We are “Catholic Atheists” if we have hardened hearts

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Listen to the Word of God to avoid the risk of a hardened heart. That was Pope Francis’ message in his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. The Pope pointed out that when we turn away from God and are deaf to His Word, we become unfaithful or even “Catholic atheists.” […]

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The confessional is not the dry cleaners.

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Pope Francis warned against treating the confessional like the dry cleaners, a place to make a quick transaction, wipe away our sins and steal a false pardon. He also stressed the need for Christians to be truly ashamed of their sins. The Pope’s words came during his homily at his Tuesday morning Mass in the […]

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May Joseph give us the ability to dream great things

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Saint Joseph gives young people “the ability to dream, to risk, and to undertake the difficult tasks that they have seen in dreams.” That was the message of Pope Francis during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The day’s liturgy commemorated the Solemnity of St Joseph, which is normally celebrated on 19 March, […]

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Damned are those who don’t care for the poor and homeless

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The parable of the poor man, Lazarus, lying at the rich man’s door, was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily at the Santa Marta Mass on Thursday morning.  The Pope warned of the risks we run if we have the same uncaring attitude towards the poor and homeless people we see around us today. […]

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True fasting is helping others

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True fasting is helping your neighbour; while false fasting mixes religiosity with dirty deals and the bribes of vanity. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday. The readings of the day speak about fasting; that is, the Pope explained, “about the penance that we […]

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Ideological faith adores a ‘disincarnate’ god

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The compass of the Christian directs him to follow Christ crucified, not a disincarnate god, but God made flesh, Who bears in Himself the wounds of our brothers. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. The invitation to be converted resounds strongly at the […]

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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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Lent is a time to start breathing again

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“Return to me with all your heart… Return to the Lord.” The Holy Father began his homily for the beginning of lent with the words of the prophet Joel, from the first Reading: “Return to me with all your heart… Return to the Lord.” These words, the Pope said, apply to everyone, and exclude no one; […]

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‘True Christians have cheerful faces and eyes full of joy’

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As we head into the Lenten season, Pope Francis has invited us to reflect on our relationship to God and to money, as we can’t serve both masters at the same time. His words came on Tuesday during morning Massin the Casa Santa Marta. Speaking about the message of the Gospel readings in these days […]

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In God there is both justice and mercy

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In the journey of the Christian, truth is not negotiable; rather, a Christian must be just in mercy, as Jesus teaches us. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father warned against hypocrisy and the deception of a faith reduced to a “casuistic logic.” […]

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Don’t put off conversion, give up a double life

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Don’t scandalize “the little ones” with a double life, because scandal destroys. That was the message of Pope Francis in his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. And so, the Pope said, we should not put off conversion. “Cut off your hand,” “Pluck out your eye,” but “don’t scandalize the little […]

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‘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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‘Holy shame overcomes temptation of ambition’

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“May the Lord give us the grace of ‘holy shame’ before the temptation of ambition.” That was Pope Francis’ message at daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, saying that the one who wants to be the first must be last and the servant of all. Pope Francis began his homily at daily […]

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‘May God give us the grace to proclaim an end to wars in world’

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War begins in a person’s heart, for this reason we are all responsible for caring for peace. Pope Francis at Mass spoke about the sufferings of so many people whose lives are upset by wars waged by the powerful and arms traffickers. The dove, the rainbow, and the Covenant. The Holy Father spoke about these […]

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Preach Gospel with courage, prayer, and humility

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Courage prayer, and humility: these are the traits that distinguish the great “heralds” who have helped the Church to grow in the world, who have contributed to its missionary character. Pope Francis was speaking at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, taking his inspiration from the Liturgy and from the example of Sts […]

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The lack of brotherhood leads to war and bloodshed

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The importance of the bond of brotherhood and of how easy it is for petty jealousies and envy to damage that bond and set off a process that can lead to the destruction of families and peoples. The Pope was speaking during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, a Mass that […]

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How to respond to temptation

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· In the weakness of temptation, we must avoid entering into dialogue with the devil, and instead have the courage to pray and to ask forgiveness in order to pick ourselves up and go forward, not to hide from the Lord, but to seek his grace. · During Mass at Santa Marta on Friday, 10 […]

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Woman is the world’s harmony

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“To understand a woman, one must dream of her first”. This is why woman is “the great gift of God”, able to “bring harmony to creation”. Thus, Pope Francis said with a touch of poetic tenderness, “I like to think that God created woman so that all of us would have a mother”. With this […]

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Be open, receptive to God’s gifts

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Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning. In remarks to the faithful following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the theme of Christian freedom, saying that the follower of Christ is a “slave” – but of love, not of duty, and urging the […]

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One after the other

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Starting with Abraham, culminating with Jesus to the Father and continuing until today, one finds many instances in which these words are spoken: “here I am”. As Pope Francis said on Tuesday, 24 January, during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Christians are called everyday “to do the Lord’s will”, becoming part of God’s providential […]

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