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Pope meets Sisters of Congregation founded by Mother Cabrini

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By Seàn-Patrick Lovett Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini is an Italian-born saint who dedicated her life to helping thousands of Italian immigrants living in the United States during the late 19th century. She died in Chicago exactly one hundred years ago. On Saturday morning in the Vatican, Pope Francis met members of the religious congregation she […]

Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis left the Vatican on Friday afternoon, headed for Rome’s central Piazza di Spagna in order to pay homage to the statue of the Immaculate Conception there. Listen to Seán-Patrick Lovett’s report: Surrounded by crowds of pilgrims, tourists and local Roman residents, the Pope recited a specially-composed Prayer to Our Lady in […]

Pope Francis’ prayer to Mary on the Immaculate Conception

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made his annual visit to Rome’s Spanish Square on Friday to pray at the foot of the column and statue of the Immaculate Conception. A litany of present-day viruses and their corresponding antibodies: this was at the heart of Pope Francis’ prayer, offered to Our Lady on the Feast of the […]

Pope at Angelus: ‘Mary is ever-green oasis of humanity’

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis reflected on the mystery of the Immaculate Conception at his Angelus address on Friday, December 8th, as the Church celebrates the Marian Solemnity. Listen to Devin Watkins’ report: Ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis said the words of the angel Gabriel in the Gospel of Luke contain […]

Pope thanks donors of St. Peter’s Square Christmas Crib and tree

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“The Nativity Scene is the suggestive place where we contemplate Jesus, who having assumed our wretchedness, invites us to do likewise through our acts of mercy.” Pope Francis made the reflection on Thursday while thanking all those who donated this year’s Nativity Scene on the theme of works of mercy and the 28 meter tall […]

Pope Francis meets new president of Lutheran World Federation

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Thursday with the new president of the Lutheran World Federation, Nigerian Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus, focusing on common prayer as the key to Christian unity. Recalling his own visit to the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmo last year for the shared commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the […]

Pope encourages Taiwan’s Christian leaders to pursue unity

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged members of the National Council of Churches of Taiwan to continue in their work to educate young generations “in the art of dialogue, so that they can become protagonists of a much-needed culture of harmony and reconciliation”. The Pope was addressing a Delegation of the Council whom he received […]

Pope at Mass: being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ

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In the life of a Christian, humility is an indispensable quality that is needed in order to allow the gifts of the Holy Spirit to grow. This was the reflection of Pope Francis in his homily at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. Drawing inspiration from […]

Pope Francis: Pray for elderly during December

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has revealed his prayer intention for the month of December, which is “for the elderly”. In a video message explaining the prayer petition, the Pope said “a people that does not take care of grandparents, that does not treat them well, has no future.” He added that the “elderly have wisdom, […]

Pope Francis releases message for 2018 World Day of Vocations

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday released his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reflecting on the three aspects of every vocation: listening, discerning, and living. The 55th recurrence of the Day for Vocations is to be commemorated next year on 22 April. Listen to Devin Watkins’ report: Listening, discerning, and […]