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"He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home.’" Mk 3: 13-19

Saint of the Day
Saint Macarius the Egyptian, Confessor

One of the most famous of the early Christian solitaries, born about A.D. 300; died 390. He was a disciple of St. Anthony and founder of a monastic community in the Scetic desert. Through the influence of St. Anthony he abandoned the world at the age of thirty, and ten years later was ordained a priest. The fame of his sanctity drew many followers, and his monastic settlement at his death numbered thousands.

The community, which took up its residence in the Nitrian and Scetic deserts, was of the semi-eremitical type. The monks were not bound by any fixed rule; their cells were close together, and they met for Divine worship only on Saturdays or Sundays. The principle which held them together was one of mutual helpfulness, and the authority of the elders was recognized not as that of monastic superiors in the strict sense of the word but rather as that of guides and models of perfection.


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Pope at University: Integrating Head, Heart, Hands

January 17, 2018. “We have important challenges for our country that have to do with peaceful coexistence as a nation and the ability to progress as a community”.

Pope’s Simple Test for Youth: What Would Jesus Do?

January 17, 2018. ‘Be young Samaritans, who never walk past someone lying on the roadside.’

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Pope’s Homily During Mass in Temuco, Chile (Full Text)

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Pope Talks of Peter in Meeting Religious, Consecrated Seminarians

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January 16, 2018. During Mass in Santiago, Reminds the Beatitudes Are ‘That New Day for All Who Look to the Future’

Pope’s Homily During Mass in Santiago, Chile (Full Text)

January 16, 2018. ‘The Beatitudes are that new day for all those who look to the future, who continue to dream, who allow themselves to be touched and sent forth by the Spirit of God’

In Chile, Pope Asks Forgiveness for ‘Irreparable Damage’ Done to Children, Calls for Every Effort Be Made to Protect & Prevent Abuses

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January 15, 2018. Voices Concerns to Journalists on Flight to Chile

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January 14, 2018. Comments Before the Angelus on January 14, 2018

Angelus Address: On the Essential Characteristics of the Journey of Faith

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