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Pope on Palm Sunday: Life, measured by love, is meant to serve others

VATICAN CITY | With a small procession down the vast and empty central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis began the first of a series of Holy Week liturgies celebrated without the presence of the faithful from the general public. Palm Sunday Mass, the liturgy that begins with a commemoration of Jesus entering Jerusalem… Read more »

Prisons’ Passion: Via Crucis meditations reflect on aftermath of crime

VATICAN CITY | While Pope Francis’ Way of the Cross service on Good Friday has been transferred to the Vatican because of the coronavirus pandemic, the meditations focus, as always, on those who share the pain, suffering and heartbreak that characterized Christ’s passion and death. In a letter published in an Italian newspaper in early… Read more »

Vatican confirms pope does not have COVID-19

VATICAN CITY | Neither Pope Francis nor any of his closest collaborators have the COVID-19 virus, said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office. In a note March 28, Bruni confirmed that a monsignor, who works in the Vatican Secretariat of State and lives in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives, did… Read more »

COVID-19 is not God’s judgment, but a call to live differently, pope says

VATICAN CITY | The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is not God’s judgment on humanity, but God’s call on people to judge what is most important to them and resolve to act accordingly from now on, Pope Francis said. Addressing God, the pope said that “it is not the time of your judgment, but of our judgment:… Read more »

What is a plenary indulgence?

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis said he will grant a plenary indulgence to the faithful who watch or listen to his extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27. Special indulgences have also been granted to those suffering from COVID-19, their caregivers, friends and family… Read more »

Complaining, inertia are seeds of the devil, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Many Christians are caught in a trap of complaining about everything and doing nothing about it, Pope Francis said in his morning Mass. The sin of sloth, marked by careless indifference, apathy and self-pity, is a “poison, a fog that envelops the soul and doesn’t let it live,” he said in his… Read more »

Pope announces extraordinary ‘urbi et orbi’ blessing March 27

VATICAN CITY | In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time March 27. The formal blessing — usually given only immediately after a new pope’s election and on Christmas and Easter — carries… Read more »

Pope urges priests to tend to sick, health care workers during epidemic

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis prayed that priests would find the courage to visit those who are sick and offer accompaniment to health care professionals and volunteers working during the coronavirus epidemic. During a live broadcast of his daily morning Mass, Pope Francis again prayed for the many people who have fallen ill because of… Read more »

Pope asks Catholics to join week of climate reflection, action in May

VATICAN CITY | Saying he wanted to renew his “urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis,” Pope Francis asked Catholics around the globe to participate in the international observance of “Laudato Si’ Week” May 16-24. Sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and facilitated by the Global Catholic Climate Movement and… Read more »

Reconciling oneself to God leads to healing, pope says in Lenten message

VATICAN CITY | Lent is a time for deeper dialogue with God through prayer, for renewed gratitude for God’s mercy and for increased compassion for people whose lives are under attack, Pope Francis said. Also, people must not only show generosity through charitable giving, but they should also work for a real structural change to… Read more »