Chosen

Priests should sit and wait patiently for faithful in the confessional at times that are convenient for penitents. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said this this afternoon during the inauguration of the...
“It is possible that now he is Pope, Bergoglio will continue to be a restrained traveller. So far his trips abroad have been focused and have had a huge impact not just symbolically. He is in no...
Barack Obama was visibly moved by his meeting with Francis. Before bidding the Pope farewell, the US President maintained his firm handshake with the Pope longer than protocol dictates. Struck by...
“Who among us can claim not to be a sinner?” Francis’ question echoed through the Basilica, where he listened to the confessions of some faithful and presided over the penitential rite promoted by...
Expectations were running high on the eve of President Barack Obama’s first meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Sources said they were hopeful the two leaders would focus on the issues that...
When President Barack Obama and Pope Francis sit down Thursday, March 27, at the Vatican, the meeting may well offer a vision of what could have been for Democrats and the Catholic church over the...
Patriarchal Election “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21 Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka...
Influential representatives of the Orthodox Church were among the first to recognise John XXIII’s saintliness in the days of the Second Vatican Council. They even wanted to proclaim the good Pope a “...
Faith is believing your favorite team will win the World Series. Faith is believing that everything will turn out right. And faith is believing that God sacrificed His Son so that we may be free of...
“Never before in the 20th century has a Pope faced so much resistance as Francis has” and “the fact that there is so much resistance shows that the Pope really is changing the Church.” These strong...
Since March 2013, when radical Islamic rebels—many of them foreign fighters—overthrew an already fragile and corrupt government, the Central African Republic has been in turmoil, with clashes between...
The Church must accompany, not condemn, those whose marriages fail, according to the Holy Father. Pope Francis said that those who recognise marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a...
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as the Bishop of Rome, Catholic leaders nationwide have reflect on his papacy thus far, noting his call for every Catholic to...
After a year that included the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a series of celebrated innovations by Pope Francis, it is hard to imagine 2014 at the Vatican could be nearly as eventful...
What is your understanding of the Ukrainian crisis? That the Ukrainian people rebelled against an arrogant and authoritarian president, Viktor Yanukovich, who tried to quell the protests, killing...
King Abdullah's visit to Indonesia this week carries more political implications than the usual visits he had had to other South Asian countries. The Islamic dimension in the trip was very visible...
Pope Francis has placed reform of the Vatican as a top priority of his papacy. Whether or not he will succeed remains to be seen. There are at least three things necessary to successfully reform an...
Don’t be fooled by statistics, was Pope Francis’ advice at the morning Mass on February 28 2014 in St. Martha’s House, as reported by Vatican Radio. The Pope spoke about the beauty of marriage,...
The theological dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox Churches which was launched with the aim of achieving full sacramental communion, risks stalling permanently. One of the main reasons for this...
Introducing a two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals on the family and the Church’s pastoral approach to marriage, Pope Francis stressed that the church’s pastoral approach to helping couples must...