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On Saturday, March 16, Pope Francis gathered thousands of journalists and media agencies from nearly 82 countries inside the Paul VI Audience Hall. In his address, the Holy Father spoke of how the role of mass media continues to grow and how it is indispensable for telling the stories of contemporary society. Published below is ...read more
The announcement of the name Jorge Mario Bergoglio from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica stunned the world and brought Latin Americans to their knees. This week we look back at that moment when we was presented to the world, and we go “to the ends of the earth” to find out more about our ...read more
Here’s a reflection I wrote on August 26, 2008 on the catechesis given by Cardinal Mario Bergoglio (now, Pope Francis) at the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City. Seems incredible that he is now the Pope! To read Cardinal Bergoglio’s Catechesis text, visit the Vatican website. This may come out sounding a bit complicated, ...read more
Pope Francis has taken the world by storm. But will he be able to evangelize young people? Host Kris Dmytrenko asks Fr. Frank Portelli and Oriana Bertucci what the youth think of the new pontiff. Also on the panel, Auravelia Colomer shares what it was like to be in St. Peter’s Square when the new ...read more
This morning Pope Francis met with the College of Cardinals in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican. Here is a clip of his message to the cardinals. ...read more
Pope Francis celebrated the Missa pro Ecclesiae in the Sistine Chapel today. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s translation of the full text of his homily. In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: We bring you reaction from Rome and highlights of Day of 1 with Pope Francis. ...read more
The Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent an immediate letter of congratulations to Pope Francis on the day of his election as pastor of the Universal Church. Below find the full text of his letter: His Holiness Pope Francis Vatican City Most ...read more
Below please find the statement of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) on the election of Pope Francis: In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church ...read more
Pope Francis: What does this mean for the Catholic Church in Canada and beyond? We have first reactions from Ottawa’s own Archbishop Terrence Prendergast — who, like Francis, is a Jesuit — plus Bishop William McGrattan and Dr. Moira McQueen. Don’t miss this edition of “Perspectives Conclave Special” with Kris Dmytrenko. ...read more