‘Hope helps to see beyond negativity of present’

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Self-centeredness and sin corrupt the beauty of Creation, but God does not abandon humanity and turns Creation’s groans into hope for new life. That was at the heart of Pope Francis’ catechesis on Christian hope at his Wednesday General Audience. Drawing inspiration from Chapter 8 of the Letter to the Romans, Pope Francis continued his […]

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Unity is possible

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· ​“When things become dark, more prayer is needed! And there will be more hope”. · This lesson from the Book of Jonah was offered by Pope Francis. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning. In Sacred Scripture, among the prophets of Israel, a rather anomalous figure stands out, a prophet who attempts to avoid the […]

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Manufacturers of idols

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· ​Pope Francis warns against worldly false hope · Pope Francis, warning against the false hopes that idols offer, continued his series of catecheses on Christian hope, in light of Scripture. His reflection was inspired by Psalm 115. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! In the month of December and in the first part of […]

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A mother’s tears

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Rachel’s tears reflect “the suffering of all the mothers of the world, of all time, and the tears of every human being who suffers irreparable losses”. This was the Pontiff’s message at the General Audience in Saint Peter’s Square on Wednesday, 4 January. Continuing the series of catecheses dedicated to hope, the Pope focused on […]

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More than just stars

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“Complaining to the Lord is a way of praying”. Pope Francis expressed this in his reflection at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, 28 December, as he continued the series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope. He focused in particular on the experience of Abram, whom, the Pontiff explained, […]

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The virtue of the little ones

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· the General Audience the Pontiff begins a new series of reflections dedicated to hope and asks that no one be excluded from the recognition of human rights · “Hope is the virtue of the little ones”, because “the great ones … do not know what it is”. Thus, Christian hope is the focal point of […]

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Dialogue and respect for coexistence in the Caucasus

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· At the General Audience the Pope recalls his trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan · “That all of the peoples of the Caucasus may live in peace and mutual respect”: this was the wish expressed by Pope Francis following his international journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan. On Wednesday morning, 5 October, during the General Audience, […]

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Two pillars

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To “forgive” and to“give”: these are the two “pillars” of Christian life and, in particular, of the witness of mercy to which every believer is called. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis, which took place during the General Audience on Wednesday, 21 September, in St Peter’s Square. The following is a translation of […]

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No obstacle to mercy

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· The Pope reminds the faithful that Jesus did not come to punish sinners but to invite them to convert · Jesus did not come to punish sinners but to proclaim the mercy of God and to invite everyone to convert. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ address at the General Audience on Wednesday […]

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Moved by compassion and sorrow

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· The General Audience dedicated to prayer for the people struck by an earthquake that shook central Italy. · Within hours of an earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy early Wednesday morning, 24 August, Pope Francis expressed “heartfelt sorrow” and “closeness to all those present in the zones affected”, to “those who have lost […]

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Pope Francis trip to Poland

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Pope Francis renewed his condemnation of the holocaust on Wednesday, and decried once again the persistent violence in the world as a “piecemeal” world war. The Holy Father’s remarks came during the course of the General Audience on Wednesday – the first since suspending the weekly appointment with pilgrims and tourists for the month of […]

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‘To ignore the poor is to despise God’

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Pope Francis says that to ignore the poor is to despise God and that the Lord’s mercy for us is tightly connected to our own mercy for others. Speaking on Wednesday morning at the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square the Pope also decried the inequality and contradictions in the world as he reflected […]

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Piety is like pity

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For those gathered at an extraordinary Jubilee General Audience at St Peter’s Square Saturday, Pope Francis said piety is not necessarily about devotion but more like “pity.” The pope’s catechesis for the occasion developed piety as one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. “When we hear this word,” he said, “we think of […]

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On the Parable of the Prodigal Son

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‘This teaching of Jesus is important: our condition of children of God is fruit of the love of the Father’s heart; it does not depend on our merits or our actions and, therefore, no one can take it away, not even the devil! No one can take away this dignity.’ Dear Brothers and Sisters, good […]

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The Lord Doesn’t Weigh 99-1 Ratio of Sheep. He Seeks

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Reminds Faithful in St. Peter’s Square That Christians Cannot Be Closed In on Themselves If I still have 99 of my sheep, but one has wandered off, what does it matter? Well, to the Good Shepherd, it matters a lot. Pope Francis explained this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, […]

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Who is a neighbour

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Everyone “can become the neighbour to any needy person you meet”, so long as your heart has “the capacity so suffer with the other”. Pope Francis drew this comforting certainty from the parable of the Good Samaritan, during the General Audience on Wednesday, 27 April. With the faithful in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father […]

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We Are All Sinners, So Don’t Be a Hypocrite

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Francis Makes Analogy to Explain Mercy; Says Doctors Can’t Fear ‘Contamination’ by Patients Don’t be a hypocrite and judge others as though you have never sinned yourself. Pope Francis stressed this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on Luke’s Gospel which speaks of the Pharisee Simon and […]

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Pope Makes Appeals to Help Ukraine, Ecuador During General Audience

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Speaking on Ukraine’s Suffering Population, Reminds Faithful of Initiative This Weekend for Church in Europe to Help Humanitarian Crisis During his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis repeated his appeals to help the suffering nations of Ukraine and Ecuador. At the conclusion of the audience, Francis lamented, “Ukraine’s population has […]

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Pope Prescribes 2 Medicines of the ‘Good Doctor’ Jesus

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There’s No Saint Without a Past, No Sinner Without a Future Jesus, ‘the Good Doctor,’ wants to heal and nourish us. Pope Francis said this during his address at this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, noting the ‘Divine Doctor’ insists for us, His beloved, but sinful children, to take His two medicines. During […]

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When Saying ‘He Is a Sinner,’ Ask Yourself ‘And What Am I?’

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“How many times we say: “But he is a sinner, he has done this, and that …”, and we judge others. And you? Each one of us should ask himself: Yes, he is a sinner, and I?” Pope Francis observed this during his address at this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, while stressing […]

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