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At Easter, beloved brethren, it was the Lord’s resurrection which was the cause of our joy; our present rejoicing is on account of his ascension into heaven. With all due solemnity, we are...
Francis was born in 1182 in Assisi. He was the son of a prosperous cloth merchant, Peter Bernadone. His companions saw him as a carefree youth, calling him the “King of Revels.” Francis enjoyed...
Sister Marie-Anastasia Carré's paintings could accurately reflect what Pope Francis once said in La mia idea di arte: "Art, aside from being a credible witness to the beauty of creation, is also a...
The Solemnity of the Ascension celebrates many things, among them the Great Commission to preach the gospel to all nations. Thus, it is a fitting time to ponder the call of Pope John Paul II to a “...
At the general audience, Francis continues his catechesis on Baptism, a sacrament that “imprints an indelible spiritual seal that no sin can erase”. A greeting to the “small farmers” and an...
Every year on the Sunday before Pentecost the Church marks World Communications Day to celebrate the achievements of the media and to focus on how communications can best be used to promote gospel...
Why is the Vatican engaging in a dialogue with Chinese authorities? In China, Catholics have remained faithful despite the suffering caused by a regime that is hostile to religion. So what can such...
Pope Francis has called for concerted effort on the part of all actors of society to address the root causes of human trafficking - which he describes as a crime against humanity - and to promote...
As curators at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art carefully unwrap elaborate religious garments on loan from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel to exhibit them in their galleries, it’s a good moment to...
"Holy Father!", "Francis!", "ah Francé! (Italian Roman dialect). People screaming and chanting at the arrival of the Pope in the parish of the Blessed Sacrament, in the working-class district of Tor...
“Miracle” was the word used by Korean policy makers and bishops alike to describe the April 27 peace summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, which...
Pope Francis on Thursday, May 3, released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for May which is “The Mission of the Laity”. In his prayer intention for the month of May, Pope Francis...
Over an hour-long dialogue between Francis and the participants to a conference of the Congregation of Consecrated Life: “Beware not to hold on to your riches, vanity and pride”, “are vocations...
On April 17- 18, 2018, the Grand Magisterium held their Spring meeting in Rome. Participants included Grand Master, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien; Governor General, Leonardo Visconti di Modrone; Archbishop...
It’s the month of May, our Lady’s month, and Mother’s day is just around the corner. So let’s talk about motherhood and a mother's prayer life. Prayer is absolutely necessary for our sanctification...
Although a number of recent signs may indicate that important steps are being made in the Holy See’s dialogue with China, any formal Agreement between the two does not seem imminent. Contacts between...
Pope Francis begins the Marian month of May with a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome. “We will recite the Rosary, praying in particular for peace in Syria and in the entire...
Pope Francis has asked for prayers for peace in Syria and invited Christians to be joyful and grateful for the grace of Baptism. He was addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square for the...
At least 15 people including a Catholic priest were killed in Bangui, Central African Republic on Tuesday, May 1, when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a church service. The gunmen attacked Notre...
Meeting embattled Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, President Donald Trump made a special plea for Christians facing persecution in Africa’s most populous country. “We’ve had very...