Pope Francis: "Never Give Way to Discouragement!"

03/24/2013 Comment

At Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square today, Pope Francis again delighted the pilgrims and tourists present - as many as 250,000 by some estimates - by shaking hands, kissing babies and blessing people with disabilities (see video).

After the Mass, he spent around 25 minutes moving through the piazza in the papal jeep, greeting the faithful. Usually, the farewell drive through the piazza lasts about 10 minutes.

In his homily, the Holy Father focused on three key themes: Joy, the Cross and Youth.

He said Palm Sunday is a time of joy, when people joyfully welcomed Jesus with palms and olive branches, awakening great hopes especially in the hearts of the simple, the humble, the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Meets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

03/23/2013 Comments (14)

Pope Francis met Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI today at Castel Gandolfo, arriving at the papal summer residence by helicopter shortly after noon.

According to Vatican Information Service:

"At noon today, the Holy Father Francis travelled by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo to meet and have lunch with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. Accompanying Benedict XVI to greet Pope Francis on his arrival were Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, and Dr. Saverio Petrillo, director of the Pontifical Villas."

Soon after arrival, Francis and Benedict went to the papal villa's chapel for a moment of prayer. Benedict directed Francis to take the seat and pre-dieu reserved for the Pope but Francis told...READ MORE

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Pope Francis's Address to Diplomatic Corps - Full Text

The Holy Father underlines his role as bridge builder with God and between people.

03/22/2013 Comments (1)

Pope Francis addressing diplomats accredited to the Holy See, March 22, 2013.


In his address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See today, Pope Francis laid out a vision for foreign relations very much his own, but also in close continuity with that of Benedict XVI. 

He stressed that his role as Pope is to be a bridge builder between God and people, reiterated the need to fight poverty (both material and spiritual), and underlined the importance of dialogue with other religions, particularly Islam.

"It is not possible to build bridges between people while forgetting God," he said. "But the converse is also true: it is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people."

His emphasis on bridge-building also points to a continuation of...READ MORE

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Photo Montage of Pope Francis's Inaugural Mass

03/19/2013 Comments (16)

Some photos I took during today's historic inaugural Mass of Pope Francis:




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Pope Francis's Inaugural Mass Homily - Full Text

03/19/2013 Comments (11)

                            Pope Francis's inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square

Homily of the Holy Father at the Inauguration of his Papal Ministry 19 March 2013:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude.

I offer a warm greeting to my brother cardinals and bishops, the priests, deacons, men and women religious, and all the lay faithful. I thank the representatives of the other Churches and...READ MORE

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Pope: "How I Wish for a Church That is Poor and For The Poor!"

03/16/2013 Comments (41)

In his second major address since being elected Supreme Pastor of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has again reminded the faithful that Christ, not the Pope, is at the centre of the Church.

He also explained the reasons why he took the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, offering an insight into his priorities as pontiff.

Addressing the 6,000 journalists accredited to cover the conclave, Pope Francis spoke movingly and with humor on a number of major themes, including the important role of the media in covering the Church. He pointed out that the Church is a spiritual not political body - a "holy people of God who walk toward the encounter with Jesus Christ" -  and that only...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: "If We Don't Confess Christ We Become Just a Compassionate NGO"

03/14/2013 Comments (6)

A glimpse of Pope Francis again eschewing the papal limousine and traveling with cardinals by minibus earlier today.

Pope Francis celebrated his first Mass as Pope this afternoon - the Missa pro Ecclesiae - with all the cardinal electors in the Sistine Chapel.

Below is Vatican Radio’s translation of the full text of his homily (corrected from earlier version):


"In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act of] profession: walking, building, professing.

Walking: the House of Jacob. “O house of Jacob, Come, let us walk in the light of the...READ MORE

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"It's like waiting for Christmas"

03/13/2013 Comments (1)

A fairly large crowd of several thousand pilgrims and tourists has gathered in St. Peter's Square this morning, many of them with their eyes fixed on the tiny chimney in the corner, beside the facade of the basilica.

The mood is upbeat, despite the wet and the cold: not the kind of weather many were expecting of Rome. But this could be a time when all expectations are scuppered and a successor Peter is elected whom few observers had been predicting.

Indeed, the longer this conclave lasts (as of writing, three votes, but no election), the more likely it is that those considered to be front-runners will not be elected, and the cardinals will decide on someone "below the radar." Such is...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