Pope Francis' 2016 'Urbi et Orbi' Easter Message

03/27/2016 Comments (7)


Here below is Pope Francis' 'Urbi et Orbi' [to the City and to the World] Easter Message.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever” (Ps 135:1)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead. That is why we proclaim today: Jesus is Lord!

His resurrection fulfils the prophecy of the Psalm: God’s mercy endures for ever; it never dies. We can trust him completely, and we thank him because for our sake he descended into the depths of the abyss.

Before the spiritual and moral abysses of mankind, before the chasms that open up in hearts...READ MORE

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Pope at Easter Vigil: Resurrect Hope of Christ in Hearts of Others

The Risen Lord is our greatest joy — He is always at our side and will never let us down, Pope says.

03/26/2016 Comments (1)
Alexey Gotovsky/CNA-EWTN

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Resurrect the hope of Christ in the hearts of many in today's world who are burdened by sadness and struggle to find meaning in their lives, Pope Francis exhorted the faithful during his Easter Vigil homily this evening in St. Peter’s basilica.

The Holy Father marked the most holy liturgical celebration in the Church’s calendar by calling on those present to be “joyful servants of hope”, proclaiming the “Risen One by our lives and by our love.” Not doing so and merely proclaiming ourselves, he said, makes the Church simply “an international organization full of followers and good rules, yet incapable of offering the hope for which the world longs.”

The Risen Lord "is our greatest joy,"...READ MORE

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Meditations and Video for the 'Via Crucis' at the Colosseum

03/25/2016 Comments (1)

At 9:15 p.m. Rome time this evening, Pope Francis will preside at the devotion of the "Via Crucis" at the Colosseum.

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, archbishop of Perugia, has written this year's meditations for each Station of the Cross (please see below). At the end of the Via Crucis, the Holy Father will give a short address to the faithful and impart his apostolic blessing.






ROME, 25 MARCH 2016 


Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti
Archbishop of Perugia – Città della Pieve


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Pope Francis' Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper

03/25/2016 Comments (4)

Pope Francis celebrated the Missa in coena Domini – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – on Thursday, leading the Church of Rome into the sacred Paschal Triduum that culminates in the great Easter Vigil in the night between Holy Saturday and Resurrection Sunday. This year, the Holy Father celebrated the Lord’s Supper at a temporary welcome and living facility for refugees and asylum-seekers located on the outskirts of Rome.

In imitation of Christ at the Last Supper, the Pope performed the ritual washing of the feet of a dozen people – eleven guests of the refugee centre and one woman who works at the centre. According to Vatican Radio, those invited to take part in the ritual were: 4 Nigerian...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Chrism Mass Homily - Full Text

03/25/2016 Comments (1)

In the morning of Holy Thursday yesterday, the Holy Father presided at the Holy Chrism Mass in St. Peter's basilica. The Mass was concelebrated by cardinals, bishops and priests (diocesan and religious) present in Rome. During the Mass, the priests renewed the promises they made at the time of of their ordination and the Holy Father blessed the sacred oils (Chrism, the oil of catechumens, and the oil of the sick), which will be used during the Easter Vigil, and in liturgical celebrations throughout the year.

We publish below the homily the Pope pronounced after the proclamation of the Holy Gospel:After hearing Jesus read from the Prophet Isaiah and say: “Today this Scripture has been...READ MORE

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Former Vatican Bank President: The Source of All Misery Is ‘Moral Misery’

03/22/2016 Comments (5)

Professor Ettore Gotti Tedeschi

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A largely undetected, anti-Catholic “gnosis” (knowledge of spiritual mysteries) is pervading many areas of life, destroying Christian values that have been the bedrock of Western civilization for millennia. This is the thesis put forward by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former president of the Vatican Bank, financier, economist and visiting professor of economics at three universities.

It also appears in a new book interview with the economist called Un Mestiere del Diavolo (“A Job of the Devil”).

In this email interview with the Register, the Italian professor elaborates on what he means by “gnosis,” discusses what he means when he says "the devil has retired", and expresses his support and...READ MORE

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Vatican Confirms Pope to Wash Feet of Refugees on Holy Thursday

03/22/2016 Comments (2)

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will wash the feet of young refugees at a Rome center for asylum seekers on Holy Thursday.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the Holy Father will take place at the Castelnuovo di Porto Center, north of Rome. The Pope is likely to wash the feet of women as well as men, and possibly some non-Catholics.

For the last three years, the Pope has visited prisons to celebrate the Mass. It will also be the first time the Pope performs the washing-of-the-feet ritual since he issued an instruction to allow “all the people of God” to take part, not only men.

Cardinal Robert Sarah has since clarified that it is not obligatory for priests to also wash the...READ MORE

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Pope Condemns 'Blind Violence' of Brussels Attacks

Belgian bishops and the president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences also issue statements of condolence.

03/22/2016 Comments (27)

Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels expressing his “deepest sympathy” after today’s terrorist attacks in Belgium.

He also condemned the “blind violence which causes so much suffering”, entrusted to God’s mercy those who died, and said he “prays for those who have lost relatives.”

At least 31 people were killed and many seriously injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station on Tuesday.

The attacks came four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.

Here below is the full text of his statement, sent through the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro...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