Pope Francis

Pope at Audience: Let us learn to go to the Mother with the difficulties of life

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In our journey of rediscovering the passion for proclaiming the Gospel, that apostolic zeal; seeing how this passion to proclaim the Gospel has developed in the history of the Church; on this path, we look today to the Americas, where evangelisation has an ever vital source: Guadalupe – the Mexicans are happy. Of course, the Gospel had already reached there prior to those apparitions, but unfortunately it had also been accompanied by worldly interests… Read more »

Pope at Angelus: What is my faith like?

Dear brothers and sisters, buongiorno!

Today’s Gospel recounts the encounter of Jesus with a Canaanite woman outside the territory of Israel (cf. Mt 15:21-28). She asks him to liberate her daughter, who is tormented by a demon. But the Lord pays no attention to her. She insists, and the disciples advise Jesus to acknowledge her so she would stop… Read more »

Pope at Angelus: Mary’s life marked by service and praise

Dear brothers and sisters, buongiorno!

Today, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, we contemplate her ascending in body and soul to the glory of Heaven. Today’s Gospel also presents her to us as she ascends, this time “into the hill country” (Lk 1:39). And why does she go up there? To help her cousin Elizabeth, and there she proclaims the joyful canticle of the MagnificatRead more »

Pope Francis: Call on and welcome the Lord in life’s storms

Għeżież ħuti, il-jum it-tajjeb!

Illum l-Evanġelju jirrakkuntalna miraklu partikolari ta’ Ġesù.  Billejl, Hu jimxi fuq l-ilma tal-għadira tal-Galilija biex jiltaqa’ mad-dixxipli li qed jaqsmu min-naħa għall-oħra bid-dagħjsa (cfr (Mt 14, 22-33).  Insaqsu: għaliex għamel hekk Ġesù?  Biex jagħmel spettaklu?  Le!  Allura għaliex?  Forsi minħabba xi ħtieġa urġenti u imprevedibbli, biex jgħin lil tiegħu li jinsabu mwaħħlin minħabba r-riħ kontra?  Le, iżda għaliex kien Hu li fassal kollox, li qalilhom biex jitilqu billejl u saħansitra – jgħidilna t-test – “ġagħalhom” (cfr v… Read more »

Pope Francis: ‘Next World Youth Day in Seoul, South Korea’

Before making the excitedly-awaited announcement that the next World Youth Day will take place in Seoul, South Korea, “moving from the western edge of Europe to the Far East,” Pope Francis expressed gratitude to all those who have made WYD2023 in Lisbon come true.

There is an expression, he said, that we have heard frequently during these days: “Thank you,” or rather, “Obrigado.”

Gratitude was the core value of the Pope’s Angelus message after the Holy Mass concluding World Youth Day in Lisbon… Read more »

Pope at Angelus: You are a sign of peace for the world

On the occasion of World Youth Day

  Parque Tejo, Lisbon

Dear brothers and sisters,

There is an expression that we have heard frequently during these days: “thank you”, or rather, “obrigado”. The Patriarch of Lisbon just told us something very important: that obrigado not only conveys a sense of gratitude for what we have received but also the desire to give in return. In this grace-filled event, we have all received much… Read more »

Pope to youth in Lisbon: ‘Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty’

Paulo, Mariana and Aledje were amongst the protagonists on Thursday at an event attended by Pope Francis and members of Scholas Occurrentes, at the Pontifical Foundation’s Portuguese headquarters in Cascais, south of Lisbon.

They are three of the tens of thousands of young people, of different faiths and backgrounds, who belong to the worldwide Scholas movement for education, founded in 2013 and inspired by Pope Francis’ call for the transformation of global education in the spirit of encounter and inclusion… Read more »

Pope welcomes young people to WYD: ‘God is calling you by name’

A vibrant spectacle of colour and sound greeted Pope Francis and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at the Welcoming Ceremony for World Youth Day 2023.

The festive character was intended as a celebration of the faith and a demonstration of the unity and diversity of a Church that combines tradition and modernity, and featured a cast of some 50 young people from 21 different countries, as well as the WYD choir and orchestra, and numerous other musicians showcasing the Portuguese culture… Read more »

Pope at Angelus: We must have this attitude – to seek

  Saint Peter's Square, The Vatican

Dear brothers and sisters, buongiorno!

Today the Gospel tells the parable of a merchant in search of precious gemstones, who, Jesus says, “on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Mt 13:46). Let us pause a little on the actions of this merchant, who first seeks, then finds and finally buysRead more »