POPE FRANCIS’ ANGELUS SPEECH ON THE BEATITUDES: (FEB. 17, 2019)


POPE FRANCIS’ ANGELUS SPEECH ON THE BEATITUDES: (FEB. 17, 2019) Below you have the ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today February 17, 2019, before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. +++ Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today’s Gospel (Cf. Luke 6:17.20-26) presents to us the Beatitudes…

BEATITUDES 8: BLESSED ARE THE PERSECUTED.


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BEATITUDES EXPLAINED 7: THE “PEACEMAKERS”


BEATITUDES EXPLAINED 7: THE “PEACEMAKERS” “The translation “peacemakers” well conveys the active meaning of the original text — those who foster peace, in themselves and in others and, as a basis for that, try to be reconciled and to reconcile others with God. Being at peace with God is the cause and the effect of…

BEATITUDES EXPLAINED 5: WHAT IS MERCY?


BEATITUDES EXPLAINED 5: WHAT IS MERCY? “Mercy is not just a matter of giving alms to the poor but also OF BEING UNDERSTANDING towards other people’s defects, OVERLOOKING them, HELPING them cope with them and LOVING them despite whatever defects they may have”, but above all, FORGIVING THEM as God forgives us. “Being merciful also…

BEATITUDES 3: WHO ARE THE “MEEK”?


BEATITUDES 3: WHO ARE THE “MEEK”? “The meek” are “those who patiently suffer unjust persecution; those who remain serene, humble and steadfast in adversity, and do not give way to resentment or discouragement. The virtue of meekness is very necessary in the Christian life. Usually irritableness, which is very common, stems from a lack of…