Solemnity - 6 January, the 12th Day of Christmas
Some countries have moved this feast to the nearest Sunday
Pope Francis' words in: 2017, in the Jubilee of Mercy 2016, 2015 & 2014
Papa Benedict XVI's words in: in the Year of Faith 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 & 2006.
Saint John Paul II's words in: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 (end of Jubilee Year), in the Great Jubilee 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 & 1979.
Blessed Paul VI's words in Bethlehem in 1964 (during the 1st papal trip abroad in over a century)
St John Paul II's Homily in 2001
"The Magi tell us above all that, when we encounter Christ, we must learn to stop and live profoundly the joy of intimacy with Him."
Papa Benedict XVI's Homily in 2006
"The Magi worshipped a simple Child in the arms of his Mother Mary, because in Him they recognized the source of the double light that had guided them: the light of the star and the light of the Scriptures. They recognized in Him the King of the Jews, the glory of Israel, but also the King of all the peoples."
Pope Francis's Homily in 2014
"On the feast of the Epiphany, when we recall the manifestation of Jesus to humanity in the face of a Child, may we sense the Magi close by our side, as wise companions on the road. Their example helps us to lift our gaze to the star and to follow the great desires of our hearts. They teach us not to content ourselves with a mediocre life, with “coasting it, playing it safe”, but to let ourselves always be fascinated by what is good, true and beautiful… by God, who is all of this, in an always greater way! And they teach us not to let ourselves be deceived by appearances, by that which for the world is great, wise, powerful. We must not stop there. It is necessary to keep the faith. In these times this is so important: to keep the faith. We must go further, beyond the darkness, beyond the fascination of the Sirens, beyond worldliness, beyond so many forms of modernity that exist today, to go to Bethlehem, there where, in the simplicity of a house on the periphery, between a mummy and daddy full of love and faith, shines forth the Sun come from on high, the King of the universe. Following the example of the Magi, may we, with our little lights, seek the Light and keep the faith. So be it."