Here below is a translation of Pope Francis' address during his final General Audience of 2014 in St. Peter's Square, which took place this morning and coincided with his 78th birthday: * * * THE HOLY FATHER’S CATECHESIS IN ITALIAN Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The Synod of Bishops on the Family...read more
The US government has just announced today that it will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana. The Vatican Secretariat of State released the following statement in response to the news: * * * The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision take...
At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis called for prayers for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts that have occurred in recent days in Yemen, Australia and Pakistan. "Now, a moment of silence and then, with the Our Father, I would like to pray together with you for the victims of the inhuman t...
In the wake of the Vatican-prompted visit and report on women's religious life in the United States, released Tuesday, the sister charged with overseeing theCouncil of Major Superiors of Women Religious says the visitation was an open dialogue and that there is new vitality in the nation's religious life, which ma...
God looked over the world for an empty heart -- but not a lonely heart -- a heart that was empty like a flute on which He might pipe a tune -- not lonely like an empty abyss, which is filled by death. And the emptiest heart He could find was the heart of a Lady. Since there was no self there, He filled it with His very Self. ~ Fulton Sheen, The World's First Love: Mary Mother of God
In an unannounced, but somewhat expected, briefing in the Holy See Press Office this morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican press office director, informed journalists thatPope Francis has …read more
The leader of Pakistan's Catholics has called on the government to step up security in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre, saying he fears that terrorist attacks will increase. …read more
During a special weekly general audience coinciding with his 78th birthday, Pope Francis called on all families to make a special place for Jesus in their homes this Advent. Although the Holy …read more
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is inviting Catholic dioceses, parishes and groups across England and Wales to support a new Pope Francis-inspired outreach initiative. …read more
Here is a letter to confessors from Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, major penitentiary, released Gaudete Sunday. * * * My dear brother Confessors, Illumined by the light of the Immaculate Virgin …read more
At a private meeting on Dec. 12, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus presented Pope Francis with $1.6 million for his charities. Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Carl Anderson …read more
Here is the introduction and homily given by Archbishop Anthony Fisher at a Dec. 16 Mass for victims of the siege at Martin Place. On Monday morning, local time, a man apparently acting alone …read more
As Pope Francis celebrates his 78th birthday today, here is a prayer for the Pope: V. Let us pray for Francis, the Pope. R. May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed …read more