Prayers for victims of the Sabah earthquake

The Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission has issued prayers for possible use for the Day of National Remembrance for victims of the Sabah earthquake: Lord our God, You are always faithful and quick to show mercy,the Sabah earthquake victimswere suddenly [and violently] taken from us.Come swiftly to their aid,have mercy on them,and comfort their family and friendsby [...]

Mary, Source Of Hope And True Joy

Vatican City, 1 January 2014 (VIS) – This Wednesday, Solemnity of Holy Mary Mother of God, and Octave of Christmas, the Holy Father presided at the Holy Mass in the Vatican Basilica, concelebrated by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”; Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State; Archbishop Giovanni [...]

Confession Is A Source Of True Peace And Joy

Vatican City, 18 March 2012 (VIS) – Before praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square today, the fourth Sunday of Lent, the Pope dedicated some remarks to the importance of sacramental Confession during this liturgical period which, he said, is “a time in which to pay greater attention to the voice of [...]

Large Families Are Witnesses Of Faith, And A Source Of Wealth For Nations

Vatican City, 15 February 2012 (VIS) - "In today's social environment, families with many children are witnesses of faith, courage and optimism, because without children there is no future". The Pope addressed these words to representatives from the Italian National Association of Large Families who were attending his general audience this morning. "I hope", Benedict [...]

Trinitarian Monotheism Is the Source of Peace

“The Church’s social commitment is not a merely human activity, nor is just a social theory. The transformation of society by Christians over the centuries has been a response to the coming of the Son of God into the world. … The disciples of Christ the Redeemer know that no human community can live in [...]

Scripture Is a Source of Constant Renewal

VATICAN CITY, 19 NOV 2011 (VIS) – This evening in the chapel of the apostolic nunciature in Cotonou, the bishops of Benin – a country with ten dioceses – met with the Pope. In his remarks he reminded them that the nation is currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of its evangelisation, which was begun by [...]

May Faith Become a Source of Inspiration and Solidarity

VATICAN CITY, 7 NOV 2010 (VIS) – The departure ceremony at the end of the Holy Father’s apostolic trip to Spain took place at Barcelona international airport at 7 p.m. today, in the presence of the Spanish monarchs. Following some brief words from King Juan Carlos, the Pope arose to pronounce his address. Benedict XVI [...]

Slovenia’s Christian Heritage, Source of Comfort and Hope

One sign of the vivacity of the Church in Slovenia is the National Eucharistic Congress, celebrated recently … in Celje”, the culmination of which was “the beatification of the young Lojze Grozde, martyred in hatred for the faith during a very difficult period in the country’s history. “Other signs of the vitality of the ecclesial [...]

Catholic educators attend retreat to strengthen teaching vocation

SINGAPORE – Catholic and other Christian teachers from kindergartens, schools and polytechnics reflected on their vocation as educators at a retreat titled “Called to be Teacher” from Nov 28-30 at Montfort Centre (photo).During the retreat, retreatants reflected on their respective calls to be a teacher and the journeys they have taken since responding. [...]