Special Event

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

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 [...]

Pope Francis appeals for ‘One Minute for Peace’ initiative

Pope Francis has appealed for prayers and international participation in the “One Minute for Peace” initiative to be held Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 PM Rome time. He said the initiative represents “a short moment of prayer on the recurrence of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the mourned Israeli President Peres, and the Palestinian [...]

Pope Francis and Trump discuss peace, dialogue, support for immigrants

Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump met in the Vatican on Wednesday, discussing issues of peace, interfaith dialogue and religious freedom, as well as the role of the American Church in education, healthcare and support for immigrants. The American leader spent half an hour in conversation with the Pope behind closed doors in the Apostolic [...]

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