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Liturgy

 

Seekers of Peace

They are between 13 and 23 years old and they move in large groups through the streets of Rome’s city centre in their hats and ...

A season for doing

The season of Lent is “a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy”. ...

Pope Francis modifies the rubric of the Roman Missal regarding the washing of feet

On Thursday, 21 January, it was announced that Pope Francis ordered the modification of the rubric of the Roman Missal regarding the washing of feet ...

Mary: a door of mercy

The Mariology of Vatican II can contribute — and already is doing so — to bringing Catholics and Protestants to a gentle devotion to the ...

The place that matters

“People do not accept Christ because of love for the Church but they accept the Church because of love for Christ, even a Church disfigured ...

Today the heaven of heavens proclaims her sister

Syro-Oriental tradition, to which the Assyrian Church and the Chaldean Church belong, has outstanding hymnographic texts for celebrations of the Most Holy Virgin Mary. Many ...

Listening to Catherine

In entrusting to the Apostles the task of bringing salvation to all of humanity, Jesus does not take account of human guile, our potential capabilities ...

Who is my neighbour?

On 23 April, an inter-faith funeral service was held in Malta in which 24 of the hundreds of migrants lost in the tragedy last weekend ...

Searching to go forth

Christian vocation is an experience of exodus, of going forward and of the path of Christ's sequela and of service to the brethren. Pope Francis ...

​Don't turn away

At the Regina Caeli on Easter Monday, 6 April, the Pope remembered the many Christians suffering persecution and martyrdom around the world today. His wish ...

Pilgrimage among persecuted Christians

A vigil in a tent in Arbil and Easter Mass in Sulaymaniyah were the last events during Cardinal Fernando Filoni's visit to Iraq. The Prefect ...

Martyrs witnesses to the Resurrection

“Every day in the Middle East, we are witnesses of tragic events that make us even contemporaries of Calvary. But our joy and our faith ...

By name and surname

Jesus gave his life for every man and woman: “for you, for you, for me, for him, for everyone, by name and surname”, Pope Francis ...

The golden rule

When considering the mystery of salvation, East and West are closer than we think. Fr Raniero Cantalamessa said this during his sermon on Friday, 27 ...

Darkness in Tunis

A prayer for the victims of the violence which has struck Tunis and Libya was raised by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for ...

He who dries tears

“Evil will not have the last word because the crucified and risen Christ wins.” Celebrating Holy Thursday Mass in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre ...

Anointed with the oil of gladness

“Anointed with the oil of gladness”. In a few words Pope Francis was able to capture the mission of a priest. This he did in ...

The grand old man behind the scenes

In the divine-human history of the Passion of Jesus, there are many minor stories about men and women who entered into the ray of its ...

The strength of weakness

Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Tanzania, the Central African Republic. There is a long list of areas where Christians still today are enduring persecution, discrimination, ...

Self control and caring for others

"A time ago," writes Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, "a French bishop told me this story. Having been invited to a school during a series of presentations ...

What good news for the modern man

The provisions of the Liturgy Constitution on the use of vernacular liturgical translations produced excitement and high expectations. What did this decision really mean? Where ...

We do not negotiate our fidelity to God

In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday morning 18 October, Pope Francis warned that an insidious snare is running through the world: the snare ...

The water flowing through the Church

We need to pray that the Church always allow the water of grace to flow through her, that she always be founded on Christ and ...

Two icons and a question

On Thursday morning, October 31, Pope Francis celebrated the Holy Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in the chapel of St Sebastian, ...

A special day

In his homily this morning at Holy Mass, Pope Francis preached on Jesus' prayer. Commenting on the day's Gospel passage from St Luke (6:12-19), which ...

The grace of being ashamed

In his homily this morning at Holy Mass, Pope Francis preached about the sacrament of confession. Commenting on the first Reading of the day taken ...

Money helps, Covetousness kills

The following is a synthesis of the homily Pope Francis delivered on Monday morning, 21 October, during the Holy Mass he celebrated in the Chapel ...

Courageous prayer

The following is a synthesis of the homily Pope Francis delivered this morning during the Holy Mass he celebrated in the Chapel of Santa Marta. ...

The strength to overcome indifference

“In the humble sign of Bread and Wine, the Lord Jesus gives himself to us forever and thereby grants the strength to overcome indifference: let ...

The joy of Christian memory

When the memory of the history of salvation wrought by Jesus becomes a simple recollection for a Christian, he loses sight of one of the ...

The humility and strength of the Gospel

“Here in the Vatican today, the Council of Cardinals are beginning their meeting. They are now concelebrating the Mass: Let us ask the Lord that ...

Fear of the Cross

The Cross is frightening. However, following Jesus inevitably means accepting the cross that is placed along every Christian's path. Therefore, we need to ask Our ...

Prayer for peace in the Middle East

Shame before God; prayers to implore divine mercy and unreserved trust in the Lord. Pope Francis' reflection at the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Martae ...

We pray for politicians that they govern us well

A good Christian actively participates in politics and prays that politicians love their people and serve them with humility. This was the Reflection of Pope ...

Contemplating Jesus, meek and suffering

It is not easy for Christians to live according to the principles and virtues inspired by Jesus. “It is not easy, but,” Pope Francis said ...

Christians without fear shame or triumphalism

There are “so many Christians without resurrection”. During the Mass Pope Francis celebrated this morning, Tuesday, 20 September at Santa Marta, he asked the faithful ...

Jesus is hope

It is sad to see priests who have lost hope. For this reason at the Mass he celebrated at Santa Marta this morning, Monday,9 September, ...

Peace is possible

“I ask each party to follow decisively and courageously the path of encounter and negotiation”: Pope Francis tweeted on Monday morning, 9 September, taking up ...

You cannot be a Christian without Jesus

There is no Christian without Jesus. And Jesus is not present if a “Christian” listens to commands that do not lead to Christ or do ...

The grace of joy

Being Christian means having the joy of belonging completely to Christ, “the one spouse of the Church”, and going to Him the way one would ...

A gentle, humble light, full of love

Humility, meekness, love and the experience of the Cross are the means with which the Lord defeats evil. And the light that Jesus brought into ...

Renewal without fear

At Mass on Saturday morning, 6 July, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis extended an invitation to the special groups and ...

Mercy, celebration and remembrance

Look at the mercy of Jesus; celebrate with him; keep the “memory” alive of the moment in which we have encountered salvation in our lives. ...

The freedom of God's children

If an “identity card” for Christians existed freedom would certainly feature among their characteristic traits. The freedom of God's children – Pope Francis explained in ...

Touching the wounds to profess Jesus

We must come out of ourselves, we must take human routes if we are to discover that Jesus’ wounds are still visible today on the ...

Touching the wounds to profess Jesus

We must come out of ourselves, we must take human routes if we are to discover that Jesus’ wounds are still visible today on the ...

Praying bravely to the Lord’s heart

If you want to obtain something from God you must “negotiate” with him through insistent and convinced prayer of few words. Pope Francis spoke once ...

The grace of joy and magnanimity

“Intellectuals with no talent, ethicists with no goodness, those who flaunt a museum display type of beauty. These are the types of “hypocrite whom Jesus ...

The Christian’s haste

Christian life must always be restive and never act as a tranquillizer or even less as “a terminal treatment to keep us quiet until we ...

Unmasking the hidden idols

Pope Francis asked the faithful to seek out “the idols hidden in the many recesses in our personality” and to “chase away the idol of ...

Beauty disarms, speaks of God

On 30 May and 1 June, the 11th International Liturgical Congress will be held at the Monastery of Bose on the theme: “The Second Vatican ...

No one must kill in God's name

No one must kill in God's name. Instead each and every one not only can but must do good, whatever faith they profess, for “they ...

Peter’s shame

Being a sinner is not the problem. Rather the problem is not repenting of the sin, not feeling shame for what happened. Pope Francis — ...

Even to the point of trouble

With our witness to the truth, Christians must cause discomfort in “our comfortable structures”, even to the point of ending up “in trouble”, because we ...

The unknown Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is “God active within us,” who “helps us to remember”. On Monday morning, 13 May, Pope Francis — during his homily at ...

Melancholy is not Christian-like

Pope Francis spoke of joy on Friday morning, 10 May, at Mass in the Chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae. He described his high spirits due ...

Joy in forbearance

Joy and the strength of Christian patience make people younger and help them to accept trials and to live patiently through the difficulties of life. ...

The persecution instigated by the prince of this world

Christians are persecuted today more than at the start of Christianity. The originating cause of every persecution is the hate of the prince of the ...

Challenging Jesus

A familiar touch of colour was seen in the assembly of the faithful at the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Friday morning, 3 May, ...

No to ‘slave labour’

Man and his dignity come first. Pope Francis recalled this in his homily at morning Mass on Wednesday, 1 May, in the Chapel of the ...

To be the Church of “yes”

The Church “the community of the yes ”, molded by the Holy Spirit, opposed to the “Church of no ” that compels the Spirit to ...

Far from worldliness

Peace, true peace, cannot be bought. It is a gift of God – a gift he offers to his Church and in order to obtain ...

Blessed shame

The confessional is not a “laundromat” that removes sins. It is not “a torture session” where beatings are inflicted. Confession is indeed a meeting with ...

In the middle of a history of love

The Church is a history of love and are the part of it. That is why when you give too much importance to organization, when ...

A Church free of ideology

Ideology falsifies the Gospel and undermines the Church as well.That is why Pope Francis, during the celebration of morning mass, on Friday, 19 April, in ...

The Spirit is not subdued

“Today is Benedict XVI's birthday. We offer the Mass for him, that the Lord may be with him, comfort him and give him much consolation”. ...

The Golden Rule of Humility

Humility is the “golden rule”. For Christians “advancing” means “lowering one's self”. It is precisely along the humble path, chosen by God himself, that love ...

Faith is not sold

“To find martyrs we don’t need to go to the Catacombs or to the Colosseum: today martyrs are alive in a great many countries. Christians ...

With the people on his shoulders

“A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed”. In order to completely understand “anointed” it enough to look into the ...

How beautiful it is to be forgiven!

Pope Francis also celebrated Mass on Tuesday morning , 26 March in the Chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae. On this day he wanted with him ...

Called to serve unity

"It is beautiful to reflect today in this Basilica upon the call to unity." The Dean of the College of Cardinals Angelo Sodano in spoke ...

From a humble worker to a humble pastor

In the week that precedes Lent the Byzantine liturgy sings this troparion: “In vain do you rejoice in not eating, my soul! You abstain from ...

The liturgy is a service and participation in God's action

The liturgy is a service “on behalf of the people and participation in “God's action”. The Pope said this at the General Audience on Wednesday, ...

A pause for prayer

A brief pause in work and activities to remember Jesus and his love for humanity. A short interlude, even if it is preceded by the ...

What is an equivalent canonization

On Thursday, 10 May, Pope Benedict XVI extended to the Universal Church the liturgical worship in honour of St Hildegard of Bingen. This is a ...

Innovations in the rite for the creation of new Cardinals

The rite for Ordinary Public Consistories in force until now has been revised and streamlined with the Holy Father’s approval. The principal aim of these ...

The Child and the sign of the cross

Epifaneia in Greek means “manifestation”. However just as time changes peoples' faces, its also transforms words. Languages succeed each other down the centuries, their sounds ...

Today the transfigured Lord renews Adam

In the Western-Syrian tradition, the great feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord highlights with beautiful images the divinity of Christ manifested through his humanity: ...

Breaking the bread and freedom of Jesus

There are three places to return to, or three moments to evoke in understanding the Eucharist: the Last Supper, when it was instituted and began; ...

Lift our eyes and our senses towards the heavenly gates

The Ascension, celebrated forty days after the Resurrection, is one of the great feasts common to all Christian churches. Eusebius of Cesarea spoke of it ...

The Liturgy renews the Church

“ Tradition is a living reality, therefore it includes in itself the principle of development and of progress”. The Holy Father said this to the ...

Do not forsake the Cross the Cross will carry you

The meditations on the Way of the Cross, at which Benedict XVI presided on Good Friday, 22 April, were written by Sr Maria Rita Piccione, ...

Fasting and almsgiving the wings of prayer

On Ash Wednesday, 9 March, at the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father reflected on the spiritual journey which started ...

The man who waits

On 28 November, the first day of Advent, before praying the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father commented on ...

For unborn life

On Saturday evening, 27 November, in St Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father presided at the celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, ...

The Liturgy a great school of spirituality

On Wednesday, 29 September, at the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Holy Father commented on St Matilda of Hackeborn (Mechthild von Hackeborn), a ...

Priestly prayer an examination of conscience for the Church

On Holy Thursday afternoon, 1 April, the Holy Father went to the Basilica of St John Lateran. Here, celebrating the Mass of the Lord's Supper ...

Blessed are your guests, beautiful city of Cana

Lent in the Western Syriac tradition is preceded by a tradition that begins with the Fast of the Ninevites, which has as its reference and ...

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