International

  • Pontifical Academy for Life focuses on Aging and Disability

    Pontifical Academy for Life focuses on Aging and Disability

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Pontifical Academy for Life celebrates its 20th Anniversary next week with a General Assembly and Workshop entitled “Aging and Disability”. The event is scheduled to take place at the Augustinianum Institute from 19 to 22 February 2014.

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  • Benedict XVI’s resignation `a truly incisive decision in the History of the Church`

    Benedict XVI’s resignation 'a truly incisive decision in the History of the Church'

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Pope Emeritus "lives a discreet life, without any public dimension, but this does not mean that he is isolated, closed as if in a strict cloister". His relationship with Pope Francis "also includes moments of personal encounter, dialogue ... one goes to the home of ...

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  • World Day of the Sick

    World Day of the Sick

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

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  • Thousands of couples expected to celebrate Valentine`s Day with Pope Francis

    Thousands of couples expected to celebrate Valentine's Day with Pope Francis

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Thousands of young couples are expected to join Pope Francis in the Vatican on Valentine’s Day Friday, February 14th to celebrate “The Joy of ‘Yes’ forever.” So many young people will descend on the Vatican that the Pontifical Council for the Family organizing...

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  • Papal Almoner celebrates Mass for Rome`s homeless

    Papal Almoner celebrates Mass for Rome's homeless

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Almoner of His Holiness, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, celebrated Mass on Sunday in memory of Modesta Valenti, an elderly homeless woman who died in 1983 when, after taking ill in Rome's Termini Station, she was refused ambulance service because of her filthy condition.

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  • The Fight Against Gender Stereotypes and Parental Rights

    The Fight Against Gender Stereotypes and Parental Rights

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Here is the text of an address given by Gregor Puppinck at a symposium on education held last weekend in Rome....

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  • Pope`s Lenten Message 2014 focuses on poverty, sacrifice

    Pope's Lenten Message 2014 focuses on poverty, sacrifice

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    In his message for Lent, the Pope invites us to witness to the Gospel message to those who live in "material, moral and spiritual poverty". By becoming "poor" in Jesus, "God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety".

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  • Pope: if you lose the sense of God`s kingdom, you lose the sense of sin

    Pope: if you lose the sense of God's kingdom, you lose the sense of sin

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A supernatural "anthropological vision" emerges according to which "I can do anything." "The power of man instead of God's glory." In life it is normal to have temptations, "the devil is never quiet, he wants his victory."

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  • Pope Francis encourages increased participation of women in Church

    Pope Francis encourages increased participation of women in Church

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis earlier on Friday Jan. 24th met with participants at a national conference sponsored by the Italian Women’s Centre, which is due to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its foundation in October of this year. The Italian Women’s Centre (Centro Italiano Femminile, or CIF)...

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  • Pope Francis and French President discuss shared concerns

    Pope Francis and French President discuss shared concerns

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis met with French President Frannçois Hollande on Friday morning to discuss shared concerns and the good relations that exist between France and the Holy See. Following the papal audience, the President also held talks with Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin and...

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  • Pope`s Message for World Communications Day

    Pope's Message for World Communications Day

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “Communication at the service of an authentic culture of encounter” is the title of Pope Francis' message for the 48th World Day of Social Communications, the only world day established by Vatican Council II (Inter Mirifica, 1963), which is celebrated on ...

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  • Israel Seeks to Save Ancient Sites from Earthquake

    Israel Seeks to Save Ancient Sites from Earthquake

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    With Israel situated in one of the world’s earthquake-prone areas, officials are taking action to protect the Holy Land’s most important ancient treasures so they don’t come tumbling down.

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  • Pope Francis: God always chooses the small and least powerful

    Pope Francis: God always chooses the small and least powerful

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis says we need to be small and humble to dialogue with God. At the same time He always chooses those who are small and who have least power. This was the core message of the Pope’s homily at Tuesday morning's Mass in the Santa Marta residence:...

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  • Holy See hails “fruitful dialogue” on protecting children`s rights

    Holy See hails “fruitful dialogue” on protecting children's rights

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A Holy See delegation has concluded a hearing at the United Nations on implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, describing it as an “important and fruitful, interactive dialogue” on dealing with child protection.

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  • 5.3 billion people face harsh religious freedom restrictions

    5.3 billion people face harsh religious freedom restrictions

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Global religious hostilities reached a six-year high in 2012 and affected more people than government curbs on religious freedom, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest report on religious restrictions around the world.

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  • Pope Francis` letter congratulating Cardinals-designate

    Pope Francis' letter congratulating Cardinals-designate

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Vatican on Monday released the text of the letter Pope Francis wrote to the 19 men of the Church whom he will be elevating to the College of Cardinals in a February consistory. Pope Francis announced his decision to hold the February 22nd consistory and read out the names of ...

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  • Statement from Vatican workshop on Syria

    Statement from Vatican workshop on Syria

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A day-long, closed-door workshop took place on Monday at the Pontificcal Academy of Sciences to examine the civil war in Syria and look for ways to end the conflict. Participants included Churchmen and leading figures from the fields of politics, diplomacy, culture and ...

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  • Pope to diplomats: create a culture of dialogue and encounter

    Pope to diplomats: create a culture of dialogue and encounter

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Pope said peace is always threatened by the denial of human dignity, beginning with the lack of access to adequate nutrition. He said we cannot be indifferent to the hunger and suffering of children, especially when we consider the “throwaway culture” of waste in other...

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  • Holy hitch hikers: Pope Francis gives an old friend a lift

    Holy hitch hikers: Pope Francis gives an old friend a lift

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    “Come! Hop in!” All it took was these two words to surprise an old acquaintance Francis spotted amid the sea of faces present in St. Peter’s Square for yesterday’s General Audience. The familiar face was Fabián Báez, a parish priest from Francis' beloved Buenos Aires....

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  • Pope Francis reforms ecclesiastical honours

    Pope Francis reforms ecclesiastical honours

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Secretariat of State of the Holy See on Tuesday issued a statement explaining the change in practice Pope Francis has instituted regarding the granting of the title of Monsignor. By circular letter sent to the world’s Nunciatures, the Secretariat of State has informed Bishops’...

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  • Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2013

    Biblical Archaeology’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2013

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A glimpse into the important work that goes on at excavations across Israel every year. Biblical Archaeology discoveries made in 2013 have given us new information about biblical events and people. This list is subjective, and based on ...

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  • Pope announces papal visit to Holy Land

    Pope announces papal visit to Holy Land

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis will make a papal visit to the Holy Land in May of this year. The Holy Father made the announcement after the recitation of the Sunday Angelus overlooking a rainy St Peter’s Square. Speaking to pilgrims who braved the elements to ...

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  • Christian persecution expected to rise in 2014

    Christian persecution expected to rise in 2014

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The persecution of Christians is expected to rise in 2014, according to a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about Christian persecution and to offer pastoral and practical support to persecuted Christians around the world.

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  • Like the blow of a plough

    Like the blow of a plough

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Fifty years ago on 4 January 1964, Paul VI's visit to the Holy Land began, and then concluded on the evening of the Epiphany with the embrace and lights of one million Romans' enthusiastic and moving welcome home of their bishop. The visit lasted a few short hours ...

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  • Pope: the Gospel is not proclaimed `with inquisitorial beatings` but `gently, with fraternity and love`

    Pope: the Gospel is not proclaimed 'with inquisitorial beatings' but 'gently, with fraternity and love'

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Celebrating Mass in the Gesu, Francis says that "the power of the Church does not lie within itself and its ability to organize , but it is hidden in the deep waters of God." A celebration of thanksgiving for the enrollment in the list of saints the first Jesuit priest, Peter Faber, on December 17 last.

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  • 2014 – Solemn Eucharistic year

    2014 – Solemn Eucharistic year

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Following the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, during the working session of 29 October 2012, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church approved that the year 2014 should be declared Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion)...

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  • Pope: best New Year wish fully realized in Mary, Mother of God

    Pope: best New Year wish fully realized in Mary, Mother of God

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    At Mass on the Octave of Christmas, and the 47th anniversary of the World Day of Peace ("Fraternity, the foundation and Path to Peace"), Pope Francis emphasizes that the faith of the Church is modelled on that of Mary, who beneath the Cross of Jesus became the Mother of...

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  • Syrian delegation brings message to Pope

    Syrian delegation brings message to Pope

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    A delegation from the Syrian government met on Saturday morning with the Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

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  • Everyone united for peace

    Everyone united for peace

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    As 2013 draws to a close, Pope Francis reviewed some of the saddest pages of the year before invoking the gift of peace upon the city of Rome and upon the world. Peace, which he said is the fruit the common and united commitment of all people, without distinction.

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  • Pope sends message to Taizé encounter

    Pope sends message to Taizé encounter

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Pope Francis issued a message through his Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, to the 25,000 young adults participating at the 36th annual European encounter of the Taizé community. The meeting begins on ...

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