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Pope prays for peace, victims of war in Congo and South Sudan
Vatican City, Nov 23, 2017 / 10:09 am

With plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year thwarted by ongoing conflict, Pope Francis on Thursday led a prayer vigil for peace in the two countries, asking for an end to war and comfort for victims of the violence.   More...
When you serve others, stay humble, Pope tells Franciscans
Vatican City, Nov 23, 2017 / 07:20 am

Pope Francis said on Thursday to always be humble when serving others, especially the least of these, remembering how much you yourself have received that you did not deserve. More...
A Seminarian Thanksgiving in Rome
Vatican City, Nov 22, 2017 / 03:00 pm

Seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome have a lot to be thankful for come Thanksgiving Day. Among them is their community, and also for home-baked pumpkin pie, made by their fellow students, the fifth-year student priests of the college. More...
Pope: Ideological colonization is 'blasphemy' that leads to persecution
Vatican City, Nov 22, 2017 / 11:22 am

On Tuesday, Pope Francis blasted what he has often referred to as “ideological colonization,” which he said is a sin against God that leads to persecution. More...
Pope Francis: At Mass we participate in Calvary
Vatican City, Nov 22, 2017 / 03:40 am

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that when we attend Mass, it is as if we are approaching Jesus on the Cross at Calvary, and that at every Eucharist we not only experience Christ’s redemption, but we participate in it. More...
China, Vatican use 'diplomacy of art' to foster relations
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Relations with mainland China have long been an interest for the Holy See, and the Vatican Museums have now partnered with a Chinese cultural institute in hopes of building stronger ties with the country through art. More...
Pope eager to meet Catholic, interreligious leaders in Bangladesh
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2017 / 06:33 am

On Tuesday, Pope Francis sent a video greeting to the people of Bangladesh ahead of his Nov. 30-Dec. 2 visit to the country, saying he is looking forward to meeting everyone, especially Catholics and other religious leaders, and to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More...
Dioceses of Nashville, Jefferson City get new bishops
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2017 / 05:34 am

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis' appointment of Fr. Shawn McKnight as the next bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, and Msgr. Mark Spalding as the new leader of the Diocese of Nashville. More...
Tips from a local: What Cardinal Bo recommends for Pope’s visit to Burma
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2017 / 05:00 am

To prepare for Pope Francis’ trip to Burma, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the first and sole Burmese cardinal in the Church’s history, met with the Pontiff in a private audience Nov. 18.  The cardinal offered the Pope three recommendations for his upcoming trip.   Cardinal Bo told CNA that “the meeting lasted about 30 minutes,” and that the Pope took each of his recommendations under consideration.   What did Ca More...
John Paul II relic given to 2019 World Youth Day
Vatican City, Nov 20, 2017 / 07:00 pm

At a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See, Ambassador Janusz Kotanski delivered a relic of Pope St. John Paul II to Panama’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Miroslava Rosas Vargas.  The relic is a gift from Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz to the Church in Panama, as it prepares to host the 2019 World Youth Day. More...
Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State
Vatican City, Nov 20, 2017 / 01:00 pm

Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named “Section for the Diplomatic Staff,” and is tasked with overseeing the Holy See’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world.   Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawlowski has been appointed to helm the third section. Previously the apostolic nuncio to Gabon, in 2015 Archbisho More...
Pope mourns death of Cardinal Montezemolo, long-time Vatican diplomat
Vatican City, Nov 20, 2017 / 11:05 am

Pope Francis sent a telegram Monday for the death of long-time Vatican diplomat Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, who died in Rome Sunday at the age of 92. More...
Pope: Are you afraid of God? If so, you don't really know who he is
Vatican City, Nov 19, 2017 / 05:52 am

Pope Francis on Sunday cautioned against having a “mistaken” idea of God as harsh and punishing, saying this fear will end up paralyzing us and preventing us from doing good, rather than spreading his love and mercy. More...
Pope Francis: the poor are our 'passport to paradise'
Vatican City, Nov 19, 2017 / 02:34 am

On the first World Day for the Poor, Pope Francis said caring for the needy has a saving power, because in them we see the face of Christ, and urged Christians to overcome indifference and seek ways to actively love the poor that they meet. More...
Compassion is the heart of healthcare, Pope Francis says
Vatican City, Nov 18, 2017 / 05:59 am

Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to health workers and organizations, saying compassion is the heart of what they do, and stressed the need for a more equitable distribution resources and services throughout the world. More...
Pope: not everything technically possible is morally acceptable
Vatican City, Nov 18, 2017 / 05:06 am

On Saturday Pope Francis praised the achievements of scientific and technological advancements, but cautioned that developments in the field have limits, and should be founded above all on the good of the human person. More...
What does the Church really teach about nuclear war?
Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 / 07:00 pm

A Vatican conference discussing “A World Free From Nuclear Weapons,” held Nov. 10-11, is the latest step in a long-term commitment from the Holy See to work for nuclear disarmament, which itself is considered by the Vatican to be a step toward the goal of integral disarmament.   The conference was held after 120 nations voted this July to pass the UN’s Comprehensive Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  The treaty prohibits si More...
Commentary: Don’t buy fake agendas; defend the pope!
London, England, Nov 17, 2017 / 03:00 pm

For years now, I have been bemoaning the growing number of so-called progressive Catholic figures, in academia, the media and the outer curial orbit, who fancy themselves to be the Pope’s ideological vanguard, amidst what they have taken to calling their “intra-ecclesial battle.” More...
Ahead of Burma visit, Pope says he's coming to promote peace
Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 / 05:29 am

On Friday, Pope Francis sent a video greeting to the people of Burma – also known as Myanmar – ahead of his Nov. 27-30 trip, saying he is coming to proclaim the Gospel and promote peace in a country gripped by a heated humanitarian and political crisis surrounding the Rohingya Muslim minority. More...
Who was Albino Luciani, the 'smiling Pope'?
Vatican City, Nov 17, 2017 / 03:01 am

Last week Albino Luciani, better known by his papal name, John Paul I, took the next step on the path to sainthood. Yet apart from the fame garnered by various theories that sprouted due to the enigmatic nature of his death, for many little is known of his saintly life and brief pontificate. More...

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