Pope Francis' Easter Urbi et Orbi Address

04/20/2014 Comments (2)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid!  I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen!  This event is the basis of our faith and our hope.  If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew.  The message which Christians bring to the...READ MORE

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WATCH: Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square

04/20/2014 Comment

Follow Easter Sunday Holy Mass presided over by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square. Coverage begins at 4.00 a.m. EDT. 

Liturgy Booklet for Easter Sunday Mass with Pope Francis (April 20, 2014)

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Pope Francis' Homily at Easter Vigil - Full Text

04/19/2014 Comments (1)

Pope Francis' homily at the Easter Vigil this evening in St. Peter's basilica:

"The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee" (v. 7). The women quickly depart and on the way Jesus himself meets them and says: "Do not fear; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me" (v. 10).

After the death of the Master, the...READ MORE

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Father Cantalamessa's Homily on Good Friday

"Judas Was Standing With Them" (Jn 18:5)

04/19/2014 Comments (2)

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Here below is the Good Friday homily delivered yesterday evening in St. Peter's Basilica by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household.

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In the divine-human history of the passion of Jesus, there are many minor stories about men and women who entered into the ray of its light or its shadow. The most tragic one is that of Judas Iscariot. It is one of the few events attested with equal emphasis by each of the four Gospels and the rest of the New Testament. The early Christian community reflected a great deal on this incident and we would be remiss to do otherwise. It has much to tell us.

Judas was chosen from the very beginning to be one of the Twelve....READ MORE

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Pope's Closing Words at Colosseum 'Via Crucis'

04/18/2014 Comment

“In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man, when we allow ourselves to be guided by evil; but we also see the immensity of God's mercy who does not treat us according to our sins, but according to His mercy," Pope Francis told a large crowd of pilgrims who had gathered to participate in the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum yesterday evening.

"God placed all the weight of our sins on the Cross of Jesus, all the injustices perpetrated by every Cain against his brother, all the bitterness of the betrayal of Judas and Peter, all the vanity of tyrants, all the arrogance of false friends," the Pope said. "It was a heavy Cross, like the night of abandoned people, as heavy as the death of loved...READ MORE

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

04/18/2014 Comment

Pope Francis gave an improvised homily during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which was held at S. Maria della Provvidenza, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the suburbs of Rome. During the Mass, he washed and kissed the feet of 12 residents of the home: nine Italians, one Muslim from Libya, a young man from Cape Verde and an Ethiopian woman.

The following is an English translation of Pope Francis’ reflections. Translation by Vatican Radio.


"We have heard what Jesus did at the Last Supper: It is a gesture of farewell. He is God and He makes Himself a servant, our servant. It is like an inheritance. You also must be servants of one...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Chrism Mass Homily - Full Text

04/17/2014 Comment

Pope Francis delivering his Chrism Mass homily this morning in St. Peter's basilica.


Dear Brother Priests,

In the eternal "today" of Holy Thursday, when Christ showed his love for us to the end (cf. Jn 13:1), we recall the happy day of the institution of the priesthood, as well as the day of our own priestly ordination. The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness, and this anointing invites us to accept and appreciate this great gift: the gladness, the joy of being a priest. Priestly joy is a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself but for the entire faithful people of God: that faithful people from which he is called to be anointed and which he, in turn, is sent to anoint.

Anointed with the oil of gladness so as to anoint others with the oil of...READ MORE

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Strong Rebuttal to Metropolitan Hilarion's "Offensive Remarks"

04/16/2014 Comments (13)

Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.

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In a recent interview with this newspaper, a senior Russian Orthodox official had some harsh words for the Oriental Catholic Churches – particularly Greek Catholics – which many found offensive.

Among the most cutting remarks of Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, was his charge that “’Uniatism’ was and is a special project of the Roman Catholic Church, aimed to convert the Orthodox to Catholicism”.

He also claimed that, with the help of the secular authorities, “the ‘Uniates’ have acted for many centuries to the detriment of the Orthodox Church, capturing Orthodox churches and monasteries,...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