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Pope’s Easter message and blessing

April 20, 2014 - Pope Francis delivered his special Easter message and blessing on Sunday, assuring the world that the good news of the resurrection of Jesus can transform “every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death.” After Easter Sunday morning Mass he went up to the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica overlooking the vast square and delivered his Easter message and blessing, “Urbi et Orbi”, the Latin for 'to the city (i.e Rome) and to the world.” The Pope's “Urbi et Orbi” message is delivered twice a year – at Christmas and at Easter. Pope Francis delivered his Easter message entirely in Italian.

Pope Francis began his Urbi et Orbi picking out the greeting of the angel to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not  ...»


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God’s love, not evil, will ultimately triumph, Pope says at Way of the Cross

April 19, 2014 - Pope Francis on Good Friday night presided over a candlelit Way of the Cross at Rome’s landmark Colosseum, with thousands attending in reflections and prayer. For the entire event, the Pope remained silently seated under a canopy atop a hillside overlooking the Colosseum, following the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross, at the end of which he delivered a brief impromptu  ...»


Papal preacher: Betraying Jesus is bad, doubting his mercy is worse

April 18, 2014 - Pope Francis presided over a Good Friday liturgy in the afternoon in St. Peter’s Basilica, commemorating the passion and death of Jesus. The pope began the traditional Holy Week rite after a silent procession down the central nave. Then he lay prostrate on the floor before the main altar in silent prayer, a sign of adoration and penance. Later, the pope and thousands of faithful  ...»


Pope urges prayers for victims and families of South Korean ferry disaster

April 19, 2014 - Pope Francis, who is closely following the South Korean ferry disaster has urged all to pray for the victims and that families mourning them. “Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families,” the Pope urged a tweet on his Twitter account @pontifex, on Saturday. The ferry, Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday  ...»


Pope's Easter gifts to sick children in hospital

April 19, 2014 - Pope Francis has sent a van-load of 150 Easter eggs to the children of Rome’s Bambino Gesù (Child Jesus) Children’s Hospital. With the chocolate eggs, the Pope wanted to give the sick children a smile as Easter gift. The colourfully decorated Easter eggs were distributed among the children of the cancer ward in their recreation room.

Pope Francis had visited Bambino Gesù hospital  ...»



Pope washes feet of disabled on Holy Thursday

April 18, 2014 - “In the humbling act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus made Himself a servant - our servant. And he chose this path out of love saying, ‘You too must love and serve one another in love.’ This is the legacy that Jesus has left us.” Pope Francis made this exhortation during the evening Mass on Holy Thursday at a rehabilitation facility on the outskirts of Rome, where he washed  ...»


Human Rights & Environment 
Kachin, Burmese Army raids rebel stronghold: thousands of refugees and humanitarian crisis

April 15, 2014: Fighting has resumed in Kachin State, northern Burma bordering China, between the Burmese army and ethnic rebel militia Kachin Independence Army ( Kia) . The new wave of violence flared up on April 10 in conjunction with the launching of the Naypyidaw census and has already caused more than 3 thousand new refugees. The alarm is being raised by a group of local NGOs, including  ...»


Pakistan blasphemy lawyers receive death threats in courtroom

April 14, 2014 - Lawyers representing a man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan’s populous Punjab province were subject to death threats inside the courtroom where they were giving evidence. Two lawyers, Rashid Rahman and Allah Dad, said the judge overseeing the case of Junaid Hafeez, an academic who is accused of publishing an offensive drawing of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook last year, did  ...»


UN rights chief slams 'rampant' torture in Syria

April 14, 2014 - The United Nation’s top human rights official has condemned the ``rampant use of torture'' in detention facilities in Syria. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says her office has documented a ``broad pattern of torture and ill-treatment'' in government facilities and some run by rebel groups. Pillay said in a statement Monday that the report draws on detailed  ...»


Nepal government urged to change amnesty plan

April 14, 2014 - Nepal's government faced calls on Friday from human rights and victims' groups not to grant amnesties over atrocities committed during the country's civil war for which nobody has been brought to justice. In a decade-long insurgency that pitted Maoist guerrillas against the army, more than 16,000 people were dead, hundreds disappeared and thousands were forced out of their homes.  ...»


UN warns climate efforts falling short

April 14, 2014 - Delivering the latest stark news about climate change on Sunday, a United Nations panel warned that governments are not doing enough to avert profound risks in coming decades. But the experts found a silver lining: Not only is there still time to head off the worst, but the political will to do so seems to be rising around the world. In a unveiled in Berlin, Germany, the  ...»


SPECIAL FEATURES 
›  POPE'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

The Vatican Radio started its English broadcast for South Asia in 1958, with a weekly 10-minute news transmission. Jesuit Father Thomas O’Donnell was its first Director and the broadcast was specially made for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In 1964 South Asia got a boost when Pope Paul VI visited Bombay, India for the World Eucharistic Congress from 2nd to 5thof December. Consequently, in 1965 ...»

TWITTER @PONTIFEX 

Pope Francis ‏ on 31 March 2014
Lent is a time to change direction, to respond to the reality of evil and poverty.

Pope Francis ‏ on 29 March 2014
We live in a society that leaves no room for God; day by day this numbs our hearts.

Pope Francis ‏ on 28 March 2014
We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us fight against our faults.

Pope Francis ‏ on 27 March 2014
Lent is a time of ...»


South Asia 
Easter greetings from Indian President, PM

April 21, 2014 - The Indian President and Prime Minister have greeted the nation on the occasion of Easter wishing that the commemoration of Christ’s ...»


India is multi-religious because it is an authentic and healthy democracy says Pune bishop

April 16, 2014:"India belongs to people of all religions", and "minorities in the country should be protected and promoted. That is the test of an ...»


By following Christ's example, Nepal’s politicians can save the country says Apostolic Vicar of Nepal.

April 16, 2014: By following Christ’s example, Nepal's politicians can save the country, said the Apostolic Vicar of Nepal, Bishop Anthony Sharma. In ...»


For Sri Lanka’s bishops, Easter is a time of reconciliation for their people

April 16,2014: The bishops of Sri Lanka in their Easter message in Sinhala, Tamil and English, called on fellow Sri Lankans to search for "true ...»


Catholics initiate project to help blind people in Karnataka

April 14, 2014 - Some 2,000 members of a Catholic parish in southern India’s Bangalore city have pledged to donate their eyes marking the launch of a ...»


WORLD 

April 18, 2014 - Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the eastern-rite Maronite Catholic Church, washed and kissed the feet of 12 prisoners during a Holy Thursday Mass in Roumieh, Lebanon's largest prison, north of Beirut. The April 17 Mass ...»


April 16,2014: In the Philippines, the bishop in conflict-ridden Basilan province called for a cease-fire on Tuesday(April 15), as clashes between government troops and Abu Sayyaf rebels entered its fourth day. "I call on our brother Muslims to ...»


April 16,2014 Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye of Singapore in his message for Easter, called the faithful to a “new life” in Christ. The prelate said "In our celebration of Easter, we are reminded once again that through the Paschal mystery – ...»


April 14, 2014 - A prominent Catholic Church leader in Myanmar is calling religious leaders of the country to greater religious tolerance saying “unity in diversity” and “peace and prosperity” are the destiny of Myanmar. In this task, it is the duty ...»


April 11, 2014 - A Catholic Church programme for Syrian children in Lebanon has been extended, the Vatican said on Friday. A 3-month healthcare mission for Syrian refugee children begun last December in the Bekaa valley has been extended until end ...»

Pope’s General Audience 
›  Apr. 16: Christ's passion, death
›  Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Wisdom
›  Apr. 02: Sacrament of Matrimony
›  Mar. 26: Sacrament of Holy Orders
›  Mar. 19: St. Joseph
›  Mar. 05: Ash Wednesday
›  Feb. 26: Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
›  Feb. 19: Sacrament of Reconciliation
›  Feb. 12: Eucharist in Daily Life
›  Feb. 5: Sacrament of the Eucharist
›  Jan. 29: Sacrament of Confirmation
›  Jan. 22: Unity Among Christians
›  Jan 15: Sacrament of Baptism (cont.)
›  Jan 08: Sacrament of Baptism
›  Dec. 18: Christmas
›  Dec. 11: Life Everlasting
›  Dec. 04: Resurrection of the body (contd.)
›  Nov. 27: Resurrection of the body
INSPIRING LIVES 
›  St. Teresa Benedicta - Her martyrdom: 14 Mar 2014
›  St. Teresa Benedicta - Early Life: 7 Mar 2014
›  St. Juan Grande Román - 28 Feb 2014
›  St. Riccardo Pampuri - 21 Feb 2014
›  St. Teresa de Jesús - 14 Feb 2014
›  St. Claude La Colombière, S.J. - 7 Feb 2014
›  St. Jean-Gabriel: Glorification - 31 Jan 2014
›  St. Jean-Gabriel Perboyre - 24 Jan 2014
›  St. Raphael Kalinowski - 17 Jan 2014
›  St. Magdalen : Canonization - 10 Jan 2014



Sunday Reflections 


Acts 10: 34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; John 20: 1-9

Egyptian pyramids are world-famous as one of the “seven Wonders” of the ancient world. But they are actually gigantic tombs containing the mummified bodies of Egyptian Pharaohs. Westminster Abby is famous, ...»


Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mt: 21: 1-11 & 27:11- [54] 66
On Marco Polo's celebrated trip to the Orient, he was taken before the great and fearsome ruler, Genghis Khan. Now what was Marco Polo supposed to do before this mighty pagan conqueror? One false ...»


Ez 37:12-14; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45
Robert McAfee Brown was a chaplain in World War II. He was on a troop ship with 1,500 Marines on their way home after having served in Japan. To his surprise, he was approached by a group of Marines asking him to ...»


I Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41
The book God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People by Michael Yaconeli tells the story of a man recently converted to Jesus and how an unbelieving friend sought to “see” why. “So you have been converted ...»


Ex 17:3-7; Rom 5: 1-2, 5-8; Jn 4: 5-42Rev. Randall D. Bell tells a powerful story about a pastor who stood in court beside a member of his congregation--an individual who had been “out with the boys,” and had had too much to drink. As he was ...»


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