Preparing for Christmas, we would do well to take a moment of silence to listed to God who speaks to us with the tenderness of a father and of a mother. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, on the second Thursday of Advent. Beginning with the reading from the Prophet Isaiah, the Pope emphasized not only…
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Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. He is the third Roman Pontiff to receive this honour after John XXIII in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994. The Head of the Holy See’s Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, issued the following statement: “The decision didn’t come as a surprise given the great resonance and attention surrounding the…
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In an unprecedented video message, Pope Francis has appealed to people throughout the world to support a new campaign by Caritas Internationalis to wipe out global hunger. The campaign is set to begin on Tuesday, 10 December, with a “wave of prayer to end hunger” which begins at noon in Samoa and will travel around the world. Message from Pope Francis for the launch…
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Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as his special envoy to participate at an Official Ceremony in memory of the former President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday. The ceremony will be held in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 10 December Source: Vatican Radio %%wppa%% %%album=26%% %%wppa%% %%album=35%%
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Following a tradition laid out by his predecessors, Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by travelling to Piazza di Spagna where he venerated the statue named for the Marian Feast. The celebration began with a reading from the book of Revelation in which Mary is described as a “woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and around her…
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Pope Francis on Saturday met with the participants of the 26th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, meeting under the theme “Proclaiming Christ in the digital age.” Pope Francis said the rise and development of the internet raises the question of the relationship between faith and culture. Looking back to the first centuries of Christianity, the Pope pointed out Christians encountered the…
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