Here is the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square today. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent presents us every year with an episode about the temptations of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit desc...read more
The Vatican and the United Nations aren’t always in agreement, but one of the topics on which they do agree is opposition to the legalization of drugs. Last Tuesday the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent quasi-judicial body that oversees the implementation of the conventions of the Unite...
Is it possible for a priest to be happy in the 21stcentury? This is the central question of a course currently being offered at the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology. Taught by Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America,...
Here is a pastoral letter for Lent fromBishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, Ireland. * * * Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is now a little more than a year since I was ordained to serve as Bishop of Cloyne. It has been filled with “firsts” as we strived to begin anew as bishop, people, religiou...
Quote for March 6th
[Tenderness and mercy] are the heart of the Gospel. Otherwise, one doesn’t understand Jesus Christ, or the tenderness of the Father who sends Him to listen to us, to cure us, to save us.
- Pope Francis, interview with Il Corriere della Sera
March 5, 2014
Here is a Lenten message from the president of Caritas Internationalis,Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga. * * * Many years ago, I used to teach math. But despite my mathematical training, …read more
We publish below extracts of a recent interview Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave to ZENIT’s Wlodzimierz Redzioch in which he pays tribute to soon-to-be-canonized Pope John Paul II. The …read more
Pope Francis todaymet a delegation from the World Council of Churches headed by Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, a Norwegian Lutheran theologian who, as General Secretary, heads the WCC. *** Here …read more
“Are we ashamed to touch the flesh of our wounded or suffering brothers and sisters?” This was one of the key questions posed by Pope Francis during his homily at the morning Mass on Friday …read more
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, has addressed a letter to all bishops worldwide in view of the collection for the Holy Land, which …read more
The Spanish magazine 'Palabra' published an exclusive and extensive interview this week with Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the Papal Household and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s …read more
A Lenten Pastoral Letter from Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, tobe read at Mass in all churches and chapels of the Dioceseon the First Sunday of Lent, 9th March 2014: *** My dear …read more
Here is a translation of what Pope Francis said today when he met with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome, in Paul VI Hall, for the traditional appointment at the beginning of Lent. After the …read more