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Church Messages

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2018 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS  Dear Brothers and Sisters,next October, the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet to discuss the theme of young people and in particular the relationship between young people, faith and vocation.  There we will have a chance to consider more deeply how, at the centre of our life, is the call to joy that God addresses to us and how this is “God’s plan f
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISFOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2018Mater Ecclesiae: “Behold, your son... Behold, your mother.And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27)  Dear Brothers and Sisters,The Church’s service to the sick and those who care for them must continue with renewed vigour, in fidelity to the Lord’s command (cf. Lk 9:2-6; Mt 10:1-8; Mk 6:7-13) and following the eloquent example
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPEFRANCISFOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE 51st WORLD DAY OF PEACE1 JANUARY 2018 Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace 1. Heartfelt good wishes for peacePeace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night,[1] is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among the
Pope Francis is urging Catholics worldwide to bring to the sick and needy “the ‎Lord’s own gaze, full of tenderness and compassion,” reminding the Church of her  “maternal vocation” to them.  The exhortation came in his message for next year’s World Day of the Sick of the Catholic Church that is traditionally observed on February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.Released by the Vatican on Monday, the message for the 26th World Day of the Sick has as it
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Monday released his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reflecting on the three aspects of every vocation: listening, discerning, and living.The 55th recurrence of the Day for Vocations is to be commemorated next year on 22 April.Listen to Devin Watkins' report:  Listening, discerning, and living: these lie at the heart of Pope Francis’ message for next year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations.The Holy Father
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPEFRANCISFOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE 51st WORLD DAY OF PEACE1 JANUARY 2018 Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace 1. Heartfelt good wishes for peacePeace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night,[1] is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among the
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to the Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who is also the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches.The Pontificium Institutum Orientale, or “Orientale” as it is known in Roman shorthand, was founded in 1917 by Pope Benedict XV, and became part of the “Gregorian Consortium” including also the University and the Biblical Institute, under the direction
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent a message on Wednesday to members of the Vincentian family to mark the fourth centenary of their foundation by French priest Saint Vincent de Paul.In 1617, Fr Vincent began his work among poor, farming families, supported by a group of wealthy Parisian women known as the Daughters of Charity. They collected funds for missionary activities, for the founding of hospitals, to support victims of war and to ransom galley slaves who
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has set up a new Pontifical institute for the study of marriage and the family, replacing the organisation set up by his predecessor in 1981.In a Motu Proprio, published on Tuesday, the Vatican announced that the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences is being established to carry forward the work of the two recent Synods of Bishops and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.New pastoral challengesNo
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has written a letter to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC), encouraging its members and their collaborators in the “missionary charism” of their foundress, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, the patron of immigrants, saying she is a “very contemporary figure.”  The papal letter to Superior General, Sister Barbara Louise Staley on the occasion of the 100th death anniversary of Mother Cabrini, was rel
(Vatican Radio) The organisers of the recently concluded International Consultation Group for Justice, Corruption, Organized Crime and Mafias, sponsored by the Holy See's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, have released a document detailing the outcomes of their work.Listen to our report:   Below, please find the full text of the Outcome Document, in its official English translation**********************************************Outcome document
Here is the Vatican-provided text of the message of the Dicastery of Integral Human Development on the occasion of World Tourism Day which, as usual, will be celebrated on September 27, this year on the theme: “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development:”***“Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”1. On the annual occasion of World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27 September 2017, the Church joins civil society in addressing this phenomenon, in the conviction that
Pope Francis opened the possibility of a new way for the processes of Beatification and Canonization: “the offering of life,” which is added to the martyrdom and heroic virtues. Here is our complete translation of the Apostolic Letter in the form of the Motu Proprio “maiorem hac dilectionem,” published on this matter on July 11, 2017.***Motu Proprio “Maiorem hac dilectionem”“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).These Ch
The bread and wine consecrated during Eucharistic celebrations must be genuine wheat and grapes, unmixed and elaborated correctly, states a circular Letter addressed to the Bishops on Saturday, July 8, 2017, by the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, as requested “by the Holy Father Francis.” The Pastoral Letter has been published in English and in seven other languages, including Latin, under the signatures of the Prefect of the s
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Italian news agency ANSA (Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata), expressing his approval and support for the new InfoMigrants news portal aimed at providing migrants with accurate information.InfoMigrants.net was launched in March by ANSA, in coordination with France’s Media Monde and Germany’s Deutsche Welle, and publishes content in English, Arabic, and French.Pope: 'Project promotes integration'In the letter to