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Below you will find the full text of Pope Francis’ impromptu address to the youth in Paraguay: Dear Young People, Good Afternoon! After having read the Gospel, Orlando came up to me and said, “I ask you to pray for the freedom of each one of us, of everyone”. This is the blessing which Orlando ...read more
On Sunday, July 12, 2015, Pope Francis concluded his visit to South America with a meeting with young people in Asunción, Paraguay. Below you will find the prepared text which the Pope did not read:   Dear Young People, I am happy to be with you in this atmosphere of celebration. Happy to listen to ...read more
Following the conclusion of Holy Mass in Ñu Guazú and the words of Archbishop Edmundo Ponziano Valenzuela Mellid of Asunción, Pope Francis delivered the follow Angelus address: I thank the Archbishop of Asuncion, the Most Reverend Edmundo Ponziano Valenzuela Mellid, and the Orthodox Archbishop of South America, Tarasios, for their kind words. At the end ...read more
On Sunday morning, July 12, 2015, during his last day in Paraguay, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in the military airbase of Ñu Guazú, the same place Saint John Paul II canonized St. Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz and companions during his Apostolic Journey to Paraguay in 1988. Below you will find the full text of his homily: “The ...read more
This morning, Pope Francis left the Apostolic Nunciature and went by car to the barrio of Bañado Norte di Asunción, an area where many poor people live and where the Church and the State provide various projects of social assistance. The Pope was welcomed at the chapel of San Juan Bautista by Jesuit Fr. Ireneo ...read more
Last week, I asked for your ideas. How would you define Marriage? The point is not to re-define Marriage, but to try to figure out what Marriage really is and why the Church teaches what she teaches about the true nature and design of Marriage. The first comment I received was from Rosemarie via Facebook: “Marriage ...read more
On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Pope Francis met with Paraguayan bishops, priests, seminarins and nuns for Vespers. Below you can find the full text of his address at the conclusion of vespers:  How good it is for all of us to pray Vespers together! How can we not dream of of a Church which reflects ...read more
On Saturday, July 10, 2015, Pope Francis met with members of the Civl Society of Paraguay in Asunción. Below you will find the full text of his talk: Good afternoon: I wrote this text on the basis of the questions that I received but because there are more, I will reply to these as I ...read more
Following the conclusion of Pope Francis’ morning visit to the pediatric hostipal ‘Niños de Acosta Ñu’ in Asunción, the Holy Father departed to the Marian Shrine of Caacupé to ??celebrate the Mass. Before entering the Basilica, where he was to venerate the “Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion de los Milagros”, he received the keys of the city ...read more
On July 11, 2105. the Pope left the Apostolic Nunciature in Asunción and went by car to the “Niños de Acosta Ñu” General Paediatric Hospital. Arriving at 8:30 a.m., he was greeted by the Hospital Director who accompanied him to the various departments of the hospital to visit some of the most seriously ill patients. During ...read more