Pope Francis' 77th birthday is Dec. 17 and the group Catholic to the Max will be shipping to Rome a giant birthday card for the occasion. The Pope's birthday card was at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis at the end of November, where it was signed by thousands of Catholic youth. Th...read more
Here is the statement released today by ArchbishopStephen Brislinof Cape Town, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference. * * * We heard of the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela with great sadness. Nonetheless we cannot help but call to mind the words of Scripture: “Let us now sing the...
Zimbabwe's bishops and Jesuits have both recently issued appeals for reform in the country in order to improve the standard of life for its citizens. In a pastoral letter issued 3 December, the African country’s bishops noted that three months after the July elections “there are no visible prospects for improveme...
Caritas staff in the Central African Republic are reporting the capital Bangui and many parts of the country are gripped by chaos and terror as fighting continues between forces loyal to the ex-president and the fighters who overthrew him. “The whole country is terrorised,” said Fr. Anicet Assingambi of St Charle...
Quote for December 6th
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
- Nelson Mandela
In an audience with members of the International Theological Commission today, Pope Francis called on theologians to be “pioneers” in the Church’s dialogue with other cultures. The commission …read more
The United States Embassy to the Holy See has been the focus of a good deal of media attention lately. Shortly after Ambassador Ken Hackett, who served for 40 years in Catholic Relief …read more
In a telegram to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Pope Francis expressed his condolences to beloved former President Nelson Mandela. Mandela passed away yesterday at the age of 95 after …read more
To pray with insistence “is a bit like annoying God”, Pope Francis said in his homily at Casa Santa Marta. However, praying in such a way it shows a complete trust that God will fulfill your …read more
Here is the condolence telegram sent by Pope Francis to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa upon hearing of the death of former President Nelson Mandela. * * * To His Excellency Mr. Jacob …read more
During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against those who do not practice what they preach, saying they damage not only themselves but others. Commenting on …read more
Pope Francis has approved the creation of a special commission for the protection of children. The suggestion was made by the eight-member Council of Cardinals currently meeting at the …read more
The Irish government has given its strongest indication yet that it may reopen its embassy to the Holy See. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s foreign minister, said he is in favour of …read more