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POPE’S MESSAGE | Bible, like cellphone, should be carried always

Pope Francis attended the first day of his Lenten retreat at the Pauline Fathers’ retreat center in Ariccia, 20 miles southeast of Rome, March 5. The pope and top members of the Roman Curia were on retreat from March 5-10.

VATICAN CITY — Christians should care about reading God's messages in the Bible as much as they care about checking messages on their cellphones, Pope Francis said.

As Christ did in the desert when tempted by Satan, men and women can defend themselves from temptation with the word of God if they "read it often, meditate on it and assimilate it" into their lives, the pope said before praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square March 5.

DEAR FATHER | Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in reading the Bible

All of us probably have a Bible somewhere at home. It sits, quietly calling us whenever we see it or think to pick it up and to read its Good News.

Before reading it, examine it to make sure it is a Catholic Bible. If it isn't, some books might be missing that the Catholic Church accepts but other denominations of Christianity don't.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Restore all things in Christ through faithfulness

Ophelia Wilson, right, a Court 67 Grand Lady of the Ladies of St. Peter Claver Auxiliary, shook hands with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson after the Peace and Justice Mass Aug. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica. The Mass was one of several prayerful events on the anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

As the school year begins for many (welcome back, everyone!) the readings for this week give a brief synopsis of the time of the Judges, the lessons Israel learned from this period in its history and a lesson about what to expect for our faithfulness to God.

There is a clear pattern in the book of Judges:

1) Israel sins -- the people forget the mighty deeds of God and cease to be faithful to their covenant with Him.

2) As a consequence of their sins, the Israelites are conquered by their enemies.

Dear Father | Catholic Bible used by all Christians until the Reformation

Q. What is the difference between Catholic and Protestant Bibles?A. Perhaps not as much as you might think. But, yes, there are differences, and that's why some Bibles are stamped "Catholic Edition," or "With Apocrypha," or another designation to distinguish them from the "Protestant Edition" (Catholic Bibles also bear the Nihil Obstat).

DEAR FATHER | Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in reading the Bible

Father John Mayo

What is a good way to begin reading the Bible?

All of us probably have a Bible somewhere at home. It sits, quietly calling us whenever we see it or think to pick it up and to read its Good News.

Before reading it, examine it to make sure it is a Catholic Bible. If it isn't, some books might be missing that the Catholic Church accepts but other denominations of Christianity don't.

POPE'S MESSAGE | One can't dialogue with Satan; Bible is best defense

Pope Francis arrived for a weeklong Lenten retreat with senior members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, near Rome, March 9. The pope did not hold weekly audience because he was on retreat.

VATICAN CITY -- When temptation comes your way, don't try to "dialogue" or argue with the devil, Pope Francis said, but seek refuge and strength in the words of the Bible.

Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered for the Angelus in St. Peter's Square March 9, Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel of Matthew's account of Jesus' temptation in the desert.

"The tempter tried to divert Jesus from the Father's plan, which was the path of sacrifice and love, of offering Himself in expiation, and instead convince Him to take the easy way of success and power," the pope said.

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