"The gift of the Holy Spirit renews the Earth"
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis' homily for Pentecost Sundayduring Mass this morning in St. Peter's Basilica: *** “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you... Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20:21-22). The gift of the Spirit on the evening of the Resurrection took place once again...
Director of international charity says there's urgent need for strategic response
This articleis provided by Sarkis Boghjalian, director of the US branch of Aid to the Church in Need. --- I would like to start with this quotation from Dabiq -- the online publication of ISIS addressing the Christian world—which says: “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your wom...
British Ambassador to Holy See Reflects on “The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand” Conference in Rome
Below is a reflection of British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker, entitled 'Church, government, business: a climate change alliance.' Published on May 21st, it is from Ambassador Baker's blog available on the British Embassy to the Holy See Website: *** This week I attended an important conference at t...
Also Speaks on Struggle to Have 'Trialogue' Among 3 Monotheistic Faiths
Cardinal Kurt Koch says the Nostra Aetate declaration was a landmark in relations between the Catholic Church and other faiths. According to an interview with Vatican Radio, the President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, which is also responsible for the Church’s dialogue with the Jewish people thr...
Quote for May 21st
"The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
Italian Bishops Conference Choose Vigil of Pentecost To Pray for Today's Martyrs
Pope Francis expressed his support for a day of Remembrance for Christians who have been martyred and persecuted around the world. The Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) launched the …read more
Hopes Others Will Follow Vatican's Example
The Secretary General of the Arab Leaguehas welcomed "the Vatican recognition of the Palestinian state.” According to Fides,NabilElarabyexpressed this sentiment along withhis hope that other …read more
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Today, dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish to welcome you because I have …read more
In address to conference on persecution of Christians, looks at worrying trends in Europe
Intolerance and discrimination against Christians was the theme of a conference organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna on Monday. A Holy See …read more
Leader of Greek Catholic Church emphasizes need for reconciliation, collaboration among believers
This report is provied by Eva-Maria Kolmann of Aid to the Church in Need In the face of chaos and ongoing violence in Ukraine, the head of the country’s Greek Catholic Church has reiterated …read more
This reflection is contributed by Judy Klein from the Catholic Writer's Guild * * * I wish I could have captured that moment in time. Forever. It was silent, sacred, sacramental. I stood at …read more
The need to build resilient health systems cannot be over emphasized
18-26 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland Mr. President, The Holy See delegation wishes to note the importance and the timeliness of the theme for the general discussion. The recent Ebola outbreak …read more
We want to protect and promote the uniqueness of that special relationship between a wife, a husband and their children which is sanctified by Our Creator, endorsed by Jesus, and which is such a powerful and prophetic beacon of hope for society
Here is a homily given last week on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, by Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass in Lourdes on his first pilgrimage to the Marian shrine as Archbishop of Armagh -- At …read more