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City of Rome gears up for the canonisation event

April 24, 2014: Amidst speculations regarding the number of pilgrims arriving in Rome, the city is getting geared up for this weekend’s canonisation of the two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. At a press briefing on Wednesday morning, officials from the Diocese of Rome, the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi and Rome's City Council provided some logistical facts and figures on how the Eternal City is getting prepared to host the large number of pilgrims that are expected. The canonization service will be held at 10 am on Sunday, in the St. Peter’s Square presided over by Pope Francis. On Saturday evening prayer vigils and confessions are organized in many churches in the centre of City, with special 'white night of prayer' held from 9 pm.

Over two and a half thousand volunteers will be working  ...»



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Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue greets Buddhists for Vesakh

April 24, 2014: The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released a Message on Thursday, addressed to Buddhists as they prepare to mark the feast of Vesakh, which is the most important of the Buddhist festivals and is celebrated on the full moon in May. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, it also marks the Buddha’s enlightenment as prince Siddhartha Gautama  ...»


Pope’s thanks everyone who sent him wishes for Easter and feast day.

April, 23, 2014: Pope Francis thanked people from all over the world who sent him wishes for Easter and for his name-feast day of St. George on Wednesday, April 23. The Pope expressed his thanks at the end of Wednesday’s general audience, saying "in the past few weeks, wishes came from every part of the world for Easter and for my name day - today. Pope Francis was baptized Jorge, the Spanish for  ...»


Vatican’s briefing on canonisation - postulators talk about the two Popes

April 23, 2014:.Why are Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints? That was the key question being asked at a briefing in the Vatican’s Press Hall on Tuesday that was attended by the postulators for the two Popes’ sainthood causes. The briefing kicked off a week of events in the Vatican leading up to Sunday’s canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. Father Giovangiuseppe  ...»


'Santa Marta' homilies available in Italian volume

April 23, 2014:: The homilies of Pope Francis during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta Residence in the Vatican are now available in an Italian volume. These homilies of the Pope are one of the most eagerly anticipated items for listeners tuning in to Vatican Radio. It’s also one of the most clicked-on stories for those browsing the different language pages of Vatican Radio website. And  ...»


John XXIII and John Paul II. Two Popes single holiness

April 22, 2014: Second Vatican Council in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium ( n. 41 ), reminds us that “The classes and duties of life are many, but holiness is one—that sanctity which is cultivated by all who are moved by the Spirit of God, and who obey the voice of the Father and worship God the Father in spirit and in truth. These people follow the poor Christ, the humble and  ...»


Human Rights & Environment 
Marginalized Children Denied Education

April 22, 2014: School authorities in Northern India persistently discriminate against children from marginalized communities, denying them their right to education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday. Four years after an ambitious education law went into effect in India guaranteeing free schooling to every child ages 6 to 14, almost every child is enrolled, yet nearly half  ...»


Syria urged not to go ahead with elections in June

April 22, 2014: Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Stephane Dujarric said at a press conference that the Syrian authorities are being urged by the United Nations not to hold presidential elections amidst the ongoing conflict and massive displacement of people. On Monday, the Syrian government said that the elections will be held on June 3. The country has been at civil war for three  ...»


Mideast patriarchs call for peace at Easter

April 21, 2014 - Catholic patriarchs in the Middle East, in their Easter messages, appealed for peace in Syria and expressed hope that the region would experience a resurrection. Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, who was born in Syria, said his country has "entered upon the fourth year of its way of the cross" but "will one day soon, we hope, reach resurrection joy." "I want Damascus  ...»


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  ...»


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 24, 2014: An outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) appears to be spreading quickly. In Saudi Arabia, 17 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of infections in that country to 261, 81 of whom have died. In ...»


April 23, 2014: Teresian Carmelites in India have dispatched their first group of sisters to the United States. The small group of fours nuns are quickly adjusting to their new life in the Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, helping out in the ...»


April 23,2014 Speaking to Vatican Radio on Easter Monday, the Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari said that, in the Yarmouk district of Damascus, a neighbourhood of some 18 thousand people, in which the Nunciature is located, and in ...»


April 22, 2014: People across the world are being urged to speak out on behalf of Mother Earth so that she can continue to care for life as she has done for more than one thousand of years. The appeal comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in ...»


April 23, 2014: As the world observed Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, the director of the national, ecumenical Green Church program in Canada said Christians have particular gifts to offer the environmental movement, namely hope, love and faith. “I ...»

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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