152 – “The Catholic Church has acted again and again as a mediator in finding solutions to problems affecting peace, social harmony, the land, the defense of life, human and civil rights”

Jesus said: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you’ (Jn…

150 – “Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it”

In the first paragraphs of Amoris Laetitia we encounter an affirmation that sets the entire gist of what Francis wishes to convey in this document:…

140 – “Do we love the Church as we love our mothers, also taking into account her defects? All mothers have defects. The Church also has her defects”

“Do we love the Church as we love our mothers, also taking into account her defects?” This question proffered by Francis, reveals the high concept…

115 – The Council Fathers strongly perceived a need to talk about God to men and women of their time in a more accessible way. The time had come to proclaim the Gospel in a new way

To say that someone is ‘as changeable as a weathervane’ is a way to describe a person who constantly modifies his opinion or attitude according…

106 – Spiritual direction is a charism of the laity

A dedicated university student diligently prepares for final exams. His professional future will depend on his good results. Besides attending classes, the student will consult…

98 – In Argentina, we worked together a lot with the pastors. In Buenos Aires, I got together with a group of pastors who were friends, and we prayed together. And that helped those of us who were more serious to work together. So, you see, the word ‘sect’ gets diluted

On the way to Damascus, Saul thought of nothing but persecuting the followers of the Messiah. His hatred for the one called Christ was not…

86 – When I have a clericalist in front of me I suddenly become anticlerical. Clericalism shouldn’t have any part in Christianity

By instituting ordained ministers in his Church, Our Lord Jesus Christ inaugurated “the most elevated dignity among all of the hierarchies of the earth”, a…

79 – The candidates to the episcopate must be pastors, close to the people: this is the first criterion. A great theologian, a learned mind: let him go to the university! They must not have the mindset of princes

‘The sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice’ (Jn 10:4). The suggestive imagery of the shepherd with his flock is almost a synonym of…

78 – Real power is service – there is no other way in the Church. For the Christian, progress means humbling oneself

Perusing the pages of human history, and comparing ages long past, peoples distant from one another, and the most different cultures, we notice one common…