Pope Francis holds General Audience: English Summary

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Pope Francis held his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, continuing his catechesis on Christian hope. He focused his remarks on Jesus’ Our Father prayer as presented in the Gospel of Luke (11:1-4) and on “The Fatherhood of God, wellspring of our Hope”. Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, […]

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Open your heart to the Holy Spirit

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It is only the Holy Spirit Who can teach us to say: “Jesus is the Lord.” That was the focus of Pope Francis’ reflections during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Monday. The Holy Father emphasized that we must open our hearts in order to hear the Holy Spirit, and thus be […]

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Jesus’ peace is real and not the world’s anesthetized peace

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True peace is not man-made but a gift of the Holy Spirit.  “A peace without a cross is not the peace of Jesus” for it is only the Lord who can give us peace amidst tribulations. This was the central message of the homily of Pope Francis at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of […]

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Christian hope is born on Easter morning

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Our faith was born with the Risen Jesus on Easter morning. That was Pope Francis message at his General Audience on Wednesday as he continued his catechesis on the meaning of our Christian hope. Reflecting on the words of St Paul to the early Christian community in Corinth, the Pope said Jesus himself is our […]

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In God there is both justice and mercy

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In the journey of the Christian, truth is not negotiable; rather, a Christian must be just in mercy, as Jesus teaches us. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father warned against hypocrisy and the deception of a faith reduced to a “casuistic logic.” […]

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Jesus looks at each of us

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· Jesus does not look at statistics but at each of us, one by one. · In the Mass at Santa Marta on Tuesday morning, 31 January, Pope Francis focused “amazement of the encounter with Jesus”, the astonishment that overcomes those who look at him and realize that the Lord had already “fixed his gaze” […]

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The virtue of the little ones

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· the General Audience the Pontiff begins a new series of reflections dedicated to hope and asks that no one be excluded from the recognition of human rights · “Hope is the virtue of the little ones”, because “the great ones … do not know what it is”. Thus, Christian hope is the focal point of […]

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The requisite direction

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The direction for Christian life are quite simple. There is no need to go searching for advice: suffice it follow a voice, like sheep do with their shepherd. The image of Jesus the Good Shepherd was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass at Santa Marta on Monday, 18 April. The liturgy of the […]

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Angelus: On the Young Man who “Went Away Sad”

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. The Gospel of today, taken from the 10th Chapter of Mark, plays out in three different scenes, marked by three gazes of Jesus. The first scene presents the encounter between the Teacher and an anonymous person who, according to the parallel passage in Matthew, is identified as a “youth.” […]

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On the Ugly Truth: the Cross and the Serpent: “He became sin for us, He who knew no sin.”

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When contemplating Jesus on the cross, we ought not to look at those paintings that are far too beautiful and do not represent the harsh reality of the harrowing ordeal. Pope Francis used these words, as well as the image of an “ugly serpent” to make his meditation more dynamic and incisive. The cross and […]

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On following Christ: “To undertake the discipleship of Jesus means to take up your cross”

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Today’s Gospel presents us Jesus who, on his way towards Caesarea Philippi, asks the disciples: “Who do people say that I am?” (Mk. 8,27). They respond that some believe he is John the Baptist reborn, others Elijah or one of the great Prophets. The people appreciated Jesus, they considered him a “God-sent”, but still could […]

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The Catholic Church Looks for Dialogue with Non-Believers

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“We might, perhaps, set out on a part of the journey together”: these words are the heart of the letter that Pope Francis wrote to the Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari on September 11, and they reveal a central part of the Holy See’s current strategy for dealing with a Western culture which has entered a […]

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