Singapore couple appointed to Vatican Dicastery

Daniel and Shelley Ee, the Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s global leaders, have been appointed members of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.Singaporean couple Daniel and Shelley Ee have been appointed members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. The announcement was made by the Vatican on Oct 6.The couple, who have [...]

Laudato Si’ – A Franciscan perspective

By addressing Laudato Si’ to a universal audience, Pope Francis continues the tradition of Pacem in Terris (1963), which was the first papal encyclical addressed not only to Catholics, but to “all people of goodwill”, and which was applauded as a universal voice of conscience. In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis addresses many elements of our [...]

Buddhists And Christians: Together Fostering Fraternity

Vatican City, April 2014 (VIS) – Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, have signed the message that this dicastery sends each year to followers of Buddhism on the festival of Vesakh. Vesakh is the principal Buddhist holy day that commemorates [...]

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 [...]

Other Pontifical Acts – 18 March 2014

Vatican City, 18 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has: – erected the new diocese of Pankshin (area 8,486, population 1,100,000, Catholics 168,606, priests 47, religious 10) Nigeria, with territory taken from the archdiocese of Jos and the diocese of Shendam, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Jos. […]

The Holy See Will Participate With A Pavilion At Expo Milan 2015

Vatican City, 27 February 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office the protocol was presented for the participation of the Holy See at Expo Milan 2015. The general theme of the event will be “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, Commissioner General for the Holy See for Expo [...]

The church is not just of one continent but universal

Vatican City, 27 October 2012 (VIS) – During the twenty-second and final General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops, during which the participants voted on the final list of propositions, Benedict XVI addressed some brief remarks to the Synod Fathers. “In the context of the discussion of the Synod of Bishops on ‘The New Evangelisation [...]

Young Churches: Hope For The Future Of The Universal Church

Vatican City, 7 September 2012 (VIS) – This morning in Castelgandolfo Benedict XVI received a group of around one hundred recently-consecrated bishops of circumscriptions in mission territories. The prelates are currently participating in a congress organised by the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. In his remarks to them the Pope observed that all the [...]

Universal Language Of Music, Hope For Peace

Vatican City, 12 July 2012 (VIS) – “It pleases me to welcome an orchestra such as this one, which was born of the conviction, or better yet, of the experience that music unites persons, over and above any division”. With these words the Pope thanked Director Daniel Barenboim and the musicians of the West-Eastern Divan [...]