Reflect on the faithfulness of God


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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Christians are not ‘parked’ but rather courageous


Be courageous Christians, anchored in hope and capable of enduring dark moments. This was the forceful invitation of Pope Francis at the morning Mass on Tuesday at the Casa Santa Marta. Lazy Christians, on the other hand, are stationary, the Pope said, and for them, the Church is a good parking spot. The life of […]

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Eternal damnation is not a torture chamber but distance from God


Pope Francis said eternal damnation is not a torture chamber but distance from God and warned Christians never to converse with the devil, calling him a seducer who ruins lives. Continuing his reflections on the end of the world, the Pope’s homily focused on the day’s reading from the Book of Revelation that describes how […]

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A caged spirit

-S.S. Francesco  -  Messa Domus Sanctae Marthae  30-05-2016

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“Prophecy, memory and hope”: these three characteristics free a person; they free people and the Church, preventing it from ending up as a “closed system” of rules that puts the Holy Spirit in a cage. This was Pope Francis’ message in the Mass he celebrated on Monday morning, 30 May, in the Chapel of Santa […]

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Day after day

-S.S. Francesco -  Messa Domus Sanctae Marthae  24-05-2016

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“Today, 24 May, is the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, which is celebrated with special devotion in China. I offer this Mass for all Chinese people, for their great country, that the Lord may bless China”: with these words Pope Francis began the Eucharistic celebration in the Chapel of Santa Marta. In his homily […]

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Christians live God’s love with joy, astonishment


No Christian can exist without joy: that’s what Pope Francis said in his Homily at Mass Monday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta guesthouse.  The Pope stressed that even through life’s difficulties, the Christian knows he can trust in Jesus and find hope.  The Pope also reminded the faithful they should not allow […]

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God Gives Joy Nobody Can Take Away


Christians Don’t ‘Anesthetize’ Pain But Live Through It Christians do not “anesthetize” or numb pain, but live through it aware that God gives us a joy that nobody can take away. According to Vatican Radio, this was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily this morning during his Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy […]

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Three dimensional Christians


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 thread of hope


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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On Hope and Forgiveness: “God is greater than our sins”


“God forgives everything; otherwise the world would not exist”: these words, spoken by an elderly Portuguese woman to Jorge Bergoglio in 1992, provided a real “lesson” at the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy. As the Pope warned against falling into “clerical rigidity”, he suggested instead choosing without hesitation the road of hope and […]

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Hope amidst Hardship: “It is part of life to pass through dark moments, difficult times”


In the inevitable “hardships of life” the Christian must entrust herself to the Lord in prayer, with the certitude that she will receive that “true peace” that infuses “courage and hope”. The Pope said this at morning Mass on Tuesday, 5 May, in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Marta. “In today’s liturgy”, he said, […]

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