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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 [...]

Pope at Audience: Like the saints, let us turn to St. Joseph

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) February 16, 2022 At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis cycle on the figure of St Joseph, describing him as one who cares for others. Continuing his reflections on the figure of St Joseph, Pope Francis addressed the faithful gathered in the Paul VI Hall for his weekly [...]

Pope at Audience: Faith in resurrection helps us face death without fear

(CNS photo/Paul Haring) February 9, 2022 Reflecting on St. Joseph as the patron saint of a good death during his catechesis at the General Audience, Pope Francis invites Christians to face death with faith in the resurrection, saying that the Christian faith is not a way of exorcising the fear of death, but rather [...]

Pope at Angelus: With God in your life there are always new possibilities

(CNS photo/Vatican Media) February 6, 2022 Pope Francis invites Christians to welcome Jesus so they can navigate the sea of life without fear. Taking his cue from the Gospel of today’s Liturgy, Pope Francis narrated the parable that tells of how Jesus invites some disappointed fishermen, including Simon Peter, to go back out to [...]

Communique, Winter 2022

News from Inside the Vatican A publication of Urbi et Orbi Communications Unitas: Come, Rebuild My Church Dear Friends,  Many years ago, in conversations with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, we were encouraged to work for the unity of Christians throughout the world, without any compromise of the truths of the [...]

Letter #15, 2021, Fri., April 16: Happy Birthday Pope Benedict

    "Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves." —Pope Benedict XVI on the day of his inauguration as Pope, April 24, 2005, in his inauguration homily. The full text, which is important to read, is here. Who exactly the "wolves" are that Benedict refers to has never been clarified     Letter #15, [...]

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