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In Venezuela, the country’s bishops are claiming that the Venezuelan government aims to install a “military dictatorship, that is socialist, Marxist and communist.” The Catholic Church in Venezuela and the Venezuelan government have a long history of tension, but the comments by the president of the bishops’ conference refer to a process initiated by Venezuelan ...read more
In Rome today, Pope Francis, before his weekly Angelus, reflected on Matthew’s Gospel passage: “Come to me, all you who are weary & burdened, and I will give you rest.” Although there have been problems and complaints in the past, the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital is working to resolve them. This statement from  Vatican ...read more
Before Fr. Federico Lombardi was appointed to the Holy Press Office in 2006, it was Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who since 1984, was the official voice and spokesperson for the Vatican. Sadly, it was announced yesterday by Vatican spokesperson, Greg Burke that Navarro-Valls passed away on July 5th at age 80 of cancer. Navarro-Valls, was a medical ...read more
Today is Wednesday July 5th and normally I’d bring to you a summary of the Pope’s general audience. But this month, The Pope’s weekly general audiences are on hold and He’ll resume his public audiences again in August. In the meantime however, The Pope has just released his monthly Prayer Intention video. This July, the ...read more
Let’s begin in Rome today with a quick summary of the Pope’s message after his weekly recital of the Sunday Angelus. After praying the midday prayer with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope noted that July 5th is the feast of Venezuela’s independence and he expressed his love and closeness to the families that ...read more
I had the opportunity a few weeks back, to chat with Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, the Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada  about Canada’s 150th birthday. In particular, we spoke about the Catholic Church in Quebec and how they are participating in this great Canadian milestone celebration. He jokingly reminded me that they’ve have been in celebration mode long before this ...read more
Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native Australia.The cardinal complained that he had been subjected to relentless character assassination “during a two-year investigation into the false claims”. And earlier today at a press conference in Rome, Cardinal Pell, along with Vatican Spokesman Greg ...read more
Pope Francis addressed the pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s square in Rome today during his weekly general audience. Continuing his catechesis on Christian Hope, he spoke about the Hope and strength of the Martyrs Here now is the summary. The pope also held a Public Ordinary Consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica, for the creation of ...read more
Today, Pope Francis celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination as the auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992. And to celebrate the milestone, he presided over a mass in the Pauline Chapel at the Apostolic Palace, con celebrated with cardinals who were present in Rome. During the homily, the pope called the cardinals ...read more
In Rome yesterday, the Pope addressed the crowds in St.Peter’s square for the recital of the weekly Angelus prayer, after which he expressed his closeness and grief for the victims of a landslide that engulfed a village in south-western China. “I am close to the population of the Chinese village of Xinmo that was struck ...read more