A week after abduction, his fate still uncertain
This article is contributed by John Newton, with reporting by Oliver Maksan, from Aid to the Church in Need. -- Priests in Syria have appealed for prayers for kidnapped priest Father Jacques Mourad and his colleague as uncertainty about their fate mounts. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in ...
Fr. Lombardi says there are no particular security concerns
The director of the Vatican press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, saysthere are no particular security concerns for the Pope’s June 6 visit to Sarajevo. During a press conference held at the press office this morning, Father Lombardi briefed journalists on Pope Francis' upcoming one-dayvisit to the ca...
Brazilian Cardinal Comments on Work of Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops
Along with Pope Francis, the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops is preparing the forthcoming meeting on the family in October. In the meantime, the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization has in the pipeline a document on catechesis. Speaking on both issues was a member of the Synod’s secret...
Meets with Caribbean Prelates in Rome for 'ad Limina Apostolorum Visit'
Christian values in the Dominican Republic continue to "animate coexistence" and can be seen in the country's endeavors in education, culture and health. This was affirmed today byPope Francis when he met withthe bishops of the Dominican Republic. The Caribbean prelates are in Rome for their five-yearly "ad Li...
Quote for May 28th
"To me, its seems necessary to rediscover - and the energy to do so exists - that even the political and economic spheres need moral responsibility, a responsibility that is born in man's heart and, in the end, has to do with the presence or absence of God."
- Pope Benedict XVI
Meets with Participants of General Chapter at Vatican
"Minority" and "Fraternity" are the two essential elements of the identity of the Order of Friars Minor. This was the central theme of Pope Francis' address today with members of the …read more
"Either you are freely poor and minor, or you will end up being stripped."
Pope Francis received the participants in the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor in an audience at the Vatican today. The following is a translation of the Pope’s address to those …read more
Calls on Members of Oratory to Follow Example of the 'Apostle of Rome'
In a letter sent to the members of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, Pope Francis called on them to follow their founder's example in his commitment to the spiritual care of souls. The Holy …read more
"The Church’s state of permanent mission requires of you, spiritual sons of Saint Philip Neri, not to be content with a mediocre life"
Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ Message for the Fifth Centenary of Saint Philip Neri’s birth. * * * To the Reverend Father Mario Alberto Aviles, c.o., Procurator General of the …read more
Says Christians Who Want Both Christ and World Give a 'Counter-Witness' During Mass at Casa Santa Marta
It is sad to see a Christian who wants both Jesus and worldly gain. This was the central theme of Pope Francis' homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta. According to Vatican Radio, the Holy …read more
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q1: I went to visit a seminary, and during the Divine …read more
Says to promote justice and peace, society also has to value life at every stage
Pope Francis is echoing his predecessors’ affirmation that life ethics and social ethics are intrinsically linked, such that a society cannot claim to promote justice and peace while at the …read more
Children will receive Confirmation and First Eucharist in 3rd grade
In a move anticipated since his arrival to the Archdiocese of Denver, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila announced on the solemnity of Pentecostthe beginning of the process to restore the sacraments …read more