Pope's Homily at Mass in Typhoon-Hit Tacloban City

01/17/2015 Comment

Pope Francis travelled to the Philippine city of Tacloban today, the center of a region devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. 

In his homily at Mass in the grounds of the city's airport, Francis reminded an estimated 500,000 pilgrims who braved wind and rain to take part in the liturgy that the Lord "cries with us and walks with us in the most difficult moments of life." 

Setting aside his prepared text to speak from the heart, the Pope said: "So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you ... He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we, that you, have experienced. And beside the cross was his Mother." 


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Pope Francis' Address at Meeting With Families in Manila

01/16/2015 Comments (2)

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' address at a Meeting with Families this evening in Manila, beginning with a welcome message of Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Bishop of Antipolo and President of the Episcopal Commission for the Family, followed by testimonies by families.

Most Holy Father,

Welcome home! This is your home. We are your children and you are our father. The families of the Philippines are here. We have long welcomed you into our hearts. Now we embrace you eager to listen to you.

Where are the Filipino families? Many of us are like the crisp morning sunburst. The family is our nest of happiness. The family is our cradle of warmth. Speak to us Holy Father and bless us...READ MORE

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Full Texts of Pope's Homily at Cathedral in Manila, Address to Diplomats

01/16/2015 Comment

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' homily at an 11.15am Mass with clergy and religious in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, and his address earlier to diplomats at the Presidential Palace. 


Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Mass with Bishops, Priests and Religious
Manila, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
January 16, 2015
“Do you love me?…  Tend my sheep” (Jn 21:15-17).  Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel are the first words I speak to you, dear brother bishops and priests, men and women religious, and young seminarians.  These words remind us of something essential.  All pastoral ministry is born of love.  All...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Arrives in the Philippines

Speaks to reporters aboard the papal plane.

01/15/2015 Comments (1)

After a flight of nearly six hours, Pope Francis arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila at 5.35pm local time today, where he was welcomed by the country's President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. After the national anthems and presentation of their respective delegations, the Pope was driven to the apostolic nunciature.

Francis gave no discourses today, but he did speak to reporters on the papal plane, during which he referred to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith," the Pope said. If you do, he said, you "can expect a punch." 

"Every religion has dignity, every religion that respects human life...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address at Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

01/14/2015 Comments (1)

Pope Francis today travelled to the north of Sri Lanka where a 30-year civil war was waged between ethnic Tamils and Sinhalese that ended in 2009. 

In his address at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu - the most visited Marian shrine in the country - he reminded those present that the Blessed Mother "wants to guide Sri Lankans to greater reconciliation, so that the balm of God’s pardon and mercy may bring true healing to all."

During the ceremony, a special prayer was raised to the Virgin Mary for the consolidation of peace in the country. Tamil and Sinhalese families who suffered greatly from the hostilities were among those present.

Here below is the full text of the Pope's speech:



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Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz

01/14/2015 Comments (2)

Here below is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at the Jan. 14th canonization Mass of Blessed Joseph Vaz, at Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  


“All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God” (Is 52:10)

This is the magnificent prophecy which we heard in today’s first reading. Isaiah foretells the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth. This prophecy has a special meaning for us, as we celebrate the canonization of a great missionary of the Gospel, Saint Joseph Vaz. Like countless other missionaries in the history of the Church, he responded to the Risen Lord’s command to make disciples of every nation (cf. Mt 28:19). By his words,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to Interreligious Leaders in Colombo

01/13/2015 Comments (2)

This afternoon, in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, Pope Francis addressed an Interreligious and Ecumenical Gathering. 

To the assembled faith leaders, he stressed the urgency of "healing and unity, not further conflict and division" in the country. 

"Surely the fostering of healing and unity is a noble task which is incumbent upon all who have at heart the good of the nation, and indeed the whole human family," he said. "It is my hope that interreligious and ecumenical cooperation will demonstrate that men and women do not have to forsake their identity, whether ethnic or religious, in order to live in harmony with their brothers and sisters."

But Francis also said that for...READ MORE

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Pope Arrives in Sri Lanka, Outlines Path to Reconciliation

01/13/2015 Comments (1)

Pope Francis with newly elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Jan. 13, 2015

Pope Francis arrived at Colombo's Bandaranaike international airport shortly before 9 am today, after a flight from Rome lasting nearly ten hours.

The Pope was welcomed at the airport by Sri Lanka's newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and other dignitaries including Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, who is both Archbishop of Colombo and president of the Sri Lankan bishops' conference. Traditional dancers were there to greet him, along with a children’s choir that performed an especially composed hymn to mark the visit.

After a welcome address by President Sirisena, the Pope gave an address in which he referred to peace efforts following a 30-year civil war in the country that ended in...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