Environmental Encyclical Underscores Importance of the “Golden Rule of Social Conduct”
One of the enduring lessons from the most recent Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), is the simple notion that the “natural environment is a collective good.” Although simple, this profound concept has broad ramifications and is key to understanding how an encyclical about the environment is related t...
Cardinal Parolin's Address to "People and Planet First" Conference
Here is Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s address giventhis afternoon to a high level Conference on ‘People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course'. The conference is taking place at the Pontifical Augustinianum University in Rome, and has gathered some 200 political, religious and civil society leaders from al...
But peace surrounding latest election brings hope
This report is contributed by Dennis Peters of Aid to the Church in Need. --- Kaduna, Nigeria, and neighboring Zaria hold bitter memories. Located in the center of the country, more or less on the fault line between the Muslim north and the Christian south, the communities have suffered brutal attacks by Bok...
Anecdotes of Fr. Bergoglio’s Previous Visits to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay Emerge
Given Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, anecdotes are being told about Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio travels and profound knowledge of those countries. When the now Pontiff went to Ecuador for the first time, in 1980, he visited the six Jesuit Schools of Portoviejo, Cuenca, Quito, Rio...
Quote for July 2nd
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
- C. S. Lewis
Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish assassin who attempted to kill St. John Paul II in 1981, visited St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday where he left two bouquets of white roses at the tomb of the …read more
Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sister, Good …read more
Bishop Liam MacDaid, chair of the Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, today said, “I invite the faithful to pray as part ofthe process and the work …read more
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, …read more
Here is the translation of the Pope's address to the Italian Association of Large Families this morning at the Paul VI Audience Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning! Before …read more
On the Feast of St. Stephen, Pope Francis explained that Christians can prolong the joy of the Holy Night of Jesus Christ’s birth through the Gospel. During his Angelus to the faithful in St. …read more
Pope Francis appealed for those who are suffering and persecuted during his Urbi et Orbi ("to the City and to the World) Message on Christmas Day. The Holy Father began his address by …read more
On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis made a phone call to a refugee camp in Ankawa, Iraq. The call was made via satellite connection by TV2000, an Italian TV station. The Pope's words were …read more