Christians need not read horoscopes to foresee the future

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Pope Francis on Monday told believers not to look to horoscopes or to consult fortune-tellers to foresee the future; but to allow God to guide them in a journey full of surprises. The Pope was speaking during the last Santa Marta Mass of the season before the summer holidays and his return from an apostolic […]

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The poor not a problem but a resource

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Pope Francis’ Message for the first World Day of the Poor, to be observed on November 19th, was presented to journalists on Tuesday at the Holy See press office. In the message entitled, “Let us love, not with words but with deeds”, Pope Francis explains that at the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, he […]

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First World Day of the Poor message released

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The Vatican on Tuesday released Pope Francis’ message for the First World Day of the Poor which will be observed later this year on the 19th of November. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the First World Day of the Poor Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time 19 November 2017 Let us love, not with words […]

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‘A Church without martyrs breeds distrust’

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On the second anniversary of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed in 1980 by military squadrons linked to the Regime in San Salvador as he defended the poor, Pope Francis recalled Romero’s religious fervor and passion for justice while warning the faithful against a ‘lukewarm’ Church. The Pope was speaking during Mass […]

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Christians are always on the go in their journey to meet the Lord

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The life of every Christian is a journey and a process during which to deepen the faith. Speaking during the homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on the liturgical reading of the day in which St. Paul tells the story of Salvation leading up to Jesus. During the course […]

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We are “Catholic Atheists” if we have hardened hearts

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Listen to the Word of God to avoid the risk of a hardened heart. That was Pope Francis’ message in his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. The Pope pointed out that when we turn away from God and are deaf to His Word, we become unfaithful or even “Catholic atheists.” […]

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Our Lady at the heart of 2017 WYD message

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“The Mighty One has done great things for me” Pope Francis in his message for diocesan World Youth Day, which takes place on Palm Sunday, tells young people the Church and society needs their courage, dreams and ideals”. This year’s message has a Marian theme “The Mighty One has done great things for me”, taken […]

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Damned are those who don’t care for the poor and homeless

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The parable of the poor man, Lazarus, lying at the rich man’s door, was at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily at the Santa Marta Mass on Thursday morning.  The Pope warned of the risks we run if we have the same uncaring attitude towards the poor and homeless people we see around us today. […]

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Woman is the world’s harmony

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“To understand a woman, one must dream of her first”. This is why woman is “the great gift of God”, able to “bring harmony to creation”. Thus, Pope Francis said with a touch of poetic tenderness, “I like to think that God created woman so that all of us would have a mother”. With this […]

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Two wonders

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· With the certainty that “God always labours”, there is no need to fear living the gift of love and of liberty, setting aside once and for all the false assurances that come from rigidity. · Pope Francis’ shared this reflection during Mass at Santa Marta on Monday morning, 6 February. Francis’ meditation was inspired […]

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Spiritual leopards

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Pope Francis pointed out the concrete testimony of Bl. Charles de Foucauld to invite Christians to “follow in his footsteps of poverty, contemplation and service to the poor”. At the conclusion of Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 1 December, the Pontiff recalled the French priest on the centenary of his execution. Charles de […]

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Misericordia et Misera

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· Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee · At the end of the Angelus on Sunday, 20 November, Pope Francis signed his Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera (Mercy with Misery) addressed to the whole of the Church so as to continue living the mercy experienced throughout the entire year of […]

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Like grandma’s cookies

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Christians should not be like grandma’s cookies, specifically those known as “liar’s cookies”; they are beautiful on the outside, but empty and devoid of substance on the inside. This theme of hypocrisy, in all of its worst forms, was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily during the celebration of Mass in the Santa Marta chapel […]

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Pope Francis in Georgia: prayer for peace

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Pope Francis is currently on an Apostolic journey to Georgia. He flew into the nation’s capital Tbilisi on Friday 30th of September and his third and last appointment of the day took place at the Chaldean Catholic Church of Simon ‘Bar Sabbae’, dedicated to a tenth century Coptic Saint. There he met with representatives of […]

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Three graces

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“To recognize spiritual desolation, to pray when we experience this state of spiritual desolation and to know how to accompany people who are suffering difficult times of sadness and spiritual desolation”. In his homily at the Mass he celebrated at Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, 27 September, Pope Francis recommended that we ask the Lord […]

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The sickness of indifference

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· ​The Pope tells catechists to find new ways of meeting and helping the poor · He calls for an end to the violence that has struck Mexico in recent days Pope Francis assured the “beloved Mexican people” of his prayers “that the violence, which in recent days has even affected several priests, may cease”. […]

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Three ways to go forth

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Papal Representatives must go out of themselves in three ways: physically, in that they always have a suitcase at hand; culturally, in that they quickly enter into the context in which they are sent; and thirdly with prayer and adoration before the tabernacle. Concelebrating at the Mass with the participants of the Jubilee encounter, on […]

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Woman of mercy

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· ​Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa · He holds her up as the model of holiness for the world of volunteer work More than a hundred thousand people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the solemn right, one of the central moments of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. During his homily for the canonization […]

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St Philip Neri and the chicken

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We should bite our tongue when tempted to speak ill of others, because a “gossip monger” is a Christian counter witness, and even causes divisions in the Church. Francis warned against this behaviour, which is unfortunately widespread in Church settings, during Mass at Santa Marta on Thursday morning, 12 May. “Lifting up his eyes to […]

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“The crowds, the joy, the ability to celebrate…”

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  Pope Francis told reporters he is well aware that God is a God of surprises, but he had not been prepared for what a surprise his first visit to Africa would be. Obviously tired, but equally content, Pope Francis told reporters he prayed in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, and rode around […]

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