General Audience Catechesis – 6 June

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of confirmation… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing our reflection on the Sacrament of Confirmation, we consider the effects that the gift of the Holy Spirit has matured in the Confirmed, leading them to become in their turn a gift for others. It’s a gift of […]

General Audience Catechesis – 30 May

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of confirmation… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing with the argument of Confirmation or Cresima, today I wish to shed light on the “profound connection of this Sacrament, with the whole of Christian Initiation (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 71). Before receiving the spiritual anointing, which confirms and reinforces the grace […]

General Audience Catechesis – 23 May

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Having completed his catechetical series on the sacrament of baptism last week, Pope Francis has moved on to the sacrament of confirmation… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! After the catecheses on Baptism, these days that follow the Solemnity of Pentecost invite us to reflect on the witness that the Spirit arouses in the baptized, […]

General Audience Catechesis – 16 May

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Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on the sacrament of Baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today we conclude the series of catecheses on Baptism. The spiritual effects of this Sacrament, invisible to the eyes but operative in the heart of one who has become a new creature, are made explicit by the consignment of […]

General Audience Catechesis – 9 May

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of Baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism leads us to speak today of the cleansing, accompanied by the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity, that is, the essential rite that properly “baptizes” – namely, immerses – in Christ’s Paschal […]

General Audience Catechesis – 2 May

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing with the reflection on Baptism, today I would like to pause on the central rites that are performed at the baptismal font. We consider first of all the water, upon which is invoked the power of the Spirit, […]

General Audience Catechesis – 25 April

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We continue our reflection on Baptism, ever in the light of the Word of God. It’s the Gospel that enlightens the candidates and arouses adherence to the faith:  “Baptism is ‘the sacrament of faith’ in a particular way, since […]

General Audience Catechesis – 18 April

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the sacrament of baptism… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In this Easter Season we continue the catecheses on Baptism. The meaning of Baptism stands out clearly by its celebration; therefore we turn our attention to it. Considering the gestures and words of the liturgy, we can receive the […]

On Being Liturgical

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A powerful article from Timothy O’Malley of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life writing on the significance of liturgical formation for living the Christian life. Drawing on the proclamation of Paul’s Letter to the Romans at the Easter Vigil, O’Malley goes on to highlight how much the Christian life is rooted in […]

General Audience Catechesis – 4 April

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Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on liturgical matters… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and Happy Easter! You see that today there are flowers: flowers that speak of joy and gladness. In some places, Easter is also called “flowering Easter,” because the Risen Christ flowers: he is the new flower; our justification flowers, the holiness […]