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
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 …read more
Underlining the universal and apostolic nature of the Church, Pope Francis has urged the faithful not to be closed in on themselves but to go forth and bring the message of the Gospel to …read more
Here below is a summary of Pope Francis' catechesis, delivered today at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. *** Dear Brothers and Sisters: When we profess the Creed, we affirm …read more
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal …read more
-- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Psalm 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28 Luke 7:36-50 All four Gospels present Jesus as the one who can forgive sins. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record the healing of the …read more
In Defense of Christians (IDC), a US-based non-profit organization that advocates for the protection of Christians and others in the Middle East, concluded its historic inaugural Summit last …read more