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Pope in Ireland

Pope in Ireland: Share Gospel of family as joy for the world Pope Francis’ calls on families to “become a source of encouragement for others” in his homily at Phoenix Park, Dublin, at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. Taking his lead from Sunday’s Gospel reading, Pope Francis said Jesus’ words, “with the promise [...]

‘Without the Holy Spirit we are nothing’

During the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis prayed for war ravaged eastern Ukraine and reflected on the Sacrament of Confirmation. "Only the Spirit of Christ can make us "salt that gives taste" and "light that illuminates the world" said Pope Francis during his catechesis on Wednesday morning. He was speaking to the pilgrims gathered in [...]

Pope tells Christians to celebrate the date of their Baptism

After celebrating Mass during which he baptized 34 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday morning, Pope Francis greeted the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus prayer and urged them to find out the date of their own Baptism, the day in which each of them received God's gift of the Holy Spirit. [...]

Reflections for the feast of Epiphany

Epiphany celebrates Jesus’ first appearance to the Gentiles, as represented by the Magi, while the Eastern Churches commemorate the Baptism of Christ, where the Father and the Holy Spirit give combined testimony to Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Is 60:1-6;   Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6;   Mt. 2:1-12 Homily starter anecdote “Because you never know what’s going [...]

Pope Francis marks 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue

Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Councilon Thursday, celebrating fifty years of dialogue between the two Churches. Noting that in the Old Testament, a golden jubilee was a moment to set slaves free, the pope said “we too have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion”. After fifty years of patient dialogue, he [...]

Pope on how to be salt of the earth and light of the world

Pope Francis has urged believers to be true Christians and give flavor to the life of others, not to be tempted to shine light upon themselves but to bring the light of faith to their neighbors and to mankind. Drawing inspiration from the Gospel reading of the day, Pope Francis spoke of when Jesus told his [...]

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