Uncertainty Looms as Country Defaults on $1.8 Million IMF Loan
Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to the people of Greece. The country missed the deadline to payback a $1.8 million loan from theInternational Monetary Fund (IMF). Although the country had presented a two-year deal to restructure its debt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there would be no negotiati...
Addresses High Level Event on Climate Change
The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was part of the opening segment at Monday’s United NationsHigh Level Event on Climate Change in New York, and he urged the representatives to embrace an "integral ecology." Cardinal Peter Turkson brought the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudat...
Vatican Presents Details on Papal Visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay
From the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, to the Amazon and the Rio de le Plata, going in a few hours from 4,000 meters of altitude down to sea level , and including a wide gamut of languages (Quechua, Aymara, Guarani) and ethnic groups (Indians and Mestizos) -- all in just under seven days. Francis’ trip to Ecuado...
Also Remembering Poor in Latin America Ahead of Trip to Continent
As candidates for US president are making headlines and as the Pope gears up for his trip this month to South America, his monthly prayer intentions bring both of these situations before the Lord. The Apostleship of Prayer announced the intentions chosen by the Pope for July. His universal intention is "Polit...
Quote for July 1st
"Paradox: Sanctity is more attainable than learning. But it is easier to be a scholar than to be a Saint."
-- Saint Josemaria Escriva
Cardinal: Church in Africa is fully alive and developing at a rapid pace. It is vital to assist Catholics there by providing urgently needed pastoral support.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 47 grants for a total of $1,205,236to support pastoral projects for the Church in Africa. The …read more
Says scientific conclusions need to 'touch us deeply' so we 'see and hear how the poor suffer and how the earth is being mistreated'
Here is the statement given Monday by Cardinal PeterTurkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the opening segment of the United NationsHigh Level Event on Climate …read more
"While considering the negative effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, we should also be clear in our reasoning that these effects will continue, and indeed will become worse, if the causes of terrorism are not clearly and swiftly addressed by the national States concerned and the international community"
Here is the statement given Tuesday byArchbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, at the 29thSession …read more
“He held that the most precious treasure that a Bishop is called to administer is the faith stemming from apostolic preaching."
Here is a translation of the message that Pope Francis sent to Bishop Gregoire Ghabroyan, Administrator of the Patriarchate of Cilicia of the Armenians, on the occasion of the Funeral of the …read more
“People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course” is the theme chosen for the Conference being held this Thursday and Friday at the Augustinianum in Rome, organized by the Pontifical …read more
Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Laid to Rest in Lebanon
In a message sent to Bishop Gregoire Ghabroyan, administrator of the Patriarchate of Cilicia of the Armenians, Pope Francis mourned the death of Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, saying …read more
City is at Center of “Most Violent Clashes”, Says Local Archbishop
Thousands of Christians in the Syrian city of Hassakè are fleeing their homes following attacks by the so-called Islamic State on June 25th. According to Fides, nearly 120,000 people have …read more
Here is the message published by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People for “Sea Sunday”, which will be celebrated on July 12, 2015. * * * To …read more