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A Catholic Priest in Paris, France

#2 Father Jean-Marc Fournier A Catholic priest in Paris, France “We Need Tangible Signs of Faith” Every year since 1803, even during the Nazi occupation, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has held a Christmas Mass — except for this Christmas, because of the historic fire that ravished the Cathedral in April 2019. The fire of Notre [...]

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’s Angelus of Sunday 31 December 2017: Full text

This Sunday, Pope Francis reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family and how St Luke’s Gospel describes the presentation of Jesus in the Temple  Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! On this first Sunday after Christmas, we celebrate the Holy Family of Nazareth, and the Gospel invites us to reflect on the experience lived by [...]

On Devotion to the Christ Child

Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! In these days of Christmas the Child Jesus is placed before us. I am certain that in our homes many families still have a nativity scene arranged, continuing this beautiful tradition brought about by St Francis of Assisi which keeps alive in our hearts the mystery of God who became man. [...]

Angelus on the Feast of the Holy Family

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! How well these young people sing! How talented! [commenting on the young people singing Christmas songs in the Square] In the climate of joy that it is Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday. I think back to the great meeting in Philadelphia, last September; the [...]

Letter #59, 2015: Pope's Christmas Message: Peace

December 25, 2015, Friday -- Pope's Christmas Message: Peace "Let us allow tears of repentance to fill our eyes and cleanse our hearts."—Pope Francis, today in Rome, as part of his Christmas Day message, delivered "Urbi et Orbi," that is, literally, "To the City (Rome) and to the world," from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica [...]

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