"It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible"
Pope Francis intends the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy to be an encounter with God the Father, "whose tenderness is almost tangible," a Father who "welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed." Thus, for the Jubilee Year, the Pope has expanded faculties to forgive abortion and also given priests...
During Mass at Santa Marta, Says Stop Chattering, Start Comforting
Christians are to comfort each other through good works and kind words and not with useless chatter. In his first public daily Mass at his residence since his summer break, Francis called on Catholics to realize our God lives and will come to find us, and therefore,to live accordingly, reported Vatican Radio. ...
"Pope Francis and the People" Airs Friday on ABC
Monday in Rome, Pope Francis taped his contribution for a television program that will be broadcast on the American ABC TV network on Friday evening. It was a series of three satellite television links with three different localities in the United States that the Pope will notbe visiting on his trip here later thi...
Francis Celebrates Liturgy of the Word in St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Francis marked the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, leadinga celebration this evening in St. Peter's Basilica. The eventfor the prayer day, which will nowbe held on September 1every year, included areading from the canticle of the Book of Daniel, where creation is called on to praise...
Quote for August 31st
'Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?'
-Saint Gerard Majella
Says 'Deeply Saddened' to Hear Tragic Loss of Life, Construction in Dominica
Pope Francis has expressed his "heartfelt condolences"to the loved ones of the victims of Hurricane Erika, which to date has claimed at least 20 lives in the Caribbean. In a condolence …read more
St. John Neumann Was Bishop of the City and St. Katharine Drexel Was Born Here
When Pope Francis and thousands of families arrive next month to Philadelphia, they are sure to be welcomed by two saints with ties to the city. Fr. Thomas Rosica, English-language assistant …read more
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