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Pope Francis salutes Lithuania’s first Soviet-era martyr

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent special greetings to Lithuanian Catholics on Sunday as he recalled the Beatification, in Vilnius, of the nation’s first Soviet-era martyr. “Today in Vilnius, Bishop Teofilius Matulionis, who was murdered because of hatred towards the faith in 1962 when he was almost 90-years-old, will be Beatified” the Pope said to the […]

Pope prays for victims of landslide tragedy in China

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has expressed his closeness and grief for the victims of a landslide that engulfed a village in Sichuan province in south-western China. Speaking on Sunday after the recitation of the Angelus in St. Peters’ Square, the Pope said “I am close to the population of the Chinese village of Xinmo that […]

Pope Francis to Resurrectionists: have courage to go forth

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the participants in the General Chapter of the Congregation of the Resurrection on Saturday. Listen to the report by Chris Altieri: The Congregation of the Resurrection, or “Resurrectionists” were founded in 1836 under the leadership of Polish revert to Catholicism, Bogdan Janski, who served especially the Polish faithful who had […]

Pope to Settecolli swimmers: virtue, gratitude, stewardship

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received athletes, organisers and sponsors of the “Settecolli” international swimming competition on Saturday. The Settecolli event is the last major competition ahead of the World Championships in Budapest in July In remarks to his guests, who were gathered in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on Saturday, Pope Francis said […]

Programme of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Colombia in September

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(Vatican Radio) The Vatican has released the details of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Colombia, due to take place from 6 to 11 of September 2017. Please find below the full programme: Wednesday 6 September 2017 ROME-BOGOTÁ 11:00 Departure by air from Rome Fiumicino airport for Bogotá 16:30 Arrival in the military area (CATAM) of […]

Pope’s homily: Become small to hear the voice of the Lord

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(Vatican Radio) In order to hear the voice of the Lord, you need to make yourself small. That was the message of Pope Francis in his homily at the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, as the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Lord has […]

Pope to Serra International: Keep moving forward with courage

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(Vatican Radio) “Keep moving forward with courage, creativity and boldness.” Those were Pope Francis’ words to Serra International whom he met on Friday on the occasion of their 75th convention. Listen to our report: To quote St John Paul II, Serrans “accept as their responsibility the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life”, […]

Pope Francis meets King and Queen of the Netherlands

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Máxima, of the Netherlands in a private audience at the Vatican on Thursday. A communiqué from the Holy See Press Office said their discussions were “cordial” and touched on issues of shared interest, including “the protection of the environment and the fight against poverty, […]

Pope to ROACO recalls suffering of Eastern-rite Christians

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with members of ROACO, (Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches) who have been holding their 90th plenary assembly in Rome this week. The meeting brings Church leaders from countries across the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe together with donor organisations which raise funds for Christians […]

Pope Mass: Discern and denounce evil, care for others

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(Vatican Radio) A shepherd must be passionate, must know how to discern and how to denounce evil. Those were Pope Francis’ words during Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta, where he focused on the figure of the Apostle Paul and then turned his attention to the example offered by Don Milani. Like the […]