"It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible"
Pope Francis intends the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy to be an encounter with God the Father, "whose tenderness is almost tangible," a Father who "welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed." Thus, for the Jubilee Year, the Pope has expanded faculties to forgive abortion and also given priests...
During Mass at Santa Marta, Says Stop Chattering, Start Comforting
Christians are to comfort each other through good works and kind words and not with useless chatter. In his first public daily Mass at his residence since his summer break, Francis called on Catholics to realize our God lives and will come to find us, and therefore,to live accordingly, reported Vatican Radio. ...
"Pope Francis and the People" Airs Friday on ABC
Monday in Rome, Pope Francis taped his contribution for a television program that will be broadcast on the American ABC TV network on Friday evening. It was a series of three satellite television links with three different localities in the United States that the Pope will notbe visiting on his trip here later thi...
Francis Celebrates Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Francis marked the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, leadinga celebration this evening in St. Peter's Basilica. The eventfor the prayer day, which will nowbe held on September 1every year, included areading from the canticle of the Book of Daniel, where creation is called on to praise...
Quote for August 31st
'Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?'
-Saint Gerard Majella
‘We recognise the trauma and pain that victims and survivors of abuse have suffered and we are committed to providing for them both justice and healing’
The leader of the bishops' conference of Scotland has issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse, in response to an independent commission report published this week. Here is the statement …read more
Bishops of England and Wales join in protesting 'threats and insults to peace'
On Monday, Israeli bulldozers arrived on private properties in Beir Ona, near the Cremisan Valley, to resume construction of the controversial separation wall. The Latin Patriarchate of …read more
The bishops' conference of England and Wales reports that the Anscombe Bioethics Centre has produced a guide to the evidence on assisted suicide and euthanasia. This guide gives direct links …read more
This reflection is written by Archbishop Samir NASSAR and provided to ZENIT by Aid to the Church in Need. * * * This absurd war has torn apart Syria for five years, forcing so many young …read more
Sunnis From Syria Change Religious Demographic
This report is contributed by Oliver Maksan of Aid to the Church in Need. * * * A senior Lebanese cleric fears for the future of his country’s Christian community. His worries stem from the …read more
Below are the reflections of Stephen Townsend,Deputy Head of Mission atBritish Embassy to the Holy See,on 'Diplomatic Uniforms at the Holy See.' Townsend is guest blogger for Ambassador Nigel …read more
"Only the initiative of God the Creator can fill the measure of the heart; and He has come to encounter us; to allow himself be found by us as a friend is found"
Here is the translation of the papalmessage to Bishop Francesco Lambiasi of Rimini on the occasion of the 36th Annual Meeting of Friendship Among Peoples. The message was sent on the Pope's …read more
"Many of us may never change the world but let us not forget that we can change the world around us"
Former asylum seeker and refugee, Vietnamese-born Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM has called on all Australians to show the same kind of generosity shown to him and his family when they …read more