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The wonder of the Meeting

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The Pope blesses the Cross of Mercy, made by the prisoners at Paliano, Frosinone
Church

“No cell can prevent hope from entering”

More than 10,000 people, including policemen, staff and volunteers, were in St. Peter's Square for the Papal Audience with those who work in Italian prisons and to whom Francis addresses three words: "Thank you, go ahead and be brave!”

"Courage, because you are in God’s heart, you are precious in His eyes and, even if you feel lost and unworthy, do not lose heart.” Pope Francis’ words are like a caress upon the faces of the prisoners, even if they cannot hear him as he utters them. Last...

Fr. Aleksandr Men'
Church

Aleksandr Men. A path that leads to the heart of life

In Moscow, an exhibition to commemorate the priest killed on 9 September, 1990. He challenged, through his preaching and books, the general conviction that "the impossible was impossible".
Pope Francis
Church

POPE FRANCIS: “AN EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR A NEW HUMANISM”

From a commitment to guard our "common house”, to a declaration to eliminate discrimination. Challenges overcome by focusing on education. The Pope launches a global event for 14 May, 2020.
Pope Francis at the Zimpeto Hospital
Church

Pope Francis: “we must stretch out our hands, as Jesus does with us”

The Apostolic Visit to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. An invitation for us to open ourselves to the other, who comes from Christ. A brief compilation of the Pontiff’s speeches.
Pope Francis in Port Louis
Letters

THE POPE IN MAURITIUS. “HE WANTED ME RIGHT HERE”

Thirty years after John Paul II’s visit, Laura recounts Francis’ arrival on this island in the Indian Ocean. The welcome of people of every origin and faith.
Pope Francis during his visit to Mozambique's capital
Letters

Maputo: My “Here I am” in front of the Pope

The wait for Francis to arrive. The desire to follow him. The wonder of seeing, within herself, a new beginning. Marta recounts what happened to her, and those around her, during the Apostolic Visit to Mozambique.

I've lived in Mozambique for seven years with my husband and children. When I heard that the Pope was coming to Maputo, to my city, I realised that I could not miss this event. Until three weeks ago, however, I didn’t know if I would make it: I was in Ita...

The city of Chiclayo, in Northern Perù
Letters

PERÙ. "I was struck by the intensity of their lives"

Jessy, a university student in Chiclayo, in the north of the country, talks about how she met the university students of CL. Life, friendship, and a commitment to deepen their faith.