At the Angelus today, Pope Francis said he was “very saddened” by the decision of Turkish authorities Friday to convert into a mosque again the Istanbul icon of Hagia Sophia.
Countries around the globe are exiting the COVID-19-related confinement, albeit with economic prospects looking not all that good and other negative news floating around, leading to widespread paralysis.
(Source: Aid to the Church in Need International) On 27 May this year Pope Francis recognised the attribution of a…
In his greeting today after the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis praised as “commendable” a UN Security Council resolution adopted this week calling for a “global and immediate” ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic, and urged the international community to “effectively and promptly” implement that cessation of hostilities “for the good of the many people who are suffering”.
A renowned German Benedictine and Pope ‘guru’ has claimed that “there are no theological reasons against the priesthood of women”.
In his Angelus today after his Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis denounced the “solitude of the elderly”, treated as “discarded material”, as a “tragedy of our times”, and urged that the life of children and grandchildren be given “as a gift” to older people.
In the Angelus today, Pope Francis asked the European Union and the United Nations for solutions to the “serious socio-political and economic crises” afflicting Syria and neighbouring countries, urging leaders to “think of the fact that there are small children who are hungry, who do not have anything to eat”, and to hasten to make peace.
In his greetings to the Spanish-speaking faithful at this morning’s General Audience, Pope Francis prayed for “strength and support” for Mexicans after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the country’s Pacific coast June 23, killing at least six and seriously injuring dozens more.
One of the reasons for the flight of Catholics from the Church or the indifference to religious practice is the fact that many of the adult faithful have no other education in the faith than that which they received in childhood through the family and through catechesis.
“Jesus is present in each person forced to flee to safety”, Pope Francis recalled this Saturday, World Refugee Day.
“The way we treat women’s bodies reveals our level of humanity”, Pope Francis has pleaded today on End Sexual Violence in Conflict Day.
In this Wednesday’s General Audience, Pope Francis praised the “upright conscience enlightened by the Word of God” of a Portuguese diplomat who saved Jews and other minorities during World War II.
An Irish priest has urged the Church to learn lessons from the “dress rehearsal” of COVID-19-related suspensions of public liturgies, warning that “in a decade or so Sunday Mass will not be celebrated in every parish”.
In his homily today at Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis pleaded for “urgent” help for “those who hunger for food and for dignity, those without work and those who struggle to carry on”.
“We are all responsible” for child labour, Pope Francis warned this morning in the General Audience, launching an appeal ahead of the world day against this scourge June 12 that institutions “protect minors” by “filling the economic and social gaps” that see them fall into “slavery and confinement”.
Pope Francis warned the world today in the Angelus “do not celebrate victory too soon” over COVID-19, as he denounced that in Brazil on Friday “one person died every minute” from the illness.
In the General Audience today, Pope Francis deplored the “sin” of the murder by US police of unarmed black man George Floyd, insisting that in the Church “we cannot tolerate racism and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life”.
A Portuguese cardinal has discouraged communion on the tongue, recalling that “Christ said, ‘Take and eat’, not ‘Open your mouth'”.
Sweden’s first ecumenical spiritual retreat will see Catholics and Lutherans participating in a series of encounters on the theme “God’s inner dwelling. Peace in times of crisis and fear”.
Charles de Foucauld, the nineteenth- and early-twentieth century French soldier, explorer and geographer-turned Catholic priest and hermit in the Sahara Desert, is to become a saint, the Vatican announced May 26.
In the General Audience Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his cycle of catechesis on prayer, turning his thoughts to the prayer of the just.
In a special prayer for the fifth anniversary of Laudato si’, his encyclical on “care for our Common Home”, Pope Francis prayed today in the Regina Caeli that the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor “may become the birth-pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world”.
Cardinal Peter Turkson was a guest on a webinar sponsored by the Global Catholic Climate Movement during Laudato si’ Week.