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Pope appeals for unity, non-violence in Chile's torn Mapuche zone
Temuco, Chile, Jan 17, 2018 / 07:08 am

On Wednesday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Chile's largely indigenous Araucania region, long divided by violent conflict. He stressed the importance of unity, which he said cannot be achieved through violence or forced uniformity. More...
Award to pro-abortion politician a matter of protocol, Vatican says
Vatican City, Jan 16, 2018 / 01:00 pm

The conferral of the Vatican’s Order of St. Gregory the Great to Dutch politician and pro-abortion activist Liliane Ploumen was part of an ordinary diplomatic exchange of honorific titles, and does not mean that the Vatican supports Ploumen’s abortion campaigns, a Vatican spokesperson explained Jan. 15.   Responding to requests of clarification, Paloma Garcia-Ovejero, deputy director of the Holy See Press Office, said that “the honorific of More...
In Chile, Pope says Beatitudes aren't 'cheap words', but sources of hope
Santiago, Chile, Jan 16, 2018 / 06:33 am

On his first full day in Chile, Pope Francis told Catholics in the country that the Beatitudes aren't just a simple piece of advice from someone who purports to know everything, but are a source of hope which impels people to leave their comfort zone and follow the path given by Jesus. More...
Don’t let fear keep you from welcoming the stranger, Pope says
Vatican City, Jan 14, 2018 / 04:45 am

At a special Mass Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said that while it is normal to be afraid of the unknown, we can’t let this direct how we respond to newcomers in our midst, who should be treated with respect and generosity. More...
Analysis: Why will Pope Francis visit the Ukrainian parish in Rome?
Vatican City, Jan 12, 2018 / 02:00 pm

On Jan. 28, Pope Francis will visit the Basilica of Saint Sophia, the Greek Catholic Ukrainian parish in Rome. While there, he will pray in front of the tomb of Bishop Stefan Czmil, who served as a missionary to Argentina, and was a childhood mentor to the young Jorge Bergoglio.   The news of the visit was released today by the Holy See Press Office. Beyond the personal attachment the Pope has for Bishop Czmil, the visit is meant as a pastoral visit and a sign of clos More...
Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says
Vatican City, Jan 11, 2018 / 10:17 am

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that for the Vatican, the new year will be marked by its attention to the lives of young people ahead of the 2018 Synod of Bishops. More...
Analysis: The ambassador’s visit to Rome’s American seminary
Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 / 04:00 pm

On Jan. 10, Callista Gingrich, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See, was a guest at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. She visited the college to receive a blessing as she embarks upon her work as ambassador, according to sources at the North American College.   News of the event is striking for two reasons. More...
Analysis: What guides Vatican diplomacy?
Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 / 02:00 pm

At a traditional new year's meeting between Pope Francis and diplomats to the Vatican, the pope painted a picture of pontifical diplomacy around the globe: An international mission working to secure the common good, an always increasing network of relations, and the certainty of an impartial voice working for peace. More...
Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis
Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 / 09:00 am

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Colombian Bishop Noel Antonio Londoño Buitrago C.Ss.R. has been appointed papal commissioner for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Catholic society of apostolic life.   More...
Be intentional about silence during Mass, Pope Francis says
Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 / 04:00 am

Pope Francis said Wednesday that moments of silence in the Mass should be intentional times of prayer, recollection and communion with God, rather than being viewed as times to just be quiet or not speak. More...
Pope Francis gives 2,000 poor, prisoners a day at the circus
Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 / 03:37 am

Tomorrow afternoon some 2,100 of Rome's poor and homeless population, refugees, prisoners and volunteers will head to the circus, courtesy of Pope Francis. More...
Pope says he will bring message of peace and hope to Chile, Peru
Vatican City, Jan 9, 2018 / 11:25 am

Ahead of his visit to Chile and Peru, Pope Francis has said he wants to bring a message of peace and hope to both countries, which he said have been successful in fighting a “culture of waste” through their care for the poor and needy. More...
Vatican releases Pope's liturgical schedule for January, February
Vatican City, Jan 9, 2018 / 06:34 am

Earlier this week the Vatican published Pope Francis’ liturgical schedule for the months of January and February, including his lineup of celebrations for the start of Lent, which this year begins Feb. 14. More...
Vatican communications see new growth after rebranding
Vatican City, Jan 9, 2018 / 04:51 am

After the recent re-branding and consolidation of the Vatican's various media outlets, their social media platforms have now reached a total of more than 4 million followers, who receive their daily papal news with a fresh logo. More...
Pope Francis: The world needs stable families, relationships
Vatican City, Jan 8, 2018 / 06:44 am

In a speech to diplomats on Monday, Pope Francis said that the stability of the family is integral for the future, and that such stability is created when founded upon the faithful and lasting relationship of a man and woman. More...
Forgetting our baptism is to forget our identity, Pope Francis says
Vatican City, Jan 7, 2018 / 04:27 am

On Sunday Pope Francis spoke of the importance of remembering the day of our baptism, which he said is more than just a date on the calendar, but is the moment we receive our Christian identity and are immersed in the grace and forgiveness of God. More...
Pope baptizes 34 babies, says faith can't grow without love at home
Vatican City, Jan 7, 2018 / 02:52 am

Keeping with papal tradition, Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by celebrating Mass in the Sistine Chapel, during which he baptized 34 infants, telling parents that love at home is the first requirement of passing on the faith. More...
Pope: Like the Magi, we must leave our comfort zone to find Jesus
Vatican City, Jan 6, 2018 / 02:58 am

Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Epiphany Saturday by encouraging faithful to imitate the actions of the Magi, who weren't attached to worldly comforts, but were willing to go out and take risks in order to find Jesus. More...
Pope's latest prayer video highlights religious persecution in Asia
Vatican City, Jan 5, 2018 / 07:14 am

Pope Francis has kicked off the new year by shedding light on the plight of persecuted religious minorities in Asia, asking that Catholics join him in praying for these people and for religious freedom in their countries. More...
Parents must be involved in child's education, Pope Francis says
Vatican City, Jan 5, 2018 / 06:14 am

On Friday Pope Francis said education is a family matter, and rather than contradicting one another, parents and teachers must collaborate openly and constructively to form children in core values which enable them to face modern challenges. More...

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