22 Feb 2023

Pope Francis' message for Lent: “Lenten season is part of the synodal journey”

Click here to read Pope Francis' 2023 Lenten - Lenten Penance and the Synodal Journey Message. 


15 Feb 2021

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2021

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Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18)
Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus revealed to his disciples the deepest meaning of his mission when he told them of his passion, death and resurrection, in fulfilment of the Father’s will.  He then called the disciples to share in this mission for the salvation of the world.

In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8).  During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the “living water” of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ.  At the Easter vigil, we will renew our baptismal promises and experience rebirth as new men and women by the working of the Holy Spirit. This Lenten journey, like the entire pilgrimage of the Christian life, is even now illumined by the light of the resurrection, which inspires the thoughts, attitudes and decisions of the followers of Christ.

04 Aug 2019

Pope thanks all the priests in a moving letter

04 Mar 2019

Pope Francis' Message for Lent 2019

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"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God"
(Rm 8:19)

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Easter to Easter towards the fulfilment of the salvation we have already received as a result of Christ’s paschal mystery – “for in hope we were saved” (Rom 8:24).

This mystery of salvation, already at work in us during our earthly lives, is a dynamic process that also embraces history and all of creation. As Saint Paul says, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19). In this perspective, I would like to offer a few reflections to accompany our journey of conversion this coming Lent.

11 Feb 2019

World Day of the Sick 2019 message

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“You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10:8). These are the words spoken by Jesus when sending forth his apostles to spread the Gospel, so that his Kingdom might grow through acts of gratuitous love.

03 Dec 2018

Lighting candles for Syria


Pope lights one of thousands of candles for worldwide campaign for Christians in Syria.

23 Oct 2018

Pope with young and elderly people

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Pope Francis wanted to listen to both young and elderly people. However, at this meeting he also wanted them to listen to each other.

14 Oct 2018

New saints


Paul VI and Monsignor Oscar Romero are now officially saints – the Catholic Church has seven new saints.

12 Sep 2018

Pope summons meeting

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Pope summons presidents of all episcopal conferences to seek measures against abuses.

07 Sep 2018

Pope in Dublin

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Music group from Africa enlivens crowd at World Meeting of Families in August 2018.

14 Aug 2018

Pope speaks to young people

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St Peter's square was packed as some 90,000 people came to see Pope Francis.

13 Aug 2018

Pope meets with young people


Pope Francis appeared at Circus Massimo in Rome to celebrate this great encounter with some 50,000 young Italians.

09 Aug 2018

Pope to meet youth

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Pope Francis to meet with 70,000 young people this weekend to prepare Synod.

01 Jul 2018

Australia might gain second saint

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Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney is helping investigate and assess if Eileen O'Connor's cause should proceed and what merits her potential sainthood.

09 Apr 2018

New papal document

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Vatican to present new papal document on holiness in modern world on Monday April 9 – Gaudete et Exsultate.

03 Apr 2018

Pope Francis Easter Message

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Pope Francis delivering his Easter message and blessing.

27 Mar 2018

World meeting of families 2018


Pope announces Dublin travel plans for World Meeting of Families.

09 Mar 2018

Paul VI to be canonised

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Pope Francis will canonise Paul VI in October.

09 Feb 2018

Pope's advice to priests

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A good homily is a short homily, Pope Francis tells priests.

23 Jan 2018

Pope's visit to Chile and Peru

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Pope Francis' best messages from his trip to Chile and Peru.

22 Jan 2018

Pope returns to Rome

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'I apologise to victims if my words offended them' – Pope Francis

18 Jan 2018

Pope in Temuco

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Pope notes 'sorrow and pain' of Chile's indigenous people.

15 Jan 2018

Pope to visit Chile and Peru

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Chile and Peru: Pope Francis' challenges in his first trip of 2018.

15 Jan 2018

Pope Francis arrives in Chile

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An orchestra welcomed the Pope – this little girl sang – he enjoyed it so much that he waited for her to finish before thanking and blessing her.

15 Jan 2018

'This is the result of war'

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Inside papal plane on his journey to Chile Pope Francis presents journalists with photo about nuclear war.

02 Jan 2018

Pope prays for peace

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World Day of Peace was dedicated this year to migrants and refugees.

12 Dec 2017

World meeting of families 2018

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The official hymn 'A Joy for all the Earth' has been chosen for the 2018 World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin in August.

09 Nov 2017

No phones during Mass please


'It hurts me to see them using mobile phones in Mass (lay, priests and bishops)' – Pope Francis.

27 Oct 2017

Pope makes long distance call


The Pope linked up live from the Vatican with the six-man crew as they orbited above Earth.

23 Apr 2017

Canonisation date announced

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Pope confirms that he will canonise two Fatima's visionaries on May 13.

10 Apr 2017

WYD Panama 2019


"Come to WYD in Panama! It will not be the same as the others" – this is the joy of someone who is about to receive a very important gift, the Cross of WYD.

18 Feb 2017

WYD19 in Panama


Planning underway – Archbishop of Panama visits Rome and then to Poland to exchange WYD17 experiences.

11 Jan 2017

WYD 2019 Panama


While the official date of the next World Youth Day in Panama is not known as of yet, what is clear is that it will be in the first months of 2019.