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With the highly anticipated Papal visit to the United States this fall creeping ever closer, word has come out of the Vatican of a possible detour on the pope’s flight home to Rome. The Holy See Press Office has confirmed that Pope Francis is considering a visit to Cuba to cap off his first visit ...read more
For the first time in its 239-year history, a pope will address the United States Congress. The news broke at the end of last week that Pope Francis would address a joint sessions of America’s two legislative bodies, the House of Representatives and the Senate. This would make the pope only the third foreigner in ...read more
Over the weekend, Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Speaking on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Holy Father focused on the concept of dialogue, lauding the academy for their work in furthering Christian-Islamic relations. He told them “the most effective antidote against all forms of violence is education ...read more
Before departing for Sri Lanka on Monday, Pope Francis delivered his annual address to the diplomatic corps, providing an occasion for reflection on the matter of politics and the Church and more specifically—in light of the recent revelation of Vatican involvement in the easing of USA-Cuba relations—on the Catholic Church’s role in global politics. 2014 ...read more
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB. In light of yesterday’s welcome announcement of a normalizing of relations between Cuba and the United States of America, and in gratitude for the heroic, diplomatic efforts of Pope Francis, who built on the foundations laid by his predecessors Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II in bringing this about, I ...read more
Today on Perspectives: Cardinal Shan of Taiwan dies at the age of 89, The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Lebanon will go ahead, and CNS reports on one immigrant’s journey to a new life in America. ...read more