Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI to be canonized on October 14th

Pope Francis has announced that Paul VI will be proclaimed a saint on Sunday, October 14th in the Vatican. Pope Paul VI, who had the task of closing the Second Vatican Council in 1965, will be canonized in St Peter’s Square together with    Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, and another four saints of charity, during the [...]

Oscar Romero to be recognised as saint of Universal Church

Julian Filochowski, chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust, looks ahead to the canonization of the saint from El Salvador, alongside the pope who gave him unconditional support A consistory of cardinals took place here in the Vatican on Saturday during which the canonisation of six new saints was officially announced. Of those six names, the two [...]

Pope’s message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics and Orthodox not only to further theological dialogue between them, but also to promote joint initiatives on issues such as caring for the environment, peaceful coexistence among peoples and the presence of Christians in the Middle East, without waiting for the day of full and visible communion.‎ The Pope, who is on an apostolic visit to Myanmar and [...]

World without weapons is possible

Pope Francis received the participants in a major international symposium on Friday. Sponsored by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the 2-day conference on "Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament" brings together experts, activists, politicians, pastors and thought leaders to explore the possibilities for achieving disarmament in the 21st [...]

Pope meets Orthodox delegation from Ecumenical Patriarchate

Pope Francis met on Tuesday with members of an Orthodox delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate who are here in Rome to celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In his greeting, the Pope noted that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first exchange of visits between a Roman pontiff and an Ecumenical Patriarch. [...]

Letter #21, 2017: Is Pleasure Supreme?

May 17, 2017, Wednesday Is Pope Francis planning to re-examine the Church's teaching on contraception? Rumors have been circulating in Rome for several days, since a May 11 blog post by veteran Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti, that Francis is seriously considering setting up a commission to study Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal document of Pope Paul [...]

The Book of Mercy

During these days in Poland, the simple words and gestures of Pope Francis have won the hearts not only of those gathered for World Youth Day in Krakow, but of millions of people across the globe. The Polish media has made this clear by highlighting the positive tone and new conciliatory spirit with which this papal [...]

Paul VI and Catholic social thought

Famous for Humanae Vitae, Paul VI left us a central work for Catholic social teaching.  Pope Paul VI. Paul VI is most remembered today for his important, and controversial, encyclical on the regulation of birth—Humanae Vitae—where he reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on the immorality of contraception. Yet this is clearly not his only legacy [...]

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How the Canonization Process Works

Pope Pius XII   St. Pius X (Pope from 1903 to 1914) was the last Pope to be canonized. Now, after almost six decades, causes for the last five Popes, with the exception of Benedict XVI, have been initiated. Don’t you think that’s too many? And why almost all at the same time? Don [...]

Catholic-Orthodox Reconciliation

In an increasingly post-Christian world where Christian faith and life are under pressure as never before, or even under literal attack, the need for unity has never been greater. Despite its historic wariness of the Vatican, the roughly 150 million member Russian Orthodox Church has extended a hand of cooperation to Rome in recent years, sending [...]

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