‘When Jesus draws near to us, he fills us with joy,’ the Holy Father said April 18.
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Reflecting on the Gospel reading for the day, Pope Francis suggested that the leper’s encounter with Jesus contained two “transgressions”: the man’s decision to approach Jesus and Christ’s reaching out to him.
Speaking from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the pope said that each time that God calls someone it is “an initiative of His love.”
In the midday Marian prayer broadcast live from the library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis invoked the intercession of the Immaculate Conception, who was proclaimed patroness of the United States in 1846.
The Holy Father led the Angelus Dec. 8 from the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's Square.
Protests against police brutality erupted in Africa’s most populous country Oct. 7 as demonstrators called for the abolition of a police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Blessed Carlo Acutis, a Catholic teen with an aptitude for computer programming, became the first millennial to be declared ‘Blessed’ on Oct. 10.
Reflecting on Sunday’s Gospel, the pope said that “living a Christian life is not made up of dreams or beautiful aspirations, but of concrete commitments, in order to open ourselves ever more to God's will and to love for our brothers and sisters.”
In his address, the pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-20), in which Peter professes his faith in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God.
Pope Francis described the story of the sower as “somewhat the ‘mother’ of all parables,” because it focuses on a fundamental element of the Christian life: listening to the Word of God.