"Authentic religion is a source of peace and not of violence! No one must use the name of God to commit violence! To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman". Pope Francis said these words today at the Catholic University of "Our Lady of Good Council" of Tiran...read more
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address during a meeting with interreligious leaders at the Catholic University of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Albania today. *** Dear Friends, It is a great pleasure to be here at this meeting which brings together leaders of the main religious confessions present...
Gospel:MT 20:1-16A Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o’clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in...
Fathers play a vital role in the upbringing of their children, different from that of a mother, according to a recent book that examines a variety of scientific evidence. In “Do Fathers Matter?: What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked,” (Scientific American/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux), journa...
Quote for September 19th
'In order to be perfect, we must not only obey and honour our superiors; we must honour our equals and inferiors also.'
St. Philip Neri
The Holy Father was accompanied by 50 journalists from 10 countries on his brief flight to Albania. During the flight, the Pope greeted each journalist one by one, wishing them "a good day of …read more
Pope Francis landed in Tirana, Albania shortly after 9 a.m., the first visit by a Pope in 21 years since St. John Paul II's trip in 1993. As customary, before departing Rome's Fiumicino …read more
The rainy weather didn't dampen the spirits off the Albanian faithful who gathered in Mother Teresa Square for the celebration of Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. This is the Pope's fourth …read more
Here is the telegram sent by the Holy Father to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, president of the Italian Republic, before departing for Tirana, Albania. * * * To His Excellency The …read more
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address during the Welcoming Ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Tirana, Albania. *** Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Distinguished …read more
Here is the text of the Holy Father's homily at today's Mass in Mother Teresa Square during his Apostolic Visit to Tirana, Albania. *** Today’s Gospel tells us that, as well as the Twelve …read more
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Before concluding this celebration, I wish to greet each of you who have come from all over Albania and from nearby countries. I thank you for your presence and for …read more
Pope Francis paid a private visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Thursday afternoon, to pray for the success of his upcoming voyage to Albania. A brief statement from the Director of …read more