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Pope Francis: Inflight press conference

His now traditional inflight press conference was cut short by turbulence, but Pope Francis managed to answer numerous questions on current issues, including climate change, immigration, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. The first questions were asked by Colombian reporters, regarding the Apostolic Visit. Asked what concrete steps Colombians can take to overcome the divisions and hatred caused by decades of [...]

Pope Francis: Liturgical reform is irreversible

Pope Francis gave an important address on the liturgical reform on Thursday, speaking to participants of the 68th Italian National Liturgical Week. The liturgical reform, he said, did not “flourish suddenly,” but was the result of a long preparation. It was brought to maturity by the Second Vatican Council with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, [...]

Francisco and Jacinta Marto to be Saints

· ​Decree promulgated for the canonization of the shepherds of Fatima · Francisco and Jacinta Marta, two visionaries of Our Lady at Fatima, are to be canonized. During an audience with the Prefect of the Congregation of Saints on Thursday morning, 23 March, Pope Francis authorized the promulgation of the Decree regarding the miracle attributed to [...]

For young victims of Violence

“This is a plague, a hidden cry which must be heard by us all and which we cannot continue to pretend not to see and hear”. Pope Francis called for prayer for “all the young victims of violence, abuse, exploitation and war”, at the end of the Angelus on 12 March in Saint Peter’s Square. The [...]

Listening and dialogue

In a world that is becoming accustomed to a lifestyle that is less than human, characterized by “widespread indifference”, increasingly “virtual and less personal” means of communication, a shortage of firm values and a “culture of having and of appearing”, we must encourage more dialogue and listening. This is what Pope Francis said Saturday, 11 March [...]

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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 Pointing Finger

The vocation of all Christians is “to be witnesses to Jesus”, to fill their lives with the “gestures” typical of John the Baptist: “pointing to Jesus”. This is the common “mission” of the faithful, Pope Francis explained, during his homily for Mass at Santa Marta on Friday morning, 16 December. Following the liturgical journey of the [...]

The intuition of Magdalene

Mary Magdalene understood that Jesus wanted to “re-create” her, not simply cover up her sins as though with make-up. She had the courage to give a “name and surname” to her own sins, thereby giving an example of allowing oneself to be truly renewed, deep within, by the Lord. Pope Francis explained during his homily for [...]

Three voices

Pope Francis offered a series of practical biblical suggestions in order to help us to truly recognize and listen to “the voice of the Lord” without falling into the temptation of corruption and worldliness, and to rediscover the beauty of the silent prayer of adoration. “In the final week of the liturgical year”, the Pope noted, [...]

With the tears of father and mother

In the face of today’s disasters, wars motivated by the worship of the god of money, the bombing of innocent people, a humanity which apparently does not desire peace, God weeps with the tears of a father and mother. In relation to this theme, Pope Francis issued a forceful call to conversion during Mass on Thursday [...]

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