Holy Door

Giving of Our Riches to Share With the Poor

“If the jubilee doesn’t reach pockets, it isn’t a jubilee. Have you understood? And this is in the Bible! This Pope doesn’t invent it: it’s in the Bible. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and a good Lenten journey! It is good and also significant to have this Audience precisely on this Ash Wednesday. We begin [...]

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A Meditation on Forgiveness and the Jubilee Door

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Last Sunday, the Holy Door was opened in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Cathedral of Rome, and a Door of Mercy was opened in the Cathedral of every diocese of the world, as well as in shrines and churches indicated by bishops. The Jubilee is in the whole world, [...]

"Repent! It sums up the message of John the Baptist."

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! In today's Gospel, there is a question posed three times: "What should we do?" (Lk 3,10.12.14). Three categories of people raise it to John the Baptist: first, the crowd in general; second, the publicans, or tax collectors; and, third, some soldiers. Each of these groups questions the prophet on what [...]

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On Recognizing the Need for Divine Mercy

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning. Yesterday, I opened here, in Saint Peter’s Basilica, the, after having opened it already in the Cathedral of Bangui in the Central African Republic. Today, I would like to reflect together with you on the meaning of this Holy Year, responding to the question: Why a Jubilee of Mercy? What [...]

Homily on the Opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

In a few moments I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door of Mercy. We carry out this act – as I did in Bangui – so simple yet so highly symbolic, in the light of the word of God which we have just heard. That word highlights the primacy of grace. Again and [...]

Reflections on the Significance of the "Door"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! With this reflection we have arrived at the threshold of the Jubilee, it is close. Before us is the door, but not only the Holy Door, the other – the great door of God’s Mercy, and it is a beautiful door! – which receives our repentance, offering the grace of [...]

Letter #33, 2015: Turning Point

September 1, 2015, Tuesday — Turning Point Introductory note We have just come out with a special 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine, welcoming Pope Francis to America. We would like you to receive and read this issue. All you have to do is click here, order a subscription, and you will receive this [...]