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Yesterday on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops addressed the Canadian media to provide clarity on the Pope’s response to the residential schools' issue and to address the "misconceptions" that the Pope “refuses” to apologize to Indigenous Peoples of Canada ...read more
Tom Evans, the father of the seriously ill child Alfie Evans, met with the Pope pleading for "asylum" so that his son, who has a rare brain disease, may receive care in Italy, and not be euthanized in England ...read more
“The Church needs true prophets, who not only speak the truth fearlessly but also who empathize with the suffering of their people”. That was the Pope’s message during his homily at his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta earlier today. ...read more
We begin today with the touching story of the Pope and a little boy with a broken heart. So overcome with emotion, was unable to ask his question and so the Pope invited him to come up, have a good cry and whisper in his ear.  Here is what the Pope had to say... ...read more
"I confess", the Pope wrote, "it has caused me great pain and shame and I ask forgiveness of all those I have offended, and I hope to do so personally in the coming weeks". ...read more
French President, Emmanuel Macron, has caused an uproar among his critics and the secularists poplus of his country, after making public remarks that he wants to repair the relationship between the Catholic church and the state of France. ...read more
For the first time in 500 years, Lutherans in Sweden are welcoming Catholics to celebrate Masses in Lund Cathedral. This historic cathedral was formerly the site of bitter religious feuding during the Reformation but has now become a site of interfaith friendship since Pope Francis held a service there in 2016. ...read more
The Vatican released the much anticipated Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis: “Gaudete et Exsultate” Much of the document was written in the second person, speaking directly to the individual reading it. ...read more
A US seminarian, who participated in the Easter Sunday Mass with the Pope, died unexpectedly a day after he carried the cross at the opening Easter procession ...read more
? We begin in Rome today where an estimated 20,000 people gathered at St. Peter’s square in the rain, to join the Pope for his weekly general audience where he continued his catechesis on the Mass and reflected on the words, “Go in Peace”. Those final words, “Go in Peace”, is an invitation, the Pope ...read more