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In a communique published on Monday, the Prefecture of the Papal Household reports that during the year 2014, more than 5,900,000 faithful participated in the various encounters with Pope Francis:...
The "Arena" theater in Amman was full of people who braved the rainy weather of a cold December evening to attend a concert by Majida Al-Roumi after a 14-year absence from Jordan theaters. On that...
Father Federico Lombardi SJ highlights some of the events that have made 2014 an extremely busy and significant year for Pope Francis. In a long interview with Vatican Radio, the Director of the...
Pope Francis likened the plight of Iraqi refugees to that of Jesus, in a telephone call made shortly before he celebrated midnight mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, where he called for...
The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world's darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God's love for mankind amid a history marked by “violence, wars, hatred and oppression,” Pope...
During the Midnight Mass service Pope Francis said the most important thing is to let the Lord find us. The light of the Child Jesus was seen by “the unassuming”, “not ... by the arrogant, the proud...
At Christmas God shows us that He has not tired of us. Despite so many wars, injustice, torture, persecution, God has not stopped trusting in man and comes to his aid. The world lives of sterile...
Theology can seem as distant from reality as a greeting card is from the terror of that first Christmas: a homeless couple with newborn, the sound of hoof-beats, the slaughter of innocents, desert...
At the Angelus the Pope “Too often God knocks at our door but we are so caught up in our thoughts and concerns we do not even notice.” “If you feel this wish to be better, it is He who is knocking....
Pope Francis on Sunday, December 21, invited the faithful to listen carefully when God knocks at their door. “Too often – he said – Jesus passes by in our lives, he sends an angel and we are so...
The 83-foot Italian tree in St. Peter's Square was lit for the first time this season at the unveiling of the Vatican's nativity scene, which Pope Francis called a sign of “light, hope and love” for...
Exclusive interview with Asia Bibi, the Pakistani mother who is currently on death row in a woman's prison in Multan. She is not asking Pope Francis for public appeals but for prayers. In the...
After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba are to work toward the establishment of full diplomatic relations, and US President Barack Obama says that Pope Francis played...
Thanks to its mediation role in the process of reconciliation between Cuba and the US, Vatican diplomacy finds itself back at the centre of the international stage. The good news of the thaw in...
The “noble” actions of those who believe in dialogue and negotiation. In an age when many, at different levels, consider the terms “dialogue” and “diplomacy” as equivalent to do-goodery and feeble...
American Catholics are responding warmly to the news of thawing of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, calling it a victory of "engagement" over "isolation" that benefits "ordinary people"...
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, said on Thursday, December 18, that Pope Francis played a very significant role in facilitating the rapprochement between the US and Cuba....
Pope Francis spoke on Thursday, December 18, at his joy over the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, two nations who have been estranged for many years, saying this was a result of...
US President Barack Obama and the President of Cuba Raúl Castro have mentioned the crucial role played by the Latin American Pope in achieving a landmark deal between the two countries. Maduro called...
Hell has touched Sydney, but the darkness let loose on a terrorized city cannot overcome the light of Christ, the city's archbishop said at a special December 16 Mass after a lone gunman took 17...