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Reflections for the feast of Epiphany

Epiphany celebrates Jesus’ first appearance to the Gentiles, as represented by the Magi, while the Eastern Churches commemorate the Baptism of Christ, where the Father and the Holy Spirit give combined testimony to Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Is 60:1-6;   Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6;   Mt. 2:1-12 Homily starter anecdote “Because you never know what’s going [...]

Pope’s message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics and Orthodox not only to further theological dialogue between them, but also to promote joint initiatives on issues such as caring for the environment, peaceful coexistence among peoples and the presence of Christians in the Middle East, without waiting for the day of full and visible communion.‎ The Pope, who is on an apostolic visit to Myanmar and [...]

Pope meets Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem

Pope Francis met on Monday with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, calling for an end to violence and discrimination against people of different faiths in the Holy Land. The Orthodox leader is visiting Rome from October 22nd to 25th, meeting with top Vatican officials. During the audience, Pope Francis recalled his own journey to Jerusalem [...]

Rediscover your roots

Pope Francis said Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning. In remarks to the faithful following the Readings of the Day, the Holy Father reflected on the importance of keeping tethered to our roots – especially our spiritual roots – and avoiding what he called “psychological self-exile”. Taking as his starting point the reading from the Book [...]

'Ask the Lord for the courage to follow Jesus'

Pope Francis has invited Christians to turn to God in search of the courage and strength needed to follow Jesus in our lives. Speaking on Tuesday morning during the homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem as the moment of His crucifixion drew near. Accepting the will of his Father, [...]

'Shepherds are not the centre of the Church'

The true shepherd knows how to step down from his church, because he knows that he is not at the center of history, but is a free man who has served without compromises and without taking control of his flock. That was Pope Francis’ message during his homily at Mass celebrated on Tuesday in the Vatican’s [...]

Christians are called to be witnesses of obedience

Christians must be witnesses of obedience to God, like Jesus was. Pope Francis on Thursday reflected on the fact that being Christian is not a social status.Speaking during the homily at the Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. Recalling the reading of the day Pope Francis quoted Peter’s words before the Sanhedrin when he  said “You [...]

Palm Sunday homily

Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass on Palm Sunday in St. Peter's Square.  Today’s celebration can be said to be bittersweet.  It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time.  We celebrate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem to the cries of his disciples who acclaim him as king.  Yet we also solemnly proclaim the Gospel [...]

‘A people at the peripheries’

Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in Monza Park for the people of the Archdiocese of Milan, Italy on Saturday during a pastoral visit, reflecting on the annunciation of Jesus as a message of joy at the peripheries of society. The Holy Father invited them to be joyful members of God’s people and to avoid “speculating” on [...]

For young victims of Violence

“This is a plague, a hidden cry which must be heard by us all and which we cannot continue to pretend not to see and hear”. Pope Francis called for prayer for “all the young victims of violence, abuse, exploitation and war”, at the end of the Angelus on 12 March in Saint Peter’s Square. The [...]

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