Saint John Paul II

Pope at Audience: Walking together in the richness of diversity

Pope Francis during his General Audience Pope Francis reflects on his recent Apostolic Visit to Romania during his Wednesday General Audience, saying it was a joy to be able to walk as a pilgrim among the Romanian people. June 5, 2019 During his Catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis recalled his recent [...]

The heart of Christmas is hope

In his homily at Christmas Mass “During the Night” in St Peter’s Basilica, the Pope reflects on how, with the birth of Jesus, everything becomes a source of hope The Christmas story is retold every year with all the places, people and themes we know so well: the stable, the shepherds, the birth. But perhaps the [...]

Pope Francis at Angelus: on being Christian in the world

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. Addressing them ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis shared a reflection on the Reading from the Sunday Gospel, which this week came from St. Matthew and contains the maxim, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and render unto God what is God’s.” Pope Francis explained that the episode teaches us both the legitimacy [...]

Pope in Colombia celebrates Mass, beatifies 2 martyrs

“Mary is the first light who announces night’s end, and above all, the impending day”, Pope Francis said during Mass on Friday to celebrate the Nativity of Mary and the beatification of two martyred Colombian clerics in Villavicencio. Keeping to the theme of his visit to Colombia, that of ‘Reconciliation and Peace,’ the Holy Father reflected [...]

Our Lady at the heart of 2017 WYD message

“The Mighty One has done great things for me” Pope Francis in his message for diocesan World Youth Day, which takes place on Palm Sunday, tells young people the Church and society needs their courage, dreams and ideals”. This year's message has a Marian theme “The Mighty One has done great things for me”, taken from [...]

Pope Francis marks 1050th anniversary of 'Baptism of Poland'

Pope Francis on Thursday morning celebrated Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, Poland, to mark the 1050th anniversary of the ‘Baptism of Poland.’ A sea of people stretching 7 kilometres lined the route from Czestochowa all the way to the hilltop monastery of Jasna Góra, Poland’s national shrine. Young and old had been waiting [...]