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John XXIII and John Paul II: two holy Popes, two Marian saints

The canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II is a great event for the Church and a sign of hope for the world, because where sanctity flourishes the crises in this world don’t have the final word. Sanctity provides a solid foundation on which to [...]
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Pope Francis criticizes layoffs caused by the economic crisis

Video. Rome Reports. Thousands of pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square despite cloudy skies, and chances for rain. Pope Francis surprised a group of Italians and Argentinians, when he stopped his Popemobile to greet them. But a greater surprise came when he denounced the situation several [...]
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"Holy Father, we bring you letters from the elderly and orphans"

On Wednesday April 16, in Rome, the 3,000 young people taking part in the 47th UNIV Forum attended Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square. At the end, the Holy Father greeted the students from the UNIV Forum, organized by the Prelature of [...]
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Pope's Urbi et Orbi blessing. He prays for peace in Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria

Video. Rome Reports. Before giving his Urbi et Orbi blessing, the Pope prayed for peace in the world. "Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible,” he said. "We ask you, Lord [...]
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Returning to our first love

VIS. The full text of Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil homily The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of [...]
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Pope's Audience: Jesus died humiliated, but God's victory shines

Video. Rome Reports. During his catechesis on Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis talked about the beginning of the Passion of Christ. He said Jesus suffered humiliation and betrayal, and yet he was loyal to God's plan for Salvation. Likewise, he asked Catholics that in time [...]
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Pope's Audience: Pray for the gift of wisdom

Video. Rome Reports. In his weekly general audience, the Pope described the Holy Spirit as a 'gift from God' that's born from prayer and communion. To see things through the eyes of God, he explained, comes precisely from the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. The [...]
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Pope Francis gives 'pocket Gospels' during Angelus

Video. Rome Reports. Thousands of pilgrims who made it to St. Peter's Square on Sunday for the Angelus, went back home with a gift from Pope Francis."Today I want to offer to you who are here in the Square — but really as a [...]
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The Prelate urges us to prepare ourselves very well for Holy Week

In his pastoral letter for April 2014, Bishop Javier Echevarria, following the teachings of St Josemaria and Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, suggests having devout recourse to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and helping others to do so. Download pdf My dear children: may Jesus watch over my [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Conversion, Javier Echevarria, Holy Week , Josemaria Escriva, Pope Francis
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Pope Francis ends catechesis on the Sacraments with focus on marriage

Video. Rome Reports. Pope Francis ended his catechesis on the Sacraments with a special focus on marriage. The Pope explained that man and woman were made in God's image. For that reason, he said, they are called to leave their parents and live out God's [...]
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