At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis led the faithful gathered in prayer for several nuns who were recently kidnapped in Syria. On Monday, Islamist rebels invaded the St. Thecla Greek Orthodox Convent in Maaloula, located near Damascus. They are reported to have abducted twelve nuns of t...read more
A two-day meeting of bishops and delegates responsible for the pastoral care of migrants of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Europe concluded Wednesday. Here is the statement from the meeting: * * * The approach to migration in Europe is affected by a kind of schizophrenia. While the EU recognizes more an...
Reports of intense gunfire are coming out of the capital of the Central African Republic on the eve of a UN Security Council vote on a resolution authorizing the intervention of the French and African troops in the country. "We have received communication from our correspondent in Bangui that at 5 am this morning...
During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against those who do not practice what they preach, saying they damage not only themselves but others. Commenting on Jesus’ parable of the man who built his house on rock, the Holy Fatherexplained that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for knowing...
Quote for December 2nd
"Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart!"
- @Pontifex Tweet on Dec. 02, 2013
Pope Francis has approved the creation of a special commission for the protection of children. The suggestion was made by the eight-member Council of Cardinals currently meeting at the …read more
In his homily during his daily Mass the other day, Pope Francis warned against the spirit of worldliness. He called it “a fruit of the devil who makes his way forward with the spirit of …read more
The Irish government has given its strongest indication yet that it may reopen its embassy to the Holy See. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s foreign minister, said he is in favour of …read more
At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis led the faithful gathered in prayer for several nuns who were recently kidnapped in Syria. On Monday, Islamist rebels invaded …read more
La mia porta e sempre aperta (My door is always open). These simple words are the title and theme of the Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro’s new book on his historical interview with Pope …read more
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave at today's general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I return again to the …read more
Day Two of the meetings of the College of Cardinals with Pope Francis took place “in an environment of great serenity.” So said Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, …read more
There was an "impassioned debate" in the House of Commons about the extent of global anti-Christian persecution. Aid to the Church in Need reported that during a debate in parliament Tuesday …read more