Category Archives: Pope’s messages

Pope Francis: ‘The Holy Spirit Changes Hearts’ – ‘He is the Divine Force that Changes the World’

Pope Francis: ‘The Holy Spirit Changes Hearts’ – ‘He is the Divine Force that Changes the World’

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MAY 20, 2018 19:15 BY 

Pope Francis spoke of the power of the Holy Spirit in his May 20, 2018, Pentecost homily at St. Peter’s Basilica.

“He is the divine force that changes the world,” the Pope reminded the congregation. “The Spirit enters into situations and transforms them. He changes hearts and he changes situations.”

Referring to the day’s readings from Acts and John, the Holy Father spoke of how fearful the disciples were – even after the resurrection. But they received the power of the Holy Spirit, which enabled them to carry out their mission to carry the word of God to the ends of the earth. read more

Pope Francis at Santa Marta: False unity destroys, strive for true unity

Pope Francis at Santa Marta: False unity destroys, strive for true unity

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Published on May 17, 2018

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Santa Marta: Unity and Unity

False Unity Can Divide

Pope Francis at General Audience: Let Us Cherish the Gift of Grace We Received at Baptism

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Pope Francis at General Audience: Let Us Cherish the Gift of Grace We Received at Baptism

‘May all of us cherish the gift of grace we received on the day of our Baptism, and let ourselves be guided at every step by the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts.’

MAY 16, 2018 10:57 BY 

Here is the Vatican-provided English-language summary of the Pope’s address at the General Audience this morning:

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Speaker:

Dear brothers and sisters: In this, our final catechesis on Baptism, we turn to the rites illustrating the grace of the sacrament. Following an ancient tradition, the newly baptized are robed in a white garment signifying their new life in Christ, and are admonished to preserve it unstained for eternal life. Since, as Saint Paul says, the baptized have been clothed in Christ (cf. Gal 3:27), they are called to cultivate every virtue, especially charity, which binds the others together (cf. Col 3:14). So too, the taper lighted from the paschal candle symbolizes the light of Christ and the warmth of his love, which, with the help of the parents and godparents, must be nurtured through education in the Christian life. These rites evoke not only our communion in the Church on earth but also point to its fulfilment in the heavenly Jerusalem, where God will be our light for ever (cf. Rev 22:5). The rite of Baptism concludes with the Our Father, as the expression of our dignity as God’s adoptive children in Christ. May all of us cherish the gift of grace we received on the day of our Baptism, and let ourselves be guided at every step by the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts. read more

The Ascension: Pope Francis Directs Our Gaze to Heaven and Earth – Marks the Beginning of the Church’s Mission

The Ascension: Pope Francis Directs Our Gaze to Heaven and Earth – Marks the Beginning of the Church’s Mission

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The Ascension: Pope Francis Directs Our Gaze to Heaven and Earth

MAY 13, 2018 18:58 BY 

Pope Francis on May 13, 2018 – Ascension Sunday – said it is a day in which we direct our gaze to heaven, then back to our mission on earth.

His comments came before praying the Regina Coeli with a crowd estimated at 45,000 in St. Peter’s Square.

“This feast contains two elements,’ the Holy Father explained. “On one hand, it directs our look to Heaven, where Jesus, glorified, is seated at the right hand of God (Cf. Mark 16:19). On the other, it recalls the beginning of the Church’s mission: why? Because Jesus risen and ascended into Heaven sends His disciples to spread the Gospel throughout the world; therefore, the Ascension exhorts us to raise our gaze to Heaven, to then turn it back immediately to earth, carrying out the tasks that the Risen Lord has entrusted to us.” read more

Pope Francis and head of Czech & Slovak Orthodox: ‘Let’s Never Be Discouraged in Journey Toward Unity’

Pope Francis and head of Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church speak ecumenism in first meeting

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Published on May 11, 2018

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Pope to Orthodox Metropolitan: ‘Let’s Never Be Discouraged in Journey Toward Unity’

Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia Orthodox Metropolitan Rastislav Visits Pope for 1st Time

MAY 11, 2018 14:20 BY 

His Beatitude the Metropolitan Rastislav, Archbishop of Prešov, Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, visited Pope Francis today May 11, 2018. This marks the first visit to Pope Francis by the Metropolitan, elected in January 2014.

During his stay in Rome, May 9- 12, the Metropolitan will meet His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch in the offices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Metropolitan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the tomb of Saint Cyril in the Basilica of Saint Clement. read more

To Visit With Two Catholic Movements, Pope Francis Travels to Nomadelfia & Loppiano

Pope Francis in Nomadelfia: There’s no place here for isolation or solitude, keep it that way

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Published on May 10, 2018

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To Visit With Two Catholic Movements, Pope Francis Travels to Nomadelfia & Loppiano

Holy Father Spends Time With Nomadelfia Community and Focolare Movement

MAY 10, 2018 12:57 BY  To visit the homes of two Catholic movements, today, May 10, 2018, Pope Francis visited Nomadelfia and Loppiano. This morning, the Holy Father made a half-day pastoral visit to Nomadelfia, marking his 22nd pastoral visit in Italy, in the province and Diocese of Grosseto, where he met with the Community founded by Don Zeno Saltini, and to Loppiano (Florence) in the diocese of Fiesole, where he visited the International Town of the Focolare Movement.

This morning, the Pope took a helicopter to Nomadelfia, named after a Catholic community, following in the footsteps of St. Pope John Paul II who visited the same town on May 21, 1989.

Upon arriving, the Pontiff visited the tomb of Father Zeno Saltini, who in 1948 founded the community. The Holy Father visited one of the family groups, held a meeting with community members in the Church, met young people and delivered an address. read more

Pope Francis in Santa Marta: Never approach the devil, he’s like a chained angry dog that bites

Pope Francis in Santa Marta: Never approach the devil, he’s like a chained angry dog that bites

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Published on May 8, 2018

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Don’t Dialogue With Devil, Keep a Good Distance

During Morning Mass, Francis Reminds Devil Is Smarter Than We Are

MAY 08, 2018 14:45 BY 

The devil is a great liar. Don’t talk to him or even get close. He tries to seduce and like a chained rabid dog, if you caress him, he bites.

According to Vatican News, Pope Francis stressed this during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta as he reflected on the figure of the devil who is not dead, but “has already been condemned” as said in today’s Gospel of today’s Liturgy, taken from John (Jn 16: 5-11). read more

Pope Francis’ Video Calls for Action Against Slavery: ‘Slavery is not something from other times’

Pope Francis’ Video Calls for Action Against Slavery: ‘Slavery is not something from other times’

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MAY 07, 2018 16:07 BY 

Pope Francis on May 7, 2018, call for global action against slavery, reminding world leaders that “Slavery is not something from other times.”

His remarks came in a video message the Holy Father sent to participants in the II International Forum on modern slavery, on the theme “Old problems in a new world”. The Forum, promoted by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and with the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, California, is taking place from 5 to 8 May, at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. read more

Pope Francis in Regina Coeli: Life must be protected and loved from conception to its natural end

Pope Francis in Regina Coeli: Life must be protected and loved from conception to its natural end

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Published on May 7, 2018

At the Regina Coeli prayer, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the day, speaking of the definition of love found in every day life.

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“Love is realized in everyday life, in attitudes, in actions; otherwise it is just an illusion. They are words, words, words: that is not love. Love is concrete, every day.” Life must always be protected and loved from conception to its natural end. And this is love.”

He said this comes to fruition in different ways. First in “protecting the elderly as a precious treasure.” Also, in taking care of the “sick, who must have all possible assistance even at the last stage” of their life. Finally, in protecting and welcoming the unborn. read more

Pope Francis Points to Lifestyle of Christ’s Community: Keep His Commandments, Abide in His Love

Pope Francis Points to Lifestyle of Christ’s Community: Keep His Commandments, Abide in His Love

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MAY 06, 2018 16:40 BY 

Pope Francis on May 6, 2018, pointed to the way of life that lives in Christ’s Community, speaking to a crowd estimated at 40,000 gathered to pray the Regina Coeli in St. Peter’s Square.

“In this Easter Season, the Word of God continues to point out to us coherent lifestyles to be the community of the Risen One. Among these, today’s Gospel presents Jesus’ charge: “abide in my love” (John 15:9).

“To inhabit the current of God’s love, to have a stable dwelling is the condition so that our love doesn’t lose its ardor and daring on the way. Like Jesus and in Him, we must also receive with gratitude the love that comes from the Father and abide in this love, trying not to separate ourselves by egoism and sin. It’s a demanding but not impossible program.” read more