Pope Francis' 77th birthday is Dec. 17 and the group Catholic to the Max will be shipping to Rome a giant birthday card for the occasion. The Pope's birthday card was at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis at the end of November, where it was signed by thousands of Catholic youth. Th...read more
Here is the statement released today by ArchbishopStephen Brislinof Cape Town, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference. * * * We heard of the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela with great sadness. Nonetheless we cannot help but call to mind the words of Scripture: “Let us now sing the...
Zimbabwe's bishops and Jesuits have both recently issued appeals for reform in the country in order to improve the standard of life for its citizens. In a pastoral letter issued 3 December, the African country’s bishops noted that three months after the July elections “there are no visible prospects for improveme...
Caritas staff in the Central African Republic are reporting the capital Bangui and many parts of the country are gripped by chaos and terror as fighting continues between forces loyal to the ex-president and the fighters who overthrew him. “The whole country is terrorised,” said Fr. Anicet Assingambi of St Charle...
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
King Abdullah II of Jordan yesterday received Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, in a meeting aimed at “boosting” relations between Jordan and the …read more
Following an increase in violence in the country and the abduction of Orthodox nuns, the Greek Melkite patriarch of Antioch and All the East has reiterated the Church’s determination to …read more
Pope Francis met this morning with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, increasing hopes for a future visit by the Pontiff to the Holy Land. The two leaders discussed the “complex …read more
Pope Francis has implored the Lord to assure suffering Syrians of the nearness of the Church so they might be comforted in their trials. Addressing an audience of pilgrims from the …read more
Pope Francis has urged university students to cultivate broad-ranging plans and to go beyond the ordinary rather than be imprisoned by weak and uniform thought. Addressing students from the …read more
The Institute for the Works of Religion - colloquially known as the 'Vatican Bank' - has appointed Rolando Marranci as its general director. Marranci begins work in his new post at the IOR …read more
Islamist rebels have broken into St. Thecla Orthodox Convent in Maaloula near Damascus and held Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and a number of nuns hostage, according to local sources. The …read more
Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for the promotion of Christian Unity, led the traditional delegation from the Holy See to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul to …read more