Full Text of Pope Francis' Chrism Mass Homily

04/02/2015 Comment
Here below is the Holy Father's homily for the Chrism Mass which took place in St. Peter's basilica this morning, followed by a video link to the Mass of the Lord's Supper that he celebrated this evening. The 'In Coena Domini Mass' took place in the chapel of Rome's Rebibbia Prison, during which the Holy Father washed the feet of 12 prison inmates.

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

2 April 2015

“My hand shall ever abide with him, my arms also shall strengthen him” (Ps 89:21).

This is what the Lord means when he says: “I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him” (v. 20). It is also what our Father thinks whenever he “encounters”...READ MORE

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The Case for a Fair, Free and Authentic Synod Debate

03/26/2015 Comments (60)


Cardinal Vincent Nichols has voiced his opposition to an initiative of nearly 500 priests of England and Wales in which they signed an open letter stating their “unwavering fidelity” to Church doctrine on marriage and the family ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family. 

The Archbishop of Westminster said in a statement yesterday that their concerns about the synod should be raised with their bishop and are “not best conducted through the press.”

But his response is causing considerable concern among some in Rome, and probably elsewhere, who feel that for priests to merely uphold the Church’s teaching in a concerted and public way is now no longer permissible. A few of the faithful I...READ MORE

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Hundreds of Priests State 'Unwavering Fidelity' to Church's Doctrine

03/24/2015 Comments (46)

St. Thomas More

Almost 500 priests from England and Wales have signed an open letter stating their “unwavering fidelity” to the Church’s traditional doctrine regarding marriage and human sexuality.

Following “much confusion” that derived from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops last October, and ahead of an Ordinary Synod on the Family to take place this autumn, the priests said they wished to “commit ourselves anew” to presenting the Church’s teaching in its fullness while reaching out “with the Lord’s compassion” to those struggling with living the Gospel “in an increasingly secular society.”

Implicitly addressing the debate of readmission of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to holy Communion –...READ MORE

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San Gennaro Relic Liquefies in Presence of Pope Francis

03/21/2015 Comments (15)


The blood relic of San Gennaro, Naples' patron saint, liquefied in the presence of Pope Francis today, the first time the miracle has occurred in front of a Pontiff since Pope Pius IX. 

The miracle of the relic, in which half of the blood liquefied, took place during Francis' visit to Naples cathedral. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples, said it was "a sign that St. Gennaro loves Pope Francis: half of the blood turned to liquid.” Following applause from the faithful, the Pope said this "means the saint loves us halfway. We all have to convert a little more so that he loves us more.” 

The miraculous liquefying of the ancient relic of St. Gennaro usually takes place three...READ MORE

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Italian Senate Passes 'Speedy Divorce' Bill

03/19/2015 Comments (4)

– Wikipedia

The Italian senate yesterday overwhelmingly passed a bill which will drastically speed up divorce proceedings.

228 senators backed the bill, with just 11 against and 11 abstentions. Due to additional amendments made by the senate, it must now go back to Italy’s parliament for final and expected approval.

At present, divorces in Italy can be granted after three years of consensual separation. The proposed changes will significantly reduce that time period to six months, or a year if one side contests the split.

The new measures also include separation of assets: the bill stipulates they should be divided the moment a court authorizes a couple to live separately.

The senate amendments...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Approves Canonization of St. Thérèse's Parents

03/18/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis today approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Louis and Zelie Martin, paving the way for their canonization.

The Holy Father issued a decree confirming the miracle at an audience this morning with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican said in a statement.

Pope Francis is now expected to consult with cardinals on possibly holding the canonization ceremony during the Ordinary Synod on the Family, to take place Oct. 4-25.

Louis Martin (22 August 1823 - 29 July 1894) and Marie-Azelie Guérin Martin (23 December 1831 - 28 August 1877) were beatified in 2008 in the basilica...READ MORE

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Is the Synod Secretariat Stacking the Deck Again?

03/14/2015 Comments (120)

The Vatican today announced that the vice president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family will be a consulter to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.

Professor José Granados' appointment, alongside eleven other consulters, means he will be taking part in the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October. This is significant because at last October’s synod no faculty member from the John Paul II Institute was represented (although some previous institute presidents did attend, including its founding president, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra).

The synod was criticized for ignoring John Paul II’s teachings on marriage and the family,...READ MORE

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Pope to Open '24 Hours for the Lord'

03/13/2015 Comments (2)

Pope Francis will today preside at a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s basilica at 5pm (noon Eastern), during which he will open the Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”.

As last year, he is expected to go to confession in public in a gesture aimed at encouraging the faithful to renew their relationship with the Lord through receiving the Sacrament of Penance.

Churches worldwide are encouraged to remain open for 24 hours today and tomorrow. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, which is organizing the initiative, says it is a “concrete sign of mercy” that aims to underline the need for prayer, contemplation of the Eucharist, as well as a chance to go to...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin