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A giant nativity scene and Christmas tree was inaugurated at St Peter’s Square in a public ceremony that drew thousands. The nativity scene featured 2-meter tall statues, in 18th-century Neapolitan costumes inspired by the theme of the Works of Mercy and was donated by an Abbey from southern Italy.The annual Christmas tree itself is a giant 28-meter red fir, provided by the Archdiocese of Elk in Poland and was transported over 2000 kilometers across Europe and Italy, before arriving at the Vatican. The tree was decorated with stars and ornaments designed and made by young cancer patients from several Italian hospitals.  Both the tree and the nativity scene will remain in St Peter’s Square until the evening of January 7th, as the Church ends the Christmas season with the feast of The Lord’s Baptism. ...read more
This morning, Pope Francis gave his weekly catechesis at the Pope Paul VI hall. It was his first general audience since he returned from his apostolic voyage to Asia last Saturday ...read more
WYD organizers announced this morning that the WYD Cross has been fitted with a GPS so that its pilgrimage around the world can be followed on their website. ...read more
"I was crying, but tried to hide it. They were crying, too. Listening to them was emotional and I couldn't let them leave without saying something" to them and so I also apologized for all they had suffered. ...read more
? Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For December 2017, we join the Holy Father in praying for: The Elderly – That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations. Daily Offering Prayer God, ...read more
Last week we learned about Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. Zechariah was a good and righteous man (Luke 1:6) and was a priest (Luke 1:5) at the Temple in Jerusalem (Luke 1:8). He was probably educated and respected as a leader in his community. When the Archangel Gabriel told him that his elderly wife, ...read more
This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we speak with Cardinal Kevin Farrell, President of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and we learn about the newest album from the Boys of St. Paul’s Choir. Author Chris Sparks asks why we are still Catholic and we meet singer/songwriter Meredith Augustin. Email us your ...read more
Pope Francis addressed participants in an Interreligious and Ecumenical Meeting for Peace on Friday, which took place in the Archbishop of Dhaka’s residence on the second day of the Pope’s Apostolic Journey to Bangladesh. Please find below the official English translation of the Pope’s speech: Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, Our meeting, which brings together representatives ...read more
Pope Francis spoke to several bishops of Bangladesh on Friday at the Archbishop of Dhaka’s residence during his Apostolic Journey to Bangladesh. Please find below the official English translation of the Pope’s speech: Dhaka, Home for Retired Priests Friday, 1 December 2017 Your Eminence, Dear Brother Bishops, How good it is for us to be ...read more
Pope Francis traveled to the Suhrawardy Udyan Park in Dhaka on Friday, December 1, 2017. Upon his arrival, and after greeting the faithful from the Popemobile, at 10.00 local time (5.00 am, Rome time) the Pope celebrated Mass during which he orders 16 priests. Here below is Pope Francis’ homily preached at the Ordination mass for ...read more