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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On Devotion to the Christ Child


Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! In these days of Christmas the Child Jesus is placed before us. I am certain that in our homes many families still have a nativity scene arranged, continuing this beautiful tradition brought about by St Francis of Assisi which keeps alive in our hearts the mystery of God who became […]

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Angelus on the Feast of the Holy Family


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! How well these young people sing! How talented! [commenting on the young people singing Christmas songs in the Square] In the climate of joy that it is Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday. I think back to the great meeting in Philadelphia, last September; […]

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Letter #59, 2015: Pope’s Christmas Message: Peace


December 25, 2015, Friday — Pope’s Christmas Message: Peace “Let us allow tears of repentance to fill our eyes and cleanse our hearts.”—Pope Francis, today in Rome, as part of his Christmas Day message, delivered “Urbi et Orbi,” that is, literally, “To the City (Rome) and to the world,” from the balcony of St. Peter’s […]

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Letter #58, 2015: Tomorrow is Christmas

December 24, 2015, Thursday — Tonight We Celebrate the Holy Exchange “The Son of God became man so that we might become God.” —St. Athanasius, De Incarnatione, 54, 3: PG 25, 192 “Recognize, O Christian, your dignity and, enabled to share in the divine nature, do not wish to relapse into your former base condition […]

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On the Wonder of the Christmas Visitation


Dear brothers and sisters, The Gospel for this Sunday of Advent highlights the person of Mary. We see her when, just after having conceived in faith the Son of God, she takes on the long trip from Nazareth of Galilee to the hill country of Judah, to visit her cousin Elizabeth. The Angel Gabriel had […]

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Food For Thought

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Panettone translates as “a large loaf of bread.” Actually, it’s a large sweet bready cake with various creamy fillings, raisins and candied fruits; its dome is covered with toppings of different flavors. Panettone’s origins probably date back to the Roman Empire: ancient Romans sweetened a type of leavened cake with honey. During the Renaissance, it […]

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The Miracle of Christmas


A thought meditation on the meaning of the events we celebrate at Christmas, events which respond to the deepest desire of all men and women Once upon a time there lived this very tall Texan who travelled to Rome to see the sights, his size eclipsing all the buildings in town. Except the Basilica of […]

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The Met’s Christmas Tree and Crèche


On a visit to New York just before Christmas, our Art Editor Lucy Gordan visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and spoke with European Sculpture Curator Dr. Wolfram Koeppe. Dr. Koeppe, what exactly is your position at the Museum and how long have you worked here? Dr. Wolfram Koeppe: My title is Marina Kellen French […]

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The Christmas of God’s Mercy

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This Christmas, the Church will also be celebrating during the special “Holy Year of Mercy” called by Pope Francis. What does mercy mean to this Pope? A great deal, for he experienced mercy himself, and it changed him forever… “When I see the sick, the elderly, a caress comes spontaneously to me. A caress is… […]

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A Special Christmas Message

A Special Christmas Appeal December 16, 2014 Dear friend, Greetings. At this Christmas time, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading my newsflashes and for your support over the years. I would also like to invite you to join with me as supporters and co-workers. We continue to publish Inside the […]

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“Never Be Afraid of Tenderness”

Christmas: "It is the encounter with Jesus. God has always sought out his people, led them, looked after them and promised to always be close to them.

In this exclusive interview, Pope Francis speaks about Christmas, hunger in the world, the suffering of children, the reform of the Roman Curia, women cardinals, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and his upcoming visit to the Holy Land.  “For me Christmas is hope and tenderness….” Francis talks to La Stampa and Vatican […]

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“Christmas Is Time to Feel God’s Closeness, Experience Peace”

December 31, 2013, St. Peter’s Square, Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy, Mother of God. After the Te Deum of thanksgiving for the past year, Pope Francis went to visit the Manger Scene in the Square. The Holy Father prayed before the representation of the birth of Jesus (Galazka photo)

At St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrates his first solemn Christmas midnight Mass as pontiff.  Celebrating the first Christmas since his election, Pope Francis preached the goodness and tenderness of God, and prayed that men and women around the world would allow God’s grace to transform them into peacemakers. “Let us allow our hearts to […]

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Letter #107: Christmas Eve, Pope Francis meets with Pope Benedict

It is a lovely, cool December evening in Rome, the eve of Christmas. Cold, but not bitter cold. And still clear, not raining. Pope Francis will soon celebrate the birth of Jesus, 2013 years ago, above the tomb of Peter, in the great basilica.   It is a quiet evening… a “silent” night…   The […]

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