Urbi et Orbi Blessing
On March 27th, 2020 the Pope presided over a special Urbi et Orbi blessing at St. Peter's Basilica. You can read the text of the blessing and watch the re-broadcast here!
Quote from the prayer service:
- "Open us to hope, O Lord" (SHARE)
Pope Francis dedicates this year to cultivating hope and peace
At the Angelus prayer on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Pope Francis urges us to live the year 2020 in gratitude for the blessing of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Read the full story here.
Quote from the talk:
- “Thus the year that begins will be a journey of hope and peace, not through words, but through daily gestures of dialogue, reconciliation and care for creation.” (SHARE)
On April 27, 2017 Pope Francis surprised the social media world this week with an inspiring TED Talk that has been virally bouncing around Facebook news feeds and Twitter timelines since its release. Watch the presentation here.
Quotes from the talk:
"To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow."
"The future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a 'you' and themselves as part of an 'us.' We all need each other." (SHARE)
The Pope Prays for the World (Video Resource)
Quote from the Video:
- "Let us all pray together for the sick, for the people who are suffering.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test — and deliver us from every danger. O glorious and blessed Virgin.
I thank all Christians, all the men and women of good will who pray at this moment, in unison, whichever religious tradition they belong to."