Fr. Rosica Speaks on Synod Delegates, Fathers Discussing the Need to Embrace People Where They Are
'There must be an end to exclusionary language and a strong emphasis on embracing reality as it is. We should not be afraid of new and complex situations.' These were words of Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the Vatican's English speaking language spokesperson,this afternoon who was speaking at the briefing of t...
Vatican Spokesman Confirms Visit for Beginning of Next Year
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Pope Francis will be visiting Mexico early next year. In an interview with Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki of Noticieros Televisa, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the Pope is expected to make the journey in the early months of 20...
Says Hardened Hearts Does Not Allow God’s Mercy to Enter During Mass at Casa Santa Marta
“Where there is God, there is mercy.” This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily during morning Mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. The Pope drew his homily from today’s first reading which recalled the conversion of the city of Nineveh after listening to the preaching of the prophet Jonah. Noting...
"The pastors of the Church in the present times are called to take upon their lives a prophetic role of suffering and kenosis, similar to that of prophet Jeremiah."
Here is the homily delivered this morning by Cardinal George Alencherry,Major Archbishop of Emakulam-Angamaly (India)and President of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church, during the celebration of Terce (mid-morning prayer). * * * Holy Father and My dear friends, The reading from Jeremiah Ch. 22 v.3 gi...
Quote for October 6th
"The family is one of the indispensable social subjects for the achievement of a culture of peace."
- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Calls on Them to Seek Intercession of St. Michael to Avoid Falling Into the Snares of the Devil
In the war between good and evil, the devil will seek to corrupt souls through riches, vanity and pride. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily at a Mass with members of the …read more
Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of catastrophic landslide that struck Guatemala, as well as those affected by flooding in France. “I wish to address a prayer to the Lord for the …read more
“Hunger today is a matter of truly “scandalous” dimensions, which threatens the life and dignity of many persons – men, women, children and elderly."
On Saturday, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Meeting organized by the Food Bank Foundation. Here is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present at the …read more
On Saturday morning, Pope Francis presided over a Mass in the Chapel of the Governorate for the Corps of the Gendarmerie of Vatican City State, on the occasion of the feast of its Patron, …read more
While Calling for Prayers for Synod During Angelus Address, Also Reminds Faithful of Children Knocking on Doors Begging for Help Worldwide
Pope Francis says parents participate in God's creative power. The Holy Father expressed this during hisAngelus address today at noon in St. Peter's Square, while speaking on matrimony. …read more
"The Synod Fathers, coming from every part of the world and gathered around the Successor of Peter, for three weeks, will reflect on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in society, for careful spiritual and pastoral discernment."
Below is a ZENIT-translation of Pope Francis' Angelus Address today at noon in St. Peter's Square, following his having presided over Mass for the Opening of theGeneral Assembly of the Synod …read more
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.' …read more
'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: …read more