Special Event

A collection of all the special events in which the Pope has spoken.

Pope’s special Urbi et Orbi blessing: ‘God turns everything to our good’

CNS photo/Vatican Media Pope Francis delivers an extraordinary blessing “To the City and to the World” on Friday to pray for an end to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In his meditation, the Pope reflects on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” March 27, 2020 Pope Francis held [...]

Pope for Lent: With God there is always a dialogue of the heart

CNS photo/Paul Haring The Vatican releases Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2020, in which the Holy Father invites the faithful to embrace the paschal mystery as the basis for conversion. February 24, 2020 In his Message for Lent 2020, Pope Francis points to the paschal mystery – the mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection [...]

Pope at Epiphany: Church must grow in adoration

CNS Photo/Paul Haring During the Mass for the Solemnity of Epiphany, Pope Francis reflects on the meaning of adoration. January 6, 2020 Worship – adoration – “is the end and goal” of the journey of the Magi, the focus of the Solemnity of Epiphany. “Once we lose the sense of worship,” Pope Francis said [...]

Pope at ‘Urbi et Orbi’ prays for the suffering children of the world

CNS photo/Paul Haring The theme of Pope Francis’ annual Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” Message is “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light”. December 25, 2019 Addressing the faithful gathered in the Square on Christmas Day Pope Francis pronounced his annual “Urbi et Orbi” Message. Urbi et Orbi, means literally [...]

Pope at Christmas Night Mass: “Tonight God’s love is revealed”

CNS photo/Paul Haring The Christmas Night liturgy in St Peter’s Basilica began with the chanting of the Kalenda, the proclamation of historic events leading up to Jesus’ birth. Immediately afterwards, the Pope unveiled the image of the Christ Child at the foot of the altar. December 24, 2019 The grace of God has appeared [...]

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 Synod Closing Mass: The prayer of the poor reaches the clouds

CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for the closing of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. In his homily, he presents three models of prayer. October 27, 2019 The Pope focused his reflections on three figures in this Sunday’s readings: a Pharisee, a tax collector, and [...]

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