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Pope Francis



Gaudete et Exsultate

This week, the Holy Father published an Apostolic Exhortation, that is, an important teaching document, called Gaudete et Exsultate (‘Rejoice and Be Glad’). It is about sanctity.

 It is the first ever papal document to be devoted solely to holiness and on the need for every Christian to become a holy person.

Gaudete et Exsultate has five chapters

(1) the Call to Holiness;

(2) Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness;

(3) In the Light of the Master;

(4) Signs of Holiness in Today’s World; and

(5) Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment.

The Pope begins by reminding us that every Christian, each one of us, is called to become a saint (3-34). Today, there are subtle temptations that can lead us astray from this, especially Gnosticism and Pelagianism (35-62). Our model is always Jesus Christ, who lays out for us the programme in the Beatitudes (63-109). In today’s world, we need to overcome anxiety, negativity and sullenness, and the self-contentedness bred by consumerism and individualism by our perseverance, patience and meekness, by joy and a sense of humour, by boldness and passion, by uniting in community and by constant prayer (110-157). He reminds however us that the “Christian life is a constant battle. We need strength and courage to withstand the temptations of the devil and to proclaim the Gospel” although this “battle is sweet, for it allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives” (158: cf. 159-175).

You can download Gaudete et Exsultate from Portsmouth Diocese e news.



 The Pope Tweets        @Pontifex    15th April  2018


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.


Pope Francis' Prayer Intention

April 2018

This month Pope Francis asks us to turn our attention to economics. We are asked in our 'throwaway' society to consider how our financial choices affect the rest of the world. We can see it all too clearly at the moment in our struggle to clean up the world's oceans, and the impact our waste has had on our marine life, beaches and food chain. We have to start looking for a an economy that serves the good of all and not simply our own short term insular needs.

We are asked to join this month's prayer intention, "that economics may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.”




                                             Milford on Sea                                                                                 New Milton