Here below is a translation of Pope Francis' address during his final General Audience of 2014 in St. Peter's Square, which took place this morning and coincided with his 78th birthday: * * * THE HOLY FATHER’S CATECHESIS IN ITALIAN Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! The Synod of Bishops on the Family...read more
The US government has just announced today that it will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana. The Vatican Secretariat of State released the following statement in response to the news: * * * The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision take...
At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis called for prayers for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts that have occurred in recent days in Yemen, Australia and Pakistan. "Now, a moment of silence and then, with the Our Father, I would like to pray together with you for the victims of the inhuman t...
In the wake of the Vatican-prompted visit and report on women's religious life in the United States, released Tuesday, the sister charged with overseeing theCouncil of Major Superiors of Women Religious says the visitation was an open dialogue and that there is new vitality in the nation's religious life, which ma...
God looked over the world for an empty heart -- but not a lonely heart -- a heart that was empty like a flute on which He might pipe a tune -- not lonely like an empty abyss, which is filled by death. And the emptiest heart He could find was the heart of a Lady. Since there was no self there, He filled it with His very Self. ~ Fulton Sheen, The World's First Love: Mary Mother of God
Here below are some of the discourses from today's press conference for the presentation of the Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States …read more
During his morning Mass, he said Jesus rejected hypocrites who call themselves 'pure.' To view the video click here URL: …read more
A documentary, titled 'The Heart of a Murderer' tells the story. To view the video click here URL: …read more
On a visit to a Roman parish Sunday evening, the Pope had lively discussions with various groups from the congregation, including children preparing to receive their First Communion. He told …read more
The Pope has called for nothing other than pure joy as we prepare for Christmas, and given a three-step recipe for making sure we can live the birth of the Christ Child with joy. This was his …read more
Pope Francis is warning against being rigid, noting that often it's a trait of hypocrisy. According to Vatican Radio, during the Pope's daily Mass in Casa Santa Marta this morning, he said …read more
As the U.S. government contemplates how to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the Holy See has expressed its commitment to help find humanitarian solutions for its current …read more
Here below is a translation of the text of Pope Francis' homily Sunday night atthe parish of Saint Joseph all’Aurelio, in the western sector of the Diocese of Rome: * * * On this Sunday the …read more