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Pope Francis

 

Francisco and Jacinta Marto to be Saints

Francisco and Jacinta Marta, two visionaries of Our Lady at Fatima, are to be canonized. During an audience with the Prefect of the Congregation of ...

Closeness to Peru after devastating floods

Pope Francis is close to the “beloved population of Peru, severely affected by devastating floods” that lashed the country for at least a week. After ...

Listening and dialogue

In a world that is becoming accustomed to a lifestyle that is less than human, characterized by “widespread indifference”, increasingly “virtual and less personal” means ...

Help for the people of Syria

Prayer and solidarity united Pope Francis and the Roman Curia with war torn Aleppo during the week of spiritual exercises which closed on Friday, 10 ...

Time to say ‘no’

’“Lent is the time for saying no. No to the spiritual asphyxia born of the pollution caused by indifference ... and by every attempt to ...

From slavery to freedom

Lent should be lived as a “journey of hope” which leads Christians “from slavery to freedom”. This reminder was at the heart of the Holy ...

In defence of children

“I would like us to renew our complete commitment” to ensure that the atrocities committed against minors “no longer take place in our midst. Let ...

​The virtue of the little ones

“Hope is the virtue of the little ones”, because “the great ones ... do not know what it is”. Thus, Christian hope is the focal ...

One step forward each day

We “convert every day, a step forward each day”: this is the journey that Christians are called to make during the Advent period. That’s what ...

The true door is open wide

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy solemnly concluded with the image of Pope Francis closing the heavy doors of the Vatican Basilica on Sunday morning, ...

Misericordia et Misera

At the end of the Angelus on Sunday, 20 November, Pope Francis signed his Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera (Mercy with Misery) addressed to the ...

An act of clemency

At the Angelus on Sunday, 6 November, following the Mass for the occasion of the Jubilee for Prisoners, Pope Francis made an appeal “in favour ...

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 ...

Aid to the people of Haiti

Through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Pope Francis has sent a first contribution of 100,000 dollars to assist the peoples of the Caribbean — particularly ...

A common path

It is with sentiments of heartfelt closeness that i join all those who celebrate, with joy and jubilation, the twenty-fifth anniversary this year of the ...

Technology used as tools

It is not enough that young people learn to use new technologies, they must learn to use them “as tools, thus enabling them to bring ...

Dialogue and respect for coexistence in the Caucasus

“That all of the peoples of the Caucasus may live in peace and mutual respect”: this was the wish expressed by Pope Francis following his ...

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 greatest treasure

“You are the greatest treasure of our homeland”: with these words the Pope addressed the people of Argentina on the occasion of the country’s Bicentenary ...

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 ...

Legacy of peace

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, key architect of the Oslo Accords and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on Wednesday, 28 September at Sheba hospital in ...

For the loved and tormented nation of Syria

An “appeal to the consciences of those responsible for the bombing” in Syria, “who will have to give an account before God”, was made by ...

The sickness of indifference

Pope Francis assured the “beloved Mexican people” of his prayers “that the violence, which in recent days has even affected several priests, may cease”. At ...

Two pillars

To “forgive” and to“give”: these are the two “pillars” of Christian life and, in particular, of the witness of mercy to which every believer is ...

The Day of Peace

Pope Francis was in Assisi for the Day of Prayer for Peace with religious leaders from around the world, an event which took place 30 ...

True freedom and new forms of slavery

For the sake of a “false freedom” man today remains a prisoner of “new forms of slavery” and rejects the gift of redemption that comes ...

No obstacle to mercy

Jesus did not come to punish sinners but to proclaim the mercy of God and to invite everyone to convert. This was the theme of ...

Woman of mercy

Mother Teresa was “a generous dispenser of divine mercy” among the “abandoned and discarded”. She raised her voice before the powerful of the world “so ...

Ecumenical vespers

The planet needs care, attention, good will on everyone’s part, because each person can, in little ways, save it from destruction, pollution and intensive exploitation. ...

For the dignity of women

“We are all on guard, even Christian communities, of views of femininity that are affected by prejudice and detrimental suspicions of their intangible dignity”. Pope ...

I will come to you

Pope Francis will visit the people impacted by the earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy, so as to personally bring them “the comfort of ...

Pope Francis present with his prayers on national day of mourning

Pope Francis “was present with his prayers on this national day of mourning”. This was underlined by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on the ...

Prayers for the victims of the earthquake

Pope Francis prayed for the victims and for all those who are suffering in the wake of the earthquake that devastated central Italy: his remembrance ...

Moved by compassion and sorrow

Within hours of an earthquake that devastated areas of central Italy early Wednesday morning, 24 August, Pope Francis expressed “heartfelt sorrow” and “closeness to all ...

Through the narrow door

Pope Francis expressed his sorrow over the brutal massacre that occurred Saturday night, in which over 50 people were killed — including many children — ...

In the other person’s shoes

A “true meeting” always requires a “willingness to put yourself in the other person’s shoes in order to understand, beneath the surface, what stirs his ...

Capable of compassion

Serve others with the same compassion that Jesus had towards the people who followed him: this is the mission of every believer, who is called ...

At the table with Francis

At the table with Francis. On Thursday, 11 August, Pope Francis had lunch in the Casa Santa Marta with the 21 Syrian refugees who have ...

From the heart to the hands

Mercy “is a journey which starts in the heart in order to arrive at the hands”. This was explained by Pope Francis at the General ...

In the footsteps of Saint Francis

On Tuesday morning, 9 August, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the Convent of St Francis in Carsoli in the province of L'Aquila. He ...

The price of the conflict in Syria

“It is unacceptable that so many defenceless people — even many children — must pay the price of the conflict” in Syria. The Pope chose ...

A Jesuit among the Friars

This day would be spent as a “Jesuit among the Friars”, Pope Francis said, as he began a very full schedule on Thursday, 4 August. ...

Olympiad of solidarity

The true Olympic prize is not a medal but achieving “a civilization in which solidarity reigns”. Pope Francis expressed this hope at Wednesday’s General Audience, ...

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 ...

General facts about WYD

General facts about WYD: on the first night spent in Krakow, where Pope Francis arrived Wednesday, 27 July, he immediately entered into the atmosphere 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 ...

Violence against the innocent

“At this time our souls are once again shocked by the sad news of deplorable acts of terrorism and violence, which have caused pain and ...

A thundering silence

On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp as part of his journey to Poland, the President of the Union of ...

Witness of divine mercy

On Friday, 22 July, the Church celebrates the Feast of St Mary Magdalene. With this decision, in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope ...

May God disperse all plans of terror

May God “disperse every plan of terror and of death, that man no longer dare to shed the blood of a brother”. This was the ...

Respect for indigenous peoples

Pope Francis became “a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples” in the message disseminated in recent days on his Worldwide Prayer Network, the ...

The mission of the poor

“Pray for the perpetrators of your poverty, that they may convert”. This is the “mission” that Pope Francis entrusted to the 200 participants on pilgrimage ...

Peace in Syria is possible

“I encourage all... to proclaim with strength that peace in Syria is possible! Peace in Syria is possible!”: Pope Francis expressed this hope twice in ...

Blinded by hate

“Let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of the violent blinded by hate”: this was the appeal for prayer that Pope Francis launched ...

Ecumenism of choirs

A prayer in Chinese “for persecuted Christians” and that all political leaders might work towards justice and peace: this characterized the Mass Pope Francis celebrated ...

​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 ...

A place for everyone

“Today these young people accompany me. So many people think that it would be better if they stayed in their land, but they suffer so ...

An offence to the inviolability of life

Pope Francis expressed his hope that the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty “give new impulse to the effort to abolish capital punishment”. The ...

Stories and faces should be welcomed

Following Christ, denying ourselves and taking up our cross, always involves “losing in order to win”. Pope Francis said these words at the Angelus on ...

Close to priests in difficulty

For both young priests in vocational crisis and elderly priests with serious health problems, Pope Francis' fatherly closeness is the same: we saw this expressed ...

With Gospel realism

It is important to look at the family today with “Gospel realism” that does not stop “at describing situations, problems much less sin”, but manages ...

Works that will last

"I want to urge all men and women of goodwill throughout the world to carry out a work of mercy in every city, in every ...

Behind the tears and blood

Christ is “our peace, and he knocks on the door of our hearts in the Middle East, as well as in India and Ukraine”. Pope ...

The Church rejuvenates

It would be a mistake to oppose a Church “of charity” to a Church “of the institution,” for “charistmatic gifts” and the “hierarchical gifts” proceed ...

The medicine of a smile

For the first time in St Peter's Square, the Gospel reading was also dramatized by a group of people with intellectual disabilities, so that the ...

Do not grow accustomed to waste and hunger

The lack of food is not “the result of blind fate” but of a “selfish and wrong distribution of resources”. These were Pope Francis’ words ...

A matter of justice

On Saturday morning, 11 June, Pope Francis addressed the participants in a summer course organized by the Vatican Observatory, reminding them how diversity enriches scientific ...

Like living water

A new invitation to continue “towards the goal of Christian unity” was launched by Pope Francis to a delegation from the World Communion of Reformed ...

A Christian’s battery

If a Christian succumbs to the temptation of a “mirror spirituality”, he is not fueling his light with the “battery of prayer” and looks “only ...

Solidarity in cities

“That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find – even within the huge cities of the world – opportunities for encounter ...

In the school of the good shepherd

“It is a great opportunity to renew ourselves, to regain this fragrance of the Good Shepherd, sharing it with our people in order to receive ...

Priests who run

In an audience with participants of the Little Work of Divine Providence’s General Chapter, which took place on Friday morning, 27 May, in the Clementine ...

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 ...

Let us hear the cry of the victims

“Let us hear the cry of the victims and those suffering. Let us allow them to teach us a lesson in humanity”. Pope Francis addressed ...

Pieces of the Egyptair plane discovered

The Egyptian Armed Forces have announced that pieces of the wreckage of the Egyptair plane which disappeared yesterday have been found. According to spokesperson, Brigadier ...

The silent cry of the poor throughout the ages

In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man the Pope finds “the silent cry of the poor throughout the ages and the contradictions of ...

Our Christian duty to Europe

Migration, , Islam, the laity, France, missionaries, the abuse crisis, the possibility of reintegration of the Lefebvrists into the Church, and the family: these were ...

Celebrating imperfection

“Celebrating imperfection”, because no disabled person should be discriminated against, is the founding idea of L'Arche (The Ark), founded by Jean Vanier in 1964. And ...

An economy of exclusion and inequality

“An economy of exclusion and inequality” produces an ever-growing number of “the disenfranchised and those discarded as unproductive and useless”. In denouncing these injustices, Pope ...

​Women in the life of the Church

Including women in the life of the Church and considering the obstacles they still face, the role played by consecrated women and by the International ...

​A woman’s point of view

Including women in the life of the Church and considering the obstacles they still face, the role played by consecrated women and by the International ...

An ocean of desolation

“How many tears are shed every second in our world; each is different but together they form, as it were, an ocean of desolation that ...

The Dream of a Son

The Charlemagne Prize was conferred upon Pope Francis in a simple, straightforward, and sober ceremony, according to his wishes. In fact, the speeches given in ...

What has happened to Europe's soul?

What has happened to “the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom”; to the old continent, “the home of poets, philosophers, ...

Access to care for all

Increasing sensitivity, scientific research and above all access to care: these were the three aspects upon which the Pope wished to reflect in confronting the ...

It is the hour of the laity

In the life of Latin-American people “it is the hour of the laity, and “it seems the clock is standing still”: Pope Francis writes to ...

Happiness is not an app

“Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought: it is not an ‘app’ that you can download on your phones”. This was Pope Francis’ ...

​For the Feast of St George

In the vast iconography of St George there is a special place reserved to Vasilij Landinskij, and it is with the characterstic colours of the ...

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 ...

Best wishes to Benedict XVI on his eighty-ninth birthday

“We are on our way to encounter the largest humanitarian disaster since the Second World War.” Pope Francis said this in a meeting with journalists ...

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 ...

Closeness and solidarity

Francis will travel on Saturday, 16 April, to the island of Lesbos “in order to express closeness and solidarity both to the displaced people and ...

Non violence is a weapon for peace

Pope Francis called for “the active witness of non-violence” to work “as a ‘weapon’ to achieve peace” in his message to a conference organized by ...

Freedom for people seized in war zones

An appeal “for the liberation of all people who have been seized in areas of armed conflict” was launched by Pope Francis at the Regina ...

Capable of looking them in the eye

Francis will visit Armenia from 24 to 26 June and, from 30 September to 2 October, he will travel to Georgia and Azerbaijan.A statement released ...

A crime against humanity

“The grave issue of modern slavery and human trafficking”, which “continues to be a scourge throughout the world today”, is a true “crime against humanity”. ...

Mission for Ukraine

During the Regina Caeli on Sunday, 3 April, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary initiative for those suffering the consequences of violence in Ukraine. Thus a ...

​Just compensation for small farmers

“Thank you, small farmer. What you do is essential for the life of all”. Pope Francis thus begins his video message on the Pope Video ...

Two events for the Feast of Divine Mercy

Mercy is not an abstract concept; moreover, it is like “the embrace of a dad and mom with their child”. It is something tangible that ...

​With the eyes of faith

On Saturday morning, 2 April, Pope Francis presided at the Rite of Committal and final Commendation at the Altar of the Chair, at the end ...

The ocean and the snow

God in his goodness “does not hide the sin but destroys and blots it out”. Indeed, “he blots it out from the very root, not ...

Stop the hands of the violent

“Stop the hands of the violent, who spread terror and death; and may for love, justice and reconciliation to reign in the world”. The Pope ...

​Pope Francis’ Easter

The mercy of God is the only response to the many wounds of mankind: in the Easter message to the city and the world on ...

All the crosses of humanity

In Christ's cross we see the faces of thousands suffering today. This cross is the “symbol of divine love and of human injustice, icon of ...

Behind Judas

Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, 24 March, at a reception centre for people seeking asylum [the Centro ...

A step each day

“A mercy in motion” which “each day seeks to make progress, taking small steps forward” is the dynamic of God’s love, which Pope Francis pointed ...

​Cruel abominations

Pope Francis requested a collective ‘Hail Mary’ along with silent prayer “for the victims, for the injured, for the families and for all the people ...

Shirking responsibility

During the Passion, Jesus is denied “every form of justice” and experiences indifference “in his own flesh”. Thus Pope Francis sees reflected in the image ...

@Franciscus and the path of tenderness

“I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along the path of mercy and the tenderness of God”. In just a ...

@Franciscus on Instagram

Pope Francis is now on Instagram. With the name @Franciscus, the Pontiff will post on Saturday, 19 March, his first photograph on the popular image-sharing ...

A call to humanity

Taking care of others, “regardless of their background or circumstances”, is not only “a mark of Christians”, but is rather a “universal call, rooted in ...

​New podiatrist service

Calluses – known as hyperkeratosis in the world of science –, ingrown fingernails and toenails, hypertrophied feet are among the ailments that can now be ...

Support for families in difficulty

“The family is one of the most precious assets of humanity, but is it not perhaps the most vulnerable?”. Pope Francis asked this in a ...

​The closeness of the Church

The following is a translation of the Rescriptum ‘ex audientia’ pertaining to the Apostolic Letters ‘motu proprii’ of 15 August 2015, “Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus” ...

A door always open

God “always leaves the door open to hope”. Extemporaneously, the Pope added that “always” to his prepared text for the General Audience on Wednesday, 2 ...

Doctors for the homeless

A sign which reads “medical-health care clinic” is posted on a wooden door situated in the colonnade of St Peter's Square. It is Pope Francis' ...

Ecumenism of martyrs

“The ecumenism of the martyrs is a summons to us, here and now, to advance on the path to ever greater unity”. Pope Francis spoke ...

Heart and compass

Charity is the “beating heart” in the life of the Church and the “compass” which orients our steps. Pope Francis spoke on Friday morning, 26 ...

​Power play

When the dimension of service is lost, “power transforms into arrogance and becomes domination and oppression”, nourishing the “underhanded dealings of human beings”. Pope Francis ...

A courageous act

A “call to the consciences of those who govern, so that they come to an international consensus aimed at abolishing the death penalty” and a ...

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 ...

A pastoral text

On the flight to Mexico City, the Pope spoke to journalists about his meeting with Kirill. The following is a translation of the transcript of ...

​Unity is found on the journey

After signing the declaration, the Patriarch and the Pope gave two brief addresses. The following is the English text of the Pope's words in Spanish. ...

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 ...

We are brothers and bishops

“We are not competitors but brothers”. Motivated by this conviction – which is written in black and white in the Common Declaration signed on Friday ...

​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 ...

​The Pope minute by minute

An extended multimedia platform which includes the web, Twitter, Facebook,YouTube, Instagram, has been launched by the Department of Press and Communications of the Latin American ...

​At Last

“At last”. The first words Francis said after his historic embrace with Kirill told how much he had looked forward to this long-awaited moment. “We ...

We can work together

The following is a translation of the address given by Patriarch Kirill in Russian.Your Holiness, Your Excellencies, Dear Brothers and Sisters, Ladies and Gentleman,For two ...

Physical and spiritual strength

“It will be a long and difficult journey” and “it will require physical and spiritual strength”, Patriarch Kirill said, before boarding a helicopter on Thursday ...

​Before the remains of St Pio and St Leopold

Joining with the many pilgrims who are visiting the Vatican Basilica in recent days, Pope Francis also prayed before the mortal remains of Fr Pio ...

A work of mercy

On Saturday morning, 6 February, in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father met with Padre Pio prayer groups and pilgrims from the “Casa sollievo della ...

For the care of creation

A call to commit to the care of creation, a gift freely-given, to be cultivated and protected for future generations: this was the content of ...

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 ...

On the field for peace

Pope Francis announced that on 29 May another “Match for Peace” will be played at Rome's Olympic Stadium, following the one on 1 September 2014. ...

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 ...

Another kind of justice

“God does not want our condemnation, but our salvation”; the “Lord of mercy” was the heart of the Pope’s reflection during the General Audience on ...

The Year of Consecrated Life concludes

The Year of Consecrated Life, which began on 30 November 2014, ended with prayer and gratitude. On Tuesday afternoon, 2 February, the Feast of the ...

Encounter through dialogue

Pope Francis expressed his “admiration” for the Chinese people in an interview granted to the journalist Francesco Sisci on the news site Asia Times. “For ...

Rediscover how to draw near to others

The work of doctors and nurses is not just a profession but above all a service. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, President of the Pontifical Council for ...

A reserve of gold and silver

We are all “precious gems in the the hands of the good and merciful Father”. Moreover, we are “his personal ‘reserve of gold and silver’, ...

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”. ...

Unity on the journey

Within hours of the announcement that Pope Francis would meet with Lutherans in Sweden to celebrate the beginning of the fifth centenary of the Protestant ...

Pope Francis to go to Sweden for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis will travel to Sweden on 31 October to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This historic announcement was issued by the Holy ...

The poor at the centre

The poor are “at the centre of the Gospel”. Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful in St Peter's Square on Sunday, 24 January. ...

Networks of mercy

“Communication and Mercy: a fruitful encounter” is the theme for Pope Francis' message for the 50th World Day of Social Communications, which will be celebrated ...

God’s dream

“The family is founded upon an indissoluble, unitive and procreative marriage and belongs to God’s “dream”, and that of the Church, for the salvation of ...

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 ...

Do not forget the poor

“There is a need to create new models of doing business which, while promoting the development of advanced technologies, are also capable of using them ...

​Mercy is stronger than division

On Wednesday morning, 20 January, the Holy Father greeted the thousands of people gathered in the Paul the VI Hall for the General Audience. Pope ...

An established custom

Any act repeated three times becomes chazaq, an established custom. Thus, after cordially welcoming Pope Francis to the Great Synagogue of Rome, Chief Rabbi Riccardo ...

​Francis at the Major Temple of Rome

On Sunday, 17 January, the day which, in Italy, dialogue between Catholics and Jews is celebrated, Pope Francis visited the Major Temple of Rome as ...

For a new humanism of work

We must “form, educate [others] in a new humanism of work, where man, and not profit, is at the centre; where the economy serves man ...

Still together, on a new path

The following is a translation of an article published in the January issue of the Italian Jewish journal “Pagine ebraiche. Il giornale dell’ebraismo italiano”.At a ...

Called by name

“Build daily, even through little things, a world of peace”. The Pope entrusted this task to the participants of the Jubilee for young boys and ...

The principles of humanity must not be lost

In his speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis dedicated the most significant passages to “the grave crisis of migration ...

​The Pope baptizes 26 infants

The cries of the 26 babies (13 boys and 13 girls) baptized by Pope Francis composed the “sound track” to the Mass he celebrated in ...

​Pope Francis in Greccio

On Monday afternoon, 4 January, Pope Francis was driven to the birthplace of the nativity scene. There in the Shrine of Greccio, he gathered himself ...

Commitment against indifference

Put into practice, with God’s help, the commitment undertaken at new year’s to “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace”. This was Pope Francis’ exhortation at the ...

​Saved by a Child

With the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square for the last General Audience of 2015, Pope Francis spoke about Christmas and addressed a special thought ...

The mercy that frees us

“Only God’s mercy can free humanity from the many forms of evil, at times monstrous evil, which selfishness spawns in our midst”. At Christmas in ...

Merry Christmas

Exultemus in die salutis nostrae (“Let us rejoice in the day of our salvation”). Pope Francis chose these words – taken from St Leo the ...

​On 1 January Pope Francis will open the Holy Door of the Basilica of St Mary Major

At 5 pm on Friday, 1 January 2016, the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy Mother of God, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door of ...

A catalogue of needed virtues

A “catalogue of needed virtues for those who serve in the Curia” and those who “would like to make their consecration or service to the ...

Called to set an example

In Pope Francis’ Christmas address to the Curia he could not help but refer to the fundamental words of Paul VI in 1963, who spoke ...

The non-violent answer

“Cumpleaños feliz! Happy Birthday to you”. The children and youth of Italian Catholic Action celebrated with Pope Francis on Thursday morning, 17 December, on the ...

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 Jubilee of the Council

In order to emphasize the decisions Vatican II and disseminate them throughout the Church, at the conclusion of the Council Paul VI called for an ...

Everything begins with a gaze

Each vocation in the Church has its origin in “the compassionate gaze of Jesus”. Pope Francis recalled this in the message he wrote for the ...

My Africa

“The coexistence of wealth and poverty is a scandal, it is a disgrace for humanity”. Pope Francis made this denunciation just hours after concluding his ...

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 ...

​A prelude to the Jubilee

Today Bangui became the “spiritual capital of the world!”. Pope Francis’ impassioned announcement is also one for the entire Church as she prepares for the ...

​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 ...

​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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Holy Father to visit the Great Synagogue of Rome

Following the invitation of the Chief Rabbi and Jewish community of Rome, Pope Francis will pay a visit to the Great Synagogue on Sunday afternoon, ...

Strength for the weak

In a video message to the National Eucharistic Congress of India — which is being celebrated from 12 to 15 November in Mumbai in the ...

Around the dinner table

Conviviality is “a sure thermometer for measuring the health of relationships”, the Pontiff said, as he met with the faithful at the General Audience in ...

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 ...

The reforms move forward

It is “a crime” to steal “the Holy See’s confidential documents”, said clearly at the end of the Angelus on Sunday, 8 November, in St ...

Work, home and earth

The Pope granted an interview to Straatnieuws, a newspaper published by the homeless in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and it was picked up by other worldwide ...

​Human ecology

“May we Hindus and Christians, together with people of all religious traditions and good will, always foster a culture which promotes human ecology”: this was ...

A training ground for giving and forgiving

The Pope characterized the family as “a great training ground” for “mutual giving and forgiving”, as he spoke to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s ...

The serpent on the cross

During the celebration of suffrage at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday, 3 November, the Pontiff recalled the cardinals, archbishops ...

Francis prays at the tombs of his Predecessors

On All Souls Day, Pope Francis prayed at the tombs of his Predecessors in St Peter’s Basilica. At 6 pm on Monday afternoon, 2 November, ...

​Letter from the Pope to Cardinal Parolin

Pope Francis called for “the observance of common norms” in order to “to guarantee the correct procedure of the work” in the Roman Curia and ...

It's time to turn the page

“We do not want to witness family tragedies in which children die from cold or are burnt in fires, or who become objects in the ...

​Just as at the Council

Why has the Synod that just concluded stirred long unseen interests and passions, and not only within the Catholic Church? Surely, the theme of the ...

Peace for Iraq and Syria devastated by hatred

The Pope renewed his “heartfelt appeal to the international community to adopt every useful strategy aimed at bringing peace to countries terribly devastated by hatred”. ...

Broad horizons

A Church with broader horizons and which does not “rubberstamp”, but instead “draws from the sources of her faith living waters to refresh parched hearts”. ...

New dicastery for laity, family and life

On Thursday afternoon, 22 October, at the beginning of the general congregation of the Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father made the following announcement: “I ...

False information

The unfounded news regarding the Pope's health spread yesterday evening in a completely irresponsible way by Italian newspapers. Thousands of people in St Peter's Square ...

Welcome to your home

After attending the Synod on Thursday evening, 15 October, Pope Francis greeted the 30 homeless men staying at the shelter Dono di misericordia in Rome. ...

​Say ‘no’ to poverty and exclusion

Pope Francis expressed a twofold ‘no’ to poverty and exclusion, and renewed the appeal for all to be guaranteed the material and spiritual goods that ...

A barbaric act

“The news of the terrible massacre in Ankara, Turkey”, deeply saddened Pope Francis, who at the Angelus on Sunday, 11 October, assured “the beloved country” ...

Do not limit the horizon

On Tuesday morning, 6 October, the Synod assembly concluded its discussion of Part I of the Instrumentum laboris, dedicated to the theme: “Considering the challenges ...

An open and participatory debate

The next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the theme of the family, will be structured in a way that allows ...

​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 ...

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 ...

​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 ...

From tent to parish

Initiatives following Pope Francis' appeal at the Angelus on Sunday, 6 September, to welcome refugees into parishes, religious communities, monasteries and shrines, are increasing in ...

​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 ...

An ocean of pain

“No one can pretend not to know” the “ocean of pain” caused by the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and other nearby countries, nor can we ...

The golden knot

“The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the Synod of Bishops here in Rome” correspond “to the universal dimension of Christianity as well as ...

The Gospel in the hearts of men and women

During the Extraordinary Consistory last February, after I greeted the Pope Francis before the start of the first session, he turned to me and said: ...

Reject worldliness

Follow Jesus on his “uncomfortable path that is not of success or of passing glory, but one which takes us to the true freedom, freedom ...

​Pope Francis reforms the canonical process for annulments

With these new motu proprios, Pope Francis is not only reforming but in a sense re-establishing the canonical process for annulments. Mitis iudex Dominus Iesus ...

A refugee family in every parish

A refugee family in every parish, monastery, shrine and community of religious in Europe. This was the Pope's appeal on Sunday, 6 September, in the ...

​In the United States to be close to the people

“Meeting you fills me with hope. I am praying for you, for all the people of the United States, and I ask you to please ...

Everything is a caress of God

«Laudato sie, mi’ Signore / cum tucte le tue creature, / spetialmente messor lo frate sole, / lo quale è iorno, et allumini noi per ...

​An encounter with his mercy

The Extraordinary Jubilee opening on 8 December will be “a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God” . Pope Francis stated this in ...

Prayer and works for the care of Creation

“Today is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Let us work and pray”. This tweet was posted by Pope Francis on ...

Crimes that offend humanity

We must prevent the recurrence of the horrible tragedies that befall migrants, as have occurred in recent days. Pope Francis launched yet another heartfelt appeal ...

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 ...

Respect for the commitment for peace in Ukraine

Concerned over the embitterment of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Pope Francis addressed a new appeal for peace to the parties, invoking respect fro the ...

Response to the drama of migrants

“Migrants and refugees challenge us. The response of the Gospel of mercy”. This is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the next World Day ...

​Work gives dignity

“Work is sacred” and “gives dignity to a family”. This was reaffirmed by Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 19 August, in the ...

The great believer

“Faith is the heart of Mary’s entire story: she is the believer, the great believer”. This was emphasized by Pope Francis on Saturday, 15 August, ...

The Angelus on the Assumption for the first time in St Peter’s Square

“Mary is full of grace. She is a sure refuge for us in times of temptation”. With this Tweet posted on @Pontifexon Thursday, 13 August, ...

Never slaves to work

We “must never be slaves to work, but ‘lords’” of our work. Thus cautioned Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 12 August. Thousands ...

The hundredth sheep

“The Gospel for today’s liturgy speaks of the man who leaves 99 sheep to search for the 100th, which has disappeared. This is the charity ...

Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has established the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation which, beginning this year, will be celebrated on 1 September in ...

Respect is stronger than conflict

Forcing people out to sea as they flee from one country to another, seeking to be welcomed – as happened to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar ...

The silence of the innocent

“Many times have I wanted to give voice to the the unspeakable, inhuman and inexplicable persecution of those who in many parts of the world ...

The Pope's sadness at the death of Cardinal Baum

U.S. Cardinal William Wakefield Baum died in Washington on Thursday, 23 July, at the age of 88 after a long illness. His funeral will be ...

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 ...

For dignity in every stage of life

More than 300,000 postcards will be distributed to parishioners in England and Wales this weekend offering guidance about end of life decisions. This initiative is ...

An urban alliance for sustainable development

Mayors from cities ranging from Vatican City to New York have launched an urban alliance for sustainable development. The official inauguration will take place at ...

The great resources of Latin America

Pope Francis emphasized that “the Latin American Continent has great human and spiritual potential”, as he addressed the crowd in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, ...

Laudato Si' in Malayalam

L'Osservatore Romano's collaborators in India, Carmel International Publishing House (CIPH), are proud to present a translation of the Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si’ , in Malayalam. ...

Always go out

“I am counting on you to go out and not return. Always be missionary. The Church in Argentina proposed this and this is the Pope's ...

From the Virgin of Caacupé to Salus Populi Romani

From the Marian Shrine of Caacupé to the Basilica of St Mary Major. After celebrating Mass on Saturday, 11 July, Francis entrusted Paraguay to the ...

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. ...

​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 ...

​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 ...

Almost a short encyclical

Events during Pope Francis’ visit in Bolivia have thus far been yet another confirmation of the innovative and fundamental character of his travels. Consistent with ...

​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”. ...

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 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, ...

An angel at the door

Still today in many parts of the world Christians are subjected to “atrocious, inhuman and incomprehensible persecutions”, which are “often under the silent gaze of ...

Jewish roots

The Conciliar Declaration “Nostra Aetate” represents “a definitive ‘yes’ to the Jewish roots of Christianity and an irrevocable “no” to anti-Semitism”. The Holy Father affirmed ...

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI as the latter leaves for Castel Gandolfo

Tuesday, 30 June. Pope Francis went to the Benedict XVI's residence in the Vatican Gardens to greet him and wish him a good stay in ...

Synodality and service

Reaching full unity, “ represents one of my main concerns”: this was declared by Pope Francis in an audience granted Saturday morning, 27 June, to ...

Person-to-person

His Holiness and Beatitude Pope Francis of Elder Rome: rejoice in the Lord.It is with delight and thanksgiving to the God in Trinity that we ...

​From the roots to the future

Silent prayer before the Shroud and the commemoration of the lessons of Don Bosco were the primary motives behind Bergoglio’s visit to Turin, the land ...

​Peace for the Middle East

In the face of “the terrible suffering caused by war, violence and persecutions” against Christians in the Middle East, and the inability of the powers ...

The nearest hospital

The hidden heroism of families who help their loved ones with a generous spirit of sacrifice was the focus of the Holy Father’s catechesis at ...

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 possible path

“The Eucharist, source of love for the life of the Church, is the school of charity and solidarity”. Pope Francis said this at the Angelus ...

The past and future

From Tirana to Sarajevo, Pope Francis’ visits throughout Europe clearly show his choice to go where not so long ago there was the greatest suffering. ...

​Free from corruption

“The Eucharist is not a prize for the good, but is strength for the weak, for sinners”, the only true antidote capable of freeing mankind ...

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”. ...

When we make the sign of the Cross

In Christian life, everything revolves around the Trinity. This was the crux of Pope Francis’ address at the Angelus on Sunday, 31 May, in St ...

​According to the Spirit

The world needs men and women who are open to the presence of the Spirit. Pope Francis said this at Mass on Pentecost on Sunday ...

The grammar of consecrated life

“For if every baptized person is called to bear witness to the Lord Jesus by proclaiming the faith received as a gift, this is especially ...

He built peace

Archbishop Romero “built peace with the strength of love”, bearing “witness to the faith with his life, totally committed to the extreme”.This was the spiritual ...

Return from exile

“It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile – for they have exiled themselves from bringing up their children – and ...

Dialogue is a path to peace in the Middle East

On 16 May 2015, the Holy Father Francis received in audience Mr Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, who subsequently met with Cardinal ...

Treat one another well

“May I?”, “thank you”, “pardon me”. The “three key expressions for family life” were proposed by Francis to the faithful who took part in the ...

Audience with the President of Cuba

“An honour. The most important visit of my life”. It was in this way that the President of Cuba, Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, defined his ...

No shortcuts

“The pressure of wanting to achieve significant results never must push you to take shortcuts as in the case of doping”. Francis underlined this on ...

Renewed fraternity

“Continue to be models and prophets” with the mission of “reconciling hearts, drawing divided communities together and building renewed fraternity anchored in forgiveness and solidarity”. ...

Wounds of Christ and man

The following is a translation of the transcript of Pope Francis’ answers to questions posed to him by Italian representatives of the Community of Christian ...

Holiness sweeping through the land

A small piece of America in the heart of Rome. This is the Pontifical North American College, standing above St Peter's Square on the Janiculum ...

At the wedding feast

God’s “masterpiece” is the family. And at a wedding feast, Jesus “begins his own miracles with this masterpiece: a man and a woman”. The Pope ...

The homeless take the stage

“An occasion for dialogue and meaningful exchange” with the people of the city about love and solidarity. Pope Francis thus emphasized the meaning of the ...

A bold choice

“Imitate the Father who never tires of forgiving”, Pope Francis said this to the 19 priests who he ordained on Sunday, 26 April, in St ...

The tall tree of faith

“From the deserts of Namibia to the high peaks of Lesotho, the tall tree of faith grew” thanks to the sacrifice of many missionaries, who ...

St George

At the end of every meeting, be it public or private, Pope Francis asks those present to pray for him. And many people around the ...

Ongoing martyrdom

In a message sent to H.H. Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Pope Francis expressed “consternation and sorrow” for the countless events ...

Deploring all forms of anti-Semitism

“Every Christian must be firm in deploring all forms of anti-Semitism, and in showing their solidarity with the Jewish people”. Pope Francis highlighted this on ...

Against modern slavery

“Buddhists and Christians: Together to Counter Modern Slavery” is the title of the message which the Pontifical Council for Interreligius Dialogue sent to Buddhists for ...

It's time to respond

Nine hundred people are feared dead after a terrible shipwreck during the night between Saturday and Sunday along the Libyan coast. This immigration tragedy is ...

Integral development and formation

Gratitude for the support they give to “the ceaseless efforts of the Church to promote the integral development of the human family” and for the ...

​Delegation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious at the Vatican

A meeting with Pope Francis marked the end of difficult course of reconsideration of the role that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious plays in ...

Creativity and courage

“Men and women need to speak to one another more, listen to each other more, get to know one another better, love one another more”, ...

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 ...

​Without memory, a wound keeps bleeding

“Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it!”. Pope Francis gave this warning on Sunday morning, 12 April, ...

In the mark of the nails

“In the mark of the nails” Thomas “found the decisive proof that he was loved, that he was expected, that he was understood”. Pope Francis ...

The face of mercy

Mercy is “the very foundation of the Church’s life”. Thus, the theme of mercy needs to be “proposed again and again with new enthusiasm and ...

​A synthesis of the Christian Faith

This is a synthesis of the Christian faith: the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee of Mercy, which Pope Francis recently announced. And this is ...

Stop violence against women and children

Pope Francis pledges his full support to the commitment to respecting the human rights which are being violated around the world and joins those who ...

A history of faithfulness and resurrection

The long history of faithfulness and the “admirable legacy of spirituality and culture” of the Armenian people were acknowledged by Pope Francis in his address ...

Complicit silence

Good Friday was focused on prayer for Christians persecuted around the world. First in the Vatican Basilica, where in the afternoon the Pope presided at ...

​The Pope's thoughts turn to the poor of Rome

While Pope Francis was presiding at the Via Crucis at the Colosseum, his Almoner brought a sign of Pontiff's love to the poor of Rome. ...

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 ...

Holy demands

The “tiredness of priests” was at the centre of the Pope's reflection during the Chrism Mass he celebrated on Holy Thursday, 2 April. In the ...

​On Saturday, 11 April, the Bull of the Holy Year will be issued

Pope Francis will officially proclaim the Jubilee of Mercy on Saturday afternoon, 11 April. Following his announcement on 13 March, the Holy Father will issue ...

With today's martyrs

On Palm Sunday, Francis' thoughts went to “the martyrs of our own time” for “their lives of fidelity to the Gospel”. “We think too of ...

An exceptional woman

An “exceptional woman” and an “attractive model of total donation to God” is the portrait that Pope Francis painted of Teresa of Jesus in the ...

Homeless in the Pope's home

A surprise meeting for the 150 homeless invited by the Office for Papal Charities to the Vatican Museums on Thursday afternoon, 26 March.Close to 5 ...

The hour of peace

“May the flame of God's love overcome the blazes of war and violence which afflict humanity and may dialogue prevail wherever there is fighting”. With ...

Water for everyone

“Water is the most essential element for life, the future of humanity depends on our capacity to guard and share it”. Pope Francis said this ...

On the first day of spring

Spring couldn’t have gotten off to a better start in Naples, that beautiful and passionate city which welcomed Pope Francis so warmly, as he himself ...

The failure of a State of Rights

“For a State of Rights, the death penalty is a failure, because it obliges the State to kill in the name of justice”. The Pope ...

The Courage of reconciliation

Peace “not only the absence of conflict or the result of political compromise or fatalistic resignation”. It entails “is a daily endeavour, a courageous and ...

What changes the world

A Holy Year dedicated to mercy. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that the entire programme of Pope Francis’ pontificate has revolved around ...

The great pardon

“I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make ...

​Under the sign of mercy

The third year of Francis' pontificate opened under the sign of mercy. On Friday afternoon, 13 March, the anniversary of his election, during the celebration ...

On the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of Vatican II

In St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis announced today, March 13, 2015, the celebration of an “extraordinary Holy Year”. This “Jubilee of Mercy” will commence with ...

Two Years of a Pontificate

Do you like being Pope? Do you like living in Santa Marta? Do you feel alone? These are some of the questions that Pope Francis ...

Poets of prayer

Pope Francis spoke about the role of grandparents in the family and described the prayer of grandparents and the elderly as “a treasure” and “a ...

​Academics on the frontier

“Theology means living on a frontier, one in which the Gospel meets the needs of the people which should be proclaimed in an understandable and ...

​Without women a sterile world

A world which marginalizes women is a “sterile world” because, Pope Francis said “women not only give life, but they also transmit the ability to ...

The Church’s purpose

As Francis enters the third year of his Pontificate, the media’s interest in him has yet to abate. Indeed, coverage of the Pope’s activities continues ...

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran swears in as Camerlengo

Pope Francis received Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, on Monday morning, 9 March, for his swearing-in ceremony as Camerlengo ...

We are the elderly

“Attention to the elderly is what makes the difference in a civilization”: the catechesis on Wednesday, 4 March, at the General Audience in St Peter’s ...

An antidote to violence

Pope Francis paid tribute to “the courage, fidelity and perseverance” of the bishops, priests, consecrated and laypeople who continue to stay in Libya despite the ...

When one plus one makes three

In the Paul VI Hall on Saturday morning, 28 February, Pope Francis received in audience 6,000 members of the Confederation of Italian Cooperatives. The following ...

With a piece of Elijah's mantle

The meditations this morning, Friday 27 February, in Ariccia were the last of the Spiritual Exercises in which the Pontiff and members of the Roman ...

Shed the mask

To undertake a real Lenten journey of conversion, we must first rediscover the “deepest truth about ourselves, come out in the open” and “remove every ...

The geography of Elijah

On Sunday, 22 February, Pope Francis went to to Ariccia to participate in spiritual exercises for Lent at the House of the Divin Maestro of ...

Jesus or evil

“To those who have chosen the way of evil and are affiliated with criminal organizations, I renew a pressing invitation to convert”. Meeting with the ...

Searching for possible peace

Applying “the agreements reached by mutual accord”, respecting “the principle of international legality”, observing the cease-fire and “conditions to avoid resuming hostilities”. This is the ...

The gift of tears

“It will do us good, all of us, but especially us priests, at the beginning of Lent, to ask for the gift of tears, so ...

Adventurers of beauty

“You young people are brave adventurers”. “In encouraging you to rediscover the beauty of the human vocation to love, I also urge you to rebel ...

The only honourable way

The Extraordinary Consistory and the creation of 20 cardinals from literally every part of the world clearly demonstrates Pope Francis’ intent, as the third year ...

At the crossroads of two ways of thinking

It was a celebration in scarlet. Adorned with the cardinal's color, sacred purple, the faithful of different ethnicities and languages assembled in St Peter's Basilica.All ...

A testimony cries out

“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out”. Pope Francis recalled the barbaric killing of a group of Egyptian ...

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 ...

To rid the Church of abuse

“Everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open pathways of reconciliation and ...

The only right word is peace

Pope Francis launched a new appeal for peace in Ukraine at the General Audience on Wednesday, 4 February, in the Paul VI Hall. He asked ...

With a child in your arms

Take Jesus in your arms and let yourself be guided by him on the path of love and service. Pope Francis made this call to ...

To Sarajevo in the sign of peace

The Pope will go to Sarajevo on 6 June. The Holy Father announced this at the Angelus on Sunday, 1 February, in St Peter's Square, ...

Strong hearts overcome indifference

In order to overcome “the globalization of indifference”, we must have a “heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous”, which “realizes its own ...

Ecumenism of blood

The memory of the “the martyrs of today”, who “are witnesses to Jesus Christ”, and “are persecuted and killed because they are Christians”, characterized the ...

For the future of the family

“We are not fighting to defend the past. Rather, with patience and trust, we are working to build a better future”, Pope Francis wrote in ...

The need to witness together

“A shared Christian witness is very much needed in the face of the mistrust, insecurity, persecution, pain and suffering experienced so widely in today’s world”: ...

Defending life and the family

“Every Life is a Gift”. With this tweet in English and Spanish, Pope Francis sent a sign of his virtual participation in the March for ...

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 ...

​Santo Niño Sunday

Manila’s Rizal Park overflowed during the Mass that concluded the Pope’s visit to the Philippines on a feast day cherished by the country’s Catholics, 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 ...

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 ...

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 – ...

​Esteem and true appreciation

On Wednesday, 14 January, Giorgio Napolitano resigned from his office as President of the Republic of Italy. He was elected in 2006 and then in ...

​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 ...

​Collegiality and mission

Facing several doctrinal and pastoral difficulties with a spirit of collegiality in order to arouse in the faithful missionary zeal. This is the goal which ...

The culture of encounter is possible

The “tragic slayings” which took place last Wednesday in Paris is a “tragic consequence” of a culture which rejects the other and “severs the deepest ...

​Francis asks for prayers for his journey to Sri Lanka and The Philippines

“Please pray with me for everyone in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as I begin my trip”. With this Tweet, Pope Francis called the whole ...

​A vow for the future

Half a century ago, Pope Paul VI addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations. It was a moment that poignantly expressed that will for ...

Three solid pillars

The material and spiritual reconstruction of Haiti — devastated five years ago by an earthquake — must rely on “three solid pillars: the human person, ...

Eyes to the blind feet to the lame

Being “eyes to the blind” and “feet to the lame”, taken from the Book of Job (29:15), is the image Pope Francis used to describe ...

A small-scale model of the Church

The Roman Curia and the Body of Christ: The Pope addressed a discourse, both powerful and demanding, shown by its original title, to all the ...

An examination of conscience

The Roman Curia is like a “complex body”: in order to live it needs not only “nourishment” but “care” to treat the diseases and temptations ...

Human rights lawyer

The children of Alicia Oliveira – the first woman criminal magistrate in the history of Argentina, known for always fighting for human rights during the ...

The Gospel of Marriage

The Pope sent a message to all those participating in the preparations for the eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 2015. The following is ...

Nuclear deterrence cannot be the basis for peaceful coexistence

“Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence among peoples and states”. ...

Crimes against humanity

“We will work together to eradicate the terrible scourge of modern slavery in all its forms”. This was the spirit of Francis and several world ...

Ecumenism cannot wait

The following is a translation of the transcribed exchange between Pope Francis and journalists on the return flight from Istanbul, 30 November. The conversation was ...

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 ...

This is the goal

On Wednesday morning, 26 November, the Pope continued his catecheses on the Church and asked all faithful to pray that his visit this Friday to ...

Between dignity and transcendence

The call to place men and women at the heart of Europe's political project – men and women, that is to say, not as “citizens” ...

Memory, courage, utopian vision

To “progress towards the future” we need “memory, courage, a sound and humane utopian vision”: the Pontiff recalled this to the members of the Council ...

To meet the needs

Pope Francis paid an indispensable visit to Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on Tuesday, 25 November, to meet with ...

Behind the Pontiff's addresses in Strasbourg

The trip was short — extremely short — only about four hours on French soil. It was the shortest international visit by a Pontiff in ...

An ulterior step on the path to reforming the Curia

The Pope's meeting with dicastery heads on Monday, 24 November, in the Bologna Hall was an ulterior step on the path to reforming the Roman ...

President Napolitano received by the Pope

In an atmosphere of great cordiality, Pope Francis received the President of the Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, on Friday afternoon, 21 November. Their meeting lasted more ...

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 ...

The family is not an ideology

The family “has a strength with it” and cannot be qualified with “ideological concepts”, such as a “conservative” or “progressive”. Pope Francis recalled this on ...

Absurd violence

Acceptance, temperance, patience, meekness, trustworthiness, goodness of heart: this is “the alphabet, the basic grammar, of every ministry” in the Church. But — Pope Francis ...

The Pope's greeting at a Catholic-Muslim forum

With the invitation to continue on the path of dialogue, Pope Francis greeted on Wednesday, 12 November, a delegation of a Catholic-Muslim forum. Before the ...

Bridges, not walls

Pope Francis called for “bridges, not walls” at the Angelus on Sunday, 9 November – the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall ...

The warm heart of Africa

The greatest contribution that the Church can make to the future of Malawi is a “ thorough and joyful apostolate to families”. Pope Francis underlined ...

United in service

The bishop’s is a ministry that “is not sought, not requested, not bought, but accepted in obedience, not to elevate oneself but to lower oneself”. ...

Creation devastated

When man takes possession of everything, believing he is God, he begins to work devastation and destruction. Celebrating Mass at the Verano Cemetery in Rome ...

Unity begins with a change of heart

“The path towards unity begins with a change of heart, an interior conversion”. Pope Francis emphasized this when he met with a delegation of the ...

A great and powerful spirit

“Benedict XVI: a great Pope”. Francis bestowed a grateful tribute to his Predecessor this morning, Monday, 27 October, when he inaugurated a bronze bust in ...

One single body

“The Church is the Body of Christ! And this is not simply a catchphrase: we truly are! “It is the great gift that we receive ...

Pope to visit Turkey from 28 to 30 November

Pope Francis will visit Turkey from 28 to 30 November. This was announced on Tuesday morning, 21 October, by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the ...

Under the Roman sun

Paul VI is blessed. Pope Francis beatified him on Sunday, 19 October. This proclamation to the world was accompanied by a loud hymn of joy ...

The dominion of God

It is certain that Pope Francis meditated and prayed at length to prepare his homily for the grand concelebration which concluded the Third Extraordinary Assembly ...

No one is excluded

God's goodness “has no boundaries and does not discriminate against anyone”. This is why the Kingdom of God, Pope Francis stated at the Angelus on ...

Eighty thousand flames

On Saturday evening, 4 October, approximately 80,000 people gathered in response to Pope Francis' invitation to the prayer vigil on the eve of the opening ...

In front of the relics of exemplary couples

A prayer in Chinese for the Synod Fathers, one in Filipino for the injured and those who have experience scandal, one in Portuguese for people ...

The good wine of the family

The Synod of Bishops is the outcome of the Conciliar years and is due to the farsighted courage of Paul VI, who instituted it half ...

Open the doors

“I ask all the men and women of Europe to open the doors of their hearts”. Visibly moved by the stories of the survivors of ...

Our memory and our future

“A people who does not take care of grandparents, who does not treat them well, has no future! Why does it have no future? Because ...

Between the generations

Old age has always enjoyed an honoured and relevant place in even the most ancient and culturally or religiously diverse traditions, despite wavering between natural ...

The courage of a people

Albanians are “a courageous, hard-working people who seek unity in peace”. Recalling his recent visit to the Balkan country, Pope Francis made these remarks at ...

At the service of unity and dialogue

Pope Francis assured the Bishops of Ghana of his prayers for all of “western Africa, which is suffering” from the Ebola epidemic. The Bishops were ...

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 ring and the people

The Pope’s meeting with the new bishops was truly important and programmatic, as the words that Francis addressed to them were certainly uncommonly incisive. At ...

War is not the answer

War is madness “from which mankind has not yet learned its lesson”. Still alive in the Pope's heart was the memory of his visit the ...

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 ...

In the shadow of Cain

Pope Francis alone, head bowed, among thousands of white tombstones on the greensward of the Austro-Hungarian Cemetery in Fogliano di Redipuglia: this will be the ...

War is not inevitable

“War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for ...

The Pope's sadness for the nuns killed in Burundi

On learning of the tragic news of the murder of three Xaverian Missionaries, Pope Francis expressed his condolences in two telegrams — signed by Cardinal ...

Wine or Water?

To the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday, 31 August, Pope Francis admonished that Christians run the risk of becoming ...

The closeness of the pastor

They are a minority, but like all the other people of Gaza they have suffered because of the conflict. They have been sustained by the ...

Less gossip in the parish

When one speaks of “sins against the unity” of the Church, not only the great schisms should be considered but also parishes. Regrettably, rather than ...

Peace for Ukraine

The Pope invoked “peace and serenity” for Ukraine, where “a situation of tension and conflict” persists and provokes “so much suffering among the civilian population”. ...

Decentralized Christians

A Christian must not be afraid “to decentralize, to go toward the peripheries, because his centre is in Jesus Christ”. In a Message to the ...

A people extraordinary under trial

Even in the difficult trial they are facing, Iraqi Christians are offering an extraordinary witness of faith to the Church and the world, a witness ...

The door always wide open

During the return flight from Korea on Monday, 18 August, the Pontiff entertained representatives of the international media for over an hour, during which time ...

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 ...

An explosion of faith

When it was announced that the 6th Asian Youth Day would be celebrated in South Korea this year from 14 to 18 August, the organizers ...

No to hatred in the name of God

The sorrow for all that is happening in Iraq gives way to dismay and disbelief, Pope Francis told the faithful gathered for the Angelus in ...

Retirement is not for the young

“The world needs courageous, not fearful young people. It needs young people on the move, who don't stand still: we don't move ahead with young ...

The missing piece to the puzzle

The following is a translation of an article which appeared in the 7 August 2014 edition of “Il Popolo”, the weekly publication of the Diocese ...

Cardinal Filoni as Francis' Special Envoy to Iraq

The situation in Iraq is becoming increasingly dire. And to express his spiritual closeness to the people suffering and to bring them the solidarity of ...

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 ...

Cardinal Edward Bede dies

To Monsignor Peter ComensoliApostolic AdministratorArchdiocese of SydneyI was saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney, and I ...

The needs of the poor

Looking away from the poor is “a polite way” of saying: “Sort it out for yourselves”. Pope Francis doesn't mince words in warning Christians of ...

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 ...

Diversity reconciled

“The Pope went to visit his brothers”. This is how Francis characterized his private meeting, on Monday, 28 July, in Caserta, with Evangelical Pastor Giovanni ...

Those humble women in Bergoglio's heart

A Tweet by Pope Francis on Tuesday morning, 19 July, calls for gratitude for caregivers, a category of people dedicated to serving others, the elderly, ...

The courage to say 'no'

To welcome Jesus inside you means having the courage to say 'no' to every kind of corruption, of unlawfulness, of evil and of violence. Pope ...

Men of creativity

The dialogue between the Pope and the clergy lasted for more than one hour. Upon his arrival the Holy Father went to meet with the ...

Lunch with the Pope

Twenty young people participating in Asian Youth Day (ayd) in Daejeon, will have lunch with Pope Francis on 15 August during his stay in Korea, ...

Another seat at the table

It doesn't happen every day that someone can by chance eat lunch with the Pope. But it happened today. This morning, 25 July, workers and ...

Real people in the digital age

“In the digital world proclaiming the Gospel must be followed by an offer to meet Christ in a real and transforming way”. Pope Francis expressed ...

Meriam's courage

Pope Francis met Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the young Christian woman from Sudan who had been condemned to death in her country for apostasy but ...

Missionary joy

“The joy of the Gospel: a missionary joy”. A passage of the Evangelii gaudium (n. 21) inspires the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and ...

Draw near to new forms of poverty

“Combat the culture of death”, by protecting and loving life from its beginning until its natural end. With this exhortation, Pope Francis addressed the Catholics ...

A Pilgrim Church

Pope Francis expressed closeness in prayer and gratitude to the faithful and to the pilgrims who will gather in the Mataderos neighbourhood of Buenos Aires ...

Peace conquers violence

Concerned by the news arriving from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, Pope Francis launched a new appeal for persecuted Christians, asking the faithful to ...

Terrorism is always madness

“Terrorism is madness. Terrorism is only killing, it builds nothing; it destroys”: the Pope stated this in a video message to commemorate the 20th anniversary ...

Prayer for peace is never in vain

“Now, Lord, help us! Grant us peace, teach us peace, guide us toward peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and grant us the courage ...

Enough throwing away

On Saturday, 12 July, Pope Francis met with the participants of an international conference which took place in the Casina Pio iv at the Vatican, ...

To adapt to the needs of the times

The Administration for the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA), the pension fund, Vatican media and the Institute for the Works of Religion are about ...

The gaze of Jesus

To address the terrible scandal of the abuse of minors committed by members of the clergy, Pope Francis meditated on a poignant moment of the ...

I humbly ask forgiveness

He asked for the grace to weep. Pope Francis — with six victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy present at a Mass ...

Work and dignity

Nothing is more important than human dignity. Pope Francis' message is clear: he speaks to the people of Molise on Saturday on 5 July, but ...

Pope Francis in Molise

In Molise, final preparations are being made for the arrival of Pope Francis, who will be visiting Campobasso, Castelpetroso e Isernia on Saturday, 5 July. ...

Three themes Council of Cardinals

The Council of Cardinals reconvened as planned on Tuesday morning, 1 July at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, and deferred some of the business to Wednesday ...

The Pope's fifth reunion with the Council of Cardinals

Pope Francis' fifth reunion with the Council of Cardinals, whose task it is to assist the Pontiff in governance of the Universal Church and in ...

Dialogue to prevent war

Pope Francis' new appeal for the end of violence in Iraq. On Sunday, 29 June, during the Angelus, the Pontiff recalled the distressing news from ...

A time of rapprochement

“We retain in our heart, like a precious treasure, the recollection of our recent personal encounters with Your Holiness both in Jerusalem and Rome, which ...

The daily life which unites

If we can learn to look at one another in God “our cooperation (will be) all the more easy in the many areas of daily ...

In faithfulness to the founding values

Due to an “unforeseen indisposition” Pope Francis was unable to make his visit to Agostino Gemelli Hospital in Rome, which had been planned for Friday ...

The dream of a Franciscan doctor

Fr Agostino Gemelli, founder of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, included the Department of Medicine and Surgery in his initail plan for the ...

Sowing peace

Peace is a fruit which must cultivated by “many hands” even though “God alone gives the growth”. Pope Francis recalled this on Thursday, 26 June, ...

All peoples should be able to enjoy the benefits of science

Science can be “a fitting and effective means for promoting peace and justice”, thus “it is only right that men and women everywhere should have ...

Beyond the headlines

In Cassano all'Jonio Pope Francis excommunicates members of the mafia. This was the news that circled the globe instantaneously. But for the 250,000 faithful who ...

Drug use is not solved with drugs

“The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.” ...

A people who bless

Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses at the General Audience on Wednesday, 18 June, in St Peter’s Square. This series will be centred ...

Together against slavery

A renewed commitment to “the scourge of human trafficking and forms of modern-day slavery”. Pope Francis underlined this on Monday morning, 16 June, in his ...

The intolerable financial control of peoples

We cannot continue to tolerate financial markets which govern the destiny of peoples rather than serving their needs. And one of the most nefarious effects ...

A wonderful World Cup

“My hope is that, more than a celebration of sport, this World Cup can be a celebration of solidarity among nations” because “sport is not ...

Who warms the heart

It isn't just compassion or pietism, but awareness of the Lord's love, which “warms the heart and moves us quite naturally to prayer and to ...

No fear of the other

“Fifty years ago, two great church leaders, the late Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, cast out fear; they cast away from themselves the ...

A possible future

A powerful initiative of faith and peace was at the heart and centre of a surprising and courageous journey, following in the unforgettable steps of ...

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 ...

Like 50 years ago

A demanding journey on which there will be much to see and consider: this is how Pope Francis presented his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Peter and Andrew meet again

Ecumenism and peace are the key words for the Holy Father’s journey to the Holy Land, which will begin on Saturday 24 May. He said ...

In order to give the Church credibility

Do not to let yourselves be intimidated by the powers of evil, but courageously stand beside those who suffer. Pope Francis, quoting Benedict XVI, before ...

Love for schools

Not demonstration “against” something but “for” something. Pope Francis spoke clearly about the spirit with which he welcomed the invitation to preside at the large ...

The leadership of service

What is the leadership of the priest? It is about serving people with love. A bishop or priest who does not know the meaning of ...

For worldwide ethical mobilization

A “worldwide ethical mobilization” which “will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and ...

Among the least

Pope Francis thanked the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia and Eritrea for their efforts in assisting the suffering in the region, due to ...

An ecumenism of suffering

On Thursday morning, 8 May, Pope Francis welcomed His Holiness Karekin ii, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, with whom he also ...

Higher counsel

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 7 May, Pope Francis delivered a catechesis on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel to thousands of faithful gathered ...

The way to peace in Ukraine

Pope Francis is concerned about the “grave situation” in Ukraine. Thus at the end of the Regina Caeli on Sunday, 4 May, in St Peter's ...

The person behind the uniform

A service expressed through authentic testimony. Pope Francis thanked the Pontifical Swiss Guard for this faithful service on Monday morning, 5 May — the eve ...

Accountability and transparency

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, established by Pope Francis on 22 March of this year, will not deal with individual cases of ...

To look beyond

Understanding is the gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to recognize the Lord who walks with us and enables us to understand things ...

The world gathered for two saints

On Sunday, the eyes of the world turned to St Peter's Square. Not only Catholics, but also people of others faiths followed the canonization of ...

The seed that grows

Pope Francis spoke to Bishops of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland, whom he received in audience on Friday morning, 25 April, on the occasion of ...

Videomessage to Poland

It was in his homeland that Karol Wojtyła “formed his heart, a heart that then swelled to universal dimensions”. Pope Francis said this in a ...

Pope Francis writes to the faithful of Bergamo

The holiness of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli sprouted in “a land of profound faith lived daily, of poor families but ones united in love for the ...

The boldness of peace

The conflict in “beloved Syria” was once again among the chief concerns Pope Francis voiced at his Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday, 20 ...

Intentions for the Apostleship of Prayer

The following is the English text of the intentions – both universal and for evangelization – that, as is customary, the Pope entrusted to the ...

Servants of his legacy

“We must be servants for one another”. The Pope reminded the faithful of this during Mass in cena Domini on Holy Thursday, 17 April, at ...

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 ...

A humble victory

The only answer to the suffering and death of children is the humility of Christ’s victory. At the Wednesday General Audience on 16 April in ...

Who am I?

“Who am I?”. This is the question that should guide a Christian's reflection this Holy Week. Pope Francis posed this question to the faithful yesterday, ...

We cannot leave now

“The people have been deeply struck by this kidnapping, they are showing us kindness and solidarity, no one wants us to leave”, wrote the fidei ...

On the children's side

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for the abuse of minors perpetrated by some priests. He chose to do it in the presence of members of ...

A scourge upon the body of Christ

A sign of the Church. A sign of men and women of good will who want to cry out, “Enough!” in the face of human ...

No more war in Syria

“Please, silence the weapons, put an end to the violence! No more war! No more destruction! May humanitarian laws be respected, may the people who ...

Peter and his brothers

It is necessary to revive the close relationship between the Pope and the bishops in the governance of the universal Church, searching for “ever deeper ...

The Pope in Calabria and Molise

The destinations of Pope Francis' next two pastoral visits in Italy will be Cassano all'Jonio on 21 June, and Campobasso and Isernia on 5 July.The ...

Pope Francis receives Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II's visit with Pope Francis lasted approximately 30 minutes on Thursday afternoon, 3 April.Accompanied by her husband Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, she ...

And the two become one

Marriage is “the icon of God's love for us”, since it makes two spouses “one”. At the Wednesday General Audience this morning in St Peter's ...

Beyond formalism

In his homily during Holy Mass on Tuesday, 1 April, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from the Gospel of John (5:1-6), in which ...

Those who do not want to see the light

Pope Francis warned Christians of the risk of falling into “inner blindness” which closes the heart to the grace and light of God. He said ...

Common commitment

On Thursday morning, 27 March, the president of the United States of America, Barack H. Obama, was received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, ...

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 ...

The right road

On Thursday morning, 27 March, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass for over 500 Italian parliamentary officials in the Vatican Basilica. Commenting on the day's Readings ...

How one becomes a priest

One enters the priesthood only through the Lord's initiative. “He calls each of those whom he wills to become priests”. The Sacrament of Holy Orders ...

An opportunity to relaunch commitment to ecumenism

An opportunity to relaunch commitment to ecumenism and collaboration with the Holy See. It was in this spirit that a meeting between Pope Francis and ...

Unity prevails in conflict

Only by remaining united in love can we witness the truth of the Gospel and strive to transform this “world broken by many conflicts” into ...

I ask it on my knees

On Friday evening, 21 March, Pope Francis left the Vatican by car and visited the neighbouring parish of San Gregorio VII where he delivered his ...

The mission of a guardian

On Wednesday, 19 March, the Solemnity of St Joseph, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square about the ...

The Gospel in your pocket

“I pose a question to you: 'do you read a passage of the Gospel everyday?' It is good to keep a small Gospel in your ...

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 ...

The good seed

The spiritual exercises in Arriccia, in which the Pope participated along with members of the Curia, concluded his morning, Friday 14 March. The reflections were ...

A model for all

A Church that is poor and for the poor, and which reaches ot to the margins of society: this is the hope, the encouragement and ...

The snare of worldly language

The language of the world is a trap that we cannot fall into if we wish to testify to the love of God, the kind ...

A great joy

Attentive to the times of the Church and to the profound meaning of Christian liturgy, Benedict XVI carefully chose the moment for that sensational announcement, ...

Hunger for God

The Word of Jesus in the Gospel “gives us the strength, sustains us in struggle against the worldly mind-set that would lower man to the ...

The ghost of hypocrisy

With the “ghost of hypocrisy” we forget how to take care of a patient, a child or an elderly person. And it doesn't allow us ...

Martyrdom does not belong only to the past

In his homily on Tuesday morning, 4 March, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from the evangelist Mark (10:28-31). The Pope began: “Jesus had ...

Peace in Ukraine

The Pope hopes that the international community will seriously take steps to support every initiative which favours dialogue and harmony in order to achieve peace ...

Those who make merry through war

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday morning, 25 February, Pope Francis commented on the day's readings from the Letter of James (4:1-10) and ...

The Pope establishes a council and secretariat for the economy

With Pope Francis' Motu Proprio Fidelis dispensator et prudens, dated 24 February 2014, he established a new structure which will coordinate the economic and administrative ...

The norm for a cardinal

“God’s way of acting” must become “the norm for our own”. Pope Francis gave this advice to the 19 cardinals created in the Consistory on ...

The way of Christ

Exactly one month after Pope Francis was elected, he appointed a Council of cardinals from all over the world to assist him in governing the ...

Pope Francis' homily

During the Ordinary Public Consistory for appointed of 19 cardinals, Saturday morning, 22 February, in St Peter's Basilica, the Pope gave the following reflection.“Jesus was ...

The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization

During a recent visit to the United States, I was repeatedly impressed by how deeply Pope Francis has penetrated the national conversation on a whole ...

But who do you say that I am?

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 20 February, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel from St Mark (8:27-33), in which the evangelist ...

Courageous and loving pastoral care

On Thursday, 20 February, the Holy Father opened an Extraordinary Consistory in the Hall of the Synod of Bishops. The consistory concludes today, Friday 21. ...

Enough violence in Ukraine

Concerned over the tragic news that continues to come from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev – where clashes between police and demonstrators have resulted in ...

The Pope welcomes prison inmates

Nineteen prison inmates from Pisa and Pianosa, Italy, were received by Pope Francis on Wednesday morning, 19 February, in the Casa Santa Marta before the ...

The meeting of the Council of Cardinals with the Pope concludes

On Wednesday, 19 February, the Pope's third meeting with the Council of Cardinals concluded. While Pope Francis was at the General Audience in St Peter's ...

Thirty thousand in St Peter's Square

Thirty thousand “I do”s. Thirty thousand “lived out, and with joy, in a world that screams 'don't'”, for they do not feel “strange, out of ...

Courage and humility

“Today I ask you to join me in prayer for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility.” This is the Pope's ...

Like a burning lamp

The vocation of a Christian is to be “burning lamp” which brings the light of Christ to others. Pope Francis underlined this at the Angelus ...

Building peace for tomorrow

There is no other path than that of building peace for tomorrow. Thus it is necessary to work with our adversaries of yesterday. Pope Francis ...

Contagious joy

“It is a tragic thing to see a young person who 'has everything', but is weary and weak”, unable to “reject the 'low cost' offers”. ...

The word and the bread

“It is so important to go to Mass on Sunday” and “not just to pray, but to receive Communion... It is a beautiful thing to ...

When God cries

Pope Francis spoke on the theme of fatherhood in his homily at the Mass he celebrated on Tuesday morning, 4 February, in the Chapel at ...

Rich because we are poor

The Poverty of Jesus “frees us and enriches us”. Pope Francis wrote this in his Lenten Message made public this morning, Tuesday 4 February. His ...

Tweet in Latin? Delicious

“The Pope's tweets in Latin are as beautiful a success as they were unexpected” one reads on the website of the weekly Le Point. Two ...

The martyrs of our sins

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 31 January, Pope Francis commented on the day's Gospel from St Mark (4:26-34), which he said “speaks ...

Defend the freedom of the Church

The Church has the right to teach her highest moral values, and her educational institutions are expected to uphold her teachings and defend her identity. ...

Work a source of dignity

At the General Audience on Wednesday 29 January, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful about the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is a sacrament, he said, ...

The prayer of praise

In his homily at Holy Mass on Tuesday, 28 January, Pope Francis continued his reflection on the second Book of Samuel (6:12-15, 17-17) which tells ...

Christ cannot be divided

Greeting the representatives of various Christian denominations one by one, Pope Francis concluded the ecumenical celebration of Vespers on Saturday afternoon, 25 January, in the ...

Connected but scandalously distant

In a world that seems to be getting smaller thanks to developments in transportation and communication technology there is still division between people. The Pope ...

Urgency for peace in Syria

Pope Francis again prayed for an end to violence and war this morning. At the General Audience on Wednesday, 22 January, the Holy Father launched ...

A truly human ethical approach

The Holy Father sent a letter for the opening of the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, held from 22-25 January, in Davos-Klosters, ...

All disciples and missionaries

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 15 January, the Holy Father expanded on last week’s reflection on Baptism, focusing on its role in the transmission ...

Papal politics

A broad vision and a big heart is what must characterize the service of the Cardinals of the Church of Rome and what Pope Francis ...

The royal road

There is no other way: the royal road to peace must be that “of diplomacy and dialogue”. Benedict XV previously affirmed this during World War ...

At the Angelus the Pope announces the creation of 19 cardinals

Nineteen new cardinals, including three Archbishops emeritus who are distinguished by their service to the Holy See and the Church, will be created by the ...

Not guests but brothers among brothers

Not guests but brothers among brothers. This was how the Pope, this morning, Saturday 11 January, greeted clergy and laity from the Orthodox Churches and ...

A date to remember

Pope Francis once again asked the faithful to learn the date of their Baptism and celebrate it like a feast day. This was at the ...

Prophets of a new heavens and a new earth

Pope Francis called upon the participants in the 13th Intereclesial Meeting of the Basic Ecclesial Communities in Brazil to witness and proclaim the prophecy of ...

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 ...

Announce the Gospel with sweetness

Preaching the Good News with “with sweetness, fraternity and love” and refusing the temptation to “connect the proclamation of the Gospel with inquisitorial beatings of ...

The exiled family

Displaced people, refugees, immigrants, the victims of human trafficking and slave labor. These people were the focus of Pope Francis' concern during these days of ...

Everyone united for peace

As 2013 draws to a close, Pope Francis reviewed some of the saddest pages of the year before invoking the gift of peace upon the ...

Pope Francis’ lunch with Benedict XVI

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI had lunch together on Friday morning, 27 December, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Pope Francis had invited his Predecessor ...

Listening to the voice of Love

“Christmas celebrations are often full of sound. It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the voice of Love. ”. ...

The story of a vocation

Pope Francis has often spoken about the importance of Baptism, and on several occasions has asked the faithful if they remember the day when they ...

How to work in the Curia

The Holy Father spoke about the characteristic traits of a Curia official, and “much more so of his superior”,The Pope spoke about this during the ...

The model of St Joseph

Conciliar renewal and Paul VI formed the basis of the address which the Bishop of Rome - “from the ends of the earth” - delivered ...

The value of the unseen

Pope Francis expressed sentiments of gratitude and appreciation to diplomatic personnel from the Republic of Italy and the Italian Embassy to the Holy See for ...

Like one of us

Dear Brothers and Sisters,Good morning. Our meeting is taking place in the spiritual climate of Advent, which is made all the more intense by the ...

God’s surname

At Holy Mass on Tuesday, 17 December, Pope Francis commented on the readings from the day, taken from the Book of Genesis (49:2,8-10) and from ...

Breakfast with Pope Francis

“Would you like to come to Pope Francis' birthday party?”. On hearing those words, they rubbed their sleepy eyes and asked themselves if they had ...

God always opens doors

"What does Christmas mean for you?", Andrea Tornielli asked in his interview with Pope Francis, published on Sunday, 15 December. "It is the encounter with ...

The man whose eye is opened

At the Holy Mass he celebrated on Monday morning, 16 December in the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis reminded those present that all baptized ...

For Pope Francis' birthday

A group of children were the first to wish a happy birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 77 on 17 December. It was a simple ...

A party for Francis

At the end all of the children, cheering together, gathered round to blow out the 77 candles on the giant cake. On Saturday morning, 14 ...

Without fear of freedom

In his homily during Holy Mass on Friday morning, 13 December, Pope Francis commented on the Gospel for the day taken from St Matthew (11:16-19), ...

The fire of mercy

The publication of the Bishop of Rome’s message for the World Day of Peace immediately following Time magazine’s decision to name Pope Francis “Person of ...

Every day we face the final judgment

“The final judgment is already in progress, it begins now over the course of our lives”. Pope Francis spoke these words to the faithful gathered ...

A global scandal

It is a “global scandal” that one billion people still suffer from hunger, despite the fact that there is enough food to feed everyone on ...

When God recreates

Pope Francis dedicated his homily at the Mass he celebrated in the Chapel of Santa Marta on Tuesday 10 December to the tender consolation with ...

The path of peace in the Middle East

On Monday, 9 December, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the Patriarch of Alexandria for the Copts, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, on the occasion of the ...

A walk through Rome

Pope Francis took a walk through Rome yesterday, 8 December, the day on which the city traditionally pays tribute to the Immaculate Conception of Mary. ...

A Commission for the protection of minors

Pope Francis has decided to establish a Commission for the protection of minors for the purpose of assisting him in the Holy See's commitment to ...

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