'This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.'
At 10 am today, the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pope Francis presided at theMass in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening of theOrdinary General Assembly of the Synodof Bishops on the theme: 'The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.'Below is the Vatican-provided transl...
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him. He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her." But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of ...
Prayer Vigil in St. Peter’s Square to Precede Three Week Meeting
On Friday, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod Bishops, spoke on the upcoming three week meeting on the family. On Saturday, a Prayer Vigil will be held with Pope Francis, Bishops and Catholics worldwide, said the Cardinal. As night falls in Saint Peter’s Square, “the beauty of the family...
Celebrates Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels During Mass at Casa Santa Marta
God has given each one of us a guardian angel that we are called to respect and listen. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope, who celebrated the memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, reflected on their role in the lives of the faithful. God, he said, gives each one of us...
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
Says Meeting Should Not Be Considered a Form of Support in ‘All Complex Aspects’ of Her Position
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, issued a final clarification on Pope Francis’ brief meeting with Kim Davis, downplaying its characterization in the …read more
Says Attempt at Removal of President Assad Will Only Worsen Situation
Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said he was “disturbed” of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. The prelate’s statement was in reaction to a …read more
Neocatechumenal Way Members Convene in Philadelphia Following World Meeting of Families
On Monday, some 40,000 members of the Neocatechumenal Way from around the world participated in a vocational encounter in which thousands of young men, women, and families offered to be sent …read more
Palestinian President Expresses Solidarity with Church Following Attack
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his solidarity to the Maronite Church following an arson attack on monastery in Bethlehem. On September 30th, the Maronite Monastery of Mar …read more
Also Coincides with Canonization of Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux
The liturgical feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (1873-1897) which was celebrated on October 1st, marks the beginning of October, month of the missions, which will culminate in the …read more
"Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy"
Here is a Vatican translation of the Pope's message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Bull of indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy …read more
At Morning Mass, Considers the Heart’s Longing for God
We need to feel a longing for more in our hearts, says Pope Francis, for this longing, this nostalgia, will lead us to God. As reported by Vatican Radio, this was the Holy Father’s main …read more
Francis Considers Their Call to Mission and Devotion to Sacred Heart
Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today to participants in the General Chapter of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. * * * I greet you cordially, …read more