Pope Francis is calling on Vatican employees to examine which areas of their lives need healing. Expressing his heartfelt thanks to each and best wishes for Christmas, the Pope addressed the employees today. He encouraged them to do an examination of conscience, in preparation for Christmas and the New Year, an...read more
As Christmas Day is right around the corner, Pope Francis is affirming that faith can truly "move mountains." Speaking to nearly 8,000 members and associates of the Pope Saint John XXIII Community on Saturday in the Vatican, the Pope reminded them that when there is faith, disinterest and misery can be combatted....
Shortly before noon today, Pope Francis met with employees of the Holy See and of Vatican City State, with their families, for the exchange of Christmas greetings. Here is a translation of his address. * * * It was pride that transformed angels into devils; it is humility that renders men like the angles (...
Here below is a translation of Pope Francis' address tothe Pope John XXIII Community Association in Paul VI Hall in the Vatican Saturday at noon: * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, I receive you with joy and thank you for your warm welcome. I thank the director, Giovanni Paolo Ramonda, for the words he address...
A man is overcome by great awe when he considers the miracle of God descending, abiding in a mother's womb, assuming a human body with his divine essence, willingly growing in his mother's uterus for nine months, and the fact that this womb made of flesh was able to carry such fire -- a flame abiding in this delicate body without burning it. ~ Ephrem the Syrian
Pope Francis has appointedCardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Giampiero Gloder as the Roman Catholic Church's Camerlengo and Vice-Camerlengo, respectively. The Vatican announced the …read more
Pope Francis has created in India the new Diocese of Kuzhithurai, with territory taken from the Diocese of Kottar. The new diocese is a suffragan of the metropolitan Church of Madurai. It has …read more
Pope Francis today assured that Christ is coming into our lives this Christmas and is asking for a response like Mary's, but warned that we might be too busy to pay attention. The Pope made …read more
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, good …read more
Pope Francis' Christmas Schedule Wednesday, December 24, 2014 FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD Vatican Basilica, at 9:30 p.m. The Holy Father Francis will celebrate Midnight Mass on the …read more
Here is today's Gospel reading: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s …read more
The long-running debate over public vs. private schools, with the additional variants of charter schools and faith-based schools, is the topic of a recent book that took a detailed look at …read more
Early Sunday morning, Australian time, a delegation of Australian Bishops from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference as well as the Conference of Bishops and Representatives of the …read more