Via Crucis: A Glorious Cross Like Dawn Following A Long Night

Vatican City, 18 April 2014 (VIS) – At 9.15 p.m. this evening, Good Friday, the Bishop of Rome presided at the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, service at the Colosseum, where thousands of faithful accompanied Christ’s path to the Cross by the light of candles and torches. From the Palatine Hill the Holy [...]

Holy Saturday: Return To The Place Of The First Call

Vatican City, 19 April 2014 (VIS) – The solemn Easter Vigil began at 8.30 this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis presided over the rites, which began with the blessing of the with a blessing of the new fire in the church atrium followed by the procession to the altar with the lit Paschal [...]

Easter Sunday: Love Lets Hope Flourish In The Desert

Vatican City, 20 April 2014 (VIS) – At 10.15 today, Easter Sunday, the Holy Father Francis celebrated the solemn Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord in St. Peter’s Square, which was adorned with 35,000 plants and flowers (tulips, narcissus and hyacinths), offered by Dutch florists. During the celebration, which began with the “Resurrexit” rite [...]

Easter Monday: Maria, Mother Of Hope

Vatican City, 21 April 2014 (VIS) – At midday today, on “Monday of the Angel”, the Pope appeared at the window of his study to pray the Regina Coeli – the prayer that substitutes the Angelus at Easter time – with the thousands of faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Francis wished all [...]

Other Pontifical Acts – 29 April 2014

Vatican City, 29 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Joseph Anthony Toal of Argyll and the Isles, Scotland, as bishop of Motherwell, (area 1,178, population 703,000, Catholics 164,586, priests 103, permanent deacons 13, religious 75), Scotland.

The Pope Receives King Juan Carlos And Queen Sofia Of Spain

Vatican City, 28 April 2014 (VIS) – This morning, in the study adjacent to Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis received King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, who then went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States. […]

The Pope: Do Not Be Afraid, Think Of The Young Apostles

Vatican City, 28 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father Francis has sent a video message to the young of Buenos Aires for National Youth Day. The message, in which the Pope speaks off the cuff, had been requested in advance by Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli, archbishop of Buenos Aires, and was rebroadcast on Saturday [...]

Fourth Meeting Of The Council Of Cardinals

Vatican City, 28 April 2014 (VIS) – The fourth meeting of the Council of Cardinals with the Holy Father began this morning, and will continue during the 29 and 30 April. The Council of Cardinals was instituted by Pope Francis to help him in the governance of the universal Church and to draw up a [...]