Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ

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“Perhaps we have not yet encountered Jesus personally,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on Sunday. “Perhaps we have not recognized Him as our Saviour.” The Holy Father was commenting on the day’s Gospel, which relates the “dialogue” between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Because of the great respect Jesus shows […]

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For young victims of Violence

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“This is a plague, a hidden cry which must be heard by us all and which we cannot continue to pretend not to see and hear”. Pope Francis called for prayer for “all the young victims of violence, abuse, exploitation and war”, at the end of the Angelus on 12 March in Saint Peter’s Square. […]

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On the Evangelization of the Poor: “It is He Who was made poor in order to enrich us with His poverty”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good day! In the Gospel of today, Luke the evangelist, before presenting the programmatic discourse of Jesus at Nazareth, briefly summarizes the work of evangelization. It is a work that He accomplishes with the power of the Holy Spirit: His word is original, because it reveals the sense of the Scripture; […]

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Angelus Meditation on the Wedding Feast of Cana

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Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning! This Sunday’s Gospel presents the miraculous event which took place in Cana, a village in Galilee, during a wedding party in which also Mary, Jesus, and His first disciples were present (cf. Jn 2,1-11). The mother, Mary, makes her Son notice that the wine ran out, and Jesus, after […]

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On the Word Made Flesh

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Dear brothers and sisters, happy Sunday! The liturgy of today, the second Sunday after Christmas, presents to us the Prologue of the Gospel of Saint John, in which is proclaimed that “the Word” – that is, the creative Word of God – “was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). That Word, which dwells […]

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Angelus on the Feast of the Holy Family

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! How well these young people sing! How talented! [commenting on the young people singing Christmas songs in the Square] In the climate of joy that it is Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday. I think back to the great meeting in Philadelphia, last September; […]

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On the Wonder of the Christmas Visitation

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Dear brothers and sisters, The Gospel for this Sunday of Advent highlights the person of Mary. We see her when, just after having conceived in faith the Son of God, she takes on the long trip from Nazareth of Galilee to the hill country of Judah, to visit her cousin Elizabeth. The Angel Gabriel had […]

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“Repent! It sums up the message of John the Baptist.”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In today’s Gospel, there is a question posed three times: “What should we do?” (Lk 3,10.12.14). Three categories of people raise it to John the Baptist: first, the crowd in general; second, the publicans, or tax collectors; and, third, some soldiers. Each of these groups questions the prophet on […]

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On On-going Christian Conversion

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! On this second Sunday of Advent, the liturgy places us in the school of John the Baptist, who preached a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” And perhaps we ask ourselves, “Why do we have to convert? Conversion is for an atheist who becomes a believer or […]

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Angelus on the Feast of Christ the King

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King. And the Gospel of today brings us to contemplate Jesus as he was presented before Pilate as the king of a kingdom that “is not of this world.” This doesn’t mean that Christ […]

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On the Second Coming: “Jesus calls us to anticipation and vigilance”

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Dear brothers and sisters: The Gospel of this second-to-last Sunday of the liturgical year proposes to us some of Jesus’ words about the last events of human history, oriented toward the complete fulfillment of the reign of God. It is the preaching that Jesus gave in Jerusalem before his last Passover. It has certain apocalyptic […]

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On “The Gift of a Poor Heart”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning… on such a beautiful, sunny day! The Gospel passage of this Sunday is composed of two parts: one that describes how not to be followers of Christ; the other proposes an ideal model of a Christian. Let’s start first: what not to do. In the first part, Jesus criticizes […]

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Angelus: On the Young Man who “Went Away Sad”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. The Gospel of today, taken from the 10th Chapter of Mark, plays out in three different scenes, marked by three gazes of Jesus. The first scene presents the encounter between the Teacher and an anonymous person who, according to the parallel passage in Matthew, is identified as a “youth.” […]

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Angelus: On the Opening of the Synod on the Family

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The Eucharistic celebration with which we began the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops just ended in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Synod Fathers, coming from every part of the world and gathered around the Successor of Peter, for three weeks, will reflect on the vocation and mission of […]

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On following Christ: “To undertake the discipleship of Jesus means to take up your cross”

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Today’s Gospel presents us Jesus who, on his way towards Caesarea Philippi, asks the disciples: “Who do people say that I am?” (Mk. 8,27). They respond that some believe he is John the Baptist reborn, others Elijah or one of the great Prophets. The people appreciated Jesus, they considered him a “God-sent”, but still could […]

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On Communication: “Jesus is the great “bridge-builder” who builds in himself the great bridge of full communion with the Father.”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The Gospel of today relates Jesus’ healing of a man who was deaf and unable to speak, an incredible event that shows how Jesus re-establishes the full communication of man with God and with other people. The miracle is set in the district of the Decapolis., that is, in […]

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On Hypocrisy vs. Heart-felt Action: “Exterior expressions are the consequence of what we have decided in the heart”

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The Gospel of this Sunday presents a dispute between Jesus and some Pharisees and scribes. The discussion refers to the “tradition of the elders” (Mark 7:3), which Jesus, citing the Prophet Isaiah, defines as “human precepts.” And [saying] that they should never take the place of the “commandments of God.” The ancient prescriptions in question […]

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On the Bread of Life: “Christ is the ‘living bread’, the indispensable nourishment.”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today, we conclude the reading from the Gospel of John’s sixth chapter, with the discourse on the “Bread of Life”, which Jesus delivered in the aftermath of the miracle of multiplication of the loaves and fish. At the end of that discourse, the great enthusiasm of the day before […]

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On John 6: “Communion is assimilation: eating Him, we become Him”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In these Sundays, the Liturgy proposes to us, from the Gospel of John, Jesus’ discourse on the Bread of Life, that is He Himself and that is also the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Today’s passage (Jn. 6, 51-58) presents the last part of that discourse, and refers to some […]

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Angelus: Understanding Christ as “The Bread of Life”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! This Sunday, we continue reading from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, in which Jesus, having accomplished the great miracle of the multiplication of the bread, explains to people the meaning of the “sign” (Jn 6.41 to 51). As he had done earlier with the Samaritan woman, […]

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