“No economic or political engineering is able to substitute this contribution of families. The Babel project builds skyscrapers without life. Instead, God’s Spirit makes deserts flower”
Here is a ZENIT translation of the catechesis from this morning’s general audience, held in St. Peter’s Square. Continuing with the series of catecheses on the family, in his address in Italian the Pope focused his meditation on the responsibility of the family to communicate the faith. After summarizing his ...
Renews Heartfelt Appeal for Victims of Conflict
"Never again war!" Pope Francis exclaimed after today's catechesis at the general audience. This appealwas made as the Holy Father reflected on the end of the Second World War in the Far East. He lamented that people are still suffering today from conflicts and prayed the world will cease havingto experience the ...
Speaks on Importance of Families Giving Witness in Societies 'Often Marked by Impersonalism, Spiritual Aridity'
"The family’s covenant with God is called today to oppose the communal desertification of the modern city. But our cities have become like deserts because of lack of love, because of a lack of smiles. So many amusements, so many things to pass time, to make one laugh, but love is lacking. A family’s smile is capabl...
Praying fervently for peace from within the high walls of their enclosure
This report is contributed by Oliver Maksan of Aid to the Church in Need. --- “Welcome to our new reception room;” Sister Agathe offered her visitor a warm greeting. The nun is in charge of finances for the Carmelite Sisters’ convent on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Substantial renovations were just compl...
Quote for August 31st
'Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?'
-Saint Gerard Majella
Benedict Daswa will be "a role model and powerful intercessor for all the Catholics of our region and in particular for young men, husbands and fathers."
The president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conferencehas sent a message to the faithful regarding the upcoming beatification of Benedict Daswa, a layman, husband and father who …read more
In Annual Labor Day Statement, Draw From Laudato Si'
Creating sufficient, decent work that honors the dignity of families is a necessary component of the challenge facing all Catholics, and it is the Catholic way, said the chairman of the U.S. …read more
Says He Is Praying All Christians Will Walk Toward Full Communion
Through his secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis has sent a message to participants in the Synod of the Waldensian-Methodist Church. The synod is meeting through Aug. 28 …read more
Pledges to Pray, Serve or Act Being Collected by Archdiocese of Washington
The Archdiocese of Washington is inviting people to "Walk With Francis" before the Pope arrives to the United States next month, by pledging to pray, serve or act in imitation of him. The …read more
"So why did the Holy Spirit prompt the Church in the middle of the 20th century to highlight Mary’s Assumption? It happened as the world was emerging from dark and devastating times. Up to 80M people had been killed as a result of the Second World War. ... At a time when we would have been forgiven for believing the very worst about humanity - Mary revealed what is best in us and for us"
The national novena to Our Lady of Knock ended Saturday. Among the invitations issuedby the various prelates who preached during the novena was a call to participate in a 50-day Hail Mary …read more
Feast of Assumption Marked Anniversary of Division of Koreas
The feast of the Assumption this year marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Korea from Japan and the division of North and South Korea (Aug. 15, 1945). The archbishop of Seoul said …read more
Francis Says Christ Is Not 'Accessory Element,' But Our 'Indispensable Nourishment'
'Who is Jesus to you?' This is the question Pope Francis called on the faithful to ask themselves during his weekly Angelus address today at noon inSt. Peter's Square. The Holy Father …read more
Below is a translation of Pope Francis’ address before and after the recitation of the Angelus prayer today at noon to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square: *** Before the Angelus Dear …read more