The homilies of the Pope on the Scripture readings at Mass.

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Rejoice, the Lord is near

"Advent is the liturgical season that prepares us for the Lord's birth, but it is also the time of expectation for the ,definitive return of Christ", the Holy Father said in the homily he preached at the Roman parish of Our Lady of Valme on Sunday, 15 December 1996, the Third Sunday of Advent.

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Homily of January 29, 1995

The Holy Father's homily on Sunday, January 29 at the solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at which he beatified Rafael Guizar Valencia, Modestino of Jesus and Mary, Genoveva Torres Morales and Grimoaldo of the Purification.


Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

On the morning of Holy Thursday, April 13, 1995, Pope John Paul II celebrated the traditional Chrism Mass and gave this homily.


Homily of the Canonization Mass for Saint Claude La Colombiere



What Would the World Be, Ancient and Modern, Without Consecrated Life?

Pope John Paul II's homily given on October 29, 1994 at the conclusion of the world Synod of Bishops on the consecrated life in the Church.


Rights of Conscience Must Be Defended

Homily given on May 22, 1995 at Mass celebrated in front of a chapel dedicated to St. Jan Sarkander and located at the edge of Skoczow, Poland.


Homily at Giants Stadium, October 5, 1995

The Holy Father points out the Church's responsibility for proclaiming God's Kingdom and calls upon the Catholic laity to take their part in the new evangelization, bearing witness to their faith in their daily lives. He encourages Americans to be faithful to their best tradition as an hospitable and generous society. Christians in particular are called to defend those whose right to life is threatened or denied.


Homily at Aqueduct Racetrack, October 6, 1995

In the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Holy Father invokes the Holy Spirit, the active agent of the Church's mission of evangelization, and challenges his listeners to recognize that the true 'progress of peoples' is linked to evangelization. He asks if there is room in America for the mystery of God's Kingdom and its message of life and salvation. Emphasizing the urgent need to honor and defend marriage and family life for the good of soc


Homily at Central Park, October 7, 1995

The Holy Father rejoices at the presence of so many young people who have responded to the promptings of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit's work in human history is reflected in the first three Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. The Spirit makes believers children of God (the Annunciation), prompting them to reach out to others (the Visitation) and to draw near to the Incarnate Son of God (the Nativity).


Homily in Orioles Park at Camden Yards, October 8, 1995


Homily for World Youth Day's Prayer Vigil

The Pope responding to questions raised by youth that young people 'are not being sent to proclaim some abstract truth.' He said, 'The Gospel is not a theory or an ideology! The Gospel is life! Your task is to bear witness to this life.' This homily was delivered on January 14, 1995, at Luneta Park in Manila, the Philippines.


Homily at the Closing Mass of the 10th World Youth Day

The Holy Father exhorted young people to 'build bridges of dialogue and communication with your parents' and 'to break down the barriers which have been raised between generations!' The Pope warned young people against falling into 'subtle but real forms of moral slavery' by abusing drugs, alcohol or 'the beautiful gift of sexuality.' This homily was given on January 15 in Manila, the Philippines.

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Message of Mary's Maternal Love

On Thursday, 13 May, the second day of Pope John Paul's 1982 pilgrimage to Portugal, the Holy Father visited Fatima to commemorate in a very special way the first anniversary of the attempt on his life and the sixty-fifth anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition at Fatima. During the Mass at the Shrine the Holy Father delivered this homily.

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We Cannot Remain Separated

Homily for Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul' June 29, 1995 The Pope joined by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople prays at the altar of the 'Confessio' over Peter's tomb, for unity.

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Martyrdom Unites Us With All Believers

The Holy Father's homily given at the Mass during which he canonized Marek Krizin, Stefan Pongracz and Melichar Grodziecky of Kosice. July 2, 1995.

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Blessed Is the People Founded on Love

December 14, 1995 Homily of the closing Mass of the Synod for Lebanon.

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Faith is the Greatest Gift

Homily given July 16, 1995 at Mass in St. Lorenzo's parish in Les Combes, Val d'Aosta.

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Homily at Holy Christ Shrine

February 6, 1996 during his Pastoral Visit to Guatemala. Hail, O Cross of Christ, sign of our victory over sin and death!

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Remember You Are Dust

Ash Wednesday Homily, February 21, 1996. Reprinted with permission from *L'Osservatore Romano*, English edition, February 28, 1996, p. 1.

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Light Shines in the Risen Christ

Easter Vigil Homily April 6, 1996

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They Witnessed to Life in a Culture of Death

Holy Father's homily at the beatification of Bernhard Lichtenberg and Karl Leisner on June 23, 1996 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium.

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Divine Sonship is Our Inheritance

Homily for January 1, 1996 the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, and the 29th World Day of Peace, celebrated in St Peter's Basilica.

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I Thank God for My Priesthood and Pray That He Will Send More Labourers into His Harvest

Pope John Paul II Homily for Mass Commemorating his 50th Jubilee November 1, 1996.

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Program for Year 2000 Must Help Us Discover Glory of God Revealed in Christ

Pope John Paul II Homily, Vespers, First Sunday of Advent November 30, 1996.

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Watch and Pray for the Lord's Return

Pope John Paul II Homily, December 1, 1996 St. Jerome Emiliani parish, Rome.


Be Faithful to God's Gift on Christmas Night

Homily given by the Holy Father at Midnight Mass on December 24, 1996.

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Proclaim Christ Light of All Peoples!

On 6 January, the Solemnity of Epiphany, the Holy Father ordained 12 Bishops in St Peter's Basilica, from 7 countries on 3 continents. "I like to think of you beside the Magi as you adore the King of peace, the Saviour of the world, and see the hand of the Child Jesus guided by that of his holy Mother in the act of blessing each one of you", the Pope said in his Italian language homily.

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Welcome the Light of Christ's Revelation!

"Together with the elderly Simeon and the prophetess Anna, let us go to meet the Lord in his temple. Let us welcome the light of his Revelation, committing ourselves to spreading it among our brothers and sisters in view of the now imminent Great Jubilee of the Year 2000", the Holy Father said in his homily on Sunday, February 2, 1997, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, during the Mass he celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica. The Pope made particular reference to the World Day for Consecrated Life, which is being celebrated for the first time this year.

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Seek Deep Intimacy with the Lord

"Authentic conversion implies doing all those works which belong to the Lenten season: almsgiving, prayer and fasting However, these must not be performed only as an external fulfilment, but as the expression of an intimate encounter, to a certain extent unknown to men, with God himself. Conversion involves a new discovery of God", the Holy Father said on Ash Wednesday, February 12, 1997, during the Mass celebrated at the Roman Basilica of St. Sabina on the Aventine Hill. The Pope presided at the liturgy and preached the homily.

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Known and Loved by People of Rome

Cardinal Ugo Poletti, former Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, died on 25 February at the age of 82. I recall with great feeling the many meetings I had with him and the enthusiasm with which he spoke of the Diocese, the priests, the religious, the laity, the problems of the ordinary people, of the lights and shadows discernible in the rapid changes in the texture of urban life, the Holy Father said in the homily he preached at the funeral Mass celebrated for the late Cardinal on Thursday, February 27, 1997.

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Vocation Is Rooted in Redemption

"Man belongs to God, first of all because he is one of God's creatures, but more especially because he was redeemed from sin through Christ. To become aware of this means to reach the very roots of every vocation", the Holy Father said as he reflected on the nature of the Christian calling in the homily of the Mass he celebrated at the Roman parish of St Mary of Hope on Sunday, January 19, 1997.


We Must Follow Jesus to Calvary

On this Second Sunday of Lent, together with the Apostles we hear the announcement of the Resurrection.... The fasting and penance of this sacred season are oriented precisely to this event which is the key to the whole economy of salvation, the Holy Father said at the Roman parish of the Holy Cross on Via Flaminia, where he celebrated Mass and preached the homily on Sunday, February 23, 1997.


Canonization of Edith Stein and Homily

The formula of canonization of Blessed Edith Stein and the homily of the Holy Father on that occasion, 11 October 1998.