Our Lady at the heart of 2017 WYD message


“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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Misericordia et Misera


· 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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Letter #52, 2016: Why Benedict Resigned


August 26, 2016, Friday — Emeritus Pope Benedict Lives “At the Still Point of the Turning World” “Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith… and that at the same time I should take my stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord showed […]

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7. Sara “Winter” Giromin

Sara “Winter” Giromin

Sara Fernanda Giromin first made herself known to Brazil and to the world under the alias “Sara Winter” in 2012, when she became the founding member of “Femen Brazil” and led a trio of girls in a number of topless protests that garnered much media attention. However, only three years later, the young activist has […]

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“You Do the Most Beautiful Job”

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Vatican Almoner, in his office.

Vatican Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the hands-on extension of Pope Francis’ personal charity.  Monsignor Piero Marini, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies, called Monsignor Konrad Krajewski to work in the Vatican in 1998. They had met long before, in June 1987: during John Paul II’s third journey to Poland Konrad Krajewski, at the time a seminarian, had […]

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Pope Francis’ Week-Long Trip To Brazil


Before the Trip, A Half-Hour of Private Prayer to the Virgin Mary… Speaking to reporters aboard the papal flight to Rio de Janeiro July 22, the Pope declined to answer their questions, but instead made very brief remarks about his trip and then greeted each of the 71 media members. The young “are the future […]

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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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