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Pope at Mass: Today the Church praises “littleness”

CNS photo/Vatican Media The Spirit of God can only germinate in a humble heart, Pope Francis says in his homily at the daily Mass. The Holy Father says that God’s revelation always begins with “littleness”, implying trust in God rather than being closed in on oneself. December 3, 2019 In his homily at the [...]

Pope Francis recalls his visit to Thailand and Japan

CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters Pope Francis’ catechesis during Wednesday’s General Audience is devoted to his Apostolic Journey to Thailand and Japan. November 27, 2019 The Pope told pilgrims and tourists in St Peter’s Square that this visit had increased his closeness and affection for the peoples of both Thailand and Japan. Thailand and the [...]

Pope at Mass in Tokyo: Gospel of life urges us to be a “field hospital”

CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Monday afternoon at the Tokyo Dome stadium. In his homily, the Pope says we need to get our priorities right, in line with the life of Jesus. November 25, 2019 As the starting point of his homily on Monday, Pope Francis drew attention to the Sermon [...]

Pope at Mass in Nagasaki: compassion as the authentic way to shape history

  CNS photo/Paul Haring Celebrating his first public Mass in Japan on the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday, Pope Francis draws attention to the good thief in Luke’s Gospel. His attitude and profession of faith, the Pope says, makes the horror and injustice of Calvary, become a message of hope for all [...]

Pope at Angelus: We are called to prepare for Eternal life with our choices

  CNS photo/Vatican Media Before the recitation of the Marian prayer, Pope Francis focuses his attention on Sunday’s Gospel reading in which Jesus is provoked by a question by the Sadducees and in turn offers a wonderful teaching on the resurrection of the dead. November 10, 2019 The Pope remarked that the Lord does [...]

Pope at Mass: The Lord waits for everyone, good or bad

CNS photo/Vatican Media In his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel of the day, and invites us to ask whether we accept the Lord’s invitation to His feast, or remain closed up in ourselves. November 5, 2019 In Saint Luke’s Gospel on Tuesday, Jesus [...]

Pope at Requiem Mass: the Resurrection is the aim and purpose of life

CNS photo/Vatican Media Pope Francis celebrates a Requiem Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for Cardinals and Bishops who have died during the past year. In his homily, he provides three stimuli for reflecting on the Resurrection. The Pope’s homily focused on the liturgical readings for the Mass, all of which remind us “we were [...]

Pope at All Souls’ Mass: The Christian’s place is in the wounded hands of God

  CNS photo/Vatican Media For All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. Visiting a catacomb for the first time, Pope Francis offered the Mass for the souls of all the faithful departed On All Souls’ Day. “The celebration of the feast of [...]

Pope at Angelus: The merciful gaze of Jesus leads to conversion

CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis says Jesus’ merciful gaze rests upon us even before we ourselves realize our need for salvation. November 3, 2019 At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of Jesus’ meeting with Zacchaeus in Jericho. Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and for this reason was considered [...]

Pope: The Holy Spirit and the unchained power of the Gospel

CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience says the Holy Spirit is the protagonist of the Church's mission. Despite pilgrims and tourists having their umbrellas to the ready for Wednesday’s General Audience, the brief drizzle that descended on St Peter’s Square then turned into a clear sky as Pope Francis reflected [...]

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