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...read more
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...
At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis greeted those present in various languages. In his greetings in Arabic, he addressed the faithful of the Holy Land “from where the light of proclamation issued forth to the ends of the earth”, urging them always to be, “despite difficulties, courageous and joyful...
Quote for September 17th
'Stand firm and immovable as an anvil when it is beaten upon.'
St. Ignatius of Loyola
In a statement, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that a communiqué issued this morning by the European Parliament was correct, and that Pope Francis had accepted an …read more
The Vatican spokesman told journalists Thursday "there is no official information to be communicated nor a program yet established on a possible apostolic trip to Turkey." He also said the …read more
The world's Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops, meeting in Lviv for their annual Holy Synod, have appealed to the international community to help restore peace in the country. In a statement, …read more
Every year like clockwork, as New York City experiences the first signs of fall with cooler nights and changing leaves, organized chaos descends upon the city during the month of September. …read more
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, has spoken of a situation of "extreme urgency” in Iraq, and remarked that Church leaders "have the …read more
Modern society does not permit and rejects, with the accusation of dogmatism, any personal decision that goes jenseits der Dinge (beyond the things). In a kind of “materialistic imposition“, …read more
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22b-27 Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12 Luke 6:39-42 Saint Paul worked tirelessly to preach the Gospel to all the nations. It was his vocation, his response to God's calling, an …read more
According to a press release published at the end of the meeting, the Holy See delegation “appreciated the support given by the competent authorities at all levels to the Catholic Church in …read more