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...
“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 ...
"It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible"
Pope Francis intends the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy to be an encounter with God the Father, "whose tenderness is almost tangible," a Father who "welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed." Thus, for the Jubilee Year, the Pope has expanded faculties to forgive abortion and also given priests...
Quote for August 31st
'Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?'
-Saint Gerard Majella
Q: In the Philippines there is a growing devotion to the seven archangels with the corresponding images and names to the remaining four aside from those of Saints Michael, Gabriel and …read more
Cardinal Parolin Sends Papal Letter for 1400th Anniversary of Irish Missionary's Death
“Saint Columbanus, who according to Benedict XVI we can truly consider one of the ‘Fathers of Europe,’ was convinced that there can be fraternity in the heart of Europe between people only if …read more
Also Praying That Catechists Practice What They Preach
Pope Francis' prayer intentions this month focus on youth and catechists. The Apostleship of Prayer announced the intentions chosen by the Pope for September. His universal intention is “ …read more
Says 'Deeply Saddened' to Hear Tragic Loss of Life, Construction in Dominica
Pope Francis has expressed his "heartfelt condolences"to the loved ones of the victims of Hurricane Erika, which to date has claimed at least 20 lives in the Caribbean. In a condolence …read more
St. John Neumann Was Bishop of the City and St. Katharine Drexel Was Born Here
When Pope Francis and thousands of families arrive next month to Philadelphia, they are sure to be welcomed by two saints with ties to the city. Fr. Thomas Rosica, English-language assistant …read more
Autopsy of Accused Child Abuser Awaiting Trial Shows He Had a Heart Attack
Following an autopsy performed afterformer apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Józef Wesołowski, died last Friday, Aug. 28, it has been confirmed that the accused child abuser died of …read more
Terms End for Leaders of Various Offices
The bishops of India announced Friday that five priests have taken up or will take up new roles at the episcopal conference. The Standing Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of …read more
“Saint Columbanus, who according to Benedict XVI we can truly consider one of the ‘Fathers of Europe’ was convinced that there can be fraternity in the heart of Europe between people only if a civilization exists that is open to God”
Here is a translation of the Letter that the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent yesterday, in the name of the Holy Father Francis, to H.E. Monsignor Gianni Ambrosio, Bishop of …read more