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Church Messages

Pope Francis proclaimed his Easter Blessing “Urbi et Orbi’ – to the City of Rome and the world – at noon on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica.Here is the text of his address, provided by the Vatican Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!Jesus is risen from the dead!This message resounds in the Church the world over, along with the singing of the Alleluia: Jesus is Lord; the Father has raised him and he lives forever in our mi
The Vatican on March 24, 2018, released the document of the Pre-Synodal Meeting in preparation for the 15th General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held the past week in Rome. The Assembly of the Bishops will be in October 2018, with the theme: “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”.During a press conference to present the document, speakers included Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops; the Rev. Augusto Zampini, coordina
Here is the Vatican-provided text of  ‘Placuit Deo,’ a letter issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Certain Aspects of Christian Salvation:***CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITHLetter Placuit DeoTo the Bishops of the Catholic ChurchOn Certain Aspects of Christian Salvation I. Introduction1. “In His goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of His
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2018 “Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12) Dear Brothers and Sisters,Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.With thi
Full text of Pope Francis' message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees celebrated on 14 January 2018.“Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”Dear brothers and sisters!“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34).Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expr
"URBI ET ORBI" MESSAGEOF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISCHRISTMAS 2017Central Loggia of the Vatican BasilicaMonday, 25 December 2017  Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary.  He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).This event is r
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