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Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

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 [...]

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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Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY HOLY MASS AND OPENING OF THE HOLY DOOR Saint Peter’s Square Tuesday, 8 December 2015 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary In a few moments I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door of Mercy.  We carry out this act – as I did in Bangui – so [...]

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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis at the Conclusion of the Synod of Bishops

    Synod Hall, 24 October 2015 Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church. My heartfelt thanks go to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, [...]

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Homily of Pope  Francis at the Opening Mass of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Vatican Basilica 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4 October 2015 “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12). This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod [...]

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Address of His Pope Francis at the Prayer Vigil for the Synod on the Family

St Peter’s Square Saturday, 3 October 2015 Dear Families, Good evening! What good is it to light a little candle in the darkness? Isn’t there a better way to dispel the darkness? Can the darkness even be overcome? At some points in life – this life so full of amazing resources – such questions have [...]

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Address of Pope Francis to the Members of the General Assembly of the United Nations

United Nations Headquarters, New York Friday, 25 September 2015 Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good day. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, [...]

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Address of Pope Francis to the Joint Session of the United States Congress

United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. Thursday, 24 September 2015 Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this [...]

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