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Lent

Through Easter with Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Towards Pentecost

?Novena to the Holy Spirit
♦What is a Novena?

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Fruits of Holy Spirit >>>
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  Easter

Novena to the divine Mercy Divine Mercy Feast of the Divine Mercy Mother Teresa a Model of Divine Mercy in action

I wish you: the joy of the Risen Jesus.
The joy of Jesus is the Sun Shine of His Father’s love –
The joy of Jesus is the hope of Eternal happiness.
The joy of Jesus is the Flame of burning Love.
Easter is this Joy and I wish you  this Joy …

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

We wish you and your family a grace-filled Easter season.
May the joy of the risen Lord fill your heart and be your strength to face the moments of suffering
with faith and trust in his victory. For there would not be Easter without Good Friday.
May God bless each of you with the love of Holy Thursday, the faith of Good Friday
The hope of Holy Saturday and peace and joy of Easter fill your heart today and always,
So that I may overflow on all those around us and enable or heats to reach out in compassion to all kin need.
Please know that you and your intentions are in our prayers.

Let us united in prayer to God asking very specially  St. Mother Teresa  of Calcutta to intercede for the end of the pandemic
and to grand all man and women hearts  transformed by the love of Christ.

 

 

Easter: click here>>>

 EASTER SUNDAY 12 April 2020

Holy Mass - at 11:00

Easter Urbi et Orbi message

Urbi et Orbi
 - at 12:00

HOLY SATURDAY 11 April 2020

‘Even from the grave Jesus brings life’
Easter Vigil - at 21:00
 

 

“I HAVE PLANS FOR YOUR WELFARE AND NOT FOR WOE”
HOLY FRIDAY 19 April 2020
Passion of the Lord - at 18:00
Way of the Cross at the Colosseum - at 21:00

HOLY THURSDAY 11 April 2020

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper - at 18:00

PALM SUNDAY 14 April 2019 Holy Mass and Procession - at 10:00

Pentecost

 

Daily Readings for Lent
HOLY WEEK:
PalmSunday
Holy Thursday, Good Friday Holy Saturday

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I would also like my invitation to extend beyond the bounds of the Catholic Church,
and to reach all of you, men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God’s voice.
Perhaps, like ourselves, you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world,
you are concerned about the chill that paralyzes hearts and actions,
and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family.
Join us, then, in raising our plea to God,
in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need!
Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm,
sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer.
If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts,
know that this is never the case in the heart of God!
He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.
 - Pope Francis read >>> 

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Holy Father's Lenten Message 2020 " “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20).  read >>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 35th WYD 2020 ) >>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday >>> 

First Sunday of Lent   >>> 

Second Sunday of Lent   >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent >>> 

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the:

 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
2020 
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday >>> 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All can open themselves to God’s action, to his love;
with our evangelical witness we Christians must be a living message;
indeed in many cases we are the only Gospel that men and women of today still read. ...
a further reason for living Lent fully: in order to bear a witness of faith lived to a world in difficulty
in need of returning to God, in need of conversion." 
- Pope Benedict XVI 

"The pointed words of Abraham apply to them and to all of us: “They have Moses
and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29). Such attentive listening will
best prepare us to celebrate the final victory over sin and death of the
Bridegroom, now risen, who desires to purify his Betrothed
in expectation of his coming. Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable
a time for conversion! We ask this through the maternal intercession of the
Virgin Mary, who, encountering the greatness of God’s mercy freely bestowed
upon her, was the first to acknowledge her lowliness (cf. Lk 1:48) and to call
herself the Lord’s humble servant (cf. Lk 1:38)."
- Pope Francis 

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Today we begin the liturgical period of Lent with the emblematic ritual of the
imposition of the ashes by which we intend to take on the task of turning our
hearts towards the horizons of Grace ... This is not some superficial or transitory
conversion, but a spiritual itinerary which has a profound effect on our
conscience and involves a sincere intention to amend our lives". ... This means
undertaking an authentic conversion to God - returning to Him - recognising His
sanctity, His power, His majesty...Such conversion is possible because God is
rich in mercy and great in love. His mercy is regenerating. ... God, in fact, does not
want the death of sinners but their conversion to life. ... He offers us His
forgiveness, ... so as to give us a new heart purified from the evil that oppresses
it, so as to lead us to participate in His joy. Our world needs to be converted
by God, it needs His pardon, His love, it needs a new heart".
-Pope Benedict XVI

 

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WATCH IT AS A MOVIE click here>>>

1st Week of Lent click here >>> 
 Watch the Meditation as a flash movie: click here>>> 
The First Sunday of the Lenten journey reveals our condition as human beings here on earth.
The victorious battle against temptation, the starting point of Jesus’ mission,
is an invitation to become aware of our own fragility in order to accept the Grace
that frees from sin and infuses new strength in Christ – the way, the truth and the life.
It is a powerful reminder that Christian faith implies,
following the example of Jesus and in union with him,
a battle “against the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in this world” (Eph 6: 12),
in which the devil is at work and never tires – even today – of tempting whoever wishes to draw close to the Lord:
Christ emerges victorious to open also our hearts to hope and
guide us in overcoming the seductions of evil
P. Benedict VXI >>>

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2nd Week of Lent click here >>> 
  Watch the Meditation as a flash movie: click here >>> 

The Gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord puts before our eyes the glory of Christ,
which anticipates the resurrection and announces the divinization of man.
The Christian community becomes aware that Jesus leads it,
like the Apostles Peter, James and John “up a high mountain by themselves” (Mt 17: 1),
to receive once again in Christ, as sons and daughters in the Son, the gift of the Grace of God:
“This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. Listen to him” (Mt 17: 5).
It is the invitation to take a distance from the noisiness of everyday life
in order to immerse oneself in God’s presence.
He desires to hand down to us, each day, a Word that penetrates the depths of our spirit,
where we discern good from evil (cf. Heb 4:12), reinforcing our will to follow the Lord.
P. Benedict VXI

 

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WATCH IT AS A MOVIE click here>>>

3rd Week of Lent click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash movie>>> 

Third Sunday of Lent,The question that Jesus puts to the Samaritan woman:
“Give me a drink” (Jn 4: 7), is presented to us in the liturgy of the third Sunday;
it expresses the passion of God for every man and woman,
and wishes to awaken in our hearts the desire for the gift of “a spring of water within,
welling up for eternal life” (Jn 4: 14): this is the gift of the Holy Spirit,
who transforms Christians into “true worshipers,”
capable of praying to the Father “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4: 23).
Only this water can extinguish our thirst for goodness, truth and beauty! Only this water,
given to us by the Son, can irrigate the deserts of our restless and unsatisfied soul,
until it “finds rest in God”, as per the famous words of St. Augustine.
 P. Benedict VXI

 


 

 

 

 

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4th Week of Lent click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash movie  click here>>>

The Sunday of the man born blind presents Christ as the light of the world.
The Gospel confronts each one of us with the question: “Do you believe in the Son of man?”
“Lord, I believe!” (Jn 9: 35. 38), the man born blind joyfully exclaims, giving voice to all believers.
The miracle of this healing is a sign that Christ wants not only to give us sight,
but also open our interior vision, so that our faith may become ever deeper
and we may recognize him as our only Savior. He illuminates all that is dark in life
and leads men and women to live as “children of the light”.  
P. Benedict VXI

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


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5th Week of Lent click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash movie click here>>>

On the fifth Sunday, when the resurrection of Lazarus is proclaimed
we are faced with the ultimate mystery of our existence: “I am the resurrection and the life…
Do you believe this?” (Jn 11: 25-26). For the Christian community,
it is the moment to place with sincerity – together with Martha –
all of our hopes in Jesus of Nazareth: “
Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who was to come into this world” (Jn 11: 27).
Communion with Christ in this life prepares us to overcome the barrier of death,
so that we may live eternally with him.
Faith in the resurrection of the dead and hope in eternal life
open our eyes to the ultimate meaning of our existence:
God created men and women for resurrection and life,
and this truth gives an authentic and definitive meaning to human history,
to the personal and social lives of men and women, to culture, politics and the economy.
Without the light of faith, the entire universe finishes shut within a tomb
devoid of any future, any hope.
  P. Benedict VXI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOLY WEEK

PalmSunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday Holy Saturday

The Lenten journey finds its fulfillment in the Paschal Triduum,
especially in the Great Vigil of the Holy Night: renewing our baptismal promises,
we reaffirm that Christ is the Lord of our life, that life which God bestowed upon us
when we were reborn of “water and Holy Spirit”, and we profess again our firm commitment
to respond to the action of the Grace in order to be his disciples.

P. Benedict VXI

 

 

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Palm Sunday ...if we want to encounter Jesus and then to walk with him on his path,
we must ask: on what path does he want to lead us? What do we expect of him?
What does he expect of us? To understand what happens on Palm Sunday and to know what this means,
not only for that hour but for all time, one detail has
proved to be important; it also became the key to understanding the event for his
disciples too, when they looked back after Easter with new eyes at those
tumultuous days. Jesus entered the Holy City riding on a donkey, that is, the
animal of the simple, common country people, and moreover, it was an ass that
did not belong to him but one he had asked to borrow for the occasion. He did not
arrive in an ostentatious royal carriage or on horseback like the great figures of
the world, but on a borrowed donkey. John tells us that at first the disciples did
not understand his action. Only after Easter did they realize that Jesus, by so
acting, was fulfilling what the prophets had foretold: that his action derived from
God's Word and was bringing it to fulfilment. 
P. Benedict VXI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holy Thursday: click here>>>
Watch the Meditation as a flash movie click here>>>

Qui, pridie quam pro nostra omniumque salute pateretur,
hoc est hodie, accepit panem
: hese words we shall pray today in the Canon of the Mass.
Hoc est hodie”
–the Liturgy of Holy Thursday places the word “today”
into the text of the prayer, thereby emphasizing the particular dignity of this day.
It was “today” that He did this: he gave himself to us for ever in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
This “today” is first and foremost the memorial of that first Paschal event.
Yet it is something more. With the Canon, we enter into this “today”.
Our today comes into contact with his today. He does this now. With the word “today”,
the Church’s Liturgy wants us to give great inner attention to the mystery of this day,
to the words in which it is expressed. We therefore seek to listen in a new way to the institution narrative,
in the form in which the Church has formulated it,
on the basis of Scripture and in contemplation of the Lord himself. . ...

In the Upper Room, Christ gives his Body and Blood to the disciples,
that is, he gives himself in the totality of his person. But can he do so?
He is still physically present in their midst, he is standing in front of them!
The answer is: at that hour, Jesus fulfils what he had previously proclaimed in the Good Shepherd discourse: “
No one takes my life from me: I lay it down of my own accord.
I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again …” (Jn 10:18).
No one can take his life from him: he lays it down by his own free decision.
At that hour, he anticipates the crucifixion and resurrection. What is later to be fulfilled, as it were,
physically in him, he already accomplishes in anticipation, in the freedom of his love.
He gives his life and he takes it again in the resurrection, so as to be able to share it for ever.
Lord, today you give us your life, you give us yourself. Enter deeply within us with your love.
Make us live in your “today”. Make us instruments of your peace!
  P. Benedict VXI

In Christ, God revealed himself as Love (cf. 1Jn 4: 7-10).
The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power
(cf. 1Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them
salvation: it is love in its most extreme form
(cf. Encyclical Deus caritas est, n. 12).  P. Benedict VXI

 

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Good Friday: click here>>>

Today starts the Novenafor the feast of Divine Mercy !!!: click here>>>

In Christ, God revealed himself as Love (cf. 1Jn 4: 7-10).
The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power
(cf. 1Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them
salvation: it is love in its most extreme form
(cf. Encyclical Deus caritas est, n. 12).

When we touch the Cross, or rather, when we carry it, we touch the mystery
of God, the mystery of Jesus Christ. The mystery that God so loved the world – us
– that he gave his only-begotten Son for us (cf. Jn 3:16). We touch the marvelous
mystery of God’s love, the only genuinely redemptive truth. But we also touch the
fundamental law, the constitutive norm of our lives, namely the fact that without
this “yes” to the Cross, without walking in communion with Christ day by day,
life cannot succeed. The more we can make some sacrifice, out of love for the
great truth and the great love, out of love for the truth and for God’s love, the
greater and richer life becomes. Anyone who wants to keep his life for himself
loses it. Anyone who gives his life – day by day in small acts, which form part of
the great decision – that person finds it. This is the challenging, but also
profoundly beautiful and liberating truth that we wish to enter into, step by
step… May the Lord bless this journey. Amen.

P. Benedict VXI

 


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Holy Saturday: click here>>>

"The Mystery of Holy Saturday". . .Holy Saturday is the day when God remains
hidden... Holy Saturday: this day's darkness challenges all who are wondering
about life and it challenges us believers in particular. We too have something
to do with this darkness ... Holy Saturday is a "no man's land" between the death
and the Resurrection, but this "no man's land" was entered by One,
the Only One, who passed through it with the signs of his Passion for man's
sake: Passio Christi. Passio hominis. ... God, in Jesus Christ, not only shared
our dying but also our remaining in death the most radical solidarity. ...
Jesus Christ "descended into hell" What do these words mean? They mean that
God, having made himself man, reached the point of entering man's most
extreme and absolute solitude, where not a ray of love enters, where total
abandonment reigns without any word of comfort: "hell". Jesus Christ, by
remaining in death, passed beyond the door of this ultimate solitude to lead us
too to cross it with him. We have all, at some point, felt the frightening sensation
of abandonment, and that is what we fear most about death, just as when we
were children we were afraid to be alone in the dark and could only be reassured
by the presence of a person who loved us. Well, this is exactly what happened
on Holy Saturday: the voice of God resounded in the realm of death.
The unimaginable occurred: namely, Love penetrated "hell". Even in the extreme
darkness of the most absolute human loneliness we may hear a voice that calls
us and find a hand that takes ours and leads us out. Human beings live because
they are loved and can love; and if love even penetrated the realm of death, then
life also even reached there. In the hour of supreme solitude we shall never be
alone: Passio Christi. Passio hominis. This is the mystery of Holy Saturday!
Truly from there, from the darkness of the death of the Son of God,
the light of a new hope gleamed: the light of the Resurrection...

P. Benedict VXI

 

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The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to every believer.
[136]  It is essential that the revealed word radically enrich our catechesis
and all our efforts to pass on the faith.[137]  Evangelization demands
familiarity with God’s word, which calls for dioceses, parishes and Catholic
associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the Bible,
while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal reading.[138]  
We do not blindly seek God, or wait for him to speak to us first,
for “God has already spoken, and there is nothing further that we need to know,
which has not been revealed to us”.[139]  Let us receive the sublime treasure
of the revealed word. - P. Francis Evangelii-Gaudium #175.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feast day of the Annunciation, "Life, the most beautiful gift of God. " -The presence of God

 

 

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Holy Father's Homiles during Lent and Easter
2019 2018 20172016
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2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

 

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2019

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rm 8: 19).
The celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, the culmination of the liturgical year, calls us yearly to undertake a journey of preparation, in the knowledge that our being conformed to Christ (cf. Rom 8:29) is a priceless gift of God’s mercy...Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation. read >>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 33th WYD 2019 ” ("“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30)) >>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday >>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent Lent >>>

Holy Father's Second Sunday of Lent >>> 

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent  >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent  >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass   >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
 
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday >>> 

 

 

 

 

2018

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2018 " “Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12).
“.... I would also like my invitation to extend beyond the bounds of the Catholic Church, and to reach all of you, men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God’s voice. Perhaps, like ourselves, you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world, you are concerned about the chill that paralyzes hearts and actions, and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family. Join us, then, in raising our plea to God, in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need! The fire of Easter Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.  read >>> 

 

Holy Father's Message for the 32nd WYD 2018 >>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday >>> 

Holy Father 5th Sunday of Lent Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent >>>

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the:

First Sunday of Lent   >>> 

Second Sunday of Lent   >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent  >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent  >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
2018 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
 
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday >>> 

2017

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2017 " "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift".
Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply. . . I would now like to consider the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (cf. Lk 16:19-31). Let us find inspiration in this meaningful story, for it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life. ...At the root of all his ills was the failure to heed God’s word. As a result, he no longer loved God and grew to despise his neighbour. The word of God is alive and powerful, capable of converting hearts and leading them back to God. When we close our heart to the gift of God’s word, we end up closing our heart to the gift of our brothers and sisters. Dear friends, Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need.... Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter. conversion! read >>> 

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Second Sunday of Lent 2017  >>> 

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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2017 >>> 

 

 

 

 

2016

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2016 "“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).
I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy”. By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God ... I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word... Mercy “expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe” (MV, 21), thus restoring his relationship with him. In Jesus crucified, God shows his desire to draw near to sinners, however far they may have strayed from him. In this way he hopes to soften the hardened heart of his Bride...the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy. In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited; in the spiritual works of mercy – counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer – we touch more directly our own sinfulness. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy must never be separated. By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need. ... Yet the danger always remains that by a constant refusal to open the doors of their hearts to Christ who knocks on them in the poor, the proud, rich and powerful will end up condemning themselves and plunging into the eternal abyss of solitude which is Hell. The pointed words of Abraham apply to them and to all of us: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29). Such attentive listening will best prepare us to celebrate the final victory over sin and death of the Bridegroom, now risen, who desires to purify his Betrothed in expectation of his coming. Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! read >>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2016 ” ("Blessed are the mercyful" ) >>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday 2016 >>> 

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Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2016 >>> 

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2016  >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent 2016 >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2016 >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2016 >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2016 >>>

 

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2015

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2015 "Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)
During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference..
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Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2015 ” ("Blessed are they pure of heart" ) >>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday 2015 >>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2015 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2015 >>> 

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2015  >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent 2014 >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2015 >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2015 >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
2015 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
2015 
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2015 >>> 

 

 

 

 

2014

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2014 "He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich
Charity, love, is sharing with the one we love in all things. Love makes us similar, it creates equality, it breaks down walls and eliminates distances. God did this with us. ... God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety. Christ’s love is different! ...
So what is this poverty by which Christ frees us and enriches us? It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road (cf. Lk 10:25ff ). What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is his taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. Christ’s poverty is the greatest treasure of all..... read >>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 19th WYD 2014 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3)>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 5th March 2014 >>> 

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Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2014 >>> 

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2014  >>> 

Third Sunday of Lent 2014 >>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2014 >>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2014 >>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday
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Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
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Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper
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Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2014 >>> 

 

2013

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2013 
The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity: between believing in God – the God of Jesus Christ – and love, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and which guides us on the path of devotion to God and others. charity. ... Everything begins from the humble acceptance of faith (“knowing that one is loved by God”), but has to arrive at the truth of charity (“knowing how to love God and neighbour”), which remains for ever, as the fulfilment of all the virtues (cf. 1 Cor 13:13).. more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 13th february 2013 >>>: 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2013 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2013 >>>

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2013 >>>

Third Sunday of Lent 2013...>>>

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2013 read>>>

Fifth Sunday of Lent 2013 read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of the Lord Supper 2013read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2013 read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Mass of Palmsunday 2013 read>>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2013read>>> 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message 2013>>>

Regina Coeli Easter Monday 2013  read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during the Easter vigile 2013  read>>>: 

Regina Coeli P. FRANCISCO 2013

Homilies of P. FRANCISCO during the Easter season 2013

 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message 2014>>>

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Holy Father's Homily during the Easter vigile 2014  read>>>: 

Regina Coeli P. FRANCISCO 2014

Homilies of P. FRANCISCO during the Easter season 2014

 

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2012

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2012  P. Benedict VXI
The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. ... "We should never be incapable of 'showing mercy' towards those who suffer. Our hearts should never be so wrapped up in our affairs and problems that they fail to hear the cry of the poor" "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works" (Heb 10:24). more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 22th february 2012 >>>: 

Benedict XVI meets with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome:>>>:

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2012 Lent >>>

Holy Father's Homily on Second Sunday of Lent 2012  ...>>>

Holy Father's Angelus Message for the Second Sunday of Lent 2012 
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Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2012...  >>>

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2012 ... >>>

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2012 . read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2012 . read>>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2012. read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2012 >>>

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2012  >>> 

Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2012 >>> 

 

EASTER SUNDAY-Holy Father's Homily >>> 

"Urbi et Orbi" Message>>>   

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day>>> 

Holy Father's Message for the 27th World Youth>>>

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2011

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2011 ... read

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass 2011 read>>>: 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2011read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2011. read>>> 

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2011 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). read>>> 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2011 
“Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7) . read>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 9th March 2011  "Everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to His love. "read>>> 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2011  read>>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2011 Lent,   read>>> 

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Meeting with the youth World Youth Day>>> 

 

 

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2010

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2010 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). click here>>> 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2010 
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). click here>>> 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 17 February 2010  "Lord, you are merciful to all, and hate nothing you have created. You overlook the sins of men to bring them to repentance. You are the Lord our God" click here>>> 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2010 
Lectio divina of His Holiness Benedict XVI  click here>>> 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2010 
Lent, a Season of spiritual renewal  click here>>> 

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2010 
 the episode of the Transfiguration which in Luke's Gospel immediately follows the Teacher's invitation: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9: 23). ... click here>>> 

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2010 
"Repent', says the Lord, "for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand' click here>>> 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2010 
The father and the two sons better known as the Parable of the "Prodigal Son" (Lk 15:11-32) is proclaimed. ... click here>>> 

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2010 
Jesus who saves an adulterous woman condemned to death (Jn 8: 1-11). ... click here>>> 

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day

Holy Father's Message to Youth in PowerPoint 
"Dare to love” by following the example of the saints"click here>>> 
  

 

Holy Father's Homily during the Chrism Mass
2011 
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Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2011 . read>>> 

Holy Father's Homily during Mass of the Lord’s Passion Sunday 2011. read>>> 

Holy Father's Lenten Message 2011 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). read: 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2011 
“Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7) . read: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 9th March 2011  "Everyone can open themselves to the action of God, to His love. "read: 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2011  read

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2011 
Lent,   read

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2011 
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Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2011 
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Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2011 
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Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2011 
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Holy Father's Lenten Message 2010 
Each year, on the occasion of Lent, the Church invites us to a sincere review of our life in light of the teachings of the Gospel. This year, I would like to offer you some reflections on the great theme of justice, beginning from the Pauline affirmation: “The justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ” (cf. Rm 3, 21-22). more: 

Holy Father's Message to Youth 2010 
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). more: 

Holy Father Ash Wednesday , 17 February 2010  "Lord, you are merciful to all, and hate nothing you have created. You overlook the sins of men to bring them to repentance. You are the Lord our God" more: 

Holy Father Meeting with the Parish Priests of the Rome Diocese: 2010 
Lectio divina of His Holiness Benedict XVI  more: 

Holy Father First Sunday of Lent 2010 
Lent, a Season of spiritual renewal  more: 

Holy Father Second Sunday of Lent 2010 
 the episode of the Transfiguration which in Luke's Gospel immediately follows the Teacher's invitation: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9: 23). ... more: 

Holy Father Third Sunday of Lent 2010 
""Repent', says the Lord, "for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand'"...  more: 

Holy Father Fourth Sunday of Lent 2010 
The father and the two sons better known as the Parable of the "Prodigal Son" (Lk 15:11-32) is proclaimed. ... more: 

Holy Father Fifth Sunday of Lent 2010 
Jesus who saves an adulterous woman condemned to death (Jn 8: 1-11). ... more: 

Meeting with the youth World Youth Day(Video) 


Holy Father's Message to Youth in PowerPoint 
"Dare to love” by following the example of the saints"click here>>>