Below is the full text of Pope Francis’ address during the Urbi et Orbi blessing he delivered after his Easter Sunday Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica:
I am happy to be able to join you, through this video message, in the celebration of the 5th centenary of the beginning of evangelization in the Philippines.
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.
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.
Dear priests, religious and lay faithful of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino de Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje,
Here is the full text of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s message at the end of Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines:
Full text: Pope Francis’ homily during Mass for the 500th anniversary of the Evangelization of the Philippines
Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines on March 14, 2021:
Dear brothers and sisters, This blessed place brings us back to our origins, to the sources of God’s work, to the birth of our religions.
Mr President, Members of Government and the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Authorities, Representatives of Civil Society, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Jesus revealed to his disciples the deepest meaning of his mission when he told them of his passion, death and resurrection, in fulfilment of the Father’s will. He then called the disciples to share in this mission for the salvation of the world.
The celebration of the XXIX World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2021, the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes,
I would like to bring to everyone the message that the Church proclaims on this feast with the words of the prophet Isaiah: “To us a child is born, to us a son is given” (Is 9:6)