Pope Francis’ homily announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

This year as last, as we head into the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we are gathered to celebrate the penitential liturgy. We are united with so many Christians who, in every part of the world, have accepted the invitation to live this moment as a sign of the goodness of the Lord. The Sacrament of […]

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Pope Francis’ Homily at Christmas Midnight Mass

Pope Francis during Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on December 24 (Gaazka photo)

1. ”The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1). This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we […]

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“Christ is the center of history”

Young priests great the Pope.

HOMILY FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH ON THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE.  Today’s solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the crowning of the liturgical year, also marks the conclusion of the Year of Faith opened by Pope Benedict XVI, to whom our […]

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Address of Pope Francis to the Coordinating Committee of Celam

Perhaps the single most important address given by Pope Francis during his week-long trip to Brazil in July was his address to the Coordinating Committee of CELAM, the governing body for the combined bishops’ conferences of Latin America. In this talk, the Pope lays out his vision for the Church today. It is long, and […]

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Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2013

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons… Most of all, I would like it […]

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When We Walk Without the Cross…

Here is the complete text, delivered without notes, of Pope Francis’ first homily given on March 14, in the Sistine Chapel where he had been elected Pope the day before. In these three readings, I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement in walking; in the second […]

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Pope Francis’ First Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! After our first meeting last Wednesday, today I again give my greetings to you all! And I am happy to do it on Sunday, the Lord’s Day! This is beautiful and important for us Christians: to meet on Sunday, to greet one another, to talk as we are doing […]

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