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Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

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Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

The Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are the perfect opportunity for conversion: for individuals, for the Church and for governments, Pope Francis said in an interview. "What we are living now is a place of 'metanoia' (conversion), and we have...

On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

Jesus chose to reveal his divine majesty not through miracles or wondrous deeds but on the cross where God's love for humanity was manifested, Pope Francis said. Throughout his ministry, Christ walked away when people wish to proclaim him king and silenced demons he...

Pope prays for ‘change of heart’ of people profiting off pandemic

Pope Francis put the spotlight on people profiteering during the pandemic and taking advantage of people in need. Some people are making a business off of people in need, "profiting from the needs of others," such as "mafiosi, loan sharks and many others," he said...

Christianity without mercy is impossible, pope says at audience

Mercy, which is at the heart of the Christian life, is not a one-dimensional virtue but instead is the acceptance of God’s love and the giving of that love to others, Pope Francis said.

“There is no Christianity without mercy,” the pope said on 18th March during a live broadcast of his weekly general audience from the library of the Apostolic Palace.

“If our Christianity does not lead us to mercy, we have taken the wrong path because mercy is the only true goal of every spiritual journey. It is one of the most beautiful fruits of charity,” he said.

At the end of the audience, Pope Francis urged people to join the Italian bishops’ request that Catholics pray the luminous mysteries of the Rosary together today, on 19th March, the feast of St Joseph.

“In life, in work, in family, in joy and sorrow,” the pope said, St Joseph “always looked for and loved the Lord, earning the praise Scripture offers of being a just and wise man. Always invoke him, especially in difficult times, and entrust your lives to this great saint.”

In his main talk, the pope continued his series on the Eight Beatitudes by reflecting on the fifth beatitude, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience as it is livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on 18th March 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).

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Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis has established a new ‘Study Commission on the Female Diaconate’ as a follow-up to a previous group that studied the history of women deacons in the New Testament and the early Christian communities. Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of Aquila will serve as...

Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

The Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are the perfect opportunity for conversion: for individuals, for the Church and for governments, Pope Francis said in an interview. "What we are living now is a place of 'metanoia' (conversion), and we have...

On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

Jesus chose to reveal his divine majesty not through miracles or wondrous deeds but on the cross where God's love for humanity was manifested, Pope Francis said. Throughout his ministry, Christ walked away when people wish to proclaim him king and silenced demons he...

Pope prays for ‘change of heart’ of people profiting off pandemic

Pope Francis put the spotlight on people profiteering during the pandemic and taking advantage of people in need. Some people are making a business off of people in need, "profiting from the needs of others," such as "mafiosi, loan sharks and many others," he said...