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  • 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...

  • Ratzinger Foundation: A Book for the Pope Emeritus’ 90 Years

    Cardinal Kurt Koch Will Take Part in the Presentation of the Work On the occasion of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday (April 16, 2017), the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation is publishing the book Cooperatores Veritatis, which brings together the essays of 13 researche...

  • Pope Francis Receives President of Cameroon

    Discussed important contribution offered by the Church for country’s development, human rights, peaceful coexistence among religions Pope Francis received in audience the president of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, this morning. According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office,...

  • Pope Francis: Education is key to the renewal of sacred music

    Pope Francis said Saturday that while liturgical music has often struggled to live up to the quality and beauty the mystery of the Eucharist requires, we can promote its renewal by investing in a solid musical education for clergy and laity. “Certainly the encounter with modernity and the introduc...

  • Pope Francis and the Curia depart Rome to begin spiritual exercises

    Yesterday afternoon, Pope Francis departed to participate in his annual Lenten Spiritual Exercises at Casa ‘Gesù Divin Maestro’ (the Divine Master House) in the town of Ariccia near Rome. For a week, the Holy Father will remain there praying with with members of the Roman Curia. During his Sun...