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
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
Here is the text of an address given at the end of November by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, regarding the end of the Year of Faith, and "what's next?" * * * Thank you for inviting me to …read more
ROME (Dec. 5) – The Legion of Christ is committed to openly and aggressively addressing allegations of sexual abuse. This was the primary message in a letter sent today by Fr. Sylvester …read more
A solemn procession with the Custos of the Holy Land began Advent celebrations in Bethlehem last Saturday. The Custos, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, was welcomed by the monks of …read more
A two-day meeting of bishops and delegates responsible for the pastoral care of migrants of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Europe concluded Wednesday. Here is the statement from the …read more
Reports of intense gunfire are coming out of the capital of the Central African Republic on the eve of a UN Security Council vote on a resolution authorizing the intervention of the French …read more
In his homily during his daily Mass the other day, Pope Francis warned against the spirit of worldliness. He called it “a fruit of the devil who makes his way forward with the spirit of …read more
At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis led the faithful gathered in prayer for several nuns who were recently kidnapped in Syria. On Monday, Islamist rebels invaded …read more