Pope at Chrism Mass: There is no peace greater than his forgiveness

  Vatican Basilica

In the reading from the Prophet Isaiah that we have heard, the Lord makes a promise full of hope, one that concerns us at first hand: “You shall be called priests of the Lord; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God… I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them” (61:6.8). Being priests, dear brothers, is a grace, a very great grace, yet it is not primarily a grace for us, but for our people. [1] The fact that the Lord chooses, from among his flock, some who devote themselves exclusively to the care of his flock as fathers and shepherds is a great gift for our people… Read more »

Pope Francis on Maundy Thursday: The Lord judges and forgives

  The Correctional Facility of Civitavecchia, Rome

Kull Ħamis ix-Xirka naqraw din is-silta mill-Vanġelu: hija ħaġa sempliċi. Ġesù, flimkien ma’ ħbiebu, id-dixxipli tiegħu, jinsab waqt ikla, l-ikla tal-Għid; Ġesù li jaħsel riġlejn id-dixxipli tiegħu – ħaġa stramba din li għamel: f’dak iż-żmien ir-riġlejn kienu jaħsluhom l-ilsiera fid-daħla tad-dar. U mbagħad, Ġesù – b’ġest li jmiss ukoll il-qalb – jaħsel riġlejn it-traditur, dak li biegħu. Hekk hu Ġesù, u jgħallimna dan, sempliċiment: fostkom, għandkom taħslu r-riġlejn… Read more »

Pope: A smile can give meaning to a sick person’s day

Pope Francis on Friday morning travelled to Rome’s Gemelli Catholic University Hospital to celebrate Holy Mass marking the 60th anniversary of the foundation of its Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, named for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The hospital, and its University campus, dedicated to the memory and vision of Father Agostino Gemelli,  is one of the most important and internationally acclaimed care providers in Italy… Read more »

Pope: celebrating synod means walking together on the same road

Pope Francis formally opened the Synod of Bishops on Sunday with a solemn Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.

Faithful from around the world – including laymen and -women, priests, seminarians, women and men religious, cardinals and bishops – took part in the liturgy, which marked the beginning of a two-year synodal process.

In his homily, Pope Francis took the day’s Gospel reading, recounting Jesus’ encounter with a rich young man, as the starting point for a reflection on synodality: “Celebrating a Synod,” he said, “means walking on the same road, together.”

Following the example of Jesus, he emphasized three verbs that characterize the Synod: encounterlisten, and discernRead more »