Pope Francis: Life after the Pandemic
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Pope Francis: Life after the Pandemic

In the early months of 2020, Pope Francis frequently reflected on the coronavirus pandemic as it took hold of the human family. Collected here are eight significant spoken and written texts dated from 27 March to 22 April. To whom did he speak, and how? What did he say, and why? Beyond their specific occasions,…

John Paul II Centenary Birthday: Africans Recall ‘Saint who Walked in Our Midst’
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John Paul II Centenary Birthday: Africans Recall ‘Saint who Walked in Our Midst’

Christian Cardinal Tumi, Archbishop Emeritus of Douala in Cameroon says that St. John Paul II loved the Church, especially the people of God in Africa. “In Africa, for example he promoted enculturation, bringing into the Church African cultures that are in agreement with the gospel,” The Cameroonian Cardinal says. One of the setbacks that Christian…

Laudato Si’ Week: Extracts from Encyclical on Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology
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Laudato Si’ Week: Extracts from Encyclical on Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology

I do not want to write this encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and…

Pope Francis: Christian Prayer Flows from the Heart
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Pope Francis: Christian Prayer Flows from the Heart

In his catechesis, Pope Francis said prayer involves the most intimate mystery of our being. Christian writers have always said prayer is “born within the secrecy of our beings, in that interior place called the ‘heart’.” Our emotions, intelligence, and body all participate in prayer, though prayer cannot be identified with any one aspect of…

Cameroon: Pope, UN Chief Press for Negotiated Solution to Anglophone Conflict
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Cameroon: Pope, UN Chief Press for Negotiated Solution to Anglophone Conflict

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General António Guterres have renewed pressure on the Cameroon government to find lasting solutions to the Anglophone problem in the western African nation. According to a top government official who asked not to be named, Francis and the UN boss recently asked Cameroon’s “President for Life,” Paul Biya, to declare…

The Pope Video of May: For Deacons
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The Pope Video of May: For Deacons

The new Pope Video has just been published, to make known the prayer intention that the Holy Father has entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This month, it is about deacons, “the guardians of service in the Church” and of a renewed apostolate in today’s world. Pope Francis exhorts us to pray for them,…

Divine Mercy Sunday
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Divine Mercy Sunday

The 20th anniversary of the feast of Divine Mercy takes place this Sunday. To mark the day, Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia, the centre of the devotion to Divine Mercy in Rome. The Mass will be televised live and streamed online around the world….

‘A Time of Great Uncertainty – Interview with Pope Francis
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‘A Time of Great Uncertainty – Interview with Pope Francis

Toward the end of March I suggested to Pope Francis that this might be a good moment to address the English-speaking world: the pandemic that had so affected Italy and Spain was now reaching the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. Without promising anything, he asked me to send some questions. I picked six…

The Pope Video April: Liberation from Addictions
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The Pope Video April: Liberation from Addictions

The problem of what are called “new addictions” has a solution, but we must find the way. We need prophetic words and human ingenuity, and we need to do many things. It’s time to liberate ourselves from the addictions that seduce us. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt…

Pope Francis: Putting Economy before People would be Viral Genocide
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Pope Francis: Putting Economy before People would be Viral Genocide

In a handwritten letter sent March 28 to Argentine Judge Roberto Andres Gallardo, president of the Pan-American Committee of Judges for Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine, the pope said that some governments that have imposed lockdown measures “show the priority of their decisions: people first.” “This is important because we all know that defending the…

Pope Francis Delivers Defining Image of Coronavirus Emergency
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Pope Francis Delivers Defining Image of Coronavirus Emergency

Twenty years from now, if you were to ask Italians to think back about what images stuck in their minds from the coronavirus, it’s a good bet that after Friday night, many would give the same answer. “Papa Francesco standing alone in St. Peter’s Square, under the rain, praying for it to end,” they’d likely…

Pope Francis: Universal Call to Prayer
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Pope Francis: Universal Call to Prayer