Reflects: If only we could view our political opponents or neighbors in the same way we view our children or our spouse, mother or father!
Pope Francis addressed the civil society of Ecuador this evening with the closeness and spontaneity of a family member, saying that since the mayor had given him the keys of the city of Quito, he felt that he was "at home." He then went on to speak of three social values or principles, saying that they must be t...
Tells Representatives of Schools and Universities in Ecuador That They Must Respond to God’s Call to Cultivate and Care for Creation
A university education, says Pope Francis, is not for prestige or to make more money, but rather to learn how to live in solidarity with others and with the world, and especially with the poor and disadvantaged. The Pope said this today in Ecuador, during an afternoon meeting with representatives of schools and ...
"Do you realize that this time of study is not only a right, but a privilege? How many of your friends, known or unknown, would like to have a place in this house but, for various reasons, do not? To what extent do our studies help us feel solidarity with them?"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this afternoon in Ecuador to representatives of schools and universities. He largely followed the text, adding a few comments at certain moments. * * * My Brother Bishops, Father Rector, Distinguished Authorities, Dear Professors and S...
"The walls, patios and cloisters of this city eloquently make this point: rooted in elements of Incan and Caranqui culture, beautiful in their proportions and shapes, boldly and strikingly combining different styles, the works of art produced by the “Quito school” sum up that great dialogue, with its successes and failures, which is Ecuador’s history. Today we see how beautiful it is."
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis prepared for his meeting this afternoon in Ecuador withrepresentatives of civil society. The Holy Father added comments to the address in several moments. * * * Dear Friends, I am pleased to be with you, men and women who represent and advance the ...
Quote for July 7th
"There is no greater misery than false joys.”
― St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador this afternoon for the first stop in his three-country, nine-day South America visit, saying that he comes as a "witness of God’s mercy and of faith in Jesus …read more
As he has done on the eve of his previous Apostolic Visits to various countries, Pope Francis went to the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome on Saturday evening around 7:00 p.m. and prayed …read more
Here is a Vatican translation of the prepared text of the Pope's address upon his arrival this afternoon in Ecuador. The Holy Father largely followed the text. * * * Mr President, …read more
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They …read more
Meets with 30,000 Members of the Charismatic Renewal Movement in St. Peter’s Square
Pope Francis met today with 30,000 members of the Renewal in the Spirit Movement in St. Peter’s Square this evening. The meeting with the Holy Father kicks off the 38th National Convocation …read more
Hope is high for the trip which will take Pope Francis to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay from July 5-13. He will fly seven times, pronounce 22 addresses, and proclaim “the joy of the Gospel” …read more
The United Nation’s World Food Program announced that funds earmarked for Syrian refugees will be cut, leaving thousands of refugees at risk of starvation. According to Fides, the cut in …read more
Says Decline of Young Population, Aging Society Signify Disappearance of Local Communities
A Japanese Bishop is decrying how his nation's population is dropping to historic lows. According to AsiaNews,Bishop Isao Kikuchi of Niigata has released a statement in which heexplains how …read more