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Cuban bishops to the Vatican at the end of the month; behind the scenes of a complex, yet promising moment for the relationship between state and church authorities The last ad limina visit of the...
Christians and Muslim in Pakistan determined to build social and religious peace in that country are launching a symbolic olive branch campaign in a shared endeavour: Fides was informed by the...
The situation after the Coptic churches attack in Egypt on Palm Sunday and in view of the Pope’s visit scheduled for April 28 and 29 After the Palm Mass on Sunday celebrated in St. Peter’s Square,...
When visiting a Catholic church for Sunday Mass, it is hard not to notice all the parishioners pause for a second as they file in through the various entrances. They stop, dip their fingers in a bowl...
Mary, my Mother, you were the first to live the Way of the Cross. You felt every pain and every humiliation. You were unafraid of the ridicule heaped upon you by the crowds. Your eyes were ever on...
Pope Francis’ forthcoming visit to Cairo can be “a very powerful effort in reaching out” to Muslim leaders there. That’s the view of a former student at Egypt’s al-Azhar university, currently...
Ambassador Kadri Abdelmottale, protocol advisor to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, said Monday that Pope Francis will be safe during his visit to Egypt on April 28 and 29. "I can guarantee that there won...
Holy Week In the first centuries of the Church, the week preceding the solemnity of Easter was called the “Great Week.” Then as now, Holy Week is the commemoration of the successful conclusion of the...
After His resurrection, the Lord Jesus revealed Himself to His disciples and spent time with them. In one such account, we find Jesus and Peter talking to each other, having one of the most beautiful...
The Pope at the Mass of Palm Sunday: "Christ is present in those who now suffers from slave labour, from family tragedies, from diseases, wars and terrorism, from interests that are armed and ready...
Pope Francis condemned the terror attack on a Coptic church dedicated to St. George – Mar Girgis – in the city of Tanta, north of Cairo, which killed upward of two dozen people and injured nearly 60...
The Five Holy Wounds or Five Sacred Wounds are the five piercing wounds Jesus suffered during the Crucifixion – the nail wounds on his hands and feet as well as the lance wound which pierced his side...
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for April is dedicated to Youth: 'For young people, that they might know how to respond generously to the vocation God has given them, and immerse themselves in the...
Vatican statistics once again seem to prove that Africa is emerging as the future axis of Catholicism. Overall, Catholicism grew globally from 1.272 billion in 2014 to 1.285 in 2015, representing...
A young woman named Elise Rivet felt a calling to religious life and at 22 years of age she joined the Notre-Dame de la Compassion Sisters in Lyon, France. The year was 1913 and she became Sister...
April 8th is the optional memorial of Saint Julie Billiart. For the little girl who loved to play “school” as a child, founding a religious order dedicated to the education of the young was something...
Georg Gänswein in a TV interview denies the latest allegations on the renunciation: “It was a free decision. What has been recently said is invented.” The two Popes theory? “The Pope is one,...
“The family continues to be good news for today’s world”, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, in preparation for the...
The statistical yearbook of the Vatican registers an overall increase of 1,285 million of baptized Catholics in 2015. 49 per cent live in the Americas. For the first time since 2000, a decline of...
As Jesus hangs on the cross, naked, dying, and at the climax of his earthly ministry he cries: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.' The phrase appears in both Matthew's and Mark's account of...