Lent

New series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis' General Audience on a new series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit - St. Peter's Square - Vatican City, April 09, 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We begin today a series of catecheses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You know that the Holy Spirit constitutes the soul, [...]

"Do I have an open heart or a closed one?"

Pope Francis Angelus - St. Peter's Square - Vatican City, March 30, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! Today’s Gospel presents us with the episode of the man born blind to whom Jesus gives sight. The long narrative opens with a blind man who begins to see and closes – this is curious – with those [...]

"There is Jesus who speaks to us, in the Gospel!"

Pope Francis Angelus - St. Peter's Square - Vatican City, March 16, 2014  Dear brothers and sisters, hello! Today the Gospel presents the event of the Transfiguration. It is the second stage on the Lenten journey. The first was the temptation in the desert, last Sunday; the second is the Transfiguration. Jesus “takes Peter, James and [...]

"We must detach ourselves from idols… and build our life on what is essential"

Pope Francis' Angelus - St. Peters' Square - Vatican City, March 09, 2014 Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent presents us every year with an episode about the temptations of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit descended upon him and, after the baptism in the Jordan, drove him to confront [...]

Pope Francis: Special Lenten Spiritual Exercises

In mid-October, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Vatican Press Office, confirmed press reports that Pope Francis had decided to make his first annual Lenten spiritual exercises with the Curia’s heads at a Pauline retreat house outside of Rome, instead of following the traditional practice of making the retreat in the Vatican itself. In [...]

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