After reciting the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis and Curial officials left the Vatican by coach for a week-long Lenten retreat in the hillside town of Ariccia. Breaking from a long-held tradition of holding them in the Vatican, Pope Francis decided to organize this year’s annual retreat from March 9-14 a...read more
Here is the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square today. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent presents us every year with an episode about the temptations of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit desc...
The Vatican and the United Nations aren’t always in agreement, but one of the topics on which they do agree is opposition to the legalization of drugs. Last Tuesday the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent quasi-judicial body that oversees the implementation of the conventions of the Unite...
Is it possible for a priest to be happy in the 21stcentury? This is the central question of a course currently being offered at the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology. Taught by Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America,...
Quote for March 6th
[Tenderness and mercy] are the heart of the Gospel. Otherwise, one doesn’t understand Jesus Christ, or the tenderness of the Father who sends Him to listen to us, to cure us, to save us.
- Pope Francis, interview with Il Corriere della Sera
March 5, 2014
Here is a pastoral letter for Lent fromBishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, Ireland. * * * Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is now a little more than a year since I was ordained to …read more
This Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, the Pope and the Roman Curia will begin their spiritual exercises. The meditations will be led by Fr. Angelo De Donatis, parish of San Marco Evangelista …read more
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has spoken to the three leaders of the ordinariates established for former Anglicans who wanted full communion with the Church. …read more
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, at the end of this month to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and …read more
A CNN poll released Thursday finds that a strong majority of Americans want restrictions on the legality of abortion. The largest percentage of Americans (38%) favor abortion being legal in …read more
1) Lent: 40 Days of exodus to go to the Promised Land. As suggested by today’s liturgy (the first Sunday of Lent) the right way to take part in Lent is to remember and relive what it was …read more
The Vatican has prepared a virtual book to mark the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis' election. Called "Do We Want to Become Holy? Yes or No?", the 36-page book includes some of the most …read more
Below is the Introduction to the book “Beside John Paul II – His Friends and Collaborators Speak”. Published by the Italian Edizioni Ares press, and in stores now, the volume features …read more