Dec 20, 2016 - 01:50 am .- After 12 people were killed when a truck rammed into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market, the German bishops have voiced their sorrow, and have invited people to join them in praying for the victims and their families.
Dec 19, 2016 - 06:01 pm .- Although St. Leopold is less recognizable than his Capuchin brother St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Leopold’s life is a moving testament to perseverance and faith despite lifelong physical ailments.
Dec 19, 2016 - 10:22 am .- Young Catholics can be a force for joy and peace, Pope Francis told an audience with Catholic Action on Monday.
Dec 18, 2016 - 01:09 pm .- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI praised the founder of the EWTN Global Catholic Network on Thursday.
Dec 18, 2016 - 05:24 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that with Christmas just around the corner, it’s important to stop and make time for silent reflection on the true meaning of the holiday, specifically on figures in the Nativity.
Dec 17, 2016 - 08:53 pm .- There’s a Christmas reason to speak always about the poor and about mercy, Pope Francis told a benefit concert Saturday.
Dec 17, 2016 - 12:41 pm .- The Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent birthday greetings to Pope Francis on Saturday, Francis’ eightieth birthday.
Dec 17, 2016 - 07:02 am .- Pope Francis kicked off his 80th birthday by having breakfast with a group of homeless from around St. Peter’s and inviting them to Mass – but his giving didn’t stop there.
Dec 17, 2016 - 05:59 am .- Though rumors have been floating around for some time, the Vatican confirmed Saturday that Pope Francis will travel to Fatima, Portugal May 12-13 in honor of the centenary of the apparitions.
Dec 17, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Pope Francis will receive thousands of gifts for his 80th birthday Saturday, from heads of state and the ordinary faithful.
Dec 16, 2016 - 11:45 am .- Pope Francis met Friday morning with Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and former president Senator Álvaro Uribe Vélez, as the country works to finalize a peace accord which would end a 52-year conflict between the government and rebel groups.
Dec 16, 2016 - 08:11 am .- In honor of their bicentenary, the Vatican Gendarmerie have decided to celebrate with an act of mercy: they will host a concert that will be used to fund a children’s hospital in Bangui and earthquake relief efforts in Central Italy.
Dec 16, 2016 - 06:02 am .- On Friday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, and appointed Louisiana native Msgr. Louis Kihneman as his successor.
Dec 15, 2016 - 03:32 pm .- While violent persecution against Christians assails swaths of territory the Middle East and Africa, one Vatican official says that Western nations face a different type of oppression, marked by the push to eliminate religion from public life.
Dec 15, 2016 - 10:04 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday announced the theme for the 25th World Day of the Sick, “Amazement at what God has accomplished,” explaining that in difficult circumstances we should look to Mary as an example of how to embrace God’s will for our lives.
Dec 15, 2016 - 05:17 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis accepted the credentials of six new ambassadors to the Holy See, urging them to work toward promoting the common good in their respective countries by adopting tactics of nonviolence at a political level.
Dec 14, 2016 - 07:22 am .- Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals met for the 17th time this week, with synodality and the Church’s “missionary drive” forming the basis of the discussion on how reform of the Curia’s various departments will move forward.
Dec 14, 2016 - 04:54 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday spoke about the hope that the Child Jesus brings at Christmastime, saying it is our duty to be the messengers who bring his message to the world – a world that is thirsting for goodness.
Dec 13, 2016 - 04:50 pm .- In his homily at Mass Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke harshly about what he considers one of the great dangers of clericalism: that it alienates members of the Church by refusing to be close to them, and reinforces the belief that priests are above the laity.
Dec 13, 2016 - 09:42 am .- On hearing of the Dec. 12 death of Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, the Prelate of Opus Dei, Pope Francis sent a telegram Tuesday expressing his deep sympathy to the members of the organization and to Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz Braña, auxiliary vicar.