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Archbishop Fisichella in Los Angeles for the National Meeting of Catechists

Archbishop Fisichella in Los Angeles for the National Meeting of Catechists

From 14 to 17 February 2024, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery, took part in the International Meeting of Catechists in Los Angeles. During the four days of the congress, around 60,000 people coming from communities speaking no less than 39 different languages were involved in periods of study, discussion, and prayer. In recent days Mgr. Fisichella also had the chance to...

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In Brasilia, the meeting of Brazilian Catechesis Directors with Archbishop Fisichella

In Brasilia, the meeting of Brazilian Catechesis Directors with Archbishop Fisichella

The three-day meeting of the Episcopal Commission for Biblical-Catechetical Activity of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference opened yesterday, in the presence of the Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella. At Casa Dom Luciano, the leaders of the 19 pastoral regions of the country, including bishops, regional coordinators, and members of the biblical-catechetical...

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3/Sunday of the Word of God. Interviews with catechists and lectors

3/Sunday of the Word of God. Interviews with catechists and lectors

  Maria Erivan Silva, of the Archdiocese of Fortaleza, Brazil, will be instituted as a Catechist.   When did you feel the call to serve as a Catechist?   “I have been a catechist since I was 14, when I was preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation in my home parish of São João Batista - Horizonte-Ce. I started out working with 7 and 8 year olds. At the beginning what I loved...

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2/Sunday of the Word of God, interviews with catechists and readers

2/Sunday of the Word of God, interviews with catechists and readers

  Kali McMorris is one of the candidates who will receive the Ministry of Lector from the  Pope. She is Jamaican, from the Archdiocese of Kingston.   When did you feel within yourself the desire to serve the Lord and your community through the ministry of Lector/Reader?   “At the age of 10 they asked me to read at my grandfather's funeral. I wasn't the oldest, but for some...

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Fifth Sunday of the Word of God - 21 january 2024

Fifth Sunday of the Word of God - 21 january 2024

  The fifth Sunday of the Word of God will be held on 21 January 2024. This is an annual celebration established by Pope Francis on 30 September 2019. The theme of this edition is taken from the Gospel of John: “Remain in my Word" (Jn 8:31). At 9.30 am on Sunday 21 January, the Pope will preside over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in St Peter's Basilica and, following this, in a...

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1/Sunday of the Word of God 2024, interviews with catechists and readers

1/Sunday of the Word of God 2024, interviews with catechists and readers

  Justin Ragoonanan, 35, will be instituted as a Catechist on January 21. He comes from the diocese of Port of Spain, in the Antilles.   When did you feel the call to serve as a Catechist? “My call to engage in catechesis and announce the Gospel came when I had just turned 20. About 15 years ago I was asked to assist the catechists in my community in the training of the children who...

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The Holy See to participate in the EXPO in Osaka in 2025

The Holy See to participate in the EXPO in Osaka in 2025

  From 13 April 2025 to 13 October 2025, the 2025 Universal Exposition will take place in Osaka, Japan (EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan). The theme chosen for this edition is “Designing Future Society for our Lives”, with three distinct sub-themes: “Saving Lives”, “Empowering Lives”, and “Connecting Lives”. The Holy See, in collaboration with the Italy Pavilion, will be present at the event...

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An interview with Father Massimo Fusarelli (OFM) Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor

An interview with Father Massimo Fusarelli (OFM) Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor

Father Massimo Fusarelli, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, tells us about the intuition of Saint Francis as we mark the anniversary of the first depiction of the Nativity scene created by the Saint at Christmas 1223 in the little Italian town of Greccio, near Rieti, north of Rome.   That year the patron saint of Italy stopped in the Reatino valley, probably returning from Rome...

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Inauguration of 100 Nativity Scenes Exhibition in the Vatican

Inauguration of 100 Nativity Scenes Exhibition in the Vatican

“This year it is only right to remember the first nativity scene - that of Saint Francis, created at Christmas 1223 in Greccio,” said the Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, Archbishop  Rino Fisichella, as he declared open the “100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican” exhibition.   He added: “The saint wanted a living nativity scene. And he really did achieve a miracle, that of...

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Friday 8 December sees the inauguration of the international exhibition "100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican" in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee

Friday 8 December sees the inauguration of the international exhibition "100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican" in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee

  The Dicastery continues its "The Jubilee is culture” series in preparation for the next Jubilee 2025. The third event scheduled is the International Exhibition "100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican", which brings together the works of numerous artisans depicting the crib scene. Each of the different representations is the fruit of the imagination of the individual...

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Reliquary of the Madonna delle Lacrime of Syracuse visits Bagheria

Reliquary of the Madonna delle Lacrime of Syracuse visits Bagheria

    On 5 and 6 December 2023 the community of the parish-sanctuary of Maria SS. Immacolata, in the city of Bagheria, will welcome, during the Novena to the Immaculate Conception, the Reliquary of the Madonna delle Lacrime of Syracuse.   This will be an opportunity to remind Bagheria of the miraculous event that occurred in Syracuse 70 years ago, from 29 August to 1 September 1953,...

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World Day of the Poor, Joseph: “I want everyone to experience the mercy of the Lord in an encounter with their wounded brothers.”

World Day of the Poor, Joseph: “I want everyone to experience the mercy of the Lord in an encounter with their wounded brothers.”

    “Thanks to my work as a volunteer with the Fratello Association, I met Ludo,” says Joseph, a young 31-year-old French volunteer. “He lived on the street, and after World Youth Day in Lisbon, which we experienced together, he decided to change his life. He began to pray every day and now he has asked to make his first holy communion. I thank God for this encounter." Joseph spoke...

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World Day of the Poor, the missionary doctor: "My month with the poor of Bangladesh"

World Day of the Poor, the missionary doctor: "My month with the poor of Bangladesh"

"The poor live the passion of the Lord in their own flesh." António Lourenço, a young 30-year-old Portuguese doctor, spoke about his missionary experience in Bangladesh to mark the 7th World Day of the Poor. Next Sunday, November 19, Pope Francis will preside over a Mass to mark the Day in St. Peter's Basilica.   What does “Do not turn your eyes away from the poor” mean for your...

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The Conference entitled “The Sanctuary: house of prayer” gets underway tomorrow in the Paul VI Hall

The Conference entitled “The Sanctuary: house of prayer” gets underway tomorrow in the Paul VI Hall

    Five years after the previous gathering in 2018, the 2nd International Meeting for Rectors and Pastoral Personnel of Shrines begins tomorrow, entitled “The Sanctuary: house of prayer. On the way towards the 2025 Jubilee”. There will be around 600 participants from all over the world, with 43 countries represented in Rome. Starting on Thursday 9 November at 3pm and continuing for the...

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Motto for the 2024 Sunday of the Word of God

 

For next year’s ‘Sunday of the Word of God’, which will be celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica in the presence of Pope Francis on Sunday 21 January 2024, the motto chosen is taken from the Gospel of St John: “Remain in my Word” (John 8,31).

 

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Tickets now available for the World Day of the Poor

Tickets now available for the World Day of the Poor

Free admission tickets   For participate in the Eucharistic Celebration that Pope Francis will preside on Sunday, November 19, at 10:00 a.m., in St. Peter's Basilica, on the occasion of the Seventh World Day of the Poor, it will be necessary to request free admission tickets by filling out the form below.   Free tickets may be collected from the Palazzo San Pio X, 7 Via...

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More than 300 Nativity Scenes have been entered for the 6th Edition of the “100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican” Exhibition 2023

More than 300 Nativity Scenes have been entered for the 6th Edition of the “100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican” Exhibition 2023

  The 6th edition of the International Exhibition "100 Nativity Scenes in the Vatican” for 2023 has proved to be a great success. More than 300 works, coming from more than 17 different countries round the world have been entered.   The deadline to nominate a nativity scene for the exhibition passed on Saturday 30 September. In the next few weeks the artists who participated in the...

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Start of the meeting with the Episcopal Conferences of latin america

Start of the meeting with the Episcopal Conferences of latin america

  Today and tomorrow, 16 and 17 June, the Delegation form the Holy See’s Dicastery for Evangelization led by the Pro-Prefect, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, will be in Panama City to meet with Spanish-speaking representatives from the Latin American Bishops’ Conferences.   The meeting has been organized in collaboration with the Catechetical Laboratory of CELAM (the Latin American...

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Meeting with the team responsible for catechesis of the us Bishops’ Conference

Meeting with the team responsible for catechesis of the us Bishops’ Conference

  The series of meetings between the Pro-Prefect of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, and the heads of catechesis among the world’s episcopal conferences continues.   Following on from the Rome Congress which brought together the Heads of Evangelization of the various Bishops’ Conferences of Europe in September 2021, and the Ottawa Congress of...

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Message World day of the poor 2023

Message World day of the poor 2023

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE SEVENTH WORLD DAY OF THE POOR 19 November 2023, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor (Tob 4:7)   1. This, the seventh annual World Day of the Poor, is a fruitful sign of the Father’s mercy and a support for the lives of our communities. As its celebration becomes more and more rooted in...

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WACOM – World Apostolic Congress of Mercy

WACOM – World Apostolic Congress of Mercy

  WACOM - Fifth International Apostolic Congress on the Divine Mercy, Samoa 2023     From 20-26 May 2023 the Fifth International Apostolic Congress on the Divine Mercy took place in Apia, Samoa. Around 600 participants with a devotion to the Divine Mercy were in attendance from all over the world, especially from Oceania and Asia.   The Vatican’s Dicastery for...

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Message 44th World Tourism Day

Message 44th World Tourism Day

  MESSAGE 44th WORLD TOURISM DAY  “Tourism and Green Investment” September 27, 2023   1. “Tourism and Green Investment”. It is with this expression, proposed by the World Tourism Organization, that we prepare for and celebrate the upcoming 44th World Tourism Day on September 27, 2023. The Church wishes to participate together with the countries, associations, and the many entities...

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II International Conference for Rectors and Pastoral Personnel of Shrines

II International Conference for Rectors and Pastoral Personnel of Shrines

    The II International Conference for Rectors and Pastoral Personnel of Shrines will be held from November 9 to 11, 2023, with the theme The Shrine: a House of Prayer. This event takes place after the first International Conference held in 2018, with three days that will involve numerous conference attendees, including Rectors and Pastoral Personnel from Shrines all around the world....

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24 hours for the Lord 2023

24 hours for the Lord 2023

  On Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th 2023, we are invited to join with the universal Church around the world in observing “24 Hours for the Lord” – a way to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration.   The motto of the initiative is: “Be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13)     ...

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Second Vatican Ecumenical Council

Second Vatican Ecumenical Council

Second Vatican Ecumenical Council October 11, 2022     On October 11, 2022, the memorial of Pope St. John XXIII, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, the Holy Father Francis will preside over the Eucharistic Celebration in St. Peter's Basilica at 5 p.m.   At the end of the Celebration, a torchlight procession will take...

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Competition for Jubilee 2025 Hymn kicks off

Competition for Jubilee 2025 Hymn kicks off

vaticannews.va   The Dicastery for Evangelization invites entries for the Hymn for the Holy Year 2025, encouraging interested persons to set to music a provided text which expresses the essence of the Jubilee event. By Benedict Mayaki, SJ   With preparations beginning in view of the Holy Year 2025, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, in charge of coordinating the Holy See’s...

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Pope to catechists: 'Share a living experience of the faith'

Pope to catechists: 'Share a living experience of the faith'

Pope to catechists: 'Share a living experience of the faith' Pope Francis welcomes catechists taking part in the Third International Congress on Catechesis, and encourages them to transmit a lived experience of the faith, while remembering their calling to show others the love of Jesus Christ.     Pope Francis welcomes catechists taking part in the Third International Congress on...

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Press conference

Press conference

Presentation of the Official Jubilee Logo   The celebration of an ordinary Jubilee entails years of preparation because of the demands involved in such an event. When the Pope opens the Holy Door of St. Peter's, officially initiating the Jubilee, and subsequently the Doors of the other papal basilicas, pilgrims will be ushered into a long-awaited spiritual experience and they will be eager...

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Pope to lead Rosary for peace in Ukraine & end to wars worldwide

Pope to lead Rosary for peace in Ukraine & end to wars worldwide

Pope Francis, in connection with international shrines worldwide, will lead a Rosary for peace from the Basilica of St. Mary Major on 31 May for those suffering the ongoing war in Ukraine and other wars around the world. By Deborah Castellano Lubov Pope Francis will lead a Rosary for peace as a sign of hope for those suffering from the ongoing war in Ukraine and wars around the world. The news...

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Third International Congress on Catechesis

Third International Congress on Catechesis

Third International Congress on Catechesis The Catechist, witness of the new life in Christ Paul VI Hall, Vatican City, September 8-10, 2022           Session I   Thursday, September 8, 2022 -          16.00   Opening Prayer -          16.15  ...

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Pope to Missionaries of Mercy: Show the face of God's boundless mercy to all

Pope to Missionaries of Mercy: Show the face of God's boundless mercy to all

VATICAN NEWS Pope Francis welcomes Missionaries of Mercy from around the world, and encourages them to receive warmly those seeking God's mercy and to offer consolation to the sad and lonely, offering the biblical figure Ruth as an inspiration for their ministry.     By Thaddeus Jones Welcoming the Missionaries of Mercy from around the world in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Monday, Pope...

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Third international meeting of the Missionaries of Mercy

Third international meeting of the Missionaries of Mercy

THE MISSIONARY OF MERCY: A SIGN OF WELCOME Third international meeting of the Missionaries of Mercy Rome - april 23-25, 2022     PROGRAM/SCHEDULE   Saturday, April 23, 2022 Vatican City, New Synod Hall 8:00 Entrance to the Vatican through the Porta Petriana after security checks performed by the Italian Police 9:00 Opening Prayer 9:15 Greetings and Workshop...

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Divine Mercy Sunday 2022

Divine Mercy Sunday 2022

On April 24, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis will preside at the Eucharistic Concelebration for Divine Mercy Sunday (Domenica in albis).  This year's celebration will be enriched by the presence in St. Peter's of the Missionaries of Mercy, from more than twenty countries, who will be in Rome for their Third International Meeting.  The year 2022 will also mark...

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international competition for the creation of the Official Logo of the Jubilee 2025

international competition for the creation of the Official Logo of the Jubilee 2025

On February 22, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization launched an international competition for the creation of the Official Logo of the Jubilee 2025. From today, Friday, April 1 and afterwards, it will be possible to upload the digital file of one's work on the official website of the Jubilee 2025 (iubilaeum2025.va/en/logo). Anyone can participate, subject to...

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24 Hours for the Lord - Tickets

24 Hours for the Lord - Tickets

__________________ Tickets may be collected at the following times: Thursday 24 march: 8.30-13.30 e 15.00-17.30 Friday 25 march: 8.30-13.30 e 15.00-16.00 Via della Conciliazione n.7 Gruppi: I gruppi di volontariato, gruppi assistenziali, comunità di accoglienza, Caritas, istituti religiosi, associazioni assistenziali e tutti colori che in maniera organizzata si occupano del sostegno ai più...

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Holy See invites entries for Jubilee 2025 Official Logo

Holy See invites entries for Jubilee 2025 Official Logo

vaticannews.va   The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization launches a competition open to all, for the creation of the Official Logo for the Jubilee 2025. The contest begins on Tuesday, 22 February and ends on Friday, 20 May, 2022. Pope Francis has charged the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization with coordinating the Holy See’s preparations for the Holy...

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Pope urges a prayerful preparation for 2025 Jubilee

Pope urges a prayerful preparation for 2025 Jubilee

To My Dear Brother the Most Reverend Rino Fisichella president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization The Jubilee has always been an event of great spiritual, ecclesial, and social significance in the life of the Church. Ever since 1300, when Boniface VIII instituted the first Holy Year – initially celebrated every hundred years, then, following its biblical...

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24 Hours for the Lord

24 Hours for the Lord

On Friday, March 25, 2022, in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis will preside a Penitential Celebration opening the traditional “24 Hours for the Lord.

The motto for this year’s “24 Hours for the Lord” is: In Him, we have forgiveness (ref. Col.1: 13-14)

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Sunday of the Word of God 2022

Sunday of the Word of God 2022

3rd Sunday of the Word of God January 23, 2022   Press Release January 23, 2022, will see the third celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God, which was instituted by Pope Francis on September 30, 2019. At 9:30 a.m. the Holy Father will preside at Holy Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica. In compliance with the health regulations currently in force, the number of participants at the Holy Mass...

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Fisichella: il motto del Giubileo 2025 è “pellegrini di speranza"

Fisichella: il motto del Giubileo 2025 è “pellegrini di speranza"

VATICAN NEWS According to the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Pope's main concern is that the 2025 Jubilee Year be prepared in the best possible way. Speaking after an audience with Pope Francis on 3 January, Archbishop Rino Fisichella said that during the meeting the Pope approved the motto proposed for the upcoming Jubilee Year, a motto he said,...

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Giubileo 2025, il Papa ne affida a Fisichella la preparazione

Giubileo 2025, il Papa ne affida a Fisichella la preparazione

  By Vatican News Pope Francis has given the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization responsibility on coordinating the Holy See's preparations for the Holy Year 2025. In recent days the President of the Council, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, met with Superiors of the Secretariat of State, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) and the Secretariat for...

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100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican - Press Release

100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican - Press Release

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION 100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican December 5, 2021 - January 9, 2022   Press Release This year marks the fourth edition of the International Exhibition 100 Nativity Scenes at the Vatican, an exhibition that brings together the works of numerous artisans, depicting the Nativity of the Lord, in the varied expressions that the...

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Fifth World Day of the Poor - Press Release

Fifth World Day of the Poor - Press Release

PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION Fifth World Day of the Poor Sunday, November 14, 2021 This coming November 14 sees the fifth celebration of the World Day of the Poor. An initiative strongly desired by Pope Francis in order to urge the Church and the faithful to ‘go out’ to encounter poverty in the various ways it manifests itself in the modern world and in order to...

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Pope Francis to meet with the poor in Assisi

Pope Francis to meet with the poor in Assisi

The meeting in Assisi, St. Francis’ hometown, will be a private one during which Pope Francis will share moments of listening and prayer with about 500 people from all over Europe in preparation for the World Day of the Poor on 14 November. That World Day was wanted by the Pope to raise awareness and call on all men and women to listen to the cry of the poor. The theme of this year’s celebration...

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Pope: Catechists are evangelizers who transmit the Eucharist they live

Pope: Catechists are evangelizers who transmit the Eucharist they live

Catechists are evangelizers who live from the celebration of the Eucharist and feel more vividly the passion to transmit the faith with the creativity and drive of the Holy Spirit.  “The privileged place of catechesis is precisely the Eucharistic celebration, where brothers and sisters come together to discover more and more the different ways of God's presence in their lives.” The Pope made...

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Pope: The poor enable us to discover the true face of the Father

Pope: The poor enable us to discover the true face of the Father

Pope: The poor enable us to discover the true face of the Father Pope Francis releases his message for the fifth World Day of the poor. He highlights the need for conversion and for an approach that counters new forms of poverty in the world and promotes the freedom needed to live a life of fulfilment according to the abilities of each person. By Vatican News staff writer   The theme of the...

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Pope concludes Month of Prayer with Rosary in Vatican Gardens

Pope concludes Month of Prayer with Rosary in Vatican Gardens

Pope Francis leads the Holy Rosary in the Vatican Gardens at the conclusion of the “Marathon of Prayer” for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of work and social activities. By Christopher Wells Pope Francis was joined by first communicants and young people who have recently been confirmed, as well as by newlyweds and expecting couples, scouts, families, and religious, as he...

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Pope establishes ministry of catechist

Pope establishes ministry of catechist

With a new Apostolic Letter issued “motu proprio,” Pope Francis establishes the lay ministry of catechist, intended to respond to an urgent need for the evangelisation of the modern world, and undertaken in a “secular” manner, avoiding clericalisation. By Isabella Piro   “Fidelity to the past and responsibility for the present are necessary conditions for the Church to carry out her mission...

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Pope opens Marathon of Prayer with Rosary in Vatican Basilica

Pope opens Marathon of Prayer with Rosary in Vatican Basilica

Pope Francis inaugurates the Marathon of Prayer for an end to the pandemic on Saturday by leading the faithful in the Holy Rosary from St Peter’s Basilica.   By Vatican News staff reporter   Pope Francis led the faithful in the recitation of the Holy Rosary on Saturday to inaugurate a “Marathon of Prayer” for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a press release announcing the initiative,...

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Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God

Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God

“Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God” (Acts 12:5) Guided by the Shrines around the world, all the faithful during the month of May unite in the recitation of the Holy Rosary to ask for the end of the pandemic and the resumption of social and work activities.   Press release In response to the Holy Father's heartfelt wish, the month of May will be dedicated to a...

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Pope at Mass: God’s Word a love letter from the One who knows us best

Pope at Mass: God’s Word a love letter from the One who knows us best

In his homily at Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God, read by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Pope Francis invites Christians to make time for Sacred Scripture, and emphasizes that God’s Word is one of consolation but also a call to conversion.   By Lydia O’Kane Holy Mass for the 2nd Sunday of the Word of God was celebrated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council...

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Sunday of the World of God

Sunday of the World of God

This coming January 24, we will celebrate for the second time the Sunday of the Word of God. This year's theme is taken from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians: Hold on to the word of life! (Phil 2:16). For this occasion, Pope Francis will preside over the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. from St. Peter's Basilica. The event will be televised live on Rai1 and on all Catholic broadcasters around...

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Pope at Mass on World Day of Poor: ‘The poor guarantee us eternal income’

Pope at Mass on World Day of Poor: ‘The poor guarantee us eternal income’

Pope Francis celebrates Mass to mark the World Day of the Poor, and urges Christians to spend our lives in prayer, charity, and witness to the Gospel on behalf of those in need. By Devin Watkins The World Day of the Poor was instituted in 2016 by Pope Francis, and is celebrated annually on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This year’s occurrence marks its 4th iteration, and is being...

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The World Day of the Poor  - 2020

The World Day of the Poor - 2020

  Press Conference            The World Day of the Poor has reached its Fourth edition. The Day’s theme, expressed in Pope Francis’ Message made public last June 13, the liturgical memory of Saint Anthony of Padua, centers on the biblical expression: “Stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sir 7:32).  With a far-sighted vision, Pope Francis in...

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Most Rev. José Octavio Ruiz Arenas

Most Rev. José Octavio Ruiz Arenas

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in the Library of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the Superiors, Officials, and Staff gathered to say farewell to H.E. Most Rev. José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, Archbishop Emeritus of Villavicencio (Colombia), whose term of office as Secretary has come to an end with the acceptance of his resignation which he had submitted to the Holy...

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New Directory for Catechesis released

New Directory for Catechesis released

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization releases a new Directory for Catechesis, providing guidelines for the Church’s mission of proclaiming the Gospel through catechesis and evangelization. By Vatican News The long-awaited updated Directory for Catechesis was released in the Vatican on Thursday. It was drafted under the direction of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the...

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Announcement of the Holy Father’s Message for the Fourth World Day of the Poor 2020

Announcement of the Holy Father’s Message for the Fourth World Day of the Poor 2020

“Stretch out your hand to the poor” (Sirach 7:32)   With the words of the ancient book of Sirach, Pope Francis offers his reflection for the Fourth World Day of the Poor to be celebrated throughout the Church on Sunday, November 15, 2020. The Message enters directly into the dramatic moment that the whole world has experienced because of Covid-19 and of that of the many countries still...

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How to pray the Rosary with the Pope on Saturday

How to pray the Rosary with the Pope on Saturday

Join Pope Francis in praying the Rosary on Saturday, 30 May, for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ways to participate are indicated below.     By Devin Watkins Pope Francis is once again urging all of humanity to pray together for divine help during the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, 30 May, at 5:30 PM Rome time (GMT +2), the Pope will lead the recitation of the Rosary from the...

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Broadcast of the Recitation of the Holy Rosary with Pope Francis - Press release

Broadcast of the Recitation of the Holy Rosary with Pope Francis - Press release

  Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization   Press Release   Broadcast of the Recitation of the Holy Rosary with Pope Francis from the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens Saturday, May 30, 2020, 17:30 (UTC/GMT + 2 hours)   They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with Mary (Acts 1:14)   Let us join Pope Francis in...

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Pope at Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday: Let us rise with Thomas

Pope at Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday: Let us rise with Thomas

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, inviting us to accept Jesus’s mercy as the Apostle Thomas did, and to show that mercy to those around us. (playback included)   By Sr Bernadette M. Reis, fsp “Last Sunday we celebrated the Lord’s resurrection; today we witness the resurrection of his disciple”. This was Pope Francis’s opening line of his homily for Divine Mercy Sunday. He...

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24 Hours for the Lord - 2020

24 Hours for the Lord - 2020

24 Hours for the Lord - 2020  “Your sins are forgiven” (Luke 7, 48)   An important Lenten appointment for prayer and a good opportunity to go to Confession. This year’s recurrence will take place under restricted circumstances, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.   Unfortunately in Rome, Italy, and in other nations this initiative cannot be held under its traditional format...

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announcement: Celebration of 24 Hours for the Lord in 2020

announcement: Celebration of 24 Hours for the Lord in 2020

Due to the emergency situation in Italy and Rome linked to the coronavirus COVID-19, the usual Penitential Celebration at which Pope Francis should have presided in Saint Peter's Basilica this forthcoming Friday, March 20, at 17:00, has been cancelled.   This state of affairs, which persists in many countries, will make it difficult for many of the faithful to celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord...

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Sunday of the Word of God: making the Scriptures part of our everyday lives

Sunday of the Word of God: making the Scriptures part of our everyday lives

A press conference in the Vatican details the many aspects of the newly established ‘Sunday of the Word of God’ to be marked on 26 January. Pope Francis will celebrated Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the occasion.   By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis is inviting Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word. That’s why, as...

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Pope writes Apostolic Letter on the significance of the Christmas crèche

Pope writes Apostolic Letter on the significance of the Christmas crèche

Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene. He signed the Letter during his visit on Sunday afternoon to the Italian town of Greccio.   By Vatican News Greccio is the mountain village where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first crib scene in 1223 to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Pope Francis returned to the town on Sunday to deliver...

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Pope: We need a free and simple outward looking Church

Pope: We need a free and simple outward looking Church

Pope Francis on Saturday receives those taking part in the International Meeting “Evangelii Gaudium: Reception and Perspectives. The “Church which goes forth"”. Over the last three days participants including Bishops, religious and lay people from all over the world have been gathered in the Vatican to discuss the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation six years on from its publication.   By...

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Pope visits 100 Presepi exhibition

Pope visits 100 Presepi exhibition

Pilgrims and tourists got a big surprise on Monday afternoon when Pope Francis made a visit to the 100 Presepi (Nativity Scenes) exhibition which has just got underway in the Vatican. As well as looking at the over 150 Nativity Scenes which come from Italy and more than 40 other countries, the Pope said a prayer and blessed those present. The exhibition is now in its 44th year and is hosted...

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Press Release - Third World Day of the Poor

Press Release - Third World Day of the Poor

Third World Day of the Poor The Hope of the Poor Shall Not Perish Forever 10 – 17 November 2019 Press Release       The Third World Day of the Poor instituted by Pope Francis is now approaching its third edition. Also this year various events are scheduled in order to give those who live their lives daily on the margins of society a sign of attention and inclusion. The Field...

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Concert With the Poor and for the Poor

Concert With the Poor and for the Poor

Third World Day of the Poor Concert With the Poor and for the Poor Third Edition with the Academy Award Nicola Piovani in Paul VI HALL(Vatican City)   Maestro Nicola Piovani will direct the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema in the Third Edition of the Concert “With the Poor and for the Poor”, Saturday 9 November at 06:00 pm in the Paul VI Hall together with, as in the first two editions, Mons....

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Pope: need to be the living signs of our encounter with Jesus

Pope: need to be the living signs of our encounter with Jesus

Pope Francis on 21 September met some 300 participants in the International Meeting of Academic Centres and Schools of New Evangelization and spoke to them about how to make the hearts of men and women of our times burn like those of the disciples of Emmaus.   By Robin Gomes The international meeting had as its theme, "Is it possible to meet God? The paths of the New...

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30th annual Youth Festival opens in Medjugorje

30th annual Youth Festival opens in Medjugorje

Cardinal De Donatis celebrates Mass to inaugurate the 30th Youth Festival being held in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.     By Francesca Merlo Over 50,000 young people from all over the world have gathered in Medjugorje to reflect, this year, on the theme “Follow me”. The opening Mass, presided over by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, on August 1st, inaugurated the...

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Pope: The poor save us because they show us the face of Christ

Pope: The poor save us because they show us the face of Christ

Pope Francis’ message for the Third World Day of the Poor was released on Thursday. The day will be observed on Sunday 17th November.   By Lydia O'Kane The theme for this year’s World Day of the Poor message is “The hope of the poor shall not perish forever”, taken from the Book of Psalms. The Pope writes that these words “express a profound truth that faith impresses above all on...

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Pope names delegate to Lourdes for care of pilgrims

Pope names delegate to Lourdes for care of pilgrims

Pope Francis has named Bishop Antoine Hérouard, auxiliary of Lille, France, as his special delegate charged with the pastoral care of pilgrims visiting Lourdes. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, announced the appointment at the French Marian shrine on Thursday.     By Andrea Tornielli The decision is line with the one already...

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Meet the bishop behind the updated Catholic Catechism

Meet the bishop behind the updated Catholic Catechism

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, baptized Salvatore, is an Italian prelate who has served as the first president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization since 2010 and president of the International Council for Catechesis since 2013. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the former post as part of the process leading into the Synod for the New Evangelization and the post-synodal...

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Pope: Draw life from the saving encounter with the Lord

Pope: Draw life from the saving encounter with the Lord

Pope Francis presided Friday over a penitential liturgy, opening the traditional "24 hours for the Lord" initiative of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which takes place annually on the Friday and Saturday preceding the fourth Sunday of Lent.   Please find the full text of Pope Francis’ Homily below:          “The...

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Penitential Celebration  - Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Penitential Celebration - Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

PENITENTIAL CELEBRATION HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Venerdì, 29 marzo 2019 [Multimedia]       “The two of them alone remained: mercy with misery” (In Joh 33, 5). In this way Saint Augustine sums up the end of the Gospel we have just heard. Those who came to cast stones at the woman or to accuse Jesus with regard to the Law have gone away, having lost...

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“24 hours for the Lord”

“24 hours for the Lord”

On Friday, March 29, 2019, at 17:00, in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis will preside at a Penitential Celebration opening the traditional 24 Hours for the Lord, an initiative of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization which takes place annually on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Sunday of Lent.     Now into its sixth edition, the motto for this...

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The international exhibition "100 Cribs" moves to the Vatican

The international exhibition "100 Cribs" moves to the Vatican

The traditional "100 Cribs" International Exhibition, now in its 43rd edition, is moving from Piazza del Popolo to Via della Conciliazione in Vatican this year. The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, since last August, has announced this important artistic and cultural review. This transfer was decided by Dr. Mariacarla Menaglia, director of the...

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Pope to Rectors of Shrines: Keeping popular piety alive

Pope to Rectors of Shrines: Keeping popular piety alive

Pope Francis meets Rectors and Pastoral Workers of Shrines, encouraging them to make pilgrims feel “at home” and to help them enrich their popular piety.   By Seàn-Patrick Lovett A Shrine is a church, or other sacred place, which is visited by people who come as pilgrims to pray, or to seek grace and consolation. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of such locations all over the world....

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Pope to Choirs: ‘Help community sing, don't replace its voice'

Pope to Choirs: ‘Help community sing, don't replace its voice'

Pope Francis invites choirs and singers around the world to promote the Church community’s participation and prayer during liturgical celebrations, rather than replacing its voice.   By Devin Watkins “You have awoken the Vatican!” With those joyful words, Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for the musical art shown by participants in the 3rd International Meeting of Choirs, during...

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Pope Francis’ lunch with the poor

Pope Francis’ lunch with the poor

By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis on Sunday joined about 1,500 poor people and a group of volunteers for lunch to mark the World Day of the Poor. After Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, during which he urged believers to heed the cry of the poor and said that “the cry of the poor daily becomes stronger but heard less, drowned out by the din of the rich few, who grow ever fewer...

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Pope at Mass: go up to God to go down to others

Pope at Mass: go up to God to go down to others

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis reflects on the Gospel for the Dedication of the Basilica of St Peter, saying that like Jesus, Christians must go down to meet the needs of others after having gone up to meet God in prayer.   By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp “This is the road Jesus tells us to take”, Pope Francis said in his homily on Sunday, during Mass on the Second...

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Pope pays surprise visit to First Aid Station in St Peter's Square

Pope pays surprise visit to First Aid Station in St Peter's Square

Pope Francis surprises patients and medical assistants with an unannounced visit to St Peter’s Square’s First Aid Station ahead of the Second World Day for the poor.     By Francesca Merlo Pope Francis visited St Peter’s Square on Friday 16th of November where, upon his request, a First Aid Station has been installed. This initiative, supported by the Pontifical Council for...

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International Exhibition 100 Cribs at the Vatican

International Exhibition 100 Cribs at the Vatican

The international exhibition "100 Cribs" moves to the Vatican and will be organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.   The traditional "100 Cribs" International Exhibition, now in its 43rd edition, is moving from Piazza del Popolo to Via della Conciliazione in Vatican this year. The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New...

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Video message of Pope Francis to Catechists

Video message of Pope Francis to Catechists

  In a video message recorded before his departure to the Baltic countries, Pope Francis exhorts 1500 catechists gathered in Paul VI Hall for the Second International Congress of Catechists, that we cannot presume to impose a truth of faith without considering the call to freedom that this entails. Pope Francis in his messages to Catechists representing 48 countries of the world, emphasizes...

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The routes of martyrdom in Seoul become an official pilgrimage destination

The routes of martyrdom in Seoul become an official pilgrimage destination

  Seoul (AsiaNews) – The Vatican has decided that Seoul, with its history and martyrs, is an official international pilgrimage site, a first for Asia. A proclamation ceremony will be held this Friday at the Seosomun Martyrs shrine, the largest monument to the martyrs of Korea. For the occasion, the historical park of Seosomun will be open to the public in advance of the official opening,...

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Abp Fisichella reflects on 25 years of Veritatis splendor

Abp Fisichella reflects on 25 years of Veritatis splendor

Twenty-five years have passed since the publication of the encyclical Veritatis splendor, addressed by Pope St John Paul II to the Bishops of the Catholic Church. In an interview with Vatican News, Archbishop Rino Fisichella says he fears that those who appeal to Veritatis splendor to criticize Pope Francis are not being faithful to the tradition of the Church.     By Amedeo...

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Ab. Fisichella: ‘Death penalty against human dignity’

Ab. Fisichella: ‘Death penalty against human dignity’

Following Pope Francis’ decision to revise the CCC to say the death penalty is inadmissible, Archbishop Rino Fisichella says the move clarifies a content of the faith and safeguards the dignity of the person. By Devin Watkins Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, says Pope Francis’ change to the Catechism regarding the death penalty...

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Pope tells Missionaries of Mercy their service is precious for the Church

Pope tells Missionaries of Mercy their service is precious for the Church

During an audience with some 550 Missionaries of Mercy in the Vatican, Pope Francis reaffirmed them in their mission saying they provide a much needed service to the Church and warned them that the Christian path is an ardous one, "with stones upon which to stumble and banana peels on which to slip".   By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp The Missionaries of Mercy are meeting...

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Divine Mercy Sunday - God's love encounters our misery

Divine Mercy Sunday - God's love encounters our misery

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church calls us to celebrate the mercy of God, to trust in the divine mercy, and to renew our commitment to showing mercy to others   By Christopher Wells Each year on the Octave Day of Easter, the Church observes Divine Mercy Sunday. The title “of Divine Mercy” to the Second Sunday of Easter in the year 2000, when Pope St John Paul...

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Meeting on the Spirituality of Mercy

Meeting on the Spirituality of Mercy

“Mercy: giving and forgiving”  April 6-8, 2018   “Mercy is a force that overcomes everything, filling the heart with love and bringing consolation through pardon” (Pope Francis). On the occasion of the Divine Mercy Sunday and as it happened during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Meeting aims to gather together all the different movements and groups that adhere to the...

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Pope Francis to open ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative

Pope Francis to open ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative

The annual ’24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative will be kicked off on Friday with a penitential celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica presided over by Pope Francis. Pope Francis on Friday is to preside over the opening of the ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ with a penitential celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica. The annual event is organized and promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New...

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Mercy Friday: Pope visits women in semi-detention with young children

Mercy Friday: Pope visits women in semi-detention with young children

Today Pope Francis continues his Mercy Friday tradition, surprising mothers, their children, and the staff of “Casa di Leda” in Rome’s EUR district.   By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp Pope Francis continues expressing his closeness to those who find themselves living in difficult situations. Today, he visited “Casa di Leda," home to 5 mothers and their children. His visit was a complete...

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Meeting on the Spirituality of Mercy

Meeting on the Spirituality of Mercy

“Mercy: forgiving and giving”   On the occasion of the Sunday of Divine Mercy, the Meeting aims to gather together all the different movements and groups that adhere to the Spirituality of Mercy and all those who want to immerse in this profound spirituality. The catechesis held by Cardinal Camillo Ruini will focus on the importance of the two “columns”...

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2018

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2018

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS  FOR LENT 2018   “Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and...

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Pope Francis Meets the Missionaries of Mercy

Pope Francis Meets the Missionaries of Mercy

Pope Francis wishes to invite all the Missionaries of Mercy to Rome for a few days of sharing and formation, the highpoint of which will be concelebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Square and a special audience with the Holy Father. The Holy Father’s invitation is open to all those Missionaries of Mercy who have indicated their wish to continue in this service subsequent to the conclusion of the...

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