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Hope pushes us onward


Pope Francis continued his catechesis on Christian Hope at Wednesday’s General Audience, taking as his starting point a reading from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans: Rom 15, 13-14: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the […]

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Letter #23: Nicholas in Russia

May 22, 2017, Monday   “Almost all houses [in Russia] in the past and Orthodox people today have three icons at their homes: an icon of the Savior, of the Holy Virgin and of St. Nicholas.” —Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Sunday, May 21 (yesterday) in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, commenting […]

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Christians are always on the go in their journey to meet the Lord


The life of every Christian is a journey and a process during which to deepen the faith. Speaking during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on the liturgical reading of the day in which St. Paul tells the story of Salvation leading up to Jesus. During the course […]

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The Spirit makes us free, without compromise, rigidity


Never forget that our faith is concrete, and rejects compromises and idealizations. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Among those present at the Mass were the Cardinal counselors of the C-9, who are meeting with the Holy Father on Monday. The Pope reflected on the […]

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The logic of mercy


It is not surprising that the Holy Father was inspired by the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman when he described in Amoris Latetitia “the logic of pastoral mercy”, based upon the three pillars of accompaniment, discernment and integration.   Quoting the Relatio Synodi of 2014, the Pope affirmed that the situations which do […]

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Pope Francis at Mass in Gyumri, Armenia


Speaking at Holy Mass Saturday in Gyumri, Armenia, Pope Francis recalled the “terrible devastation” wrought by the massive 1988 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people and gave thanks “for all that has been rebuilt.” In his Homily, the Pope offered three “stable foundations upon which we can tirelessly build and rebuild the Christian […]

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News From The East

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Declares Worldwide “Holy War” on Terrorism The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the fight against terrorism a “holy war” and urged international unity and an abandoning of double standards to defeat this global evil. “Today, when our warriors take part in combat operations in the Middle East, we know […]

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The Tenderness of a Papal Document: “The Joy of Love”

8/04/2016 Vatican City. Press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia", on love in the family, in the Holy See Press Office. Bishop Fabio Fabene, Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., Archbishop of Vienna; Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office, and the spouses Prof. Francesco Miano, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and Prof. Giuseppina De Simone in Miano, Professor of Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy of Naples. Photo Grzegorz Galazka.

Francis has given us a poetic, eloquent, moving hymn to love in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), issued April 8. This text is really for families: one part of this letter, the marvelous Chapter 4 on the true nature of love, should be printed out and read at the family dinner table — one […]

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The serpent that kills and the one that saves


If we want to understand the “history of our redemption” we must look at the Crucifix. Pope Francis’ homily for Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday, 15 March, revolved around the mystery of the suffering and death of Jesus, who became sin for man’s salvation. The Pontiff’s reflection focused on the message borne in the […]

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The forgiveness equation


Mercy was at the heart of the liturgy on Tuesday, 1 March. It was the “most repeated word” and thus the focus of Pope Francis’ reflection during Mass at Santa Marta. This concept resonated throughout the entire liturgy. In the Responsorial Psalm we repeated the phrase: “Remember your mercies, O Lord”. It is, the Pontiff […]

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It’s Never Too Late to Convert


“Have you thought about the patience of God?” Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Every day, unfortunately, the newspapers report bad news: homicides, accidents, catastrophes… in the passage from today’s Gospel, Jesus refers to two tragic happenings of his day which had caused a stir: a cruel suppression carried out by Roman soldiers in the […]

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Pope’s Angelus Address in Ecatepec, Mexico


‘I invite you once again today to be on the front line, to be first in all the initiatives which help make this blessed land of Mexico a land of opportunities, where there will be no need to emigrate … be exploited … despair …’   My Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the first reading […]

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If You’re Not Humble, You Won’t Be Holy


If you wish to be holy, then you better start by being humble. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stressed this during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning, as he recalled the story of King David who, aware of his own sin, accepted being humiliated out of his trust in God. […]

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Reflections on the Family: Divorce and the Church’s Response: “ ‘Simple recipes’ do not exist”


Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! With this catechesis we take up again our reflection on the family. After speaking last time of wounded families caused by the misunderstanding of spouses, today I would like to focus our attention on another reality: how to take care of those that, following the irreversible failure of their […]

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Konrad Krajewski – Archbishop, Papal Almoner

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The “hands” of Pope Francis in the past two years have been those of Archbishop Konrad Krajewski. He is the man the Pope has entrusted with carrying out acts of charity toward the poor of Rome. For the quiet, generous way Krajewski has carried out this important work, we are pleased to name him one […]

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Liberation Theology Interview with Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the most important Dicastery of the Roman Curia, has had a new prefect since July 2, 2012: for the second time in the recent history of the Catholic Church a German theologian, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the former bishop of Regensburg, a personal friend of Benedict XVI, has […]

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Reporting History

The Eternal City usually begins to wake up from its winter torpor in mid-March; this year, however, Rome suddenly woke up as early as February, jolted out of sleep by an event which put it in the limelight. Pope Ratzinger’s unexpected decision to resign, announced in Latin during an ordinary consistory on February 11, opened […]

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In Assisi Waiting for Francis

Assisi awaits Pope Francis (it is expected in Rome that the new Pope, named Francis, will travel to Assisi in early October). Already, many people are traveling to Assisi to rediscover the life and writings of St. Francis and to pray at the saint’s tomb. It is a pilgrimage which is best done quietly, on […]

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Benedict XVI’s Pontificate – 2012

Benedict flew to Latin America for his second papal visit to the region on March 23. Arriving in Mexico as a “pilgrim of faith, of hope, and of love,” Benedict XVI promoted the cause of religious freedom, social progress and the Catholic Church’s charitable works. In Mexico, the Holy Father called for a revival of […]

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Benedict XVI’s Pontificate Recap – 2011

In his second volume on Jesus, Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, Benedict XVI presented the passion and resurrection of Christ as history-changing events that answer humanity’s unceasing need to be reconciled with God. (March 10) The Pope explained that he did not set out to write another chronological “Life of […]

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