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On Wednesday evening, July 8, 2015, the Holy Father met with the civil authories in La Paz Cathedral in Bolivia. The authorities present included the Head of State, political and civil authories, representatives of the nation’s cultural institutions and members of the Diplomatic Corps. After greeting S. E. Mons. Edmundo Luis Flavio Abastoflor, Archbishop of La ...read more
On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Pope Francis departed from Ecuador for La Paz, Bolivia for the second leg of his tour in South America. Upon arrival at the Internationl Airport “El Alto,” The Holy Father was greeted by President Evo Morales and hundreds of thousands of Bolivian pilgrims. Read the full text of his welcoming ...read more
On Wednesday morning, July 8, 2015, Pope Francis arrived at the Sanctuary of “El Quinche” for the meeting with the clergy, men and women religious and seminarians. Upon arrival, the Holy Father was welcomed by the Rector of the Shrine at the main entrance of the church, which was full of priests and religious elders. The Holy Father ...read more
Pope Francis on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, held a meeting with Political, Economic, and Civic Leaders at Saint Francis Church in Quito, Ecuador. Below please find the official English translation of the prepared remarks of the Holy Father:  Dear Friends, Good afternoon. Forgive me If I am not facing you directly, but I need the light ...read more
On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Pope Francis visited the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito for a meeting the educators. Read the full text of his address below: My Brother Bishops, Father Rector, Distinguished Authorities, Dear Professors and Students, Dear Friends, I am very happy to be here with you this afternoon at the ...read more
On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Pope Francis presided over a mass at the Parque Bicentenario in Quito, Ecuador for the Evangelization of Peoples, in front of over 1 million people. The full text of his homily can be found below: The word of God calls us to live in unity, that the world may believe. ...read more
When one thinks of the Holy See, they instinctively turn their gaze to the Vatican, the epicenter of power in the Catholic Church. It is from there that we hear the voices of popes, prefects and other officials, who pronounce the message of the Church. However this is not the only place where the Holy ...read more
Following Pope Francis’ visit to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Guayaquil, the Holy Father presided at the Holy Mass at the Parque de Los Samanes for the faithful in Ecuador’s most populous city. The Mass was dedicated to the family. Read the full text of the Holy Father’s homily below: The Gospel passage which we ...read more
On Sunday, June 5, 2015, Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador for the start of his week long Apostolic Journey to South America. The full itinerary includes more than 24 thousand kilometers of travel over the course of the week, along with radical changes in altitude and temperature as well: in just seven days Pope Francis will ...read more
So here we go…. I’ve been sitting here pondering on the SCOTUS decision of last week, legalising same-sex marriage in all of the U.S. and all I kept thinking of was “But, what is marriage?” Who decides what marriage is? Why is marriage of any concern to the state? Who designed marriage in the first place? ...read more