Look to Mary, Mother of Hope

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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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Pope reflects on Apostolic Voyage to Egypt

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Pope Francis reflected on last weekend’s Apostolic Voyage to Egypt during his weekly General Audience, recalling the various stages of his trip. The Holy Father thanked the people of Egypt for their warm welcome, and noted the “extraordinary commitment” of the Egyptian authorities to ensure his visit went off without a hitch. He spoke of […]

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Unity is possible

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· ​“When things become dark, more prayer is needed! And there will be more hope”. · This lesson from the Book of Jonah was offered by Pope Francis. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning. In Sacred Scripture, among the prophets of Israel, a rather anomalous figure stands out, a prophet who attempts to avoid the […]

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A mother’s tears

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Rachel’s tears reflect “the suffering of all the mothers of the world, of all time, and the tears of every human being who suffers irreparable losses”. This was the Pontiff’s message at the General Audience in Saint Peter’s Square on Wednesday, 4 January. Continuing the series of catecheses dedicated to hope, the Pope focused on […]

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The virtue of the little ones

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· the General Audience the Pontiff begins a new series of reflections dedicated to hope and asks that no one be excluded from the recognition of human rights · “Hope is the virtue of the little ones”, because “the great ones … do not know what it is”. Thus, Christian hope is the focal point of […]

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Dialogue and respect for coexistence in the Caucasus

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· At the General Audience the Pope recalls his trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan · “That all of the peoples of the Caucasus may live in peace and mutual respect”: this was the wish expressed by Pope Francis following his international journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan. On Wednesday morning, 5 October, during the General Audience, […]

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Two pillars

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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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No obstacle to mercy

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· The Pope reminds the faithful that Jesus did not come to punish sinners but to invite them to convert · Jesus did not come to punish sinners but to proclaim the mercy of God and to invite everyone to convert. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ address at the General Audience on Wednesday […]

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Moved by compassion and sorrow

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· The General Audience dedicated to prayer for the people struck by an earthquake that shook central Italy. · Within hours of an earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy early Wednesday morning, 24 August, Pope Francis expressed “heartfelt sorrow” and “closeness to all those present in the zones affected”, to “those who have lost […]

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Pope Francis trip to Poland

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Pope Francis renewed his condemnation of the holocaust on Wednesday, and decried once again the persistent violence in the world as a “piecemeal” world war. The Holy Father’s remarks came during the course of the General Audience on Wednesday – the first since suspending the weekly appointment with pilgrims and tourists for the month of […]

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‘To ignore the poor is to despise God’

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Pope Francis says that to ignore the poor is to despise God and that the Lord’s mercy for us is tightly connected to our own mercy for others. Speaking on Wednesday morning at the weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square the Pope also decried the inequality and contradictions in the world as he reflected […]

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On the Parable of the Prodigal Son

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‘This teaching of Jesus is important: our condition of children of God is fruit of the love of the Father’s heart; it does not depend on our merits or our actions and, therefore, no one can take it away, not even the devil! No one can take away this dignity.’ Dear Brothers and Sisters, good […]

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The Lord Doesn’t Weigh 99-1 Ratio of Sheep. He Seeks

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Reminds Faithful in St. Peter’s Square That Christians Cannot Be Closed In on Themselves If I still have 99 of my sheep, but one has wandered off, what does it matter? Well, to the Good Shepherd, it matters a lot. Pope Francis explained this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, […]

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We Are All Sinners, So Don’t Be a Hypocrite

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Francis Makes Analogy to Explain Mercy; Says Doctors Can’t Fear ‘Contamination’ by Patients Don’t be a hypocrite and judge others as though you have never sinned yourself. Pope Francis stressed this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on Luke’s Gospel which speaks of the Pharisee Simon and […]

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When Saying ‘He Is a Sinner,’ Ask Yourself ‘And What Am I?’

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“How many times we say: “But he is a sinner, he has done this, and that …”, and we judge others. And you? Each one of us should ask himself: Yes, he is a sinner, and I?” Pope Francis observed this during his address at this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, while stressing […]

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Easter Triduum Gives Certainty We’ll Never Be Abandoned

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Francis Says Our Jesus Says to Each One of Us: ‘If I Could Suffer More for You, I Would Do So’ We can be certain that in life’s trials, we will never be abandoned. The Holy Father stressed this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on Holy […]

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God Will Make Our Scarlet Sins White Like Snow

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At General Audience, Also Warns Corrupt Benefactors That Church Doesn’t Want ‘Dirty Money,’ But Opening of Hearts to God’s Mercy Our sins, even if they are red like scarlet, will be made white like snow. Pope Francis said this during this morning’s General Audience, as he continued his catechesis on Divine Mercy. The Jesuit Pontiff […]

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God’s mercy acts always to save.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In Sacred Scripture, God’s mercy is present throughout the history of the people of Israel. The Lord accompanies, with His mercy, the path of the Patriarchs; He gives them children despite the condition of sterility, He leads them by ways of grace and reconciliation, as the story of Joseph […]

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On The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We have heard the biblical text that, this year, guides the reflection during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is going on this week, from January 18th to 25th. The passage from the First Letter of Saint Peter was chosen by an ecumenical group of Latvia, requested […]

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Reflections on Mercy: The Attributes of God

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today we begin catecheses on mercy according to the biblical perspective, in order to learn mercy by listening to what God Himself teaches us with His Word. We begin from the Old Testament, which prepares and leads us to the full revelation of Jesus Christ who, in an accomplished […]

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