Pope Francis Homily for Mass at the Shrine of St. John Paul II

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On Saturday morning, at the Sanctuary of St John Paul II in Krakow, Pope Francis offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for priests, religious men and women, consecrated persons, and seminarians. The words of the Gospel we have just heard (cf. Jn 20:19-31) speak to us of a place, a disciple and a book. […]

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The Ineffable Majesty of Holy Communion

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A reflection on the Eucharist, and on the solemnity of our devotion when receiving Holy Communion, by a Bishop from Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, has for some years been making a name for himself as one of the staunchest defenders in the world of the traditional Catholic faith. In this essay, he […]

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Letter #20, 2016: Holy Saturday

March 26, 2016, Saturday – Holy Saturday The Silence of the Lord “In the hours of Holy Saturday, a great silence overtakes the Church. Our silence commemorates that God in Christ descended to where no human word is uttered or heard— the silence of the grave. Yet even in that silence God is speaking. “In […]

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The Papal Almoner’s Office: A Busy Modern Initiative with a Long History

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Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Pope Francis’ Papal Almoner, carries on the legacy of St. John Paul II, whom he served With the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis, poor people were given a new place in the Church. When the number of votes for Jorge Bergoglio reached two-thirds and it started to be “dangerous,” as […]

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Interview with Professor Guzman Carriquiry on Francis

“Pray for me” were the first words Pope Francis spoke in public on the evening he was elected, March 13, 2013. This was his first significant action as Pope — to ask for prayers.

Professor Guzman Carriquiry Lecour has served the Holy See for 43 years. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday (April 20, congratulations!). He is currently secretary of the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for Latin America — the first layperson to serve in that role (since May 2011), just as he was the first ever layperson to […]

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