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Pope at Audience: Church a ‘field hospital’ that cares for sick

Pope Francis during his weekly General Audience (AFP or licensors) At the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis says the Church is like “a field hospital” that must care for the sick, even when our actions incite envy and hatred in others. Continuing his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, Pope Francis reflected on [...]

Pope at Angelus: Welcoming those at our door brings peace and hope

Pope waves to pilgrims in St Peter's Square during the Angelus (Vatican Media) At the Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis speaks of the importance of not feeling burdened when offering a warm welcome and a sense of fraternity to those in need as a way of combining contemplation and action. By Francesca Merlo Pope [...]

Pope Francis: ‘Mercy is the true face of love’

The Pope reflects on the Parable of the Good Samaritan and says the trait of a true Christian is to always be merciful and compassionate. By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis on Sunday upheld the example of the Good Samaritan as a model for Christians, explaining that only by loving our neighbours as ourselves, do we show [...]

Pope at Santa Marta: there is God’s mercy but also His anger

In his homily at Mass, Thursday morning, Pope Francis urged Christians to make a daily examination of conscience regarding their actions because no one is sure when and how life will end. Stop for a while to acknowledge our failures, aware that the end can come any moment, and let us not continue living as we [...]

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 [...]

By |2016-05-18T17:05:06+00:00May 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 [...]

By |2016-05-14T16:41:42+00:00May 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 [...]

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