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Francis’s Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica: corruption and paralyzing bureaucracy crucify human dignity The faces of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary in front of the tomb of Jesus "mirror" those "of...
The Easter season stretches from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, making up what is known as “The Great 50 Days.” This is a season in which the Church rejoices in and with the resurrected Christ. It is...
In the Upper Egyptian city of Minya, Coptic women hurry to finish their shopping for the Easter feast, as they always do. “My mother comes over, we watch the prayer at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo...
The final meditation of the traditional rite at the Colosseum: “with eyes lowered in shame and with hearts full of hope.” Shame for the "destruction" caused by conflicts, the "shipwreck" of...
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow received Italian President Sergio Mattarella on April 12 and said that “the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church can and should do everything to make the world a...
At the request of the bishop there, three focolarini open a focolare house in the Lesser Himalayas, with the challenge of bringing the light of the Gospel with their lives to those fertile mountain...
Holy Week Reminds Us of Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus When we think of the Passion of our Lord or make the Stations of the Cross, one image that should come into our mind’s eye is the Sixth...
Pope Francis granted an interview with the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, published Thursday, April 13, in which he spoke about why he always celebrates the Mass of the Lord's Supper with...
“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of April 12, 2017. This morning’s General Audience was...
Good Friday commemorates the Passion of the Lord, the day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Nowhere in the world is Mass offered on this day. Reception of the Most Holy...
After Jesus died and his body was placed in the tomb, he could have ascended to heaven without appearing to anyone. But Jesus rose and he appeared to his disciples, and he did so for a number of...
Pope Francis celebrated the Chrism Mass of the Rome diocese on the morning of Holy Thursday, April 13, in St. Peter’s Basilica. The liturgy is held every year in every diocese, and is typically...
The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday and important events in the life of the Church spanning almost 2,000...
Secretary General of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Faisal Bin Muaammar met on 7 April 2017 with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran,...
“Like the prophets before him Jesus expressed the deepest respect for the Temple in Jerusalem.” (CCC 583) Dave Armstrong The “holy place” is a thoroughly biblical notion. Jerusalem was and is a holy...
Cardinal Walter Kasper says the shortage of priests has become critical. "Priests today are often managers with four or five parishes to look after. They have no time for pastoral work." Cardinal...
The Holy Father Francis has convoked an Ordinary Public Consistory for Thursday, April 20, for some Causes of Canonization, among which are those of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the little...
The attacks in Egypt will not deter Pope Francis, who has every intention to travel to that country on April 28-29, said Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Holy See State...
Promoters of the “Prosperity Gospel” often have less to say during Holy Week. The Theology of the Cross is not their strong suit, especially when applied not simply to the God-man Jesus Christ, but...
The little eight-year-old chess player Nathan Booncharoen represented the Holy See Mission in a chess tournament at the UN against world champion Anatoly Karpov, states a press release of the Mission...