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Pope meets Sisters of Congregation founded by Mother Cabrini


2017-12-09 Vatican Radio By Seàn-Patrick Lovett Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini is an Italian-born saint who dedicated her life to helping thousands of Italian immigrants living in the United States during the late 19th century. She died in Chicago exactly one hundred years ago. On Saturday morning in the Vatican, Pope...
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Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception


2017-12-08 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis left the Vatican on Friday afternoon, headed for Rome’s central Piazza di Spagna in order to pay homage to the statue of the Immaculate Conception there. Listen to Seán-Patrick Lovett's report: Surrounded by crowds of pilgrims, tourists and local Roman residents, the Pope...
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Pope Francis' prayer to Mary on the Immaculate Conception


2017-12-08 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made his annual visit to Rome's Spanish Square on Friday to pray at the foot of the column and statue of the Immaculate Conception. A litany of present-day viruses and their corresponding antibodies: this was at the heart of Pope Francis’ prayer, offered...
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Pope at Angelus: ‘Mary is ever-green oasis of humanity’


2017-12-08 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis reflected on the mystery of the Immaculate Conception at his Angelus address on Friday, December 8th, as the Church celebrates the Marian Solemnity. Listen to Devin Watkins' report: Ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, Pope Francis said the words of the...
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Pope speaks at end of Mass for Card Sodano's 90th birthday


2017-12-07 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis offered greetings to Cardinal Angelo Sodano on Thursday morning, following a Mass celebrated in honour of the Cardinal’s 90th birthday. In off-the-cuff remarks, the Holy Father said we should always give thanks to God for the gifts we have received – but this...
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Pope thanks donors of St. Peter’s Square Christmas Crib and tree


2017-12-07 Vatican Radio “The Nativity Scene is the suggestive place where we contemplate Jesus, who having assumed our wretchedness, invites us to do likewise through our acts of mercy.”  Pope Francis made the reflection on Thursday while thanking all those who donated this year’s Nativity Scene on the theme of...
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Pope Francis meets new president of Lutheran World Federation


2017-12-07 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Thursday with the new president of the Lutheran World Federation, Nigerian Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus, focusing on common prayer as the key to Christian unity. Recalling his own visit to the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmo last year for the...
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Pope encourages Taiwan's Christian leaders to pursue unity


2017-12-07 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged members of the National Council of Churches of Taiwan to continue in their work to educate young generations “in the art of dialogue, so that they can become protagonists of a much-needed culture of harmony and reconciliation”. The Pope was addressing...
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Pope: pastoral visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh a sign of hope for Asia


2017-12-06 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday reflected on his just-ended apostolic journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh highlighting the value of interreligious dialogue undertaken in the first leg of the journey, and expressing solidarity with Bangladesh’s efforts to provide relief to the Rohingya refugees flooding into the nation...
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Pope Francis greets Palestinian delegation


2017-12-06 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis before his General Audience on Wednesday, greeted a Palestinian delegation hosted by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Speaking to those gathered, the Pope told them that it was his hope “that your consultations may help to open a space of sincere dialogue...
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Pope appeals for wisdom and prudence to prevail over Jerusalem


2017-12-06 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appealed for respect for Jerusalem’s status quo according to the pertinent United Nations Resolutions regarding the city. Speaking after his catechesis to the crowds in the Paul VI Hall during the weekly General Audience, the Pope said “my thoughts go to Jerusalem...
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Pope at Mass: being humble means accepting humiliation like Christ


2017-12-05 Vatican Radio In the life of a Christian, humility is an indispensable quality that is needed in order to allow the gifts of the Holy Spirit to grow.  This was the reflection of Pope Francis in his homily at Mass, Tuesday morning, in the chapel of the Casa Santa...
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Pope Francis: Pray for elderly during December


2017-12-05 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has revealed his prayer intention for the month of December, which is “for the elderly”. In a video message explaining the prayer petition, the Pope said “a people that does not take care of grandparents, that does not treat them well, has no...
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Pope Francis releases message for 2018 World Day of Vocations


2017-12-04 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Monday released his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, reflecting on the three aspects of every vocation: listening, discerning, and living. The 55th recurrence of the Day for Vocations is to be commemorated next year on 22 April....
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Pope Francis in flight press conference: full text


2017-12-03 Vatican Radio Pope Francis on Saturday en route to Rome following his visit to Myanmar Bangladesh held his traditional in flight press conference. Among the topics of discussion were the Rohingya people, nuclear arms, globalization and future travel plans. Please find the full text below: Greg Burke: Thank you,...
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Angelus: Pope marks Advent and recalls Papal journey


2017-12-03 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis was back in St Peter’s Square for the traditional recitation of the Angelus on Sunday following his return from a journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh. From the window of his studio the Holy Father thanked all those who accompanied him there in prayer....
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Pope pays homage to Mary after papal journey


2017-12-03 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Sunday morning went to the Roman Basilica of Saint Mary Major to pay homage at the icon of the Virgin Mary, Salus populi Romani, after his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Pope, who laid white flowers at the image, returned to...
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Pope urges Myanmar Bishops to continue to provide prophetic voice


2017-11-29 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday met with the 22 Catholic Bishops of Myanmar and reflected with them on the joys and challenges of their ministry in the nation. The meeting took place in Yangon’s Cathedral Complex. After addressing those present he was introduced personally to each...
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Pope Francis on need to respect all Myanmar's ethnic groups


2017-11-28 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis began his first full day in Myanmar on Tuesday with an unscheduled encounter at the Archbishop’s House, meeting with a group of 17 leaders from the different religious traditions present in the country. Following that encounter, he travelled by plane up to the capital,...
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Pope Francis addresses Myanmar's leaders: Full text


2017-11-28 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday addressed Myanmar's government authorities, civil societies, and the diplomatic corps in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, while on his Apostolic Visit to Myanmar. Please find below the official English translation of the Pope's speech: Address to Government Authorities, Civil Societies and the...
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