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 the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, said the Holy Father made the trip across the city centre to the ...read more
Pope Francis focused on the Resurrection as the seal of Christian identity at Mass this morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence. Drawing on the words of St Paul the Apostle from his Letter to the Corinthians, read today at Mass, Pope Francis spoke of the difficulty that some Christians – and others, wh...
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave Thursday to bishops who were appointed over the last year. * * * Dear Brothers, I am happy to meet with you now personally, because in truth I must say that in some way I already know you. Not long ago you were presented to me by the Congregation of Bis...
Scotland’s Catholic bishops have responded to the result of yesterday's referendum, expressing hope that all will now come together for the benefit of the country’s future. In a statement, the bishops’ conference said it “recognises and respects the result of the Scottish referendum, that Scotland should remain a...
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
Leaders of Iraq’s Christians have called on the United Nations to urgently address the growing refugee crisis before a freezing winter forces displaced Christians to leave the country. “We …read more
Roman Rite - XXV Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A - September 21, 2014 Is 55.6 to 9; Ps 146; 1,20c Fil-27a; Mt 20,1-16. Ambrosian Rite - Fourth Sunday after the martyrdom of St. John the …read more
On Wednesday afternoon Pope Francis received in the Vatican leaders of the World Jewish Congress. Given the observance of the Jewish New Year in a few days time, he wished them in Hebrew “ …read more
By Milena Kindziuk* Francis, a 56-year-old Frenchman, was about to die of an extremely malignant type of leukemia. Since he was in his agony, his wife was already choosing the type of coffin …read more
Here is a statement from the ordinary session of the Assemblyof the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, which met this week in Bethlehem. * * * The Heads of Catholic Churches in the Holy Land …read more
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal Day of Prayer on September 28, for the …read more
-- Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a Matthew 20:1-16a All of us hear the call to work in the Lord's vineyard. It is a call that was heard from the beginning of …read more
-- 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49 Psalm 56:10c-12, 13-14 Luke 8:4-15 Today's Gospel makes a distinction between the large crowd and Jesus' disciples. The crowd searches for Jesus and, when …read more