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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 56th WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS

Theme: ~Listening with the ear of the heart~ Dear brothers and sisters, Last year we reflected on the need to “Come and See” in order to discover reality and be able to recount it beginning with experiencing events and meeting people. Continuing in this vein, I would now like to draw attention to another word , “listen”, which is decisive ...

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Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For The 54th World Communications Day

“That you may tell your children and grandchildren” (Ex 10:2): Life becomes history I would like to devote this year’s Message to the theme of storytelling, because I believe that, so as not to lose our bearings, we need to make our own the truth contained in good stories. Stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us ...

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Pope at Audience: ‘We Are All Beggars before God’

By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis begins a new series of catechesis during the General Audience on the theme of prayer and invites the faithful never to suffocate that cry for hope and salvation. Taking inspiration from the Gospel episode of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar from Jericho who is able to see again after making a profession of faith in Jesus, ...

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Eight-Confirmed Cases of Holy See Employees with COVID19, 2 Cured

To date, there are eight Holy See employees who have tested positive for COVID19, and two of them have been cured. This was confirmed in a statement by Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, in an April 8, 2020, statement. “An eighth case of COVID-19 has been verified at the Vatican,” he noted, adding two people have ...

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China Makes Donations to Vatican Pharmacy

. . . Director of Holy See Press Office Announces in Holy Thursday Statement “In these days donations of health supplies from China have arrived in the Vatican Pharmacy…” The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, revealed this in an April 10 statement. The Red Cross Society of China and the Hebei Jinde Charities Foundation were the ...

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Pope Francis: As Humanity Trembles from Pandemic, Let us Unite In Prayer

By Courtney Mares Pope Francis has asked Christians around the world to unite in praying the Our Father prayer at noon on March 25 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “In these days of trial, while humanity trembles at the threat of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to heaven,” Pope Francis ...

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Pope Francis’ Lent Advice: Put Down Phone, Pick up Bible

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis urged Catholics Wednesday to use the season of Lent to spend less time immersed in the chatter and noise of the world through television and their phones, and to spend more time in silence and in conversation with God. “Lent is the right time to make room for the Word of God. It is the ...

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Pope at Mass: Beware of ‘Slippery Slide’ Toward Worldliness

In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis warns against letting our hearts wander unwittingly into apostasy. Pope Francis reflected on the First Reading (1 Kgs 11:4-13), which tells of the “apostasy of Solomon” as he turns away from the Lord in his old age. “When Solomon was old his wives had turned his ...

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Church in Poland Thanks Pope Francis for Querida Amazonía

By Vatican News The President of the Polish Bishops Conference writes to Pope Francis to thank him for his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Querida Amazonía”, on “the beloved Amazon region”. The president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, has expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis for the Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonía, which, he says, “arose in the heart of ...

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Pope Francis: Future Holy See Diplomats Will Spend a Year on Mission

Pope Francis sends a letter to the President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, announcing that whoever enters the Vatican’s diplomatic service will be asked to carry out a 12-month missionary experience in a diocese. Pope Francis has introduced a year of missionary experience into the curriculum of those preparing to enter service in the Holy See’s diplomatic corps. The Pope ...

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