At Opening Mass of Ordinary Synod's General Assembly, Pope Reaffirms Church's Role to Defend Values, Marriage, Life
'This is God’s dream for His beloved Creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.' These were the words of Pope Francis today during his homily at the opening Massfor theOrdinary General Assembly of the Sy...
'This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.'
At 10 am today, the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pope Francis presided at theMass in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening of theOrdinary General Assembly of the Synodof Bishops on the theme: 'The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.'Below is the Vatican-provided transl...
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him. He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her." But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of ...
Prayer Vigil in St. Peter’s Square to Precede Three Week Meeting
On Friday, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod Bishops, spoke on the upcoming three week meeting on the family. On Saturday, a Prayer Vigil will be held with Pope Francis, Bishops and Catholics worldwide, said the Cardinal. As night falls in Saint Peter’s Square, “the beauty of the family...
Quote for September 30th
The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain”
― Padre Pio
At Mass in Madison Square Garden, Reflects on Jesus as Light to the City
Pope Francis says that big cities, in their diversity of languages, cultures and traditions, are a reminder of the world’s "hidden riches," but that they also conceal the faces of a "second …read more
At Ground Zero for Pope's Visit, Mourners Take Solace in Francis' Presence
When your heart is broken, how do you cope? According to many who lost their loved ones whenthe World Trade Center was attacked, it is their faith. ZENIT was at Ground Zero when Pope Francis …read more
Tells Immigrant Families That Everyone Has a Right to Dream
Pope Francis was visibly relaxed and joyful as he met with students, their families, immigrants and others in New York this afternoon, listening to the students present their projects that …read more
"God is living in our cities. The Church is living in our cities, and she wants to be like yeast in the dough. She wants to relate to everyone, to stand at everyone’s side, as she proclaims the marvels of the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Eternal Father, the Prince of Peace"
Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis gave this evening at Mass in Madison Square Garden. The phrases in brackets are a ZENIT transcription and translation of the very few …read more
"It is beautiful to have dreams and it is beautiful to be able to fight for them"
Here is a Vatican translation of the brief remarks Pope Francis made this afternoon as he visited a Catholic school in New York. The comments Pope Francis made off-the-cuff have been …read more
“Consequently, the defence of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman, and absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions."
Here is the text of the Holy Father’s address to the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. * * * Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning. Thank you for …read more
Roman Rite NM 11.25 to 29; PS 19; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43.45.47-48 Ambrosian Rite Dt 6:1-9; Sal 118; Rm 13:8-14a; Lk 10:25-37 Sixth Sunday after the Martyrdom of St. John the Precursor. -- 1) …read more
In a solemn interreligious ceremony today at Ground Zero, site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope Francis said this place points not only to the "mindset which knows only violence, hatred …read more