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

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 [...]

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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Address of the Holy Father to the Bishops of the United States of America

Cathedral of Saint Matthew, Washington, D.C. Wednesday, 23 September 2015 Dear Brother Bishops, First of all, I wish to send a greeting to the Jewish community, our Jewish brothers and sisters, who today are celebrating Yom Kippur. May the Lord bless them with peace and help them to advance on the path of holiness, as [...]

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Address of Pope Francis upon arrival in Cuba

Mr President, Distinguished Authorities, Brother Bishops, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you, Mr President, for your greeting and your kind words of welcome in the name of the government and the entire Cuban people. I also greet the authorities and the members of the diplomatic corps present at this ceremony. My gratitude also goes to [...]

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To my Venerable Brothers Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah TURKSON,  President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Cardinal Kurt KOCH,  President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity Sharing the concern of my beloved brother, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, for the future of creation (cf. Laudato Si’, 7-9), and at the suggestion of [...]

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Apostolic Letter in the Form of ‘Motu Proprio’ of the Supreme Pontiff Francis

Establishment of the Secretariat for Communications The current communication context, characterized by the presence and the development of digital media, by the factors of convergence and interactivity, requires a rethinking of the information system of the Holy See and dedication to a reorganization which, recognizing the history of internal development of the asset of communications [...]

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Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato Si’

ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME   1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life [...]

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Society stands in great need of the ‘feminine genius’

(Message of Pope Francis on the occasion of the Second International Conference on Women that concluded in Rome on May 25, 2015; with the theme “Women and the Poste-2015 development agenda: the challenges of Sustainable Development”) TO His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Your Eminence, [...]

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Communicating the Family:  A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day THE family is a subject of profound reflection by the Church and of a process involving two Synods: the recent extraordinary assembly and the ordinary assembly scheduled for next October. So I thought it appropriate that the theme for the next World Communications [...]

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Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation

Message of Pope Francis for the 52nd World Day of Prayer for Vocations 26 April 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter DEAR Brothers and Sisters, The Fourth Sunday of Easter offers us the figure of the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep: he calls them, he feeds them and he guides them. For over fifty years [...]

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Misericordiae Vultus

BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY FRANCIS BISHOP OF ROME SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE 1. Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living [...]

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“Urbi et Orbi” of Pope Francis

“Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness!” Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is risen! Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness! Out of love for us, Jesus Christ stripped himself of his divine glory, emptied himself, took on [...]

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Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil

Vatican Basilica Holy Saturday, 4 April 2015 TONIGHT is a night of vigil. The Lord is not sleeping; the Watchman is watching over his people (cf. Ps 121:4), to bring them out of slavery and to open before them the way to freedom. The Lord is keeping watch and, by the power of his love, [...]

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Pope’s message in meeting with the Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps

PAPAL VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINES PHILIPPINES – Manila – 16.01.2015 Presidential Palace Meeting with the Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps Download Files ENGLISH | ITALIAN | SPANISH | FRENCH | POTUGUESE | GERMAN Share

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