mercy

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 [...]

Letter #62, 2016: On the Knife's Edge

October 3, 2016, Monday -- The Pope Walks on the Knife's Edge "Today there is a world war to destroy marriage." —Pope Francis on Saturday, October 1, in Georgia, two days ago, in a meeting with priests, men and women religious, seminarians and pastoral workers at the Church of the Assumption "There are ideological colonizations that [...]

‘To ignore the poor is to despise God’

Pope Francis says that to ignore the poor is to despise God and that the Lord’s mercy for us is tightly connected to our own mercy for others. Speaking on Wednesday morning at the weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square the Pope also decried the inequality and contradictions in the world as he reflected on [...]

2016-05-18T17:05:06+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Categories: Wednesday Audience|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Piety is like pity

For those gathered at an extraordinary Jubilee General Audience at St Peter’s Square Saturday, Pope Francis said piety is not necessarily about devotion but more like “pity.” The pope’s catechesis for the occasion developed piety as one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. “When we hear this word,” he said, “we think of a [...]

2016-05-14T16:41:42+00:00 May 14th, 2016|Categories: Wednesday Audience|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Letter #42, 2016: Day of Tears

May 5, 2016, Thursday -- Pope Francis Celebrated Today in Rome the "Jubilee of Tears" -- For All Who Weep and Are in Need of Consolation... "Jesus wept." —John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible. The verse describes the reaction of Jesus to the news of the death of his friend Lazarus, the brother of [...]

The Lord Doesn’t Weigh 99-1 Ratio of Sheep. He Seeks

Reminds Faithful in St. Peter’s Square That Christians Cannot Be Closed In on Themselves If I still have 99 of my sheep, but one has wandered off, what does it matter? Well, to the Good Shepherd, it matters a lot. Pope Francis explained this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, as [...]

2016-05-04T15:21:05+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Categories: Wednesday Audience|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We Are All Sinners, So Don’t Be a Hypocrite

Francis Makes Analogy to Explain Mercy; Says Doctors Can’t Fear ‘Contamination’ by Patients Don’t be a hypocrite and judge others as though you have never sinned yourself. Pope Francis stressed this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on Luke’s Gospel which speaks of the Pharisee Simon and the [...]

On Paschal Faith

“Upon those who follow the Lord Jesus, the light of Easter already shines forever” Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! The Gospel of today tells of the third apparition of the Risen Jesus to the disciples, at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, with the recounting of the miraculous catch (cf John 21:1-19). The story [...]

2016-04-10T17:15:26+00:00 Apr 10th, 2016|Categories: Angelus|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

The “Misericordina” Becomes “Plus”

The Pope hands out a new version of his recommended “spiritual medicine” in Rome to heal wounded hearts and souls “Lent is a good time to travel a path of conversion that has mercy at its center. Because of this, I’ve decided to give to those who are here in the Piazza a ‘spiritual medicine’ called [...]

2016-04-01T16:52:31+00:00 Apr 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |
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