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Pope at Audience: Fraternity is challenge for Iraq and whole world

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) March 10, 2021 Pope Francis reflects on his recent Apostolic Journey to Iraq during the weekly General Audience, and highlights a penitential sense he felt during his visit, as well as the joy of the Iraqi people at welcoming Christ's message. By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ “In the past few days, [...]

Pope in Iraq: Our martyrs shine together like stars in the same sky!

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) March 7, 2021 At the conclusion of the Mass in Erbil, Pope Francis praised the generosity and heroic witness of the Iraqis, while thanking all those who made his visit possible. Vatican News staff writer Pope Francis offered his heartfelt gratitude to the local Church leaders in Erbil; to Mar Gewargis III, [...]

Pope at Audience: Prayer opens us to the Trinity

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) March 3, 2021 At Wednesday’s Audience, Pope Francis says we have access to the Trinity through prayer, thanks to Jesus. By Christopher Wells “It is Jesus who opened up Heaven to us and projected us into a relationship with God,” Pope Francis said at Wednesday’s General Audience. “Jesus has revealed to [...]

Pope at Angelus: Prayer lifts us out of spiritual laziness to help others

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) February 28, 2021 At the Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis reflects on the Transfiguration of Jesus, and urges Christians to turn our experience of prayer into a desire to carry hope to the world. By Devin Watkins Ahead of the traditional Marian prayer of the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke about [...]

Pope Francis: With faith, prayer and penance we overcome evil

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) February 21, 2021 Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis explained how the Word of God shows us the path to live fruitfully the 40 days of Lent we have just embarked upon. By Vatican News staff writer The account in Mark’s Gospel (Mk [...]

Pope at Ash Wednesday Mass: ‘Lent is a journey of return to God’

(CNS photo/Vatican television) February 17, 2021 Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, and urges Christians to experience Lent as a return journey toward the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. By Devin Watkins As the Church begins the holy season of Lent, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for Ash Wednesday, with [...]

Pope at Angelus: ‘Overcome prejudice and get involved in the lives of others’

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) February 14, 2021 Pope Francis invites the faithful to overcome prejudices and the fear of getting involved in the lives of others, and follow the example of Jesus who shares our wounds and heals our lives. By Linda Bordoni Reflecting on the Gospel reading of the day (Mk 1:40-45), Pope Francis spoke [...]

Pope at Audience: We meet God in prayer, in the ‘today’ that we live

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) February 10, 2021 Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer, Pope Francis reflects on why and how we should pray in all the events of everyday life. By Robin Gomes In last week’s General Audience, Pope Francis spoke about how Christian prayer is “anchored” in the liturgy. In this week’s audience, streamed [...]

Pope speaks out for unaccompanied minors and Day Against Trafficking

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) February 7, 2021 Pope Francis highlights the plight of thousands of unaccompanied minors whom he says are particularly vulnerable, asking authorities to show special attention to their needs. He also looks to the International Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Human Trafficking on Monday. By Linda Bordoni    “I would like [...]

Pope appeals to Myanmar leaders to serve the common good

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) February 7, 2021 Pope Francis expresses his concern for the recent political developments in Myanmar where tens of thousands of citizens are protesting Monday’s military coup. By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his solidarity with the people of Myanmar and appealed to its leaders to show willingness to serve [...]

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