Mar 27, 2014 - 08:41 am .- The Holy See has officially published the itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, during which he is slated to travel to Jordan, the State of Palestine, and Israel.
Mar 27, 2014 - 08:04 am .- During the March 27 meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama, the two exchanged cordial discussion regarding the state of the Church in the U.S., as well as topics of shared interest.
Mar 27, 2014 - 12:03 am .- The appointments made to the newly established Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors show that Pope Francis has modeled it on the Jesuit’s Center for the Protection of Minors.
Mar 26, 2014 - 05:00 pm .- A group of U.S. immigration reform advocates participated in Wednesday’s General Audience at the Vatican, giving the Pope letters from children who face being separated from their parents by deportation.
Mar 26, 2014 - 08:56 am .- In a March 26 statement the Holy See announced its acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst, noting that the situation in his diocese does not allow the full exercise of his ministry.
Mar 26, 2014 - 05:13 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.”
Mar 26, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Efforts to fight a “throw-away culture of exclusion” should include openness to the lives of the young and elderly, as well as education and even sports, Pope Francis has said.
Mar 25, 2014 - 09:47 am .- During his Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized that salvation is a gift from the Lord which we ought to receive with humility and obedience, just as Mary did.
Mar 25, 2014 - 08:01 am .- At the official presentation of the upcoming World Day of Families in Rome, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke of the importance of family life in society, and expressed his desire to strengthen it in the Church.
Mar 25, 2014 - 02:09 am .- Pope Francis’ words are grabbing the attention of American publishing houses as well of the U.S. bishops’ conference communications office, according to the Vatican Publishing House.
Mar 24, 2014 - 08:00 am .- The Vatican’s Observatory has announced that for the first time it will be hosting a workshop analyzing the relationship of faith and astronomy for parish educators, which is slated to take place next spring.
Mar 24, 2014 - 07:34 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis dedicated his reflections to the virtue of humility, explaining that only the “outcasts” who recognize their need of God know what it means to be saved.
Mar 24, 2014 - 05:01 am .- In a letter sent to the archbishop of the South Sudanese capital Juba, Pope Francis urged the nation's citizens to find a peaceful solution to conflicts and to seek the common good over personal interests.
Mar 23, 2014 - 06:38 am .- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession.
Mar 22, 2014 - 09:08 am .- Today Pope Francis nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new Prelate Secretary for the recently-created Council for the Economy.
Mar 22, 2014 - 08:21 am .- Today Pope Francis instituted the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, issuing the names of eight members tasked with structuring the future form of the commission.
Mar 21, 2014 - 10:06 am .- Pope Francis warned against trying to co-opt the Word of God for one’s own purposes as did the Pharisees, urging prayer and humility instead, in his homily for Friday’s Mass.
Mar 20, 2014 - 03:25 pm .- Pope Francis addressed the central role of employment in realizing human dignity during a special audience with steelworkers and residents from Umbria, Italy at the Vatican.
Mar 20, 2014 - 11:36 am .- Pope Francis drew on today’s readings from the Gospel of Luke and the Psalms to warn listeners against putting one’s faith in man or accomplishments, rather than God.
Mar 19, 2014 - 01:52 pm .- Pope Francis will likely be giving the inaugural lecture of the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference scheduled for May 19-23, according to Italian publication “Il Fatto Quotidiano.”