At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” (Mk 8:29).
“The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7). Jesus spoke these words at a meal in Bethany, in the home of a certain Simon, known as the leper, a few days before Passover.
“I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven.
“When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father…” (Jn 15:26). With these words, Jesus promises to send his disciples the Holy Spirit, the ultimate gift, the gift of gifts.
In the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, I expressed a concern and a hope that remain uppermost in my thoughts: “Once this health crisis passes,
May the Easter joy increase with this meeting! Thank you for inviting me to share with you these words on the occasion of 500 years of evangelization in the Philippines.
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,
8 December last, the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, marked the beginning of a special year devoted to him (cf. Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 8 December 2020).