At Casa Santa Marta, Francis Considers Necessity of Discerning and Watchfulness
Pope Francis today at his morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta recalled that a Christian should always discern what God is doing and asking in a situation, since the Evil One is always present as well, and trying to deceive. Vatican Radio reported that the Holy Father drew his homily from today’s Gospel reading, in ...
Say Instrumentum Laboris a 'Martyr Document' Meant to Be Changed
Though reports from the 13 working groups read today at the synod of bishops showed generalized dissatisfaction with the Instrumentum Laboris, Cardinal Antonio Tagle of Manila says that is to be expected, as the working document is meant to be a "martyr document," revised and corrected during the process of the syn...
“Hope and progress come only from the choice for peace"
At 9 o’clock this morning, with the singing of Tierce, the 4th General Congregation of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops opened. Pope Francis invited those present to dedicate a prayer for the intention of reconciliation and peace in the Middle East and, at the same time, together with t...
Call for 'Less Negative Reading' of Family Situation Today
This morning, during the fourth General Congregation, the various Circuli Minori – 13 in total, including four in English – presented the results of their reflections on the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris, examining the mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world. In general the rappor...
Quote for October 9th
You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.
-Saint Therese of Lisieux
“Let us remember, however, that the Synod will be able to be a space of action of the Holy Spirit only if we, the participants, are clothed with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and confident prayer.”
Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ address to the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. * * * Dear Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, …read more
“The family is a place where evangelical holiness is lived out in the most ordinary conditions.” This was the reflection offered by Pope Francis on the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the …read more
Meets with Members of Food Bank Foundation
Pope Francis received in audience 7,000 volunteers from the Food Bank Foundation, established 25 years ago by Italian businessman Danilo Fossati and Don Giussani, founder of Communion and …read more
Calls on Them to Seek Intercession of St. Michael to Avoid Falling Into the Snares of the Devil
In the war between good and evil, the devil will seek to corrupt souls through riches, vanity and pride. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily at a Mass with members of the …read more
Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of catastrophic landslide that struck Guatemala, as well as those affected by flooding in France. “I wish to address a prayer to the Lord for the …read more
“Hunger today is a matter of truly “scandalous” dimensions, which threatens the life and dignity of many persons – men, women, children and elderly."
On Saturday, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Meeting organized by the Food Bank Foundation. Here is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present at the …read more
On Saturday morning, Pope Francis presided over a Mass in the Chapel of the Governorate for the Corps of the Gendarmerie of Vatican City State, on the occasion of the feast of its Patron, …read more
While Calling for Prayers for Synod During Angelus Address, Also Reminds Faithful of Children Knocking on Doors Begging for Help Worldwide
Pope Francis says parents participate in God's creative power. The Holy Father expressed this during hisAngelus address today at noon in St. Peter's Square, while speaking on matrimony. …read more