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​For young victims of Violence

Pope Francis called for prayer for “all the young victims of violence, abuse, exploitation and war”, at the end of the Angelus on 12 March ...

​The Pope to visit Porziuncola on 4 August

As everyone focuses on that “small portion” which, on 28 June, Pope Francis called “the beating heart of the order” of the Friars Minor, on ...

​The Pope's condolences on the death of Cardinal Tucci

Jesuit Cardinal Roberto Tucci died in Rome on Tuesday night, 14 April, after a long illness. On learning the news, the Pope sent a telegram ...

The abominable phenomenon

The message for the World Day of Peace has a dramatic tone which at the same time is open to trust. Pope Francis wished to ...

Like a pomegranate

Man is like a pomegranate: inside he contains many tiny fleshy seeds, like the many elements of creation. God mixed them all together and breathed ...

The words that kill

That which dirties the soul comes from the heart and out of the mouth. Therefore it is very important to know what lurks inside of ...

Love is not a soap opera

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 9 January, Pope Francis commented on the first Reading from the Letter of St John (4:11-18), wherein ...

The traditional blessing of the baby Jesus figurines

Rediscovering holiness and the beauty of the family. This was Cardinal Angelo Comastri's invitation to the children present on Sunday morning, 15 December, at the ...

When silence is music

In his homily during Holy Mass on 12 December 2013, Pope Francis commented on the first Reading of the day taken from the Book of ...

The bothersome cry

In his homily during Holy Mass on Friday, 6 December, in the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the nature of prayer. The ...

When eternity begins

On Wednesday morning, 4 December, the Holy Father continued his reflection on the Creed, this week focusing on what the resurrection of the body means. ...

A joy loud with praise

In his homily at Mass on Tuesday, 3 December, Pope Francis spoke about peace and joy. “The word of God,” he began, “speaks to us ...

Meeting Jesus with our defences down

In his homily at Mass on Monday morning, 2 December, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of Advent. The season of Advent, he said, is ...

The men and women who awaken the world

“Men and women who awaken the world”: Pope Francis chose this striking phrase to describe the mission of religious in our modern world when he ...

Free Thought

In his homily at Holy Mass on Friday, 29 November, Pope Francis commented on the day's Gospel from St Luke (21:29-33), in which the Lord ...

Faith is never a private matter

The prohibition against worshipping God is a sign of a “general apostasy”. It tries to convince Christians to take “a more reasonable and peaceful road”, ...

Pope Francis wants us fully alive

"A person who is not convinced, enthusiastic, confident and in love, is not going to convince anyone. In order to evangelize, the Pope points first ...

With affection and from the heart

Pope Francis welcomed with a warm embrace 40 little girls who suffer from Rett syndrome. He received them “with affection and from the heart” together ...

Without end

“Our lives do not end with death”; by his Resurrection, Jesus has opened to us “a door that introduces us to heaven, to the blessed ...

From the heart of the bishop of Rome

Once again it is joy - that characteristic sign of Christian witness - which marks the title of a papal document. Vatican II from beginning ...

The joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis has “a dream”. That of a Church walking without hesitation along the path of “pastoral and missionary conversion”: an attitude that is personal ...

Peace in Syria and the Middle East

On Monday afternoon, 25 November, His Holiness Pope Francis received the President of the Russian Federation, H. E. Mr Vladimir Putin, who then met with ...

The Master of time

We may be the masters of the moment, but we would be greatly deceived were we to believe that we are masters of time, for ...

Christ is the centre

Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year of Faith on 11 October 2012, presenting it as “a pilgrimage in the deserts of today's world”. Pope Francis concluded ...

The courage of definitive choices

Even in the most extreme situations Christians are called to be courageous. This was the focus of the homily Pope Francis delivered on Monday morning, ...

Why we go to the temple

The temple exists “for the adoration of God” and those who worship there are themselves “spiritual temples in whom the Holy Spirit abides,” Pope Francis ...

Confessions of a Pope

“Priests and bishops too have to go to confession”. And “even the Pope confesses every 15 days, because the Pope is also a sinner. And ...

Grandpa's table

In his homily this morning at Holy Mass, Pope Francis exalted the precious role of the elderly in the Church and in society. The Pope ...

Pope Francis approves the new statute of the Financial Intelligence Authority

The Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio of 15 November 2013, by which Pope Francis has approved the attached new Statutes of the Financial Intelligence Authority ...

We do not negotiate our fidelity to God

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

God's weakness for the prayers of his people

God has a weakness for the prayers of his people. Indeed, prayer is man's greatest power. Therefore, we must never tire of knocking at the ...

Simplicity and friendship

There are different ways of interpreting Pope Francis’ visit to the President of the Italian Republic at the Quirinal Palace, but two words suffice to ...

The spirit of wisdom triumphs over worldly curiosity

In his homily during Holy Mass on Thursday morning, 14 November, Pope Francis commented on the first Reading of the day, taken from the Book ...

The true battle is for life

Baptism is the “identity card of the Christian, his birth certificate”. The Pope said this during his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, 13 ...

Sinners yes, corrupt no

“Sinners yes, corrupt no”. On Monday, 11 November Pope Francis turned once again to the topic of corruption - or better - to the corrupt, ...

The water flowing through the Church

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

The dirty bread of corruption

In his homily during Holy Mass this morning in the Chapel of Santa Marta, Pope Francis commented on parable of the dishonest steward taken from ...

God does not like to lose

In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday, 7 November, Pope Francis commented on the Gospel passage of the day taken from St Luke (15:1-10), ...

An act of love for Noemi

There was quiet weeping on Wednesday morning in St Peter’s Square. It accompanied a surreal moment of silent prayer led by Pope Francis. He had ...

The priceless invitation to the banquet

In his homily this morning at Holy Mass, Pope Francis commented on the Readings for today's liturgy taken from St Paul's Letter to the Romans ...

Moscow Synodal Choir in the Vatican

“Beauty will save the world”. Pope Francis quoted this famous line from one of the most celebrated thinkers of the 1800s in Russia, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ...

On the tree with Zacchaeus

“Jesus is merciful and never grows tired of forgiving”. Pope Francis recalled this at the Angelus on Sunday, 3 November, taking up the Gospel teaching ...

Lives cut short between desert and sea

On Friday 1 November, the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis prayed in a special way for migrants who were recently killed in the “cruel ...

Next February Pope Francis will create new cardinals

Regarding the news which has been circulated in recent days, that a consistory for the creation of new cardinals will be held next February, the ...

Two icons and a question

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

The great family of heaven and earth

“God’s love burns away our selfishness, our prejudices and our interior and exterior divisions” and “even our sins”. Pope Francis said this at the General ...

Today’s world demands a common witness

The Tenth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches is being held in Busan, South Korea, from the 30 October to 8 November. On ...

Hope, the hidden virtue

In his homily during Holy Mass on Tuesday 29 October, Pope Francis commented on the first Reading of the day taken from St Paul's Letter ...

A patient love that generates joy

More than 100,000 people from 75 countries around the world gathered together in St Peters Square on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning for a pilgrimage ...

A special day

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

Ten million followers

“Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you! I thank you with all my heart and ask you to continue praying ...

The grace of being ashamed

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

The logic of the before and after

On Thursday, 24 October Pope Francis commented on the First Reading of the day taken from St Paul's Letter to the Romans (6:19-23), in which ...

The Jewish girl's secret

Before the General Audience on Wednesday, 23 October, the Pope met with a group of chaplains working in Italian detention centres and prisons, who were ...

Pope Francis will visit the President's Palace on 14 November

This coming 14 November Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the Quirinal Palace. This was announced this morning, Wednesday 23 October, in a ...

Contemplation, Closeness, Abundance

At the Holy Mass he celebrated in the Chapel of Santa Marta on Tuesday, 22 October, Pope Francis commented on the first Reading taken from ...

Women who fight and pray

Pope Francis expressed his appreciation to those “who fight for their families, who pray and never grow weary”, these women who “by their attitude provide ...

Money helps, Covetousness kills

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

The quest for beauty

The artistic treasures preserved in the Vatican Museums bear witness to the “spiritual aspirations of humanity, the sublime mysteries of the Christian faith, and the ...

The Eve of the Apostle's life

The following is a synthesis of the homily Pope Francis delivered on Friday morning, 18 October, during the Holy Mass he celebrated in the Chapel ...

Disciples of the Lord and not of ideology

“Once a Christian has become a disciple of an ideology, he has lost the faith and is no longer a disciple of the Lord,” and ...

That tragic day: 16 October 1943

The presence of Enzo Camerino at the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis this morning, Wednesday 16 October, in the Chapel of Santa Marta was ...

Like a river that courses through time

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 16 October, in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father spoke about the Church handed down through the centuries, like ...

Passing on the torch

The following is a translation of Pope Francis' farewell speech to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who after seven years of faithful service is retiring as Secretary ...

In Mary's hands

Mary is the teacher of faith for every Christian. Deeply convinced of this truth, and of the need to turn to Mary at every moment ...

The Church is woman and mother

On Saturday morning, 12 October, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Pope Francis received participants in a seminar hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Laity ...

Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima arrived at the Vatican early this afternoon, Saturday 12 October. The venerated image will take its place in ...

How to rout the demon's strategy

The following is a synthesis of the homily Pope Francis delivered this morning, 11 October, during the Holy Mass he celebrated in the Chapel of ...

Courageous prayer

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

The continuing presence

Pope Francis continues to follow attentively the changing situation in Lampedusa. His thoughts are constantly directed at the conditions of refugees, as well as their ...

God's Orchestra

The Church is like a great orchestra; it is “the orchestra of God”. In God's orchestra, each member - by expressing his particular characteristics and ...

Choosing the better part

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

Fleeing from God

To hear the voice of God in one’s life, one needs to be open his heart to surprise. Otherwise, one can start “fleeing from God”. ...

Servant of the Gospel

We have seen it many times now. Especially during the Pope’s first journeys, from that first painful and powerful visit to Lampedusa and Assisi is ...

To be witnesses with your life

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

For a Church stripped of worldliness

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

A lesson in simplicity

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

A day of tears

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

A disgrace that cannot be repeated

“It is a disgrace”. For Pope Francis there are no other words to describe the latest episode in a long line of tragedies at sea. ...

The joy of Christian memory

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

The humility and strength of the Gospel

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

Pope's meetings with the “Council of Cardinals” begun

This morning, Tuesday 1 October, in the Private Library of the Papal Apartments in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, was Pope Francis' first meeting with the ...

His gaze fixed on the future

What is immediately striking about Pope Francis' conversation with Eugenio Scalfari published in La Repubblica is the open and friendly tone of their exchange, their ...

The light in our soul

“The most serious evils currently afflicting the world are unemployment among young and the solitude in which the elderly are left. The elderly need care ...

To assist the Pope in governing the Church

Pope Francis signed a Chirograph, dated 28 September, by which a Council of Cardinals is established to assist the Holy Father in the governance of ...

Never be resigned to war

“We can't ever be resigned to the suffering of entire peoples, hostages of war, wretchedness and exploitation. The invocation that John Paul II launched in ...

Fear of the Cross

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

On the path of Jesus

The choice we have to make is between being “Christians of comfort” and “Christians who follow Jesus”. The former are Christians who think they have ...

Knowing Jesus

In order truly to know Jesus we need to speak with him, we need to talk to him as we follow him along the path ...

Prayer for peace in the Middle East

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

A travelling companion

A sacrament is not “a magical rite” but rather the instrument God has chosen in order to continue to walk beside man as his travelling ...

Every foreign country is a homeland

Migrants and refugees are not “pawns on the chessboard of humanity” but real people: men, women and children who suffer violence, discrimination and marginalization. Pope ...

Always with him

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

Dignity, hope, courage

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

Like blowing on the embers

“A gaze that makes you develop and keep on going, that encourages you, because it makes you feel that he loves you” and transmits the ...

The heart of the pope

Maybe it wasn't by chance that Pope Francis' long interview given to Antonio Spadaro, immediately circling the globe, came out on the eve of an ...

In the sign of mercy

Around six hours of interviews, on three different occasions, to speak about himself. Pope Francis chose Fr Antonio Spadaro, Director of Civiltà Cattolica, for a ...

The power of money

We must guard ourselves against the temptation to idolize money, for this may weaken our faith and make us accustomed to the deception of meaningless ...

Floods receive little attention

The situation in Mexico is proving to be more dramatic than once thought. The tropical storm Miguel on the west coast and hurricane Ingrid on ...

Pastors listening to the people

A bishop in accordance with the will of God generously welcomes the mission to guard the flock entrusted to him. He accompanies his sheep along ...

In search of the far-off

Pope Francis laid his hands on the head of Msgr Konrad Krajewski — who since 3 August has been in charge of the Office of ...

As a mother who defends her children

As a mother who loves us, protects us, and gives us the strength to go forward in the fight against evil. This is how Pope ...

We pray for politicians that they govern us well

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

Sustained by mercy

Jesus' merciful gaze sustains the priest in the daily effort of his mission. So it has been for Jorge Mario Bergoglio these past 60 years. ...

Solidarity among generations

“A people that does not look after its elderly, its children and its youth has no future, for it abuses both memory and promise”. Pope ...

How I would like the light to shine

Eugenio Scalfari called the story Pope Francis told of his own faith encounter “a splendid story, a fascinating autobiography” in La Repubblica on 12 September, ...

Contemplating Jesus, meek and suffering

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

Let's talk about faith

Dear Dr Scalfari, I wish to respond, even if only in a general way, to your letter published in La Repubblica on 7 July last, ...

With Sarim who queues for a meal every day

Sarim is stunned and bewildered. He can’t understand why the people standing in line in front of the door — on the other side of ...

The Pope in Cagliari

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

The Church is a mother

“The Church is our mother in faith”, the Holy Father reflected at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday, 11 September. Resuming his ...

Pope Francis and the date of Baptism

How many Christians remember the date of their baptism? Off the cuff, during the General Audience, this question sprang from the lips of Pope Francis, ...

Once again among the least

Less than two months after his visit to Lampedusa, Pope Francis returns among refugees and displaced persons to give witness to the Church's solidarity and ...

Christians without fear shame or triumphalism

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

Jesus is hope

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

Peace is possible

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

A flicker of hope

From Jerusalem to Assisi and from Havana to Taizé and in Damascus, too. Numerous faithful from every part of the world gathered in spirit Saturday ...

A man like yourselves

On 4 October 1965 Paul VI travelled to New York for the General Assembly of the United Nations to speak to the world's representatives. The ...

The silence and bad dreams

The silence of the vigil in St Peter's Square is making a noise. And the day of prayer and fasting, that Pope Francis called for, ...

You cannot be a Christian without Jesus

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

The grace of joy

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

Rome with its Bishop

“Fr Pietro, let's begin to preparing”. The people of Rome, who have the Pope as their Bishop, listened to his appeal for peace in Syria ...

Listening, renouncing, mission

When the Lord passes in our life he always says a word to us and makes us a promise. But he also asks us to ...

Ascending to the mount of perfection

Returning to the simplicity of the Gospel “is the challenge for a renewed Church”. The Pope recalled this in a message to the Prior General ...

Working together for a culture of encounter

Working together to overcome the “culture of clashes” and making way for a “culture of encounter” which helps us to look with trust to reaching ...

The futile pursuit of a military solution

May the leaders of the G20 understand that military solutions to the crisis in Syria are futile. Pope Francis wrote this to the President of ...

A cry for peace throughout the earth

“May the cry for peace rise loudly throughout the earth!” Pope Francis repeated this call to the many faithful in St Peter's Square on Wednesday ...

A celebration of faith and brotherhood

A great “celebration of faith and brotherhood” is how Pope Francis recalled the spirit of the World Youth Day celebrated in Rio de Janeiro last ...

The cry of prayer throughout the world

To the ears of God, prayers are louder than war drums. Prelates of the Holy Land expressed their conviction of this, as war looms promising ...

The diplomatic corps called to the Vatican

In preparation for the day of fasting and prayer for peace and the vigil on Saturday with the Pope in St Peter's Square, the Secretary ...

A gentle, humble light, full of love

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

The cry for peace

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence”. With these strong and concerned words, Pope Francis ...

The threat of gossip

Gossip is a weapon and it threatens the human community every day; it sows envy, jealousy and power struggles. It has even caused murder. Therefore, ...

Before God and before history

“War never again! Never again war!” he said at the Angelus and posted on Twitter — taking up Paul VI’s words to the United Nations. ...

A man of discernment

Pope Francis remembered Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini with gratitude and esteem, emphasizing his prophetic charism and calling him a man of discernment and peace. This ...

For the good of the human community

Ecclesiastical authority and civil power “are called to cooperate for the integral good of the human community” . The Pope wrote this in a message ...

The Pope to Augustinians and to the youth of Piacenza-Bobbio

An invitation to keep in our hearts the “restlessness” that prompts us to seek God, to proclaim him courageously, and to give witness to him ...

In Syria dialogue is the only option

On Thursday morning, 29 August, Pope Francis received their Majesties the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, and Queen Rania. Later, the Hashemite sovereign met with ...

A promise kept

Pope Francis's journey to the existential outskirts also passes through the centre of Rome. At no. 14/a Via degli Astalli, between the Capitoline Hill and ...

Conflict offers no hope for Syria

It is not the logic of the conflict but “the capacity for encounter and dialogue” that can offer “prospects of hope” to resolve the crisis ...

There is no peace without dialogue

Peace cannot be built without dialogue founded on meekness. Pope Francis said this on Wednesday morning, 21 August, to a group of students and teachers ...

Faith and violence are incompatible

The peace of Christ is neither “neutrality” nor “compromise at all costs”. Following Jesus “entails giving up evil and selfishness and choosing good, truth and ...

Men before champions

Men before champions. Role models before famous figures in the limelight. This is truly a “social responsibility” which Pope Francis pointed out to the football ...

A heart that desires

“The Christian is one who brings within himself a great desire, a deep desire: that desire to meet with his Lord with his brothers and ...

A surprise visit

A visit that everyone hoped for and no one could have imagined on a normal August morning, when the city seemed empty. An ordinary work ...

The Pope establishes the Financial Security Committee

Pope Francis has issued, on Thursday, 8 August, a Motu Proprio for the prevention and countering of money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the ...

The Holy Father prays at Paul vi’s tomb

Alone, absorbed in intense prayer at his predecessor’s tomb. It was in this way that Pope Francis wished to pay homage to Pope Paul VI ...

Personal encounter The foundation of charity

The culture of encounter is what Pope Francis suggested to the Argentine faithful who, as they do every year on 7 August, the liturgical Memorial ...

Teaching mutual respect

Pope Francis personally addressed Muslims at the end of Ramadan, calling them “dear friends”, expressing closeness during this time that is spiritually and religiously meaningful ...

Perfect harmony

As we awaited Pope Francis' first international journey to Rio de Janeiro, everyone was hoping that this would prove something we all suspected. His visit ...

Fraternity pathway to peace

"Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace". This is the theme of the 47th World Day of Peace, the first during the pontificate of Pope ...

A pre-planned journey

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

Across the board

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

Unafraid to serve

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

In John Paul II's country

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

A journey through the new forms of poverty

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

The treasure and the clay

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

That faith stronger than the cold and rain

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

At home with Manoel José and Maria Luisa

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

Hungering for bread, justice and dignity

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

The Pope's condolences for the train crash in Spain

Seventy-eight is the confirmed number of victims of the train crash that occurred on Wednesday, 24 July, near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Pope Francis, Fr ...

Learning to embrace those who suffer

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

The joy of faith and redemption from sorrow

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

The rain and the pilgrims

Having just arrived in Rio de Janeiro the Bishop of Rome ended his first address by saying that he wanted to embrace the whole of ...

Celebration of a young faith

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

In beloved Latin America

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

Cheers for Pope Francis

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

The future’s window to world

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

Translating the Pope’s Encyclical

On Monday, 22 July, Archbishop Maria Callist Soosa Pakiam of Trivandrum, Kerala, presented the latest translation of Lumen Fidei at the Bishops’ House Auditorium. Pope ...

The voice of Jesus

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

Dignity for youth from employment

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

For the economic-administrative organization of the Holy See

The Holy Father, by a chirograph dated 18 July, has established a Pontifical Commission to Review the Organization of the economic-administrative structure of the Holy ...

Pope Francis, youth and Brazil

Brazil is in suspense waiting for the Pope's visit. The visit is attracting attention especially because he is the first Latin American Pope and also ...

Among the galaxies

The last time that José Gabriel Funes and Jorge Mario Bergoglio met was in Argentina. One was a student in the faculty of astronomy, and ...

Rio in a week

More than 20,000 people went to Castel Gandolfo for Pope Francis. This vast crowd gathered there yesterday, Sunday 14 July, in the square facing the ...

Comprehending the nature of the theology in number thirty-six

The new encyclical, issued by Pope Francis, Lumen fidei, is a splendid document that deserves to be pondered prayerfully. Its clarity and depth will repay ...

Penal laws of the Vatican modified

A number of changes and specifications have been introduced to the legal system of Vatican City State, including: the abolition of life imprisonment, replacing it ...

A cross in the faded colours of the boats

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

A road to take together

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

The Holy Father grants indulgences to participants in WYD Brazil

Pope Francis has decided to grant a Plenary and Partial Indulgence to all those who take part in the 28th World Youth Day that will ...

A journey that questions the conscience

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

Lumen Fidei and the use of ‘we’

There was a pillar missing from Benedict XVI’s trilogy on the theological virtues. Providence deigned that this missing pillar be the Pope emeritus’ gift to ...

We must not let ourselves be robbed of hope

“Those who believe, see”. Pope Francis’ teaching in his first Encyclical may be summed up in this sentence, as penetrating as it is symbolic. The ...

Renewal without fear

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

Much of Benedict XVI and all of Pope Francis

The question least expected at the Holy See Press Office on 5 July was: “Why has the order been reversed?”. Someone from the Wall Street ...

Like a bridge

If a bridge is the best image to show how the extraordinary text of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei serves to connect the Pontificates of Benedict ...

Two exemplary Christians

On Friday morning, 5 July, Pope Francis approved the votes in favour of the Canonization of Blessed John XXIII, from the ordinary session of cardinals ...

Mercy, celebration and remembrance

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

Inauguration of the statue of St Michael the Archangel in the Vatican Gardens

An extraordinary presence graced the unveiling of the statue of St Michael the Archangel outside the Governorate, and for the consecration of Vatican City State ...

The freedom of God's children

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

Touching the wounds to profess Jesus

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

Touching the wounds to profess Jesus

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

For solidarity without boundaries

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

Words and gestures

For the first time a Bishop of Rome from “almost the ends of the earth” celebrated the Feast of the Patrons of this city, Sts ...

Praying bravely to the Lord’s heart

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

A visit to Lampedusa

Pope Francis will go to Lampedusa next Monday, 8 July, to pray for the victims of immigration and to ensure that not only Europe but ...

Christians of action and of truth

We need “Christians of action and truth” and not “Christians of words”. Pope Francis said this, returning to a topic dear to him, at the ...

Establishing the IOR commission

The following is a translation of Pope Francis’ Chirograph, which was given in Italian. The Holy Father has set up a Pontifical Commission for Reference ...

In the Church we are all equal and no one is useless

The Church is not “a fabric of things or interests” but the “Temple of the Holy Spirit”, where all are equal and no one is ...

The joy of pastoral fatherhood

The grace of fatherhood: this was the theme of Pope Francis' reflection at Mass this morning, Wednesday 26 June, in the Chapel of the Domus ...

In search of the true treasure

“Love, charity, service, patience, kindness, tenderness”: these are the “beautiful treasures” which Francis Pope spoke of Friday morning, 21 June, at Mass in the Chapel ...

The scandal of hunger

The Pope strongly condemned the abundance of food because the total production levels are sufficient to end hunger. And still today millions of people are ...

Pray Our Father

There is no need to fritter away words in order to pray: the Lord knows what we want to say to Him. The important thing ...

More than words

Late on the rainy March evening of Pope Francis’ election, I took a cab home from St Peter’s Square and had the first of what ...

The grace of joy and magnanimity

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

Help refugee families

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I am pausing to reflect on another expression by which the Second Vatican Council indicates the nature of ...

A soul for the laws

The propose, amend or even repeal laws in order to instil in them that spiritual element necessary to ensure that they don't just reflect ideas ...

The Christian’s haste

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

The path towards unity

“Let us travel the path towards unity, fraternally united in charity”. This was Pope Francis' invitation to His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and ...

Homily Santa Marta

Without humility, without the ability to publicly acknowledge your sins and your own human frailty, you can not attain salvation and proclaim Christ, nor pretend ...

The tongue can also kill

Anger and the verbal abuse of one of our brothers or sisters can kill. Pope Francis reminded the faithful of this at Mass early on ...

On new roads

Family, human ecology, secularized anthropology. These are a few main themes which Pope Francis touched on in his audience on Thursday, 13 June, in the ...

That adolescent progressivism

There are two temptations to face at this moment in the Church’s history: to draw back, because we are afraid of the freedom that comes ...

Woe to him who suffocates hope in children

Woe to him who suffocates hope in children. On the World Day Against Child Labour, Pope Francis launched a stern warning to those who “instead ...

Signs of giving freely

Poverty and praise of God are the two main coordinates of the Church's mission, “signs” that reveal to the People of God whether “an apostle ...

It is Jesus who gives strength

“Jesus does not force you to be Christian. But if you say that you are a Christian you must believe that Jesus is all-powerful — ...

Between wonder and memory

The Word of God, to which listening alone “gives rise to wonder”, should be jealously guarded in the depths of one’s heart. Pope Francis said ...

In life and in history

There are various innovations in President Giorgio Napolitano’s visit to the Pope: for the first time the Vatican welcomed a re-elected Italian Head of State; ...

The difficult science of love

The “science of embrace” manifests the two pillars of love: closeness and tenderness. And “Jesus knows this science well”. This was at the heart of ...

Unmasking the hidden idols

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

Wasted food is food stolen from the poor

Men and women sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: this is the “culture of waste”. Woe to those infected. On World Environment Day, ...

In the subsoil of existence

Pope Francis prayed for those who live in “the subsoil of existence” or in dire conditions, those who have lost hope, at the morning Mass ...

Let’s learn the language that children speak

Once again Pope Francis talked about corruption. On Tuesday morning, 4 June, he reflected on the language that corrupt people normally speak, namely, the language ...

Obedience and peace

“Obedience and peace”. According to Pope Francis this was the teaching that Blessed John XXIII handed down to “each one of us” and to the ...

War is always madness

“War is madness. It is the suicide of humanity. It is an act of faith in money, which for the powerful of the earth is ...

Where is your brother?

“War is madness. It is the suicide of humanity. It is an act of faith in money, which for the mighty of this earth is ...

The grace of knowing that you are a sinner

At Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on Monday, 3 June, Pope Francis turned his attention to his predecessor, John XXIII — ...

Like a lamp

Evening had fallen on 3 June 1963, half a century ago, when Pope John died, ending the agony that had gathered an ever increasing crowd ...

Eternity will not be boring

Many Christians do not know joy. Even when they are in church to praise God, they seem as if they were at a funeral rather ...

The Church both human and divine

The Church “is not an organization established by an agreement between a few people”, but “she is a work of God”, because she was “born ...

The triumphalism of Christians

Christian triumphalism passes through human failure, the failure of the Cross. Letting oneself be tempted by other kinds of triumphalism, by a worldly brand of ...

The disciples’ payment

Suffering is part of life; but for Christians who are called to follow the very way of Christ, it has an additional value. Especially when ...

God's time

The charm of temporal goods, the sensation of being masters of time, and the culture of comfort at any cost: these things too often keep ...

The Bishop in a parish

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

Christian acceptance

Christians who ask to be let in must never find closed doors. Churches are not offices at which to present documents and letters when someone ...

The cry of oppression

It is impossible to be indifferent to the cry of distress and oppression raised by millions of people, the victims of violence and abuse, who ...

For a humble and brotherly Church which serves

Pope Francis asked the Italian Bishops to get rid of “burdens that obstruct healthy apostolic promptness”, and to put themselves “before the flock”, as “ungroping” ...

The salt that gives flavour

The Christian, according to the Gospel metaphor in Matthew (5:13-14), is called to be the salt of the earth. But if the Christian does not ...

The language of reconciliation

The Pope's new appeal to the common responsibility of all believers is to overcome the spirit of division, the inability to understand each other, rivalry, ...

No one must kill in God's name

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

True power is service

True power is service. On Tuesday, 21 May, at Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae the Pontiff returned to a topic that ...

The fire of mission

Mission: without a doubt this is the best word to describe the close of that great Pentecost meeting of the Bishop of Rome with over ...

A Church that reaches out to all

A Church not closed in on itself but open to meeting everyone and commited to being alongside the poorest of the poor in the “outskirts ...

Good manners and bad habits

After “armchair Christians” come “gossiping Christians”, Pope Francis said on Saturday, 18 May, at morning Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. He ...

Peter’s shame

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

Even to the point of trouble

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

When pastors become wolves

Bishops and priests who succumb to the temptations of money and the vanity of careerism turn into wolves “who devour the flesh of their own ...

We are not part-time Christians

Pope Francis intends to go to Cagliari this September to pay homage to Our Lady of Bonaria. He announced it himself this morning, Wednesday, 15 ...

The isolated conscience

Selfishness leads nowhere and love frees. Therefore, those who are able to live their lives as “a gift to give others” will never be alone ...

With the courage of faithfulness

The courage of faithfulness to Christ and to his Gospel: this is the message to Christians of the 802 new saints canonized by the Bishop ...

The unknown Holy Spirit

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

Two ways out for Christians

Jesus’ wounds are still present on this earth. If we are to recognize them we must come out of ourselves and reach out to our ...

Melancholy is not Christian-like

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

Ecumenism of suffering

“Just as the blood of the martyrs was a seed of strength and fertility for the Church, so too the sharing of daily sufferings can ...

Jesus does not exclude anyone

Jesus did not exclude anyone. He built bridges, not walls. His message of salvation is for everyone. This morning, Wednesday 8 May, during the Mass ...

Joy in forbearance

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

The persecution instigated by the prince of this world

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

Benedict XVI in the monastery of Mater Ecclesiae

With great brotherly warmth Pope Francis welcomed Benedict XVI yesterday afternoon, Thursday 2 May, back to the Vatican after a little more than a two-month ...

Challenging Jesus

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

No to ‘slave labour’

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

To be the Church of “yes”

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

Far from worldliness

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

Pope Francis' reform

On 13 April the news was made public that Pope Francis had assembled a group of eight cardinals to advise him in the governance of ...

The courage to swim against the tide

With the invitation to courageously “swim against the tide” and to be committed “to great ideals”, Pope Francis addressed the 44 confirmands at Mass on ...

Blessed shame

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

The Pope's meeting with Prime Minister Mario Monti

The meeting between Pope Francis and the Prime Minister of Italy lasted 20 minutes. It took place late yesterday afternoon, Friday 26 April, in the ...

For a community open to the values of the Holy Spirit

There are those who face suffering while keeping alive the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit – as for example we see with persecuted ...

Pope Francis roots for a better world

So Pope Francis roots for Inter now? The captain Javier Zanetti of the Nerazzuri hesitated for a moment but then answered the question elegantly and ...

Faith is not fraud

Faith is not alienation or a crooked deal, but a path of beauty and truth marked out by Jesus to prepare our eyes to gaze ...

Unity is superior to conflict

Yesterday afternoon, 24 April, at around 6:00 p.m. Pope Francis telephoned Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. The Pontiff thanked him for his telegram of good wishes ...

Magnanimity and humility

Magnanimity and humility characterize the lifestyle of Christians who truly want to be Gospel witnesses to the furthest reaches of the earth. Pope Francis sketched ...

An end to violence in Syria

Enough bloodshed in Syria: may a political solution be found as soon as possible which puts an end to the tragic situation which is overwhelming ...

In the middle of a history of love

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

Free from the temptation of scandal

A Church of Christians free from the temptation of murmuring against Jesus, and most of all free “from the temptation of scandal” is a consolidated ...

A Church free of ideology

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

A ring that passes from hand to hand

On 13 March 2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope and — as he himself told the journalists with whom ...

God is a person

Speaking to God is like speaking to people: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because this is our God, he is triune; not ...

The Church is not a babysitter

The Church cannot be merely “a babysitter who takes care of the child just to get him to sleep”. If she were this, hers would ...

Jesus the Advocate

“Jesus is our Advocate”. Pope Francis used this metaphor to explain the role the Saviour took on as man's defence to the 80,000 faithful present ...

Best wishes from Pope Francis to Benedict XVI

On Tuesday morning, 16 April, Pope Francis telephoned Benedict XVI to wish him a happy 86 th birthday. Just before the telephone call, he had ...

The Spirit is not subdued

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

Slander kills

Slander destroys God's work because it is spawned by hatred. It is a daughter of the “father of lies” and wants to wipe out man ...

Consistency between word and life

In order to be credible the Church must show consistency “between word and manner of life”, abandoning the “idols” of ambition, careerism and success, in ...

No gossip, no fear

To solve the problems of life it is necessary to look reality in the face, ready like the goalkeeper of a football team to grab ...

A group of Cardinals to advise the Pope

Following a suggestion made during the General Congregations that preceded the Conclave, Pope Francis has established a group of cardinals to advise him in the ...

God does not have a magic wand

”Triumphalist fantasies” are “a great temptation in Christian life”. But God “does not act like a fairy with a magic wand”, who can save man ...

Heartfelt work is priceless

“Why am I here today? To thank all of you because I understand that in these days — yesterday made one month — you have ...

A history of salvation

“Our faith is not only centred on a book, but on a history of salvation and above all on a Person, Jesus Christ, the Word ...

Obedience is a listening that sets us free

God is non-negotiable. And the faith leaves no room for categories like “lukewarm” or “bad or good”. It does not seek a “double life” in ...

Fighting material and spiritual poverty

“Your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and ...

A God as our father

God is a father to Christians, indeed he is father. Our God is a father”, adding this thought to the text prepared for the General ...

Salvation according to Francis

“The Lord does not save us with a letter, with a decree, but he has saved us” and continues to save us with “his love”, ...

Holy See and United Nations join forces for peace and for the common good

On Tuesday morning, 9 April 2013, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. ...

In praise of gentleness

The temptation to gossip about others and to chastise them with words is always just round the corner. Even in the family, among friends and ...

God’s way of doing things

God is patient with us because he loves us. And those who love “are able to understand, to hope, to inspire confidence; they do not ...

The Golden Rule of Humility

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

The people and the bishop together

The relationship between the bishop and the people was at the heart of the simple, solemn installation of the Successor of Peter in the Roman ...

Faith is not sold

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

In the name of Jesus

Only the name of Jesus is our salvation. Only he can save us. And no one else. Even less the modern “magicians” with their improbable ...

Pope Francis is close to victims of abuse

The Holy Father received in Audience this morning Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On this occasion ...

Peace is priceless

Peace cannot be bought or sold: it is a gift from God – and we must ask for it. Pope Francis reminded us of this ...

Pope Francis prays in front of John Paul II's tomb

On Tuesday evening, 2 April, Pope Francis prayed in front of John Paul II's tomb on the eighth anniversary of his death. After the Basilica ...

The mission of women

The Risen Jesus is alive and present beside people today. It is up to women, especially mothers, to witness to him to their children. It ...

From complaints to hope

Complaints damage the heart. They are bad; and not only complaints about others, “but also their complaints about us, when everything seems to have turned ...

A simple and moving telephone call

A simple, moving gesture: last Monday, at 6:30 p.m., the telephone rang at Ca’ Maitino di Sotto il Monte, John XXIII's summer residence, where today ...

To the roots  of the Roman Pontificate

Pope Francis had a great desire: to visit the Vatican Necropolis. He mentioned it a little before Easter. He especially wished to see the tomb ...

God's mercy for the world

Learning about God's mercy at Easter, the first lived alongside Pope Francis. And it couldn't have been any different given the constancy with which the ...

At the service of others

In the afternoon of 28 March, Holy Thursday, the Pope went to the Roman reform centre for minors, Casal del Marmo, where he celebrated the ...

In priestly communion with Benedict XVI

Pope Francis telephoned Benedict XVI in the late morning of Thursday, 28 March, following the celebration of the Chrism Mass in the Vatican Basilica. On ...

A fraternal encounter

Pope Francis had lunch with seven Roman priests on Thursday, 28 March, after celebrating the Chrism Mass in the Vatican Basilica. The simple meeting took ...

With the people on his shoulders

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

The Pope greets Vatican employees

“Good morning to you all”. More Vatican employees than ever were packed into St Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday morning, 27 March, when Pope Francis greeted ...

Never speak poorly of others

Speaking poorly of someone else is equivalent to selling them. Like Judas, who sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. And it was precisely by ...

It is people who are Jesus' dwelling place

“Jesus has no house because he dwells in people”. Simplicity is the way Pope Francis chose to make his message go straight to people's hearts. ...

How beautiful it is to be forgiven!

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

Waiting for the Father

Forty-nine young people, the inmates of the Roman borstal, Casal del Marmo, are preparing to receive an extraordinary gift. Pope Francis will go there in ...

Humility in the Church and the fight against corruption

The first two books in Italian by Jorge Mario Bergoglio were presented on Tuesday, 26 March in the offices of Civiltà Cattolica. They are published ...

The patience of God

God's patience was at the centre of the Mass concelebrated in the early morning hours of 25 March, in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae ...

Do not ever be men and women of sadness

“Please do not let yourselves be robbed of hope!”. Pope Francis spoke in fatherly tones to the crowd of the faithful who packed St Peter's ...

A prayer in the Teutonic Cemetery

At the end of the Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square, after entering the Vatican through the Arch of Bells, Pope Francis stopped to ...

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