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  • 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...

  • Celebration of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – Homily of His Hol...

    Jesus enters Jerusalem.  The liturgy invites us to share in the joy and celebration of the people who cry out in praise of their Lord; a joy that will fade and leaves a bitter and sorrowful taste by the end of the account of the Passion.  This celebration seems to combine stories of joy and [&hell...

  • A Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2018

    “Because of the increase of inquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion...

  • Paul VI and Oscar Romero will be canonized

    The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle allowing five people on the path to sainthood to be canonized, the most prominent being Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero. With a second miracle approved, the path has been cleared for a date to be set for the cano...

  • 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...