Over 1.2 Million Faithful Attend Open-Air Mass at Quito's Bicentennial Park
"Evangelization can be a way to unite our hopes, concerns, ideals and even utopian visions." These were the words of Pope Francis during Mass at Quito's Bicentennial Park today. Over 1.2 million people attended the event, an unprecedented number given the fact that is roughly 1.6 million. The park commemorates t...
"Becoming a missionary Church requires constantly fostering communion, since mission does not have to do with outreach alone."
Here is the Vatican provided translation of Pope Francis' homily during Mass at Quito's Bicentennial Park. * * * The word of God calls us to live in unity so that the world may believe. I think of those hushed words of Jesus during the Last Supper as more of a shout, a cry rising up from this Mass which we...
Vatican Press Office Director Speaks to Vatican Radio After Briefing Journalists
Pope Francis has been extraordinarily welcomed in Ecuador, says Vatican spokesmanJesuit Father Federico Lombardi.At the end of a briefing with journalists held last night in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, the director of the Vatican Press Office was interviewed by Vatican Radio and shared his thoughts on the se...
And More on Treatment of the Eucharist
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: Why is a broken piece of the consecrated host placed in the chalice during the “Lamb of God”? The pope used to break the consecrated host and send pieces to his main churches...
Quote for July 7th
"There is no greater misery than false joys.”
― St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to the people of Greece. The country missed the deadline to payback a $1.8 million loan from theInternational Monetary Fund (IMF). Although the …read more
Addresses High Level Event on Climate Change
The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was part of the opening segment at Monday’s United NationsHigh Level Event on Climate Change in New York, and he urged the …read more
Vatican Presents Details on Papal Visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay
From the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, to the Amazon and the Rio de le Plata, going in a few hours from 4,000 meters of altitude down to sea level , and including a wide gamut of languages …read more
As candidates for US president are making headlines and as the Pope gears up for his trip this month to South America, his monthly prayer intentions bring both of these situations before the …read more
Cardinal: Church in Africa is fully alive and developing at a rapid pace. It is vital to assist Catholics there by providing urgently needed pastoral support.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 47 grants for a total of $1,205,236to support pastoral projects for the Church in Africa. The …read more
Says scientific conclusions need to 'touch us deeply' so we 'see and hear how the poor suffer and how the earth is being mistreated'
Here is the statement given Monday by Cardinal PeterTurkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, at the opening segment of the United NationsHigh Level Event on Climate …read more
"While considering the negative effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, we should also be clear in our reasoning that these effects will continue, and indeed will become worse, if the causes of terrorism are not clearly and swiftly addressed by the national States concerned and the international community"
Here is the statement given Tuesday byArchbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, at the 29thSession …read more
“He held that the most precious treasure that a Bishop is called to administer is the faith stemming from apostolic preaching."
Here is a translation of the message that Pope Francis sent to Bishop Gregoire Ghabroyan, Administrator of the Patriarchate of Cilicia of the Armenians, on the occasion of the Funeral of the …read more