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Society stands in great need of the ‘feminine genius’

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, [...]

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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Official English Translation of Synod’s Final Document

“Relatio Synodi” of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization” (5-19 October 2014) Vatican City, October 30, 2014 * * * TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Part I Listening: The Context and the Challenges of the Family The Socio-Cultural Context The Importance of [...]

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ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE DELEGATES OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PENAL LAW

Hall of Popes Thursday, 23 October 2014 Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I warmly greet all of you and I would like to express my personal gratitude for your service to society and for your valuable contribution to the development of a legal process that respects the dignity and rights of the human person, without distinction. [...]

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Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization

WE, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us and [...]

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Message of Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Synod

Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop [...]

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Called to better nurture and tend the Lord’s vineyard

HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS at the extraordinary synod on the family Vatican Basilica, Sunday, 5 October 2014 TODAY the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel employ the image of the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord’s vineyard is his “dream”, the plan which he nurtures with all his love, like a farmer who cares for his vineyard. Vines [...]

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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 [...]

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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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