Christians need not read horoscopes to foresee the future

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Pope Francis on Monday told believers not to look to horoscopes or to consult fortune-tellers to foresee the future; but to allow God to guide them in a journey full of surprises. The Pope was speaking during the last Santa Marta Mass of the season before the summer holidays and his return from an apostolic […]

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Become small to hear the voice of the Lord

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In order to hear the voice of the Lord, you need to make yourself small. That was the message of Pope Francis in his homily at the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, as the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Lord has chosen us, […]

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Discern and denounce evil, care for others

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A shepherd must be passionate, must know how to discern and how to denounce evil. Those were Pope Francis’ words during Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta, where he focused on the figure of the Apostle Paul and then turned his attention to the example offered by Don Milani. Like the parish priest […]

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Pope celebrates Mass for Solemnity of Corpus Christi

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Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated Mass at the Roman Basilica of St John Lateran which was to be followed by a procession to the Basilica of St Mary Major to mark the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. In his homily for the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis chose to reflect on one word, “Memory”. The […]

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God’s power saves us from weakness and sins

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In order to be saved and healed by God we must recognize that are weak, vulnerable and sinful like earthen vessels and this will lead us to happiness. Pope Francis on Friday said in ‎his homily at the morning Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican.  He was reflecting on the Second Letter […]

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Christian witness is salt and light

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Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, with the members of the C-9 group of Cardinal-advisors who are working to reform the Church’s central governing apparatus. In remarks following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father focused on Christ’s call to all the faithful to be […]

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Hearts open to gift and service of consolation

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Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning. In remarks to the faithful following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the gift of consolation, focusing specifically on the spiritual aptitudes most conducive to receiving the gift of consolation from God and sharing the gift […]

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In moments of darkness choose the path of prayer, patience and hope in God

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Pope Francis on Friday urged Christians not to fall into the trap of vanity in moments of pain and sorrow but rather resort to prayer patience and hope in God.  Do not be misled by the “cosmetic beauty” of vanity, but let that “joy of God” enter your hearts, thanking the Lord for the “salvation” […]

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Hypocrisy destroys communities and hurts the Church

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Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Christians to be truthful,  warning them against the temptations of hypocrisy and flattery. His words came during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. Hypocrisy – Pope Francis said – is not the language of Jesus, nor is it the language of Christians, in fact, he said, […]

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Works of mercy means sharing suffering of others

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Doing works of mercy doesn’t mean just giving coins to assuage our consciences. Rather, it means sharing in the suffering of others, even at personal cost to ourselves. That message was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily on Monday morning at his regular Santa Marta Mass. Reflecting on the first reading from the book […]

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‘Shepherd the people of God with humility’

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Jesus entrusted his sheep to Peter, the most sinful of the remaining eleven apostles, and invited him to shepherd the People of God with humility and love, despite his mistakes and sins. Pope Francis commented on the Gospel of the day (Jn 21:15-19), in which the Risen Jesus converses with Peter on the lake shore […]

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Pope on St Paul: model of preaching, persecution and prayer

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The life of St Paul, characterised by preaching, persecutions and prayer, can be a model for all Christians today. That was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily at his Santa Marta Mass on Thursday morning. Reflecting on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Pope Francis described St Paul as the ultimate action […]

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‘Shepherds are not the centre of the Church’

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The true shepherd knows how to step down from his church, because he knows that he is not at the center of history, but is a free man who has served without compromises and without taking control of his flock. That was Pope Francis’ message during his homily at Mass celebrated on Tuesday in the […]

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The Christian’s gaze is on heaven, his feet on earth

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The Christian’s place is in the world, in order to proclaim Jesus; but his gaze is turned to heaven in order to be united to Him That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday. Galilee, the place of the first encounter with Jesus The Scriptures, […]

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‘A Church without martyrs breeds distrust’

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On the second anniversary of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed in 1980 by military squadrons linked to the Regime in San Salvador as he defended the poor, Pope Francis recalled Romero’s religious fervor and passion for justice while warning the faithful against a ‘lukewarm’ Church. The Pope was speaking during Mass […]

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Open your heart to the Holy Spirit

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It is only the Holy Spirit Who can teach us to say: “Jesus is the Lord.” That was the focus of Pope Francis’ reflections during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Monday. The Holy Father emphasized that we must open our hearts in order to hear the Holy Spirit, and thus be […]

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Doctrine unites, ideology divides

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True doctrine unites; ideology divides. That was the message of Pope Francis in the homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday. The Pope based his reflections on the so-called Council of Jerusalem which, around the year 49 A.D., decided that gentile converts to Christianity would not have to be circumcised. […]

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‘We must ask the Lord for the gifts of love and joy’

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Pope Francis has reminded believers that Jesus’ love is infinite and true, unlike worldly passions that seek power and vanity. The Pope was speaking during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta during which he pointed out that the Christian mission is to give joy and that God’s love is at the core of a true Christian’s […]

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Jesus’ peace is real and not the world’s anesthetized peace

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True peace is not man-made but a gift of the Holy Spirit.  “A peace without a cross is not the peace of Jesus” for it is only the Lord who can give us peace amidst tribulations. This was the central message of the homily of Pope Francis at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of […]

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Christians are always on the go in their journey to meet the Lord

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The life of every Christian is a journey and a process during which to deepen the faith. Speaking during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on the liturgical reading of the day in which St. Paul tells the story of Salvation leading up to Jesus. During the course […]

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