Here below is a translation of Pope Francis' address during his final General Audience of 2014 in St. Peter's Square, which took place this morning and coincided with his 78th birthday: * * * THE HOLY FATHER’S CATECHESIS IN ITALIAN Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The Synod of Bishops on the Family...read more
The Pope has given children five suggestions on how to be strong and active Catholics. Addressing a delegation of children of Italian Catholic Action (I.C.A.) in the Vatican this morning, the Pope drew his reflections from a theme set by by the group, "All to Be Discovered." Founded in 1905, I.C.A. isa widespr...
Here is a translation of Pope Francis' address this morning toa delegation of children of Italian Catholic Action (I.C.A.): * * * Dear children of I.C.A., Welcome! I am happy to meet with you. It is a meeting to exchange good wishes for Christmas. I thank you for the good wishes you addressed to me on behalf...
Pope Francis says even when we do not understand the difficulties of life, we must realize that God, our loving father, has a plan and is there to save his children. According to Vatican Radio, during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reminded those gathered that"God walks with us, makes h...
The demons are ever assailing us ... Much more, therefore, do the good angels ever guard us. ~St. Thomas Aquinas
The US government has just announced today that it will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana. The Vatican Secretariat of State released the following statement …read more
At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis called for prayers for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts that have occurred in recent days in Yemen, Australia and Pakistan. "Now, …read more
In the wake of the Vatican-prompted visit and report on women's religious life in the United States, released Tuesday, the sister charged with overseeing theCouncil of Major Superiors of …read more
In an unannounced, but somewhat expected, briefing in the Holy See Press Office this morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican press office director, informed journalists thatPope Francis has …read more
The leader of Pakistan's Catholics has called on the government to step up security in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre, saying he fears that terrorist attacks will increase. …read more
During a special weekly general audience coinciding with his 78th birthday, Pope Francis called on all families to make a special place for Jesus in their homes this Advent. Although the Holy …read more
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is inviting Catholic dioceses, parishes and groups across England and Wales to support a new Pope Francis-inspired outreach initiative. …read more
Here is a letter to confessors from Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, major penitentiary, released Gaudete Sunday. * * * My dear brother Confessors, Illumined by the light of the Immaculate Virgin …read more