“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
"We must work and pray and do everything for peace."
Below is a ZENIT translation ofPope Francis'off-the-cuff words at the St. Sauveur Refugee Camp in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui: *** I greet all of you here. I tell you …read more
Pope Francis has arrived inthe Central African Republic, the final leg of his first Apostolic Visit to Africa, after having visited Kenya and Uganda. The Pontiff arrived at the M'poko …read more
Pope Gives CAR's Authorities 3-Point 'Compass' to Guide Country's Destiny Also Says HeComes to War-torn Central African Republic 'As Pilgrim of Peace, Apostle of Hope' Saying he came to the …read more
'I come as a pilgrim of peace'
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis' address to authorities and the diplomatic corps this morning in Bangui: *** Madam Interim Head of State, Distinguished Authorities, …read more
“All pornography involves exploitation and is devoid of love”
How to deal with the ever-increasing influence of pornography was one of the issues examined at the recent meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The bishops …read more
Says With Memory, Fidelity and Prayer, Uganda Will Continue to Be Pearl of Africa
Pope Francis concluded the day in Uganda by giving an off-the-cuff address to the nation’s priests and religious, in which he said that they couldn’t piggy-back on the glories of the past, …read more
Reminds Youth of 3 Tools Which Can Transform Negative Experiences Into Good
Can negative situations be turned around and transformed into something good? Pope Francis says yes, as long as you turn to Jesus and His Mother. During his meeting with Uganda'syoung people …read more
During Mass With 2M Ugandans, Pontiff Reminds Faithful Earthly Pleasures Don't Bring Lasting Joy or Peace and Shares What Does
The witness of the martyrs shows to all that worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy or peace, but rather, fidelity to God, honesty and integrity of life, and genuine …read more