Christian hope is born on Easter morning

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Our faith was born with the Risen Jesus on Easter morning. That was Pope Francis message at his General Audience on Wednesday as he continued his catechesis on the meaning of our Christian hope. Reflecting on the words of St Paul to the early Christian community in Corinth, the Pope said Jesus himself is our […]

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Reflect on the faithfulness of God

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God is always faithful to His Covenant: He kept faith with Abraham and He is faithful to the salvation promised in His Son. That was the message of Pope Francis during the morning Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope called on those present to pause during the day to reflect on […]

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Pope Francis at Mass in Gyumri, Armenia

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Speaking at Holy Mass Saturday in Gyumri, Armenia, Pope Francis recalled the “terrible devastation” wrought by the massive 1988 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and gave thanks “for all that has been rebuilt.” In his Homily, the Pope offered three “stable foundations upon which we can tirelessly build and rebuild the Christian […]

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Christians Who Have Hardened Hearts Are Orphans

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What Is Required of Us to Be Part of His Flock Pope Francis says a Christian who doesn’t allow himself to be led by the Father is an orphan. The Holy Father stressed this during his daily morning Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. The Pope drew inspiration from today’s biblical […]

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I don’t understand but I trust you

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A homeless man who died of exposure in Rome, four sisters of Mother Teresa’s congregation killed in Yemen, the rising incidence of illness in “Terra dei Fuochi” — a area in southern Italy plagued with toxic waste — and refugees abandoned in the cold. These recent tragedies echoed in Francis’ prayers during Mass at Santa […]

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We Can’t Have Hardened, Closed Hearts

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Francis Stresses No Matter How Much Knowledge You Have, If You Don’t Open Your Heart and Mind, You Are a Hypocrite Only with open hearts and admitting we are sinners, we can receive God’s mercy. Pope Francis stressed this during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. Drawing inspiration from today’s […]

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Thinking of Death Helps Us Realize What Matters in Life

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‘When I pass away, what inheritance will I leave?’ This is the question Pope Francis has called on faithful to contemplate during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. He urged those gathered to contemplate the end of their lives to help them better understand if they are properly living their […]

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A Meditation on the Merits of the Gift of Faith

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Faith is “a gift” that one cannot buy or acquire on their merit. On Friday, 15 January, Pope Francis drew inspiration from the day’s liturgy as he continued speaking on the characteristics of faith. He recalled that the day before, the Gospel presented the story of the leper who said to Jesus: “if you will, […]

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“Faith is victory”

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The power of prayer by one with faith was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily on Thursday morning, 14 January, during Mass at Santa Marta. The Pontiff compared the First Reading to the Gospel passage for the day’s liturgy, pointing out that these tests speak “of a victory and a defeat”. The passage taken […]

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Reflections on the Family: Faith Communicated through Love: “Our cities have become like deserts because of lack of love”

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In this last stage of our course of catechesis on the family, we look at the way the family lives the responsibility to communicate the faith, to transmit the faith, be it within or outside itself. Initially, some evangelical expressions can come to mind that seem to oppose the […]

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On Faith: “Faith is this, to touch him and expect to draw from Him his saving grace”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today’s Gospel presents the story of the resurrection of a twelve-year-old daughter of one of the heads of the synagogue, who fell at the feet of Jesus and begged him: “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get […]

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On Faith: “It always God who makes his Kingdom grow”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today’s Gospel is composed of two very brief parables: that of the seed that sprouts and grows on its own, and that of the mustard seed (cfr Mc 4, 26-34). Through these images taken from the rural world, Jesus presents the efficacy of the Word of God and the […]

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Three Lifestyles

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During Mass at Santa Marta on Friday, 29 May, Pope Francis explained that there are “three lifestyles”. He drew from the passage from the Gospel according to Mark (11:11-25), which presents three attitudes linked to as many figures: those “of the fig tree”, the “businessmen in the temple” and “the man of faith”. Previously, during […]

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