The Holy Father was accompanied by 50 journalists from 10 countries on his brief flight to Albania. During the flight, the Pope greeted each journalist one by one, wishing them "a good day of work and not of rest." "It will be a heavy day of work, a beautiful day of labor," he added, while taking leave of them wi...read more
Pope Francis landed in Tirana, Albania shortly after 9 a.m., the first visit by a Pope in 21 years since St. John Paul II's trip in 1993. As customary, before departing Rome's Fiumicino airport, the Holy Father sent a message to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. "In this moment that I prepare to depart for ...
The rainy weather didn't dampen the spirits off the Albanian faithful who gathered in Mother Teresa Square for the celebration of Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. This is the Pope's fourth international visit and his first visit to a European country outside of Italy. The second reading from today's Mass is of ...
Here is the telegram sent by the Holy Father to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, president of the Italian Republic, before departing for Tirana, Albania. * * * To His Excellency The Honorable Giorgio Napolitano President of the Italian Republic Quirinale Palace 00187 In this moment that I prepare...
Quote for September 19th
'In order to be perfect, we must not only obey and honour our superiors; we must honour our equals and inferiors also.'
St. Philip Neri
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address during the Welcoming Ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Tirana, Albania. *** Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Distinguished …read more
Here is the text of the Holy Father's homily at today's Mass in Mother Teresa Square during his Apostolic Visit to Tirana, Albania. *** Today’s Gospel tells us that, as well as the Twelve …read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Before concluding this celebration, I wish to greet each of you who have come from all over Albania and from nearby countries. I thank you for your presence and for …read more
Pope Francis paid a private visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Thursday afternoon, to pray for the success of his upcoming voyage to Albania. A brief statement from the Director of …read more
Pope Francis focused on the Resurrection as the seal of Christian identity at Mass this morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence. Drawing on the words of St Paul the Apostle from …read more
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave Thursday to bishops who were appointed over the last year. * * * Dear Brothers, I am happy to meet with you now personally, because in …read more
Scotland’s Catholic bishops have responded to the result of yesterday's referendum, expressing hope that all will now come together for the benefit of the country’s future. In a statement, …read more
Leaders of Iraq’s Christians have called on the United Nations to urgently address the growing refugee crisis before a freezing winter forces displaced Christians to leave the country. “We …read more