"Be courageous and go to Confession!"

Pope Francis'General Audience - St. Peter’s Square - Vatican City, February 19, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!   Through the Sacraments of Christian initiation -- Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist -, man receives new life in Christ. Now we have this life “in earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:7), we are still subject to temptation, [...]

"I am convinced that if each of us were to decide to avoid gossip, in the end we would become a saint!"

Pope Francis Angelus in St. Peter's Square - Vatican City, February 16, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello!   The Gospel this Sunday is part of the so-called “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus’ first important preaching. Today the theme is Jesus’ attitude toward the Jewish Law. He says: “Think not that I have come to abolish [...]

The Sacrament of the Eucharist: source of encounter, forgiveness, nourishment

Pope Francis General Audience - St. Peter Square - February 12, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters: Continuing our catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation, I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as a Church and individual Christians. First, the Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, [...]

“Do you want to be burning lamps or spent lamps?”

Pope Francis Angelus at St. Peter Square - Vatican City, February 8, 2014 Brothers and sisters, good morning! In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, which follows directly after the Beatitudes, Jesus says to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth ... You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13, 14). This surprises us a little [...]

"Proclaim the Gospel with humility"

Pope Francis Morning Mass - Casa Santa Marta - Vatican City, February, 7, 2014 Taking his cue from Friday’s Gospel which recounts the tragic death of John the Baptist, the Pope said John was the man God had sent to prepare the way for his son. He, Pope Francis continued, was a man in the court of Herod, filled [...]

Pope Francis Reflects on the Mystery of Death

Pope Francis Morning Mass - Casa Santa Marta - Vatican City, February 06, 2014 During morning, Pope Francis reflected on the death of King David, inviting the faithful to ask for three graces: to die within the Church, to die with hope and to leave an inheritance of Christian witness. Regarding the first of these graces, the Holy [...]

Message for World Youth Day: "Think Big! Open Your Hearts"

Pope Francis has released a message for the 29th World Youth Day (WYD) on Palm Sunday 2014 (April 13th) that will be celebrated locally in each diocese around the world. The theme chosen for this celebration is taken from the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In his [...]

Pope Francis catechesis dedicated to the Sacrament of Confirmation

Wednesday Audience - St. Peter Square - February 5, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Today I will speak to you about the Eucharist. The Eucharist is at the heart of “Christian initiation”, together with Baptism and Confirmation, and it constitutes the source of the Church's life itself. From this Sacrament of love, in fact, [...]

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