Here is a translation of the address Pope Francis gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today, the fourth and last Sunday of Advent, the liturgy wants to prepare us for Christmas, which is "already at th...read more
Pope Francis' Christmas Schedule Wednesday, December 24, 2014 FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD Vatican Basilica, at 9:30 p.m. The Holy Father Francis will celebrate Midnight Mass on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. The Mass will be preceded by the singing of the Kalenda. * * * Thursday, December 25, ...
Here is today's Gospel reading: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at wha...
The long-running debate over public vs. private schools, with the additional variants of charter schools and faith-based schools, is the topic of a recent book that took a detailed look at the outcomes from each type of school. “School Choice: A Balanced Approach,” (Praeger) was written by William H. Jeynes, a pr...
Do not seek anything other than the Lord; but rather seek the Lord himself, and he will answer you.
~ St. Augustine
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, …read more
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 …read more
In an unannounced, but somewhat expected, briefing in the Holy See Press Office this morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican press office director, informed journalists thatPope Francis has …read more
The leader of Pakistan's Catholics has called on the government to step up security in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre, saying he fears that terrorist attacks will increase. …read more
During a special weekly general audience coinciding with his 78th birthday, Pope Francis called on all families to make a special place for Jesus in their homes this Advent. Although the Holy …read more
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is inviting Catholic dioceses, parishes and groups across England and Wales to support a new Pope Francis-inspired outreach initiative. …read more
Here is a letter to confessors from Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, major penitentiary, released Gaudete Sunday. * * * My dear brother Confessors, Illumined by the light of the Immaculate Virgin …read more
At a private meeting on Dec. 12, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus presented Pope Francis with $1.6 million for his charities. Pope Francis received Supreme Knight Carl Anderson …read more