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.

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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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Pope to Give Away Pocket-Sized Book of the Gospels

04/04/2014 Comments (6)

Pope Francis has often repeated the need to read a passage of the Gospels every day, whether on the bus or waiting for a train. But this Sunday, he's going one step further by giving all the faithful in St. Peter's Square a free pocket-sized book containing the texts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Acts of the Apostles. 

Several thousand copies will be distributed at this Sunday's Angelus in a bid to help the faithful get into the habit of reading a short passage daily. 

“At the weekly Sunday Angelus and on various other occasions, Pope Francis has, many times, called the faithful to always have with themselves a small book of the Gospels," Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi...READ MORE

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Criticism Mounts Over Cardinal Kasper's Speech on Divorce and Remarriage

03/25/2014 Comments (23)

The Holy Father welcomes an open debate on marriage and the family.

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When Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a controversial keynote address on marriage and the family at the Feb. 21-22 extraordinary consistory on the family, several cardinals voiced their disagreement with his comments on divorce and remarriage in discussions that followed.

Cardinal Kasper insisted in an interview with Vatican Radio that the main purpose of his speech was to “deepen the theological understanding of challenges facing the family.” While the Church must remain faithful to its teaching on the indissolubility of the sacrament of marriage, he said, it is vital to “help, support, encourage” those experiencing difficulties in their family life.

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Pope Institutes New Commission on Protecting Minors from Abuse

03/22/2014 Comments (5)

Last December, Pope Francis announced that he wanted to set up a special commission for the protection of minors in the Church.

Today he instituted the new body, called the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and appointed the following to be a part of it:

Dr. Catherine Bonnet (France)

Mrs. Marie Collins (Ireland)

Prof. the Baroness Sheila Hollins (United Kingdom)

Card. Sean Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap (U.S.)

Prof. Claudio Papale (Italy)

Her Excellency Hanna Suchocka (Poland)

Rev. Humberto Miguel Yañez, SJ (Argentina)

Rev. Hans Zollner, SJ (Germany)

The Vatican says their principal role will be to prepare the Statutes of the Commission, which will define its tasks...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