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On the fourth day of our Christmas celebration, the Church reminds us that not everyone is joyful; that there exist those who are not of goodwill who do not wish to receive the season’s glad tidings...
For the 8th consecutive year, America tops the list with the highest ‎number of pastoral workers killed. During this year that is coming to an end, 23 pastoral workers of the Catholic Church were...
Fides Agency annual dossier confirms: for eight consecutive years, the Latin American nations hold the record for the largest number of Catholic pastoral care workers murdered. The data and...
As the Church celebrates the Octave of Christmas, Vatican News has prepared a video of depictions of the Nativity and Epiphany on early Christian sarcophagi displayed in the Vatican Museums. The...
During his General Audience of Wednesday, December 27, Pope Francis urged Christians to make Jesus the centre of all ‎celebrations and gift themselves to others, especially the marginalized. ‎ *****...
Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the theme of "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." It will be held in Rome in...
Queen Elizabeth II has spoken of her Christian faith in her Christmas message, saying Christ has inspired her “through good times and bad”. In her annual message, the Queen focused on the theme of ‘...
Medical doctors and Vatican theologians have given the green light. The newspaper of the diocese of Brescia: what better opportunity than the October 2018 synod? In a special issue entitled “It will...
“Be not afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people. To you is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 The World Council of Churches has as its basis...
“Today, as the winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline, Christmas invites us to focus on the sign of...
Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass, “do not be afraid of experiencing new forms of relationship, in which none have to feel that there is no room for them on this earth”. “God is in the unwelcomed...
For when peaceful stillness encompassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful Word O Lord, leapt down from Your royal throne. Alleluia. — Wisdom 18:14-15 O...
The first chapter in the Gospel of John begins: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him,...
The new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista L. Gingrich, presented her credential letters to Pope Francis on Friday, December 22 at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. Her main responsibility as...
During the days immediately preceding Christmas, Pakistani Christians across the country gather for prayer vigils and peace demonstrations in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack that struck...
Christmas is an invitation to look differently at the world, to stop and appreciate the small things, Pope Francis reminds us. The time for end of year celebrations has arrived. For many people, it...
As a young man, St. Augustine lived a hedonistic life, one in which sensuality and self-indulgence reigned supreme. Along the way, prior to his becoming a Christian he had a son by a woman to whom he...
1) Christmas Eve. This year, the fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24th. After the testimony of John the Baptist (Third Sunday of Advent), the liturgy of the Word of this fourth Sunday offers...
The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations has called for maintaining of the status quo of Jerusalem, noting that the city is the “spiritual capital” to millions of...
Pope Francis again upbraided the high-level Catholic prelates that run the Vatican bureaucracy in an annual pre-Christmas speech December 21. Pope Francis again upbraided the high-level Catholic...