Fr. Rosica Speaks on Synod Delegates, Fathers Discussing the Need to Embrace People Where They Are
'There must be an end to exclusionary language and a strong emphasis on embracing reality as it is. We should not be afraid of new and complex situations.' These were words of Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the Vatican's English speaking language spokesperson,this afternoon who was speaking at the briefing of t...
Vatican Spokesman Confirms Visit for Beginning of Next Year
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Pope Francis will be visiting Mexico early next year. In an interview with Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki of Noticieros Televisa, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the Pope is expected to make the journey in the early months of 20...
Says Hardened Hearts Does Not Allow God’s Mercy to Enter During Mass at Casa Santa Marta
“Where there is God, there is mercy.” This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily during morning Mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. The Pope drew his homily from today’s first reading which recalled the conversion of the city of Nineveh after listening to the preaching of the prophet Jonah. Noting...
"The pastors of the Church in the present times are called to take upon their lives a prophetic role of suffering and kenosis, similar to that of prophet Jeremiah."
Here is the homily delivered this morning by Cardinal George Alencherry,Major Archbishop of Emakulam-Angamaly (India)and President of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church, during the celebration of Terce (mid-morning prayer). * * * Holy Father and My dear friends, The reading from Jeremiah Ch. 22 v.3 gi...
Quote for October 6th
"The family is one of the indispensable social subjects for the achievement of a culture of peace."
- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Prays at Basilica of Saint Mary Major
Shortly before 10 a.m., the American Airlines flight bearing Pope Francis from his historic 10 day visit to Cuba and the United States landed in Rome’s Ciampino airport. During the flight, …read more
Here is the English translation of Pope Francis' message for the XXXI World Youth Day which will be held in Krakow, Poland in 2016. * * * Dear Young People, We have come to the last stretch …read more
Says Alliance Between Church and Families Must Be Strengthened
Just days before the opening of the Synod on the family, Pope Francis this morning called his brother bishops to strengthen the alliance between Church and family, warning the prelates that …read more
Craig and Katie are loving parents who traveled from Baltimore to Philadelphiawith their four children -- Abby, 7; Isabella, 6; Sophia, 3 ("but about to turn 4," says Isabella); and Kolbe, 11 …read more
Says Holiness and Happiness Are in the Little Things
Holiness is as simple as having a warm supper awaiting those who are coming home at night, or a hug bestowed after a hard day’s work. This was part of Pope Francis’ message this afternoon as …read more
Pope Francis issued a strong condemnation against the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy following a private meeting with several victims from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. …read more
Meets with Detainees of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania
Meeting with inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Pope Francis said that he came to visit them not only as a pastor but as a brother. Immediately following his meeting with …read more
"We might well ask whether in our pastoral ministry we are ready to “waste” time with families. Whether we are ready to be present to them, sharing their difficulties and joys"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this morning when he met in Philadelphia with bishops from the around the world who are in town to attend the World Meeting of …read more