The Pilgrim's Journey

Pilgrims Welcome

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 2nd, 2021France, Marian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

The following message from Pope Francis addressed individuals at an international meeting of pilgrimage organizers and rectors of shrines. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! I cordially welcome all of you, workers of the pilgrimages to the shrines. Going on pilgrimage to the shrines is one of the People of God’s most eloquent expressions of … Read More

Pope Calls for Concrete Acts of Mercy this Lent

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 12th, 2016Church News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections, Uncategorized

(CNA/EWTN News).- In his 2016 Lenten message, Pope Francis called the faithful to place special emphasis on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy this Lent, taking into account the current Jubilee Year of Mercy. “God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn,” … Read More

Message for Lent from Pope Francis : Full Text

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 8th, 2016Church News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

The Lenten season is upon us. Lent is not only a time to give up conveniences and luxuries but it is also a time to reflect on God’s mercy for sinners. Below is a Lenten message from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The message outlines multiple themes for Lent. Three possible themes for meditation: Mercy Mary’s Lowliness … Read More

First canonization of a married couple; Pope canonizes the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

Richard SontagLast Updated: March 29th, 2023Church News, Pope Francis

(Catholic Herald) Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St Therese of Lisieux. All of Christ’s disciples, especially its pastors, are called to model themselves after Jesus and “suppress our instinctive desire to … Read More

Full text: Pope Francis’ historic address to congress

Richard SontagLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Pope Francis, US News

Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this … Read More

‘Complex’ trip to Cuba, U.S. will be Pope’s longest, spokesman says

Richard SontagLast Updated: August 27th, 2021Church News, Pope Francis, US News

(CNS) — Pope Francis’ 10th foreign trip will be the longest of his pontificate and, with stops in Cuba, three U.S. cities and the United Nations, it also will be a “very complex trip,” the papal spokesman said. Briefing reporters about the trip, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the plans were “enriched” after … Read More

Papal Mass in Philadelphia expected to draw 1.5 million pilgrims

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Pope Francis, US News

(Catholic Herald) More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September, said organizers of the next World Meeting of Families. A high-level delegation from Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles J Chaput, was in Rome as of Monday to meet Vatican officials, review some of the planning and … Read More

Pope Francis contemplates Shroud of Turin, calls it ‘icon of love’

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Pope Francis

(CNS) It took place in silence and lasted only a few minutes, but Pope Francis’ time of prayer and contemplation before the Shroud of Turin was marked with gestures of reverence and tenderness. Revered by many as the burial cloth of Jesus, the shroud was the second stop on the pope’s packed itinerary for his … Read More