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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Our Lady at the heart of 2017 WYD message

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“The Mighty One has done great things for me” Pope Francis in his message for diocesan World Youth Day, which takes place on Palm Sunday, tells young people the Church and society needs their courage, dreams and ideals”. This year’s message has a Marian theme “The Mighty One has done great things for me”, taken […]

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Letter #52, 2016: Why Benedict Resigned

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August 26, 2016, Friday — Emeritus Pope Benedict Lives “At the Still Point of the Turning World” “Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith… and that at the same time I should take my stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord showed […]

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The Book of Mercy

-S.S. Francesco - Viaggio Apostolico in Polonia: Santa Messa Santuario San Giovanni Paolo II    30-07-2016


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During these days in Poland, the simple words and gestures of Pope Francis have won the hearts not only of those gathered for World Youth Day in Krakow, but of millions of people across the globe. The Polish media has made this clear by highlighting the positive tone and new conciliatory spirit with which this […]

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Message for World Youth Day: “Think Big! Open Your Hearts”

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Pope Francis has released a message for the 29th World Youth Day (WYD) on Palm Sunday 2014 (April 13th) that will be celebrated locally in each diocese around the world. The theme chosen for this celebration is taken from the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In […]

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“You Do the Most Beautiful Job”

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Vatican Almoner, in his office.

Vatican Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the hands-on extension of Pope Francis’ personal charity.  Monsignor Piero Marini, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies, called Monsignor Konrad Krajewski to work in the Vatican in 1998. They had met long before, in June 1987: during John Paul II’s third journey to Poland Konrad Krajewski, at the time a seminarian, had […]

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Vatican Watch – October 2013

      Friday 5 POPE FRANCIS’ FIRST ENCYCLICAL Lumen Fidei (“The Light of Faith”) is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a “successful and fruitful life,” inspiring social action as well as devotion to God, and illuminating “every aspect of human existence,” including philosophy and the natural sciences. The document […]

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Pope Francis’ Week-Long Trip To Brazil

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Before the Trip, A Half-Hour of Private Prayer to the Virgin Mary… Speaking to reporters aboard the papal flight to Rio de Janeiro July 22, the Pope declined to answer their questions, but instead made very brief remarks about his trip and then greeted each of the 71 media members. The young “are the future […]

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