International

  • Vatican Secretary of State expresses hopes for Papal visit to Holy Land

    Vatican Secretary of State expresses hopes for Papal visit to Holy Land

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    How do the Palestinian authorities view this weekend’s pilgrimage by Pope Francis to the Holy Land that includes a 6-hour visit to Bethlehem in the West Bank? Could it have any impact on the quest for peace in this land and...

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  • Pope at Audience: If we destroy Creation, it will destroy us

    Pope at Audience: If we destroy Creation, it will destroy us

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “With the gift of knowledge, the Spirit leads us to grasp the value and beauty of people and the realities that surround us, but also their limitations”, said Pope Francis Wednesday as he continued his series of lessons dedicated to the seven gifts...

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  • Pope Francis receives King of Bahrain

    Pope Francis receives King of Bahrain

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis received in audience the King of Bahrain, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on Monday. A communique from the Press Office of the Holy See says the Pope and His Majesty held cordial discussions on ...

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  • Pope exhorts on `right and wrong ways` to live with suffering

    Pope exhorts on 'right and wrong ways' to live with suffering

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis met with members of the Apostolate of the Suffering and with the Silent Workers of the Cross on Saturday in the Paul VI Hall. Among the estimated 5,000 people in attendance, about 350 people were in wheelchairs.

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  • The eight worst countries in the world to be religious

    The eight worst countries in the world to be religious

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Since 1999, the U.S. State Department has tracked the world's worst abusers of religious rights. As the most recent report notes, it has never lacked for material. Persecutions of people of faith are rising across the globe.

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  • Vatican warns on new breed of lethal autonomous weapons

    Vatican warns on new breed of lethal autonomous weapons

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Archbishop Silvano Tomasi expressed his concern on Tuesday regarding the increasing trend of “dehumanization of warfare” and the use of lethal autonomous weapon systems.

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  • Coptic Catholic cleric named as Pope’s 2nd priest-secretary

    Coptic Catholic cleric named as Pope’s 2nd priest-secretary

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis has appointed a Coptic Catholic priest, Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, to work as his 2nd personal secretary, Andrea Tornielli of La Stamp reports. Father Lahzi Gaid has been working in the Secretariat of State, where his duties have included ...

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  • Pope to Secular Institutes: You are revolutionary!

    Pope to Secular Institutes: You are revolutionary!

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis has told the men and women of Italy’s Secular Institutes that their establishment was a revolutionary and courageous act that revealed how his predecessor Pius XII knew how to read the signs of the times.

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  • Pope to UN: Resist the economy of exclusion, serve the poor

    Pope to UN: Resist the economy of exclusion, serve the poor

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Speaking to the men and women who manage the UN’s vast network of humanitarian offices, Pope Francis urged them to challenge “all forms of injustice” and resist the “economy of exclusion”, the “throwaway culture” and the “culture of death” which nowadays ...

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  • Vatican: The good of society and future of jobs

    Vatican: The good of society and future of jobs

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “At this difficult time, when more and more people and families lose their jobs, generating new social inequalities, we need a perspective that opens a new horizon of reality”. This is what Massimo Gattamelata, Secretary General of the Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice ...

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  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to meet Pope Francis

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to meet Pope Francis

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis will receive United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in audience in the Vatican Friday. The UN chief is in Rome for an annual meeting of all the heads of the UN agencies. As his press spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, tells...

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  • Meditating on the meaning of mercy

    Meditating on the meaning of mercy

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    During his first Angelus address, Pope Francis recommended a work of theology that “has done me so much good” because it “says that mercy changes everything; it changes the world by making it less cold and more fair.” That book is...

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  • Pope at Mass: Church is not just a school of religion

    Pope at Mass: Church is not just a school of religion

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Christian who does not witness to the faith becomes sterile. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope drew inspiration from the martyrdom of St. Stephen, narrated in the Acts of the Apostles...

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  • Holy See addresses UN anti-torture committee

    Holy See addresses UN anti-torture committee

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations will lead a delegation in Geneva Tuesday at a second meeting of the UN Committee on the Convention against Torture (CAT) to which the Holy See acceded in 2002. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi...

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  • Pope at General Audience: The gift of understanding

    Pope at General Audience: The gift of understanding

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    nder clear blue skies Wednesday, tens of thousands attended Pope Francis general audience, the first since the great canonization of the two Pope Saints on Sunday, the second in his series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. After touring at length through the throngs in ...

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  • Church and ILO discuss `Post 2015` poverty eradication agenda

    Church and ILO discuss 'Post 2015' poverty eradication agenda

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Employment and decent work for all is the best route out of poverty in the world. That’s the conviction behind a two day meeting taking place here in Rome under the auspices of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council.

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  • Blessed are you, because you believed!

    Blessed are you, because you believed!

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “Blessed are you, beloved Pope John Paul II, because you believed!”. Pope Benedict XVI raised this prayer three years ago on Sunday, 1 May 2011 during his homily at the beatification of his Predecessor in St Peter's Square. ...

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  • Saints John XXIII and John Paul II: men of courage

    Saints John XXIII and John Paul II: men of courage

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    It was the day of the four Successors of Peter. The first to appear on the dais of Saint Peters’ Basilica was the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Dressed in white he passed beneath the banners of the two Saints to be canonised during Holy Mass on...

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  • Rome readies for canonizations of John XXIII, John Paul II

    Rome readies for canonizations of John XXIII, John Paul II

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The two banners of the two soon-to-be saints now hang on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, and the final countdown toward the highly anticipated canonizations has begun. With just one day to go before the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II...

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  • 1M Pilgrims Expected for Canonization

    1M Pilgrims Expected for Canonization

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Prayer Vigils Organized for Saturday Night

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

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

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    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.

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  • Easter in the Holy Land

    Easter in the Holy Land

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Thousands of pilgrims from around the world celebrated Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

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  • Pope: May the Risen Christ help us to reach out to those who are wounded

    Pope: May the Risen Christ help us to reach out to those who are wounded

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Syria, but also Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ukraine and Venezuela in Pope Francis’ prayers. " In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to...

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  • Papal Good Friday liturgy solemn, prayerful

    Papal Good Friday liturgy solemn, prayerful

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Hundreds of faithful filled St Peter’s Basilica Friday evening for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord. The liturgy, also known as the Good Friday service, recalls the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Pope Francis presided the liturgy,...

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  • Pope Francis at Chrism Mass: the joy of being a priest

    Pope Francis at Chrism Mass: the joy of being a priest

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness, and this anointing invites us to accept and appreciate this great gift: the gladness, the joy of being a priest.” At the Chrism Mass in Saint Peter’s, Pope Francis spoke about “priestly joy,” a joy,...

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  • The Chrism Mass explained

    The Chrism Mass explained

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    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, symbolism and place within the history of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection...

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  • Pope to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter`s Square

    Pope to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Palm Sunday, which is the 6th Sunday of Lent, marks the official beginning of Holy Week during which Christians recall the passion and death of Christ.

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  • Pope to physicians: never lose sight of the spiritual dimension of man

    Pope to physicians: never lose sight of the spiritual dimension of man

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis on Saturday received in audience participants in a Congress for Surgeons who work with oncological patients.In his address, he quoted Blessed John Paul II pointing out that when caring for the sick it is essential not to lose sight of the human person,...

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  • Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ

    Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In his new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, James Martin, SJ, will help you encounter Jesus in a new, vivid, and exciting way with a seamless combination of stories from a real-life pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the most up-to-date biblical scholarship, and profound spiritual reflections.

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  • Christians ask for less police checkpoints in Jerusalem during Easter celebrations

    Christians ask for less police checkpoints in Jerusalem during Easter celebrations

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In Jerusalem, a group of Christians petitions the Israeli government, asking for lighter security police measures during Easter celebrations, which could discourage the faithful from going to church. Police respond by saying that the roadblocks and checkpoints are needed to ensure order.

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