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Pope Francis participated in a prayer service at the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial to the Metz Yeghern, or ‘Great Evil’, in Armenia on Saturday morning, offering an intercessory prayer and extensive silent prayer for the dead. The ecumenical prayer service, held in memory of those fallen in the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915, ...read more
Pope Francis landed in Armenia this Friday for a weekend visit that includes a stop at the Armenian Genocide Memorial, his participation in a Divine Liturgy in the Armenian rite, and a visit to the Khor Virap monastery not far from the Turkish border. The first item on the papal itinerary was a visit to ...read more
On Friday, June 24, following his visit to the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, Pope Francis met with the President of Armenia in Yerevan. After his private meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan, the Holy Father gave the follow address to the civil authorities and the diplomatic corps. Mr President, Honourable Authorities, Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Dear ...read more
On Friday, June 24, Pope Francis arrived in Armenia for his 14th Apostolic Visit, the first one to Armenia. Below, find the official translation of Pope Francis’ speech in the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral: Address of His Holiness Pope Francis Visit to the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral Etchmiadzin, 24 June 2016 Venerable Brother, Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of All Armenians, Dear ...read more
The Vatican releases a statement about the case of Bishop Ma of Shanghai. We’re less than a month away from WYD Krakow and have the latest updates, and full details on our coverage of the papal visit of Armenia. ...read more
Today on Perspectives: Pope Francis has a pointed message on how Christians should treat others, especially refugees. Plus, an anti-death penalty conference in Norway gets a special papal message. ...read more
Today on Perspectives: There is now a law regulating euthanasia in Canada. Cardinal Thomas Collins offers some thoughts on what comes next. One Canadian bishop spent 36 hours experiencing life as a homeless person, and this week’s saint is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, SJ. ...read more
Today in Oslo, Norway the VI World Congress Against the Death Penalty opens, organized by the NGO “Ensemble contre la peine de mort” and the “World Coalition Against the Death Penalty,” which includes about 140 organizations from around the world. Pope Francis sent a video message for the occasion. The English transcription of the original ...read more
Photos c/o Catholic Theological Union at Chicago In this podcast, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, President and CEO, Salt + Light Media gives a lecture on “The Francis Effect: Forming Ministerial Leadership for Pope Francis’ Vision of the Church.” This was recording during CTU’s summer institute on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Fr. Rosica was co-teaching a ...read more
CNS photo/Art Babych Euthanasia comes to Canada  “There are two ways, the way to life and the way to death, and there is a great difference between them.” These wise words from an ancient Christian writer come to mind as we mark Parliament’s enactment of the law implementing the Supreme Court’s decision on euthanasia and assisted suicide, which ...read more