Cardinal Pietro Parolin Reflects on the Pope’s Upcoming Trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay
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” (thread of the trip) to more than one million people. It could not be explained in any other way than which John Paul II al...
Caritas Jordan Says Foreign Powers Are ‘Washing Their Hands’ of Responsibility
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 funds will have devastating consequences on the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which has taken in thousands of refugees from Syr...
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 the aging populationis currently the most urgent problem for the country, which threatens to collapsethe pension system...
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, against young man, Awais Qamar, which followed when neighbors saw him use a piece of cloth as a mat on the floor of his hou...
Quote for July 3rd
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."
- St. Thomas Aquinas
Condemns Violence, Reaffirms Spiritual Closeness to Victims' Loved Ones
This Sunday, Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the loved ones of the victimsof Friday's terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait.Vatican Secretary of StateCardinal Pietro …read more
"This document represents a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and an irrevocable 'no' to anti-Semitism"
This morning Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the international congress promoted by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July …read more
Ahead of Trip to Latin America Next Week, Francis Sends Video Message
Just one week before Pope Francis' apostolic visit to LatinAmerica, July 5-13, he has expressed his affectionand closeness to thepeople of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. In a video-message to …read more
Mass at Revolution Square, Addresses to US Congress and United Nations Among Major Events
The Holy See Press Office today published the official schedule of Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and the United States. The Pope’s first apostolic visit to both countries will take place from …read more
"The celebration of the Thronal feast of our Churches is a reminder, Your Holiness, of the very significant fact that, despite the regrettable interruption of full communion among us, both of our Churches remain united in honoring the memory of our common Saints, who comprise the stable foundation on which we are called to build full union inasmuch as the Church of Christ is essentially a communion of Saints."
Here is the Vatican-provided text of the message sent by His Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, to Pope Francis on the occasion of the Feast of Sts. Peter and …read more
Pope Francis bid farewell to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI this morning, who is departing for Castel Gandolfo. The Pontiff Emeritus will spend the next two weeks on vacation at the Papal …read more
Celebrating Mass for Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Francis Gives Bishops 3 Rules to Live By
"Teach prayer by praying, announce the faith by believing; offer witness by living!"Pope Francis gave this three-pronged advice during yesterday's celebration of the Feast of Saints Peter and …read more
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: In the ordination of permanent deacons, during the …read more