This morning Pope Francis held his annual meeting with the Roman Curia to exchange Christmas greetings with the members of its component dicasteries, councils, offices, tribunals and commissions. Here is a summary of some of the points he made: * * * “It is good to think of the Roman Curia as a small model of...read more
Pope Francis is calling on Vatican employees to examine which areas of their lives need healing. Expressing his heartfelt thanks to each and best wishes for Christmas, the Pope addressed the employees today. He encouraged them to do an examination of conscience, in preparation for Christmas and the New Year, an...
Shortly before noon today, Pope Francis met with employees of the Holy See and of Vatican City State, with their families, for the exchange of Christmas greetings. Here is a translation of his address. * * * It was pride that transformed angels into devils; it is humility that renders men like the angles (...
Though some 700 Christians from Gaza have received permission from the Israeli government to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, they might not have the means to make the trip. This was reported by the Fides agency, which gave news from the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, who visited Gaza on Sunday and ce...
A man is overcome by great awe when he considers the miracle of God descending, abiding in a mother's womb, assuming a human body with his divine essence, willingly growing in his mother's uterus for nine months, and the fact that this womb made of flesh was able to carry such fire -- a flame abiding in this delicate body without burning it. ~ Ephrem the Syrian
As Christmas Day is right around the corner, Pope Francis is affirming that faith can truly "move mountains." Speaking to nearly 8,000 members and associates of the Pope Saint John XXIII …read more
This report is provided by Oliver Maksan of Aid to the Church in Need. * * * Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, leader of Iraq’s embattled Chaldean community, is pinning his hopes on a visit to …read more
Here below is a translation of Pope Francis' address tothe Pope John XXIII Community Association in Paul VI Hall in the Vatican Saturday at noon: * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, I receive …read more
Here is the Christmas message from Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin, Ireland. In light of the Christmas image of family, the bishop warns against over-romanticizing the idea of family and …read more
Pope Francis has appointedCardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Giampiero Gloder as the Roman Catholic Church's Camerlengo and Vice-Camerlengo, respectively. The Vatican announced the …read more
Pope Francis has created in India the new Diocese of Kuzhithurai, with territory taken from the Diocese of Kottar. The new diocese is a suffragan of the metropolitan Church of Madurai. It has …read more
Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis, 56, has been named the bishop of Burlington, Vermont. Christopher Coyne was born June 17, 1958, in Woburn, Massachusetts. He was ordained a …read more
Pope Francis today assured that Christ is coming into our lives this Christmas and is asking for a response like Mary's, but warned that we might be too busy to pay attention. The Pope made …read more