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Our Merciful God

Sometimes, when you go to another place, you listen to the Mass with different ears – the familiarity is gone. The voice of a different priest and the slight variations in liturgy make you take more notice. That happened for me recently and it suddenly struck me about how often in the Mass we ask […]

Francis Speaks

The Most Holy Trinity From the Pope’s homily on Trinity Sunday 2019. He was visiting the town of Camerino, Italy, which had been wrecked in an earthquake in 2016: Today we celebrate the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is not a theological puzzle, but the splendid mystery of God’s closeness. The Trinity tells us that we […]

Francis Speaks

A summarised version of the Pope’s address to the First International Congress on the Pastoral Care of the Elderly: ‘The Richness of many years’ … … is a richness of people, of each individual person who has many years of life, experience, and history behind them. It is the precious treasure that takes form in […]

May

The Month of May 3 : 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations3 – 10 : Vocations Awareness Week16 – 24 : Laudato Si’ Week24 : Ascension Day; World Communications Day25 – 31 : Week of Prayer for Christian Unity31 : Pentecost Sunday Pope Francis’ Prayer for Vocations Lord of the Harvest,bless young people with […]

See You Mate!

On a stunningly beautiful day I took the train to Waikanae. As we passed a millpond-calm sea, sparkling in the sun, a young man and a senior citizen struck up a conversation. It seems they did not know each other, but the older man remarked on the lovely day and the younger one replied by […]

Francis Speaks

Extracts from the Pope’s Easter Vigil homily, 20 April 2019 The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone … It seems that the steps we take […]

Francis Speaks

The Holy Family of Nazareth The term ‘holy’ inserts this family into the realm of holiness, which is a gift of God but, at the same time, is free and responsible adherence to God’s plan. It was so for the family of Nazareth, which was totally open to the will of God. How can we […]

The Annunciation and Us

In his General Audience of 23 October 2013, Pope Francis said, At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls Mary ‘full of grace’ and reveals his plan to her. Mary answers ‘yes’, and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who took flesh from her […]

Saturday 28 December

The Holy Innocents (F) 1 John 1:5-2:2; Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8; Matthew 2:13-18 Heart rather than head Innocent children continue to be oppressed and abused and murdered. Why do children suffer? Pope Francis says an answer is not be found not in the head, but in the heart. “Only when the heart is able to ask […]

Saturday 9 November

Dedication of St. John Lateran [F] Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Psalm 46; 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22 Union with Pope Francis St John Lateran is one of the four great basilicas in Rome. The other three are St. Peter’s, St Paul’s outside the Walls and St Mary Major’s. St John Lateran is, in fact, […]