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  • 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...

  • African migrants reportedly being sold in ‘slave markets’ in Libya, UN repor...

      Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. The Inter...

  • 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 urges Colombia’s leaders to peace and reconciliation

    Address: Meeting with Authorities, the Diplomatic Corps and Representatives of Civil Society Bogotá Thursday, 7 September 2017 I offer my cordial greetings to Your Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Columbia, and I thank you for your kind invitation to visit this nation at a particular...