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‘People may laugh at you because you believe in the gentle and unassuming power of mercy. But do not be afraid’

‘People may laugh at you because you believe in the gentle and unassuming power of mercy. But do not be afraid’

(Homily of Pope Francis at the Closing Mass of the World Youth Day celebrated in Krakow at Campus Misericordiae, July 31, 2016; with about 2 million young people in attendance.) Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of just such a meeting between Jesus and a [...]

“He is asking you to leave a mark that brings life to your own history and that of many others”

  (Address of Pope Francis to some 1.5 million youth gathered for the WYD Prayer Vigil, July 31, 2016.) It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil! At the end of his powerful and moving witness, Rand asked something of us. He said: “I earnestly ask you to pray for my [...]

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Christians and Muslims:  Beneficiaries and Instruments of Divine Mercy

Vatican Message for the Month of the Ramadan and “Id al-Fitr” Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, 1. The month of Ramadan and ‘Id al-Fitr is an important religious event for Muslims around the world, focused on fasting, prayer and good deeds, and is esteemed by Christians, your friends and neighbours. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for [...]

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Pope’s Address to Laity Council

Link to original Dear Brothers and Sisters, I do not want these words to be the “valedictio” to the Dicastery,a taking leave, but that in fact they are words of gratitude for all the work done. I receive you on the occasion of your Plenary Assembly. I greet you all cordially and I thank the Cardinal President [...]

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Letter “Iuvenescit Ecclesia” to the Bishops of the Catholic Church Regarding the Relationship Between Hierarchical and Charismatic Gifts in the Life and the Mission of the Church

    CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH   Letter “Iuvenescit Ecclesia” to the Bishops of the Catholic Church Regarding the Relationship Between Hierarchical and Charismatic Gifts in the Life and the Mission of the Church   Introduction     The gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Church in mission   1. The [...]

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The Problem of Food Loss: views from the Catholic Social Teaching and solutions from Caritas

Address delivered by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, on May 30, 2016 at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Distinguished Director General, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends It is a privilege to speak today to such a qualified audience. I am grateful to the FAO [...]

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Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 50th world Communications Day DEAR Brothers and Sisters, The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called to practice mercy as the [...]

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Summary of “Amoris Laetitia”: On Love in the Family

(Below is the Vatican-provided summary of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ released on April 8, 2016.) *** Summary of Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family It is not by chance that Amoris Laetitia (AL), “The Joy of Love”, the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”, was signed on 19 March, the [...]

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Urbi et Orbi blessing of Pope Francis

Given at the Vatican, Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever” (Ps 135:1) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again [...]

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Saint Peter’s Square XXXI World Youth Day Sunday, 20 March 2016   “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (cf. Lk 19:38), the crowd of Jerusalem exclaimed joyfully as they welcomed Jesus. We have made that enthusiasm our own: by waving our olive and palm branches we have expressed our praise and our [...]

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“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).

The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2016 1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be [...]

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Conclusion of the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet all of you gathered in Cebu for the Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress. I thank Cardinal Bo, who is my representative among you, and I offer a special greeting to Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop Palma and the bishops, priests and faithful in Cebu and all the Philippines. I also greet Cardinal [...]

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Entrusting oneself to the merciful Jesus like Mary:  “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)

Message of his Holiness Pope Francis for the 24th World Day of the Sick 2016 DEAR Brothers and Sisters, The twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick offers me an opportunity to draw particularly close to you, dear friends who are ill, and to those who care for you. This year, since the Day of the [...]

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“Migrants and refugees challenge us.  The response of the Gospel of Mercy”

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Bull of indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I noted that “at times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of [...]

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Overcome Indifference and Win Peace

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE  XLIX WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2016 1. God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us! At the beginning of the New Year, I would like to share not only this profound conviction but also my cordial good wishes for [...]

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“Urbi et Orbi” Message of Pope Francis

CHRISTMAS 2015 Friday, 25 December 2015 Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A [...]

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