“May the enthusiasm of the Synod Fathers, animated by the Holy Spirit, foster the impetus of a Church that abandons the old nets and returns to fish trusting in the word of her Lord.”
Here is a ZENIT translation of the Holy Father's address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! A few days ago the Synod of Bishops began on the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.” T...
Call for Citizens to Beware of Politicians Hoping to Divide
Christian leaders in Tanzania have launched an appeal to stop manipulation of citizens by politicians ahead of the Oct. 25 general elections in the country. In a joint appeal launched by the Episcopal Conference of Tanzania and the Christians Council of Tanzania, the leaders state,"Beware of politicians who aim...
Fr. Rosica Speaks on Synod Delegates, Fathers Discussing the Need to Embrace People Where They Are
'There must be an end to exclusionary language and a strong emphasis on embracing reality as it is. We should not be afraid of new and complex situations.' These were words of Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the Vatican's English speaking language spokesperson,this afternoon who was speaking at the briefing of t...
Vatican Spokesman Confirms Visit for Beginning of Next Year
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Pope Francis will be visiting Mexico early next year. In an interview with Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki of Noticieros Televisa, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that the Pope is expected to make the journey in the early months of 20...
Quote for October 7th
"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action."
- Mother Teresa
At Opening Mass of Ordinary Synod's General Assembly, Pope Reaffirms Church's Role to Defend Values, Marriage, Life
'This is God’s dream for His beloved Creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.' …read more
'This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.'
At 10 am today, the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pope Francis presided at theMass in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening of theOrdinary General Assembly of the Synodof Bishops on the theme: …read more
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him. He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses …read more
'Let us set out once more from Nazareth for a Synod which, more than speaking about the family, can learn from the family, readily acknowledging its dignity, its strength and its value, despite all its problems and difficulties.'
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of the address Pope Francis gave at thePrayer Vigil for the GeneralAssembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Oct. 4-25,in St. Peter's Square …read more
On Friday, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod Bishops, spoke on the upcoming three week meeting on the family. On Saturday, a Prayer Vigil will be held with Pope …read more
Celebrates Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels During Mass at Casa Santa Marta
God has given each one of us a guardian angel that we are called to respect and listen. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope, who celebrated the …read more
Says Meeting Should Not Be Considered a Form of Support in ‘All Complex Aspects’ of Her Position
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, issued a final clarification on Pope Francis’ brief meeting with Kim Davis, downplaying its characterization in the …read more
Says Attempt at Removal of President Assad Will Only Worsen Situation
Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said he was “disturbed” of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. The prelate’s statement was in reaction to a …read more