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  • The Synod of Bishops

    The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution established by Pope Paul VI, 15 September 1965, in response to the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to keep alive the spirit of collegiality engendered by the conciliar experience. Literally speaking the word “synod”, der...

  • Synod2018 – Homily of his holiness Pope Francis

    “The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I have said to you” (Jn 14:26). In this straightforward way, Jesus offers his disciples the assurance that will accompany all the missionary work to be entruste...

  • Apostolic Visit to Ireland: Meeting with the Bishops

    Convent of the Dominican Sisters (Dublin) – Sunday, 26 August 2018   Dear Brother Bishops, As my visit to Ireland comes to a close, I am grateful for this chance to spend a few moments with you. I thank Archbishop Eamon Martin for his gracious words of introduction and I greet all of you ...

  • Apostolic Trip of His Holiness Francis to Ireland for the World Meeting of Famil...

    Saturday 25 August 2018 ROME-DUBLIN 8:15   Departure by air from Rome-Fiumicino for Dublin 10:30  Arrival at Dublin International Airport OFFICIAL WELCOME 10:45  Transfer to Áras an Uachtaráin 11:15   Arrival at the Presidential Residence WELCOME CEREMONY in front of the main entrance of the ...

  • Communicating Christ in Europe

    Meeting of the Media Officers and Spokespersons of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe Rome, 26-28 June 2018 The annual meeting of the Media Officers and Spokespersons of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe took place this year in Rome, at the invitation of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. The m...

  • 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 ...

  • Priest Killed while Hearing Confession in Mexico

    A Catholic priest in the Diocese of Cuautitlán Izcalli, México, was stabbed to death inside a church Wednesday, local reports said. The death of Fr. Rubén Alcántara Díaz, judicial vicar of the diocese, makes 22 priests who have been murdered since 2012, the Catholic Multimedia Center reported. ...

  • APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE CAL...

    1. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to ...

  • Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

    NOTIFICATION on the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Following the inscription of the Obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church into the Roman Calendar, which must already be celebrated by everyone this year on the Monday after Pentecost, it seemed...

  • 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...