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Apostolic visits

 

​The path of healing

“Just a year ago” the Pope’s visit to Myanmar “would have been just a dream”. These were the words of Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of ...

Calling card

The welcome for Pope Francis — the first Pontiff to visit Myanmar, where Catholics are a small minority — was as unexpected for the great ...

Church of the poor

The Catholic Church in Bangladesh is once again ready to receive the visit of a Pope in the person of His Holiness Pope Francis for ...

Rainbow of colours in the 'Golden Land'

The Bible speaks of the wise men from the East coming to see the messiah. The whole of Myanmar is awaiting to see our dear ...

Do not lose your joy and your hope

“Even children can be heroes, the youngest, when they are deceived or make mistakes, they get up as heroes and carry on. Keep going, keep ...

A journey of unity and brotherhood

“A journey of unity, of brotherhood”. Pope Francis thusly defined his visit to Egypt, as he greeted journalists during the direct flight on Friday morning, ...

From ruins to rebirth

“There are those who remain trapped among the ruins of life, and those, who like you, with God’s help, lift the ruins of life and ...

The problem arises when when we close in on ourselves

On 24 September, in anticipation of his journey to Sweden, Pope Francis was interviewed by Fr Ulf Johnsson, SJ, editor of the journal of Swedish ...

For stable peace

A appeal for peace addressed to the political authorities and to the religious leaders of the Caucasus region concluded Pope Francis' visit to Georgia and ...

The path of peace

Touching down in Tbilisi on Friday afternoon, 30 September, Pope Francis returned to the Caucasus region to continue “a path of peace”. The Pope has ...

Paths of peace

Pax vobis is the motto of the Pope’s visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, which will take place from 30 September to 2 October. The two ...

A special ‘Mercy Friday’

The silent prayer in Auschwitz and Birkenau, the visit to sick children in the paediatric hospital of Krakow, the Way of the Cross of World ...

Gospel of closeness

On Wednesday afternoon, 27 July, the Pope’s first day in Poland, the Holy Father met with Polish Bishops in Wawel Cathedral, Krakow. Inspired by several ...

To touch the hearts of terrorists

On his way from the Archbishopric of Krakow to the Campus Misericordiae for the Vigil on Saturday afternoon, 30 July, the Holy Father paid a ...

The Book of Mercy

During these days in Poland, the simple words and gestures of Pope Francis have won the hearts not only of those gathered for World Youth ...

​The burning lamp

Pope Francis’s silent visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, his encounter with twelve survivors of the extermination camps, his meeting with the group “The Just of ...

Where the heart of Poland beats

According to a traditional saying, if one wishes to understand how the heart of Poland beats one must visit Częstochowa. For this reason Pope Francis ...

The first time

Greeting journalists aboard the flight for Poland, the Pope lost no time in addressing the issue everyone was anxious about: not the lack of security ...

Going back to the beginning

Three years ago, on 28 July, 2013, at the end of the Eucharistic celebration that crowned the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, we ...

​Upon memory we build the future

Pope Francis’ homage at the Tzitzernakaberd memorial in Yerevan was sealed by the heart wrenching melody of flutes. In the distance a snow-covered Mt Ararat ...

To the wellspring of faith

“I come as a pilgrim”, Francis said, “to draw upon the ancient wisdom of your people and to drink from the wellspring of your faith”. ...

To Dublin

“The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”: is the theme for the ninth World Meeting of Families, which will be held from 22 ...

Even the sun weeps

During the return flight after the visit to the island of Lesvos, early Saturday afternoon, 16 April, the Pope’s traditional press conference was introduced by ...

A safe home

Pope Francis returned from Lesvos — which he visited on Saturday morning, 16 April, together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens and All ...

A surprising wealth

Pope Francis met with journalists on Wednesday evening, 17 February, during the flight from Ciudad Juárez to Rome at the end of his Apostolic Journey ...

An inclusive society

“Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy with you is recalling the pressing journey that we must undertake in order to break the cycle of violence and ...

Under the great cross at the border

On Wednesday afternoon, 17 February, after circulating among the faithful who awaited him before Mass at the Ciudad Juárez fairgrounds, Francis stepped out of the ...

​A word for Nineveh

Francis’ final hours in Mexico, just a short distance from its border with the United States of America, summarized the meaning and content of his ...

No more death or exploitation

“No more death! No more exploitation! There is always time to change, always a way out and always an opportunity, there is always the time ...

The best investment

“One of the greatest scourges for young people is the lack of opportunities for study and for sustainable and profitable work, which would permit them ...

Dare to dream

“You are the wealth of this land. Careful though! I did not say the hope of this land, but its wealth”. Thus the Pope addressed ...

The wealth of Mexico

“You are the wealth of Mexico”, Pope Francis said with conviction to the thousands of young people who had gathered in the stadium in Morelia ...

Beyond the trenches of resignation

Resignation is the greatest temptation; it is “resignation which paralyzes us”, which “entrenches us in our 'sacristies' and false securities”, and which “not only prevents ...

A lesson of the excluded

With their wisdom and their capacity to protect creation, the indigenous peoples of Mexico have “much to teach humanity”. In the heart of Chiapas, a ...

Two priorities

The meeting with families and the Mass with tens of thousands of indigenous people in Chiapas brought the Pope from the capital of Mexico to ...

Wrinkles of love

“It is true that living in family is not always easy, and can often be painful and stressful but, as I have often said referring ...

Examination of conscience

“Your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society”, Pope Francis told the indigenous communities on Monday, 15 February. “Some have considered your values, culture ...

​A mosaic of languages and colours

Francis’ visit to Chiapas, on Monday, 15 February, was an important one, highly anticipated and experienced with particular excitement by the local communities who wanted ...

In silence before ‘la Morenita’

The Pope’s long, silent prayer before the unique and deeply venerated image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, was inspiring. The important ...

​With prophetic courage

“Only a Church able to shelter the faces of men and women who knock on her doors will be able to speak to them of ...

Kindness-therapy

Pope Francis concluded his second day in Mexico by visiting the Federico Gómez Pediatric Hospital in the capital city. On Sunday afternoon, 14 February, the ...

This is not a society of the few and for the few

On the first Sunday of Lent, 14 February, the Pope celebrated Mass in Ecatepec, a populous suburb outside of the Mexican capital. The Pope celebrated ...

A place for those who do not 'count'

“Mary, the woman who gave her 'yes', wished also to come to the inhabitants of these American lands in the person of the Indian Saint ...

Injustices against God’s plan

Corruption, exploitation, violence and the drug trade “stand in direct opposition to the dream and the plan of God”. The Pope raised his voice in ...

We are brothers

“We are not competitors but brothers”. This was written by Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, in the joint declaration sign ...

​On the path to unity

The difficulties involved had for decades made it seem but a dream. Yet, the meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow and the Roman Pontiff was ...

A river of lights

The festivities organized for Francis’ arrival at the airport in Mexico City Friday evening, 12 February, amounted to a veritable festival, with dancing lights, coloured ...

The time has come

Francis is en route to Latin America today, 12 February, for his 12th international visit, but he will not be flying directly to Mexico City. ...

A highly anticipated journey

Despite the “challenging and jam-packed” schedule, the journey has been “highly anticipated: by my brother Kirill, by myself and by the Mexican people”, Pope Francis ...

As a missionary of mercy

“Within just days of my journey to Mexico, I am content, I feel great joy. I always remember the people of Mexico in a special ...

Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill

“The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness ...

​A tribute to the Mother of the Americas

The Holy Father’s visit to Mexico will begin with a historic, ecumenical stop in Cuba. On Friday, 12 February, Pope Francis will meet with Russian ...

Kneading the dough of peace

In preparation for the journey to Mexico that is now fast approaching, the Notimex news agency gathered a series of questions asked by the faithful ...

Pope Francis in Mexico

The Pope will visit Mexico from 12 to 18 February 2016. The official schedule for the Apostolic Journey was published by the Holy See Press ...

The surprise of Africa

“Africa was a surprise for me. I thought: God surprises us, but Africa surprises us too”. With images of his first journey to the continent ...

​On the path of peace

Pope Francis’ visit was described by President Catherine Samba-Panza as a blessing from heaven and a victory of faith. It took little more than 26 ...

The nation’s true heroes

Half a century ago the martyrs of Uganda were canonized. They were young nobles who had converted to the Christian faith and were brutally slain ...

​A test of humanity

Welcoming those who flee from war, violence and injustice is “a test of our humanity, our respect for human dignity, and above all our solidarity ...

For an authentic life

The secret that the Pope shared with the thousands of young people who met in the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi sums up his entire message ...

Values which are not quoted on the stock exchange

There are “values which are not quoted in the stock exchange, are not subject to speculation, and have no market price”. These were the words ...

The bridge between Nairobi and Paris

The embrace of the Kenyan people during the Mass celebrated at the University campus gave Pope Francis a new vigor. Energized by the contagious enthusiasm ...

A tree for the future

With a universal sign rooted in African tradition Pope Francis inaugurated his first visit to the immense continent with the planting of a tree in ...

To overcome fear

After travelling more than 5,000 miles, passing over the Mediterranean Sea and into the midst of thousands of downtrodden people in search of a future, ...

Travelling to Africa with joy

Pope Francis has arrived in Africa. His flight landed in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday, 25 November, just before 4:30 pm Kenya time. This is the ...

A sign of hope for Africa

From 25 to 30 November Pope Francis will be in Africa, where he will visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. The journey is ...

​Encouraging a spirit of religious tolerance

Papal visits have never been taken for granted anywhere in the world since time immemorial and Kenya is no exception. The reason behind this is ...

​A legacy of martyrs

It was with great joy and happiness that the people of Uganda received the good news that Pope Francis had scheduled a pilgrimage to Uganda, ...

The Pope sends video messages to the peoples of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic

Just a few days before his first visit to Africa, Pope Francis sent two video messages to the peoples that he is about to visit. ...

The embrace of mercy in Africa

The upcoming papal journey will be the first time for Jorge Mario Bergoglio ever to set foot on African soil - not just since becoming ...

I dream of a restless Church

A Church that is free, open, restless, “ever closer to the abandoned”, with the face of a mother who “understands, accompanies and caresses”: this is ...

​A wooden chair

Pope Francis said from the beginning that he came to the U.S. as a pastor. On Sunday morning, 27 September, he also came as a ...

​Prologue to the Synod

The Synod, which will begin in a few days at the Vatican, had an unusual prologue: a preview in the form of celebration, prayer, testimonies ...

Close to the People

The Church’s current challenge is the same as it has always been: to accompany the people in growth, in their joys and in their difficulties. ...

​In the heart of New York

In Philadelphia, the third and final stop in Bergoglio’s visit to the United States, the Pope closed the meeting of the World Meeting of Families. ...

​Four representatives

For the first time ever, a pope addressed the U.S. Congress and, in another first, that Pope was able to say, “I too am a ...

Among those discarded in society

From the centre of politics to the centre of charity. On Thursday, the Pope travelled — surrounded by thousands of people lining the streets — ...

Under Moses' gaze

The Pope was met with a standing ovation, applause and cheering when he entered the US Congress on Thursday, 23 September. Introduced as “The Pope ...

​Encounter and dialogue

A White House welcome by President Barack Obama, a meeting with bishops in the Cathedral of Washington, dc, the canonization of missionary Junípero Serra at ...

Defend the weak

Pope Francis invited the United States of America to build “a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive”, to safeguard “the rights of individuals and ...

A son of immigrants visits a nation of immigrants

“I should explain that our backyard is not typically this crowded”, President Barack Obama quipped, as he greeted Pope Francis at the official White House ...

The pastor visit

During the interview with journalists on the flight from Santiago de Cuba to Washington, dc, the Pope characterized his visit to the Caribbean island as ...

A pilgrimage in devotion to Mary

Some left Santiago de Cuba in the middle of the night. They walked the final kilometres from El Cobre to the Marian shrine surrounded by ...

Progress in coexistence

During the flight from Santiago to Washington, dc, at the end of his visit to Cuba, Pope Francis greeted the journalists on board and, after ...

​The dynamics of a conversion

The Feast of St Matthew has a very special significance for Pope Francis, as it is linked to the story of his own conversion. On ...

Beyond division and prejudice

The fourth and final day of Pope Francis' visit in Cuba, Tuesday, 22 September, began in the Marian capital of the country, known for its ...

Like a simple pilgrim

Cubans who make a pilgrimage to the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre Shrine often bring flowers. On Monday evening, 21 September, just a few ...

​Even in the most remote places

Monday’s eight-hour stop in Holguín was brief but highly significant. Here Pope Francis met another part of the Cuban Church, alive and committed to the ...

An example of reconciliation

The Pope is in Cuba to encourage policy makers to develop the country's potential at the service of peace, the people's well-being and reconciliation. On ...

​The people of Cuba open their arms

It was a celebration of faith with songs and prayers surrounded by the enthusiasm of hundreds of thousands of people. The faithful gathered on Sunday ...

The urgent need for peace

For the third time in less than 20 years a pope has visited Cuba: the first was John Paul ii in January 1998, then Benedict ...

Bridges of friendship

The Syrian family being hosted by the Vatican parish of Santa Anna were able to thank Pope Francis for his hospitality on Saturday morning, 19 ...

New hope and a new opportunity

In view of his arrival in Cuba, Pope Francis sent a video message which was broadcast on television on Thursday evening 17 September. The following ...

​Shared values for our common future our Ban Ki-moon

The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the United Nations comes at a moment of challenge and hope. As the world struggles to cope ...

For the poor and powerful

Like many, I am filled with joy and excitement for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States. Popes don’t visit as tourists. They travel ...

Faith is flourishing

It was less than two hours after Jorge Bergoglio first stepped out onto the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica and was introduced to the ...

To walk with Francis

We all look forward with faith-filled joy and enthusiasm to Pope Francis’ visit to Washington to begin his first apostolic journey to the United States. ...

A chair built by immigrants

The chair Pope Francis will use during the Mass at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on 25 September is one of humble wood, but ...

Island of mercy

“Missionary of mercy” is the motto of the journey Pope Francis will be making to Cuba from 19 to 22 September. Along this very line ...

Memory, hope and witness

A year has already pass since Pope Francis’ visit to Korea, bringing a message of love and peace during his five-day stay”. Cardinal Andrew Yeom ...

Paraguay, hold your head high

When the President of the Republic of Paraguay, Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara, first visited Pope Francis on 25 November 2013, the Pontiff greeted our country ...

He showed the forest to those who only saw one tree

The Pope's visit in Paraguay from 10-12 July marked a new stage for the country and the Church. It helped the nation regain with Christ ...

A question of interpretation

Exploitation and interpretation in context: two possible keys to understanding the visit in Latin America. Pope Francis pointed out this distinction during his interview with ...

Searching, alive and young

The Church in Latin America has an immese wealth: she is a young Church with a remarkable freshness and a dynamic theology, she is searching. ...

Francis and the daughters of Esther

The Jesuit Reduction which flourished in Paraguay demonstrates that “today too, a more humane society is possible”. Pope Francis expressed this conviction on the eve ...

​A Gospel Festival

The most striking and enduring image that emerges from Pope Francis’ apostolic journey in Latin America is perhaps that of a “festival”. This was fully ...

Glorious women of Paraguay

The Pope’s first words in Paraguay were a moving tribute — “It is not hard to feel at home in so welcoming a land”, he ...

Hope in the mud

Palmasola PS4 is not the latest video game made by the well-known Japanese computer entertainment corporation. There is no fantasy, only life in a prison ...

​From sinners to fisherman

The only liturgical celebration in Bolivia was held on Thursday morning, 9 July, when the Pope celebrated Mass in the Christ the Redeemer Square in ...

​The many faces of rural and urban exclusion Sowers of change

Place the economy at the service of the people; join the people on a path to peace and justice; defend mother earth. These are the ...

Three ecologies

Among the enduring images of Pope Francis’ first hours in Bolivia are the enthusiastic, crowded welcome he received, and the moment he took to remember ...

​Peace and the cross

“In this land whose history has been marred by exploitation, greed and so many forms of selfishness and sectarianism, now is the time for integration”. ...

The family as a model of just society

The family is a place where human relations are not based on waste-producing competition but on gratitude, solidarity and subsidiarity. This is the path which ...

The voices of society

May Ecuador, together with the other countries in the Amazon, never allow that its rich patrimony of biodiversity to be lost. This was the Pope's ...

A cry for freedom

The independence movement of Latin America was a “cry” for freedom from the peoples of the continent who were exploited and deprived of liberties. Pope ...

Right at home

A meeting with clergy, sisters, religious and seminarians concluded the papal visit in Ecuador, three days in which the Pope felt at home. He said ...

From the Andes to the Pacific

From Quito to Guayaquil and back. From the Andean highlands to the Pacific coast, experiencing a strong temperature change and even some rain, Monday, 6 ...

Great social capital

The family was at the centre of the Pope's second day in Ecuador. Speaking to a vast crowd of people who had gathered in Los ...

​The finest of wines

Three months away from the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis gave a tribute to the family that was both realistic and deeply moving. At Mass ...

​The sun and the moon

It was a multitude, certainly several hundred thousand people at least, lining the streets of Quito to cheer their welcome, amid a shower of flower ...

The key to the future

The keys to confronting “contemporary challenges and to building “a better future for everyone” are in the Gospel. This was Pope Francis' message on his ...

The homeless wish him a good trip

As now has become tradition, Pope Francis on Saturday evening, 4 July, the eve of his departure, went to the Basilica of St Mary Major ...

​In the middle of the world

Mitad del mundo. The street signs and tourist maps in Quito point out that it is here that the Equator passes. And it was here, ...

A return to America

From 19-27 September the Holy Father will make his 10th international visit. The official schedule for Cuba and the United States — where the Holy ...

The homecoming

A bona fide homecoming. A trip to the childhood stomping grounds of parents and ancestors. Stopping at the symbolic holy places of the city of ...

Words are not enough

During the flight to Rome, Pope Francis met with journalists in a press conference. Fr Federico Lombardi introduced the meeting and journalists followed with their ...

A sign of peace and reconciliation

Leaving the Nunciature, the Pope’s motorcade drove to the Cathedral of Sarajevo. Along way they passed one of the symbolic places from the recent war, ...

From conflict to encounter

From the “Jerusalem of the West”, the ancient cradle of coexisting cultures, ethnicities and religions, Pope Francis admonished war, calling “patience and trust” essential to ...

A sign and a prayer

A sign and a prayer on the “beautiful path” to peace: with these poignant words to journalists on the flight to Sarajevo, Pope Francis described ...

To Sarajevo to encourage a peaceful coexistence

“To confirm the Catholic faithful in the faith, to support ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and above all to encourage a peaceful coexistence in your Country”. ...

Peace and justice

Peace, reconciliation and dialogue will be the key words of the Holy Father’s visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, 6 June. This visit will be his ...

The Pontiff in Sarajevo

The celebration of Mass and a long series of meetings will articulate Pope Francis’ visit to Sarajevo on 6 June. The schedule of the eighth ...

To Sarajevo in the sign of peace

The papal journey to Sarajevo planned for 6 June will be represented by a logo featuring a stylized cross formed in part by a dove ...

The Pope in Turin on 21-22 June

When the Pope visits Turin on 21-22 June, for the occasion of the exhibition of the Holy Shroud (19 April-24 June), his main focus will ...

The future of a people

The care of young people and the elderly is the measure of the future of a people. Pope Francis recalled this at the close of ...

Change the world

Among the lingering images of the Pope’s visit to Naples will certainly be that of Francis speaking in Scampia, surrounded by children. On the first ...

In the sign of Mary

“We prayed to Our Lady, that she bless us all: you, me, and the whole world. We need Our Lady, for her to protect us”. ...

A white coat appears among the hovels

From the metal door a white overcoat appeared: “It’s the Pope! It’s the Pope!”. A visit you wouldn’t expect. A ray of sunshine in a ...

Lessons of the poor

The message of the poor was at the heart of papal journey to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Pope Francis recalled this during a long ...

Like children

A ocean of people filled Rizal Park in Manila in order to participate in the Mass Pope Francis celebrated on Sunday, 18 January — the ...

God's surprise

The rain fell on Manila all day on Sunday, 18 January, but it did not dampen the faith or enthusiasm of the Filipino people. An ...

The strongest force

The rain began to lash the papal flight at the first sight of the island of Leyte and did not let up until after it ...

Dreams and prophecy

Families and children were at the centre of Francis’ attention on his first day in the Philippines. The day in Manila opened with the visit ...

Photo journal of the Pope's visit on Twitter

L'Osservatore Romano is giving it's readers an exclusive look at the Pope's visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. We are publishing a photo journal ...

The greatest treasure

The family is the “greatest treasure” of a country. From the stage of the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, immersed in thousands of enthusiastic ...

The heart of the people

Mission, environmental protection, the poor, violence in the name of God, friendship among religions, freedom of expression, peace. These were the main topics addressed by ...

Religious freedom for all

Before half a million faithful, Francis proclaimed the Oratorian priest Joseph Vaz the first Saint of Sri Lanka. During the course of the celebration – ...

As one family

Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka, which opened as a sign of friendship among religions, concluded by looking to the nation’s future. From the ancient ...

​With reconciliation at the heart

Diversity is not “a threat” but a “a source of enrichment” for all societies. On arriving in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, 13 January, for the ...

Diversity is not a threat

Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka at 8:50 am local time on Tuesday, 13 January. A welcome ceremony took place at the International Airport of ...

Unequivocal

Friendship, dialogue, solidarity: with these three words the Pope introduced the theme of his visit to Sri Lanka in the address he delivered at the ...

The logic of encounter

The journeys of Francis are of vital importance and, as such, they take as their main model those of his Predecessor Paul VI, who made ...

A dialogue of friendship

Pope Francis’ arrival in Turkey coincided with the Feast of St Andrew, Patron of the Patriarchal Church of Constantinople. He began his morning in Istanbul ...

Believers united against fanaticism

Barefoot and hands folded, Francis paused for a few long moments in silence next to the Grand Mufti in the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul. ...

A record visit

Pope Francis' fifth and sixth international visit — first to Strasbourg on 25 November and then to Turkey from 28-30 November — will break various ...

With tears in his eyes

The Church which — 20 years ago, emerged from the winter bloodstained by persecution, and from the catacombs from which a dictatorial communist and ostensibly ...

The Pope in Albania

Meeting with political and civil authorities of Albania at the Presidential Palace of TiranaPeaceful coexistence among different religions is possibleHomily during Holy Mass in Mother ...

Witness and fraternity

Witness and fraternity are the two key words to understanding the meaning of Francis’ journey to Albania, as brief — less than 12 hours — ...

The example of Albania

“I believe that the suffering and the hopes of our are people is the reason behind the Pope's decision to visit our country. He mentioned ...

The schedule of the Pope's visit to Albania announced

A tribute to a Church which was martyred during Communism with a regime that declared State atheism, even in the constitution. An encouraging sign for ...

Friday 15 August

The second day of the Papal journey, also the day of the Solemnity of the Assumption, began with the celebration of morning Mass in Daejeon's ...

Saturday 16 August

Only slightly past 7 am things were already bustling around the Nunciature of Seoul. In truth the spectacular Korean sunrise on this Saturday, 16 August, ...

The Gospel at heart

Speaking to the Asian Bishops, Francis introduced himself as their “brother bishop”, and this definition, as effective as it is expressive of a commonly perceived ...

Mission to Korea

“As I begin my trip, I ask you to join me in praying for Korea and for all of Asia”. This is the intention that ...

In the heart of Asia

The following is a translation of the interview Cardinal Pietro Parolin gave the Vatican Television Center in collaboration with L’Osservatore Romano, on Monday morning, 11 ...

We are all brothers

“The Church is the great family in which we are all brothers in Christ”. Pope Francis recalled this in a video message to Koreans on ...

The hope which does not disappoint

The motto for the Holy Father's journey to Albania is “Together with God, toward the hope which does not disappoint”. The local episcopate suggested the ...

An open window on the Asian continent

Over 18,700 kilometers to be traveled; ten flights, two by airbus and eight by helicopter. Estimated flight time more than 26 hours -- all in ...

The sign of the cross

The Archdiocese of Colombo has released the logo for Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka from 12 to 15 January. The Papal Journey will then ...

Preparing for the Pope's visit to Albania

Pope Francis’ travels in Europe are beginning from the outskirts. This is how people in Albania consider his first visit in the old continent, which ...

In order to overcome exclusion in society

The penalty cannot be “an instrument of punishment and social retaliation”, it must be, instead, a way to “effective reintegration” into society. Pope Francis' visit ...

Towards full communion

On Sunday afternoon, 25 May, at headquarters of the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem, Pope Francis and the Patriarch Bartholomew signed a common declaration in which ...

The Pope's speeches in the Holy Land

- To be patiently crafted – at Mass in Amman the Pope invites people to be artisans of peace - The arms dealers who stand ...

Live streaming of the visit

From Amman to Bethlehem. The Pope's visit in the Holy Land continues on Sunday in the city where Jesus was born. Following the welcome ceremony ...

The search for lasting peace

Pope Francis began his visit in the Holy Land – in the footsteps of his predecessors – with an appeal for peace in the entire ...

Moving forward

The journey was begun by those “great visionaries of unity” Paul VI and Athenagoras back in 1964. Since then “we have learned to forgive one ...

His travel companion to the Holy Land

White roses at the feet of Our Lady Salus populi Romani and quiet prayer in the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome. The Holy ...

Nine days of prayer

Nine days of special prayer have been organized in preparation for Pope Francis' pastoral visit to the Holy Land from 24 to 26 May. According ...

Pope Francis in the Holy Land

On Thursday morning, 27 March, the schedule for Pope Francis visit to the Holy Land was presented in the Holy See Press Office. The Holy ...

So that Christians may be one

Ut unum sint isthe motto chosen for Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land. The website theholylandreview.net announced this following the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries ...

Following the steps of Paul VI to the Holy Land

Amman, Betlehem and Jerusalem will be the stops on Pope Francis' pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 24-26 May. The Holy Father announced this on ...

To be witnesses with your life

“In the name of St Francis, I say to you: I haven't gold or silver to give you, but something much more precious, the Gospel ...

For a Church stripped of worldliness

The itinerary for Pope Francis' trip to Assisi is rich in symbolism – taking place on Friday, 4 October, the feast of the Patron Saint ...

A lesson in simplicity

This pontificate, already rich in expression, hit a high note in Assisi on 4 October. Eighteen popes before Francis have made the same journey (between ...

A day of tears

Assisi welcomed Pope Francis on the feast of the saint, who is for the first time the namesake of the Bishop of Rome. The warmth ...

Always with him

His second visit within Italy, this Bishop of Rome taken “from the ends of the earth” who chose the name of the Saint of Assisi, ...

Dignity, hope, courage

The Pope's visit to Cagliari was packed into just a little over 10 hours. He was welcomed with enthusiasm and warmth on Sunday, 22 September, ...

The Pope in Cagliari

Workers, the sick, the poor and prisoners, representatives from the world of culture and young people: Pope Francis will meet with these faithful on Sunday, ...

A pre-planned journey

The journey to Brazil to take part in the World Youth Day which Pope Francis has just completed was a journey which already had a ...

Across the board

Impressions of Brazil and of World Youth Day, plans for upcoming visits, his relationship with Benedict xvi and other predecessors and a programme for reform ...

Unafraid to serve

“I like being a bishop. In Buenos Aires I was happy, I was happy and the Lord assisted me”. “I am also happy to be ...

In John Paul II's country

Krakow will be the venue of the next WYD in 2016, which after the extraordinary Cariocan experience is resuming the preceding three-yearly plan. The Day ...

A journey through the new forms of poverty

A journey through the various forms of suffering which hit the young in our time can best describe the evocative Way of the Cross on ...

With the poor and with the young

Meeting the 30,000 young people who had come from Argentina, an event originally not part of the programme, and with the welcome celebration at Copacabana ...

The treasure and the clay

Before beginning his daily activities in Rio Pope Francis celebrates Mass in which every now and then various people take part. On Friday morning, 26 ...

That faith stronger than the cold and rain

“You show that faith is stronger than the cold and rain”. On Thursday evening on Copocabana beach Pope Francis inaugurated the welcome celebration for the ...

At home with Manoel José and Maria Luisa

He chose one of the world’s most forgotten corners in which to urge the powerful of this earth to show solidarity and social justice: one ...

Hungering for bread, justice and dignity

Two touching scenes, continuous embraces, and concrete suggestions for restoring hope to a lost world. Yesterday, 25 July, was an intense day for Pope Francis, ...

Learning to embrace those who suffer

From the Good Samaritan embracing the beaten man on the road to Jericho to the embrace St Francis gave to the leper. From the embrace ...

The joy of faith and redemption from sorrow

“Hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy”: these “three simple attitudes”, pointed out in particular to the young, “lights of hope” ...

Celebration of a young faith

Carioca was without a doubt the style of the opening ceremony of the 28th World Youth Day, which took place Tuesday evening, 23 July, in ...

In beloved Latin America

A week to find young people within their own social context, at the World Youth Day, opening in Rio de Janeiro. This is how Pope ...

Cheers for Pope Francis

His arms wide open to hold close “all of Brazil in its human, cultural and religious complexity and richness”, having just arrived in Rio de ...

The future’s window to world

When Pope Francis reached Rio de Janeiro, on Monday afternoon, 22 July, and knocked “delicately” on “door of the heart” of Brazil asking to enter, ...

In the living and youthful heart of the Church

Brazil is celebrating as it prepares to welcome Pope Francis. The first international visit of the Latin American Pope brings him to a land of ...

The voice of Jesus

The immediate preparation for the first international journey of this Bishop of Rome, come from almost “the ends of the earth”, was marked by three ...

Dignity for youth from employment

Going to meet the young, not isolated from their lives but within the social fabric of which they are part, because to make an attempt ...

A Pope Francis-style journey

A pilgrimage to Aparecida, taking part in the meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate (celam); visits to ...

The Latin American Episcopate in Rio for the World Youth Day

The relationship that exists between the Latin American Episcopal Council and the Holy See has been fundamental to the Council’s service to the 22 Bishops’ ...

A cross in the faded colours of the boats

“When he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch’. And Simon answered, ...

A road to take together

It must not live on merely as symbol but also as a sign that shows which way to go. For someone like Claudio Baglioni who ...

A journey that questions the conscience

Since its unexpected announcement, the significance of Pope Francis’ journey has been very strong. The words which the Bishop of Rome, from “almost the ends ...

For solidarity without boundaries

Lampedusa is just one of many points of convergence around the globe where different worlds meet. The vast range of refugees routes extends to include ...

The Bishop in a parish

For Pope Francis too his first visit to a parish of the Diocese of Rome was a surprise. Not so much because of the warmth ...

The Bishop of Rome at the Casal del Marmo Detention Centre

Pope Francis has chosen the youth at Casal del Marmo Detention Centre for the traditional washing of the feet on Holy Thursday. This was announced ...

Children of a God who is close

Advent is a time of joy because in this season expectation of the Lord's coming is wakened in the hearts of believers. His presence among ...

The Loreto House

Just as he went there fifty years ago, the Bishop of Rome has returned to Loreto. At that time it was John XXIII – “that ...

Where God lives we are all at home

In Loreto, following in the footsteps of John XXIII, Benedict has entrusted to the Blessed Virgin the Year of Faith and the Ordinary General Assembly ...

The courage of witnessing

“I firmly believe: this document and the message it contains will be of very great help to the Church in Iraq. It will help her ...

The road map of peace

Benedict XVI pointed out the way to peace. It is now up to those who have the destiny of the Middle East in their hands ...

The ecumenical dimension of the Pope's Visit to Lebanon

A big step forward in achieving unity with the Christian Orthodox Churches. It is in this way that Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical ...

A conviction in faith

A Church not like a museum but alive and creative: this is the face of the Catholic community in the Middle East as Cardinal Leonardo ...

The silence of arms, peace in hearts

Benedict XVI left Lebanon with a new appeal for peace in the Middle East. The Pope once again condemned the ferocity and hatred that invades ...

The true face of the Church

The Visit that Benedict XVI has just made to Lebanon was naturally a Journey of peace. Most of the media noted this. And their comments ...

That cedar the Pope planted

The image of the small cedar tree planted in a garden by Benedict XVI together with President Michel Sleiman will live on among the most ...

Under the sign of brotherhood and dialogue

I never thought of giving up this Journey. Benedict XVI repeated these words without hesitation in answering the questions put to him by journalists this ...

Religion and violence

On the papal Journey Benedict XVI's first words were clear and his message was strong and decisive. During the interview with the journalists on the ...

To Lebanon as a messenger of peace

The Pope is going to Lebanon as a “messenger of peace” and the dramatically mounting tension that still today affects the entire region of the ...

A longed-for journey

A journey that has never been disputed, most of all because the Pope strongly desired and is very keen to go “to the Middle East ...

Truth and justice in Arabic

“The Arabic word haqq has two meanings: truth and law, in the sense of justice. No other language, as far as I know, has this ...

The importance of Vatican II

The documents of the Second Vatican Council contain an enormous wealth for the formation of the new generations of Christians. At Frascati, on Sunday, 15 ...

I have seen that life begins again

“It is possible to build and rebuild”. In the heart of Emilia, devastated by earthquakes, the Pope stressed realism and hope. We are small and ...

With what coloured spectacles is man's destiny read?

In the newspaper today we are publishing excerpts from the homily that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, delivered in the afternoon of 12 June ...

Milan and Christian joy

Benedict XVI’s stay in Milan will certainly be remembered as one of the most important Journeys of his pontificate. It combined his Visit to the ...

Milan secular and religious

It was and is secular and religious Milan that welcomed and surrounded with affection Benedict XVI, Successor of the Apostle Peter. Two dimensions, that of ...

Benedict XVI in Milan

Benedict XVI is in Milan for the conclusive celebrations of the Seventh World Meeting of Families. He arrived in the capital of Lombardy on Friday ...

Building the city of man

Arezzo and Sansepolcro -- two communities that for centuries have embodied the model of the “city of man” built in the image of “The City ...

Words stronger than the bad weather

The words of Benedict XVI were stronger than the bad weather that prevented him from going to La Verna, the memorial of the Franciscan mystic, ...

Moving ahead with courage and patience

A gift of God. This is how Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, described the Visit of Benedict XVI to Mexico and ...

When charity unites

“Cor Unum” will fund a new project for the agricultural development in two dioceses in Cuba. These projects are the very fruit of Benedict XVI's ...

Truth and freedom

Under the banner of both truth and freedom the Pope’s Visit to Cuba has concluded. It was the third Visit to America and twenty-third international ...

The politics of charity

Not by chance was this considered the most political day of the Pope’s stay in Cuba during which he paid a Courtesy Call on President ...

Pope's request for Cuba

The private meeting between Benedict XVI and Raúl Castro took place on Tuesday, March 27, at the Presidential Palace in Havana and lasted for about ...

In the footsteps of his Predecessor

Pope Wojtyła’s Visit to Cuba left an indelible mark, in the opinion of his Successor who arrived about 15 years later and chose to dedicate ...

An island of hope

Cuba, island of wonders and pirates, island of Márquez and Hemingway, of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, of Felix Varela and José Martí, enchantment and ...

Sorrow and hope

“Hope” is the key word of Benedict XVI’s Visit to Mexico. A Visit that intentionally embraced the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean, the ...

The overwhelming excitement of the Mexican people

It had to happen. The Pope in Mexico wearing a sombrero, it simply had to happen. Among the multitude who waited through the night in ...

Return to America

Benedict XVI’s Journey to Mexico and Cuba can be described as a return for two reasons: because it is in continuity with the successive visits ...

The open path to freedom

Pope Wojtyła has begun his Journey along a path, signifying hope, freedom and peace for the peoples of Mexico and Cuba. But now we must ...

Benedict XVI expected in Mexico and Cuba

Everything is in León is now ready to welcome Benedict XVI on his 23rd Apostolic Journey outside Italy. Mexico and Cuba are the destinations of ...

A bond strengthened over time

From Wojtyła to Ratzinger, Mexico has been in the heart of the Pope and the Pope in the heart of Mexico. This is the impression ...

The egotism of the world and the hope of Africa

Old and new slavery makes Africa’s journey of development today still uncertain and difficult. Egotism of the market and special interest masked as piety, exclude ...

A new world

Why shouldn’t an African country show the rest of the world the way? Benedict XVI’s open-ended question on leaving Benin does not challenge only the ...

Pray for the Pope and for the little ones who suffer

Dear Young Friends, I thank Bishop René-Marie Ehuzu of Port Novo, Director of Social Ministry of the Benin Bishops’ Conference, for his words of welcome. ...

Spiritual renewal missionary consciousness

Your Eminences, Dear Archbishop Ganyé, President of the Episcopal Conference of Benin, Dear Brother Bishops, It is a great joy for me to meet this ...

May Africa be a light to the world

Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the course of this solemn liturgical celebration, we have given thanks to the ...

Cultivate Christian family values

Dear Brothers and Sisters, At the conclusion of this solemn Eucharistic celebration, having been made one in Christ, let us turn with confidence to his ...

From Benin the path of fraternity in justice

Mr President, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Authorities and Dear Friends, My Apostolic Journey to Africa has now come to an end. I thank God ...

We celebrate a king who identifies with the poor and sick

Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, Following in the footsteps of my blessed predecessor Pope John Paul II, it is a great ...

An extended hand

Benedict XVI’s Journey to Benin will live on and the images and words of the Pope on his return to Africa will long be remembered. ...

Open to a modernity rooted in values

Mr President, Your Eminence, Dear President of the Episcopal Conference of Benin, Civil, Ecclesiastical and Religious Authorities, Dear Friends, I thank you, Mr President, for ...

Africa needs servants of hope

Mr President, Distinguished civil, political and religious authorities, Distinguished heads of the diplomatic missions, Dear Brother Bishops, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, [ Solemn greeting ...

Let Christ shine through your life

Your Eminence, Bishop N’Koué, responsible for priestly formation, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear men and women religious, Dear seminarians and lay faithful, Thank you, ...

Under the shelter of Mary's mercy

Your Eminences, Most Reverend Archbishop and Dear Brother Bishops, Reverend Father Rector of the Cathedral, Dear Brothers and Sisters, The ancient hymn, the Te Deum ...

For the justice and good  of all Africans

Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I cordially thank the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterović, ...

Three reasons for a trip of hope

“We should not be afraid of modernity, but it cannot be constructed by forgetting the past.” The Pope, who has just arrived in Benin, has ...

Journeying with the Church in Africa

Perhaps more than ever before, this international trip to Benin - which Benedict XVI will begin on Friday morning, November 18th – is a sign ...

Signs from a seismic land

Cold, mud and fatigue were not enough to dim the signs of light during the eleven hours of Benedict XVI’s Visit to Calabria. The Pope ...

Care for others and for the common good

On Sunday, 9 October, the Holy Father departed from Ciampino Airport, Rome for his Pastoral Visit to Lamezia Terme and Serra San Bruno, in Calabria. ...

More attention to unemployment, youth and disabled persons

On Sunday, 9 October, after celebrating Mass in the former Società Italia Resine area in the industrial suburb of Lamezia Terme, the Holy Father introduced ...

Finding the essential in silence

In the late afternoon on Sunday, 9 October, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of Second Vespers in the Church of the Charterhouse at ...

God respects our freedom

On Sunday morning, 25 September, the Holy Father concelebrated Holy Mass at Freiburg Airport with Archbishop Zollitsch of Freiburg and with the bishops of Germany's ...

Envoys of Christ to always be with him

Dear Seminarians, dear Sisters and Brothers! It is a great joy for me to be able to come together here with young people who are ...

We are all the early Church

Dear Cardinals, Brother Bishops, Distinguished Representatives of Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches! It is a great joy for me that we have come together here ...

That yes at the historical beginnings of our salvation

Dear Brothers and Sisters! At the end of this solemn celebration of holy Mass we now pray the Angelus together. This prayer constantly reminds us ...

From lukewarm Christians to lamps of hope

Dear young friends, Throughout today I have been looking forward to this evening, and to this opportunity to be together with you and to join ...

Confidence for the future of the Church

My dear Mr President of the Federal Republic, Distinguished Representatives of the Federal Government, of Baden Württemburg and its Communities, Dear Brother Bishops, Ladies and ...

How one must change the Church

Mr President of the Federal Republic, Mr Minister President, Mr Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, I am glad to be here ...

The real crisis facing the Church is a crisis of faith

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am grateful for this opportunity to come together, here in Freiburg, with you, the Council Members of the Central Committee ...

The third son

The Pope had announced to journalists on the flight to Berlin the purpose of this third Journey to his homeland since his election as Successor ...

Let us bot break the gift of unity

Dear Sisters and Brothers, “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through them” ...

The great and common task of ecumenism

Dear Brothers and Sisters, As I begin to speak, I would like first of all to say how deeply grateful I am that we are ...

Life as a response to the love of God

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I would like to greet all of you most warmly, all who have come here to Etzelsbach for this time of ...

Benedict XVI meets with victims of abuse

Benedict XVI was “moved and deeply shaken” by the suffering of a group of victims of sex abuse whom he met on Friday evening, 23 ...

Saints change the world

Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Praise the Lord at all times, for he is good.” These are the words that we sang just before the Gospel. ...

With a clear gaze

In the last days of the Second Vatican Council, at the end of a meeting with observers of other Churches and Christian professions, Paul VI ...

Politics at the service of rights and justice

Mr President of the Federal Republic, Mr President of the Bundestag , Madam Chancellor, Madam President of the Bundesrat , Ladies and Gentlemen Members of ...

From the "no" to God contempt for man is born

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, I am truly glad to be taking part in this meeting with you here in Berlin. I warmly thank President ...

We do not believe alone but with the whole Church

Dear Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Sisters and Brothers, As I look around the vast Olympic Stadium, where you have gathered today in large numbers, ...

God has a human face and speaks with us

On Thursday morning, 22 September, the Holy Father flew from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Berlin on his third Apostolic Visit to his homeland. Soon ...

Natural rights of man common ground for religions

Dear Muslim Friends, I am glad to be able to welcome you here, as the representatives of different Muslim communities in Germany. I thank Professor ...

The sun over Germany

It is already possible to extend to the whole journey the poignant image of the sun over Berlin — as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung chose ...

To meet people and to speak to them about God

Mr President of the Federal Republic, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, I am honoured by the kind welcome which you have given to me here ...

Religion and freedom

Many people in Germany are looking forward to the Pope's Visit, despite the discord that is natural in a secularized society, and legitimate if expressed ...

A future for the Church in Europe

This Thursday through Sunday, Benedict XVI returns to Germany for the third time, his first official visit with a message of hope. The Pope, who ...

A scent of confidence before the future of the Church and the world

The Pope arrived shortly before 12 a.m. at the Barajas International Airport in Madrid on Thursday, 18 August. At the Welcome Ceremony after King Juan ...

Responsability for the world and the future

We cannot recover from the crisis which continues to embroil the world if we are not ready to recognize that the economy is not measured ...

A unique civilization

In our times of almost daily excess in the search for easy media consensus, the Pastoral Visit of Benedict XVI to the Diocese of San ...

The life of faith and social commitment

The history of San Marino shows that faith is “a powerful factor for ethical, cultural, social and in some way, political, edification”. The Holy Father ...

The good is born of love and freedom

On Trinity Sunday, 19 June, after presiding at Mass in the Serravalle Stadium during his Pastoral Visit to the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, the Pope ...

Your heart is a window open on the infinite

The last event of the Holy Father’s Pastoral Visit to San Marino-Montefeltro was his meeting with youth. The Holy Father was greeted on his arrival ...

For a peaceful and respectful coexistence

The “specific contribution of civilization” made by the Republic of San Marino down the ages was highlighted by the Holy Father at his official visit ...

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