Pastoral Concerns

Towards an ever wider “we”

Towards an ever wider “we”

In the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, I expressed a concern and a hope that remain uppermost in my thoughts: “Once this health crisis passes,

Fifth centenary of evangelization

Fifth centenary of evangelization

In the name of our Holy Father Pope Francis, a Blessed and Happy Easter to all of you, brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord!

Full text: Pope Francis’ Chrism Mass homily

Full text: Pope Francis’ Chrism Mass homily

The Gospel shows us a change of heart among the people who were listening to the Lord. The change was dramatic, and it reveals the extent to which persecution and the cross are linked to the proclamation of the Gospel.

The waiver

The waiver

One of our priests in Pampanga was telling me the other day about a young deacon in the archdiocese, whose mother was rushed to the hospital because of severe Covid symptoms.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily

Full text: Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily

Every year this liturgy leaves us amazed: we pass from the joy of welcoming Jesus as he enters Jerusalem to the sorrow of watching him condemned to death and then crucified.