Here is the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square today. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, hello! The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent presents us every year with an episode about the temptations of Jesus, when the Holy Spirit desc...read more
The Vatican and the United Nations aren’t always in agreement, but one of the topics on which they do agree is opposition to the legalization of drugs. Last Tuesday the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent quasi-judicial body that oversees the implementation of the conventions of the Unite...
Is it possible for a priest to be happy in the 21stcentury? This is the central question of a course currently being offered at the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Institute of Psychology. Taught by Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America,...
Here is a pastoral letter for Lent fromBishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, Ireland. * * * Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, It is now a little more than a year since I was ordained to serve as Bishop of Cloyne. It has been filled with “firsts” as we strived to begin anew as bishop, people, religiou...
Quote for March 6th
[Tenderness and mercy] are the heart of the Gospel. Otherwise, one doesn’t understand Jesus Christ, or the tenderness of the Father who sends Him to listen to us, to cure us, to save us.
- Pope Francis, interview with Il Corriere della Sera
March 5, 2014
Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has defended Pope Francis' comments, made in an interview yesterday with an Italian newspaper, on the Church’s commitment to combat child abuse. Some …read more
Pope Francis today expressed his solidarity with the priests of Rome during a meeting with them in the Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father began his discourse by giving his full support to the …read more
Lent is a call to “shake ourselves up”, an invitation to conversion, and a reminder that it is possible to begin anew, Pope Francis said in his first Ash Wednesday homily yesterday. …read more
“Without the cross, there is no Christian,” Pope Francis said during his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning. The Holy Father dedicated his homily to Luke’s Gospel which recalls Jesus’ …read more
ZENIT publishes below the first English translation of Pope Francis’ interview with Ferruccio de Bortoli that appeared today in Corriere della Sera. The text has been published by kind …read more
Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address today during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today, Ash Wednesday, the …read more
Here is a translation of the Pope’s homily from the celebration of the Eucharist today in the Basilica of Saint Sabina, with the rite of blessing and imposition of ashes. * * * “Rend your …read more
Pope Francis has strongly condemned human trafficking and the exploitation of others and spoken of the need to "profoundly examine our consciences". In a message to the faithful in Brazil on …read more