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The Pope led the annual Ash-Wednesday ceremonies with a traditional procession that started at the Basilica of St. Anselm, through the streets of Rome and ended at the nearby St. Sabina marking the beginning Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Holy Week. ...read more
It was 5 years ago on February 11th, 2013, that Pope Benedict left the world speechless with the announcement of his resignation. It was Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Director of the Holy See Press Office who was tasked with the difficult job of trying to explain it all to the world media, in what he describes as the single most significant event in his 25 years of service under three popes.  ...read more
After reciting the Angelus prayer yesterday, the Pope was joined at the window of his study by two young adults. One handed him a tablet, as he announced that the registration for World Youth Day in Panama is now officially open. ...read more
In this new edition of Perspectives Extra, we sit down with the producers of the new film: Paul, Apostle of Christ. Producers T.J Berden and Eric Groth talk to us about inspiration behind the film, the big name actors, and why the story of St.Paul is so relevant to our world today. ...read more
“Sinners can become saints, but the corrupt cannot.” This was the message that came from the Pope today, during his homily, at the daily Mass he celebrates at Casa Santa Marta. “Be watchful, every day, so that you don’t end up far from the Lord,” the Pope said. Using the example of David and Solomon, from ...read more
"Sometimes, the congregation has reason to be bored by a homily, that is too long or irrelevant. The way to prepare a good homily", the Pope advised, "is with prayer, study of the Word of God, and a clear brief message which must not go over 10 minutes”. ...read more
The Pope released his 2018 Lenten message today, inspired by the words that Jesus spoke near the end of His life on the Mount of Olives regarding the end of time: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many, will grow cold.” ...read more
After a 5 week 14-city tour across the Canada the famous relic of St. Francis Xavier, that drew more than 80,000 thousand people, is safely back at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. ...read more
We bring to you today a special extended edition of Perspectives Daily where we look back at the Popes 22nd Apostolic visit to the countries of Chile and Peru. We’ll look at some of the major events, the key messages from the Pope, and some of the challenges that he faced on a voyage that ...read more
Last night at Fordham yesterday two prominent pope watchers, each on the opposite side of the spectrum, debated the Pope's legacy in an event that marked the 5th anniversary of the Pope’s election as the head of the Catholic Church.  ...read more