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Pope's Pentecost Homily
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis' homily for Pentecost Sunday during Mass this morning in St. Peter's Basilica: *** “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you... Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:21-22). The gift of the Spirit on the evening of the Resurrection took place once again...
Only Through Service Can One Follow Christ
It is sad to see a Christian who wants both Jesus and worldly gain. This was the central theme of Pope Francis' homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta. According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on today's Gospel from St. Mark, in which Peter says to Jesus that he and the disciples "have given up eve...
Pope Chairs Meetings in Preparation of Family Synod
The Vatican announced today that the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops completed two days of meetings in preparation for this October’s synod on the family. The Vatican press office reported Monday that Pope Francis had chaired the meeting, saying that his presence "underlined the importance he attributes...
Pope Offers Condolences for Tornado Victims in Mexico
Pope Francis offered his prayers for those who died in Mexico following a tornado that struck Acuña City. In a message to Bishop Alonso Garza Treviño of Piedras Negras, the Holy Father encouraged "civil and ecclesial institutions, as well as people of good will to provide help to those who have lost their homes ...
'There Is No Express Marriage'
Pope Francis has reaffirmed the value of the period of engagement for a meaningful marriage. During this morning’s weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pontiff continued his catechesis on marriage and the family, and stressed how important a preparation period is in order for couples to properly know ...
Pope Francis' Message for 2015 World Mission Sunday
Below is the Vatican-provided text of Pope Francis' message for the 89th World Mission Sunday to be celebrated October 18, 2015: *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, The 2015 World Mission Sunday 2015 takes place in the context of the Year of Consecrated Life, which provides a further stimulus for prayer and ref...
'My Life Is in God's Hands'
In a new in-depth interview, Pope Francis discussed details on his election, his relationship with the people, the challenges of being Pope and the centrality of poverty in the Gospel. The Pope was interviewed by journalist Juan Berretta of the Argentine newspaper La Voz del Pueblo (The Voice of the People). Ber...
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