Photo Essay

Photo Essays to explain what words cannot describe.

Holy Week with Pope Francis

At the end of the Palm procession in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis blesses palms and olive branches in front of the Obelisk (photo Grzegorz Galazka) The Liturgical Celebrations of Holy Week Unfolded with No Violent Incidents Despite Fears following the March 22 Terrorist Bombings in Brussels  Pope Francis in his Palm Sunday 2016 [...]

Pope Francis in Asia

Pope proclaims Sri Lanka’s first saint, right to religious freedom Interreligious meeting in Sri Lanka. Canonizing Sri Lanka’s first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the “fundamental human right” of religious freedom. “Each individual must be free, alone or in association with others, to [...]

Sri Lanka: After civil war, reconciliation

Sri Lanka, Madhu. The people of Sri Lanka recently ended 25 years of ethnic and religious civil war, and the central message of Pope Francis during his three-day visit to the island was “reconciliation.” He said that would require people to accept persistent differences within their society. And, he said, “the process of healing [...]

Francis outside the Vatican

On First Trip to a European Country, Francis Moved to Tears Two survivors of Albania’s communist crackdown against the Church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana’s cathedral September 21. “To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense,” the Pope told journalists on the papal plane [...]

Franics in the Holy Land – faith and religious freedom

Pope Francis began his pilrgimage to the Holy L:and with a stop in Jordan, and called for religious freedom. MAY 24, 2014 AMMAN, Jordan Pope, Arriving in Holy Land, Calls for Religious Freedom in Middle East Pope Francis began a densely packed visit to the Holy Land with a call for religious freedom in [...]

Special – John XXII and John Paul II canonization

The images of the two new saints hanging from the balconies of St. Peter’s Basilica (the image of John Paul was a 1989 photo by our photographer Grzegorz Galazka) and an aerial photo of the vast crowd during the April 27 Mass. On April 27 in Rome, the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis [...]

Holy Week with Francis

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday. Pope Francis celebrated all of the many liturgies of Holy Week this year in a Rome which was already preparing for the two canonizations which would be held on April 27. Francis held his weekly general audience on the Wednesday of Holy Week, called “Spy Wednesday” in some parts [...]

Pope Francis, Year 1 – Photo Special

March 12, 2013, St. Peter’s Basilica. Holy Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio seems pensive — perhaps he is beginning to be aware that the task will fall to him... During the past 12 months, Francis has [...]

Francis: Year 1

One of the privileged witnesses to the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, and to his last months, including the decision to resign his office, was Cardinal Bertone... Pope Benedict chose Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to be his Secretary of State in mid-2006, a year after his election. Here, Benedict greets Bertone at the Pope’s summer [...]

Three Popes of Inside The Vatican

“I arrived in Italy on the same day as Bob — on May 17, 1984. He arrived in Rome by plane from the United States; I entered northern Italy by bus from Poland. I wanted to be at Monte Cassino on May 18, but the pilgrimage was organized in such a way that we were there [...]

Load More Posts