Thousands of young people huddled under umbrellas in St. Peter's Square last Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, held up figures of Baby Jesus in the manger for Pope Francis' blessing. They were following an Italian tradition of bringing the figurines to St. Peter's on Gaudete Sunday, so the pope can bless them before they a...read more
A 51 year old man, covering himself with gasoline, set himself on fire this morning in St. Peter’s Square. No motive is known for the self-immolation. According to Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the first person on the scene was a Jesuit priest who immediately tried to put out the flames with his jacke...
In order to be fruitful, one must have the humility to recognize one's aridness in order for God to act. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. Today’s readings, which both recount God giving the gift of life to barren women, are a testament to God giving us life in our ow...
Christian leaders in South Sudan have called for peace after violence in the capital Juba on 15 December led to the deaths of over 500 people. The unrest, which led to a failed coup attempt at the weekend and spread to Bor in the north, has been caused by infighting within the ruling SPLM party. The conflict has ...
Quote for December 13th
"An authentic faith - which is never comfortable or completely personal - always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it."
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, N.183
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, …read more
Here is a translation of the second Advent sermon by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the pontifical household. Father Cantalamessa gave the sermon today, continuing with …read more
During his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis said that Christians who seem “allergic” to preaching are, in fact, afraid of opening the door to the Holy Spirit. The Holy …read more
The Christmas tree is a sign which recalls that divine light that dispels the darkness of sin and brings joy to humanity. With these words, Pope Francis thanked a group of Bavarian pilgrims …read more
Is the Church going to change? What will Pope Francis do? In his new book, “The Future of Catholicism,” (Signal) Michael Coren addresses these and other questions that have been the subject …read more
Father Michael J. Flynn, 57, a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, and associate professor of theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, has been named executive …read more
The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development commends Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray for embracing civil …read more
1) The joy of the gift of charity The aim of Advent is to prepare the Christians for Christmas because Jesus comes where He is waited, desired and loved. This waiting that must be lived …read more