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Pope Angelus: Look to the Mercy of God

Posted on Sep 15 , 2013 in News from Vatican

Pope Angelus: Look to the Mercy of God

The mercy of God was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Angelus address on a rainy Sunday in Rome. Speaking from the papal apartments above St Peter’s Square, the Pope, taking his inspiration from the Gospel of Luke said that Chapter 15 contains three parables of mercy, those of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the story of the prodigal son.

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Say No To Wars: Peace Requires Time And Patience

Posted on Sep 09 , 2013 in News from Vatican

Say No To Wars: Peace Requires Time And Patience

Pope Francis has urged everyone to keep praying for peace in the Middle East, saying the search for peace is a long one that requires patience and perseverance. Speaking during his Angelus address, the Pope also condemned the proliferation of wars and conflicts and questioned whether they were wars about problems or commercial wars to sell arms on the black market. His remarks came just hours after thousands of people attended a prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square on Saturday evening as part of the events for the special day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and the world that was called by the Pope and was marked by people across the globe in different ways.

Please find below an English translation of Pope Francis' Angelus address:

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Pope Francis: Jesus Has A Promise and A Mission For Every Christian

Posted on Sep 06 , 2013 in News from Vatican

Pope Francis: Jesus Has A Promise and A Mission For Every Christian

At his morning mass on Thursday, Pope Francis reflected on the different ways in which Christ reveals himself in the life of a Christian, offering support and giving each one a mission.

Speaking at his morning mass in the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke of how when Jesus comes into our lives, he always gives “a promise, a promise that gives comfort, a request for generosity and a mission to be carried out.” He said the gospel account of how Jesus, after the miraculous catch of fish invited the fishermen Peter, James and John to follow him, is an example of this. He promised to make them fishers of men and then invited them to leave everything and follow him. And this is what the apostles did, they left everything.

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Pope Francis: “Words Can Kill”

Posted on Sep 02 , 2013 in News from Vatican

Pope Francis: “Words Can Kill”

Where there is God there is no hatred, envy or jealousy, and there is no gossip that can kill.

This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily this morning as he celebrated Mass in the Casa Santa Marta after the summer break.

The Pope first reflected on today’s liturgical reading which tells of the meeting between Jesus and the people of Nazareth as recounted by the Gospel according to Luke.

The Pope noted that the people of Nazareth with whom he had grown up, admired Jesus, but at the same time expected great things from him: “they wanted a miracle” to be able to believe in Him. And when Jesus told them they were without faith, they were filled with fury, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill to hurl him down headlong”.

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Benedict XVI Says ‘God told me’ To Resign

Posted on Aug 21 , 2013 in News from Vatican

Benedict XVI Says ‘God told me’ To Resign

VATICAN CITY – Benedict XVI has said God told him to resign as pope and that his successor's "charisma" reflected this divine inspiration, Catholic news agency Zenit has reported.

"God told me" to step down, the pope emeritus was quoted as saying by a visitor who met him recently, Zenit said in a report in Italian media on Wednesday, August 21.

The 86-year-old Benedict XVI, who has retained his papal name, now lives in a former monastery inside the Vatican walls and has made no public appearances.

He only very rarely meets with visitors, Zenit said.

Benedict shocked the world with his resignation announcement on February 11, when he said he was stepping down because he felt his weak physical and mental state no longer let him fulfill his duties.