Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with charismatics and Pentecostals

The event will mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The Pope will lead a prayer vigil on June… Continue reading Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with charismatics and Pentecostals

Pope Francis to make historic visit to Anglican church in Rome

The church of All Saints will be twinned with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, home to the titular church of Cardinal Walter Kasper, to make the occasion The Anglican church of All Saints in Rome will be ‘twinned’ with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, in the south of the city, to mark Pope Francis’s visit… Continue reading Pope Francis to make historic visit to Anglican church in Rome

Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you

Pope Francis visited the parish of St Mary Josefa on the edge of the Diocese of Rome A practical first step toward holiness — as well as for assuring peace in one’s family and in the world — is to pray for a person who has caused offence or harm, Pope Francis said. “Are you… Continue reading Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you

God works in mysterious ways – How the homeless brought together a charity and a controversial food chain

Many of the Vatican’s Cardinals were openly upset at the erection of a McDonald’s within sight of St. Peter’s Square – until the fast food chain revealed its charitable side. Many have celebrated the controversial chain after charity groups teamed up with McDonalds to help shelter and feed the homeless near the Vatican. An association… Continue reading God works in mysterious ways – How the homeless brought together a charity and a controversial food chain

Tremors felt in Rome as three large earthquakes hit central Italy

Schools in the Italian capital have been evacuated as a precaution A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour on Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly earthquakes last year and has been buried under more than a metre of snow in recent days. There… Continue reading Tremors felt in Rome as three large earthquakes hit central Italy

A peculiar Catholic education led this Jew to love Rome

Crux’s associate editor and business manager Shannon Levitt, who’s Jewish, reflects on the peculiar Catholic education she’s received by being married to editor John Allen, and in particular what it’s taught her about the magic of Rome. I’ve been the beneficiary of a peculiar kind of Catholic education. I’m not a Catholic, so I didn’t… Continue reading A peculiar Catholic education led this Jew to love Rome

Bernini statue commissioned by Pope Alexander VII vandalised

The Elephant and Obelisk statue is situated near the Pantheon in Rome Police in Rome are investigating the apparent vandalism of the famed Elephant and Obelisk statue designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon in Rome Rome’s cultural authorities said on Monday that overnight vandals broke off the tip… Continue reading Bernini statue commissioned by Pope Alexander VII vandalised

WARNING: Have you heard about the secret danger about to destroy the Vatican?

Pope Francis and the Vatican are on secret high alert, on the lookout for terrorists and others who would do harm to the Church. However, if the scientists are to be believed, there is a rapidly developing threat to Rome from nature itself. A long-dormant volcano on the outskirts of Rome is showing signs of… Continue reading WARNING: Have you heard about the secret danger about to destroy the Vatican?

Cardinal Pell denies abuse allegations as police question him in Rome

Australian police questioned the cardinal over allegations dating back to the 1970s Australian police flew to Rome to interview a top Vatican cardinal about allegations of sexual assault dating back decades, officials said Wednesday. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’s top financial adviser and one of his most trusted aides, has long been dogged by allegations he mishandled cases of… Continue reading Cardinal Pell denies abuse allegations as police question him in Rome

3600 Christians and Jews slaughtered – Evidence of an invasion discovered in Jerusalem

When money was stolen from Jewish temples and over 3,600 citizens in Jerusalem were killed, the First Jewish Revolt began. Gessius Florus, a Roman procurator, ruled Judea and decided to steal from the Jewish temple and slaughter citizens. The Jewish Revolt occurred near the Dead Sea, where the Romans had built an impressive fortress. Zealots… Continue reading 3600 Christians and Jews slaughtered – Evidence of an invasion discovered in Jerusalem

Pope Francis makes ‘Mercy Friday’ visit to children’s home

The visit to Rome’s SOS Children’s Village came as part of the Pope’s commitment to the Year of Mercy Continuing his monthly Year of Mercy visits to people in vulnerable situations, Pope Francis went to Rome’s SOS Children’s Village, a small community for the care of under-12 children whose parents cannot look after them. During… Continue reading Pope Francis makes ‘Mercy Friday’ visit to children’s home

Pope canonises seven saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’

Francis celebrated a canonisation Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday The seven new saints of the Church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of “the Lord who triumphs in them and with them,” Pope Francis said. Each one “struggled to the very end with all their strength,” which they received… Continue reading Pope canonises seven saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’

Man attacks churches in Rome, desecrates statues in two day spree

Italian police have arrested a man who desecrated several statues in a Catholic church in Rome over a two-day span. A man identified as a 39-year old from Ghana, began destroying statures in the St. Praxedes Basilica around 7:30 p.m. on Friday. He immediately destroyed two statues, one of St. Praxedes, and then a Saint… Continue reading Man attacks churches in Rome, desecrates statues in two day spree

Full text: Common Declaration of Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Pope and Archbishop Justin Welby signed the declaration at a Vespers service in Rome Pope Francis joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in calling for Christian unity during a Vespers service on Wednesday at Rome’s church of St Gregory. They the following joint declaration… Fifty years ago our predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey met in… Continue reading Full text: Common Declaration of Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Is a showdown between the Vatican and Rome’s new mayor imminent?

is Monday morning, the Vatican is getting used to the idea of a new Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, a member of the protest Five Star Movement, founded seven years ago by the Italian comedian Beppe Grillo. Miss Raggi was elected in the run off with two-thirds of the votes, which represents a stunning victory.… Continue reading Is a showdown between the Vatican and Rome’s new mayor imminent?

How the 800 Martyrs of Otranto Saved Rome

On August 14, 1480, a massacre was perpetrated on a hill just outside the city of Otranto, in southern Italy. Eight hundred of the city’s male inhabitants were taken to a place called the Hill of the Minerva, and, one by one, beheaded in full view of their fellow prisoners. The spot forever after became… Continue reading How the 800 Martyrs of Otranto Saved Rome

A Rabbi Led Me to Rome

A priest and a rabbi walk into a hospital . . . It sounds like the opening of a joke, but that moment marks the beginning of my journey toward the Catholic faith. I recently had been ordained as an Episcopal priest, and the parish pastor had given me my first priestly assignment: to visit… Continue reading A Rabbi Led Me to Rome

Remains of Padre Pio to be displayed in Rome next month

The Italian saint’s remains will be taken from the southern town of San Giovanni Rotondo on 3rd February to be displayed in his home town of Pietrelcina in Benevento province. He will be taken back to San Giovanni Rotondo on February 14th after a three days display of his remains. The display is a part of the special… Continue reading Remains of Padre Pio to be displayed in Rome next month

Is the Vatican really a country?

Full Question Is the Vatican really a country? Answer Yes. The history of the Vatican City State is colorful, controversial, and complex. The world’s smallest country, at just 109 acres, it has a population of roughly one thousand, with citizenship being largely restricted to those employed by the Vatican. It operates, among other things, a… Continue reading Is the Vatican really a country?

Pope Francis takes off to Africa

The Holy Father and his entourage boarded the Alitalia plane from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport airport around 8am local time (7am GMT) to land in Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 5pm local time (2pm GMT) later today. This will mark the Pope’s first destination and visit to Africa. Upon the Papal arrival in… Continue reading Pope Francis takes off to Africa