Jan 15, 2015 - 08:06 pm .- Pope Francis praised Philippines Catholics’ strong faith and challenged them to continue to let the Christian message bear fruit, noting the upcoming 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in Philippines.
Jan 15, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Bells pealed out at Catholic churches and chapels throughout the Archdiocese of Goa on Wednesday, calling the faithful to prayer and thanksgiving following the canonization of one of their own, St. Joseph Vaz.
Jan 15, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Fr. Marcello Pondoc attended the Philippines World Youth Day with St. John Paul II in 1995, and 20 years later will participate in Pope Francis’ visit as a concelebrating priest at Friday's papal Mass.
Jan 15, 2015 - 11:58 am .- Speaking to journalists aboard the Jan. 15 flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis discussed his trip, his recent canonizations, the upcoming encyclical on ecology, and reasonable limits to freedom of expression.
Jan 14, 2015 - 10:29 pm .- Pope Francis can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome in the Philippines, say two natives of the country who work in media.
Jan 14, 2015 - 08:46 pm .- Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka for the Philippines on Thursday morning after an eventful trip to the island country.
Jan 14, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- With Pope Francis arriving in the Philippines on Thursday, the Archbishop of Manila is asking that the faithful pray for favorable weather, as a tropical storm is heading for Tacloban, where the Pope will visit on Saturday.
Jan 14, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Prompted by Pope Francis' visit and in keeping with the ongoing theme of reconciliation, more than 600 men and women were released from prisons throughout the island nation of Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Jan 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- On Wednesday evening following his scheduled events, Pope Francis made a brief, unplanned visit to a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka in a gesture of interreligious dialogue, the Holy See press officer has said.
Jan 14, 2015 - 03:33 am .- At a Marian shine during his three-day trip to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis touched on the country's brutal decades-long civil war and pointed to the Mother of God as the ultimate witness of forgiveness.
Jan 13, 2015 - 11:16 pm .- Among the attendees at the papal Mass in Sri Lanka on Wednesday was Romello Dias, a 20-year-old man who has been suffering major health problems for five years.
Jan 13, 2015 - 10:28 pm .- In Saint Joseph we see a powerful sign of God's goodness and love for the people of Sri Lanka. But we also see in him a challenge to persevere in the paths of the Gospel, to grow in holiness ourselves, and to testify to the Gospel message of reconciliation to which he dedicated his life.
Jan 13, 2015 - 10:05 am .- After tense elections yielded a new president just days before Pope Francis' arrival in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that the “miracle” of a smooth transition is due in large part to the Pope's visit.
Jan 13, 2015 - 06:38 am .- In an oft-repeated message to interreligious groups, Pope Francis stressed again that believers must unite in condemning violence and insist that religion never be used to justify warfare.
Jan 13, 2015 - 02:49 am .- In all, there were 40 elephants that the Sri Lankan authorities decided to include in Pope Francis’ welcome ceremony upon his first visit to the Asian nation.
Jan 13, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Pope Francis decided to forego a scheduled meeting with the bishops of Sri Lanka Jan. 13 after delays in arriving at the apostolic nunciature in the country.
Jan 12, 2015 - 09:32 pm .- Pope Francis has begun his visit to Sri Lanka, voicing hopes for “days of friendship, dialogue and solidarity.”
Jan 9, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Observing the Year of Consecrated Life convoked by Pope Francis, the members of the Society of the Divine Word serving in Papua New Guinea are gathered to study the Pope's 2013 apostolic exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today's world.
Jan 7, 2015 - 04:12 pm .- “Mercy and compassion” will be the theme of Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines, where devastation from Typhoon Haiyan is still being felt more than a year later, along with the earthquake that hit the region of Visayas one month earlier.
Jan 6, 2015 - 02:57 am .- Deep wounds have barely begun healing. Only few years have passed since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people died in the conflict, most of them in the final months of the war.