"This Extraordinary Year is itself a gift of grace.  To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.  It is he who seeks us!  It is he who comes to encounter us!  This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God's mercy."   Read More

O God, who didst give to Thy servant Benedict the grace to exercise with fidelity the Petrine office and serve Thy people as the visible source and foundation of unity in faith and communion, accept the prayers we offer with gratitude for his years of faithful ministry in Thy Church, and, in Thy mercy, grant him both strength and grace to serve Thee in the manner to which Thou callest him, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

Matthew 16: 18-19

And I say to thee:  That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.  And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven:  and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

Pius XI

1922-1939

Pius XI is the first pope to use the radio as a means of pastorally reaching the world.

The Mother of the Redeemer goes before us and continually strengthens us in faith, in our vocation and in our mission. By her example of humility and openness to God’s will she helps us to transmit our faith in a joyful proclamation of the Gospel to all, without reservation. In this way our mission will be fruitful, because it is modeled on the motherhood of Mary. To her let us entrust our journey of faith, the desires of our heart, our needs and the needs of the whole world, especially of those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace. Let us then together invoke her: Holy Mother of God!

Habemus Papam

It is good for us to break out of our set ways, because it is proper to the Heart of God to overflow with tenderness, with ever more to give.

A Good Habit

Tu Es Petrus