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Following the resignation of its founding member Marie Collins, The Pontifical Commission that is charged with addressing clergy sex-abuse issues vowed to continue To seek input from victims & survivors. The March 1st resignation of Ms. Collins from the The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, was a “central topic” during their plenary assembly ...read more
Much has happened in the past few days but, let’s start in Rome, where Pope Francis addressed pilgrims during his Sunday Angelus, taking inspiration from the Gospel reading, in which Jesus restores the sight of the blind man. With this miracle the Pope explained, “Jesus reveals himself as light of the world”. Each of us, ...read more
Expressing his condolences to the victims of the terror attack in London on Wednesday, Pope Francis sent a telegram to the Archbishop of Westminster, where He promised prayers and spiritual closeness to the grieving families, as well as his spiritual solidarity with the whole people. “Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and ...read more
We begin in Rome today, where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly General Audience. This morning, Pope Francis spoke about Hope and reflected on two words in the Scriptures: Encouragement and Steadfastness. He said that Christians, given strength by the Lord, are called to spread these words, especially to those who are struggling. ...read more
Yesterday in Rome, Pope Francis received the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, in a private audience at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace during which he asked for God’s forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 genocide. Pope Francis went on to, “conveyed his profound sadness, and that of the Holy ...read more
On Friday, the Pope presided over a penitential service at St. Peter’s Basilica in anticipation for the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative. During the service, the Pope himself went to confession and heard confessions of three men and four women. The service took place one week before all churches around the world are asked to offer ...read more
We start off today by celebrating the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, on their 90th anniversary of "invisible" and quiet service to the poor in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and in Eastern Europe. CNEWA was founded in 1926 in response to a request by Pope Pius the 11th to unite all American Catholic ...read more
Earlier today, the Pope addressed the faithful during his weekly General Audience and continued his catechesis on Christian Hope: Focusing on Charity, which he said, "is a grace. It's the fruit, of OUR Saving-Encounter with God’s own love”. To the thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said: "he who loves, has ...read more
We begin today with The Vatican Insider reporting that it’s highly likely that a meeting between the Pope and President Donald Trump is possible when when US President travels to Italy for G7 summit in May. Diplomatic sources have said the US President will see the Pope when he comes to Italy for the G7 ...read more
In Rome yesterday, the Pope, prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists that gathered in St. Peter’s Square on the Second Sunday of Lent. The Holy Father reflected on the Gospel of St. Matthew, and recounted the Transfiguration of Our Lord. “In this Lenten season,” he said, “let us contemplate devoutly the image of the ...read more