Vatican

  • First draft of new constitution on the Roman Curia

     In their latest round of meetings, Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals has finished and approved the first draft of what will be a new apostolic constitution outlining the role and functions of the Roman Curia. The tentative title of the document is “Predicatae Evangelium,” meaning “Preach ...

  • Final Document from the Pre-Synodal Meeting

    The young person of today is met with a host of external and internal challenges and opportunities, many of which are specific to their individual contexts and some of which are shared across continents. In light of this, it is necessary for the Church to examine the way in which it thinks about and...

  • 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...

  • Pope Francis: Homily for World Day of the Poor.

    We have the joy of breaking the bread of God’s word, and shortly, we will have the joy of breaking and receiving the Bread of the Eucharist, food for life’s journey. All of us, none excluded, need this, for all of us are beggars when it comes to what is essential: God’s love, which gives [&hel...

  • The Mass needs silence, not ‘chitchat’, Pope Says

     On Wednesday, Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people around you before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord. “When we go to Mass, maybe we arrive five minutes before, and we start to chit-chat w...

  • Pope bans sale of cigarettes in Vatican on health grounds

    In a move likely to have some Vatican employees fuming, Pope Francis has decided to ban the sale of cigarettes inside the City State on the grounds that the Holy See cannot profit from a proven health hazard. In a Nov. 9 statement, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the reason for the decision “is ...

  • Callista Gingrich new US Ambassador-Designate to the Holy See

    Gallista L. Gingrich is the new United States Ambassador-Designate to the Holy See. She was confirmed in a vote on Monday by the  United States Senate. Her main responsibility as Ambassador will be to serve as the liason between the Holy See and the US Government. A communiqué released by the U...

  • Pope Francis re-names Cardinal Burke to Vatican’s highest court

    Saturday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Cardinal Raymond Burke as a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – the Holy See’s highest court – which he previously headed for six years. Burke, 69, is currently patron of the Order of the Knights of Malta...

  • Pope Francis: homily at Easter Vigil, 2017

    Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis – Easter Vigil, 15 April 2017 “After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb” (Mt 28:1).  We can picture them as they went on their way…  They walked like people going to a cemeter...