Meets with Participants of General Chapter at Vatican
"Minority" and "Fraternity" are the two essential elements of the identity of the Order of Friars Minor. This was the central theme of Pope Francis' address today with members of the religious order founded by St. Francis of Assisi. The members met with the Holy Father following their General Chapter. The Pop...
"Either you are freely poor and minor, or you will end up being stripped."
Pope Francis received the participants in the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor in an audience at the Vatican today. The following is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present at the meeting. * * * Dear Friars Minor, Welcome! I thank the Minister General, Father Michael Perry, for his...
Calls on Members of Oratory to Follow Example of the 'Apostle of Rome'
In a letter sent to the members of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, Pope Francis called on them to follow their founder's example in his commitment to the spiritual care of souls. The Holy Father sent the message on the 500th anniversary of St. Philip Neri's birth. Dubbed the 'Apostle of Rome', St. Philp Ner...
"The Church’s state of permanent mission requires of you, spiritual sons of Saint Philip Neri, not to be content with a mediocre life"
Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ Message for the Fifth Centenary of Saint Philip Neri’s birth. * * * To the Reverend Father Mario Alberto Aviles, c.o., Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. The fifth centenary of the birth of Saint Philip Neri, born in Florence ...
Quote for May 26th
"We can observe the Fourth Commandment by loving visits to our aging grandparents."
- Pope Francis, Tweet - May 26th, 2015
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Holy See Spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi Responds to Speculation of Possible Jubilee Year Event
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press, released a statement today regarding reports of a possible date on the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. The Vatican …read more
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Despite suffering from 1992-1995 conflict, Church is "very much alive"
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Lack of resources, low agricultural productivity and climate change among challenges highlighted
A major independent survey of Caritas groups around the world points to the best way to end hunger – help small farmers, especially as they try to adapt to the changing climate. The survey …read more
Says Medallion and Encouragement to Palestinian President is Invitation to Commit to Peace
Pope Francis' invitation to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to become "an angel of peace" has made headlines around the world. The Pope said those words while presenting a medallion with …read more
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Receives Group of Religious in Rome For Yesterday's Canonization
Pope Francis received a group of Carmelite religious from Bethlehem and Sisters of the Rosary from Jerusalem, who were in Rome for yesterday's canonization. Among the four blesseds canonized …read more