On the service of charity

“The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her threefold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God, celebrating the sacraments and exercising the ministry of...

The Day of Confraternities and Popular Piety

In the Gospel we heard a passage from the farewell discourses of Jesus, as related by the evangelist John in the context of the...

Our Lady’s Psalter

Our Lady's Psalter: The Rosary of the Mystery of Christ Translated by Fr. Marco Testa ISBN 978-0-9880692-0-6 Cost: $10. Proceeds benefit the pro-life movement. Father Marco Testa, a...

Gratias Pater

Venerable and Dear Brothers, I welcome you with great joy and I offer each one of you my most cordial greeting. I thank Cardinal Angelo...

Why I chose ‘Francis’

As you know, there are various reasons why I chose the name of Francis of Assisi, a familiar figure far beyond the borders of...

The oil of consolation and the wine of hope

On 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy. The full text is reprinted here. Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to...

Christ’s life was one of sacrifice, not popularity

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday’s Gospel (cf. Jn 6:51–58) is the concluding part and culmination of the discourse given by Jesus in the Synagogue...

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Brothers and Sisters! At the end of its Constitution on the Church, the Second Vatican Council left us a very beautiful meditation on Mary...

Chiara Lubich

“The Focolare Movement is an international movement inspired by the Gospel that works for unity in all spheres of life. For over sixty years...

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You are gathered in Rome for the Order’s World Consultation which takes place every five years to reflect on the situation...