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Message of Pope Francis for World Youth Day 2014

World Youth Days are celebrated on two levels: international and local, diocesan. Diocesan WYD is celebrated on Palm Sundays in the years between scheduled international meetings. The Holy Father’s Message to young people for the World Youth Day 2014 focusses on the theme: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the [...]

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Homily of Pope Francis during Inauguration Mass [full text]

March 19, 2013, Feast of St. Joseph, Patron of the Church is the day when Holy Father Francis inaugurated his Petrine Ministry. After traveling around St Peter’s Square with estimated 150,000 people in open papamobile Pope visited the Tomb of St. Peter and next appeared outside the Basilica of St. Peter for the [...]

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First Angelus prayer of Pope Francis

At noon, Sunday, March 17 Holy Father Francis for the very first time appeared in the window of his private apartment as did his predecessors. He showed off right after arrival from the St. Ann church in the Vatican, where he celebrated Sunday Eucharist. Some 200,000 pilgrims filled up the St. Peter’s Square [...]

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Pope Francis addresses College of Cardinals

At 6:OO AM EDT, Friday, March 15, Pope Francis met College of Cardinals, including the elderly ones who did not participate in his election, in special audience at Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. Not only cardinals electors were present but those elders who couldn’t take part in the conclave, too. After being [...]

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Pope Francis gives his first “papal” homily

At noon (EDT) newly elected Pope Francis and 114 cardinals electors celebrated the Missa pro Ecclesiae (Mass for the Church) at Sistine Chapel. During the Mass he delivered his first, yet informal, homily as Pontifex. The seven minute speech in Italian wasn’t prepared earlier. Holy Father used his notes only. Below is the translation [...]

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