Environmental Encyclical Underscores Importance of the “Golden Rule of Social Conduct”
One of the enduring lessons from the most recent Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), is the simple notion that the “natural environment is a collective good.” Although simple, this profound concept has broad ramifications and is key to understanding how an encyclical about the environment is related t...
Cardinal Parolin's Address to "People and Planet First" Conference
Here is Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s address giventhis afternoon to a high level Conference on ‘People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course'. The conference is taking place at the Pontifical Augustinianum University in Rome, and has gathered some 200 political, religious and civil society leaders from al...
But peace surrounding latest election brings hope
This report is contributed by Dennis Peters of Aid to the Church in Need. --- Kaduna, Nigeria, and neighboring Zaria hold bitter memories. Located in the center of the country, more or less on the fault line between the Muslim north and the Christian south, the communities have suffered brutal attacks by Bok...
Anecdotes of Fr. Bergoglio’s Previous Visits to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay Emerge
Given Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, anecdotes are being told about Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio travels and profound knowledge of those countries. When the now Pontiff went to Ecuador for the first time, in 1980, he visited the six Jesuit Schools of Portoviejo, Cuenca, Quito, Rio...
Quote for July 2nd
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
- C. S. Lewis
Here is the message published by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People for “Sea Sunday”, which will be celebrated on July 12, 2015. * * * To …read more
Vatican Radio reports: The General Audiences held on Wednesdays will be suspended for the whole month of July. They will resume in August in the Paul VI Hall. There will, however, be an …read more
Pope Francis Tells International Council Theological Reflection Has Made Progress, Can Develop Even More
Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council Declaration Nostra Aetate, Christians and Jews are "strangers no longer," but now friends, and brothers and sisters, says Pope Francis. The Pope …read more
Condemns Violence, Reaffirms Spiritual Closeness to Victims' Loved Ones
This Sunday, Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the loved ones of the victimsof Friday's terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait.Vatican Secretary of StateCardinal Pietro …read more
"This document represents a definitive 'yes' to the Jewish roots of Christianity and an irrevocable 'no' to anti-Semitism"
This morning Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the international congress promoted by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July …read more
Ahead of Trip to Latin America Next Week, Francis Sends Video Message
Just one week before Pope Francis' apostolic visit to LatinAmerica, July 5-13, he has expressed his affectionand closeness to thepeople of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. In a video-message to …read more
Mass at Revolution Square, Addresses to US Congress and United Nations Among Major Events
The Holy See Press Office today published the official schedule of Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and the United States. The Pope’s first apostolic visit to both countries will take place from …read more
"The celebration of the Thronal feast of our Churches is a reminder, Your Holiness, of the very significant fact that, despite the regrettable interruption of full communion among us, both of our Churches remain united in honoring the memory of our common Saints, who comprise the stable foundation on which we are called to build full union inasmuch as the Church of Christ is essentially a communion of Saints."
Here is the Vatican-provided text of the message sent by His Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, to Pope Francis on the occasion of the Feast of Sts. Peter and …read more