Special Event

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

One October evening: Pope Saint John Paul II changed history

Loggia of the Blessings on the night of the election of Pope Saint John Paul II The anniversary of John Paul II's election to the papacy falls this year on the centenary of his birth: two events celebrated by Churches around the world. The Vatican Publishing House and the Osservatore Romano preserve the memorable [...]

Pope Francis receives Cardinal George Pell

CNS photo/Vatican Media October 12, 2020 In the past few days, the Australian Cardinal returned to Rome. After spending 400 days in jail, this past April, he was unanimously acquitted by the Australian High Court of the charge of the sexual abuse of minors. By Vatican News Pope Francis received Cardinal George Pell in [...]

“All brothers”: Pope Francis to sign new encyclical on Oct. 3 in Assisi

The Basilica of St Francis, Assisi September 5, 2020 Pope Francis will sign a new encyclical after Mass celebrated in the Basilica of St. Francis on 3 October. The ceremony will take place without the faithful present, in respect of the current health situation. By Vatican News Pope Francis will visit the Italian town [...]

Annual Global Rosary Relay invites prayers for Pope Francis

The annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of all Priests (AFP or licensors) June 19, 2020 The annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of all Priests takes place on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 19 June. This year participants are being invited to pray for Pope Francis By [...]

Pope at Pentecost: Holy Spirit unites Christians as God’s children in self-giving

CNS photo/Vatican Media On the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope Francis urges Christians to ask the Holy Spirit to free them from the paralysis of selfishness and make a gift of themselves by serving and doing good. Playback included. May 31, 2020  Pope Francis celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost with a Mass in St. Peter’s [...]

Pope Francis to pray the rosary with the Shrines of the world

CNS photo/Vatican Media The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announces that Pope Francis is to join Marian sanctuaries across the world, to pray to the Virgin Mary for help amidst the pandemic. May 26, 2020 "Devoted and with one accord to prayer, together with Mary (cf. Acts 1:14)". On this theme Pope [...]

Pope at Regina Caeli: ‘Life has the last word’

CNS photo/Vatican Media From the library of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis holds the noon-day Regina Caeli on Easter Monday, saying "Jesus resurrection tells us that death does not have the last word, life does". April 13, 2020  “Today, Easter Monday of the Angel, the joyous proclamation of Christ’s resurrection resounds”. Pope Francis thus [...]

Pope’s Easter Urbi et Orbi message: “The contagion of hope”

CNS photo/Vatican Media Pope Francis’ 'Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday challenges us to ban indifference, self-centeredness, division and forgetfulness during this time of Covid-19 – and to spread the “contagion” of hope. April 12, 2020 No banner hung from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. No bands played the Vatican anthem. [...]

Pope at Easter Vigil: ‘Even from the grave Jesus brings life’

CNS photo/Stefano Dal Pozzolo, pool Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil in an almost empty St Peter’s Basilica, focusing his homily on Jesus’ message of hope and gift of courage due to “the conviction that God is able to make everything work unto good”. (Playback included) April 11, 2020 Pope Francis presided over the [...]

Pope Francis leads Good Friday Via Crucis at St Peter’s Basilica

CNS photo/Vatican Media On Good Friday, Pope Francis presides at the Way of the Cross, which this year takes place in Piazza San Pietro. April 10, 2020  Pope Francis led the traditional Via Crucis in a near-empty Saint Peter’s Square on the evening of Good Friday. A stark contrast It marked a stark departure from the [...]

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