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 Aboard the papal flight to Iquique today, something rather unique happened. The Pope performed an impromptu wedding ceremony in the plane at 36,000 feet. ...read more
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held from January 18 to 25. This is the octave proposed by Paul Wattson in 1908, because it begins with the feast of St. Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. Finding ways to pray together during this week in January put ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily at the Final Mass at the Campus Lobito, Iquique: Full Text “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee” (Jn 2:11). These are the final words of the Gospel we just heard, which describes Jesus’ first public appearance: at a party, no more or less. It could not ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 21st, 2018 Those with literal minds will question many things about the Jonah story [Jonah 3:1-5, 10]: the great fish, the size and population of this immense city, and the conversion of the Assyrians. On the other hand, those who really listen to and view this ...read more
President Dr Ignacio Sanchez, Distinguished University Authorities, Dear Professors and Administrators, Dear Students, I am happy to be here with you at this House of Studies, which in its 130 years of life has rendered a priceless service to the country. I thank the President for his words of welcome on behalf of all present. ...read more
Ariel, I too am happy to be with you. Thank you for your words of welcome in the name of all present. I am the one who is grateful for being able to share this time with you. For me, it is very important for us to meet and walk with one another for a ...read more
That was the message the Pope gave to the peoples during Mass in Temuco during his last day in Chile. He called on the people of southern Chile to work toward building unity and resist attempts at uniformity. ...read more
Madam President, Members of the Government of the Republic and of the Diplomatic Corps, Representatives of Civil Society, Distinguished Authorities, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a joy for me to stand once again on Latin American soil and begin this visit to Chile, this land so close to my heart, which welcomed and schooled me in ...read more
Pope Francis presides Mass at the Maquehue Airport: Full Text of Homily “Mari, Mari” [Good morning!] “Küme tünngün ta niemün” [“Peace be with you!” (Lk 24:36)] I thank God for allowing me to visit this beautiful part of our continent, the Araucanía. It is a land blessed by the Creator with immense and fertile green ...read more
There was a round of applause when Pope Francis asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. He expressed his “pain and shame" at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the Church. “I am one with my brother bishops”, he said, “for it is right to ask for forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit to ensuring that such things never happen again.” ...read more