Palm Sunday homily

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Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass on Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square.  Today’s celebration can be said to be bittersweet.  It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time.  We celebrate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem to the cries of his disciples who acclaim him as king.  Yet we also solemnly proclaim the […]

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‘The Cross is not a badge of belonging’

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Pope Francis on Tuesday told Christians not to wear the crucifix merely as a symbol of belonging, but to look to Jesus on the Cross as He who died for our salvation. Three times, Pope Francis said, in today’s liturgical reading Jesus says to the Pharisees: “You will die in your sins”. That’s because their […]

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Jesus’ mercy fulfils the law

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Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Monday. Reflecting on the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father focused on the significance of Jesus’ fulfillment of the law: what it means, and how He accomplishes it. Taking his queues from the day’s Gospel, in which St. John’s account of […]

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With the tears of father and mother

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In the face of today’s disasters, wars motivated by the worship of the god of money, the bombing of innocent people, a humanity which apparently does not desire peace, God weeps with the tears of a father and mother. In relation to this theme, Pope Francis issued a forceful call to conversion during Mass on […]

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Like grandma’s cookies

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Christians should not be like grandma’s cookies, specifically those known as “liar’s cookies”; they are beautiful on the outside, but empty and devoid of substance on the inside. This theme of hypocrisy, in all of its worst forms, was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily during the celebration of Mass in the Santa Marta chapel […]

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Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul

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The Church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear, the Pope said. At the same time, she must be able to see “the small openings through which God can work.” Prayer, he said, “enables grace to open a way out from closure to openness, from fear to courage, […]

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Those who say “this or nothing” are heretics not Catholics

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Pope Francis warned on Thursday against an excessive rigidity, saying those within the Church who tell us “it’s this or nothing” are heretics and not Catholics. His remarks came during the morning Mass on Thursday celebrated at the Santa Marta residence. In his homily the Pope reflected on the harm caused by Churchmen who do […]

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Christians Who Have Hardened Hearts Are Orphans

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What Is Required of Us to Be Part of His Flock Pope Francis says a Christian who doesn’t allow himself to be led by the Father is an orphan. The Holy Father stressed this during his daily morning Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, reported Vatican Radio. The Pope drew inspiration from today’s biblical […]

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Pope Prescribes 2 Medicines of the ‘Good Doctor’ Jesus

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There’s No Saint Without a Past, No Sinner Without a Future Jesus, ‘the Good Doctor,’ wants to heal and nourish us. Pope Francis said this during his address at this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, noting the ‘Divine Doctor’ insists for us, His beloved, but sinful children, to take His two medicines. During […]

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The “Seduction of Chiaroscuro”

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There is a strong and dangerous “virus” that threatens us, but there is also a Father “who loves us so much” and protects us. The subtle seduction of hypocrisy was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily during the Mass celebrated at Santa Marta on Friday morning, 16 October. The Pope made reference to the day’s […]

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