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Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine hill in Rome. In his homily, the Holy Father said Lent is a path that “leads to the triumph of mercy over all that would crush us or reduce us to something unworthy of our dignity as God’s ...read more
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Pope Francis presided over the celebration of Vespers for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please find the full text of his prepared homily below: Encountering Jesus on the road to Damascus radically transformed the life of ...read more
On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis celebrated morning Mass and, in his homily, spoke about the way Jesus expressed authority: through service, closeness and coherence. The Holy See Press office also announced Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be meeting the Pope on Saturday. Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine ...read more
The Holy Father met with diplomats accredited to the Holy See Monday morning and warned against the danger of using religion to justify violence. He told them “that every expression of religion is called to promote peace”. On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, he baptised 28 babies in the Sistine Chapel. ...read more
November 13, 2016 St. Peter’s Basilica For you… the sun of justice shall rise, with healing in its wings” (Mal 4:2). The words of the Prophet Malachi, which we heard in the first reading, shed light on today’s Jubilee. They come to us from the last page of the last Old Testament prophet. They are ...read more
Pope Francis concluded his 26-hour pastoral visit to Sweden on Tuesday morning by celebrating a Mass in the southern city of Malmo for the nation’s small Catholic community. Please see below an English translation of Pope Francis’ homily at the Mass in Malmo: Today, with the entire Church, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. ...read more