During Angelus Address, Warns Against Being a Modern-Day Pharisee
Pope Francis says that the exhortation Jesus makes in today’s Gospel is a warning for today, lest we think that "an exterior observance of the law is sufficient for being a good Christian." The Pope offered this reflection today before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He drew...
Asks International Community, 'Do Something'
Referring to Saturday’s beatification of a martyr-bishop in Lebanon, Pope Francis noted that the number of Christians being martyred today exceeds the number of those who lost their lives during the various persecutions in the Roman empire at the beginning of Christianity. In Harissa, Lebanon, Syriac Catholic Bi...
Invites Faithful to Pray for Those Who Lose Their Lives on 'Terrible Journeys'
Pope Francis today prayed for immigrants who lose their lives on their "terrible journeys" seeking a better life. The Pope offered this prayer after leading the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. "Lamentably as well, in recent days, numerous immigrants have lost their lives in their ter...
"The literal observance of precepts is sterile if it doesn’t change the heart"
Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square: * * * The Gospel of this Sunday presents a dispute between Jesus and some Pharisees and scribes. The discussion refers to the "tradition of the elders" (Mar...
Quote for August 28th
'Nothing is far from God.'
When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. —For …read more
Holy See Denies Any Papal Endorsement of Children’s Books Promoting Same-Sex Relationship
Once again Pope Francis is being “used” by those in favor of promoting the same-sex lifestyle. The latest case arose this morning following news of a letter sent by an official in the Vatican …read more
Accused Child Abuser Believed to Have Died of Natural Causes
While awaiting trial on chargesof pedophilia and possession of child pornography,the formerApostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Józef Wesołowski,died. A statement released by the Holy …read more
Palestine Presents Draft Resolution Before Papal Visit
The Holy See released a statement this afternoon regarding the controversy surrounding the Palestinian flag at the United Nations. The statement says: In accordance with the rules governing …read more
"Reflection on the God-given dignity of every human person should guide all our decisions about life, including refraining from the use of the death penalty"
The end of the death penalty in Nebraska is back up for debate, but the state’s three bishops are reiterating that "justice requires punishment, but it does not require that those who have …read more
Coincides With Beginning of 6-Week 'Season of Creation'
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila will preside over the Philippines’ celebration of the World Day of Prayer for creation this Tuesday, as the Pope leads the celebration in St. Peter’s. …read more
Preparations are potentiallyunderway for Pope Francis' visit to Africa this November. In an interview with CANAA on Tuesday, published by Vatican Radio, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and …read more
Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar Designing Ways to Implement Memorandum of Understanding
A long awaited memorandum of understanding between theSymposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the African Union has been signed by the President of SECAM, …read more