Pope in Ireland: Share Gospel of family as joy for the world Pope Francis’ calls on families to “become a source of encouragement for others” in his homily at Phoenix Park, Dublin, at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. Taking his lead from Sunday’s Gospel reading, Pope Francis said Jesus’ words, “with the promise [...]
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! During these days the Church of Italy is holding its National Congress at Florence -- the Cardinals, Bishops, consecrated, and laymen all together. I invite you to pray a Hail Mary to Our Lady for them [Hail Mary]. Today we will reflect on a characteristic quality of family life, which [...]
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which ended a short while ago, reflected in depth on the vocation and mission of the family in the life of the Church and of contemporary society. It was an event of grace. At the end the Synodal Fathers gave me the text [...]
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In the last meditation we reflected on the important promises that parents make to their children, when they were thought of in love and conceived in the womb. We can add that, looking at it well, the whole family reality is founded on a promise: think about this well: the [...]
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 [...]
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! A few days ago the Synod of Bishops began on the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.” The family that follows the way of the Lord is fundamentally witnessing the love of God and merits, therefore, all the dedication of [...]
Reflections on the Family: The Universal Family: "The merciful protection of God in the dealings of man and woman never fails"
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! This is our final reflection on the subject of marriage and the family. We are on the eve of beautiful and demanding events, which are directly connected with this great subject: the World Meeting of Families at Philadelphia and the Synod of Bishops here in Rome. Both have a worldwide [...]
Reflections on the Family: The bonds of Community: "The family and the parish are the two places in which that communion of love is realized"
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to focus our attention on the bond between the family and the Christian community. It is, so to speak, a “natural” bond, because the Church is a spiritual family and the family is a small Church (cf. Lumen gentium, 9). The Christian community is the home [...]
Reflections on the Family: Faith Communicated through Love: "Our cities have become like deserts because of lack of love"
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In this last stage of our course of catechesis on the family, we look at the way the family lives the responsibility to communicate the faith, to transmit the faith, be it within or outside itself. Initially, some evangelical expressions can come to mind that seem to oppose the bonds [...]
August 26, 2015, Wednesday — Eleven Cardinals and a Pope Introductory note We have just come out with a special 132-page Commemorative Edition of Inside the Vatican magazine, welcoming Pope Francis to America. At the center of the issue is a beautiful, deeply moving Photo Essay on "The Beatitudes of Pope Francis." This Photo Essay alone [...]