Begins South America Trip 'With Excitement and Hope'
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 Christ." A brisk breeze greeted the Holy Father in Quito, such that as soon as he stepped out from the plane, his zucchetto...
Embarks on 9th International Apostolic Visit
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 before the image of “Mary, Salus Popoli Romani.” He remained in prayer for close to 20 minutes and placed on the altar before t...
"I have come as a witness of God’s mercy and of faith in Jesus Christ"
Here is a Vatican translation of the prepared text of the Pope's address upon his arrival this afternoon in Ecuador. The Holy Father largely followed the text. * * * Mr President, Distinguished Government Authorities, My Brother Bishops, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, I thank God for havi...
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his h...
Quote for July 3rd
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."
- St. Thomas Aquinas
Meets with 30,000 Members of the Charismatic Renewal Movement in St. Peter’s Square
Pope Francis met today with 30,000 members of the Renewal in the Spirit Movement in St. Peter’s Square this evening. The meeting with the Holy Father kicks off the 38th National Convocation …read more
Hope is high for the trip which will take Pope Francis to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay from July 5-13. He will fly seven times, pronounce 22 addresses, and proclaim “the joy of the Gospel” …read more
The United Nation’s World Food Program announced that funds earmarked for Syrian refugees will be cut, leaving thousands of refugees at risk of starvation. According to Fides, the cut in …read more
Says Decline of Young Population, Aging Society Signify Disappearance of Local Communities
A Japanese Bishop is decrying how his nation's population is dropping to historic lows. According to AsiaNews,Bishop Isao Kikuchi of Niigata has released a statement in which heexplains how …read more
Also Arrest Local Imam Who Tried to Incite Crowd Against Police
In Pakistan, police have savedaChristian family accused of blasphemyfrom being lynched, reported Fides. There had been a new accusation of blasphemy in the town of Farooqabad, in Punjab, …read more
Denounces Violence Against Priests, Religious
The Bishop of theMexican diocese where three elderly nuns were assaultedhascondemned the violence against religious and members of the clergy. In a statement, Bishop Oscar Armando Campos …read more
Fr. Thomas Rosica's Keynote Address to the Catholic Media Convention, Buffalo, NY
Thank you for the privilege of addressing this important gathering of Catholic journalists and media colleagues from throughout North America. This afternoon I would like to speak to you …read more
One of the enduring lessons from the most recent Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), is the simple notion that the “natural environment is a collective good.” Although simple, …read more