During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against those who do not practice what they preach, saying they damage not only themselves but others. Commenting on Jesus’ parable of the man who built his house on rock, the Holy Fatherexplained that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for knowing...read more
Pope Francis has approved the creation of a special commission for the protection of children. The suggestion was made by the eight-member Council of Cardinals currently meeting at the Vatican, and presented to the Holy Father, who subsequently approved its creation. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a member of the cou...
The Irish government has given its strongest indication yet that it may reopen its embassy to the Holy See. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s foreign minister, said he is in favour of reopening the embassy but as a “two ambassadors, one building model”. That would mean combining both embassies to Italy and the ...
The United States Embassy to the Holy See has been the focus of a good deal of media attention lately. Shortly after Ambassador Ken Hackett, who served for 40 years in Catholic Relief Services, presented his credentials to the Holy See, reports emerged that the embassy would controversially move from its original...
Quote for December 5th
"The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak."
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, No.47
Here is the text of an address given at the end of November by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, regarding the end of the Year of Faith, and "what's next?" * * * Thank you for inviting me to …read more
ROME (Dec. 5) – The Legion of Christ is committed to openly and aggressively addressing allegations of sexual abuse. This was the primary message in a letter sent today by Fr. Sylvester …read more
A solemn procession with the Custos of the Holy Land began Advent celebrations in Bethlehem last Saturday. The Custos, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, was welcomed by the monks of …read more
A two-day meeting of bishops and delegates responsible for the pastoral care of migrants of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Europe concluded Wednesday. Here is the statement from the …read more
Reports of intense gunfire are coming out of the capital of the Central African Republic on the eve of a UN Security Council vote on a resolution authorizing the intervention of the French …read more
In his homily during his daily Mass the other day, Pope Francis warned against the spirit of worldliness. He called it “a fruit of the devil who makes his way forward with the spirit of …read more
At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis led the faithful gathered in prayer for several nuns who were recently kidnapped in Syria. On Monday, Islamist rebels invaded …read more
La mia porta e sempre aperta (My door is always open). These simple words are the title and theme of the Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro’s new book on his historical interview with Pope …read more