Eucharist

Communion for Protestants married to Catholics requires further study

A letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sheds light on Pope Francis’ position regarding the Eucharist in inter-communion marriages. The issue has been raised by the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference and regards an ecumenical theme that concerns the Universal Church. Pope Francis has invited German bishops to await legislation that is applicable to the whole [...]

‘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 [...]

Pope invites Christians of all denominations to be instruments of peace

Amongst those received in audience by Pope Francis at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was the Finnish Ecumenical Delegation. Pope Francis has thanked the Lutheran Catholic Dialogue Commission for Finland for a recently issued ecumenical document. The Pope was receiving in audience the Finnish Ecumenical Delegation as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity drew to [...]

Pope tells Christians that Mass gives meaning to Sundays

Pope Francis told the faithful on Wednesday that missing out on Mass on Sundays means missing out an encounter with the Lord. Speaking to those present in the Paul VI Hall for the weekly General Audience, the Pope reflected on the question: “why go to Mass on Sunday?” Continuing his catechesis on the Eucharist Pope Francis reminded Christians that we [...]

Lutheran leader: Pope's' Reformation visit marked turning point

The new head of the Lutheran World Federation says the visit by Pope Francis to Sweden for the joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation marked a “turning point” in relations between the two world communions. Speaking just after an audience in the Vatican, Nigerian Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus said he and his delegation were encouraged by the pope’s words [...]

Holy Mass is the prayer "par excellence"

Reading: Luke 11,1-4 [1] He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” [2]He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. [3] Give us each day our [...]

Through the Eucharist we receive God

Pope Francis has reminded the faithful that the Eucharist is a wonderful event during which Jesus Christ, our life, becomes present. Speaking to the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis began a new series of reflections focusing on the Eucharist and highlighting the importance of how we attend and of how [...]

Pope celebrates Mass for Solemnity of Corpus Christi

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 Pope [...]

Pope Francis in Cairo: full text of homily at Sat AM Mass

Pope Francis was the principal celebrant and homilist at Mass for Egyptian Catholics in the “Air Defense Stadium” in Cairo on Saturday. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks, in their official English translation. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Holy Mass, Cairo 29 April 2017           [...]

Corpus Domini homily

« Do this in remembrance of me » (1 Cor 11 :24-25). Twice the Apostle Paul, writing to the community in Corinth, recalls this command of Jesus in his account of the institution of the Eucharist. It is the oldest testimony we have to the words of Christ at the Last Supper. “Do this”. That is, [...]

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