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Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes, the path to holiness in daily life

On All Saints, Nov. 1, Pope Francis recited the midday ‘Angelus’ prayer with the faithful and tourists in Rome St. Peter’s Square. Pope Francis on Thursday urged Christians to seek holiness not by accomplishing extraordinary things but by following the path of the Beatitudes without half measures in everyday life. The Holy Father offered the exhortation [...]

Pope in Ireland

Pope in Ireland: Share Gospel of family as joy for the world Pope Francis’ calls on families to “become a source of encouragement for others” in his homily at Phoenix Park, Dublin, at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. Taking his lead from Sunday’s Gospel reading, Pope Francis said Jesus’ words, “with the promise [...]

Pope to Diplomatic Corps: Uphold human rights, defend family

Pope Francis addresses members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, calling for the defence of life and support for families, and migrants. Speaking to members of the Diplomatic Corps on Monday, Pope Francis devoted this New Year's address to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted 70 years ago. The Pope told [...]

Reflections for the Feast of Holy Family

On the Feast of the Holy Family we offer all the members of our own families on the altar for God’s blessing. Homily starter anecdote: Grandparents are a treasure: Pope Francis said that as a child, he heard a story of a family with a mother, father, many children and a grandfather. The grandfather, suffering from Parkinson’s [...]

The family is good news for the world

· ​Pope Francis’ letter in preparation for the World Meeting of Families · “The family continue[s] to be good news for today’s world”, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, in preparation for the ninth World Meeting of Families which will be [...]

Conferences won't achieve peace if the heart is at war

Resuming the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta after the summer break, Pope Francis, in his homily, spoke about the importance of working for peace in small, daily actions – because, he said, it is in small daily gestures that peace on a global scale is born. It is not so much great international meetings [...]

Pope Francis vs. 2000 Years of Tradition?

Fr. Harrison: “May we believe Francis alone is right, and all his predecessors wrong?” A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of Amoris Laetitia will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is [...]

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How to Interpret Amoris Laetitia

A moral theologian sets forth a closely reasoned guide to the development of moral doctrine In the exhortation Amoris Lætitia, the most controversial question is the one concerning Communion for the divorced and remarried, which however is never expressly mentioned. It must be noted that above all, in the eighth chapter the language is at times [...]

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The Pope’s Hymn to Marriage

In his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis praises the beauty of marriage and family life. In an age where marriage is in decline, the document is a reminder of how wonderful marriage can be “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. But the [...]

The Tenderness of a Papal Document: “The Joy of Love”

April 8, Holy See press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", on love in the family (Photo Grzegorz Galazka) Francis has given us a poetic, eloquent, moving hymn to love in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), issued April 8. This text is really for families: one part of this letter, [...]

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