Pope Francis has decided to declare Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka, a saint on Jan. 14, 2015, during his visit to island nation Jan. 13-15.
Pope Francis convened an extraordinary Consistory of Cardinals on Monday morning in the Vatican, to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Middle East
At the closing Mass for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI
Pope Francis has sent a message to mark the Jubilee Year for the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila, a Discalced Carmelite and Doctor of the Church.
Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin delivers major address to Consistory on the crisis in the Middle East: rights are threatened, real risk of genocide
The Holy See has told the United Nations the space environment should be preserved as the “common heritage” of humanity.
At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, the Synod Fathers have released a Message to Families.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols shares memories of 1980 Synod on Family and speaks of challenges facing bishops during this two year Synod process
Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was beatified on Saturday in New Jersey. She is the fourth American-born woman to be beatified, the first on American soil.
On October 16 we mark World Food Day. Although refugees and forcibly displaced people make up a tiny portion of those suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition, World Food Day offers an occasion to shine the light on the fact that too many of them are denied the basic right to food.
Prayer is a central part of life at the Synod Assembly. On Friday morning, at Terce – the Church’s official praise of God at the “third hour” of the morning – Bishop Arnold Orowae of Wabag, Papua New Guinea, delivered the homily.
A Middle East without its Christians would be like a garden without flowers: that’s what Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Thomas Meram Deputy President of the Iranian Bishops Conference, says about the persecution of Christians in the region
This year marks 50 years since the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs.
Two Pakistani and Indian bishops condemn death sentence to Asia Bibi, upheld by Lahore court Oct. 16.
Muslims, Christians and Jews share many family values and “can learn a lot from each other’s experiences.” That's according to Nouzha Guessous, a professor at the University of Casablanca and consultant on human rights and bioethics who helped reform Morocco's Family Code.
Mexico's Attorney General has announced that the alleged leader of the gang to which 43 missing students were handed by municipal police, has been arrested - and that this could prove a key factor in discovering their fate
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has agreed to resume natural gas deliveries to his nation for the winter. However tensions remain with Russia over eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists have announced early elections.
Clashes between Islamists and pro- government forces in Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, have killed at least 17 people in the last two days. Libya's Red Crescent has called for a ceasefire to allow the evacuation of trapped families.
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is set to open this coming week in Apia, Samoa.
The United Nations has begun training Ebola survivors to help respond to the soaring number of cases in West Africa, because people who've lived through the experience are now immune to the disease
The UN chief is urging the world to act decisively in eliminating poverty in all its forms, ensuring prosperity for all, not just for a few.
A Sufi association says the continued captivity of the Nigerian schoolgirls is an insult to Islam and calls for their release
An International Congress entitled “Useless Slaughter: Catholics and the Holy See in the First World War” is currently underway here at the Vatican.
(Vatican Radio) 'Vatican Weekend' for October 19, 2014 features our weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel presented by Jill Bevilacqua as well as 'Joan knows..' , a bird's eye view of the Vatican Week with EWTN bureau chief here in Rome Joan Lewis.
Jill Bevilacqua brings us a Gospel reflection for the Twentyninth 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) They say that Paul VI had to steer the Catholic Church through a Council he would never have called. Likewise according to Robert Blair Kaiser ‘Time Magazine’ correspondent during those heady Council days, he also had to steer and implement a ‘Commission on birth control’.
(Vatican Radio) On May 7 1964, Pope Paul VI called artists to gather around him in the Sistine Chapel to renew and seal the sodality between Church and art. On this occasion Paul VI chastised artists for having abandoned the Church and admitted to its own failure to foster art.
(Vatican Radio) We bring you a musical meditation to mark the day the Church remembers Francis of Assisi, a popular Saint who has inspired many a composer. Among these Hungarian Franz Liszt and Frenchman Olivier Messiaen.
(Vatican Radio) As our popular 'Latin Lover' Carmelite Father Reginald Foster turns 75, Veronica Scarisbrick shares with listeners an address he deeply cares about. It's by Pope Paul VI and focuses on Nazareth as a model of family life.
The family in Africa facing many challenges
As Pope Paul VI is to be beatified by Pope Francis in the Vatican, Oct. 19, 2014, we take a look at this pontiff who was at the helm of the Catholic Church from 1963 to 1978.
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 of this Sunday’s Liturgy is the nature of our obligations to God and to our country. The readings show us how, with God’s help, we can be ideal citizens of both earth and Heaven