Vespers began at 5 PM Rome Time in St Peter’s Basilica, with Pope Francis presiding over the prayers that constitute the Church’s official, public praise of God in the evening of the last day of the year, to be followed by the singing of the great hymn of gratitude in faith, the Te Deum, and the worship of the Blessed Sacrament before the giving of…
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Pope Francis appealed on Thursday for Christians who suffer violence, discrimination and all manner of injustice because of their faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel. The Pope’s call for prayerful solidarity with persecuted faithful came on the Feast of St Stephen, the first martyr, and a day after bomb attacks on a Catholic church and a Christian neighbourhood market in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed thirty-eight…
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“In this night, as the spirit of darkness enfolds the world, there takes place anew the event which always amazes and surprises us: the people who walk see a great light.” In his homily during Christmas Midnight Mass, Pope Francis reflected on “the mystery of walking and seeing.” Walking, he said, brings to mind the whole of salvation history, beginning with Abraham, our father in…
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N'Djamena - "The Christians of the Apostolic Vicariate of Mongo, 500 km from N'Djamena, capital of Chad, experienced a particular ecclesial event: the consecration of the Cathedral of St. Ignatius," writes Fr. Clément Marie Bonou of the Franciscans of Mary Immaculate to Fides Agency. The Cathedral is located at the foot of the mountain, in a region where 94% are Muslims. The building, which is…
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Pope Francis, at the end of his General Audience on Wednesday, called on everyone to pray for a group of nuns taken by force from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in the ancient Christian town of Ma’lula in Syria. “Now I would like to invite everyone to pray for the religious sisters of the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in Ma’lula, in…
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Caritas Continues the Journey in Faith and Service Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga says the international organization of Catholic aid and development agencies continues its journey in faith and service to those suffering from HIV AIDS. In a message ahead of World AIDS Day observed on Sunday December 1, Cardinal Maradiaga says Caritas Internationalis “does not wait for the annual observance of…
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