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Pope at Mass: Lent is an opportunity to be simple and true

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday highlighting the need for believers to be true Christians and shun appearances. Taking his cue from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis condemned all forms of hypocrisy and explained the difference there is between objective and formal reality. Formal reality, the Pope said, [...]

Pope at Mass: ‘Cost of war weighs on the weak’

Pope at Mass: ‘Cost of war weighs on the weak’ In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis reflects on the cost of war, calling it a ‘modern-day flood’ whose price is paid by the poorest among us. Pope Francis compared the Biblical flood of Noah’s time to the many [...]

Pope at Mass: Martyrdom doesn’t make the news

At Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope comments on the day’s Gospel, saying that the Church is made manifest “in the Eucharist and in good works.” The Church grows “in simplicity, in silence, in praise, in the Eucharistic sacrifice, in fraternal community, where all are loved,” and none are rejected. That was the message [...]

Pope at Mass: bishop, a humble and meek servant, not a prince

During Mass, Monday morning, Pope Francis spoke about the qualities of a bishop that St. Paul speaks about in his letter to Titus. A humble and meek servant, not a prince. This is what a bishop should be according to Pope Francis. Celebrating Holy Mass, Monday morning, at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, he [...]

Pope at Mass: Bearing witness, complaining, asking questions

At the Mass Thursday morning at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope warns against the sin of “murmuring,” which is a part of our daily life. And he reminds us that the logic of the Gospel is contrary to the logic of the world. Witness, complaining, questions. These were the three words which Pope Francis focused on [...]

Pope denounces “slanderous communication” of dictatorships

In his homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, June 18, the Pope spoke about the devastating power of slanderous communication used by dictators against others. It is something that happens even today. If you want to destroy institutions or people, you start by speaking ill of them.  This is the “slanderous communication” that Pope Francis exhorted Christians [...]

Exploiting women is a sin against God

In his homily at Mass in the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis reflects on the exploitation of women today who are treated like objects, recalling that without women men cannot be the image and likeness of God. Taking his inspiration from the gospel reading from Matthew where Christ said that everyone who looks at a woman [...]

‘God’s love has no need for words but for concrete gestures’

Pope Francis on Friday reflected on how God’s love has no limits. Speaking during the homily at morning Mass, he said His greatness is manifested in small things and tenderness. Marking the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis remarked on how it could be said that the festivity celebrates God's [...]

‘Memory and hope go hand in hand’

Pope Francis has encouraged Christians to think back to their encounters with Jesus, to nurture memories of those who were the first to transmit to them the faith, and to remember the law of love. Speaking during the homily on Thursday at morningMass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said that in order to be able to [...]

‘Overcome silent collusion’

In his homily at Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis invited the people of the Roman suburb of Ostia to overcome the walls of indifference and silent collusion. Pope Francis celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in the Roman sea-side suburb of Ostia on Sunday, becoming the first Pope since 1981 to lead [...]

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