Special Event

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

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 [...]

Pope at Mass remembers priests who have died serving the sick

CNS photo/Vatican Media Pope Francis celebrates the in coena Domini Mass on Holy Thursday evening. He gives thanks for the priestly ministry and recalls the many priests who have died while serving the sick. April 9, 2020 Pope Francis presided over the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday in St. Peter’s Basilica. [...]

Celebrating a unique Easter with Pope Francis during Covid-19

CNS photo/Yara Nardi, pool via Reuters The Coronavirus pandemic challenges the Vatican Office for Liturgical Celebrations to find new ways to accompany the faithful during this year’s Easter liturgies. April 8, 2020 Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday Mass: the Vatican Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope has [...]

Pope on Palm Sunday: love and service during Covid-19

CNS photo/Paul Haring During Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, celebrated with a limited congregation due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis dedicates his homily to the theme of service. (Playback included) April 5, 2020 For the first time in history, Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass alone in St Peter’s Basilica. Out [...]

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