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  • Audience with pilgrims from the dioceses of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, and Mol...

    At 12.15 today, in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the pilgrims from the dioceses of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, and Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi. The following is the text of the Pope’s address to those present:   Discorso del Santo Padre Dear brothers an...

  • Holy Mass for the closing of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of ...

    The account we have just heard is the last of those that the evangelist Mark relates about the itinerant ministry of Jesus, who is about to enter Jerusalem to die and to rise. Bartimaeus is thus the last of those who follow Jesus along the way: from a beggar along the road to Jericho, he […]

  • Synod2018 – Homily of his holiness Pope Francis

    “The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I have said to you” (Jn 14:26). In this straightforward way, Jesus offers his disciples the assurance that will accompany all the missionary work to be entruste...

  • First draft of new constitution on the Roman Curia

     In their latest round of meetings, Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals has finished and approved the first draft of what will be a new apostolic constitution outlining the role and functions of the Roman Curia. The tentative title of the document is “Predicatae Evangelium,” meaning “Preach ...

  • Final Document from the Pre-Synodal Meeting

    The young person of today is met with a host of external and internal challenges and opportunities, many of which are specific to their individual contexts and some of which are shared across continents. In light of this, it is necessary for the Church to examine the way in which it thinks about and...

  • Vatican : Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the 51st World ...

    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Monday, 1 January 2018 The year opens in the name of the Mother of God. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady. But we might ask why we say Mother of God, and not Mother of Jesus. In the past some wanted to be content simply wit...

  • Pope Francis’ Christmas 2017 ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary.  He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but [&hellip...

  • Pope Francis: Homily for World Day of the Poor.

    We have the joy of breaking the bread of God’s word, and shortly, we will have the joy of breaking and receiving the Bread of the Eucharist, food for life’s journey. All of us, none excluded, need this, for all of us are beggars when it comes to what is essential: God’s love, which gives [&hel...

  • The Mass needs silence, not ‘chitchat’, Pope Says

     On Wednesday, Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord. “When we go to Mass, maybe we arrive five minutes before, and we start to chit-chat w...

  • Pope bans sale of cigarettes in Vatican on health grounds

    In a move likely to have some Vatican employees fuming, Pope Francis has decided to ban the sale of cigarettes inside the City State on the grounds that the Holy See cannot profit from a proven health hazard. In a Nov. 9 statement, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the reason for the decision “is ...