“No economic or political engineering is able to substitute this contribution of families. The Babel project builds skyscrapers without life. Instead, God’s Spirit makes deserts flower”
Here is a ZENIT translation of the catechesis from this morning’s general audience, held in St. Peter’s Square. Continuing with the series of catecheses on the family, in his address in Italian the Pope focused his meditation on the responsibility of the family to communicate the faith. After summarizing his ...
Renews Heartfelt Appeal for Victims of Conflict
"Never again war!" Pope Francis exclaimed after today's catechesis at the general audience. This appealwas made as the Holy Father reflected on the end of the Second World War in the Far East. He lamented that people are still suffering today from conflicts and prayed the world will cease havingto experience the ...
Speaks on Importance of Families Giving Witness in Societies 'Often Marked by Impersonalism, Spiritual Aridity'
"The family’s covenant with God is called today to oppose the communal desertification of the modern city. But our cities have become like deserts because of lack of love, because of a lack of smiles. So many amusements, so many things to pass time, to make one laugh, but love is lacking. A family’s smile is capabl...
Praying fervently for peace from within the high walls of their enclosure
This report is contributed by Oliver Maksan of Aid to the Church in Need. --- “Welcome to our new reception room;” Sister Agathe offered her visitor a warm greeting. The nun is in charge of finances for the Carmelite Sisters’ convent on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Substantial renovations were just compl...
Quote for August 31st
'Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?'
-Saint Gerard Majella
On September 4, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Dina Bélanger. When she was 24, she entered the novitiate of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Sillery, …read more
The upcoming canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra in Washington, D.C.—the first ever to take place on American soil—has generated, as I’m sure you know, a good deal of controversy. For his …read more
"It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible"
Pope Francis intends the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy to be an encounter with God the Father, "whose tenderness is almost tangible," a Father who "welcomes and forgives, forgetting …read more
During Mass at Santa Marta, Says Stop Chattering, Start Comforting
Christians are to comfort each other through good works and kind words and not with useless chatter. In his first public daily Mass at his residence since his summer break, Francis called on …read more
"Pope Francis and the People" Airs Friday on ABC
Monday in Rome, Pope Francis taped his contribution for a television program that will be broadcast on the American ABC TV network on Friday evening. It was a series of three satellite …read more
Francis Celebrates Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Francis marked the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, leadinga celebration this evening in St. Peter's Basilica. The eventfor the prayer day, which will nowbe held on …read more
1st Video, on "Care for God's Creation," Coincides With Today's World Day of Prayer
A video on “Care for God’s Creation” is the first of a seven-part series on Catholic Social Teaching, designed to be an introduction to this body of thought with notable Catholics reflecting …read more
Bishop Pierfranco Pastore Died Sunday at Age 88
Following the death of Bishop PierfrancoPastore at age 88, Pope Francis has sent his "heartfelt condolences"to the relatives of the prelate well-known in Vatican communications. According to …read more