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 [...]

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           [...]

Letter #47, 2016: Corpus Christi

May 26, 2016, Thursday -- The Pope's Homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi Pope Francis Remembers What Jesus Did, And What He Asks... "Jesus was broken; he is broken for us. And he asks us to give ourselves, to break ourselves, as it were, for others." —Pope Francis, today in Rome, in his homily for [...]

On John 6: "Communion is assimilation: eating Him, we become Him"

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In these Sundays, the Liturgy proposes to us, from the Gospel of John, Jesus' discourse on the Bread of Life, that is He Himself and that is also the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Today's passage (Jn. 6, 51-58) presents the last part of that discourse, and refers to some of [...]

The Sacrament of the Eucharist: source of encounter, forgiveness, nourishment

Pope Francis General Audience - St. Peter Square - February 12, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters: Continuing our catechesis on the Sacraments of Initiation, I wish to reflect on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as a Church and individual Christians. First, the Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, [...]

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