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Urbi et Orbi blessing of Pope Francis 2016

Urbi et Orbi blessing of Pope Francis 2016

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 […]

“The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift”

“The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift”

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle […]


“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee   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 […]

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015

“Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he […]

He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich

ENTEN MESSAGE OF OUR HOLY FATHER FRANCIS 2014 (cf. 2 Cor 8:9) 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 […]

Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Message on Easter 2013

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, especially where the suffering is greatest, in hospitals, in prisons … Most of all, I would […]


MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS Prison for Minors “Casal del Marmo”, Rome Holy Thursday, 28 March 2013 This is moving. Jesus, washing the feet of his disciples. Peter didn’t understood it at all, he refused. But Jesus explained it for him. Jesus – God – did this! He himself explains to […]

Pope Francis Homily for Chrism Mass

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with affection, especially you, dear priests, who, like myself, today recall the day of your ordination. The readings of our Mass speak of the “anointed ones”: the suffering Servant […]

“Believing in charity calls forth charity”

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI FOR LENT 2013  “Believing in charity calls forth charity” “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to […]

Homily of His Holiness Benedict XVI at Easter Vigil

St. Peter’s Basilica, April 7, 2012   DEAR Brothers and Sisters, Easter is the feast of the new creation.  Jesus is risen and dies no more.  He has opened the door to a new life, one that no longer knows illness and death.  He has taken mankind up into God himself.  “Flesh and blood cannot […]

Homily of Pope Benedict XVI at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Holy Thursday, April 5, 2012     DEAR Brothers and Sisters! Holy Thursday is not only the day of the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, whose splendor bathes all else and in some ways draws it to itself. To Holy Thursday also belongs the dark night of the Mount of Olives, to which Jesus […]

“A priest never belongs to himself”

(Homily of Pope Benedict XVI at the Holy Christ Mass held at the Vatican on April 5, 2012)   DEAR Brothers and Sisters, At this Holy Mass our thoughts go back to that moment when, through prayer and the laying on of hands, the bishop made us sharers in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, so […]

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