Meditation

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“Nostalgia” for God can lead us to the joy of rediscovering Him In his morning homily at Domus Santa Marta on October 1, the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux — so important in the spiritual life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio — Pope Francis spoke of two key issues for the life of each […]

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“As A Mother Every Day With Her Children”

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Pope Francis speaks to each of us as a father, and in this homily at Casa Santa Marta he speaks about the motherhood of the Virgin Mary and of the Church. Who does not want to live the experience of a Church as a mother who always waits for and welcomes her children, even when we get lost or when […]

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The Encounter That Changes One’s Life

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From the Domus Santa Marta The Words of Pope Francis “When did I encounter Jesus, or when did Jesus encounter me?” This is the question Pope Francis asked during a morning Mass meditation in April at the Domus Santa Marta. The Pope reminded his listeners how fundamental it is for every one of us to […]

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From Domus Santa Marta

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By Maria Pia Carriquiry Gomez In the last issue, we once again took up some of the meditations Pope Francis made at Casa Santa Marta, speaking to us about Divine Mercy: the Mercy of a God Who loves us, Who loves me. In this issue, we want to propose another beautiful homily, on the second […]

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The Words of Pope Francis

From the Domus Santa Marta; the Words of Pope Francis.

The Greatness of the Love of God Who Comes to Meet Us in Our Littleness During Lent, in many of his morning homilies in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis has spoken about the love of God. But he has not spoken of a generic love for human beings, nor of theological concepts regarding divine […]

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Meditation

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In these homilies, Pope Francis encourages us to renew our faith. He encourages us to go out to be “workers for the Kingdom.” He encourages us to go on a search for Christ, to have “restless hearts” until we find Him. Each of us needs to ask: What do I seek? Am I truly in […]

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People March 2015

Archbishop Bruno Musaro.

New Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt appointed Pope Francis has named 66-year-old Italian Archbishop Bruno Musarò to be the new Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt and Delegate to the League of Arab States. Archbishop Musarò was formerly the Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba from August 2011 to February 5, 2015. He takes over his new office from Archbishop […]

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People February 2015

Father Richard P. McBrien.

Father Richard McBrien, prolific theologian and essayist, dies at 78 Father Richard P. McBrien, retired professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and chair of the university’s theology department for 11 years, died January 25 at age 78, after a long illness, in his native Connecticut. Father McBrien wrote 25 books as well […]

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People January 2015

Father Michael Perry.

Franciscans lose millions, in debt Ineffective budgetary oversight and “questionable” financial activities have plunged the Order of Friars Minor into significant debt and an extremely serious financial situation, its Minister General said in December. Following an internal investigation into the order’s finances, US Franciscan Father Michael Perry, the superior, announced to all members of the […]

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“The Lord is always ready to remove the stone from the tomb of our sins”

Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, April 6, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of this fifth Sunday of Lent tells us of the resurrection of Lazarus. It is the culmination of the miraculous “signs” worked by Jesus: it is a gesture that is too great, too clearly divine […]

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“The married couple is the image of God”

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Pope Francis’ General Audience on the Sacrament of marriage – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, April 02, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today we conclude the series of catecheses on the Sacraments speaking of Marriage. This Sacrament leads us to the heart of God’s plan, which is a covenant plan with His […]

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Appeal for peace in Syria

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Pope Francis’ appeal for peace in Syria at the General Audience – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, April 09, 2014 Last Monday, at Homs in Syria, the Reverend Father Frans van der Lugt, a Dutch Jesuit confrere of mine, 75, was killed. He arrived in Syria about 50 years ago, and always did good to everyone, […]

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New series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Pope Francis’ General Audience on a new series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, April 09, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We begin today a series of catecheses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You know that the Holy Spirit constitutes the […]

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“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity”

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Pope Francis has condemned human trafficking, calling it a crime against humanity, a scourge and an open wound in contemporary society. His strong words came in an address to participants at a Conference on Combating Human Trafficking that took place in the Vatican from April 9-10th. Just before his address to the participants, the Pope […]

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“Do I have an open heart or a closed one?”

Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, March 30, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! Today’s Gospel presents us with the episode of the man born blind to whom Jesus gives sight. The long narrative opens with a blind man who begins to see and closes – this is curious – with […]

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“There is Jesus who speaks to us, in the Gospel!”

Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, March 16, 2014  Dear brothers and sisters, hello! Today the Gospel presents the event of the Transfiguration. It is the second stage on the Lenten journey. The first was the temptation in the desert, last Sunday; the second is the Transfiguration. Jesus “takes Peter, James […]

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“We must detach ourselves from idols… and build our life on what is essential”

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Pope Francis’ Angelus – St. Peters’ Square – Vatican City, March 09, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent presents us every year with an episode about the temptations of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit descended upon him and, after the baptism in the Jordan, drove him to […]

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Pope’s Ash Wednesday Homily

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Pope’s homily from the celebration of the Eucharist today in the Basilica of Saint Sabina, with the rite of blessing and imposition of ashes. Rome, March 05, 2014 “Why do we have to return to God? Because there are things that are not well in us, in society, in the Church and we are in […]

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Pope Francis’ Corriere della Sera Interview

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English translation of Pope Francis’ interview with Ferruccio de Bortoli that appeared March 5, 2014 in Corriere della Sera. “In an Interview with Corriere della Sera, Bergoglio Talks About His Revolutionary First Year at the Head of the Church”   “The truth is that I do not feel nostalgia for Argentina”   One year has gone […]

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“He does not forget about each of us with a first and last name”

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Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, March 02, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! At the center of this Sunday’s liturgy we find one of the most comforting truths: divine providence. The prophet Isaiah presents it as an image of maternal love full of tenderness, and says this: “Could a woman […]

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