Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ

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“Perhaps we have not yet encountered Jesus personally,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on Sunday. “Perhaps we have not recognized Him as our Saviour.” The Holy Father was commenting on the day’s Gospel, which relates the “dialogue” between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Because of the great respect Jesus shows […]

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For young victims of Violence

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“This is a plague, a hidden cry which must be heard by us all and which we cannot continue to pretend not to see and hear”. Pope Francis called for prayer for “all the young victims of violence, abuse, exploitation and war”, at the end of the Angelus on 12 March in Saint Peter’s Square. […]

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From slavery to freedom

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· A journey of hope · Lent should be lived as a “journey of hope” which leads Christians “from slavery to freedom”. This reminder was at the heart of the Holy Father’s reflection for the General Audience on Ash Wednesday, 1 March, in Saint Peter’s Square. The following is a translation of the catechesis, which […]

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One step forward each day

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· The Pope recalls that Advent is a journey of conversion ·   We “convert every day, a step forward each day”: this is the journey that Christians are called to make during the Advent period. That’s what Pope Francis said at the Angelus Sunday 4 December, commenting on the Gospel reading for the day. […]

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Misericordia et Misera

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· Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee · At the end of the Angelus on Sunday, 20 November, Pope Francis signed his Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera (Mercy with Misery) addressed to the whole of the Church so as to continue living the mercy experienced throughout the entire year of […]

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‘God is our caring Father who will never abandon us’

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Pope Francis on Sunday reminded the faithful that even the most sacred human constructions are “transitory” and warned them not to place their faith in them or in “false messiahs” who speculate on people’s needs. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus, the Pope said that our only certainty is […]

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The sickness of indifference

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· ​The Pope tells catechists to find new ways of meeting and helping the poor · He calls for an end to the violence that has struck Mexico in recent days Pope Francis assured the “beloved Mexican people” of his prayers “that the violence, which in recent days has even affected several priests, may cease”. […]

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I will come to you

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· At the Angelus the Pope renews his closeness to the people of central Italy and announces that he will visit the areas affected by the earthquake · Pope Francis will visit the people impacted by the earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy, so as to personally bring them “the comfort of faith, the […]

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Through the narrow door

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· At the Angelus the Pope reminds everyone that life is not a video game or a soap opera, and prays for the victims of the brutal attack in Turkey · Pope Francis expressed his sorrow over the brutal massacre that occurred Saturday night, in which over 50 people were killed — including many children […]

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The price of the conflict in Syria

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· At the Angelus the Pope denounces the powerful for their lack of will for peace · “It is unacceptable that so many defenseless people — even many children — must pay the price of the conflict” in Syria. The Pope chose strong words at the Angelus on Sunday, 7 August, again denouncing the tragedy […]

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Pope Francis marks 1050th anniversary of ‘Baptism of Poland’

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Pope Francis on Thursday morning celebrated Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, Poland, to mark the 1050th anniversary of the ‘Baptism of Poland.’ A sea of people stretching 7 kilometres lined the route from Czestochowa all the way to the hilltop monastery of Jasna Góra, Poland’s national shrine. Young and old had been […]

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May God disperse all plans of terror

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· May God “disperse every plan of terror and of death, that man no longer dare to shed the blood of a brother” · This was the heartfelt hope with which Pope Francis recalled the “carnage Thursday evening in Nice, which cut short so many innocent lives, even many children”. Greeting the numerous faithful, including a […]

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Works not words

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· ​At the Angelus the Pope speaks about the Parable of the Good Samaritan and calls for closeness to those in need · Looking into the faces of the “hungry child”, of the “immigrant who many wanted to drive away”, of the “grandparents … abandoned in nursing homes”, of the sick man “alone in the […]

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Blinded by hate

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· ​At the Angelus Pope Francis prays for the victims of the attacks in Dhaka and Baghdad, and that the hearts of the violent may be converted · Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today’s Gospel passage, taken from the tenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel (vv. 1-12.17-20), helps us to understand what is necessary to […]

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May our hearts be open to gift of the Spirit

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Pope Francis focused on the Feast of Pentecost during his remarks before the Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday. The day’s liturgy, Pope Francis said, “invites us to open our minds and our hearts to the gift of the Holy Spirit . . . the first and principle gift that He has obtained with His Resurrection […]

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Regina Caeli: On the Ascension

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God is true man and his human body is in heaven, and this is our hope Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. Today in Italy and in other parts of the world, there is the celebration of the Ascension of Jesus to heaven, which occurred 40 days after Easter. We contemplate the mystery of Jesus […]

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On the Gift of the Holy Spirit

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“We are not alone! And the sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit is also the peace that Jesus gives to his disciples”   Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The Gospel of today brings us again to the Upper Room. During the Last Supper, before facing the Passion and death on a cross, […]

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Listening With One’s Heart

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‘Our life is completely safe in the hands of Jesus and the Father’ Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today’s Gospel (JN 10: 27-30) gives us some expressions spoken by Jesus during the feast of the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, which was celebrated at the end of December. He is right in the […]

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On Paschal Faith

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“Upon those who follow the Lord Jesus, the light of Easter already shines forever” Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The Gospel of today tells of the third apparition of the Risen Jesus to the disciples, at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, with the recounting of the miraculous catch (cf John 21:1-19). The […]

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Regina Caeli: On the Suffering in Ukraine

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“My thoughts go out to all populations that thirst for reconciliation and peace” On this day that is, as it were, the heart of the Holy Year of Mercy, my thoughts go out to all populations that thirst for reconciliation and peace. I think in particular of the turmoil, here in Europe, of those who […]

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