Feb 15, 2014 - 09:53 am .- Pope Francis held an audience Feb. 15 with Nicos Anastasiades, president of Cyprus, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, discussing religious freedom and a resolution to the current split of the island nation between Greeks and Turks.
Feb 15, 2014 - 06:09 am .- Archbishop Beniamino Stella’s career is characterized by his belief that a Vatican diplomat must have a strong priestly identity, which may well be why Pope Francis has appointed him to a cardinal’s post.
Feb 14, 2014 - 04:06 pm .- Earlier this week reports of a potential new president of the “Vatican bank” were leaked to Italian media, suggesting the possibility of a greater Italian influence in Vatican finances.
Feb 14, 2014 - 11:00 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis addressed the identity of a Christian, saying that the faithful must “go out” and “walk” as disciples that are astute and who announce the Gospel with joy.
Feb 14, 2014 - 08:35 am .- During a special encounter with engaged couples, Pope Francis emphasized that to love someone forever is possible if we are humble, and that marriage should be a celebration filled with joy.
Feb 14, 2014 - 06:01 am .- In a law passed in Belgium’s parliament yesterday, the country has become the first to legalize the euthanasia of minors, drawing widespread opposition from its citizens, and from Church leaders.
Feb 13, 2014 - 11:40 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis encouraged all present to pursue God rather than their own passions, noting how the Old Testament figure Solomon “lost his faith” to idolatry despite being wise.
Feb 13, 2014 - 08:28 am .- During a recent interview, Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik reflected his ad limina visit to Rome last week, explaining that in the midst of a media crossfire, the Pope affirmed his support for the Church in Poland.
Feb 13, 2014 - 05:16 am .- In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis highlighted the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that their shared roots obligate them to work together to in building a just society.
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- A new partnership between the Good Samaritan Foundation and Gilead Sciences will provide free HIV and AIDS testing in the diocese of Shinyanga, Tanzania as well as those who test positive.
Feb 12, 2014 - 06:55 am .- Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election, stating that there is strong coherence between the two pontiffs.
Feb 12, 2014 - 04:17 am .- During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it helps us to truly encounter others as a community, and opens us to God’s mercy.
Feb 11, 2014 - 05:07 pm .- A former translator of Benedict XVI has predicted that the retired pontiff’s legacy will only grow, given the “wonderful freshness” and clarity of his writings.
Feb 11, 2014 - 02:02 pm .- Vatican journalist Giovanna Chirri remembers her shock at Benedict XVI's resignation last year, and how she broke the news before he finished his announcement because she could understand Latin.
Feb 11, 2014 - 10:35 am .- Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican, said in a recent interview that under Pope Francis’ reform, his department will undertake the Pope’s call for pastoral conversion.
Feb 11, 2014 - 07:57 am .- The Vatican announced earlier this morning that Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger will take the helm as the new Bishop of Albany, NY, with Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski stepping up as auxiliary of Rockville Centre.
Feb 11, 2014 - 03:16 am .- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff.
Feb 10, 2014 - 02:37 pm .- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations.
Feb 10, 2014 - 10:45 am .- In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass.
Feb 10, 2014 - 05:06 am .- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all.