“Those, therefore, who desert the preaching of the Church, call in question the knowledge of the holy presbyters…It behooves us, therefore, to avoid their doctrines, and to take careful heed lest we suffer any injury from them; but to flee to the Church, and be brought up in her bosom, and be nourished with the Lord’s Scriptures. For the Church has been planted as a garden (paradisus) in this world; therefore says the Spirit of God, ‘Thou mayest freely eat from every tree of the garden,’ that is, Eat ye from every Scripture of the Lord; but ye shall not eat with an uplifted mind, nor touch any heretical discord.” Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 5:20 (A.D. 180).

POPE FRANCIS’ HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF EPIPHANY 2014

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Pope’s Homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany VATICAN CITY, January 07, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s homily at the Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Epiphany yesterday morning at St. Peter’s Basilica. * * * “Lumen requirunt lumine“. These evocative words from a liturgical hymn for the Epiphany […]

ON THE MYSTERY OF INCARNATION By Pope Francis

On the Mystery of the Incarnation VATICAN CITY, January 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! This Sunday’s liturgy re-proposes to us, in the prologue […]

POPE FRANCIS: HOMILY ON INAUGURATION MASS March 19, 2013

Vatican City, March 19, 2013 (Zenit.org) | 1574 hits Here is the translation of Pope Francis‘ homily at the Inauguration of the Petrine Ministry Mass, held in St. Peter’s Square this morning. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my […]

THE FIRST HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS, Short but Spiritually Deep

“When we journey without the cross … and when we confess a Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord” VATICAN CITY, March 14, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Here is a translation of the homily Francis gave this morning at Mass with the cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. He spoke in Italian without […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Homily for the Year of Faith

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Dear Brother Bishops, Dear brothers and sisters! Today, fifty years from the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we begin with great joy the Year of Faith. I am delighted to greet all of you, particularly His Holiness Bartholomaois I, Patriarch of Constantinople, and His Grace Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. A special greeting […]