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." The Pope offered this reflection today before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He drew...
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 during the various persecutions in the Roman empire at the beginning of Christianity. In Harissa, Lebanon, Syriac Catholic Bi...
Invites Faithful to Pray for Those Who Lose Their Lives on 'Terrible Journeys'
Pope Francis today prayed for immigrants who lose their lives on their "terrible journeys" seeking a better life. The Pope offered this prayer after leading the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. "Lamentably as well, in recent days, numerous immigrants have lost their lives in their ter...
"The literal observance of precepts is sterile if it doesn’t change the heart"
Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square: * * * The Gospel of this Sunday presents a dispute between Jesus and some Pharisees and scribes. The discussion refers to the "tradition of the elders" (Mar...
Quote for August 28th
'Nothing is far from God.'
Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis' address during this morning's General Audience in Paul VI Hall: *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! After reflecting on the value of …read more
Presidential Commendations Left by the Holy Father to Honor the Virgin Mary
On Sunday, Bishop Eugenio Scarpellini of El Alto,Bolivia,placed at the feet of the Virgin of Copacabana the two awards -- the Condor of the Andes and the Luis Espinal distinction – that …read more
Reflects on the Sacredness of Work During Weekly General Audience
Work is sacred and gives dignity to the people. Any person or entity that violates this reality, hurts humanity. Pope Francis suggested this during this morning's weekly General Audience in …read more
"Always prepare yourself at the highest level, because life can present you with unimaginable things." Dr. Fabrizio Soccorsi recalled those words of his father when reflecting on his new …read more
This report is contributed by Maria Lozano and Oliver Maksan of Aid to the Church in Need. * * * Severe monsoon rainfall this summer has affected large swaths of Myanmar, putting some 1.3 …read more
Sends Letter to Argentinian Federation That Serves the Sick and the Dying
Next year's Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will be "a good occasion to intensify the collaboration between pastors and the laity in the mission of attending with affection and assisting …read more
Members of the FARC and Colombian Government Negotiating Peace Agreement in Havana, Cuba
Representatives of theRevolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have requested to meet with Pope Francis during his visit to Cuba in September. Peace talks between FARC and the Colombian …read more
President of Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Sends Message to Islamic Climate Change Summit in Istanbul
Cardinal Peter Turkson has called on believers of different faiths to work together to confront the ecological crisis. The Ghanaian cardinal who serves as president of the Pontifical Council …read more