During his apostolic voyage to South Korea, the Holy Father has not lost his ability to surprise. Yesterday, the 77-year-old Pontiff not only opted to take a high-speed train from Seoul to Daejeon rather than the scheduled-helicopter, but he also called in on Jesuits in the capital. To reach Daejeon after cele...read more
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I would like to ask a question regarding the use of the Book of the Gospels, or Evangeliary. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), No. 117, says: "On the altar i...
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said he was "very moved" and thanked Pope Francis for his spontaneous prayers for the "suffering people in Iraq" and for his personal envoy. The prayer was expressed at the end of the prayer of the faithful during the Mas...
In an hour-long,wide-ranging press conference on the plane back from South Korea, Pope Francis has said he favours UN-backed efforts to stop unjust aggression in Iraq, and plans on visiting the U.S. and U.N. headquarters in New York in 2015. He also discussed Chinese relations, the Invocation for Peace for the H...
Quote for August 19th
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
- St. Augustine
A journalist has been detained and a Catholic radio station has been shut down in South Sudan on grounds of "national security", local media reports. The country's director of information at …read more
One of Pope Francis’ confreres, Jesuit Father John Chong Che-chon, has been the translator at the Pope’s side during the five-day Korea trip. The Korea Times this week reported on the …read more
Pope Francis today had a brief meeting with religious leaders of Korea at the Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. After greeting them individually and receiving various gifts from some of them, …read more
-- Ezekiel 28:1-10 Deuteronomy 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd, 36ab Matthew 19:23-30 The prophecies of Ezekiel 1-24 are prophecies of judgment directed primarily to Israel; chapters 33-48 are …read more
Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis gave today at the last Mass of his visit to South Korea. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, As my stay in Korea draws to a close, I …read more