Patriarch Bartholomew expected to join Pope Francis in Cairo

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In just one week’s time, Pope Francis takes off on a journey to the Egyptian capital Cairo, where he will visit the prestigious al-Azhar centre of Islamic studies.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, is also expected to join the Holy Father there, alongside the Coptic Pope Tawadros II. Both Pope Francis […]

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Pope Francis: homily at Easter Vigil, 2017

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Pope Francis delivered the homily at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening of Holy Saturday, 2017. Below, please find the full text of his prepared remarks, in their official English translation. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Easter Vigil 15 April 2017 “After the Sabbath, as the first day of […]

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Clericalism distances the people from the Church

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“The spirit of clericalism is an evil that is present in the Church today,” Pope Francis said, “and the victim of this spirit is the people, who feel discarded and abused.” That was the Pope’s message in the homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Among those taking part in the Mass […]

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Ecumenism of choirs

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A prayer in Chinese “for persecuted Christians” and that all political leaders might work towards justice and peace. This characterized the Mass Pope Francis celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday morning, 29 June, the solemnity of the Patron Saints of Rome. After the Mass, the Holy Father personally conveyed the pallium to 22 new […]

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A perfect stranger

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The Holy Spirit is a perfect stranger, if not “a prisoner of luxury”, to many unaware Christians. Yet he is the one who “moves the Church”, who leads us to Jesus and makes us “real” as opposed to “virtual Christians”. During Mass at Santa Marta on Monday morning, 9 May, of the week preceding Pentecost, […]

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Don’t Let Sin Turn Into Corruption

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During Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Francis Stresses ‘Ugliest Thing’ Is He Who Thinks He Has ‘No Need for Forgiveness’ Even if one sins often, whenever one returns to God seeking forgiveness, he never needs to doubt he will be forgiven. Pope Francis made this point during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta […]

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Special – John XXII and John Paul II canonization

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On April 27 in Rome, the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis canonized two recent Popes, John XXIII (1958-1963) and John Paul II (1978-2005) in a ceremony attended by about 1 million people, including Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, causing some to call the event “The Day of the Four Popes.” From the moment Pope Francis […]

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Pope’s Ash Wednesday Homily

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Pope’s homily from the celebration of the Eucharist today in the Basilica of Saint Sabina, with the rite of blessing and imposition of ashes. Rome, March 05, 2014 “Why do we have to return to God? Because there are things that are not well in us, in society, in the Church and we are in […]

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