Pope Francis' Homily at Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz

01/14/2015 Comments (2)

Here below is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at the Jan. 14th canonization Mass of Blessed Joseph Vaz, at Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  


“All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God” (Is 52:10)

This is the magnificent prophecy which we heard in today’s first reading. Isaiah foretells the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth. This prophecy has a special meaning for us, as we celebrate the canonization of a great missionary of the Gospel, Saint Joseph Vaz. Like countless other missionaries in the history of the Church, he responded to the Risen Lord’s command to make disciples of every nation (cf. Mt 28:19). By his words,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to Interreligious Leaders in Colombo

01/13/2015 Comments (2)

This afternoon, in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, Pope Francis addressed an Interreligious and Ecumenical Gathering. 

To the assembled faith leaders, he stressed the urgency of "healing and unity, not further conflict and division" in the country. 

"Surely the fostering of healing and unity is a noble task which is incumbent upon all who have at heart the good of the nation, and indeed the whole human family," he said. "It is my hope that interreligious and ecumenical cooperation will demonstrate that men and women do not have to forsake their identity, whether ethnic or religious, in order to live in harmony with their brothers and sisters."

But Francis also said that for...READ MORE

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Pope Arrives in Sri Lanka, Outlines Path to Reconciliation

01/13/2015 Comments (1)

Pope Francis with newly elected Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Jan. 13, 2015

Pope Francis arrived at Colombo's Bandaranaike international airport shortly before 9 am today, after a flight from Rome lasting nearly ten hours.

The Pope was welcomed at the airport by Sri Lanka's newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and other dignitaries including Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, who is both Archbishop of Colombo and president of the Sri Lankan bishops' conference. Traditional dancers were there to greet him, along with a children’s choir that performed an especially composed hymn to mark the visit.

After a welcome address by President Sirisena, the Pope gave an address in which he referred to peace efforts following a 30-year civil war in the country that ended in...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' 2015 'State of the World' Address - Full Text

01/12/2015 Comments (6)

Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See listen to the Pope deliver his annual address to the diplomatic corps in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace, Jan. 12, 2015.

This morning at 10:30 in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered his traditional annual speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, also called his "state of the world" address.

Following some introductory words by the dean of the diplomatic corps, His Excellency Jean-Claude Michel, ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the Holy See, the Pope gave the following address:


Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you for your presence at this traditional meeting, which allows me at the beginning of each new year to offer to you, your families, and the peoples you represent, my cordial greetings and best wishes.  I am...READ MORE

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Joint Statement from the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy in Support of Marriage

01/09/2015 Comments (8)

The Confraternities of Catholic Clergy, a group of anglophone priests from dioceses across the world, have issued the following statement pledging their "unwavering fidelity" to traditional Church doctrine regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality.

The priests, who represent nearly 1,000 clergy worldwide, have been holding their annual meeting in Rome. 

Here below is the full text of their statement:

"The International gathering of Confraternities of Catholic Clergy meeting in Rome (January 5th to 9th 2015), have discussed issues pertinent to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father's call for reflection. The fathers pledge their unwavering...READ MORE

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Pope Issues 'Strongest Condemnation' of Paris Attack

01/07/2015 Comments (10)

Pope Francis has issued the "strongest condemnation" of today's terrorist attack in Paris by Islamist militants. Here below is my translation of Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi's statement, released this evening.  


"The Holy Father expresses the strongest condemnation of the horrific attack that struck the city of Paris this morning, claiming a high number of victims, sowing death, throwing the entire French society into disarray, and deeply disturbing all peace-loving people, well beyond the borders of France.

In prayer, Pope Francis shares in the suffering of the wounded and the families of the deceased and calls upon all to oppose by every means possible the spread of...READ MORE

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Orders of Friars Minor Face ‘Grave’ Financial Problems

01/06/2015 Comments (7)

The OFMs are alleged to have made significant losses through investments, such as Il Cantico (The Canticle), a new three-star hotel close to the Vatican.

The General Curia of the Order of Friars Minor has driven the most prominent branch of the Franciscans to near-financial ruin because of a series of poor investments and general financial mismanagement.

In a letter sent to its members Dec. 17, Indianapolis-born Brother Michael Perry, minister general of the Franciscan order since May 2013, revealed that an internal investigation begun in September 2014 found the order’s General Curia to be in a “grave” situation, thus putting the entire order at risk.

“I underscore ‘grave’ financial difficulty,” he wrote, and explained this has been caused by systems of management and oversight that have been “either too weak or were compromised.”


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Pope's Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message and Midnight Mass Homily

12/25/2014 Comments (5)

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi message and his homily at Midnight Mass in St. Peter's basilica. 


Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message 2014:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!

Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, is born for us, born in Bethlehem of a Virgin, fulfilling the ancient prophecies. The Virgin’s name is Mary, the wife of Joseph.

Humble people, full of hope in the goodness of God, are those who welcome Jesus and recognize him. And so the Holy Spirit enlightened the shepherds of Bethlehem, who hastened to the grotto and adored the Child. Then the Spirit led the elderly couple Simeon and Anna into the temple of Jerusalem, and...READ MORE

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About Edward Pentin

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin