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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ON THE OCCASION OF THE 6th ASIAN YOUTH DAY (13-18 AUGUST 2014) Chungmu Hall at the “Blue House” (Seoul) Thursday, 14 August 2014 Madam President, Honorable Government and Authorities, Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Dear Friends, It is a great joy for [...]

Letter of the Holy Father to the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization regarding the situation in Northern Iraq

His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon Secretary General United Nations Organization It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their homes and witness the destruction of their places [...]

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Statement of the Director of the Press Office on behalf of the Holy Father

THE Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Northern Iraq, which involve defenseless populations. Christian communities are particularly affected; a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region. At the Angelus prayer on July 20th, Pope Francis [...]

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Homily of Pope Francis at the Solemnity of Pentecost

“All were filled with the Spirit” (Acts 2:4). Speaking to the Apostles at the Last Supper, Jesus said that, after his departure from this world, that he would send them the gift of the Father, that is, the Holy Spirit (cf. John 15:26). This promise is fulfilled with power on the day of Pentecost, when [...]

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Homily of Pope Francis at the International Stadium in Amman, Jordan

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem (24-26 May 2014) IN today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus promise the disciples: “I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete, to be with you forever” (Jn 14:16). [...]

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Address of Pope Francis during the meeting with authorities of the Kingdom of Jordan

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem (24-26 MAY 2014) Your Majesties, Your Excellencies, Dear Brother Bishops, Dear Friends, I thank God for granting me this opportunity to visit the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the footsteps of [...]

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Vocations, Witness to the Truth

Message of Pope Francis for the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations 11 May 2014, Fourth Sunday of Easter DEAR Brothers and Sisters, 1. The Gospel says that “Jesus went about all the cities and villages… When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep [...]

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Homily of Pope Francis at the Canonization of Blesseds John Paul XXIII and John Paul II

St. Peter’s Square, Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), 27 April 2014 AT the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which Saint John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus. He had already shown those wounds when he first appeared to [...]

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Urbi et Orbi Message of Pope Francis

Easter 2014, Central loggia of the Vatican Basilica, Sunday, 20 April 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid!  I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised… [...]

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Anointed with the oil of gladness

Homily of Pope Francis during the Holy Chrism Mass at the Vatican Basilica on Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014. Dear Brother Priests, In the eternal “today” of Holy Thursday, when Christ showed his love for us to the end (cf. Jn 13:1), we recall the happy day of the institution of the priesthood, as well as the [...]

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Pope Francis’ Letter to Families

“If there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus” Dear families, With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of [...]

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Pope Francis’ Lenten Message 2014

“The Gospel is the real antidote to spiritual destitution” Dear Brothers and Sisters, AS Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus [...]

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To Professor Klaus Schwab Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum I am very grateful for your kind invitation to address the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which, as is customary, will be held at Davos-Klosters at the end of this month. Trusting that the meeting will provide an occasion for deeper reflection [...]

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Fraternity, The Foundation and Pathway to Peace

1 JANUARY 2014 1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and hope. In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for [...]

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To educate in the faith, to make it grow

(Address of the Holy Francis to the participants in the pilgrimage of Catechists on the occasion of the Year of Faith and of the International congress on Catechesis, Paul VI Audience Hall, 27 September 2013). DEAR Catechists, Good evening! I am pleased that this meeting was organized for the Year of Faith. Catechesis is a [...]

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Message of Pope Francis at the Vigil of Prayer for Peace.

Saint Peter’s Square Saturday, 7 September 2013. “AND God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This, [...]

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