Pope Francis: Let The Lord Make Your Life Into A Gift Of Love

Vatican City, 4 November 2013 (VIS) At midday on Sunday the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Francis dedicated his Sunday meditation to the Gospel of St. Luke, who narrates the conversion of Zacchaeus. “There [...]

NCCs urged to make Christ known

It is paramount that each and every Catholic lay person seek holiness in the professional and social life as it is there that Christ needs to be witnessed.This was the core message in Fr Eugene Vaz’s address to participants of the Neighbourhood Christian Community (NCC) Day held at Catholic Junior College on Oct 12. The [...]

Pope Francis Receives Mahmoud Abbas: Israelis And Palestinians Must Make Courageous Decisions For Peace, Supported By The International Community

Vatican City, 17 October 2013 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father Francis received in audience Mahmoud Abbas, president of the State of Palestine, who subsequently went on to meet with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States. During the cordial discussions, reference was made to the situation in the Middle East, and in [...]

The Church “Makes” Christians, And Christians “Make” The Church

Vatican City, 11 September 2013 (VIS) – Five hundred faithful participated this morning in the Wednesday general audience, in which Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church during the “Year of Faith”, turning to the theme of maternity. “Among the images that the Vatican Council II chose to help us better understand the nature [...]

Pope Francis: God’s Mercy Can Make Even The Driest Land Flower

Vatican City, 31 March 2013 (VIS) – At 10:15 this morning, Easter Sunday, the Holy Father Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection in St. Peter’s Square. Faithful from Rome and pilgrims from around the world participated in the celebration, which began with the “Resurrexit” rite—in which an icon of the Risen Lord, placed [...]

‘Monitor religious freedom, make confessions available’

These were some recommendations the world’s bishops made at the end of their meeting in RomeVATICAN CITY – Bishops around the world recommended that the Vatican establish a commission to monitor religious freedom, develop guidelines for training evangelisers and ensure there is a church in every diocese where confession is always available.The three-week meeting of [...]

Holy Father To Make A Pastoral Visit To The Shrine Of Loreto

Vatican City, 20 September 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father is to make a pastoral visit to Loreto, Italy, on 4 October, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Blessed Pope John XXIII's visit to that Marian shrine. Benedict XVI will depart from the Vatican by helicopter at 9 a.m., arriving at the John Paul II Centre [...]