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 Stunning Anti-Catholic Lie that Makes Pope a Devil Worshipper

Today, a friend sent me a link to this YouTube video (scroll down for the insanity), asking me to comment on its veracity. Under the title, “Pope Francis Declares Lucifer As God” (sic), an anti-Catholic deceiver (probably lying, but at least deceived himself) has mistranslated the Exultet and turned it into a prayer of adoration… Continue reading The Stunning Anti-Catholic Lie that Makes Pope a Devil Worshipper

‘On the Cross, our hope was born and is always reborn,’ says Pope Francis

Francis held his final general audience before Easter The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said. Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the Pope said at his weekly general audience April 12.… Continue reading ‘On the Cross, our hope was born and is always reborn,’ says Pope Francis

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

Vatican and Rome’s Jewish Museum team up for first joint show

The focus of the exhibition, opening in May, will be the menorah The museums of the Vatican and Rome’s ancient Jewish community are hosting their first joint exhibit, building on decades of improved Catholic-Jewish relations following centuries of mistrust. The focus of the exhibition opening in May will be the menorah, the seven-armed candelabrum described… Continue reading Vatican and Rome’s Jewish Museum team up for first joint show

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

Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

The Pope was speaking days after the UN voiced concern about deadly violence in the country Pope Francis has expressed dismay about clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo he described as “violent and brutal.” In remarks to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis singled out for concern the “many children torn… Continue reading Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

Pope Francis: ‘Healthcare is not a business’

The Pope was speaking to patients and medical professionals ahead of the World Day of the Sick A nation’s healthcare system cannot be run simply as a business because human lives are at stake, Pope Francis said. “If there is a sector in which the ‘throwaway culture’ demonstrates its most painful consequences, it is the… Continue reading Pope Francis: ‘Healthcare is not a business’

Money and pride make people ignore God’s word,’ Pope says in message for Lent

Without making room for God’s word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said. “Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love,” the Pope said in his message for Lent, which begins March 1 for Latin-rite Catholics. “The word of… Continue reading Money and pride make people ignore God’s word,’ Pope says in message for Lent

Full text: Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the… Continue reading Full text: Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2017

Pope Francis: ‘God listens to all prayers, even angry ones’

‘Tell God what you feel to his face,’ Francis said during Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence God “likes to argue with us,” especially when it is difficult to accept his will, Pope Francis said. “Even this is a prayer! He likes it when you get angry and tell him what you feel… Continue reading Pope Francis: ‘God listens to all prayers, even angry ones’

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

Don’t fall for fake Pope quotes on Islam, says Vatican

Widely shared quotes in which Francis calls for a merger of Christianity and Islam are ‘invented’, says spokesman A widely shared story that claimed Pope Francis called for merging Islam and Christianity is false The story quotes Francis as telling a Vatican audience: “Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe… Continue reading Don’t fall for fake Pope quotes on Islam, says Vatican

Pope names first woman to head Vatican Museums

Barbara Jatta has been serving as vice-director of the museums since June Pope Francis has chosen, for the first time, a woman to head the Vatican Museums. Barbara Jatta, 54, is an Italian art historian and graphic arts expert, who had been serving as vice-director of the museums since June. The Vatican announced the appointment… Continue reading Pope names first woman to head Vatican Museums

Pope extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

The Pope also extended his decree that allows SSPX priests to hear valid confessions Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion, extending special permission he had granted them in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy. Francis wrote in Misericordia et misera, an apostolic letter concluding the Year… Continue reading Pope extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion