Ireland and Wales are the only countries in Europe to have imposed bans on public worship in the second wave of the pandemic
Pope Francis has recalled today on the Feast of the Epiphany that “life’s greatness does not consist in having, but in loving”, as he warned against worshipping “the god of money, the god of consumerism, the god of pleasure, the god of success, the god of self”.
Pope Francis constantly reminds us that the most important task is to proclaim the Gospel. 2019 saw him doing exactly that.
On the situation of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean, we in Europe “must be fiercely ashamed that we have not done anything to help”, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich has denounced.
The address Pope Francis gave December 26, on the feast of St. Stephen, before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
Homily of Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran for Christmas Eve 2019 Midnight Mass: ‘From This Time Onwards and Forever’
In the experience of prayer of the Church during this holy time of Christmas, the theme of light shining in the darkness is a very powerful one.
On Christmas Day the Pope has urged politicians and the international community to find solutions for the “dark economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts” affecting various places around the world, from the Middle East to Latin America to Ukraine to Africa.
“We change, the Church changes, history changes, once we stop trying to change others but try to change ourselves and to make of our life a gift”, Pope Francis insisted December 24 in his homily at the Vatican Christmas vigil.
“What’s happening on Lesbos cannot be tolerated, especially at Christmas”, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has denounced.
“The quality of work goes hand in hand with the human quality of relationships”, Pope Francis said Saturday to the Vatican employees he met for a Christmas audience.
“Christendom no longer exists!” The Pope has issued a powerful call today, in his traditional Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, for the Church “to change in order to be faithful”, explaining that “we need other ‘maps’, other paradigms, which can help us reposition our ways of thinking and our attitudes”.
The head of an Irish seminary has denounced “the sense of cultural and economic entitlement and privilege, even superiority” prevalent in the Western world, as he urged developed countries, including Ireland, “to choose hospitality over hostility” on the question of migrants and refugees.
“A commitment to responsible stewardship of the Earth and its resources is urgently demanded at every level, from family education, to social and civic life, and to political and economic decision-making”, the Pope has insisted.
A poster on a Vatican building for the new Two Popes movie could be the opening salvo in a “knives out” battle against the new ‘Red Pope’, the recently-named Prefect of the powerful Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
A French archbishop has expressed his “sadness” at the secularist disruption of a live Nativity in Toulouse, leading to the event’s cancellation.
God comes to meet us “wherever there is hunger and thirst for peace, hunger and thirst for justice, freedom and love”, Pope Francis said December 13.