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Column: The Pope's Corner

This column contains excerpts from the writings of the Holy Father.


The Road to Paradise — by Pope Francis. The Feast of All Saints reminds us that the goal of our existence is not death; it is Paradise!... (November 03, 2014)

The Rosary: My Favorite Prayer — by Pope John Paul II. I wish to draw your attention to the rosary, for October is the month of the rosary. The rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its simplicity and in its depth. In... (October 07, 2014)

A Prayer for Priests — by Pope Francis. I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his... (September 22, 2014)

The Gift the Poor Give — by Pope Francis. On May 21, 2013, the pope paid a visit and gave a talk at Dono di Maria, the Vatican’s soup kitchen and shelter which is run by the Missionaries of Charity. It was primarily addressed to the... (August 05, 2014)

Seeds of a New World — by Pope Francis. Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible... (May 06, 2014)

Invitation to Joy — by Pope Francis. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasure, and a blunted conscience.... (April 04, 2014)

God’s Joy is to Forgive — by Pope Francis. God is joyful. And what is God’s joy? God’s joy is to forgive.... (March 20, 2014)

The Church’s Law is Love — by Pope Francis. The Second Vatican Council has defined the Church, as "the People of God."... (February 18, 2014)

Jesus Chose to be a Servant — by Pope Francis. The first thing that I wanted to share with you is the joy of having Jesus as Teacher and as a model for our lives. Let us look to him. This gives us so much strength and... (January 20, 2014)

My First Experience of Faith — by Pope Francis. I had the great blessing of growing up in a family in which faith was lived in a simple, practical way. However, it was my paternal grandmother in particular who influenced my journey of faith. She was... (December 26, 2013)

The Surprises of Jesus — by Pope Francis. How can we communicate faith effectively today? I shall answer with just three words.... (November 06, 2013)

The Culture of Encounter — by Pope Francis. Unfortunately, in many places, generally, in this economic humanism that prevails in the world, the culture of exclusion, of rejection, is spreading. There is no place for the elderly or for the unwanted child; there is... (October 07, 2013)

By Word and By Witness — by Pope Francis. We should all ask ourselves: how do I bear witness to Christ through my faith? Do I have the courage … to think, to choose and to live as a Christian, obedient to God? To be sure,... (September 09, 2013)

Voice of the Shepherd — by Pope Francis. Jesus wants to establish a relationship with his friends that is the reflection of the one he himself has with the Father: a relation of mutual belonging in total confidence, in intimate communion.... (July 30, 2013)

St. Joseph, the Protector — by Pope Francis.  The mission which God entrusts to Joseph is that he is to be the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church.... (May 23, 2013)

Proclaim the Glory of Life — by Pope John Paul II. Because we have been sent into the world as a "people for life," our proclamation of the Gospel must also become a genuine celebration for the Gospel of life…. For this to happen, we... (April 15, 2013)

The Prodigal Son — by Pope Benedict XVI. The story of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32) is one of the greatest pieces of writing of all time—both in terms of literature and spirituality. Indeed, what would our culture, art, and more generally, our... (March 15, 2013)

Because Sin Exists… — by Pope John Paul II. It is precisely because sin exists in the world, which God so loved … that he gave his only Son (Jn 3:16), that God who is love (1 Jn 4:8) cannot reveal himself other... (February 13, 2013)

Feast for Restless Souls — by Pope Benedict XVI.The journey of the wise men from the East was just the beginning of a great procession that continues throughout history. With the Magi, humanity’s pilgrimage to Jesus Christ began—to the God who was born in a... (January 04, 2013)

What St. Francis Discovered — by Pope Benedict XVI. In 1223, when St. Francis of Assisi celebrated Christmas in Greccio with an ox and an ass and a manger full of hay, [thereby creating the first crèche] a new dimension of the mystery of... (December 17, 2012)

Only If God Exists — by Pope Benedict XVI. Despite the fact that death is an almost forbidden subject in our society and that there is a continuous attempt to banish the thought of it from our minds, death touches each of us.... (November 14, 2012)

The Vocation of the Elderly — by Pope John Paul II. To turn our attention to the aging is to realize how much they are a part of God’s plan for the world, with their mission to fulfill, their unique contribution to make, their problems... (October 04, 2012)

The Door of Faith — by Pope Benedict XVI. The "door of faith" (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church…. To enter through that door is to set out... (September 06, 2012)

A Call to All Christians — by Pope St. Pius X. The call to restore all things in Christ did not begin with Catherine Doherty. Pope Pius X was talking about it back in 1905. And it didn’t begin with him either. "To restore all... (July 17, 2012)

Pentecost: Wind and Fire — by Pope Benedict XVI. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate Pentecost, in which we recall the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit, who—as Wind and Fire—descended upon the Apostles gathered together in the Upper Room, and enabled them... (May 30, 2012)

Glorious His Triumph — by Pope Benedict XVI. Easter is the true salvation of humanity. If Christ—the Lamb of God—had not poured out his blood for us, we would be without hope. Our destiny and the destiny of the whole world would inevitably... (April 12, 2012)

Blessed Are the Merciful — by Pope John Paul II. Especially through his life-style and through his actions, Jesus revealed that love is present in the world in which we live—an effective love, a love that addresses itself to us and embraces everything that... (March 28, 2012)

Why Pray — by Pope John Paul II. Why must we pray? First of all, because we are believers. For prayer is the recognition of our limitations and dependence. From God we come, to God we belong, to God we shall return. Hence... (February 22, 2012)

Whom Shall I Trust? — by Pope Benedict XVI. On whom can I rely? To whom shall I entrust myself? Where is the One who can satisfy the deepest desires of my heart? The Magi heard the answer: In Bethlehem of Judea; for so... (January 23, 2012)

The Grace of Christmas — by Pope Benedict XVI. The Lord is here. From this moment, God is truly "God with us." No longer is he the distant God who can in some way be perceived from afar, in creation, and in our own... (December 26, 2011)

You Are Never Alone — by Pope Benedict XVI. The Solemnity of All Saints invites the pilgrim Church on earth to a foretaste of the everlasting feast in the community of heaven and to the revival of our hope in eternal life….... (November 04, 2011)

A View to the Forever — by Pope Benedict XVI. What must I do to inherit eternal life? asked the rich young man in the Gospel (Mk 10:17-22, Mt 19:16-22). Today it is not easy to speak about eternal life and eternal realities because the mentality... (September 21, 2011)

Cast Away Your Fears — by Pope John Paul II. The greatest proof of God’s love is that he loves us in our human condition, with our weaknesses and needs. Nothing else can explain the mystery of the Cross.... (July 18, 2011)

The Visitation — by Pope John Paul II. Even before Jesus was born, Mary was a vehicle through whom people encountered him. When Elizabeth greeted Mary, she (Elizabeth) in no way separated Mother and Son. Rather did she associate them intimately, for... (May 31, 2011)

Awaited by Love — by Pope Benedict XVI. I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (Jn 11:25, 26). I am the Resurrection.... (April 25, 2011)

Lent: A Call to Change — by Pope Benedict XVI. "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." [This formula which accompanies the distributing of ashes], this call to conversion, is a word to be understood in its extraordinary gravity, grasping the surprising newness... (March 18, 2011)

I Am a Pilgrim — by Pope Benedict XVI. The following is excerpted from an interview by Fr. Frederico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office. I could say that going on pilgrimage is part of my biography—Marktl, Tittmoning, Aschau, Traunstein, Munich, Freiburg, Bonn,... (February 17, 2011)

The Challenge of Ecumenism — by Pope John Paul II. The call for Christian unity made by the Second Vatican Ecumenical council with such impassioned commitment is finding an … echo in the hearts of believers….... (January 04, 2011)

An Advent Invitation — by Pope Benedict XVI. For the early Christians, the word "adventus" included the idea of visit, specifically a visit from God—the idea that God enters my life and wishes to speak to me.... (December 03, 2010)

Friendship Online — by Pope Benedict XVI. The new digital technologies are indeed bringing about fundamental shifts in patterns of communication and human relationships….... (November 05, 2010)

Why Love the Church? — by Pope John Paul II. There are many people who mistakenly suppose that Christ can be separated from the Church, that one can devote one’s entire life to Christ without reference to the Church.... (October 22, 2010)

To Whom Shall They Go? — by Pope John Paul II. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (Jn 6:68). Jesus, the intimate friend of every … person, has the words of life. The world …[today] needs to be touched... (September 20, 2010)

Why Consecrated Life? — by Pope John Paul II. Many people today are puzzled and ask, "What is the point of the consecrated life when there are so many urgent needs in the areas of charity and of evangelization itself to which one can... (August 09, 2010)

In This Time of Crisis — by Pope Benedict XVI. In our times, marked by uncertainty and concern for the future, we especially need to experience the living presence of Christ. It is Mary, Star of Hope, who leads us to him…. There is at this... (June 24, 2010)

Let There Be Light — by Pope Benedict XVI. When Christ predicted his death and Resurrection, the apostles wondered what the word, "resurrection," meant. Could it be that we find ourselves in a similar situation?... (April 06, 2010)

The Road to Resurrection — by Pope John Paul II. During this Lenten season, it is the Resurrection towards which we are heading, the Resurrection that reveals the true value of the Cross. The Cross is not a sign of death but of life; not... (March 25, 2010)

How Can I Not Pay Tribute? — by Pope Benedict XVI. "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus," the saintly Curé of Ars would often say. Let us reflect with heartfelt gratitude on the immense gift which priests represent, not only for the Church,... (February 23, 2010)

The Second Journey of the Magi — by Pope Benedict XVI. Have you ever wondered what happened to the Magi after they found the Child they had been seeking? The pope has some surprising reflections on the subject. Outwardly, the journey of the Magi was over when... (January 04, 2010)

Advent: Season of Hope — by Pope Benedict XVI. …Advent is par excellence the spiritual season of hope. In it, the whole Church is called to become hope for herself and for the world…. …Our God is "the God who comes" and calls us to... (December 01, 2009)

Every Moment of Our Lives — by Pope Benedict XVI. God created and redeemed us so that we might be saints. We cannot be satisfied with a lukewarm Christian life. Nor can Christian life be reduced merely to a few individual and isolated acts of piety.... (November 20, 2009)

Joseph Was a Carpenter — by Pope John Paul II. Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth. The Gospel specifies the kind of work Joseph did in order to support his family: he was a carpenter. This... (October 19, 2009)

Development: Gift of God — by Pope Benedict XVI. Without God man neither knows which way to go, nor understands who he is. In the face of the enormous problems surrounding the development of peoples, which almost make us yield to discouragement, we find solace... (September 09, 2009)

Where Can I Find Hope — by Pope John Paul II. We cannot live without hope. We have to have some purpose in life, some meaning to our existence…. Without hope, we begin to die. ….... (July 13, 2009)

Beauty Will Save the World — by Pope John Paul II. The Spirit is the mysterious Artist of the universe…. Dear artists, you well know that there are many impulses which, either from within or from without, inspire your talent. Every genuine inspiration, however, contains some... (June 09, 2009)

The Washing of the Feet — by Pope Benedict XVI. If we listen attentively to the Gospel of Holy Thursday, we can discern two different dimensions in the event of the washing of the feet. The cleansing that Jesus offers his disciples is first and foremost... (April 09, 2009)

Lent is a Call — by Pope John Paul II. When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you (Mt 6:2-6).... (March 13, 2009)

Towards a Culture of Life — by Pope John Paul II. In the great endeavor to create a new culture of life, we are inspired and sustained by the confidence that comes from knowing the Gospel of life, like the Kingdom of God itself, is growing... (February 06, 2009)

Come and See — by Pope Benedict XVI. With the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, Ordinary Time begins. The beauty of this time lies in the fact that it invites us to live our ordinary life as a way of holiness, that... (January 16, 2009)

Wellspring of Joy — by Pope Benedict XVI.Gaudete in Domino semper. Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4). Mass of the Third Sunday of Advent opens with these words and is therefore called "Gaudete Sunday." The apostle Paul urges Christians to rejoice because the... (December 15, 2008)

Me? A Saint? — by Pope Benedict XVI. Every day the Church offers for our consideration one or more saints and blessed to invoke and imitate…. Day after day, it offers us the possibility of walking in their company….... (November 14, 2008)

Our Greatest Treasure — by Pope Benedict XVI. The following is excerpted from the homily the pope gave via satellite at the closing Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress on June 23, 2008. "The Eucharist, Gift of God for the Life of the... (October 10, 2008)

Why Not Drop the Abortion Issue? — by Pope Benedict XVI (written when he was Cardinal Ratzinger). One widespread section of public opinion in the educated bourgeoisie may find it exaggerated and inopportune—indeed, downright distasteful—that we continue to remind them that the problem of respect for a... (September 12, 2008)

Our Relationship with God — by Pope Benedict XVI. The following is excerpted from the pope’s talk to youth and seminarians at New York’s archdiocesan seminary during his recent visit to the United States, April 20, 2008. What matters most is that you develop your... (August 06, 2008)

Totus Tuus — by Pope John Paul II. During his Mass homily on December 8, 1978, very shortly after he was elected pope, John Paul II, entrusted the Church, himself, and his papacy, to the Mother of God. The following is an excerpt... (May 21, 2008)

Democracy Betrayed — by Pope John Paul II. Freedom negates and destroys itself, and becomes a factor leading to the destruction of others, when it no longer recognizes and respects its essential link with truth.... (April 23, 2008)

An Easter Icon — by Pope Benedict XVI. The Easter icons of the Eastern Church show how Christ enters the world of the dead. He is clothed with light, for God is light....... (March 24, 2008)

Lent: A Path to Joy — by Pope John Paul II. When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Mt 6:6). This is, therefore,... (February 18, 2008)

Looking at Mary — By Pope Benedict XVI. Eight days after Jesus’ birth, we commemorate the Mother, the Theotokos, the one who gave birth to the Child who is King of Heaven and earth forever.... We are beginning a new solar year, which is... (January 02, 2008)

The God Who Comes Now — by Pope Benedict XVI. "Proclaim to the peoples: God our Savior is coming!" With this, the first antiphon of First Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent, the Church begins the season of Advent and the new liturgical year. Thus... (December 03, 2007)

All is Gift — by Pope Benedict XVI. To be a saint requires neither extraordinary actions or works nor the possession of exceptional charisms. It is necessary first of all to listen to Jesus and then to follow him without losing heart when faced... (November 23, 2007)

The Rosary — by Pope John Paul II. Throughout the whole Church, October is the month dedicated to the rosary. The rosary is my favorite prayer. It’s a marvelous prayer, marvelous in its simplicity and in its depth.... (October 31, 2007)

Pass On the Good News — by Pope John Paul II. The future of humanity passes by way of the family. It is therefore indispensable and urgent that every person of good will should endeavor to save and foster the values and requirements of the family....... (September 26, 2007)

The Source of Love — by Pope Benedict XVI. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another (Jn 13:24). Everybody feels the longing to love and be loved. Yet, how difficult it is to love, and how many mistakes and failures... (August 24, 2007)

The Split in Modern Morality — by Pope Benedict XVI. I often hear it said that people today have a longing for God, for spirituality, for religion, and are starting once again to see the Church as a possible conversation partner from which, in this regard,... (May 17, 2007)

The Cosmic Explosion — by Pope Benedict XVI. The Resurrection is not just some miracle from the past, the occurrence of which could ultimately be a matter of indifference to us. It is a qualitative leap in the history of "evolution" and of life... (April 08, 2007)

The Only Sign We Need — by Pope Benedict XVI. The Fourth Sunday of Lent, traditionally known as Laetare (rejoice) Sunday, is permeated with a joy which, to some extent, attenuates the penitential atmosphere of this holy season. We spontaneously ask ourselves: but why should we... (March 16, 2007)

Called to Be Saints — by Pope John Paul II. This morning I had the joy of raising five new blesseds to the honor of the altar…. Different personalities, different contexts, different spiritual paths: the new blesseds let Christ reign in their hearts. Their lives... (February 12, 2007)

New Witnessing — by Pope John Paul II. Since they are members of the Church by virtue of their baptism, all Christians share responsibility for missionary activity. Today, this responsibility includes new forms. New situations connected with the phenomenon of mobility demand from... (January 26, 2007)

Invited to Joy — by Pope Benedict XVI. The angel went to Mary and said, "Rejoice, so highly favored one! The Lord is with you." Often the word of the angel is translated as "Hail, Mary," but the Greek word, the word the angel... (December 20, 2006)

The Power of Faith — by Pope Benedict XVI. Mary teaches us how to pray. It is she who shows us how to open our minds and our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes to us so as to be brought... (October 25, 2006)

Christ Was a Carpenter — by Pope John Paul II. Our labors—at home, in the fields, in industries, and in offices—can turn into an exhausting busyness ultimately devoid of meaning (Eccl 1:3). Let us ask the Lord for it to be the fulfillment of his... (September 15, 2006)

Why Consecrated Life? — by Pope John Paul II. Many people today are puzzled and ask: What is the point of consecrated life? Why embrace this kind of life when there are so many urgent needs in the areas of charity and of evangelization... (July 31, 2006)

The Bread of Life — by Pope Benedict XVI. Alluding to the Eucharist, Christ said, "This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike our ancestors who ate the manna from heaven and died, he who eats this bread will live forever" (Jn 6:58).... (May 25, 2006)

The Pope’s Last Gift — by Pope John Paul II. The last gift of Pope John Paul II to us was this short reflection “prepared in accordance with his explicit instructions” for Mercy Sunday. It was read at the end of the Mass for that... (April 23, 2006)

Opening Up to God — by Pope John Paul II. “Penitence,” in the evangelical sense, above all means this: “to be converted.” The real purpose of it is interior purification, which is necessary in order to be able to meet “in the secrecy of the... (March 27, 2006)

You Are of Inestimable Worth — by Pope John Paul II. Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the... (February 22, 2006)

Called to Worship — by Pope John Paul II. The following is a meditation on Matthew 2:1-12, the story of Epiphany. It is excerpted from the message of the pope to the youth of the world on August 6, 2004, in preparation for World... (January 06, 2006)

God Keeps His Promises — by Pope John Paul II. Know that the kingdom of God is at hand. Be sure that he will not delay (from the liturgy of December 17th). The annual evocation of the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem renews in... (December 19, 2005)

Eternal Gifts — by Pope John Paul II. On November 2nd, we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, the annual liturgical commemoration of all the faithful departed. On that day a universal prayer is raised by the worldwide Church to the God of... (November 02, 2005)

Let the World See It — by Pope Benedict XVI. Because there is one bread, we, though many, are one body, says St. Paul (1 Cor 10:17). By this he meant: since we receive the same Lord and he gathers us together and draws us unto... (October 19, 2005)

Paths to Unity — by Pope John Paul II. I believe that one important way to grow in mutual understanding and unity consists precisely in improving our knowledge of one another.... (September 23, 2005)

The Church is Alive — by Pope Benedict XVI. This column will now include the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. The selection this month is from Pope Benedict’s homily at his inaugural Mass, April 24, 2005. The Church is alive—this is the wonderful experience of... (August 05, 2005)

Why Pray? — by Pope John Paul II. Through prayer, especially to Jesus at Communion, you will understand so many things about the world and its relationship to him, and you will be in a position to read accurately what are referred to... (June 27, 2005)

The Only Path to Liberation — by Pope John Paul II. To be committed to the new evangelization means that we are convinced that we have something of value to offer to the human family at the dawn of the new millennium. All of us must... (April 09, 2005)

Our Final Victory — by Pope John Paul II. In Christ, evil is already conquered. Death has been defeated in its very root, which is sin. Christ has descended into the depths of the human heart with that most potent of weapons: love, which... (March 31, 2005)

Why, Lord? How Long? — by Pope John Paul II. In the face of evil manifested in various forms in the world, distressed and bewildered human beings are asking themselves, “Why?” At the dawn of the third millennium, blessed by the Great Jubilee and full... (February 01, 2005)

Your Sources of Power — by Pope John Paul II. It is in the family where living stones are formed for that spiritual house spoken of by the Apostle Peter (cf. 1 Pet 2:5). The bodies of the husband and wife are the dwelling-place of... (January 01, 2005)

 

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