Praises Africans’ Concern for Environment
Pope Francis brought smiles this evening to Kenyan authorities and members of the diplomatic corps as he finished his address at an official welcoming ceremony with a prayer in Swahili: Mungu abariki Kenya — God bless Kenya. The Pope arrived in Nairobi for the first leg of his six-day Africa trip a bit earlier t...
Before Heading to Official Welcome Ceremony at State House, Holy Father Receives Warm Welcome Full of Chants and Dancing at Airport
The first Pope from the Americas has kicked off his first Apostolic Visit to Africa, the continent where the Church is growing most rapidly in the world. Pope Francis'flight toucheddown early, about 4:30 p.m. local time, in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where hewas welcomed by the nation’s President, Uhuru K...
This Marks Francis' 27th Time Traveling to Rome's Marian Basilica to Pray for Mary's Protection
Last evening, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to prayfor the success of his trip to Africa, which beganthis morning. This visit marked the Holy Father's 27th visit to the Marian Basilica to pray for Mary's protection and intercession. According toVatican Radio,the Pope prayed be...
As Pope Arrives, an Overview of the Church and Society in This East African Nation
When Spanish priest Angel Iglesias Solarano, of the Diocese of Madrid, arrived for the first time in Africa in 1971, his first sensation was one of profound disturbance in witnessing the suffering of the population. In particular the parish in Tanzania where he was serving with the White Fathers, was receiving r...
Quote for November 25
'Today, Africa is the spiritual lung of humanity.'
-Pope Benedict XVI
"In Evangelium Vitae we can trace the constitutive elements of the 'culture of salus': namely, hospitality, compassion, understanding and forgiveness"
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today when he received in audience the participants in the 30th International Conference, organized by the Pontifical Council for Health …read more
"I encourage every family to ask themselves, and ask the Lord, what they can do this year so that by next Thanksgiving others will have experienced God’s blessings through their efforts"
Here is the latest column from Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, reprinted from the Southern Nebraska Register. * * * Next week, most of uswill celebrate Thanksgiving around family …read more
Pope’s Morning Mass: Jesus Weeps Today Too, Because We’ve Chosen the Way of War At Casa Santa Marta, Says There Can Be No Justification for This Piecemeal War Just as Jesus wept over …read more
Church Must Welcome All the Sheep the Good Shepherd Wants to Bring In
People must never be afraid to knock at the door of the Church or the door of our hearts because of having been made to feel unwelcome, says Pope Francis. As we approach the Dec. 8 start-date …read more
"There will be the Holy Door, but it will be the door of God’s great mercy! May it also be the door of our heart for us all to receive God’s forgiveness and for us in turn to forgive, welcoming all those that knock on our door"
Here is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ address at today’s general audience. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! With this reflection we have arrived at the threshold of the …read more
As the Jubilee of Mercy nears, the Holy Door of St. Peter's is being prepared. Tuesday afternoon at 6.30 p.m. the ceremony was held for the “Recognitio” of the Holy Door of St. Peter's …read more
My great mentor Msgr. Robert Sokolowski told a class of eager philosophy students many years ago that we should read Aristotle'sNichomachean Ethicsevery year of our lives. As we grew older, …read more
At the end of the general audience today, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be close to cloistered communities, materially and spiritually. Noting that Nov. 21 is the feast of the …read more