05/06/2015VATICAN Pope: Christian marriage, "image" of "indissoluble" love of Christ for his Church The sacrament of marriage is "a great act of faith and love", and also "courage" and has a "missionary dimension". "We must seriously ask ourselves: Do we, as believers and pastors really accept this unbreakable bond of the history of Christ and the Church with the history of marriage and of the human family?". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The sacrament of marriage is "a great act of faith and love", and also "courage", it is the "image" of the "indissoluble" love of Christ for his Church, "the route is thus marked forever, it is the route of love: love as God loves you, forever" . It also has a "missionary dimension", "as Christian spouses participate in it as spouses to the mission of the...
05/05/2015VATICAN Jubilee: living mercy following the Father’s example The calendar and list of activities associated with the Jubilee of Mercy were presented today. For the first time, a jubilee will be celebrated in all the dioceses of the world. On 3 April 2016 there will be the Jubilee of movements, associations, religious institutions; on September 4, that of charity volunteers; on 9 October, that of Marian spirituality; and April 24, that of kids. There will also be a Jubilee for inmates, which might include the presence of some inmates at St Peter. There will be no jubilee for youth because they will meet for World Youth Day in Krakow, 26-31 July.
05/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Like the branches of the vine, we all depend on communion with the Risen Christ At the Regina Caeli Francis reflects on the Gospel passage of the Last Supper, when Christ knows that death is drawing near: "to impress firmly in their minds a fundamental truth: even when He will no longer be physically present in the midst of them, they will still be able to remain united to Him in a new way, and so bear much fruit". The Life of Christ "may be ours."
05/02/2015VATICAN Pope: The missionary zeal of Fray Serra challenges us, his witness provokes us Francis celebrates Mass marking a Day of Reflection on "Fray Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, witness of holiness," who will be canonized on 23 September. His work "has three characteristics: missionary zeal, Marian devotion and witness of holiness." "I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and the same courage to God's call."
05/01/2015VATICAN For the pope, the faces of hungry men and women should take centre stage at Expo by Papa Francesco Pope Francis today addressed via a televised link-up the opening ceremony of Expo Milano 2015 (1 May-31 October), the world fair centred on ‘Feeding the planet. Energy for Life’. For the Holy Father, this “Expo is a propitious opportunity to globalise solidarity. Let us not waste it; let us make the very most of it.” In his view, a change of mind-set is also needed to overcome the “paradox of abundance” and the culture of waste and castoffs. The pope’s full speech is reprinted below.
04/30/2015VATICAN Pope: the blood of Christians killed for their faith urges a new era of ecumenism The hope of Francis expressed to the members of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission:"the shared tradition of faith and history between Anglicans and Catholics can inspire and sustain our efforts to overcome the obstacles to full communion”. Imminent publication of five joint statements made so far in the second phase of the Anglican-Catholic dialogue
04/26/2015VATICAN Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity" A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.