Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

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Pope Francis on Thursday presided over the Chrism Mass, during which the sacred oils used for the Sacraments and Ordinations were blessed. In his homily for the Mass, the Holy Father spoke about the “joy of the Gospel”. He explored three “icons” of the good news: the stone water jars at the wedding feast of […]

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Regina Caeli: On the Ascension

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God is true man and his human body is in heaven, and this is our hope Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. Today in Italy and in other parts of the world, there is the celebration of the Ascension of Jesus to heaven, which occurred 40 days after Easter. We contemplate the mystery of Jesus […]

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On the Gift of the Holy Spirit

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“We are not alone! And the sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit is also the peace that Jesus gives to his disciples”   Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The Gospel of today brings us again to the Upper Room. During the Last Supper, before facing the Passion and death on a cross, […]

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A double life

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St John’s advice to the “adolescent Church” of the first century applies perfectly to us today. Francis thus proposed the content of the Apostle’s First Letter: that we not have a double life and not give in to lies, aware that even as sinners we have a Father who forgives us. This is the reflection […]

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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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Three dimensional Christians

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A Christian is a person of hope, who knows and witnesses that Jesus lives, that he is among us, that he prays to the Father for each of us and that he will come again. This is how Pope Francis summed up the relationship between every Christian and the Risen Jesus, during Mass at Santa […]

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The requisite direction

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The direction for Christian life are quite simple. There is no need to go searching for advice: suffice it follow a voice, like sheep do with their shepherd. The image of Jesus the Good Shepherd was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass at Santa Marta on Monday, 18 April. The liturgy of the […]

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Listening With One’s Heart

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‘Our life is completely safe in the hands of Jesus and the Father’ Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today’s Gospel (JN 10: 27-30) gives us some expressions spoken by Jesus during the feast of the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, which was celebrated at the end of December. He is right in the […]

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Docile and joyful

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“Speak Lord, for I hear”. The Pope suggested addressing God with these simple words of Samuel “when we have doubt, when we don’t know or when we simply want to pray”. The words are also an antidote to surrendering to the temptation to resist the Holy Spirit. During Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday, 14 […]

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On Paschal Faith

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“Upon those who follow the Lord Jesus, the light of Easter already shines forever” Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The Gospel of today tells of the third apparition of the Risen Jesus to the disciples, at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, with the recounting of the miraculous catch (cf John 21:1-19). The […]

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The thread of hope

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Spes contra spem, “believe against all hope”. This is the Christian identity card posed by St Paul who, following in the footsteps of Abraham, was certain that “the thread of hope”, even in the most difficult of times, “runs the course of salvation history and, moreover, is a source of joy”. On Thursday morning, 17 […]

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We Can Become New Creatures

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Urges Faithful to Drop Stones We Have Ready to Throw at Others, For We All Are Greater Than Our Sins No matter what, we can become new creatures. Today, the three year anniversary of his election as Pope, Pope Francis urged faithful in St. Peter’s to realize this during his Angelus address at noon. Reflecting […]

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Merciful, Tender Love Awaits Us

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Reflecting on Prodigal Son, Stresses Merciful Father Awaits Our Return When We Turn Away, Thinking We Are Fine on Our Own Even if we were naive enough to think we could do without God and create distance, His love awaits us for when we return. Pope Francis stressed this during his Angelus address today at […]

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Salvation comes from little things

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God’s salvation comes not from great things, not from power or money, no from clerical or political networks, but from little and simple things that sometimes even arise from disdain. Francis proposed this meditation during Mass at Santa Marta on Monday morning, 29 February. “The Church prepares us for Easter and today makes us reflect […]

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A name or an adjective

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Are we open to others and capable of mercy, or do we live locked up within ourselves, slaves to our selfishness? On Thursday morning, 25 February, the Gospel parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31), presented in the day’s Liturgy, guided Pope Francis in a reflection on the quality of Christian life. Referring […]

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Christians Have to Walk the Walk

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“How many parents say they are Catholics, but never have time to talk to their children, to play with their children, to listen to their children”   Christians cannot claim to be “very Catholic” and then not live in accordance with what Christ teaches, Pope Francis said today in his morning homily at Casa Santa […]

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Between talk and action

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It is no of use calling ourselves Christians, because “God is practical”, and what is important not talk but action. The Pope proposed getting back to the basics of Christian life, and invited an examination of conscience on the Beatitudes and, in particular, on one’s witness in the family. This was the subject of his […]

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Pope’s Homily at Mass in Ecatepec, Mexico

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‘We have chosen Jesus, not the evil one; we want to follow in his footsteps, even though we know that this is not easy.’   Last Wednesday we began the liturgical season of Lent, during which the Church invites us to prepare ourselves to celebrate the great feast of Easter. This is a special time […]

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Jesus “taught them as one having authority”: Communicating the Word of God

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! This Sunday’s Gospel reading (cfr Mk. 1, 21-28) presents Jesus, who, with his little community of disciples, enters Capernaum, the city where Peter lived and which in that time was the biggest city of Galilee. And he entered the city. Mark the Evangelist tells us that Jesus, being that […]

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Vatican Watch – June/July

May 4, Pope Francis visits the Church of St. Stanislaus, the church of the Polish community of Rome. At the end of the visit, the Holy Father greeted the faithful who waited for him along the Via delle Botteghe Oscure.

MAY Thursday 1 New commission on abuse prevention A new papal commission for protecting minors from sexual abuse met today for the first time to discuss its mandate and expand input from more countries. Pope Francis established the “Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors” in December. The commission’s May 1-3 meetings are being held […]

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