Pope Francis: St. Paul announced Christ to ‘idol worshippers’ without attacking them

St. Paul announced Jesus Christ to “idol worshippers” in Athens without attacking them, but by building bridges, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “We also ask the Holy Spirit today to teach us to build bridges with culture, with those who do not believe or with those who have a creed different from ours. Always build bridges,… Continue reading Pope Francis: St. Paul announced Christ to ‘idol worshippers’ without attacking them

Dialogue begins with empathy, not contempt, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Christians who preach the Gospel must see people who do not know Christ as children of God and not as nonbelievers worthy of hostility and contempt, Pope Francis said. The example of St. Paul’s mission in Greece and his encounter with the pagan culture there serves as a reminder that Christians should “create… Continue reading Dialogue begins with empathy, not contempt, pope says

Why does Pope Francis wear a silver cross?

The tradition of popes wearing a pectoral cross has a fascinating history and deep spiritual symbolism. Pope Francis, along with other bishops and cardinals, wears every day a “pectoral cross” on a chain that hangs over his chest. It is a tradition that is centuries old and has deep spiritual symbolism. According to James-Charles Noonan,… Continue reading Why does Pope Francis wear a silver cross?

Pope Francis: Why is silence so important during Mass?

The Liturgy should be a School of Prayer, where we learn to speak to God. “Silence is not limited to the absence of words; rather, we open ourselves to hearing other voices: that of our heart, and above all, that of the Holy Spirit,” said Pope Francis today during his general audience before 7,000 people… Continue reading Pope Francis: Why is silence so important during Mass?

The art Pope Francis loves

What is Pope Francis’ idea of art? A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works. “The art of mercy is truly Pope Francis’ idea of art,” stated Barbara Jatta,… Continue reading The art Pope Francis loves

Pope's hospital in Rome offers to take Charlie Gard

The president of the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu in Rome, also known as the “Pope’s Hospital”, has offered to transfer Charlie Gard to his facilities. Charlie is a 10-month-old baby who suffers a terminal illness and will be disconnected from life support in the next days, against the will of his parents, but at the… Continue reading Pope's hospital in Rome offers to take Charlie Gard

Is it too late to reform the Vatican?

The cardinals who elected Pope Francis hoped for major curial reform. Why isn’t it going to plan? In high summer, Rome may be crawling with tourists, but most of the inhabitants have either fled the stifling heat or are hunkered down behind shuttered windows. In the Vatican, once the celebrations for Ss Peter and Paul… Continue reading Is it too late to reform the Vatican?

Have Catholic Priests made a Pact with the Devil for the Death of Pope Francis? Vatican Launches Investigation into Occult Allegations

The Vatican is investigating a secretive cult within the Church that may have made a pact with Satan for the death of Pope Francis. The Daily Beast reports the Vatican is investigating the Heralds of the Gospel, which some say participates in cult practices and has made a pact with Satan. The investigation is being led… Continue reading Have Catholic Priests made a Pact with the Devil for the Death of Pope Francis? Vatican Launches Investigation into Occult Allegations

Nun who received birthday greeting from Pope Francis dies at 110

Sister Candida Bellotti, thought to be the oldest nun in the world, died Saturday at the age of 110. Sister Bellotti had celebrated her 110th birthday on Feb. 20, 2017 and received a special birthday greeting from Pope Francis. “To the Reverend Sister Candida Bellotti, Sister Minister of the Sick, who with gratitude to God… Continue reading Nun who received birthday greeting from Pope Francis dies at 110

Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

On Thursday Pope Francis spoke with the Vatican department in charge of priests, saying he is always happy when he sees young priests, because they are important for Christ and represent the youthful face of the Church. “I am always joyful when I meet young priests, because in them I see the youth of the… Continue reading Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

Pope Francis offers condolences to Manchester attack victims

The Pope said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the loss of life and invoked God’s blessing upon the nation Pope Francis has expressed his sadness at the Manchester attack, calling it a “senseless act of violence”. A statement from the Vatican said: His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and… Continue reading Pope Francis offers condolences to Manchester attack victims

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… Continue reading Pope Francis: I am suspicious of ongoing Medjugorje apparitions

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… Continue reading Pope points to Mary Magdalene as an apostle of hope

READ: Pope Francis’s prayer at the site of the Fatima apparitions

The Pope will pray to the Virgin Mary to ‘help us follow the example of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta’ The Catholic News Service has produced an English translation of the prayer Pope Francis has written and will recite at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima on May 12. Pope Francis: Hail Queen,… Continue reading READ: Pope Francis’s prayer at the site of the Fatima apparitions

Join me at the feet of Mary, Francis asks ahead of Fatima trip

Wednesday evening, just two days ahead of his trip to Fatima, Pope Francis sent a video message to the people of Portugal asking them to be with him during his pilgrimage, whether physically or spiritually, as he presents flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary. “I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the… Continue reading Join me at the feet of Mary, Francis asks ahead of Fatima trip

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