Advent

Mary the perfect collaborator in God's project

Pope Francis spoke about Mary's response to God's call in his reflection at the Angelus on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve, which this year falls on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis reflected on the Annunciation during the weekly Angelus. The Holy Father noted the contrast between “the promises of the Angel and Mary’s answer.” [...]

Pope at Angelus tells the faithful to prepare for the coming of the Lord

Pope Francis on Sunday told the faithful that Advent is a time to make space for the coming Jesus in our lives. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis reflected on the reading of the day in which the prophet Isaiah said: “A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the [...]

Pope marks Advent and recalls Papal journey

Pope Francis was back in St. Peter's Square for the traditional recitation of the Angelus on Sunday following his return from a journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh. From the window of his studio the Holy Father thanked all those who accompanied him there in prayer. He told all those gathered in the square that he was impressed by [...]

On the Wonder of the Christmas Visitation

Dear brothers and sisters, The Gospel for this Sunday of Advent highlights the person of Mary. We see her when, just after having conceived in faith the Son of God, she takes on the long trip from Nazareth of Galilee to the hill country of Judah, to visit her cousin Elizabeth. The Angel Gabriel had revealed [...]

Special Advent Sermon by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

  “THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS” (Lumen gentium, Chapter 5) A few days ago we have entered the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II and the jubilee Year of Mercy. We must say that the link between the theme of mercy and the Second Vatican Council is anything but arbitrary or minor. St. John [...]

On On-going Christian Conversion

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! On this second Sunday of Advent, the liturgy places us in the school of John the Baptist, who preached a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” And perhaps we ask ourselves, “Why do we have to convert? Conversion is for an atheist who becomes a believer or a [...]

Advent Visit to Roman Prison

The Rebibbia prison on the outskirts of Rome is known for having hosted a historic meeting: that between John Paul II and Ali Agca, who had tried to assassinate him. On December 18, another Pope came to visit that prison: Benedict XVI. He met with the inmates, conversed with them, took questions from them, and prayed [...]