Dec 9, 2016 - 11:21 am .- As Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for Jesus both in our lives and in society, Pope Francis said shortly before the lighting of the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square Friday.
Dec 9, 2016 - 05:21 am .- On Friday the Vatican announced that Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown – who was baptized by the famed and saintly Archbishop Fulton Sheen – will be taking the helm in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Dec 8, 2016 - 04:40 am .- The contrast between the “no” of man in the Garden of Eden and the “yes” of Mary at the Annunciation was the heart of Pope Francis’ message for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which he said is an opportunity for each person to renew their own commitment to God.
Dec 7, 2016 - 02:36 pm .- Beauty, under the care of artists, has the ability to transform even the everyday lives of men and women, Pope Francis said in a message for the annual meeting of the Pontifical Academies on Tuesday.
Dec 7, 2016 - 09:49 am .- Pope Francis gave an interview to a Belgian magazine in which he cautioned media to avoid several major temptations, including the desire to always focus on scandal – which he compared to “coprophilia,” a mental illness in which a person has an abnormal interest in feces.
Dec 7, 2016 - 04:13 am .- For Pope Francis, one of most needed virtues of modern time is hope, which is something he said must never be abandoned no matter how hard life gets, and which is often expressed in the simple act of a smile.
Dec 6, 2016 - 04:47 pm .- In late September, Pope Francis met with the controversial president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.
Dec 6, 2016 - 07:47 am .- On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Bishop Wilfredo Pino Estévez, who has led the Cuban diocese of Guantánamo-Baracoa for the past 10 years, will now be taking over as the new Archbishop of Camaguey.
Dec 6, 2016 - 06:16 am .- The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors launched a new website Tuesday, which is designed to help inform the public about their work, and includes resources for Church leaders on safeguarding children and caring for survivors.
Dec 5, 2016 - 12:02 pm .- Pope Francis endorsed a recent conference dedicated to the conservation and restoration of art and heritage within the Middle East, as a means to defend the rights of the human person.
Dec 5, 2016 - 10:22 am .- As Christmas approaches, don't downplay your sins, Pope Francis said. Instead, name them honestly in the Sacrament of Confession, open your heart, and ask the Lord to heal you from within.
Dec 5, 2016 - 07:00 am .- Upon accepting the resignation of Bishop Denis Madden, Pope Francis has appointed two priests to be the next auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Vatican announced Monday.
Dec 4, 2016 - 07:56 am .- The proclamation of John the Baptist to “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” is a joyful one that calls us to conversion, Pope Francis said today in his Angelus address on the second Sunday of Advent.
Dec 3, 2016 - 05:07 am .- Pope Francis has again captured the hearts of the world, with a tear-jerking letter to a young Italian girl dying from cancer, which was read aloud at the girl’s funeral once she passed away.
Dec 2, 2016 - 07:58 am .- While he was in town for a global meeting on the crisis in the Mediterranean region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped by the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis that likely centered largely on the challenges of migration.
Dec 2, 2016 - 04:15 am .- In his latest prayer video, which highlights his prayer intention for the month of December, Pope Francis focused on putting an end to the phenomenon of child-soldiers, which he called a “form of slavery.”
Dec 1, 2016 - 05:02 am .- In his message for the 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis focused on the need to be “missionary disciples” who first fall in love with God, and are then propelled into action, zealously spreading the Good News they have heard.
Nov 30, 2016 - 04:15 pm .- The Bishop of Rome sent a message to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Wednesday, continuing a recent tradition of ecumenism between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
Nov 30, 2016 - 08:18 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis added world famous director Martin Scorsese to the list of Hollywood stars he has welcomed for a private meeting in the Vatican, following an official Rome preview of Scorsese’s new film “Silence.”
Nov 30, 2016 - 05:38 am .- In his last set of catechesis on mercy, Pope Francis focused on the works of praying for the living and the dead, as well as burying the dead, insisting that since we are all part of one family in Christ, we must remember to pray constantly for one another.