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Pope reflects on death at Mass at Casa Santa Marta

The thought of death saves us from the illusion of being “masters of time.” At Mass on Thursday morning, Pope Francis’ homily focused on the reality of death. In his homily at the daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on three realities: “Death is a fact; death is an inheritance; death is [...]

‘Contempt for the weak is work of Satan’

What is it within ourselves that makes us mock and belittle the weakest among us? That was the question Pope Francis posed during his homily at the morning Mass on Monday in the Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis at Monday morning’s Mass reflected on the many Biblical stories that tell of a powerful person humiliating someone weaker and [...]

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 [...]

Penitential rite prepares us for Eucharist

At his first General Audience of the new year, Pope Francis talks about the importance of the penitential rite in preparation for the Holy Eucharist Greeting pilgrims and visitors gathered in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the celebration of the Eucharist, focusing on the penitential rite which helps us [...]

When martyrs don’t make the news

Pope Francis offered Mass on Monday, 30 January, in the Casa Santa Marta chapel for “today’s martyrs”, persecuted and imprisoned Christians, and for Churches which are not free to express the faith. With the understanding that “a Church without martyrs is a Church without Jesus”, the Pontiff stressed that these martyrs sustain the Church and carry [...]

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