EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY
HOLY MASS AND OPENING OF THE HOLY DOOR
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
Saint Peter's Square Tuesday,
8 December 2015
In a few moments I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door of Mercy. We carry out this act – as I did in Bangui – so simple yet so highly symbolic, in the light of the word of God which we have just heard. That word highlights the primacy of grace. Again and again these readings make us think of the words by which the angel Gabriel told an astonished young girl of the mystery which was about to enfold her: “Hail, full of grace” (Lk 1:28).
Dear Brother Bishops and Priests,
Brothers and Sisters,
I greet you all affectionately and I thank Cardinal Peter Turkson for the words with which he introduced this meeting. Your Plenary Assembly coincides with the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, a fundamental document for the evangelization of the social sphere, which offers valuable guidelines for the presence of Catholics in society, in institutions, in the economy, in finance and in politics. Caritas in Veritate drew attention to the benefits but also the dangers of globalization, when it is not oriented to the good of peoples. If globalization has increased notably the aggregate wealth of the whole and of quite a few individual States, it has also exacerbated the gap among the various social groups, creating inequalities and new poverties in the very countries considered richer.
HOLY MASS WITH THE NEW CARDINALS
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
Vatican Basilica Sunday, 23 February 2014
“Merciful Father, by your help, may we be ever attentive to the voice of the Spirit” (Opening Prayer).
This prayer, the opening prayer of today’s Mass, reminds us of something fundamental: we are called to listen to the Holy Spirit who enlivens and guides the Church. By his creative and renewing power, the Spirit always sustains the hope of God’s People as we make our pilgrim way through history, and, as the Paraclete, he always supports the witness of Christians. In this moment, together with the new Cardinals, all of us want to listen to the voice of the Spirit as he speaks to us through the Scriptures we have just heard.
With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio at the Inaugural Mass of the
1st National Convention of Small Christian Communities
“Small Christian Community: a Home and School of Communion”
Goa – 19 November 2013
Readings: Acts 2:42-47
Your Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Dear Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, Bishop Thomas Dabre with all the Members of National Service Team, Brother Bishops, Fathers and Sisters, lay leaders and animators of the Small Christians Communities, my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
VATICAN CITY, November 18, 2013 - The Holy Father warned the faithful to not conform to the “globalization of hegemonic uniformity” that comes from the spirit of worldliness during his daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning.
Recalling the first reading from the first book of Maccabees, Pope Francis highlighted “perverse roots” of worldliness that were exemplified by those who broke the Law of the Covenant. They abandoned their own traditions in favor of those of the Gentiles in order to enthusiastically “negotiate” their beliefs which the Pope called “a spirit of adolescent progressivism.”
October 27, 2013
1. First: the family prays. The Gospel passage speaks about two ways of praying, one is false – that of the Pharisee – and the other is authentic – that of the tax collector. The Pharisee embodies an attitude which does not express thanksgiving to God for his blessings and his mercy, but rather self-satisfaction. The Pharisee feels himself justified, he feels his life is in order, he boasts of this, and he judges others from his pedestal. The tax collector, on the other hand, does not multiply words. His prayer is humble, sober, pervaded by a consciousness of his own unworthiness, of his own needs. Here is a man who truly realizes that he needs God’s forgiveness and his mercy.
ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS
TO THE COMMUNITY OF WRITERS
OF "LA CIVILTÀ CATTOLICA"
Hall of Popes
Friday, 14 June 2013
Dear Friends in the Lord,
I am glad to meet you writers, your whole community, the Sisters and the administrative personnel of the house. Since 1850 the Jesuits of La Civiltà Cattolica have been carrying out a task that has a special connection with the Pope and with the Apostolic See. In meeting you at audiences my Predecessors recognized on several occasions that this bond is an essential feature of your journal. I would like today to suggest three words to you which may be of help to you in your work.
VIXV DHORM-PORGOTTNNECHEA AYTARAK
BHAGEVONT BAP FRANCIS-ACHO SONDEX
Hea vorsa ami Vixv Dhorm-Porgottnnecho Dis somarombhtana Bhavarthachem Voros sompta. Hem voros, Somya koddem amchi ixttagot ghott korunk ani kalljidarponnan Xubh-Vortoman porgott’ttole Povitr Sobhe bhaxen, amchi yatra korunk ek mhotvachi sondhi. Heach sondorbhan, hanv thoddim kolponam manddunk sodtam.
Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 1st September 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares with force: we want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.