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  • Papal Blessing Parchments

    How to Apply for Papal Blessing Parchments, directly or online. 1. Directly from the Papal Charities Office in Vatican City It is possible to enter in person the Office of Papal Charities inside Vatican City, by entering Saint Anne’s Gate (on the right side of the colonnade of Saint Peter’s ...

  • Apostolic Journey of the Holy Father to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius (4 ...

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am grateful for your warm and fraternal welcome and I thank Cacilda for her kind words. Thank you too, for your lives and witness, which show that this multi-purpose health centre – Santo Egídio de Zimpeto – is a sign of the love of God, who is ever ready to [&h...

  • EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT OF EASTER

    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Holy Saturday, 20 April 2019   1. The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulcher. The journey of those women is also our own journey; it resembles the jo...

  • Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis – Zayed Sports City (Abu Dhabi)

    Blessed: this is the word with which Jesus begins his preaching in Matthew’s Gospel. And it is the refrain he repeats today, as if to fix in our hearts, more than anything, an essential message: if you are with Jesus, if you love to listen to his word as the disciples of that time did, […]

  • Official itinerary of Pope Francis’ United Arab Emirates (UAE) visit in 20...

    Upon arrival on Sunday, February 3, he will be greeted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, along with key UAE dignitaries at the Abu Dhabi Presidential airport. On the second day of his three-day...

  • POPE FRANCIS’ CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO THE ROMAN CURIA

    “The night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light” (Rom 13:12).   Dear brothers and sisters, Filled with the joy and hope that radiate from the countenance of the Holy Child, we gather again this year for the exchange [&helli...

  • POPE FRANCIS’ 2018 URBI ET ORBI CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! To you, the faithful of Rome, to you, the pilgrims, and to all who are linked to us from every part of the world, I renew the joyous proclamation of Bethlehem: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favours” (Lk 2:14). Lik...

  • 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 […]

  • The Synod of Bishops

    The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution established by Pope Paul VI, 15 September 1965, in response to the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to keep alive the spirit of collegiality engendered by the conciliar experience. Literally speaking the word “synod”, der...