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Pope Francis: letter to Card. Filoni on World Mission Sunday

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, on occasion of the 2017 iteration of World Mission Sunday. In the letter, the Holy Father reflects on the upcoming centenary of the great missionary charter of the 20th century, the Apostolic Letter […]

Pope Francis at Angelus: on being Christian in the world

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. Addressing them ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis shared a reflection on the Reading from the Sunday Gospel, which this week came from St. Matthew and contains the maxim, “Render unto Caesar what […]

Pope Francis at Angelus: Church’s mission entrusted to Pope St. John Paul II

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has proclaimed October, 2019 an “Extraordinary Missionary Month” to be marked and celebrated in the whole Church throughout the world, and entrusted the mission of the Church in the world especially to Pope St. John Paul II. The Holy Father recalled his intention to celebrate the Extraordinary Missionary Month on Sunday […]

Pope promises to send special message to FAO meeting in Ethiopia

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked World Food Day this week with a visit to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) where he called on world leaders and policymakers to work for a concrete, practical consensus to prevent the most tragic effects of climate change hitting the weakest and most defenseless. “We need to change […]

World Methodist Council: dialogue must reach local level

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(Vatican Radio) Methodist and Catholic theologians are meeting just outside Rome this week, marking the 50th anniversary of the first ecumenical dialogue group following the Second Vatican Council. That first session of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission was held in the hill town of Ariccia in October 1967. Pope Francis met with members of the […]

Pope meets students, staff of “Institution des Chartreux”‎

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday urged students of a French Catholic School to watch out against the lure and slavery of money, and train themselves to be promoters and defenders of equality and justice in the world. Some 80 students and staff of Institution des Chartreux of Lyons, in Rome as part of their […]

Vatican hosts conference on Disability and Catechesis

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(Vatican Radio) A global conference will open in Rome on Friday looking at best practices to help people with disabilities fully engage in the life of the Church. The event entitled “Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church”, is being sponsored by the Pontifical Council for […]

Pope Francis marks 50 years of Methodist-Catholic dialogue

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with leaders of the World Methodist Council on Thursday, celebrating fifty years of dialogue between the two Churches. Noting that in the Old Testament, a golden jubilee was a moment to set slaves free, the pope said “we too have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion”. […]

Pope Mass: The gift of God’s salvation opens the door to all

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The Lord gives us the memory of God’s salvation which is “a gift” and close to the concreteness of the works of mercy he wants us to do, whether they are “material or spiritual”: so we will become people who help to “open the door” to ourselves and others. That was Pope Francis’ prayer at […]

Pope at General Audience: ‘Jesus came to save us from death’

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday reminded Christians that Jesus came to heal us and to save us from death. He also prayed for the over 300 victims of a deadly bombing in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and condemned the terrorist attack that falls on an ravaged tortured nation. He was addressing the pilgrims gathered in […]