Look to Mary, Mother of Hope

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Pope Francis during his Wednesday General Audience continued his catechesis on Christian hope, highlighting Mary the Mother of Hope. On the eve of his Apostolic visit to Fatima, Pope Francis on Wednesday, described Mary as the Mother of Hope adding that she was a woman of courage, perseverance and obedience. Speaking to the thousands of […]

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Pope reflects on Apostolic Voyage to Egypt

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Pope Francis reflected on last weekend’s Apostolic Voyage to Egypt during his weekly General Audience, recalling the various stages of his trip. The Holy Father thanked the people of Egypt for their warm welcome, and noted the “extraordinary commitment” of the Egyptian authorities to ensure his visit went off without a hitch. He spoke of […]

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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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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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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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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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Easter Triduum Gives Certainty We’ll Never Be Abandoned

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Francis Says Our Jesus Says to Each One of Us: ‘If I Could Suffer More for You, I Would Do So’ We can be certain that in life’s trials, we will never be abandoned. The Holy Father stressed this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on Holy […]

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Consolation

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‘God is not absent, not even today, in these tragic situations. ‘ Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning. In the Book of the prophet Jeremiah, Chapters 30 and 31 are said to be those “of consolation,” because in them, God’s mercy is presented with all His capacity to comfort and to open the heart of […]

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Complementarity of Justice, Mercy

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‘Someone might ask me the question: “But Father, Pilate merited his condemnation? Did God will it? – No! God wanted to save Pilate and also Judas, all! He, the Lord of Mercy, wants to save all! The problem is letting Him enter the heart.’ Sacred Scripture presents God to us as infinite mercy, but also […]

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The Words of Pope Francis: “Love’s Second Name”

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“Mercy is God’s distinctive mark,” says Fr. John Saward, the formerly Anglican, now Catholic priest in England: it is His goodness “coming to the aid of our misery, especially the misery of sin.” But, as Pope Francis explains in this beautiful talk, his first catechesis on mercy, this attribute of God is not incidental to […]

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On The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We have heard the biblical text that, this year, guides the reflection during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is going on this week, from January 18th to 25th. The passage from the First Letter of Saint Peter was chosen by an ecumenical group of Latvia, requested […]

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Reflections on Mercy: The Attributes of God

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today we begin catecheses on mercy according to the biblical perspective, in order to learn mercy by listening to what God Himself teaches us with His Word. We begin from the Old Testament, which prepares and leads us to the full revelation of Jesus Christ who, in an accomplished […]

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On Devotion to the Christ Child

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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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A Meditation on Forgiveness and the Jubilee Door

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Last Sunday, the Holy Door was opened in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Cathedral of Rome, and a Door of Mercy was opened in the Cathedral of every diocese of the world, as well as in shrines and churches indicated by bishops. The Jubilee is in the whole […]

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On Recognizing the Need for Divine Mercy

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning. Yesterday, I opened here, in Saint Peter’s Basilica, the, after having opened it already in the Cathedral of Bangui in the Central African Republic. Today, I would like to reflect together with you on the meaning of this Holy Year, responding to the question: Why a Jubilee of Mercy? […]

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Pope Francis Recalls His Visit to Africa

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In the past days, I undertook my first Apostolic Visit to Africa. Africa is beautiful! I thank the Lord for this great gift of His, which enabled me to visit three countries: first Kenya, then Uganda and finally the Central African Republic. I express again my gratitude to the […]

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