Sep 21, 2014 - 03:45 am .- During Mass at Mother Teresa square as part of his one-day trip to Albania, Pope Francis recalled the country's vicious history of anti-religious persecution, saying it is now ready for the Gospel to flourish.
Sep 20, 2014 - 05:28 pm .- A little girl’s Christmas letter asking Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha to pray for peace, not knowing of his repressive and murderous atheistic rule, has been preserved in an Albanian museum exhibit dedicated to religious belief.
Sep 20, 2014 - 01:34 pm .- A Franciscan involved in the preparations for Pope Francis’ trip to Albania said that he hopes for a surprise from a Pope who has made a habit of breaking his routine to visit the sick.
Sep 20, 2014 - 07:53 am .- Foreign weapons and a lack of funding are among the serious challenges facing humanitarian response efforts in the Middle East, said participants at a recent conference in Rome.
Sep 19, 2014 - 08:18 pm .- The newly published memoirs of Fr. Louis Bouyer, who was intimately involved in the reform of the Roman liturgy following Vatican II, reveal some of the relevant committee's doings, a prominent vaticanista has noted.
Sep 19, 2014 - 06:04 pm .- Focused on the memory of the martyrs, Pope Francis’ one-day journey to Albania is aimed at restoring the link between the country and its Catholic roots, which had been disturbed as secularization has advanced there.
Sep 19, 2014 - 01:27 pm .- Following a historic vote in which Scotland rejected independence from the U.K., the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland recognized the decision and applauded the country’s strong participation in public debate.
Sep 19, 2014 - 11:48 am .- Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Albania could encourage the leaders of the Catholic Church in a nation with a long history of religious persecution and political domination, said a priest in the country.
Sep 18, 2014 - 09:29 pm .- A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion laws, saying young people will oppose the party if it does not keep it’s pro-life pledges.
Sep 16, 2014 - 04:31 am .- The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said.
Sep 16, 2014 - 12:15 am .- Msgr. Marcus Stock, who was appointed Monday as Bishop of Leeds, England, has said in a message to his new flock that his motto as a bishop will be taken from Christ's words at the Last Supper, “I have longed and longed to be with you.”
Sep 12, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly.
Sep 12, 2014 - 10:45 am .- The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.
Sep 12, 2014 - 02:14 am .- Citizens of 28 European countries belonging to 25 different organizations defending life and human dignity have come together to form the European Federation “One of Us,” named after a prominent E.U. citizen’s initiative.
Sep 11, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- Remembering the lives of the three Xaverian Missionary nuns murdered in Burundi over the weekend, the order’s vicar general hailed them as simple women in love with God and those they served.
Sep 10, 2014 - 12:01 pm .- Belgium’s doctor-assisted suicide laws allowed an unqualified doctor to kill a depressed mother who did not have a terminal illness without notifying her family, the woman’s son has charged in legal filing against them.
Sep 9, 2014 - 04:55 am .- For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said.
Sep 8, 2014 - 11:10 am .- Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica has clarified that it does not view ISIS violence as a 'war of religion,' although it believes the radical group sees its aggression in this manner.
Sep 5, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Each year, the Pontifical North American College in Rome celebrates Labor Day by pitting its second-year seminarians against the newly-arrived first years in a game of softball.
Sep 4, 2014 - 01:16 pm .- The Spanish newspaper La Razon has published an interview with recently-named archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, who says he is thankful to God and to the Pope for his transfer to the Spanish archdiocese.