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The Holy Father met with diplomats accredited to the Holy See Monday morning and warned against the danger of using religion to justify violence. He told them “that every expression of religion is called to promote peace”. On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, he baptised 28 babies in the Sistine Chapel. ...read more
The Holy Father sent messages of condolences to the Archbishop of Berlin, after the attack in a Christmas market on Monday, and to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Barbara Jatta, art historian, was named as new director of the Vatican Museums. In Canada, 350 farmworkers from Central ...read more
Over the weekend, the Holy Father met with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to approve the decrees of 12 new Servants of God, including the martyrdom of an American priest killed in Guatemala. The Pope also met with business leaders from around the world in Rome for a global forum ...read more
Today the Holy Father met with the director of the latest film “Silence” at the Vatican. Martin Scorsese was in Rome for a screening of his movie for a group of Jesuits. The private audience was attended by the film’s producer, Scorsese’s family. The meeting followed his usual General Audience, where he completed his catechesis ...read more
Christmas preparations are coming along at the Vatican. The Pope’s schedule for Advent and Christmas was just released, a Christmas tree was erected in Saint Peter’s Square, and a nativity scene will soon make its appearance. This year, the Vatican’s Christmas decorations are environmentally friendly, have been made with the help of children, and reflect ...read more
The Vatican announced the themes for the next World Youth Days to culminate at the International World Youth Day in Panama in 2019. They are taken from the Gospel of Luke and are inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity and hope. A new website for Peter’s Pence was launched today, making it ...read more
Last weekend, Pope Francis created 17 new cardinals in a ceremony held at the Vatican. In his homily he spoke against the danger of polarisation and exclusion in the Church, saying “we are not immune from this and we need to take care lest such attitudes find a place in our hearts, because this would ...read more
Away from the limelight, Pope Francis spent one Friday a month, over the course of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, putting into practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Locations were never announced beforehand and so in the past year, he surprised the sick and the elderly, retired priests, women who have been abused, ...read more
Last week, Pope Francis held a Jubilee for prisoners at the Vatican. This unique event took place at the end of the Year of Mercy for one reason. The Holy Father has a special place in his heart for those who are incarcerated. During most of his apostolic voyages, he takes the time to visit ...read more
The Pope went to Sweden last week. He was there for two days, from October 31st to November 1st commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The history between both Churches is somewhat complex. And what do we really know about Protestant theology? Here is brief look at how it all started and what ...read more