Habemus Papam

Dear Brother Cardinals,The period of the conclave has been a momentous time not only for the College of Cardinals, but also for all the...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Church embraces all humanity

I would like to reflect in particular on the meaning of the word “catholic,” a word which indicates an essential feature of the Church...

“This is MY Body—But I Don’t Want It!”

From the CCBR blog.Fellow feminists,In case you haven't noticed, women (or "womyn," if you prefer) are immensely powerful. And I'm not just talking "Lady...

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...