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POPE’S MESSAGE | The Eucharist is the focal point of God’s saving act

Pope Francis led an audience with winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize at the Vatican Nov. 18. The prize is named for retired Pope Benedict XVI and honors those who make significant contributions to theology and culture.

VATICAN CITY — If people really understood that participating at Mass is witnessing Christ's suffering, death and resurrection, then maybe they would stop taking pictures, talking, making comments and acting as if it were some kind of show, Pope Francis said.

"This is Mass: to enter into Jesus' passion, death, resurrection and ascension. When we go to Mass, it is as if we were going to Calvary, it's the same," the pope said Nov. 22 at his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat

Pope Francis autographed a Lamborghini presented by representatives of the Italian automaker Nov. 15 at the Vatican. The car, which was also blessed by the pope, will be auctioned and the proceeds given to charity.

VATICAN CITY — Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing "to meet with Jesus" instead of engaging in "chitchat," the pope said Nov. 15 at his weekly general audience.

"Silence is so important," he said. "Remember what I told you last time: We are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us."

Next Mass Mob Nov. 26 celebrates feast of Christ the King in University City

Tucked away in a diverse neighborhood in the heart of University City, Christ the King Parish considers itself a well-kept secret of the neighborhood.

Parishioner Mary Fox, who was born and raised here, described the parish as "an extended part of my family." Fox, who went on to raise her own family in University City, noted that the people are "very supportive in your time of need. The people turn to you before you ask."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Stop taking smartphone pictures at Mass

A priest took pictures with a tablet as Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in 2013. The pope, at his Nov. 8 general audience, encouraged people to stop taking photos with their phones and tablets and instead encounter the Lord.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis described the Mass as a a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, in which congregants need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass.

"When the celebrant says, 'Let us lift up our hearts,'" the pope said, "he isn't saying, 'lift up our cellphones and take a picture.' No. It's an awful thing ... It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many cellphones in the air. And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too."

In letter to Cardinal Sarah, pope clarifies new translation norms

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is not to "impose" a specific liturgical translation on bishops' conferences, but rather is called to recognize the bishops' authority and expertise in determining the best way to faithfully translate Latin texts into their local languages, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah.

In the letter, released by the Vatican Oct. 22, Pope Francis stated he wanted to correct several points made in a "commentary," which Cardinal Sarah sent him and which was published on several websites in a variety of languages.

St. Anthony of Padua Church to host next Mass Mob Nov. 12

Originally founded as a parish for German immigrants, St. Anthony of Padua Parish continues its mission today as a sanctuary for immigrant families from all over the world.

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