- May 9, 2021
While he skipped morning Mass due to what the Vatican called a “painful sciatica,” Pope Francis was in the saddle again for his Angelus address later in the day, reflecting on the role of Mary as Mother of God and the need for a change in attitude at the end of a tumultuous year.
Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed an upcoming year dedicated to the family as he doubled down on one of his papal priorities and urged renewed attention to his controversial 2016 document on family life.
Pope Francis Saturday pointed to Saint Stephen, stoned to death for promoting Jesus’s teachings, as a heroic example of how small, everyday acts of goodness can have a major yet unseen impact of the world.
Pope Francis Sunday urged Catholics not to get carried away with buying presents and last minute errands at Christmas, but to instead focus on welcoming Jesus into their hearts.
Joy should be the hallmark of a Christian’s life, a reflection of knowing that one is loved by God, saved by Jesus Christ and committed to leading others to him, Pope Francis said.
Mary’s Immaculate Conception offers a glimpse to the promised life for all Christians who open their hearts to God and his grace, Pope Francis said.
No pandemic and no kind of crisis can extinguish the light of Christ, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Ethiopia after a violent conflict in the country’s northern Tigray region left hundreds dead and forced thousands more to flee.