Mary’s Immaculate Conception is a reminder that we too are called by God to live holy lives, free of sin. Pope Francis reminded the faithful of this calling during his address before the recitation of the Angelus yesterday afternoon. The Holy Father began by inviting the crowds to greet the Blessed Mother with ...read more
On Sunday, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis left the Vatican and went to Piazza di Spagna for the traditional act of veneration of the Immaculate Conception. Arriving at Piazza di Spagna around 4:15 pm, the Holy Father carried out the Act of Veneration of the Immaculate...
John the Baptist has made his appearance on the Advent scene with his booming command to “repent.” What does it mean to repent? It is central to this penitential season of Advent. When my kids are finally ready to say “sorry” for something, which can take some time as tantrums subside and rationality slowly re-em...
Pope Francis has said thatproclaiming Christ in the digital era is a special field for the work of youth. In an address to the Pontifical Council for the Laity whose members wereconcluding their plenary assembly onthe theme of “Proclaiming Christ in the Digital Era”, the Holy Father began by saying that the th...
Quote for December 6th
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
- Nelson Mandela
Pope Francis has approved the creation of a special commission for the protection of children. The suggestion was made by the eight-member Council of Cardinals currently meeting at the …read more
The Irish government has given its strongest indication yet that it may reopen its embassy to the Holy See. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s foreign minister, said he is in favour of …read more
The United States Embassy to the Holy See has been the focus of a good deal of media attention lately. Shortly after Ambassador Ken Hackett, who served for 40 years in Catholic Relief …read more
Here is the text of an address given at the end of November by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, regarding the end of the Year of Faith, and "what's next?" * * * Thank you for inviting me to …read more
ROME (Dec. 5) – The Legion of Christ is committed to openly and aggressively addressing allegations of sexual abuse. This was the primary message in a letter sent today by Fr. Sylvester …read more
A solemn procession with the Custos of the Holy Land began Advent celebrations in Bethlehem last Saturday. The Custos, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, was welcomed by the monks of …read more
A two-day meeting of bishops and delegates responsible for the pastoral care of migrants of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Europe concluded Wednesday. Here is the statement from the …read more
Reports of intense gunfire are coming out of the capital of the Central African Republic on the eve of a UN Security Council vote on a resolution authorizing the intervention of the French …read more