Pope Francis received in private audience on Friday Gaza parish priest Father Jorge Hernandez, during which he expressed his closeness to those who have suffered in the war-ravaged territory. In the 45 minute meeting, the fellow Argentine told the Holy Father that the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, of which he...read more
Pope Francis has telephoned an Iraqi priest working in a refugee camp in the war-torn northern part of the country to express his closeness to persecuted Christians in the region, ZENIT has learned. The Pope made the call after the priest, Father Behnam Benoka, sent a message to the Holy Father via the “Viber” me...
As a symbol of peace, Pope Francis will be donating an olive tree to be planted at an Interreligious Match for Peace, drawing together world-famous soccer champions this Monday at Rome’s Olympic Stadium. On the afternoon of the game, the Pope will receive the players in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall as sort of a “ki...
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh are both urging their flocks to take part in the Independence Referendum, to take place Sept. 18th. They also ask Catholics to engage with the issues being raised in the period up to the vote. The appeals will be made i...
Quote for August 29th
'Tribulations, if we bear them patiently for the love of God, appear bitter at first, but they grow sweet, when one gets accustomed to the taste.'
St. Philip Neri
2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12 Psalm 96:1-2a,2b-3,4-5 Matthew 23:13-22 The Kingdom of God is a central theme in Matthew's Gospel. Jesus begins his public ministry preaching that the Kingdom of …read more
The dramatic aging of the world’s population will impose a “demographic tax” on economic growth over the next two decades, warned a recent report published by Moody’s Investors Service. The …read more
Is 22.19-23; Ps 138; Rm 11,33-36; Mt 16.13 to 20 Ambrosian Rite - Sunday before the martyrdom of St. John the Precursor 1Mac 1, 10.41-42; 2.29 to 38; Ps 118; Eph 6: 10-18; Mk 12, 13-17. 1) …read more
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Pope Francis has called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist who was killed by the Islamic State (ISIS). In an email to ZENIT, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed …read more
Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City announced Thursday that the consecratedHost at the center of a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court has been returned. The …read more
Scientific research shows that a person who seeks to be close to God finds fullness in living and can attain greater stability, says a psychological expert and priest. In an interview with …read more
Caritas Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has sent an open letter to Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon and Msgr. Shlemon Warduni, President of Caritas Iraq on …read more