Pope Francis is inviting all believers to open their hearts to God and to overcome a “globalization of indifference” that is threatening to spread a feeling of distress and powerlessness. His words are part of his message for Lent 2015.
“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.
Speaking at his morning Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis stresses the importance of getting to know God’s will and then following it.
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.
Philippa Hitchen is participating in a series of closed-door meetings sponsored by Durham University on the consequences of the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, and sends this report featuring an interview with Anglican bishop of Durham, Paul Butler,who is taking part in the sessions
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
Some of Uganda’s religious leaders have said that former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Dominic Ongwen is a victim of the LRA’s mass abduction campaign.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday politely nudged India to tackle issues that could divide the country and hinder its development as he wrapped up a three day visit to New Delhi.
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.
A great throng of demonstrators estimated to have been hundreds of thousands-strong took part in the 2015 March for Life in Washington, DC on January 23rd, 2015
Governments and survivors are among those marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet forces of Nazi-death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in ceremonies overshadowed by new concerns over rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and a row between Poland and Russia.
The Yemeni army and Houthi fighters clashed near the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa on Monday in the sharpest escalation of tensions since the Shi'ite Muslim movement took over the city in September.
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
Bill Gates among India's Republic Day civilian honours.
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.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko claimed to have mounting evidence that Russian-backed separatists were responsible for firing rockets that killed at least 30 people in the southeastern city of Mariupol.
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 Weekend’ for January 25, 2015 features a reflection on the Sunday Gospel in our series,‘There’s More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye’ presented by Jill Bevilacqua, and ‘Joan Knows,’ our resident Vatican expert Joan Lewis takes a look at the past week’s events in the Vatican.
Jill Bevilacqua brings us a Gospel reflection for the Third 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 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed each year, Jan. 18 to 25.
29 Sunday in Ordinary time: The Lord Jesus categorically refuses to be drawn into a pointless argument about paying taxes to Caesar..
God’s call to discipleship, with the response of repentance, conversion and renewal of life expected from us, is the main theme of this Sunday’s liturgy