Bids Good Night to Quito After Visit to President, Cathedral
Despite the seven-hour time difference with Rome, Pope Francis concluded his first full day in Ecuador this evening close to 9 p.m. (4 a.m., Rome time), smiling and greeting dozens of people individually during a courtesy visit to President Rafael Correa. From the presidential palace, the Pope walked to the cath...
Hundreds of Thousands Present at First Papal Mass at Guayaquil's Semanes Park
Pope Francis celebrated the first Mass of his Apostolic Visit to Ecuador at Semanes Park in Guayaquil. Excitement has been palpable since the Holy Father's arrival. On Sunday, thousands were gathered outside the Apostolic Nunciature in Quito where he was staying on his first night, many joyfully shouting for the...
"In the heart of the family, no one is rejected, everyone is worth the same."
Here is a Vatican translation of the Pope's homily during the celebration of Mass at Guayaquil's Semanes Park during his first full day in Ecuador. * * * The Gospel passage which we have just heard is the first momentous sign in the Gospel according to John. Mary’s maternal concern is seen in her plea to Jesu...
Pope Emeritus Given Honorary Doctorate From John Paul II Pontifical University, Academy of Music of Krakow
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has credited his predecessor for making his spiritual and theological journey possible through his "brilliant example."The retired Popeexpressed thisSaturday morning at Castel Gandolfo when beingconferred a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Krakow'sJohn Paul IIPontifical University and A...
Quote for July 6th
"We Christians identify Christ with the sun, and the moon with the Church, the community of the faithful. No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light."
- Pope Francis
Interview with Fr. Joseph Tham, LC, MD, PhD, Dean of the School of Bioethics of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. Q: What is your impression of the latest encyclical by Pope …read more
Says That Despite Differences, 'Our Dialogue Must Continue'
Pope Francis has sent a message for the 50th anniversary of the joint working group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC)and has called for continued dialogue. …read more
During General Audience, Speaks on Wounds Within Families
Reaffirming the value of marriage,Pope Francis has spoken about the sufferings within families and how this can take atoll on children. Continuing his catecheses on the family during his …read more
Auxiliary Bishop Yaldo of Baghdad, Speaks on Challenges of Evangelizing Amid Persecution
An extraordinary testimony of Christian faith in a time of persecution was given at the end of the meeting “Pellegrini nel Cyberspazio” (Pilgrims in Cyberspace) (Grottammare-Ascoli Piceno, …read more
"Disagreements on various subjects – in particular anthropological, ethical and social issues, as well as issues related to the understanding of the nature and conditions of the unity we seek – demand further sustained efforts. Our dialogue must continue!"
Here is the text of the Pope's Message to Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Joint Working …read more
Justice and Peace Council President Gives ZENIT In-Depth Look at ‘Laudato Si’
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson has suggested that Pope Francis and his encyclical intend to promote the nobility of business—as Pope Francis has recognized in the past—and to warn against …read more
On Sunday, thousands of Christians joined in prayer at the Church of the Multiplication, located near the Sea of Galilee. The historic, site of Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand, …read more
Working Document Summarizes Extraordinary Synod and Responses to Questions Sent Out in December 2014
The Vatican published the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming General Ordinary Synod on "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World”. An instrumentum …read more