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Peace will prevail in Sudan and South Sudan

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stop-violenceMESSAGES - “The adjective ‘crucial’ comes from the Latin crux, meaning ‘cross’. A choice is said to be crucial when we are at the crossroads, facing the Cross of Jesus. The Crucified One invites as people of Sudan and South Sudan us to bear the sufferings of one another, to keep patient vigil together in the darkness, to listen even in death...

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Marists - Letter of the Superior General

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maristesMESSAGES - Dear Marists of Champagnat, On 2 January this year we celebrated as a family the 200 years since the foundation of the Marist Institute. The celebrations have continued over the months since and will, I am sure, continue until the end of 2017. The General Council itself decided to mark this occasion...

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‘No to Clericalism’ (Pope’s Address to Somascan Fathers in Rome for General Chapter)

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somaschiMESSAGES - ‘One of the gravest dangers, stronger in the Church today, is clericalism. Work with the laity, let them go ahead, that they have the courage to go forward and you, support and help them as priests, as religious’. Around noon today, March 30, 2017, Pope Francis gave this warning in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, when addressing the participants...

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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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