Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For The Celebration Of The 52nd World Day Of Peace

Good politics is at the service of peace

1. “Peace be to this house!”

In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you” (Lk 10:5-6). Read more »

Pope Canonizes Mother Teresa, Recalls Her Commitment To The Poor, Unborn

Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-97), the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, on September 4 during an outdoor Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

An estimated 120,000 pilgrims attended the Mass, according to Vatican Radio.

The Christian life does not consist in “merely extending a hand in times of need,” Pope Francis preached. Read more »

Holy Door At St. Peter's Basilica Unveiled For Jubilee Of Mercy

The Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday evening was freed of the brick wall which has hidden it since the Holy Year of 2000.

The Recognitio ceremony took place on Tuesday evening and was led by the Basilica’s Cardinal Archpriest Angelo Comastri.

After a procession and short prayer service led by Cardinal Comastri, workers began to carefully remove the wall, extracting a small, metal box which conserved mementos from the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. Read more »

Holy See's Statement At UN's 104th Session Of The International Labour Conference

Economic inequalities persist and are increasing on every continent: a situation that creates more unemployment and widens the social inequities that are among the most powerful causes of instability in many societies, including in some where peace is threatened or has already been undermined.

The turbulence of our times – economic, social and political – makes the achievement of social justice very much an agenda for today. Read more »

Pope Francis Presents Bull Of Indiction Of Jubilee Of Mercy

Pope Francis on Saturday afternoon proceeded with the presentation of the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, set to begin December 8.

The bull is the fundamental document for the Holy Year that outlines the overall spirit and intentions for the Jubilee, as well as the spiritual fruits that are hoped for.

It was read by Fr Leonardo Sapienza, Regent of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, in a ceremony by the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica. Read more »

Pope Francis Announcement Of Jubilee Year Of Mercy

In St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis announced today, March 13, 2015, the celebration of an “extraordinary Holy Year.”

This “Jubilee of Mercy” will commence with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2015, and will conclude on November 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Read more »

Pope Criticizes Rigid Judges, Says Mercy Needed For Justice

Those who are corrupt, hypocritical and rigidly follow the letter of the law do not know what mercy is, and there can be no justice without mercy,

Pope Francis said at a morning Mass. "Corruption distanced them from understanding mercy, from being merciful. 

And the Bible tells us that the right judgment is precisely in mercy," he said at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae March 23. Read more »

Feb 8, 2015 Declared First International Day Of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

The Vatican has organized the first-ever international day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking, in hopes that the world will join forces in putting this “plague” to an end.

“Our awareness must expand and extend to the very depths of this evil and its farthest reaches – from awareness to prayer, from prayer to solidarity, and from solidarity to concerted action – until slavery and trafficking are no more,” Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told journalists at a Feb. 3 news conference. Read more »

Archbishop Oscar Romero: Pastor and Martyr

“I put my whole life under the loving providence of Jesus’ Heart and I accept my death with faith in Him, no matter how difficult it is.

Nor do I want to give it an intention, as I would like, for peace in my country and for the flowering of our Church … because Christ’s Heart will give it the destiny He wishes.

It is sufficient for me, to be happy and confident, to know with certainty that my life and death are in Him. Read more »

Pope's New Year's Message To Examine Our Conscience

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Word of God introduces us today, in a special way, in the meaning of time, in understanding that time is not a foreign reality to God, simply because He willed to reveal Himself and to save us in history.

The meaning of time, temporality, is the atmosphere of God’s epiphany, that is, of the manifestation of God and of His concrete love.

In fact, time is God’s messenger, as Saint Peter Favre said. Read more »

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