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Francis: “Unite against Unfolding Tragedies”

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, gives the homily during a Divine Liturgy for Ukrainian expatriates at the Basilica of St.Mary Major in Rome February 19.

Pope Francis has been trying with all his strength to help make peace possible in Ukraine. But in Ukraine, war is intensifying. Pope Francis on February 20 met with Ukraine’s Catholic bishops and urged them to focus on the social and human tragedies unfolding in their country and to avoid politicizing their role as Church […]

German Chancellor Meets with Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, in the Private Library of the Apostolic Palace on February 21, 2015, Vatican City.

Fresh from meetings in Minsk, Belarus, with Putin of Russia, Hollande of France and Poroshenko of Ukraine, Chancellor Merkel flew to Rome to speak privately with Pope Francis for 40 minutes. Pope Francis on February 21 received German Chan­cellor Angela Merkel for a private audience at the Vatican. The talks, the Vatican said, focused on […]

Two Years After Resigning, A Healthy Benedict Has “No Regrets”

Archbishop Oscar Romero, killed in 1980.

In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Benedict’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, says Benedict believes his decision to resign two years ago was “necessary”. Retired Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has never doubted or regretted his decision to resign, knowing it was the right thing to do for the good of the Church, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, […]

Return with Tears

Pope Francis arrives in a procession to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome February 18.

Celebrating Ash Wednesday on February 18 in Rome, Pope Francis urged Christians to “return with tears” to God and to engage in a spiritual battle against sin. The Pope received ashes on his own head from Cardinal Jozef Tomko . Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully […]

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY FOR THE CREATION OF NEW CARDINALS HOLY MASS Vatican Basilica – Saturday, February 14, 2015 Dear Brother Cardinals, The cardinalate is certainly an honor, but it is not honorific. This we already know from its name — “cardinal” — from the word cardo, a hinge. As such it is not a kind […]

Some Views of the New Cardinals

Cardinal Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet.

Inside the Vatican offered a general profile of the new cardinals in our February 2015 issue. Here we give a sampling of the positions of some of these new cardinals, some staunchly traditional, some very thoughtful, and some a bit… perplexing. Cardinal Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan of Panama, 70, a native of Pamplona, Spain, was […]

“Go in Search of the Lost; Bring Them In”

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Peter Erdo.

Over four days in mid-February — February 12, 13, 14, and 15 — Pope Francis convened the College of Cardinals, discussed with all of them the reform of the Roman Curia, then created 20 new Cardinals on the 14th, and celebrated Mass with them on the 15th… The Catholic Church cannot call itself Church if […]

Letter #9, 2015: Letter from a Prisoner

March 19, 2015, Thursday — Letter from a Prisoner “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” —Gospel of Matthew, 25:36, the words Christ tells us he will speak at the end of time. Happy Feast Day! Today, […]

Letter # 8, 2015: Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy

March 13, 2015, Friday — Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy “This is the time of mercy. It is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth!”—Pope Francis, speaking on New Year’s Day, 2015, in words which foreshadowed the announcement today of a Jubilee Year of […]

A Swiss Commandant Departs

Commandant Anrig in 2011 during a press conference.

In an unexpected decision, the current head of the Swiss Guard was dismissed. Why? On the front page of the Tuesday, December 2, edition of L’Osservatore Romano newspaper, in the popular column known as Nostre Informazioni (“Our Information”), readers learned that “the Holy Father has arranged for the end of the term of office of […]

Bischop Scicluna Returns

Vatican's UN ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi speaks with former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse, Charles Scicluna (right).

Pope Francis has named former top prosecutor, who left Rome in 2012 to become a bishop in Malta, to head a new Vatican board for clergy abuse appeals. Pope Francis named the Vatican’s former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases to head his new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of […]

The Pope on Scholarship and Religious Dialogue

Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders hold a prayer service and vigil at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.

Pope Francis tells scholars that Christians and Muslims need to study each other’s faith and values and “draw near each other on tip toes” without “raising dust”. Education about one’s own faith and the faith of others is the most effective antidote to interreligious violence, Pope Francis told participants in a conference on Catholic-Muslim scholarship […]

Francis: Become “Islands of Mercy”

Pope Francis during one of his audiences.

In his message for Lent 2015, Pope Francis urges all Catholics to “make your hearts firm” in “the sea of the world’s indifference”. Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter into their hearts, making them joyful, merciful and strong, Pope Francis said. Through prayer, charity and humility […]

Boots on the Ground in Nigeria

A young girl displaced as a result of Boko Haram's attack in the northeast region if Nigeria.

A Nigerian bishop has called for Western intervention to stop the insurgent Islamic group Boko Haram, whose attacks have left 11,000 dead… Underlining the failure of the Nigerian government to stop the violent rampage of Boko Haram, a Catholic bishop has called for Western military intervention. The Muslim militant group’s increasingly deadly assaults and expanded recruitment from […]