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The family is good news for the world

· ​Pope Francis’ letter in preparation for the World Meeting of Families · “The family continue[s] to be good news for today’s world”, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, in preparation for the ninth World Meeting of Families which will be [...]

Woman is the world’s harmony

“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 thought, [...]

The Triumph of Love

Raffaele Di Muro, Maximilian Kolbe: The Triumph of Love A message of hope and rebirth released on the 75th anniversary of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s martyrdom at Auschwitz “Faith means deciding to stay with the Lord, to live with Him.” So Father Raffaele Di Muro concludes in his study of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Maximilian [...]

By | 2018-03-24T05:10:46+00:00 Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Books|Tags: , , , , |

Who is a neighbour

Everyone “can become the neighbour to any needy person you meet”, so long as your heart has “the capacity so suffer with the other”. Pope Francis drew this comforting certainty from the parable of the Good Samaritan, during the General Audience on Wednesday, 27 April. With the faithful in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father continued [...]

Letter #25, 2016: "The Joy of Love"

April 8, 2016, Friday -- The Tenderness of a Papal Document Pope Francis has written a "love letter" to the world... Dear friends, I just came back from the 2-hour Vatican press conference presenting Pope Francis' new Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, entitled Amoris Laetitia (that is the Latin title of the text, meaning literally, "Of [...]

When Saying ‘He Is a Sinner,’ Ask Yourself ‘And What Am I?’

“How many times we say: “But he is a sinner, he has done this, and that …”, and we judge others. And you? Each one of us should ask himself: Yes, he is a sinner, and I?” Pope Francis observed this during his address at this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, while stressing that [...]

Suffering, A Crushing Burden…

"The Compassion," by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1897 ...except when it is an expression of love. Then it can sanctify, not destroy us If there is one thing we all dread, it is suffering. A newborn baby will already respond with screams to any discomfort. Many human beings spend much of their lives trying not only [...]

By | 2016-02-01T18:00:06+00:00 Feb 1st, 2016|Categories: Reflection|Tags: , , , , |

On God's Tender Love: “Do not be afraid, I am here”

A father or a mother tells their child: “Do not be afraid, I am here” and pampers the child with caresses. This is the privileged condition of man: small, weak, but reassured, supported and forgiven by a God who is in love with him. At the beginning of the Jubilee, Pope Francis took the opportunity to [...]

The Great Divide (part 1)

Meister Bertram von Minden (1345-1415), "The Creation of Adam and Eve," panel from Grabow Altarpiece, now in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany Love, marriage, sacrifice, procreation: a reflection on the deep meaning of human love and marriage Many schools and universities pride themselves to have finally acknowledged that the difference between man and animals [...]

Reflections on the Family: On "the Promises we make to Children"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! As the weather forecasts were rather uncertain and rain was expected, today this Audience is made contemporaneously in two places: we, here, in the Square and 700 sick in Paul VI Hall, who are following the Audience on a giant screen. We are all united and we greet them with [...]

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