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Letter #126, 2022 Tue Dec 13: Reading Hollerich

    Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., 64, Archbishop of Luxembourg, President of the Commission of Episcopal Conferences of the European Community. (link) On July 8, 2021, Pope Francis appointed him Relator General of the next Synod of Bishops on Synodality. So he is the man guiding the synodal process. On February 2, 2022, Hollerich told Germany's Catholic [...]

Pope at Audience: ‘Old age is where wisdom is woven’

(CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters) August 24, 2022 At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on the value of old age, and reflects on how the Blessed Virgin Mary reveals to us God’s promise of new life in death. Pope Francis concluded his General Audience catechesis series on the value of [...]

Pope at Angelus: Avoid idolatry of wealth and seek life’s true goods

(CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters) July 31, 2022 Back at the Vatican just a day after his penitential pilgrimage to Canada, Pope Francis leads the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square offering thoughts on the day's Gospel that warns about the covetousness that lies in everyone’s heart that can tempt us towards greed [...]

Pope at Audience: Christian community must visit elderly, help them to serve

(CNS photo/courtesy Little Sisters of the Poor) June 15, 2022 Continuing his catechesis on the value of old age at the General Audience, Pope Francis invites the elderly to overcome the temptation to stand aside, because the Lord never discards them, but rather restores their strength to serve. During the Wednesday General Audience, Pope [...]

Pope at Audience: The elderly show us the tenderness of God

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) June 8, 2022 Continuing his catechesis on the value of the elderly and old age at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis reflects on the Biblical figure of Nicodemus, and says the elderly are messengers of tenderness, wisdom and love. The tenderness of the elderly shows us the tenderness of God. Pope [...]

Pope at Regina Caeli: “The Holy Spirit illuminates our steps”

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) May 15, 2022 Pope Francis’ catechesis on the Sixth Sunday of Easter is dedicated to the gratuitousness of God’s love and to the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pope Francis prayed the Regina Caeli on Sunday and addressed the faithful, linked via live-streaming, to the Vatican’s Apostolic Library, encouraging them to [...]

Pope at Audience: The beauty of bonds that unite generations

(CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters) April 27, 2022 Continuing his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience on the meaning and value of old age, Pope Francis takes inspiration from the Book of Ruth, noting that bonds uniting the generations can prove enriching for families and for the growth of society. In his continuing catechesis on [...]

Pope at Audience: Alliance of generations is indispensable

CNS photo/Paul Haring March 2, 2022 Pope Francis has begun a new cycle of catechesis on old age, focusing his second reflection in the series on long life as a “symbol and opportunity.” The tremendous longevity of the Old Testament patriarchs – who in the ritual narrative of the Scripture are said to have [...]

Pope at Angelus: Strive to see clearly and speak charitably

CNS photo/Vatican Media February 27, 2022 Reflecting on the Sunday Gospel reading, Pope Francis invites us to reflect on how we look at ourselves, others and how we express ourselves in order purify our gaze and our speech. In his Sunday reflections before leading the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis recalled the Sunday [...]

Pope at Audience: Alliance between generations must be found again

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) February 23, 2022 Starting a new series of reflections on the meaning and value of old age, Pope Francis in his General audience this week stresses the need for an inter-generational alliance, drawing inspiration from scriptures. Pope Francis begins this week’s General Audience with the dynamics of today’s demographics, where a truly “new [...]

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