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Yesterday Pope Francis held a special, impromptu meeting with the youth of his native Argentina in the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio. Below is Vatican Information Service’s account of this joyful occasion as well as full text of the Holy Father’s remarks in Spanish and Italian. “I WANT THE CHURCH TO GO INTO THE ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: Pope Francis visits the Varginha favela, holds an impromptu meeting with Argentinian youth, and takes the Papal Welcoming Ceremony by storm–literally! Plus a new archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, a tragic train accident in Spain, and a new director of the National Liturgy Office’s English Sector. ...read more
Reflection of Pope Francis during the Papal Welcoming Celebration following the Gospel Reading of the Transfiguration [Luke 9:28-36], July 25, 2013 Dear Friends, “It is good for us to be here!” Peter cries out after seeing the Lord Jesus transfigured in glory. Do we want to repeat these words with him? I think the answer ...read more
Address of Pope Francis at the WYD Rio Papal Welcoming Ceremony, July 25, 2013 Dear Young Friends, Good evening! In you I see the beauty of Christ’s young face and I am filled with joy. I recall the first World Youth Day on an international level. It was celebrated in 1987 in Argentina, in my ...read more
Courtesy of ZENIT, a 360 interactive image is available of “Campus Fidei” (“Field of Faith”), the site of next weekend’s WYD Rio Prayer Vigil and Closing Mass. Check it out for yourself: Launch interactive image! ...read more
On Monday, July 8, Pope Francis visited the Italian island of Lampedusa off the coast of Tunisia, in solidarity with the many African migrants who have sought refuge there and in remembrance of those who have lost their lives in the attempt. The following is the homily of the Holy Father at an open air ...read more
Has their moment finally come? After this weekend, many Christians in the Middle East must feel their hope renewed. Pope Benedict arrived in Lebanon on Friday, at a time when other foreign leaders might have cancelled their travel plans to the volatile region. Though civil wars and protests still dominate the headlines, the pontiff’s three-day ...read more
Following a historic three-day visit to Lebanon, Pope Benedict is now on his way back to Rome. This was a very important trip for the 85-year old Pontiff. Despite increased tension and violence in the Middle East, he spent time meeting with government officials, signed the long-awaited Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente and met ...read more
One of the most significant moments of the Holy Father’s trip to Lebanon thus far has been the signing of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Eccleisa in Medio Oriente. He signed the message yesterday during his visit to the Melkite Catholic Basilica of St. Paul in Harissa. He then presented it to the people of Lebanon ...read more
Earlier today, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass and officially presented the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente at the City Centre Waterfront in Beirut. Published below are copies of his homily and Angelus, which followed the celebration of Mass. Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (Eph 1:3).  ...read more