Pope Francis celebrates Paul VI: ‘the Pope of modernity’

Pope Francis on Sunday remembered Pope Paul VI forty years from his death which took place on 6 August 1978. Greeting the pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis turned his thoughts to a Pope he is preparing to canonize. “Forty years ago Blessed Pope Paul VI – the Pope of [...]

The Stone Churches of Matera

The entrance to the Crypt of Original Sin in Matera Matera is a small town in southern Italy famous for two things: its astonishing rock churches (named a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993) and its poverty. There is hardly an electric light or a wire in sight. The panorama, the hollow cave-rooms gaping [...]

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"The Church is not about administration but mission"

"Bringing the joy of the Gospel to others isn’t a philanthropic idea but a gift from God that is to be proclaimed and not hidden." Pope Francis to prelates of the Austrian Bishops' Conference in their "ad limina" visit - Vatican City, January 31, 2014 In his speech, the Holy Father affirmed that being the Church “doesn't mean [...]

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"A Christian without the Church is incomprehensible"

Pope Francis explains the three pillars of this belonging to the Church: HUMILITY, FIDELITY and the SERVICE OF PRAYER” Pope Francis' morning mass - Casa Santa Marta, January 30, 2014 In his homily at Holy Mass on Thursday 30 January, Pope Francis reflected on a verse from Psalm 132 which he said “opens the door to [...]