“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 ...
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...
Praying fervently for peace from within the high walls of their enclosure
This report is contributed by Oliver Maksan of Aid to the Church in Need. --- “Welcome to our new reception room;” Sister Agathe offered her visitor a warm greeting. The nun is in charge of finances for the Carmelite Sisters’ convent on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Substantial renovations were just compl...
Quote for August 31st
'Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?'
-Saint Gerard Majella
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
"Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and destruction in the wake of Hurricane Erika, His Holiness Pope Francis sends his heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and prays for all those providing rescue and relief service."
Below is the Vatican-released condolence telegram sent by Vatican Secretary of State,Cardinal Pietro Parolin,on Pope Francis' behalf, for the the victims of Hurricane Erikathat, in recent …read more
Henry and Inez Casolani Died in the 1990s
For the first time in history, a married couple will be canonized together when the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux are raised to the altars this October. Another couple, from Malta, might …read more
Vatican officials, bishops, clergy and academics from around the world came together Friday in Philadelphia to offer to more than 200 news journalists covering religion an intensive course on …read more
During Angelus Address, Warns Against Being a Modern-Day Pharisee
Pope Francis says that the exhortation Jesus makes in today’s Gospel is a warning for today, lest we think that "an exterior observance of the law is sufficient for being a good Christian." …read more
Asks International Community, 'Do Something'
Referring to Saturday’s beatification of a martyr-bishop in Lebanon, Pope Francis noted that the number of Christians being martyred today exceeds the number of those who lost their lives …read more