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Francis Speaks on All Souls Day

Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints, and today the liturgy invites us to commemorate the faithful departed. These two recurrences are intimately linked to each other, just as joy and tears find a synthesis in Jesus Christ, who is the foundation of our faith and our hope. On the one hand, in fact, […]

Rejoicing in the Communion of Saints

This month we celebrate All Saints and pray for the souls in purgatory. The people we love who have died probably had as many shortcomings, quirks, neuroses and downright failures as we do. I find that a consoling thought. Because they persevered in living their faith, which gives me hope that I can and will […]

Celebrating All Saints and All Souls

Pope Francis, 1 November 2019 Today’s solemnity of All Saints reminds us that we are all called to holiness. The Saints of all times, whom today we celebrate all together, are not simply symbols, distant, unreachable human beings. On the contrary, they are people who lived with their feet on the ground. They experienced the […]

All Saints

Pope Francis’ address after the Angelus, St Peter’s Square, 1 November 2017 The Solemnity of All Saints is ‘our’ celebration: not because we are good, but because the sanctity of God has touched our life. The Saints are not perfect models, but people through whom God has passed. We can compare them to the Church […]

All Saints and All Souls Days

All Saints’ Day The Book of Revelation refers to an essential characteristic of saints, saying they are people who belong totally to God. They are presented as an immense multitude of “chosen ones,” dressed in white and marked with the “seal of God” (See Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14). Through this last detail, with allegorical language, it […]

All Saints and All Souls

The cover drawing is a creative rendition of some of the graves on top of Pukekaraka, Ōtaki. The graves of Fr Melu and Brother Stanislaus are seen with the hopeful signs of spring blossom. The artist is Fr Peter Healy sm, who lives in Ōtaki  and ministers on the Kapiti Coast. I saw a huge […]