Woman is the world’s harmony

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“To understand a woman, one must dream of her first”. This is why woman is “the great gift of God”, able to “bring harmony to creation”. Thus, Pope Francis said with a touch of poetic tenderness, “I like to think that God created woman so that all of us would have a mother”. With this […]

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The Triumph of Love

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A message of hope and rebirth released on the 75th anniversary of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s martyrdom at Auschwitz “Faith means deciding to stay with the Lord, to live with Him.” So Father Raffaele Di Muro concludes in his study of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Maximilian Kolbe: The Triumph of Love (Vatican Publishing House, 2016). The book […]

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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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Letter #25, 2016: “The Joy of Love”

April 8, 2016, Friday — The Tenderness of a Papal Document Pope Francis has written a “love letter” to the world… Dear friends, I just came back from the 2-hour Vatican press conference presenting Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, entitled Amoris Laetitia (that is the Latin title of the text, meaning literally, […]

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When Saying ‘He Is a Sinner,’ Ask Yourself ‘And What Am I?’

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“How many times we say: “But he is a sinner, he has done this, and that …”, and we judge others. And you? Each one of us should ask himself: Yes, he is a sinner, and I?” Pope Francis observed this during his address at this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, while stressing […]

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Suffering, A Crushing Burden…

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…except when it is an expression of love. Then it can sanctify, not destroy us If there is one thing we all dread, it is suffering. A newborn baby will already respond with screams to any discomfort. Many human beings spend much of their lives trying not only to avoid suffering, but to pursue enjoyment. […]

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On God’s Tender Love: “Do not be afraid, I am here”

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A father or a mother tells their child: “Do not be afraid, I am here” and pampers the child with caresses. This is the privileged condition of man: small, weak, but reassured, supported and forgiven by a God who is in love with him. At the beginning of the Jubilee, Pope Francis took the opportunity […]

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The Great Divide (part 1)

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Love, marriage, sacrifice, procreation: a reflection on the deep meaning of human love and marriage Many schools and universities pride themselves to have finally acknowledged that the difference between man and animals is minimal. As a matter of fact, Peter Singer, professor at Princeton University, proudly proclaims that a clever chimpanzee is intellectually much superior […]

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Reflections on the Family: On “the Promises we make to Children”

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! As the weather forecasts were rather uncertain and rain was expected, today this Audience is made contemporaneously in two places: we, here, in the Square and 700 sick in Paul VI Hall, who are following the Audience on a giant screen. We are all united and we greet them […]

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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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Reflections on the Family: Family Prayer: “Does the thought of God move us, astound us, make us tender?”

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! After reflecting on how the family lives times of celebration and work, we now consider the time of prayer. The most frequent lament of Christians has to do, in fact, with time: “I should pray more … I would like to, but I often lack the time.” We hear […]

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Reflections on the Family: The sick: “The family has always been the closest “hospital.”

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We continue with the catecheses on the family, and in this catechesis I would like to touch on a very common aspect in the life of our families, that of sickness. It is an experience of our fragility, which we live in the main in the family, as children […]

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On transformation through the love of Christ: “The Lord can change us, He wants to change us, He loves to change us. And this, through love”

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We are the “dream of God” who, truly in love, wants to “change our life”. Through love. He only asks us to have faith to let Him do so. And thus “we can only cry for joy” before a God who “re-creates” us, Pope Francis said during Mass at Santa Marta on Monday, 16 March. […]

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Pope Francis: “When a Love Fails…”

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In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday morning, February 28, 2014, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the day from the evangelist Mark (10:1-2), in which the Pharisees, wishing to put Jesus to the test, ask him whether it is lawful to divorce. The Pope commented first on the reason why the doctors […]

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