Archbishop of Paris: "If You're Here Expecting Some Radical Change in Doctrine, You'll Be Disappointed"
While acknowledging the Church needs to pastorally accompany struggling families, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal AndréVingt-Trois, says if people believethis means doing away with or changing Church doctrine in the Synod, they are mistaken. This afternoon at the Vatican press office,with its director, Fath...
In Opening Address for Synod’s 2015 1st General Congregation, Urges Prelates to Walk Together Led by Holy Spirit
Pope Francis has reminded prelates the Synod is not a conference, a parliament or a senate, but rather an expression of the Church to be led by the Spirit. In his opening, unscripted address at the Synod’s 2015 1st General Congregation in the Vatican’s New Synod Hall this morning, Pope Francis reminded those gat...
“Let us remember, however, that the Synod will be able to be a space of action of the Holy Spirit only if we, the participants, are clothed with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and confident prayer.”
Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ address to the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. * * * Dear Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, The Church takes up again today the dialogue begun with the convocation of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family -- ...
Prayer Vigil Held in St. Peter’s Square on Eve of Synod
“The family is a place where evangelical holiness is lived out in the most ordinary conditions.” This was the reflection offered by Pope Francis on the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The Holy Father presided over a prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square with thousands, many of them of various ecclesial m...
Quote for October 5th
"Let us pray that the Synod which opens tomorrow will show how the experience of marriage and family is rich and humanly fulfilling."
- Pope Francis, October 3rd, 2015
Meets with Members of Food Bank Foundation
Pope Francis received in audience 7,000 volunteers from the Food Bank Foundation, established 25 years ago by Italian businessman Danilo Fossati and Don Giussani, founder of Communion and …read more
Calls on Them to Seek Intercession of St. Michael to Avoid Falling Into the Snares of the Devil
In the war between good and evil, the devil will seek to corrupt souls through riches, vanity and pride. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily at a Mass with members of the …read more
Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of catastrophic landslide that struck Guatemala, as well as those affected by flooding in France. “I wish to address a prayer to the Lord for the …read more
“Hunger today is a matter of truly “scandalous” dimensions, which threatens the life and dignity of many persons – men, women, children and elderly."
On Saturday, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Meeting organized by the Food Bank Foundation. Here is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present at the …read more
On Saturday morning, Pope Francis presided over a Mass in the Chapel of the Governorate for the Corps of the Gendarmerie of Vatican City State, on the occasion of the feast of its Patron, …read more
While Calling for Prayers for Synod During Angelus Address, Also Reminds Faithful of Children Knocking on Doors Begging for Help Worldwide
Pope Francis says parents participate in God's creative power. The Holy Father expressed this during hisAngelus address today at noon in St. Peter's Square, while speaking on matrimony. …read more
"The Synod Fathers, coming from every part of the world and gathered around the Successor of Peter, for three weeks, will reflect on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in society, for careful spiritual and pastoral discernment."
Below is a ZENIT-translation of Pope Francis' Angelus Address today at noon in St. Peter's Square, following his having presided over Mass for the Opening of theGeneral Assembly of the Synod …read more
At Opening Mass of Ordinary Synod's General Assembly, Pope Reaffirms Church's Role to Defend Values, Marriage, Life
'This is God’s dream for His beloved Creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.' …read more