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Pope: The Spirit makes us free

Pope Francis on Monday resumed his regular morning Masses on Monday after the Easter break. Among those present at the Mass were the Cardinal counselors of the C-9, who were meeting with the Holy Father today.

During his homily, Pope Francis focussed on the Gospel account of Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus. The Holy Father said that Jesus, with love and patience, explained to Nicodemus th...

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin on Divine Mercy Sunday at Knock Shrine

Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland was chief celebrant and homilist at the 3pm Mass in Knock Basilica on Sunday. Ceremonies began with Divine Mercy Devotions led by Father Bernard McGuckian SJ and Father Freddie Warner SMA. Music was provided by Una Nolan of Knock Shrine joined and by soloists James Kilbane and Deirdre Parle.

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 23 April 2017

Second Sunday of Easter 23rd April 2017 Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls. (I Peter 1:8,9)

It’s a strange time to be a Christian in the UK, not because of any overt persecution but ra...

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South African reflection: The Church and the Qur'an

Fr Christopher Clohessy

Although the Church does not regard the Qur’an as Divine revelation, she nonetheless continues to invite us, and did so most clearly during Vatican II and during the pontificate of St John Paul II, to stand with deference and reverence before the text. Again, although the Church does not believe about this book what Islam believes about it, and even though there have been, are and always will...

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Text: Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi Message

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Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square under a sunny blue sky on Easter Sunday, to hear Pope Francis deliver his Urbi et Orbi Message, from the Central loggia of the Vatican Basilica. The official text follows: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Today, throughout the world, the Church echoes once more the astonishing message of the first disciples: ..

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Pope Francis: Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by this new dawn

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During the Easter Vigil Mass last night in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis said: “Let us go back to proclaim, to share, to reveal that it is true: the Lord is alive! He is living and he wants to rise again in all those faces that have buried hope, buried dreams, buried dignity.”

“If we cannot let the Spirit lead us on this road,” he said, “then we are not Christians.”

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Cardinal: Paschal fire helps us ‘to understand brilliant, life-changing newness’ of Easter

image: M Mazur CCN

At the Easter Vigil of the Holy Night celebrated in Westminster Cathedral, His Eminence Cardinal Nichols reflected on the meaning of the Paschal fire from which the Paschal candle is lit and light then radiates to every individual present.

The fire is a symbol that is used once in the Church’s year at the Easter Vigil to ‘help us to understand the brilliant, life-changing newness of w...

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Easter Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons

Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified* He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)


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Homily Text: Canon Pat Browne on Easter Vigil

Empty tomb, Lourdes Stations of the Cross

I want to talk to you tonight about Desire. Desire in our lives is good. It is a sign of life. Without desire there is no life. Everything will stand still. If there is no desire there is only death. What a mother feels for her child, a man for a woman, a starving person for food, human beings for love – these desires are ultimately the desire for God and they will not be stilled till God is ...

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Pope Francis at Colosseum Way of the Cross

Pope Francis presided over the Via Crucis at the Colosseum in Rome on the evening of Good Friday. In keeping with tradition, he briefly addressed the faithful gathered to participate in the devotion. The official English translation of his reflection follows below:

O Christ! Abandoned and betrayed even by your own and sold for next to nothing. O Christ! Judged by sinners, hand...

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Homily Text: Canon Pat Browne on Good Friday

Christ of St John of the Cross - Dali

Canon Pat Browne gave this homily at the Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, at Holy Apostles, Pimlico.

The word scapegoat is about singling out a person and putting all the blame on them for something they didn’t do and are not responsible for. The word has its origins in the Old Testament, in the Book of Leviticus. Once a year, on Yom Kippur, part of ...

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Cardinal Nichols washes feet of Chelsea Pensioners during Mass of the Lord’s Supper

At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, commemorating the institution of the Eucharist, on Maundy Thursday, 13th April 2017, in Westminster Cathedral, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols washed the feet of 12 Chelsea Pensioners, (including three women) recalling the Lord’s washing of his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper.

In his homily, Cardinal Nichols explained the origin of the word...

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Homily text: Canon Pat Browne on Holy Thursday

Fr Martin carrying Blessed Sacrament to his church

Canon Pat Browne gave the following homily on Holy Thursday evening, during Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Holy Apostles, Pimlico, in central London.

When ISIS attacked Mosul in Northern Iraq the Christians in that city were given three choices: Convert to Islam. Pay a heavy tax. Leave immediately within 24 hours.

Almost every Christian fled that city immediately with only ...

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Pope Francis: 'Celebrate holy days of love' leading to Easter'

Pope Francis has invited Christians to contemplate the Cross and to celebrate the holy days leading to Easter. Continuing his catechesis on Christian hope, the Pope was addressing the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for the weekly Wednesday General Audience. Unlike worldly hopes, which fail to bring lasting satisfaction Pope Francis told the faithful that “our Christian hope i...

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