Author Archive for Pope Francis

Pope Francis Makes Historic Address to U.S. Congress
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Pope Francis Makes Historic Address to U.S. Congress

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Full text of Pope Francis’ address to the Joint Session of the United States Congress: 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 […]

Pope Declares Junípero Serra a Saint
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Pope Declares Junípero Serra a Saint

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Pope Francis’ homily at the Canonization Mass of St. Junípero Serra in Washington. Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again, rejoice! These are striking words, words which impact our lives. Paul tells us to rejoice; he practically orders us to rejoice. This command resonates with the desire we all have for a fulfilling […]

Pope to U.S. Bishops: Be Shepherds in Unity and Dialogue
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Pope to U.S. Bishops: Be Shepherds in Unity and Dialogue

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Meeting with the United States Bishops, Cathedral of Saint Matthew, Washington Dear Brother Bishops, I am pleased that we can meet at this point in the apostolic mission which has brought me to your country.  I thank Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz for their kind words in your name.  I am very appreciative of your […]

Pope: Freedom is One of America’s Most Precious Possessions
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Pope: Freedom is One of America’s Most Precious Possessions

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Welcome Ceremony The White House, Washington Wednesday, 23 September 2015 Good morning! Mr President, I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans.  As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.  I look forward to […]

Mary: Model of Mother Courage for the Church
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Mary: Model of Mother Courage for the Church

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GENERAL AUDIENCE St. Peter’s Square Wednesday, 3 September 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catecheses, we have often noted that we do not become a Christian on our own, but by being born and nurtured in the faith in the midst of the People of God, that is the Church. She is a true […]

Pope Francis: Christian Unity Not Division
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Pope Francis: Christian Unity Not Division

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GENERAL AUDIENCE St. Peter’s Square Wednesday, 27 August 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters: We affirm in the Creed that the Church is one and that she is holy. One because she has her origin in the Triune God, mystery of unity and full communion. Holy since she is founded by Jesus Christ, enlivened by his […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Pope Francis’ Homily at Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II

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At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the  Octave of Easter and which 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 the Apostles on the very evening of that day following the Sabbath, the […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Pope Francis: Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message

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Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours (Lk 2:14) Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the whole world, Greetings and Happy Christmas! I take up the song of the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on the night when Jesus was born. It is […]

The Christian Family Experiences Joy in Faith
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The Christian Family Experiences Joy in Faith

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The readings this Sunday invite us to reflect on some basic features of the Christian family. 1. First: the family prays. The Gospel passage speaks about two ways of praying, one is false – that of the Pharisee – and the other is authentic – that of the tax collector. The Pharisee embodies an attitude […]

Pope Consecrates World to Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Pope Consecrates World to Immaculate Heart of Mary

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The Pope celebrated mass in St Peter’s square this morning in honour of the Marian Day, an event organized as part of the Year of Faith on the anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (13th of October 1917). He also consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. […]

Do Not Be Afraid to Strive for Holiness
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Do Not Be Afraid to Strive for Holiness

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Creed, we confess our faith that the Church is “holy”. But how can we say that the Church is holy when she is all too evidently made up of sinners? Saint Paul helps us to see things aright when he tells us that “Christ loved the Church and gave […]

The Joy of God is the Joy of Forgiveness
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The Joy of God is the Joy of Forgiveness

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The Pope commented on Sunday’s Gospel reading which contained the three parables of mercy: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the story of the prodigal son. “All these three parables,” he said, “speak of the joy of God. God is joyful! The joy of God is the joy of forgiveness. … It is the […]

The Church is Our Mother
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The Church is Our Mother

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image used by the early Fathers and the Second Vatican Council: the Church as our Mother. By reflecting on the human experience of maternity, we understand that the Church is like our own Mothers. First, like our […]

Peace Requires Time and Patience
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Peace Requires Time and Patience

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good Morning! In the Gospel for today, Jesus reiterates the conditions for being his disciples: not putting anything before your love for Him, carrying your cross, and following Him. Many people came up to Jesus, wanted to be one of His followers; and this would happen especially in the wake of […]

Angelus Message for Sunday, September 1, 2013 -- Fast and Pray for Syria
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Angelus Message for Sunday, September 1, 2013 — Fast and Pray for Syria

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Hello! Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It […]

WYD Farewell Address
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WYD Farewell Address

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Madam President, Distinguished National, State and Local Authorities, Dear Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, Dear Cardinals and Brother Bishops, Dear Friends, I am about to leave your country to return to Rome. I depart with many happy memories which I know will nourish my prayers. Already I am beginning to miss Brazil, […]

WYD Embracing the Way of the Cross
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WYD Embracing the Way of the Cross

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Dear Young Friends, We have come here today to accompany Jesus on his journey of sorrow and love, the Way of the Cross, which is one of the most intense moments of World Youth Day. At the end of the Holy Year of Redemption, Blessed John Paul II chose to entrust the Cross to you, […]

Homily at Marian Shrine at Aparecida
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Homily at Marian Shrine at Aparecida

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My Brother Bishops and Priests, Dear Brothers and Sisters, What joy I feel as I come to the house of the Mother of every Brazilian, the Shrine of our Lady of Aparecida! The day after my election as Bishop of Rome, I visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, in order to entrust […]

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Be a Living Stone of the Church

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today I would like briefly to refer to one more picture that helps us to illustrate the mystery of the Church: that of the temple (cf. Lumen Gentium, 6). What does the word, ‘temple’ call to mind? It makes us think of a building, a construction. In particular, it recalls to […]

Christians Cannot be Anti-Semitic
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Christians Cannot be Anti-Semitic

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The Pope was speaking to a 30 strong delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) who gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Hall of the Popes for a private audience Monday. The IJCIC is committed to developing relations with the Vatican’s Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews, the Orthodox Christian Church, the […]

Let Us Look to God as the God of Life
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Let Us Look to God as the God of Life

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, This celebration has a very beautiful name: the Gospel of Life. In this Eucharist, in the Year of Faith, let us thank the Lord for the gift of life in all its forms, and at the same time let us proclaim the Gospel of Life. On the basis of the word […]

We Are All Invited to be Members of the People of God
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We Are All Invited to be Members of the People of God

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to touch briefly on another of the terms with which the Second Vatican Council defined the Church, that of “People of God” (cf. Dogmatic Constitution. Lumen Gentium, 9; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 782). I shall do so with a few questions upon which we […]

The Mercy of Jesus
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The Mercy of Jesus

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Dear Brothers and Sisters! The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the highest human expression of divine love. Just this past Friday, in fact, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: the feast that sets the tone for the whole month. Popular piety highly prizes symbols, […]

Counter a Culture of Waste with Solidarity
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Counter a Culture of Waste with Solidarity

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I want to focus on the issue of the environment, which I have already spoken of on several occasions. Today we also mark World Environment Day, sponsored by the United Nations, which sends a strong reminder of the need to eliminate the waste and disposal of food. When […]

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