On Tuesday, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin paid homage to the scores of men and women who are killed, even today, because of their faith. These modern-day martyrs are remembered each year in a special suffrage Mass, organized by the San'Egidio Community, in the basilica of Our Lady in Trasteve...read more
In the lead-up to the second Easter since his election, Pope Francis will be presiding over the Holy Week liturgies and services. The Paschal Triduum, which begins on Holy Thursday, will commence with the Chrism Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica with the Holy Father. During this Mass, the Pope will bless the chrism ...
Today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI received a call from Pope Francis sending him birthday wishes. Francis assured his predecessor that he prayed for him in a special way in his celebration of Mass this morning. The director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that since this is Holy ...
Pope Francis began his catechesis at this Wednesday’s general audience discussing the liturgy of the day, which recounts Judas' betrayal of Jesus. Reflecting on the sad episode, Francis underscored themes of how Jesus was killed, the seemingly contradictory nature of God's actions, and how faithful should express...
Quote for April 16th
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
In honor of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's 87th birthday today, published below are excerpts from a speech he delivered on his birthday in 2008 at the White House, when he was beginning a …read more
Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s catechesis today during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. --- --- --- Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today, in the …read more
Setting the groundwork for canonization, Pope Francis approved publication of decrees on miracles attributed to the intercession of two blesseds during an audience Tuesday at the Vatican with …read more
In an Easter message to the faithful of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, expressed his hope that the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection would “ …read more
Marco Roncalli was just a child when in his home the fragrance of sanctity was already breathed of his uncle-priest, Angelo Giuseppe, the future Pope John XXIII. It was a fragrance so …read more
On Monday, the Maltese government legalized same-sex unions as well as adoption by homosexual couples. The unanimous vote is seen as a major cultural shift in social policy in a country where …read more
On May 5-6, Vatican representatives will appear in Geneva, Switzerland, before the UN Committee on the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and will answer questions regarding sexual abuse …read more
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