Perseverance is necessary for prayer, pope says

By |2021-05-20T14:12:24+01:00May 20th, 2021|News, Vatican|

Pope Francis Those who overcome distractions or obstacles when praying learn the value of perseverance in times of trial, Pope Francis said. “True progress in spiritual life does not consist in multiplying ecstasies, but in being able to persevere in difficult times,” the pope said May 19 during his weekly general audience. “Walk, walk, walk

Pope appeals for peace in Holy Land, says death of children ‘unacceptable’

By |2021-05-19T12:12:54+01:00May 19th, 2021|News, Vatican|

Pope Francis The injury and death of so many innocent people, especially children, caused by escalating violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip is “terrible and unacceptable,” putting the area at risk of sinking into “a spiral of death and destruction,” Pope Francis said. The pope launched an appeal for calm and asked leaders of

Abortion and Euthanasia: Vatican cautions U.S. bishops on politicians and Communion

By |2021-05-11T14:48:11+01:00May 11th, 2021|News, Vatican|

St. Peter's Basilica By Josef Ishu with agency report The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has urged Catholic Bishops in the United States of America (USA) to approac with caution their discussions about formulating a national policy “to address the situation of Catholics in public office who support the legislation allowing abortion, euthanasia or

Pope establishes ministry of catechist

By |2021-05-11T10:54:53+01:00May 11th, 2021|News, Vatican|

With a new Apostolic Letter issued “motu proprio,” Pope Francis establishes the lay ministry of catechist, intended to respond to an urgent need for the evangelisation of the modern world, and undertaken in a “secular” manner, avoiding clericalisation. By Isabella Piro “Fidelity to the past and responsibility for the present are necessary conditions for the

Pope Francis’ Message on Good Shepherd/Vocations Sunday

By |2021-04-27T11:52:29+01:00April 27th, 2021|News, Vatican|

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2021 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS 25 April 2021 Saint Joseph: The Dream of Vocation Dear brothers and sisters, 8 December last, the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, marked the beginning of a special year devoted to

Pope Francis assures Muslims of prayers at Ramadan

By |2021-04-26T17:27:22+01:00April 26th, 2021|News, Vatican|

The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis has assured Muslims across the globe of his prayers in the ongoing Ramadan Fast. “As a sign of our spiritual fraternity, we assure you of our prayer, and we send best wishes for a peaceful and fruitful Ramadan, and for a joyful ‘Id al-Fitr”. The assurance was contained in a

Jesus entrusted Mary to us as a Mother, ‘not as co-redeemer’ -Pope Francis

By |2021-03-25T11:25:38+01:00March 25th, 2021|News, Vatican|

Pope Francis Pope Francis on Wednesday said that Jesus entrusted the Virgin Mary to us as a Mother, “not as co-redeemer.” Speaking at his general audience on March 24, the pope said that while Christians had always given Mary beautiful titles, it was important to remember that Christ is the only redeemer. He was addressing

Cardinals get pay cut as Vatican reduces costs

By |2021-03-25T10:59:30+01:00March 25th, 2021|News, Vatican|

Pope Francis Pope Francis on Wednesday announced plans to cut the salaries of cardinals and priests, part of an ongoing effort by the pontiff to put the Holy See’s finances in order. Cardinals will see their salaries cut by 10 percent as of April 1, while priests’ paychecks will be reduced by three percent, the

Pope at Audience: Christians called to safeguard God’s presence

By |2021-03-17T11:48:13+01:00March 17th, 2021|News, Vatican|

Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on “prayer as a relationship with the Holy Trinity,” focusing at Wednesday’s General Audience on the work of the Holy Spirit. By Christopher Wells Pope Francis continued his reflections on prayer as a relationship with the Holy Trinity, part of an ongoing series of catechetical lessons on prayer in general.

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