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Published on Oct 15, 2015

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal talks about the strength of family bonds in his country.

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Published on Sep 9, 2015

At his weekly general audience at the Vatican Sept. 9, Pope Francis urges churches to be open, welcoming to families.

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Published on Apr 15, 2015

Pope Francis spoke about the problems of “gender theory” and the gifts of women during his weekly general audience April 15.

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Published on Jul 28, 2014

Pope Francis spoke about the lessons of history offered by the start of World War I during his Angelus address July 27. Additional video: Reuters.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.

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Published on Jul 22, 2014

Marking the centenary of World War One, experts discuss the legacy of the conflict that changed faith and society in the West.

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Published on Jun 11, 2014

International agencies collaborate on Philippine typhoon relief efforts for a more efficient recovery.

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Published on May 13, 2014

Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien discusses how Christianity plays a vital role in creating and sustaining peace in the Holy Land.

Mother in Heaven help your people in these trying times.

God Bless to all.

Sermon on the Mount:

(The Eight Beatitudes)

The solemn blessings (beatitudines, benedictiones) which mark the opening of the Sermon on the Mount, the very first of Our Lord’s sermons in the Gospel of St. Matthew (5:3-10).

Four of them occur again in a slightly different form in the Gospel of St. Luke (6:22), likewise at the beginning of a sermon, and running parallel to Matthew 5-7, if not another version of the same. And here they are illustrated by the opposition of the four curses (24-26).

The fuller account and the more prominent place given the Beatitudes in St. Matthew are quite in accordance with the scope and the tendency of the First Gospel, in which the spiritual character of the Messianic kingdom — the paramount idea of the Beatitudes — is consistently put forward, in sharp contrast with Jewish prejudices. The very peculiar form in which Our Lord proposed His blessings make them, perhaps, the only example of His sayings that may be styled poetical — the parallelism of thought and expression, which is the most striking feature of Biblical poetry, being unmistakably clear.

The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:
•Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
•Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4)
•Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
•Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
•Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
•Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
•Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
•Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)

See Catholic Encyclopedia for further reference of the Sermon on the Mount:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02371a.htm

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