Pope Francis has made changes to the public ceremony of investiture of the Pallium on Metropolitan Archbishops emphasizing that the investiture is an ecclesial event of the whole diocese.
“If it is assumed that we all belong to human nature, prejudices and falsehoods can be overcome and an understanding of the other according to a new perspective can begin.” These were the words said by Pope Francis to the members of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies today.
At his Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis spoke about ecclesial elites who scorn others and privatize the faith, saying they are not following Jesus’ way.
Pope Francis has sent a message to the people of Malawi, after being informed of the tragic consequence of the heavy flooding in the country, which has killed at least 200 people, and displaced another 200,000 people.
En route to Rome following his Sri Lanka and Philippines tour, Pope Francis touched on various topics ranging from openness to life in the family to his upcoming visit to the United States during an in-flight press conference.
On Thursday afternoon Pope Francis Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorised the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees.
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, is this week making a pastoral visit to Vietnam. On Tuesday, he held meetings in Hà Nội with the members of the Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam.
In preparation for the General Synod of Bishops on the family, set for October 4th to 25th 2015, the Synod Secretariat has announced the publication of its preparatory document, known by its Latin name, the ‘Lineamenta
Priests gather in Rome for International Colloquium of Catholic Clergy
Pope Francis has named Father Fernand J. Cheri, O.F.M., as auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation hosted a meeting with delegates from across Europe to identify new and effective ways to pass on the faith.
The President of the Australian Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, has expressed “deep sympathy” and offered prayers for all those affected by the hostage attack which took place yesterday at a cafe in downtown Sydney.
Caritas Jordan offers health and dental care to tens of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees - many of whom have nowhere else to turn
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has urged the Church in Southern Africa to rejoices in the gift of men and women who live wonderful lives of selfless activity and service.
Colourful blankets, shiny metal heaters and canisters of kerosene to Yezidis in Iraq by Catholic Relief Services and Caritas to combat the cold.
Representatives of all the Oriental Orthodox Churches are working this week with the Catholic members of their International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue to conclude a joint document on their shared heritage of the first five centuries
Tghe Year of Consecrated Life is a year in which the Church as a whole reflects on the charisms of the religious in the context of new evangelization and family.
Dozens, including many children, were injured and at least three killed by a massive gas explosion that flattened a maternity and childrens' hospital in Mexico City
European Union foreign affairs ministers have agreed to extend sanctions on Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine amid concerns over escalating violence in the region.
An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers.
Hundreds of fire fighters are attempting to contain massive wildfires that broke out late last week in southern Australia
An exclusive interview with Bishop Moses Hamungole of Monze, Zambia, in which we discuss the special presidential elections held on Tuesday of this week and the challenges facing the winner ahead of general elections scheduled for 2016
As an apparent Islamic State deadline for a swap of captives drew near, Japan and Jordan said they were working to secure the release of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian fighter pilot held hostage by extremists.
Boko Haram militants attacked a village in northern Cameroon killing three people and staging its largest kidnapping yet in the country. Some of the hostages were children. Meanwhile in Nigeria, a suicide bomber killed four people and injured 35 others in the northeast town of Potiskum
Japan has condemned a threat by the so-called Islamic State to execute two Japanese hostages.
Adam Simmermacher, fought for Germany in WWI. This year, his grandson Günther has made a new translation of his grandfather’s memoirs into English, which will be officially released next year with the title “A Soldier for the Kaiser”.
(Vatican Radio) 'Vatican Weekend’ for February 1, 2015, features a reflection on the Sunday Gospel and ‘Joan Knows...’ in which EWTN's bureau chief here in Rome, Joan Lewis takes a look at the events of the past week in the Vatican.
Jill Bevilacqua brings us a Gospel reflection for the Fourth Sunday of the Year.
As world leaders meet in New York on Tuesday at a UN Summit to discuss the global fight against climate change, a new report by faith-based organizations highlights the crucial role a new set of Sustainable Development Goals must play in meeting the challenge.
(Vatican Radio) When on Sunday 18th of January Pope Francis meets with the young people of the Philippines he does so in the footsteps of St John Paul II during the 10th World Youth Day in Manila. Veronica Scarisbrick brings you a sound picture of that memorable 1995 celebration.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on 'Gaudete' Sunday blessed the so called 'bambinelli', the little figurines of Baby Jesus to be placed in the crib on Christmas eve. Veronica Scarisbrick takes you to visit one such crib or 'presepe' in the Roman Church of Santa Maria in Via.
(Vatican Radio) Monsignor Philip Whitmore presents a Christmas carol special which takes us on a tour of Christmas past and present, from the fifteenth century through to the twentieth. A musical meditation produced by Veronica Scarisbrick.
(Vatican Radio) Our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster chats to Veronica Scarisbrick about issues related to Christmas both quirky and informative. The conversation begins with a focus on the modern trend to deprive this day of its Christian character.
Created in 2013 by SECAM, the Catholic News Agency for Africa (CANAA) is gathering stories from a variety of sources to make them available to the local churches on the continent and beyond.
The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) is marking 50 years of its presence in Rome. Missionary of Africa priest, Fr. Paul Hannon from the UK, who teaches at PISAI, tells us how it all began.
29 Sunday in Ordinary time: The Lord Jesus categorically refuses to be drawn into a pointless argument about paying taxes to Caesar..
The common theme today is divine authority reflected by the prophets of the Old Testament in their messages, by the apostles in their writings and teaching, and by Jesus in his teaching and healing ministry