In moments of darkness, our lament becomes a prayer, but we must guard ourselves against overdramatizing our complaints and remember that there are people experiencing “great tragedies” who have good reason to lament, like the Christians driven from their homes for the faith, said Pope Francis Tuesday during Mass a...read more
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I see with increasing frequency programs for funeral Masses entitled, "A Celebration of Life," or something similar, in lieu of entitling the ritual a "Funeral Mass." In parti...
The Vatican confirmed today that on Sunday Pope Francis will celebrate the opening Mass of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. “On Sunday, October 5, 2014, XXVII Ordinary Time, at 10am, the Holy Father Francis will celebrate Mass in the Vatican Basilica on the occasion of the opening...
The cardinal bishop of Hong Kong has urgently called on authorities to put the personal safety of citizens first and to exercise restraint in the use of force. Cardinal John Tong issued the appeal Sept. 29 after tens of thousands of people turned out in protest against the government of Beijing which has refused...
Quote for September 30th
“The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain”
― Padre Pio
In the wake of Boko Haram’s forays into Cameroon, pastoral care in the northern border region between Cameroon and Nigeria is only possible under military protection, says the local bishop. …read more
There are two armed corps in Vatican City State. One is the Swiss Guards, famous for their colourful uniforms. The other is the Vatican Gendarmerie, with the blue uniform. The Gendarmerie, …read more
The Ureta Wilson family carried the relics of Don Alvaro del Portillo in the ceremony of the beatification of the first successor of Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei, …read more
Apostolic nuncios in the Middle East will be meeting at the Vatican October 2-4, Sismografo reports. They will include the papal representatives of Jordan-Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, …read more
Here below is the address of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, at the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, Monday 29 September 2014). *** …read more
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop John Arnold, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster, as Bishop of Salford. He will succeed Bishop Terence Brain who was appointed in 1997. Bishop …read more
Here is a translation of the full text of a letter sent by Pope Francis to the prelate of Opus Dei, on the occasion of Saturday’s beatification of Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994). The text …read more
-- Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalm 131:1bcde,2,3 Matthew 18:1-4 The secrets of the Kingdom of God are hidden from the learned and the wise, but are revealed to those who, likeSaint Thérèse of the Child …read more