Category Archives: Pope Francis

Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi Message for 2016

(Official English translation from www.vatican.va) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Today the Church once more experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a … Continue reading

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

If only we would all be so blessed and willing to bless!

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“A Dignified Shame, and a Shamed Dignity” and the call for Gratitude before God

The Holy Father’s homily in today’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican once again offers us much upon which to reflect. It is addressed, of course, to priests, especially to those priests that were in attendance, and can be taken for … Continue reading

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The Holy Father’s Homily at the Mexican-U.S. Border

I have to admit that I have not been paying close attention to the Holy Father’s pastoral visit to Mexico this week. There have been multiple responsibilities that have kept me from such an attendance. He has, I am finding, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Christmas Homily

A belated Merry Christmas to all my readers! Blessings for 2016 also! Here is the homily Pope Francis delivered for Christmas night Mass this year. As usual, I let it speak for itself. HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS THE NATIVITY OF … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Words to the Poor in Nairobi

Here is the Pope’s address to the poor of Nairobi, Kenya. As you most probably are aware, he is visiting that country in recent days. His words speak for themselves. APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO KENYA, UGANDA … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Greets Deacons on the Occasion of their 50th Year Jubilee in Rome

Pope Francis was to have given an audience to deacons from around the world who were gathering in Rome last month for a Jubilee celebrating 50 years since the Vatican Council restored the diaconate as a permanent rank in the … Continue reading

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May It Be So

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Holy Father’s Words to the Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Holy Father met today with several victims of sexual abuse. Not all were abused by clergy but his message is clear. As I have been doing, I let you read the pope’s words without commentary from me MEETING WITH … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Address to the United Nations

The Holy Father has been absolutely astounding in his energy and strength since landing here in the United States. Scarcely a moment’s rest for him it would seem, and with each talk, address, and homily he leaves us much to … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Words to the Bishops of the United States

I also wish to reproduce for you here the address Pope Francis gave to the American bishops. Please read it for yourselves and don’t rely on the excerpts that will be reported by the press. Take you time to reflect … Continue reading

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Holy Father Pope Francis’ Homily for the Canonization of Fr. Junipero Serra

(Here is the pope’s homily from the canonization Mass of Fr. Junipero Serra. I let it speak for  itself. Enjoy!) HOLY MASS AND CANONIZATION OF BLESSED FR. JUNÍPERO SERRA HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS National Shrine of the Immaculate … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Granting of Forgiveness and Indulgence

I have copied below a letter the Holy Father released today regarding the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. In it you will see how broad and available he is making forgiveness and mercy to all the faithful throughout the world. … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Call for Change: PLEASE READ!

My dear readers, Please take the time to read this address of the Holy Father. It is a bit lengthy, but I would sincerely ask you read what he actually is saying before you begin to take in the soundbites … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Catechesis on Marriage

Pope Francis offered us a beautiful catechesis on marriage in last Wednesday’s General Audience. I am going to incorporate it into the homily I give in weddings. Here it is. The original is Italian. The English translation is from the … Continue reading

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