Reflects: If only we could view our political opponents or neighbors in the same way we view our children or our spouse, mother or father!
Pope Francis addressed the civil society of Ecuador this evening with the closeness and spontaneity of a family member, saying that since the mayor had given him the keys of the city of Quito, he felt that he was "at home." He then went on to speak of three social values or principles, saying that they must be t...
Tells Representatives of Schools and Universities in Ecuador That They Must Respond to God’s Call to Cultivate and Care for Creation
A university education, says Pope Francis, is not for prestige or to make more money, but rather to learn how to live in solidarity with others and with the world, and especially with the poor and disadvantaged. The Pope said this today in Ecuador, during an afternoon meeting with representatives of schools and ...
Over 1.2 Million Faithful Attend Open-Air Mass at Quito's Bicentennial Park
"Evangelization can be a way to unite our hopes, concerns, ideals and even utopian visions." These were the words of Pope Francis during Mass at Quito's Bicentennial Park today. Over 1.2 million people attended the event, an unprecedented number given the fact that the population of the cityis roughly 1.6 milli...
And More on Treatment of the Eucharist
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: Why is a broken piece of the consecrated host placed in the chalice during the “Lamb of God”? The pope used to break the consecrated host and send pieces to his main churches...
Quote for July 7th
"There is no greater misery than false joys.”
― St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave last Friday night at a meeting with members of the Charismatic Renewal. The Members of Renewal in the Holy Spirit were gathered on …read more
"Do you realize that this time of study is not only a right, but a privilege? How many of your friends, known or unknown, would like to have a place in this house but, for various reasons, do not? To what extent do our studies help us feel solidarity with them?"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this afternoon in Ecuador to representatives of schools and universities. He largely followed the text, adding a few comments at …read more
"The walls, patios and cloisters of this city eloquently make this point: rooted in elements of Incan and Caranqui culture, beautiful in their proportions and shapes, boldly and strikingly combining different styles, the works of art produced by the “Quito school” sum up that great dialogue, with its successes and failures, which is Ecuador’s history. Today we see how beautiful it is."
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis prepared for his meeting this afternoon in Ecuador withrepresentatives of civil society. The Holy Father added comments to the …read more
"Becoming a missionary Church requires constantly fostering communion, since mission does not have to do with outreach alone."
Here is the Vatican provided translation of Pope Francis' homily during Mass at Quito's Bicentennial Park. * * * The word of God calls us to live in unity so that the world may believe. I …read more
Vatican Press Office Director Speaks to Vatican Radio After Briefing Journalists
Pope Francis has been extraordinarily welcomed in Ecuador, says Vatican spokesmanJesuit Father Federico Lombardi.At the end of a briefing with journalists held last night in the Ecuadorian …read more
During Ramadan, Distribute Food Parcels Weekly to Hundreds of Families
In an initiative launched by the Coptic Orthodox, hundreds of poor Muslimfamilies inthe Egyptian district of Nasser inthe province of Beni Suef are being fed. According to Fides, the Coptic …read more
For 2nd Night, Large Crowds Shout for Papal Greeting at His Residence at Apostolic Nunciature in Quito
'Go to sleep,' so the 'neighborhood can sleep' is the recommendation Pope Francis has for enthusiastic crowds who have for the past two nights gathered outside the residence of the Apostolic …read more
Bids Good Night to Quito After Visit to President, Cathedral
Despite the seven-hour time difference with Rome, Pope Francis concluded his first full day in Ecuador this evening close to 9 p.m. (4 a.m., Rome time), smiling and greeting dozens of people …read more