Rorate Caeli

Excerpts of the Pope's daily homilies in one place

The edited excerpts of the weekday homilies of Pope Francis, as published in L'Osservatore Romano, are now available in one single page in the Holy See website.


Mike said...

On 5/21/13

"The Pope noted our way of speaking about career changes: “When someone is given a higher position — in the world's eyes — we say, ‘ah, that person has been promoted to.... Yes, that's a lovely phrase and we in the Church should use it, yes: this person was promoted to the cross; that person was promoted to humiliation. That is true promotion. It is what makes us more like Jesus”

This is true teaching! God Bless the Holy Father!

johnf said...

Thank you for this. I am putting a link to the Holy Father's homilies onto our Parish Web site

Gratias said...

Too many homilies. Fortunately the excerpts in Osservatore Romano are getting shorter and shorter.

I have attended the Domus Sanctae Martae 7:00 am mass about 10 times during the previous pontificate. It was concelebrated by priests living at the Domus guesthouse. So you had about 15 priests (always including Msgr. Guido Marini) and no homily. The mass was over in about 30 min, and off to work.

I am told by friends that Pope Francis has breakfast at the main cafeteria in the Domus right after mass with all the people staying in this 120 room hotel and that it is amazing to be in the same room with His Holiness.

Angelo said...

This is great. I had always hoped that what Pope Benedict XVl said in official talks were published like this. These publications of Pope Francis will be very useful for everyone to understand God and our role as his creation.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I love Pope Francis' homilies!

Rev. Anthony Cekada said...


Actually, he's following #66 of the General Instruction, which recommends giving a homily on weekdays.

I find the format of what is posted very peculiar, though.

Why are these called "meditations" rather than "homilies," when the latter is the correct liturgical term under the new system?

And why are only "excerpts" posted, rather than full transcripts, when even an iPad can transcribe speech almost perfectly?

I suspect this is because the Vatican bureaucracy fears that Francis is a loose cannon (canon?), and that publishing exactly what he says would pose too great a risk for "misunderstanding" — which might in fact mean understanding it a little too well.

Barbara said...

I will be interested to see if the site publishes the one this morning
which was pretty powerful: - for I have this sense that the present Pope and his predecessor's words are being instrumentalised...and quite a lot...

ANNE said...

The National Catholic REGISTER has an article on: "Vatican Explains Availability of Pope’s Daily Homilies" 5/31/13.

Mike said...


I don't myself completely understand why the Holy Father's homilies are not reported verbatim, but neither do I necessarily consider that they are being 'doctored up'. I'm curious why you assert this, considering that his words are invariably reported in quotations. On the other hand, I find the Pope's concerns and commentaries, such as we are find them spoken in the context of his daily Mass, worthy of praise. Whatever am I missing?


Barbara said...

Dear Mike,

What you are missing is the media- hype here in Italy that has surrounded Pope Francis since his election. I stress that this is not the Pope’s doing. The mainstream TV and press have turned his person into a kind of “popular personality”. We are treated EVERDAY to how the Pope hugs , loves the poor and where his zucchetto lands in the wind. He is the Pope of the people! The message is that. And a lot of the people are falling for this as if prior Popes - especially the last one - were not the Popes of the people! The fact that His homilies at Santa Marta are not reported verbatim even in the Catholic press here only adds to the confusion as they tend to leave out things of the sort that I reported above. The end result is that we are not getting a clear picture of who our Pope really is, compounded by the fact that Pope Francis himself has plainly introduced novelties to the papacy. We all know what they are so there is no need to list them. Add to all of this the initial lauds of encouragement at his election from the likes of “Il Grande Oriente Democratico” and we have a quite a pottage of confusion going on.

I remember very well that Pope Benedict was crucified from day one of his papacy by the same mainstream TV and press and something is up if they are now praising his successor so much. They never let up with Benedict. Also the Vatican spokesmen were not so quick on the mark to defend Pope Benedict when he came under -fire from the world- wide press never mind the Italian one – now all has changed and as quick as you can say “Jack Robinson” the same officials bend over backwards to “clarify” Pope Francis.

There are other things I could highlight but I’ll leave them for another time. Obviously these are my simple considerations of a complex situation which someone more equipped in matters of this sort might want to analyze in depth and are most welcome to correct me if I am wrong.

One thing for sure the Holy Father needs our prayers in these strange, disquieting times for our Church – a lot of them. He most certainly has mine – for I love our Holy Church and the Pope.


Presbyter said...

It sipmly my impression that the Pope doesn't to BE Pope, but some sort of Jesuit community superior: "take" the "Community Mass" each day, give off-the-cuff rambling meditations, then go to the cafeteria for meals, etc. In my opinion, such a 'talkative' and unprepared Pope is a danger. His daily meditations are not Megisterial documents or addresses and a certain amount of Papal reserve and mystique was always part of even the 'humblest" prior Pope's persona.