Look to Mary, Mother of Hope


Pope Francis during his Wednesday General Audience continued his catechesis on Christian hope, highlighting Mary the Mother of Hope. On the eve of his Apostolic visit to Fatima, Pope Francis on Wednesday, described Mary as the Mother of Hope adding that she was a woman of courage, perseverance and obedience. Speaking to the thousands of […]

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The true door is open wide

-S.S. Francesco - Rito di chiusura della Porta Santa  della Basilica Vaticana e Concelebrazione eucaristica  20-11-2016

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· ​With Mass in Saint Peter’s Square the Pope concludes the Extraordinary Jubilee · The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy solemnly concluded with the image of Pope Francis closing the heavy doors of the Vatican Basilica on Sunday morning, 20 November. However, the Pontiff emphasized that “the true door of mercy which is the heart […]

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‘God is our caring Father who will never abandon us’


Pope Francis on Sunday reminded the faithful that even the most sacred human constructions are “transitory” and warned them not to place their faith in them or in “false messiahs” who speculate on people’s needs. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus, the Pope said that our only certainty is […]

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Two pillars


To “forgive” and to“give”: these are the two “pillars” of Christian life and, in particular, of the witness of mercy to which every believer is called. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ catechesis, which took place during the General Audience on Wednesday, 21 September, in St Peter’s Square. The following is a translation of […]

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Letter #54, 2016: Last Conversations with Pope Benedict


September 11, 2016, Sunday — Last Conversations with Pope Benedict “Peter Seewald: The last question of these last conversations: love is one of your central themes. You dealt with the question of love as a student, as a professor, as a Pope. Where was love in your life? What was your experience: did you feel […]

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I will come to you

Firefighters recover a crucifix from a damaged church in the village of Rio, some 10 kms from the central Italian village of Amatrice, on August 28, 2016, four days after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the region, killing nearly 300 people. Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for the high death toll from this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster. As questions mount over the deaths of nearly 300 people, prosecutor Giuseppe Saieva indicated that property owners who commissioned suspected sub-standard work could be held responsible for contributing to the quake's deadly impact. / AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

· At the Angelus the Pope renews his closeness to the people of central Italy and announces that he will visit the areas affected by the earthquake · Pope Francis will visit the people impacted by the earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy, so as to personally bring them “the comfort of faith, the […]

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Pope Makes Appeals to Help Ukraine, Ecuador During General Audience


Speaking on Ukraine’s Suffering Population, Reminds Faithful of Initiative This Weekend for Church in Europe to Help Humanitarian Crisis During his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis repeated his appeals to help the suffering nations of Ukraine and Ecuador. At the conclusion of the audience, Francis lamented, “Ukraine’s population has […]

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“The married couple is the image of God”

Piazza San Pietro

Pope Francis’ General Audience on the Sacrament of marriage – St. Peter’s Square – Vatican City, April 02, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today we conclude the series of catecheses on the Sacraments speaking of Marriage. This Sacrament leads us to the heart of God’s plan, which is a covenant plan with His […]

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

Il primo Angelus di Papa Francesco

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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“It is Jesus Himself who comes to relieve the sick…to help, even to forgive them their sins. And this is beautiful!”

Udienza generale di Papa Francesco

Pope Francis’ General Audience on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick – St. Peter’s Square – February 26, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to speak to you of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which enables us to touch with our hand God’s compassion for man. In the […]

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Vatican Watch – November 2013

Pope Francis and priests.

Thursday 5 A LETTER TO PUTIN Pope Francis wrote to Vladimir Putin, Russian president, host of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5-6. The pontiff asked leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a “peaceful solution […]

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Two Days of Celebrations in St. Peter’s Square

With humor and passion, Pope Francis on the vigil of Pentecost shared highlights of his personal faith journey and explained some key points of his teaching to an enthusiastic crowd of representatives from Catholic lay movements. Celebrating the Pentecost vigil with an estimated 200,000 people singing, chanting and waving their groups’ banners, Pope Francis focused […]

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