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On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Pope Francis attended a Marian Prayer service at the Madhu Shrine in Colombo. Below you can find his full address during the service: Address of His Holiness Pope Francis Marian Prayer Madhu Shrine January 14, 2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are in our Mother’s house.  Here she welcomes us ...read more
On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Pope Francis presided over the Canonization Mass of St. Joseph Vaz, Apostole of Sri Lanka, in Colombo. Below you will find the Holy Father’s homily, along with a thank you address by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Canonization Mass of Saint Joseph Vaz ...read more
Shortly after arriving in Sri Lanka, Pope Francis attended an Interreligious and Ecumenical Gathering. Below you will find the Holy Father’s full address during the meeting, along with a welcoming address, given by Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera OSB, chairperson of the Interreligious and Ecumenical Gathering. Dear Colleagues and Friends, Greeting by Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera OSB, ...read more
Upon arrival at the International Airport in Colombo this evening, and after an airline flight of almost ten hours from Rome, the Pope was welcomed by the newly elected President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, along with several government authorities, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, bishops of Sri Lanka, a group ...read more
This week, Pope Francis is set to make his first apostolic journey of 2015, a year when he will travel extensively. He begins Monday in Asia, the world’s most populous continent, by visiting a pair of island nations: Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Both nations have in recent years been the site of incredible human suffering and social upheaval. ...read more
Recently I heard a talk by Julie and Greg Alexander of The Alexander House which helps parishes strengthen their marriage ministry or to help build a foundation to create one. Greg says that the turning point for their marriage when it was in crisis was a priest who asked them to consider God’s plan for ...read more
This morning at 10:30 in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered this address to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. It is the traditional address of the Holy Father at the beginning of each New Year. Following some introductory words by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His ...read more
This morning at 11:30 in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered the following address to participants in the special meeting convened by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” and the Pontifical council for Latin America, marking the fifth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. The theme of the meeting that took place yesterday and ...read more
Have you ever sat in mass and prayed really hard – “please God, please. Let this be over soon!” Somewhere between the grumpy greeter, the off-key cantor, the lackluster homily and your own unenthusiastic recitation of the Creed, you realize that there’s something terribly wrong with this picture. I don’t want to be here! Is ...read more
Pope Francis delivered his Christmas present to the Church a little late, but still well within the liturgical Christmas season. On January 4, while leading the Angelus, Pope Francis announced the names of the 15 men under 80 he wants to elevate to the rank of cardinal. Among them are Latin Americans, Africans, Asians, and ...read more