Reflecting on his five-day apostolic visit to South Korea that concluded Monday, Pope Francis affirmed that Christ never diminishes or cancels something 'good,' like culture, he only enriches them, and brings them to their full potential. Speaking to the thousands gathered for this morning’s weekly Audience in Pa...read more
Below is the communique issued this morning by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace which, on behalf of the Holy Father, announces the theme of the message for the 48th World Day of Peace, Jan. 1, 2015: *** POPE FRANCIS ANNOUNCES THE THEME OF THE MESSAGE FOR THE 48thWORLD DAY OF PEACE (1 JANUARY 2015) ...
As Pope Francis urges religious women in Eastern and Central Africa to serve Christ with an undivided heart, an association of consecrated women in Africa has been doing just that. Over the weekend, the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) celebrated its 40th anniversary and the...
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, has said the militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda are "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith. The mufti has condemned the Islamist groups before but the timing of his statement...
Quote for August 21st
'We no sooner begin a work for the honor and glory of God, than the world at once becomes uneasy, or the devil throws obstacles in the way.'
St. Ignatius of Loyola
A year of celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint Don Bosco began Saturday. The bicentennial of the founder of the Salesian Congregation will take place Aug. 16th, …read more
Pope Francis has urged religious to share their joy with the world and to never be like hypocrites, living like the wealthy. Speaking to members of South Korea's religious communities on …read more
About 5.45pm Saturday, the Holy Father met members of Korea's religious communities at the auditorium of the "School of Love" in Kkottongnae, where normally there are classes of spirituality. …read more
Below is the discourse Pope Francis gave to laity at 6:30 p.m., local time, at the Spiritual Center inKkottongnae, South Korea. In recognition of the fundamental importance of the role of the …read more
As Pope Francis beatified 124 martyrs today, he exhorted Koreans to follow the martyrs’ example and resist the urge to "water down the radical demands of the Gospel and to conform to the …read more
Here is a Vatican translation of the Italian-language homily Pope Francis delivered today at the beatification Mass for the Korean martyrsPaul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions. The Mass was …read more
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 The prophet Isaiah foresees the day when Gentile foreigners will join themselves to the Lord, when they will …read more
124 martyrs were declared blesseds by Pope Francis, as the crowds cheered on. More than 1million people filled the streets of Seoul to attend the Mass and beatification of Paul Yun-Ji-Chung …read more