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Pope Francis announces new June 28 consistory

During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals he said represent the “catholicity" of the Church. “Brothers and sisters, I wish to announce to you that Wednesday, June 28, I will hold a consistory for the nomination of










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Pope Francis: Church teaching helps us avoid harm of ideology

Pope Francis warned that ideologues sow confusion and division in the Church in the name of false clarity, rather than relying on the Pope, the bishops, and Church councils inspired by the Holy Spirit. “We are human, we are sinners," he said, adding that there are difficulties even in the Church. Being sinners leads to










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Pope invited by bishops to address the future of Europe

Pope Francis will deliver his fifth speech on the present and future of Europe during an event organized by the Commission of the European Bishops’ Conferences of the European community (COMECE). The event, titled “Rethinking Europe," has been organized by COMECE in collaboration with the Holy See, and will take place in Rome Oct. 27-29










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Pope Francis: I am suspicious of ongoing Medjugorje apparitions

Asked by journalists about the alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, Pope Francis said the original apparitions more than three decades ago deserve further study, but voiced doubt in the supposed ongoing visions. He stressed the need to distinguish between the two sets of apparitions, referencing a report submitted to the Vatican’s Congregation










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Pope points to Mary Magdalene as an apostle of hope

By calling Mary Magdalene by name after his resurrection, Jesus shows us just how personal his relationship with mankind is, Pope Francis said Wednesday, adding that after this intimate encounter, Mary then becomes an apostle of hope for the world, announcing the Lord’s rising. “Mary: the revolution of her life, the revolution destined to transform










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