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On the first “Friday of Mercy” 2018, Francis greeted hospitalized children, their families and medical staff. New Year, old habits. Pope Francis also for 2018 did not want to interrupt the chain of “...
It’s no secret that Pope Francis likes short homilies. His daily sermons at Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives, tend to be under ten minutes, and many times he has reminded priests and bishops...
As 2017 drew to an end, the media missed one of the biggest news stories of the year: the persecution of Christians around the world. According to a groundbreaking new report, “Persecuted and...
“That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice,” is the prayer intention of Pope Francis for January 2018, promoted throughout the world by the Pope’s...
The Holy See expects to play a leading role in international efforts to address problems of migrants and refugees during 2018, according to Fr Michael Czerny who is the undersecretary of the Migrants...
World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned an attack that occurred on New Year’s Day at the Rivers church in Omuku town, southern Nigeria. At least 16 people...
It is significant that the first thing the Archangel Gabriel tells Mary about the son she will conceive is his name. Even before Our Lady learns of her son’s divinity, she is told to name him Jesus....
As 2017 was drawing to a close, the horrors of war and people's yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis' mind and in his prayers. In an unusual move late December 30, the Pope had the Vatican press...
During his midday Angelus prayer on New Year's Day, Pope Francis urged that ‎refugees, migrants and everyone be ensured a future of peace, saying it is everyone's right. Pope Francis on New Year’s...
Following is the text of His Holiness Pope Francis' message for the celebration of World Day of Peace which marks on January 1: 1 JANUARY 2018 Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace...
At the end-of-year Te Deum, the Pope is “Grateful to the Romans who love the city not with words but with deeds, despite tight economic circumstances, many people do not pity themselves”. The Pope...
O God of Sarah and Abraham, our tears are mixed with yours, weeping for the cities in the world. We weep for the holy cities and especially for Jerusalem: where brothers and sisters kill each other,...
Following the recitation of the Angelus on Sunday, December 31, Pope Francis prays for those involved in a terrorist attack in Cairo on Friday. Nine people were killed in two separate attacks on the...
The Diocese of Orange, California, received an early Christmas present in the form of a new bishop Dec. 19, when a man who entered the country as a young refugee from Vietnam in 1973 became its new...
Mary, Mother of God January 1, 2018 On this day the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, our Lady's greatest title. This feast is the octave of Christmas....
Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis. His activities and the passions...
Pope Francis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone December 29 about the status of Jerusalem. Paloma Garcia Ovejero, vice director of the Vatican press office, confirmed the...
In the year 2017, 23 Catholic pastoral care workers were killed worldwide: 13 priests, 1 religious brother, 1 religious sister, 8 lay persons. For the eighth consecutive year, the place most affected...
The Christian communities in Myanmar, Catholic and Protestant, have publicly celebrated Christmas in the streets of Yangon, for the first time in 50 years: as Agenzia Fides learns, in the past...
After an anti-clerical childhood and adolescence, filled with hatred for the Church, Fr. Juan José Martínez says he discovered “that God exists and wants me as his priest.” “Sunday mornings I would...