Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Pope visits Curia offices; we go on stakeout

VATICAN CITY — As his efforts to reform the Roman Curia continue, Pope Francis is personally visiting the existing offices, praying, meeting all the personnel, listening to their explanations of what they do and responding to their questions. All I … Continue reading

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Pope: Mercy is “the beating heart of the Gospel”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis formally presented his official proclamation of the 2015-2016 extraordinary jubilee or Holy Year of Mercy this evening before celebrating vespers in St. Peter’s Basilica. The proclamation, called a “bull of indiction,” is titled “Misericordiae Vultus” … Continue reading

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“Love triumphs!” Text of pope’s Easter message

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Francis’ Easter message. He delivered it from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica today before giving his solemn blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world). … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Francis’ homily today at Palm Sunday Mass: At the heart of this celebration, which seems so festive, are the words we heard in the hymn of the Letter to … Continue reading

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With clenched fists, pope addresses social ills in Naples

Pope Francis this morning issued stark warnings to people who rob others of hope; with a strong voice and a clenched fist, he condemned mafia dons, drug traffickers and those who exploit workers. And he shook his head in wonder … Continue reading

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Bigger than St. Patrick: In Italy, St. Joseph is the man

VATICAN CITY — Today’s feast of St. Joseph is a big day in the Vatican. In addition to being Father’s Day in Italy, St. Joseph’s feast day is a paid holiday for Vatican workers. It is the name day of … Continue reading

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What Pope Francis spoke about in year two of his pontificate

VATICAN CITY — On Sundays and holy days, Pope Francis leads the recitation of the Angelus or Regina Coeli prayers at noon. He introduces the Marian prayer with a little reflection, usually on the day’s Gospel reading. To mark the … Continue reading

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