During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis warned against those who do not practice what they preach, saying they damage not only themselves but others. Commenting on Jesus’ parable of the man who built his house on rock, the Holy Fatherexplained that Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for knowing...read more
Pope Francis has approved the creation of a special commission for the protection of children. The suggestion was made by the eight-member Council of Cardinals currently meeting at the Vatican, and presented to the Holy Father, who subsequently approved its creation. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a member of the cou...
The Irish government has given its strongest indication yet that it may reopen its embassy to the Holy See. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s foreign minister, said he is in favour of reopening the embassy but as a “two ambassadors, one building model”. That would mean combining both embassies to Italy and the ...
The United States Embassy to the Holy See has been the focus of a good deal of media attention lately. Shortly after Ambassador Ken Hackett, who served for 40 years in Catholic Relief Services, presented his credentials to the Holy See, reports emerged that the embassy would controversially move from its original...
Quote for December 6th
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
- Nelson Mandela
World Youth Day 2016, to be held in Krakow, Poland, may be the site of a historical meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I. That, at least, is the hope of …read more
The Holy Father took the time on Saturday to meet with a group of Polish children suffering from cancer. Meeting with the children at the Consistory Hall of the Vatican, Pope Francis …read more
On the First Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father Francis went on a pastoral visit to the parish of Saint Cyril of Alexandria at Tor Sapienza, in the sector of the diocese of Rome. Upon his …read more
Pope Francis began the season of Advent by celebrating Mass at the parish of St. Cyril of Alexandria in Rome. Prior to the celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday, the Holy Father met with the …read more
In preparing for the Christmas season, Pope Francis has called on the faithful to open their hearts and let the Lord encounter them. During his homily today at Casa Santa Marta this morning, …read more
Croatians have voted in a referendum to ban same-sex “marriage”. Two-thirds of voters approved of constitutional changes to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the Dec. …read more
Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, …read more
Emphasizing the importance of the religious vocation, Pope Francis announced today that the year 2015 will be dedicated to Consecrated Life. The Holy Father made the announcement during the …read more