During Mass With 2M Ugandans, Pontiff Reminds Faithful Earthly Pleasures Don't Bring Lasting Joy or Peace and Shares What Does
The witness of the martyrs shows to all that worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy or peace, but rather, fidelity to God, honesty and integrity of life, and genuine concern for the good of others, do, in a way that the world cannot. During his homily during his first Mass in Uganda, the Po...
"For in those whom we serve, Christ daily reveals himself and prepares the welcome which we hope one day to receive in his eternal kingdom"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave today in Uganda at theNalukolongo House of Charity. The Holy Father mostly followed his prepared text. Some of his off-the-cuff comments are included in brackets. * * * Dear Friends, Thank you for your warm welcome. I wanted very much to visit...
Fr. Lombardi Says Meeting's Purpose Was 'in Service of Peace, Reconciliation in the Land'
Pope Francis arrived in Uganda yesterday, the second leg of his three-nation Apostolic Visit to Africa, and last night, held a private 15-minute meeting with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in Uganda’s statehouse, reported Vatican Radio. JesuitFatherFederico Lombardi, the directorof the Holy See Press Off...
Holy Father Visited Where Martyrs Were Sentenced, Tortured, Killed; Prayed in Silence
Pope Francis has made a special visit to recall those Christians murdered for their faith between 1885 and 1887, when King Mwuala II had 23 Anglicans and 22 Catholics executed in the historical kingdom of Buganda, which is now part of Uganda. The Holy Father is making an Apostolic Visit to Africa, Nov. 25-30. H...
Quote for November 27
'Act, and God will act.'
-Joan of Arc
Pope’s Address on Mission, Formation of Priests “Let us consider these three moments: ‘taken from among men,’ ‘ordained for men,’ present ‘with other men’” Here is a translation of the Pope’s …read more
At Angelus, Invites Faithful to Join With Good Thief in Asking Christ to Remember Us
Jesus is not the king of another world but simply another kind of king, Pope Francis said today before praying the midday Angelus with those in St. Peter’s Square. On this feast of Christ the …read more
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, on this solemnity of Christ the King and …read more
Moral Issues Aside, Artificial Reproduction Is a Tangled Web
Using artificial reproduction techniques is often seen as the solution for couples who have problems conceiving, or for women who prefer to postpone pregnancy. Yet, apart from any moral …read more
Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation …read more
Discusses Refugees, Vocation Crisis, 'Disappearence' of Confession, Empty Churches and More in Ad Limina Address
We can't go back to the good old days, but we have to fight against an attitude of resigning ourselves to the way things are, Pope Francis told the German bishops today. This morning Pope …read more
Greek-Catholic Syrian Refugee in Spain Tells His Story
Abbud (fictitious name) is a Greek-Catholic Syrian refugee living in a Castilian city.. When he remembers his homeland, his countenance changes and his gestures are sad, because the memory of …read more
At Casa Santa Marta, Says Money and Power of the World Can Give Excitement or Amusement, But True Joy Comes Only From Covenant
Just as we ready for a season of celebrations, Pope Francis is reminding that those who indulge in worldliness are unable to truly celebrate, since the best the spirit of the world can offer …read more