Bids Good Night to Quito After Visit to President, Cathedral
Despite the seven-hour time difference with Rome, Pope Francis concluded his first full day in Ecuador this evening close to 9 p.m. (4 a.m., Rome time), smiling and greeting dozens of people individually during a courtesy visit to President Rafael Correa. From the presidential palace, the Pope walked to the cath...
Hundreds of Thousands Present at First Papal Mass at Guayaquil's Semanes Park
Pope Francis celebrated the first Mass of his Apostolic Visit to Ecuador at Semanes Park in Guayaquil. Excitement has been palpable since the Holy Father's arrival. On Sunday, thousands were gathered outside the Apostolic Nunciature in Quito where he was staying on his first night, many joyfully shouting for the...
"In the heart of the family, no one is rejected, everyone is worth the same."
Here is a Vatican translation of the Pope's homily during the celebration of Mass at Guayaquil's Semanes Park during his first full day in Ecuador. * * * The Gospel passage which we have just heard is the first momentous sign in the Gospel according to John. Mary’s maternal concern is seen in her plea to Jesu...
Pope Emeritus Given Honorary Doctorate From John Paul II Pontifical University, Academy of Music of Krakow
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has credited his predecessor for making his spiritual and theological journey possible through his "brilliant example."The retired Popeexpressed thisSaturday morning at Castel Gandolfo when beingconferred a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Krakow'sJohn Paul IIPontifical University and A...
Quote for July 6th
"We Christians identify Christ with the sun, and the moon with the Church, the community of the faithful. No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light."
- Pope Francis
"With his [Pope John Paul II's] brilliant example, he also showed us how the joy of great sacred music and the task of common participation in the sacred liturgy, the solemn joy and the simplicity of the humble celebration of the faith can go hand in hand."
Below is a ZENIT translation ofthe words of gratitude that Pope Benedict XVI pronounced in the course of a ceremony Saturday morning in Castel Gandolfo, when hewas conferred with a Doctorate …read more
"God grant that, just as the stones of this cathedral were carried by those who went before us, we may carry one another’s burdens, and thus help to build up or heal the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters incapable of doing it by themselves."
Here is a Vatican translation of the text the Pope had prepared for a greeting this evening at the Quito cathedral. Instead of giving this address, he gave a very brief greeting and blessed …read more
Here is the lastest column from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, reprinted from the Catholic Philly. * * * “Thomas More is more important at this moment than at any moment since his …read more
Last week, Pope Francis named Monsignor Dennis Villarojo and Fr. Oscar L. Florencio as auxiliaries of the Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines. They will join three other auxiliaries in assiting …read more
In Telegrams Sent to Heads of States, Wishes Peaceful Coexistence
On his 13-hour flighttoEcuador, Bolivia and Paraguay --marking PopeFrancis'ninthinternational apostolic trip --he sent Colombia and Venezuela messages of peace. As is customary for any …read more
Prior to embarking on his nine-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, Pope Francis met with several homeless people at his residence. According to ANSA news agency, the Holy Father met …read more
Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador this afternoon for the first stop in his three-country, nine-day South America visit, saying that he comes as a "witness of God’s mercy and of faith in Jesus …read more
As he has done on the eve of his previous Apostolic Visits to various countries, Pope Francis went to the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome on Saturday evening around 7:00 p.m. and prayed …read more