The Kingdom of God is within us

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The kingdom of God is not a show, much less a carnival; it does not go looking for publicity. Its growth comes from the Holy Spirit, rather than from “pastoral plans.” That was the message of Pope Francis in his daily homily at the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. The point of departure for the […]

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Scandal wounds hearts and kills hope

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Scandal wounds hearts and kills hopes: this was the core of Pope Francis’ remarks to the faithful following the Gospel at Mass on Monday morning in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,” the Pope said, recalling the words of Our Lord in the Gospel reading, “but woe to the […]

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“Christian craftiness” prevents one from falling into the ring of corruption

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Pope Francis on Friday once more hit out against the powerful networks of corruption, reminding those involved they are dealing with the goods of others, not theirs.   Delivering a homily during his Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, the Pope commented on the Gospel of Luke where Jesus recounts the parable of […]

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‘Salvation is not for sale’

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Pope Francis has urged Christians not to lose the capacity to feel loved. Speaking during the homily on Tuesday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope said that while it is possible to recuperate a lost capacity to love, if one no longer has the capacity feel loved, all is lost. Pope Francis reflected on the […]

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God’s gifts are irrevocable

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When God gives a gift, it is irrevocable: He does not give something one day, and take it away the next. When God calls us, that call remains our whole life. Pope Francis began his homily with this reflection, inspired by the theme of our “election by God,” God’s choice of each of us, which […]

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‘Our faith makes us men and women of hope’

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Pope Francis on Friday celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for all those Cardinals and Bishops who have died over the past year. During his homily the Pope reflected on the reality of death, but he also reminded us of the promise of eternal life which is grounded in our union with the risen Christ. “Today’s celebration, Pope Francis […]

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Courage is needed for the Kingdom of God to grow

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To help the Kingdom of God grow, courage is needed to sow the mustard seed and mix the yeast, in the face of many who prefer a “pastoral care of conservation” without dirtying their hands.  Pope Francis made the point in his homily at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of the ’s Casa Santa Marta.  The Pope took […]

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A good shepherd is always close to his people

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A good shepherd is always close to his people, while a bad priest is only interested in power and money. That was Pope Francis’ message at the Santa Marta Mass on Monday, as he reflected on the Gospel reading for the day. In the reading from St Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is in the synagogue where […]

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Easy-going Christians don’t exist

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“Jesus calls us to change our lives, to change paths, calls us to conversion.” And this means fighting against evil, even in our own hearts, “a struggle that does not give you ease, but gives you peace.” That was the message of Pope Francis in his reflection during the morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Inspired by the day’s Gospel, Pope Francis explained that […]

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Enter into the mystery of Jesus

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The center of the mystery of Jesus Christ is that he “loved me” and “gave himself” up to death, for me. Those were the Pope’s words at Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, which he said was a meditation on the Passion of the Lord, the Via Crucis. It is good to go […]

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Idolatry of money starves children to death – Pope

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In these times, with much calamities and injustice on the media, especially regarding children, let us raise an earnest prayer that God convert the hearts of men to be able to know the Lord and not worship money as God.   This was the exhortation of the Pope Francis in his homily at Mass, Monday morning, […]

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Hypocrisy and trickery are bad for us

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May God grant us the grace of interior truth, rather than living a life of hypocrisy and trickery. That was Pope Francis’ message on Friday to those gathered for morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel. Reflecting on the first reading of the day from St Paul’s letter to the Romans, the pope explained […]

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The gift of God’s salvation opens the door to all

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The Lord gives us the memory of  God’s salvation which is “a gift” and close to the concreteness of the works of mercy he wants us to do, whether they are “material or spiritual”: so we will become people who help to “open the door” to ourselves and others. That was Pope Francis’ prayer at morning […]

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On the folly of hard-hearted Christians

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Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday – the Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr. Following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the “foolishness” of those, who are unable to hear the Word of God, preferring appearances, idols, or ideologies – like the people of Jerusalem, whose faithlessness caused Our Lord […]

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New Saints show us how to say ‘yes’ to God’s love

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Inviting all faithful to practice Christian love every day, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, holding them up as models who “point the way”. To the over 35,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Canonization Mass, he said “They did not say a fleeting ‘yes’ to love, they said ‘yes’ with their […]

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Pope urges Christians to watch out against worldliness

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Only Christ crucified will save us from the demons that make us “slide slowly into worldliness”, saving us also from the “stupidity” that St. Paul talks about to the Galatians, and from seduction.  This was the central message of the homily of Pope Francis at his Mass, Friday morning, at the Santa Marta residence in the […]

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‘God’s omnipotence is manifested in His mercy’

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Pope Francis on Tuesday reminded the faithful that God’s infinite mercy prevails over all, but he warned against rigidity and invited Christians to always open their hearts.  The Pope was speaking during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Reflecting, for the second consecutive day, on a reading from the Book of Jonah, Pope Francis concluded that it is God’s […]

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The Good Samaritan manifests the mystery of Christ ‎

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Pope Francis on Monday urged Christians to emulate the figure of the Good Samaritan and help those in need to get up, like Christ who “continues to pay” for us.   Delivering a homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, he reflected on the attitude of the various actors […]

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Shame for one’s sins is God’s grace

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“No one can say, ‘I’m right’ or ‘I’m not like him or her.’ I’m a sinner, I’d say it’s almost the first name we all have – sinners.”  Pope Francis focused on man’s sinfulness and the need for remorse in his homily at Mass, Friday morning at the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican.  […]

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Rediscover your roots

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Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning. In remarks to the faithful following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the importance of keeping tethered to our roots – especially our spiritual roots – and avoiding what he called “psychological self-exile”. Taking as his starting point the reading from […]

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