Here below is the full text of Pope Francis' weekly general audience catechesis, delivered in St. Peter's Square, September 17th. *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, When we profess our faith, we affirm that the Church is “Catholic” and “Apostolic.” But what, effectively, is the meaning of these two words, these w...read more
The director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, provided an update on the sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals, which began on Monday, 15 September and will conclude this afternoon. As usual, the Holy Father was present at all sessions apart from this morning's due to the Wednesday gener...
The papal commission on the protection of minors is to have its next meeting Oct. 4-5, while the new commission on reforming Vatican media will hold its first meeting Sept. 22-24, the Vatican announced today. In a press briefing, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the commission for the protection of...
Pope Francis today signed decrees clearing the way for the canonization of an Indian priest and an Italian religious sister. He also confirmed miracles attributed to the intercessions of an Italian bishop and a Canadian religious sister, pointing to their beatification in the near future. Blessed Joseph Vaz, an I...
Quote for September 17th
'Stand firm and immovable as an anvil when it is beaten upon.'
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Ordinariate groups across Britain attended an exploration day last Saturday which aimed to increase understanding of the Ordinariate's purpose and reach out to those who may feel called to …read more
The education of young people in order to overcome violence and inequality, the participation of the Church in building society and the consolidation of peace and her mission in aid of “those …read more
True fraternal reprimand is painful because it is done with love, in truth and humility. Moreover it is unchristian to take pleasure when reprimanding someone. This was the focus of Pope …read more
Thousands of mourners in Burundi have celebrated the lives of three Italian missionary sisters brutally murdered this week in their convent near the country’s capital, Bujumbura. The …read more
Today, the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin brings glad tidings to the universe. My prayer is for joy to fill the hearts of millions of people in our Arab countries, which are so filled …read more
The eighth plenary session of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church will take place in Amman, Jordan from 15 to 23 …read more
At 12:30 this afternoon, the Holy Father Francis received in audience – in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Vatican Palace -- the Italian Biblical Association, at the end of the 43rd …read more
Pope Francis today appointed Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, and Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, major penitentiary, as members of the Congregation for the …read more