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“The Christian Faith Is Not an Idea But a Life”

Pope Benedict XVI (photo Galazka) An unexpected and thought-provoking interview with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI A new book containing an extensive interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict has been published in Italy, entitled Through Faith: Doctrine of Justification and Experience of God in the Preaching of the Church and the Spiritual Exercises, by Jesuit [...]

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NOVEMBER SUNDAY 1 The Path of the Beatitudes The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints’ Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven. The Pope said the beatitudes make up “the path of holiness, and [...]

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SEPTEMBER Friday 18 Vatican parish welcomes first refugee family following Pope’s appeal The Vatican announced that a family of four — mother, father and two children — was welcomed by the community of the Vatican’s St. Anne Parish in Rome after Pope Francis made an appeal earlier this month for every church in Europe to open [...]

An Incomparable Pope – John XXIII and the Jews (Extended)

John XXIII On April 27, Pope John XXIII (Pope from 1958 to 1963) will become St. John XXIII, alongside Pope John Paul II, who will become St. John Paul II. But who was John really, and what was his greatest triumph? This is the extended version of the same article that was published in [...]

Vatican Watch – March 2014

Tuesday 7 Pope Francis Phones a Convent Pope Francis today made a personal telephone call to a small community of nuns in southern Italy. “My congratulations because you answered right away,” the Pope told Sister Maria Gonzalez, the 48-year-old Guatemalan mother superior of the St. James Major monastery of Palo del Colle in Bari. “When I [...]

Decision Near on Medjugorje and the alleged apparitions

Pilgrims prat at a statue of Mary in 2011 on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje. A commission set up by the Vatican to study the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje in Bosnia has completed its work and handed in its report. Next: a decision... Granting Medjugorje the status of an approved Catholic shrine is among the [...]

Men of the year: Benedict XVI and Francis

Two men gave remarkable testimonies of faith to the world during 2013: Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned his office on February 28, and Pope Francis, who was elected to be his successor on March 13. Pope Benedict, in his courageous decision to step down, taken after a long period of meditation and reflection, gave an example [...]

Pope Consults in Rome with Oriental Patriarchs

The Holy Father met with the Patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches at the Vatican on November 21.  As Bishop of Rome, the Pope meets with the heads of the Churches in communion with him to be updated on the life of particular Churches. Prior to announcing his trip to the Holy Land, the Pope met [...]

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