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Logistical facts and figures released ahead of weekend canonisation

(Vatican Radio) No one is quite sure just how many pilgrims will be arriving in Rome for this weekend’s canonisation of the two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II. But at a 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 gearing up to host the huge numbers expected to arrive for the Saturday evening prayer vigil and the Sunday morning Mass, beginning at 10am and presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square.
Philippa Hitchen reports: RealAudioMP3

Over two and a half thousand volunteers will be working throughout the weekend to distribute four million free water bottles and hand out 150.000 free liturgical booklets. They’ll also be providing information  ...»


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Pope audience: Why do you seek the living among the dead

(Vatican Radio) Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience, the first of the Easter season.

The crowd was such, that the Holy Father’s open topped jeep took even longer than usual to tour through the square, filled with flags and banners from the  ...»



Celebrating the Pope's feast day

(Vatican Radio) For the second year in a row here in the Vatican we're marking Saint George’s Day in a special way. For while Cardinal Bergoglio may have taken the name Francis as Pope, his Christian name is really Jorge , George to you and me. That’s why we've chosen to bring you a timely reflection for his Feast day on April 23.


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Especially as in England our patron Saint is Saint George.  ...»



Canonization Vatican Briefing: The postulators talk about the two Popes

(Vatican Radio) 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.

Listen to this report by  ...»



'Santa Marta' homilies available in Italian volume

(Vatican Radio) It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated items for listeners tuning in to our Vatican Radio news broadcasts. It’s one of the most clicked-on stories for those browsing the different language pages of our Vatican Radio website. And it’s one of the most popular pieces picked up by the many other agencies, sites and social networks that share our daily output of news from here at the  ...»


Blessed John Paul II's Polish roots : courage and moral strength

(Vatican Radio ) I'm sure you remember John Paul II's invitation to us not to be afraid . Certainly he himself was not afraid to stand up to the trials of life in defense of others, neither as Pope nor as priest back in Poland.

As you'll discover in a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick no one ever doubted the courage of Pope John Paul, certainly not his closest advisors.  ...»



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When Blessed John Paul II beatified John XXIII, the pope with prophetic insight

(Vatican Radio) Curiously when Pope Francis canonises Blessed John Paul II on Sunday he'll also be canonising a man who was beatified by this very pope, John XXIII !

Veronica Scarisbrick brings you the words of Blessed John Paul II on the occasion of that beatification which took place on September 3, 2000:

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"Today we contemplate in the Glory of the Lord another Pontiff, John XXIII, the  ...»



Pope John Paul II’s love for Holy Land in Jubilee Year pilgrimage

(Vatican Radio) Peace in the Holy Land was always an aspiration very dear to Pope John Paul II who was particularly concerned about the continuous drain of the indigenous Christian community from the land of Christ’s birth. Violence and economic difficulties have forced tens of thousands of them to flee abroad. Arab Christians now account for less than 2% of the population – where once they were  ...»


Earth Day: Christians offer hope, take action on creation care

(Vatican Radio) As the world marks Earth Day, April 22, the director of the national, ecumenical Green Church program in Canada says Christians have particular gifts to offer the environmental movement, namely hope, love and faith.

“I think that Christians everywhere are seeing that the environmental crisis needs an answer, and not only from schools and industries and citizens, it needs it from  ...»




(Vatican Radio ) On the 17 April 1960, Blessed John XXIII wished the faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square a Happy Easter in English, a language he never quite mastered.

It was the 17th of April of that year when during his so called 'Urbi et Orbi' , Easter message to the city and to the world , this Roman Pontiff soon to be canonised by Pope Francis , told the faithful in in a style that was ...»


(Vatican Radio) In the course of his over a quarter of a century pontificate Blessed John Paul II, to be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday April 27, spoke many times about the central mystery of salvation.

Being a good linguist he often did so in English especially for the benefit of English speaking pilgrims during his Wednesday general audiences in Saint Peter's Square. A weekly appointment he ...»


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(Vatican Radio) U.S Vice President Joe Biden has warned Russia to end what he called the illegal occupation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as the ...»


Syria: rebels resist in Homs, Christians commemorate abductions

(Vatican Radio) Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in the city of Homs, as government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad make ...»


US Vice President heads to Ukraine

UKRAINE (Vatican Radio)-- American Vice President Joe Biden has begun a two-day visit to Ukraine following Sunday's deadly shootout in the east that ...»


Easter in Nigeria: Boko Haram will not have the final word

(Vatican Radio) “Easter tells us that all hope is not lost, we in northern Nigeria cannot let Boko Haram have the final word, it tells us that there ...»


Patriarch Laham's Easter appeal: Stop sending arms, terrorists to Syria

(Vatican Radio/Sana) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which was recaptured from rebels last week. ...»






In this week's edition of There's More in the Gospel than Meets the Eye, Jill Bevilacqua brings us readings and reflections for the Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. Listen: RealAudioMP3

Gospel Jn 20:19-31

On the evening of that first ...»


(Vatican Radio) In a series of reflections, the Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche, walks Vatican Radio through the Holy Week liturgies, explaining their significance, ...»


(Vatican Radio) After the subdued tone of our Passiontide hymns, it's now time to burst forth in songs of joy says our music historian Monsignor Philip Whitmore as he presents this musical meditation focusing on the first of the Glorious Mysteries. ...»


(Vatican Radio) - We bring you a reflection for Easter Saturday presented by Monsignor Peter Fleetwood.

In this brief reflection Monsignor Peter Fleetwood explains how the only time apart from occasional phrases in gospel readings that hell is ...»


(Vatican Radio) Age old hymns are among the most glorious things in the world says our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster as he bursts into song and explains the Latin of a hymn he deems eternal.

Father Foster who served as ...»

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