greatness of that which we accomplish, but in the littleness of the poor persons that we meet. #Caritas

Every creature has a function, none is superfluous. The whole universe speaks the language of God's love, of His boundless affection for us: soil, water, mountains, everything is God's caress. #Biodiversity #LaudatoSì'

The peace of Jesus is a gift. We cannot obtain it through human means. The peace of Jesus is something else: the peace of Jesus teaches us to endure. To endure is to carry life on our shoulders, our difficulties, our work, everything, and to have the courage to go forward.

We pray for those who live with severe illness. Let us always safeguard life, God's gift, from its beginning until its natural end. Let us not give in to a throwaway culture.

Let us remain united to the Lord Jesus through listening to the Word, through the sacraments, a life of fraternity and service to others.

It is the Spirit who is the protagonist of Christian life, the Holy Spirit, who is with us, accompanies us, transforms us, is victorious with us.

Let yourself be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit, in order to bring Christ into every environment and to give witness to the joy and youthfulness of the Gospel!

“The word of God is alive” (Hebrews 4:12); it does not die or get old, but remains forever.

Promoting the development of the #family means supporting and caring for every human person and for all of creation. #ClimateAction

God proposes Himself, He never imposes Himself; He enlightens us, but never blinds us.

Mary, Virgin of #Fatima, we are certain that each one of us is precious in your eyes and that nothing in our hearts has estranged you. Guard our life with your embrace, guide us all on the path to holiness.

On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, let us join in prayer and ask the Lord to help us discover his plan of love for our lives, and to grant us the courage to walk in the path that, from the beginning, he has chosen for each of us. #Vocations w2.vatican.va/content/france…

God has placed this plan in our hearts and in all creation: to love Him, our brothers and sisters, and the whole world, and to find true happiness in this love.

This is the time of mercy; this is the time of the Lord’s compassion. Let us open our hearts so that He may come to us.

Today we ask for the grace to be docile to the voice of the Lord and for a heart open to the Lord; for the grace not to be afraid to do great things and the sensitivity to pay attention to the small things. #SantaMarta

If we live like children of God and we let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, we do good to all creation as well.

Virgin of the #HolyRosary, help us to be of one heart and one soul, a holy people journeying toward our Heavenly home.

Faith must lead us believers to see other persons as our brothers and sisters that we need to support and love. #ApostolicJourney #NorthMacedonia w2.vatican.va/content/france…

Mother Teresa, we ask you to intercede with Jesus, that we too may obtain the grace to be attentive to the cry of the poor, the sick, the outcast and the least of our brothers and sisters. #ApostolicJourney #NorthMacedonia w2.vatican.va/content/france…

May each of us, wherever we may be, in all that we do, be able to say: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”. #ApostolicJourney #Bulgaria w2.vatican.va/content/france…

As Pope John XXIII said: “I never met a pessimist who managed to do something good”. The Lord is the first not to be pessimistic. He constantly tries to open up paths of resurrection for all of us. #ApostolicJourney #Bulgaria

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Ive just released a new Pastoral Letter for this weekend. It’s called “Verbum Dei” and you can read it here: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bishop/pastora…

Please ask the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary for us all and especially for the renewal and unity of our Diocese, its clergy, religious and laity (see inside). Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the @PortsmouthRC e-News this week with its various features: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue229…

test Twitter Media - Please ask the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary for us all and especially for the renewal and unity of our Diocese, its clergy, religious and laity (see inside). Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the @PortsmouthRC e-News this week with its various features:
https://t.co/7Hawldka7L https://t.co/LUo2UO5QtZ

Just spent a short break in the Ribble Valley - hope you like the picture? - visiting my friend Fr. Ian. He’s now in his new parish - 4 churches and 4 schools!! These are the heartlands of recusant Catholicism and the Martyrs. Let’s pray for a resurgence of that faith today.

test Twitter Media - Just spent a short break in the Ribble Valley - hope you like the picture? - visiting my friend Fr. Ian. He’s now in his new parish - 4 churches and 4 schools!! These are the heartlands of recusant Catholicism and the Martyrs. Let’s pray for a resurgence of that faith today. https://t.co/svl3SXuWfs

My friend Bishop John Keenan from Paisley Scotland, gave this powerful speech in Parliament Square at the end of the recent March for Life. He quotes Wilberforce: You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. facebook.com/MarchForLifeUK…

Bishop John Keenan - March for Life UK 2019

Bishop John Keenan - March for Life UK 2019#Irreplaceable#Lifefest19

Posted by March For Life UK on Tuesday, 14 May 2019

I’m now back from Bishops’ Conference which was held in Valladolid. It included an in-service training seminar on Safeguarding. During the Conference, the Holy Father issued the new motu proprio. You can read about it in this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue228…

test Twitter Media - I’m now back from Bishops’ Conference which was held in Valladolid. It included an in-service training seminar on Safeguarding. During the Conference, the Holy Father issued the new motu proprio. You can read about it in this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: 
https://t.co/XRqAylCREO https://t.co/OfOKrIFZrd

On the high speed train now from Valladolid to Madrid then to the airport and back to Gatwick. I’ll be glad to be home!

test Twitter Media - On the high speed train now from Valladolid to Madrid then to the airport and back to Gatwick. I’ll be glad to be home! https://t.co/JKFVhDVcMb

It’s fantastic that our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is now really filling up! We’ve got lots of young people coming who’ll have their own programme but will also be helping to lead us all. For info, bookings, dates and how to join, see: vivavoce.uk/young-pilgrims…

I am sending you this week's e-News from the Bishops' Conference meeting in Valladolid which includes a four-day in-service training, led by Baroness Hollins, on the crucial ministry of safeguarding. My prayers & best wishes for this Third Week of Easter. portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue227…

test Twitter Media - I am sending you this week's e-News  from the Bishops' Conference meeting in Valladolid which includes a four-day in-service training, led by Baroness Hollins, on the crucial ministry of safeguarding. My prayers & best wishes for this Third Week of Easter. https://t.co/Tnlqrudj5K https://t.co/vUnnWBDSXz

Two dear souls we should pray for today: the new baby born into the Royal Family and Jean Vanier, 90, Founder of L’Arche, who died yesterday, R.I.P.

test Twitter Media - Two dear souls we should pray for today: the new baby born into the Royal Family and Jean Vanier, 90, Founder of L’Arche, who died yesterday, R.I.P. https://t.co/J1sy4yeVx0

Today is the first full day of the Bishops’ Conference here at Valladolid. The best thing is being under the prayer and protection of Our Lady Vulnerata. On this feast of the English Martyrs, may she pray for us, for our dioceses and for the conversion of England.

test Twitter Media - Today is the first full day of the Bishops’ Conference here at Valladolid. The best thing is being under the prayer and protection of Our Lady Vulnerata. On this feast of the English Martyrs, may she pray for us, for our dioceses and for the conversion of England. https://t.co/ykqHJeMzmB

I’m now at Gatwick awaiting the flight to Madrid and from there the train to Valladolid for the meeting of the Bishops’ Conference. This time it includes four days of inservice training on safeguarding led by Baroness Hollins. Please pray for me and for a safe journey.

test Twitter Media - I’m now at Gatwick awaiting the flight to Madrid and from there the train to Valladolid for the meeting of the Bishops’ Conference. This time it includes four days of inservice training on safeguarding led by Baroness Hollins. Please pray for me and for a safe journey. https://t.co/HD0ErBXHdk

Today we keep the great Feastday of St. George, Patron of our land. I’ve been asking his prayers today for the Royal Family, for our government, for our political and civic leaders, and for the conversion of England through a renaissance of the Christian Faith.

test Twitter Media - Today we keep the great Feastday of St. George, Patron of our land. I’ve been asking his prayers today for the Royal Family, for our government, for our political and civic leaders, and for the conversion of England through a renaissance of the Christian Faith. https://t.co/5rbn7aUipP

I hope you have been having a good Easter with many joys and blessings. Here's all the news from around the Diocese in this week's e-News, the round up of events past and events to come, plus devotions, prayers, book recommendations and much more: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue226…

test Twitter Media - I hope you have been having a good Easter with many joys and blessings. Here's all the news from around the Diocese in this week's e-News, the round up of events past and events to come, plus devotions, prayers, book recommendations and much more: https://t.co/X80iwuCf4T https://t.co/18nYzk2lG7

Happy today to celebrate St Catherine of Siena, one of the patron saints of Europe. We prayed at Mass for renewal of Christian faith within Europe, for peace and stronger cultural bonds, for all our leaders and for the Holy Spirit to facilitate the Brexit process.

test Twitter Media - Happy today to celebrate St Catherine of Siena, one of the patron saints of Europe. We prayed at Mass for renewal of Christian faith within Europe, for peace and stronger cultural bonds, for all our leaders and for the Holy Spirit to facilitate the Brexit process. https://t.co/1ZXZBScFJm

Happy Second Sunday of Easter - Quasimodo Sunday, the Feast of Divine Mercy! Please find a moment today to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, begging God’s mercy upon our society and upon us all: m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbw4Qu…

I thank God all the building repair work is underway at Sacred Heart Bournemouth. Please pray for the parish and for the Oratory in Formation, especially as they look forward to the ordination this summer of Bro. Andrew. vivavoce.uk/insipiring-ora…

During Eastertide when the Holy Spirit is being poured out, please ask the Lord to bless our seminarians - implore Him to grant more vocations in the Diocese, especially to the priesthood. Pray too for Mohanraj and Johnpromise to be ordained this summer: vivavoce.uk/journeying-tow…

We’re currently planning the annual Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass at St Bede’s Basingstoke 6th July - always an amazing and joyful occasion. This year we’re going to have some testimonies, including one of our marriage mentor couples: vivavoce.uk/mentoring-coup…

As Catholics we’re often inward looking - rather than seeing ourselves as Jesus’s agents of social change, service and mission. Today please say a prayer for Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth and for those across the Diocese serving the needs of the poorest. vivavoce.uk/caritas-suppor…

On this Easter Tuesday let’s continue to pray for those killed or injured in the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka and for good interreligious relations in that land. Meanwhile, let’s not forget to pray too for our sister Diocese of Bamenda in Cameroon: vivavoce.uk/emergency-situ…