Patriarch Bartholomew expected to join Pope Francis in Cairo

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In just one week’s time, Pope Francis takes off on a journey to the Egyptian capital Cairo, where he will visit the prestigious al-Azhar centre of Islamic studies.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, is also expected to join the Holy Father there, alongside the Coptic Pope Tawadros II. Both Pope Francis […]

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Palm Sunday homily

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Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass on Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.  Today’s celebration can be said to be bittersweet.  It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time.  We celebrate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem to the cries of his disciples who acclaim him as king.  Yet we also solemnly proclaim the […]

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Francisco and Jacinta Marto to be Saints

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· ​Decree promulgated for the canonization of the shepherds of Fatima · Francisco and Jacinta Marta, two visionaries of Our Lady at Fatima, are to be canonized. During an audience with the Prefect of the Congregation of Saints on Thursday morning, 23 March, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of the Decree regarding the miracle attributed […]

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Our Lady at the heart of 2017 WYD message

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“The Mighty One has done great things for me” Pope Francis in his message for diocesan World Youth Day, which takes place on Palm Sunday, tells young people the Church and society needs their courage, dreams and ideals”. This year’s message has a Marian theme “The Mighty One has done great things for me”, taken […]

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​“God is Love” (1 John 4.8)

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When speaking of God, the descriptive language that we adopt is love. And when speaking of love, the fundamental dimension that we attribute is divine. This is why the Apostle of Love defines God as love. (1 John 4.8) When our dear brother and Bishop of Rome, His Holiness Francis, issued his apostolic exhortation Amoris […]

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The true door is open wide

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· ​With Mass in Saint Peter’s Square the Pope concludes the Extraordinary Jubilee · The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy solemnly concluded with the image of Pope Francis closing the heavy doors of the Vatican Basilica on Sunday morning, 20 November. However, the Pontiff emphasized that “the true door of mercy which is the heart […]

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Pilgrimage Sponsored by Inside the Vatican Magazine Visit the Shrine of the Holy Face

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A number of pilgrimages, especially from abroad, who were present in Rome for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at St. Peter’s (Sunday, September 4) also took the opportunity to come to the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello. On the day following the canonization the pilgrimage sponsored by the American Catholic magazine […]

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Woman of mercy

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· ​Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa · He holds her up as the model of holiness for the world of volunteer work More than a hundred thousand people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the solemn right, one of the central moments of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. During his homily for the canonization […]

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The mission of the poor

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· Pope Francis to pilgrims from the province of Lyons · “Pray for the perpetrators of your poverty, that they may convert”. This is the “mission” that Pope Francis entrusted to the 200 participants on pilgrimage from the dioceses of the French province of Lyons — led by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin —, among whom were […]

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Ecumenism of choirs

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A prayer in Chinese “for persecuted Christians” and that all political leaders might work towards justice and peace. This characterized the Mass Pope Francis celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday morning, 29 June, the solemnity of the Patron Saints of Rome. After the Mass, the Holy Father personally conveyed the pallium to 22 new […]

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At the roots of this ecological crisis

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· ​Message of Bartholomew · The recent meeting on the island of Lesvos and the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ were addressed in the message Patriarch Bartholomew sent to Pope Francis on the eve of the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul. In the message – consigned by the Ecumenical Delegation on Thursday, 28 […]

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​Upon memory we build the future

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In the distance a snow-covered Mt Ararat was visible, its grey stones a reminder of the countless victims of the “Great Evil” (Metz Yehghern) that ruthlessly decimated the Armenian people a century ago. Pope Francis’ homage at the Tzitzernakaberd memorial in Yerevan was sealed by the heart wrenching melody of flutes. A terrifying extermination, which just […]

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Compassion sows seeds of testimony

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Saturday afternoon Pope Francis visited Villa Nazareth in the Pineta Sacchetti area of Rome. Villa Nazareth was founded in 1946 for orphans and poor children in order to provide the underprivileged with educational opportunities. Today Villa Nazareth helps young people who are experiencing economic hardship but who also show great intellectual potential. It provides them […]

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Pope Benedict XVI Expresses Thanks for Birthday Wishes

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On Day Marking 11-Year Anniversary of German Pope’s Election, Pope Benedict Sends Message of Gratitude Via Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation Today marks the 11-year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s election as Pope, and the German retired Pontiff has reached out to thank those who have given him 89th birthday wishes on Saturday. “Giving thanks […]

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Behind Judas

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Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, 24 March, at a reception centre for people seeking asylum [the Centro di Accoglienza per Richiedenti Asilo, or CARA] in Castelnuovo di Porto. Located just a short distance from Rome, the centre provides temporary lodging and services for nearly 900 asylum seekers […]

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Special Advent Sermon by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

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  “THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS” (Lumen gentium, Chapter 5) A few days ago we have entered the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II and the jubilee Year of Mercy. We must say that the link between the theme of mercy and the Second Vatican Council is anything but arbitrary or minor. St. […]

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Homily on the Opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

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In a few moments I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door of Mercy. We carry out this act – as I did in Bangui – so simple yet so highly symbolic, in the light of the word of God which we have just heard. That word highlights the primacy of grace. Again […]

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Angelus on the Opening of the Holy Year of Mercy

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and Feast! Today, the feast of the Immaculate Conception makes us contemplate Our Lady who, by a singular privilege, was preserved from Original Sin from her conception. Although living in the world marked by sin, she was not touched by it: she is our Sister in suffering, but not […]

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