From slavery to freedom

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· A journey of hope · Lent should be lived as a “journey of hope” which leads Christians “from slavery to freedom”. This reminder was at the heart of the Holy Father’s reflection for the General Audience on Ash Wednesday, 1 March, in Saint Peter’s Square. The following is a translation of the catechesis, which […]

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Lent is a time to start breathing again

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“Return to me with all your heart… Return to the Lord.” The Holy Father began his homily for the beginning of lent with the words of the prophet Joel, from the first Reading: “Return to me with all your heart… Return to the Lord.” These words, the Pope said, apply to everyone, and exclude no one; […]

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On the Hardness of the Heart: “Either you let yourself be loved by the mercy of God, or you do what you want”

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There are no compromises: either we let ourselves be loved “by the mercy of God” or we choose the way “of hypocrisy” and do as we please, allowing our heart to keep growing harder. This is the history of the relationship between God and man, from the time of Abel until now, which was the […]

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On the Cleansing of the Temple: “Do we allow Him to do a “cleansing” in our hearts”

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Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning! Today’s Gospel today presents the episode of the expulsion of the vendors from the temple (Jn 2: 13-25). Jesus ‘made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen’ (Jn 2:15), the money, everything. This gesture aroused strong reactions, in […]

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On the parable of Lazarus and the rich man: Worldliness “anaesthetizes the soul”

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Being worldly means losing your name and having the eyes of your soul “tinted dark”, anaesthetized, until you no longer see the people around you. This is the sin that Francis spoke about on Thursday, 5 March, during Mass at Santa Marta. “Today’s Lenten Liturgy offers us two stories, two judgements and three names”, Francis […]

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On self-blame before the Lord: “Shame is mine, and mercy and forgiveness are Yours”

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Feeling shame and blaming oneself, instead of assigning fault to others, judging and condemning them. This is the first step on the path of Christian life which leads us to ask the Lord for the gift of mercy. The Pope suggested this examination of conscience at Mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta on […]

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“Change Your Heart”

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“Using God to cover up injustice is an extremely serious sin”. Pope Francis issued this stern warning against social injustice, most of all the sort caused by those who exploit workers, during Mass on Friday morning, 20 February, in the chapel at Casa Santa Marta. The starting point for the Pontiff’s reflection was the prayer […]

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The Fraternal Role: “Brotherhood is a great thing”

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In our series of catechesis on the family, after having considered the role of the mother, the father and children, today is the turn of brothers and sisters. “Brother” and “sister” are words that Christianity loves very much. And, thanks to the family experience, they are words that all cultures […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section

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Our special Urbi et Orbi section, in which we highlight the spirituality, prayer, customs and practices of our brothers and sisters in the churches of the East, continues… We begin the penitential season of Lent — the season in which we most profoundly enter into the mysteries of Christ’s redemption of the human race. And […]

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“The Lord is always ready to remove the stone from the tomb of our sins”

Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, April 6, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of this fifth Sunday of Lent tells us of the resurrection of Lazarus. It is the culmination of the miraculous “signs” worked by Jesus: it is a gesture that is too great, too clearly divine […]

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New series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Pope Francis’ General Audience on a new series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, April 09, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We begin today a series of catecheses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You know that the Holy Spirit constitutes the […]

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“Do I have an open heart or a closed one?”

Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, March 30, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! Today’s Gospel presents us with the episode of the man born blind to whom Jesus gives sight. The long narrative opens with a blind man who begins to see and closes – this is curious – with […]

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“There is Jesus who speaks to us, in the Gospel!”

Pope Francis Angelus – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, March 16, 2014  Dear brothers and sisters, hello! Today the Gospel presents the event of the Transfiguration. It is the second stage on the Lenten journey. The first was the temptation in the desert, last Sunday; the second is the Transfiguration. Jesus “takes Peter, James […]

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“We must detach ourselves from idols… and build our life on what is essential”

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Pope Francis’ Angelus – St. Peters’ Square – Vatican City, March 09, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent presents us every year with an episode about the temptations of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit descended upon him and, after the baptism in the Jordan, drove him to […]

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Pope Francis: Special Lenten Spiritual Exercises

The Pauline retreat house where Pope Francis will make his Lenten spiritual exercises in March 2014 with other members of the Curia Below, the Pauline retreat house where Pope Francis will make his Lenten spiritual exercises in March 2014 with other members of the Curia.

In mid-October, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Vatican Press Office, confirmed press reports that Pope Francis had decided to make his first annual Lenten spiritual exercises with the Curia’s heads at a Pauline retreat house outside of Rome, instead of following the traditional practice of making the retreat in the Vatican itself. […]

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