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  • Nigeria: Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop, Appoints Administrator

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Ahiara, Nigeria, presented by Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, and at the same time has appointed as apostolic administrator sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the same diocese Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, bisho...

  • Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and 22nd World Day of Consecrated Life

    EUCHARISTIC CONCELEBRATION HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Friday, 2 February 2018 Forty days after Christmas, we celebrate the Lord who enters the Temple and comes to encounter his people. In the Christian East, this feast is called the “Feast of Encounter”: it is the encou...

  • Apostolic Journey to Chile: Holy Mass in Lobito Campus

    MASS OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAYER FOR CHILE Lobito Campus (Iquique) Thursday, 18 January 2018   HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS   “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee” (Jn 2:11). These are the final words of the Gospel we just heard, which describe...

  • President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day

    Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation.  On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty. Our foref...

  • Churches attacked in Chile ahead of Pope’s visit

    Just days before Pope Francis’ visit to Chile, three Catholic churches in the capital of Santiago were attacked by unknown assailants. A fourth church – Christ the Poor Man Shrine – was targeted by a bomb threat and was subsequently investigated by a bomb squad. Hours before, Saint Elizabe...

  • Vatican : Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the 51st World ...

    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Monday, 1 January 2018 The year opens in the name of the Mother of God. Mother of God is the most important title of Our Lady. But we might ask why we say Mother of God, and not Mother of Jesus. In the past some wanted to be content simply wit...

  • Pope Francis’ Christmas 2017 ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary.  He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but [&hellip...

  • APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO MYANMAR AND BANGLADESH (26 NO...

    MEETING WITH GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES, THE CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS  ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS International Convention Centre (Nay Pyi Taw) Tuesday, 28 November 2017 Madam State Counsellor, Honourable Government and Civil Authorities, Your Eminence, My Brother Bishops, Disti...

  • APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS IN BURMA AND BANGLADESH

    INTERRELIGIOUS AND ECUMENICAL MEETING FOR PEACE IN BANGLADESH ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS Residence of the Archbishop (Dhaka) Friday, December 1, 2017     Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, Our meeting, which brings together representatives of the various religious communities present in this...

  • Pope Francis to ordain 16 priests in Bangladesh

    During his upcoming apostolic visit to Bangladesh, Pope Francis will ordain 16 priests.   The Pope who is visiting Myanmar and Bangladesh, Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, will ordain them on Dec. 1, during an open-air morning Mass at Suharawardy Udyan Park in the capital Dhaka.  Some 10,000 people are expe...