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Twenty-fourth World Youth Day and the Jubilee for Young People

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papa messageMESSAGES - “The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Lk 1:49). Dear Young Friends, Here we are, on the road again, following our great meeting in Kraków, where we celebrated the Thirty-first World Youth Day and the Jubilee for Young People as part of the Holy Year of Mercy. We took as our guides Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina Kowalska...

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Letter to “Young” Confreres - General Superior of the Misionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinians

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Sandro-GazzolaMESSAGES - Dear “Young” Confreres, Receive first of all my fraternal greetings and my good wishes for each one of you. I foresee some of the questions and the perplexity that may arise from the initial greeting. Who are the “young” confreres? With the word “young”, I refer to the confreres within the first 15 years of ordination or a perpetual profession...

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Lent 2017: conversion is not confined to thought. It touches our very being

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quaresimaMESSAGES - Pope Francis drew inspiration from a parable told in the Gospel of Mercy – the Parable of Lazarus in Lk 16: 19-31 – in the message ahead of this year’s Lenten period. In the Parable, the Master of Nazareth outlines to the disciples the serious, personal responsibility they are called to assume to meet the thoroughgoing demands...

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2017

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quaresimaMESSAGES - Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us...

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 51st World Communications Day

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Vaticano-logoMESSAGES - Access to the media – thanks to technological progress – makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false. The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind...

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for The Twenty-Fifth World Day of the Sick 2017

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Vaticano-logoMESSAGES - Dear Brothers and Sisters, On 11 February next, the Twenty-fifth World Day of the Sick will be celebrated throughout the Church and in a special way at Lourdes. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Amazement at what God has accomplished: ‘The Almighty has done great things for me….’” (Lk 1:49). Instituted by my predecessor Saint John Paul II in 1992...

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Comboni missionaries - Christmas message

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comboni1MESSAGES - Dear confreres in Christ, Receive a fraternal embrace on the occasion of the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation of Our Lord. Christmas offers us a favourable time to contemplate God in the fragility and in the hope that a new world is possible. We are called to discover the signs of God's presence in a world marred by the senseless violence...

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 54th World Day of Prayer for vocations

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Vaticano-logoMESSAGES - Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the last few years, we have considered two aspects of the Christian vocation: the summons to “go out from ourselves” to hear the Lord’s voice, and the importance of the ecclesial community as the privileged place where God’s call is born, nourished and expressed. Now, on this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like to reflect on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling...

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Pope’s Message to Piarist Fathers for Anniversary of Foundation

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Papa-ai-giovani--740x493MESSAGES - With great joy I address you and all the Piarist brothers on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Pious Schools as a Religious Congregation and of the 250th anniversary of the canonization of St. Joseph Calasanz. On this happy occasion I also want to be present not only to celebrate the extraordinary history...

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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter ‘Misericordia et Miseria’

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papa chiusura porta santaMESSAGES - Below is the Vatican-provided text of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera, for the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 – Nov. 20, 2016. It was published and presented by the Vatican this morning: FRANCIS to all who read this Apostolic Letter mercy and peace...

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Pope to Health Care Workers: humanity, stewardship, mission

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health careMESSAGES - Pope Francis has sent a Message to the participants in the thirty-first international conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers. The theme of this year’s iteration of the annual conference is: Towards a Culture of Health that is Welcoming and Supportive: at the Service of People with Rare and Neglected Pathologies...

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