Below is a translation of the Pope's address at this morning's General Audience in St. Peter's Square. *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good Morning, From the beginning, the Lord filled the Church with the gifts of His Spirit, thus rendering her always alive and fruitful. Distinguished among these gifts are som...read more
Pope Francis has urged faithful to use the Holy Spirit’s gifts, received as God’s children and which nourish and enrich the Church and promote unity. Speaking to thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square at this morning’s weekly General Audience, the Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Church, turning to t...
At his weekly general audience today, Pope Francis asked the faithful to pray for the extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family due to open on Sunday. Around 150 Synod fathers from across the globe will take place in the Oct. 5-19 meeting to discuss the pastoral challenges of the family ...
On Sunday, Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass at 10 a.m. Rome time to open the 3rd Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of bishops, dedicated this time to the theme of the family. Two hundred fifty-three persons will take part in the Synod, 14 of whom are married couples invited by the Pope. Representing Bra...
Quote for October 1st
"I understand so very well that it is only through love that we can render ourselves pleasing to the good Lord, that love is the one thing I long for. The science of love is the only science I desire."
- St. Therese of Lisieux
Today's feast of St. Thérèse begins the month of missions for many local Churches. St. Thérèse(1873-1897) is with St. Francis Xavier, the patron of missions. World Missions Day will be …read more
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, has called for international action to aid refugees in Africa. The papal diplomat told the UN …read more
As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is promoting “ …read more
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has called on Muslims to condemn violent extremism that distorts religion, saying he is sure that not all Muslims approve of the actions of the …read more
An inexpensive, user-friendly resource is being released by Canada's bishops, designed to help families and pastors as they plan the funeral liturgies for their loved ones. In conjunction …read more
-- Exodus 23:20-23 Psalm 91:1-2,3-4ab,4c-6,10-11 Matthew 18:1-5,10 When we contemplate the beauty of God's creation and our place in it, we should not forget the beauty and role of the …read more
Pope Francis' prayer intentions this month focus on peace as well as evangelizing through World Mission Day. The Pope's chosen intentions for October were announced by the Apostleship of …read more
“Everyone aspires to succeed in their family life. Christ’s Gospel should proclaim a hope to families,” Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois has said on the eve of the first of two Synod of Bishops on …read more