“This is why I love Africa, because Africa was the victim of other powers”
At the end of his Apostolic Journey to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, Pope Francis met with journalists for a press conference on board the plane, during the return flight from Bangui to Rome. Here is a ZENIT translation of the Vatican transcription of the Pontiff’s conversation with the journal...
Because God "Never Tires of Forgiving"
This month, the Pope is praying that all of us might experience God's mercy. The Apostleship of Prayer announced the intentions chosen by the Pope for December. His universal intention is “that all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving." For his evangelization intention, the Holy Fa...
Local Customs OK If Not Banned by the General Instruction
Q: "Is it forbidden by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) or the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments for concelebrating priests, deacons assisting, religious in choir, or laypeople present at Mass, to bow athearingthe holy names of Jesus and Mary(and by extension the saint of the d...
Suggests 3 Pillars for 'Global and Transformational' Agreement
The Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, spoke Monday at the opening of the 21st Conference of States Parties to the Convention COP 21, which is underway in Paris through Dec. 11. After communicating Pope Francis' greetings and encouragement to the the participants in the hope of a fruitful outcom...
Quote for November 27
'Act, and God will act.'
-Joan of Arc
“Peace is not a document that is signed and then put up some place. Peace is made each day. Peace is a craft, a handiwork. It’s made with the hands”
Here is a ZENIT transcription and translation of the address Pope Francis gave this evening in Bangui, Central African Republic, at a prayer vigil outside of the cathedral. The Pope had just …read more
Says Christ's Followers Must Be Specialists in Reconciliation, Experts in Mercy
In a video message sent by Pope Francis to the Central African Republic in the lead-up to his visit to the country, the Holy Father said his goal was to bring “the comfort of consolation and …read more
Visiting St. Sauveur Refugee Camp, Francis Urges Everyone to Repeat 'We Are All Brothers'
We must work and pray and do everything for peace. The Holy Father gave this exortion when speakingoff-the-cuff to the St. Sauveur Refugee Camp in the Central African Republic's capital of …read more
Interview With Missionary Father Torquato Paolucci: ”The Problem Today Is Corruption"
Pope Francis has just left Uganda today, now nearing the end of his three-nation, six-day visit to Africa. Father Torquato Paolucci, Italian Comboni missionary from Urbania, worked from 1972 …read more
"Dear young people, the most precious good which we can have in this life is our relationship with God. Are you convinced of this?"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis had prepared for a meeting with youth outside the cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic, following a Mass he celebrated there …read more
"To all those who make unjust use of the weapons of this world, I make this appeal: lay down these instruments of death! Arm yourselves instead with righteousness, with love and mercy, the authentic guarantors of peace"
Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis gave today when he celebrated Mass for the first Sunday of Advent at the cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic. Immediately …read more
Here is a Vatican translation of Pope Francis' address for a meeting with Evangelical Communitiesgathered in the headquarters of theEvangelical Faculty of Theology of Bangui, Central African …read more
This reflection is byCardinal CláudioHummes, OFM -- “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” These words from the popular prayer attributed to St. Francis come to my mind as international …read more