The US and Cuba are moving to normalize relations after five decades of distrust, thanks in part to the outreach of Pope Francis
The Latin word “Gaudete,” meaning “rejoice” gave the Pope the inspiration for his remarks ahead of the Angelus prayer. “In this third Sunday,” he said, “the liturgy proposes to us an interior attitude with which to live this waiting for the Lord: that is, ‘joy,’ the joy of Jesus.”
God saves "a repentant heart," while he who does not trust in Him draws "condemnation" upon himself. This message was at the heart of Pope Francis’s homily during morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.
The IV European Conference of Youth will be held in Rome at the Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae from the 11 to 13 December. On the occasion of the conference Pope Francis sent a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko.
Pope Francis on Wednesday offered his congratulations to the governments of the United States and Cuba, as they announced the two countries will start talks on resuming diplomatic relations
The Vatican's Permanent Observer to the UN has welcomed the organizatiuon’s proposed framework for upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 agenda. Archb. Bernadito Auza says he agrees with the main points of the "Food for Thought Paper" which sets out modalities for the new SDGs.
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
Pope Francis, at his weekly General Audience, began a new series of reflections focused on the Family. This week he recalled the October Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.
The Holy Father has named an Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, Donald J. Hying, as the new Bishop of Gary, USA.
Over one hundred bishops, priests, deacons and seminarians will meet in Rome in January 2015 for the Second International Conference of the English-speaking Confraternities of Catholic Clergy.
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 shares its concerns about thousands of Iraqi and Syrian refugee children who are growing up without an education and appeals for funding so more kids can go to school
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has pleaded with South Sudan’s warring factions to allow delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The Holy Father has appointed Fr. P. Samson Shukardin OFM, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Hyderabad, Pakistan as the new bishop of the same Diocese.
Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has praised progress in interfaith dialogue following last week’s Third Catholic-Muslim Summit. The Summit, organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took place in Rome from 2-4 December.
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.
Policymakers and top administration officials from nearly every nation on earth were locked in overtime negotiations on Saturday morning after a meeting to formulate a plan to combat climate change ran through its scheduled allotment of session time without participants producing agreement
Even more severe economic pressure is being placed on Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine
Deadly suicide attacks in Yemen kill 26, including school students
Australian authorities are investigating the motives behind a hostage situation in Sydney which has left three people dead and several others injured.
The United Nations Human rights agency has expressed concern about a pattern of detentions and prosecutions in Sudan in recent months.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has added his voice to a growing chorus of leaders in the international community who have condemned the attack
Seven people were killed Monday when suspected Islamic extremists struck in two state capitals in northeastern Nigeria
Reports that the Syrian government killed dozens of civilians during air-strikes on the Islamic State group's main city of Raqqa have generated expressions of horror from the international community
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”.
Jill Bevilacqua brings us a Gospel reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
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.
The Superior General of the Society of Jesus has called on his confreres to enter a period of discernment ahead of the gathering that serves as the order's highest governing instrument, in 2016
(Vatican Radio) There lies a Capuchin Church in the heart of Rome known as 'Santa Maria della Concezione". It's one that also has a number of artistic masterpieces, among them a depiction of the Immacualte Conception as imagined by Gioacchino Bombelli.
(Vatican Radio) Monsignor Philip Whitmore brings us a musical meditation for the Second Sunday in Advent. One in which he explains how the hymns we sing during Advent take the preaching of John the Baptist as a starting-point.
(Vatican Radio) Our popular 'Latin Lover' Carmelite Father Reginald Foster has a passion for the writings of Pius II, the pope who had the head of Saint Andrew brought to Rome and placed in Saint Peter's Basilica. However he specifies centuries later Blessed Paul VI gave it back.
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.
Holy Cross priest Fr Arul Raj is the National Director of the Holy Cross Family Ministries in India, based in Bangalore city. In a two-part interview he spoke to us about the challenges that India's Catholic families face. Listen to Part 1, today.
29 Sunday in Ordinary time: The Lord Jesus categorically refuses to be drawn into a pointless argument about paying taxes to Caesar..
The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Gaudete Sunday' or ‘Rejoice Sunday’ and the Liturgy reminds us that the ‘coming of Jesus’, past, present and future, is the reason for our rejoicing