Vatican Statement on Pope's Phone Call to Divorced/Remarried Woman

04/24/2014 Comments (24)

Vatican Press Office Director Father Federico Lombardi issued the following statement this morning concerning Pope Francis' recent telephone call to an Argentine woman who some press reports said was divorced and remarried. The reports alleged that the Pope told her she could receive Holy Communion.

Statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office

Several telephone calls have taken place in the context of Pope Francis’ personal pastoral relationships.

Since they do not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities, no information or comments are to be expected from the Holy See Press Office.

That which has been communicated in relation to this matter, outside the scope...READ MORE

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Romans Happy Ahead of Two-Pope Canonization

04/21/2014 Comments (24)

Reflecting the festive mood in Rome ahead of the imminent canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the official website on the event, 2popesaints, has released this upbeat video with the soundtrack of the recent hit single 'Happy' by singer and producer Pharrell Williams.

The video is made by young Romans and was mostly filmed in the parish of San Giovanni Battista de Rossi in the Appio-Latino suburb of southeast Rome. It's directed by Maila Paone, edited by Raffaele Pannozzo and is the idea of Chiara Romanzo, Alberto Acuri, Francesca Vertisano, Giorgia Giacomini.

It also features Don Stefano Cascio, a young priest of the parish who has done much to help bring young people...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Easter Urbi et Orbi Address

04/20/2014 Comments (2)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid!  I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen!  This event is the basis of our faith and our hope.  If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew.  The message which Christians bring to the...READ MORE

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WATCH: Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square

04/20/2014 Comment

Follow Easter Sunday Holy Mass presided over by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square. Coverage begins at 4.00 a.m. EDT. 

Liturgy Booklet for Easter Sunday Mass with Pope Francis (April 20, 2014)

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Pope Francis' Homily at Easter Vigil - Full Text

04/19/2014 Comments (1)

Pope Francis' homily at the Easter Vigil this evening in St. Peter's basilica:

"The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee" (v. 7). The women quickly depart and on the way Jesus himself meets them and says: "Do not fear; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me" (v. 10).

After the death of the Master, the...READ MORE

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Father Cantalamessa's Homily on Good Friday

"Judas Was Standing With Them" (Jn 18:5)

04/19/2014 Comments (2)
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Here below is the Good Friday homily delivered yesterday evening in St. Peter's Basilica by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household.

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In the divine-human history of the passion of Jesus, there are many minor stories about men and women who entered into the ray of its light or its shadow. The most tragic one is that of Judas Iscariot. It is one of the few events attested with equal emphasis by each of the four Gospels and the rest of the New Testament. The early Christian community reflected a great deal on this incident and we would be remiss to do otherwise. It has much to tell us.

Judas was chosen from the very beginning to be one of the Twelve....READ MORE

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Pope's Closing Words at Colosseum 'Via Crucis'

04/18/2014 Comment

“In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man, when we allow ourselves to be guided by evil; but we also see the immensity of God's mercy who does not treat us according to our sins, but according to His mercy," Pope Francis told a large crowd of pilgrims who had gathered to participate in the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum yesterday evening.

"God placed all the weight of our sins on the Cross of Jesus, all the injustices perpetrated by every Cain against his brother, all the bitterness of the betrayal of Judas and Peter, all the vanity of tyrants, all the arrogance of false friends," the Pope said. "It was a heavy Cross, like the night of abandoned people, as heavy as the death of loved...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Mass of the Lord's Supper

04/18/2014 Comment

Pope Francis gave an improvised homily during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which was held at S. Maria della Provvidenza, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the suburbs of Rome. During the Mass, he washed and kissed the feet of 12 residents of the home: nine Italians, one Muslim from Libya, a young man from Cape Verde and an Ethiopian woman.

The following is an English translation of Pope Francis’ reflections. Translation by Vatican Radio.

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"We have heard what Jesus did at the Last Supper: It is a gesture of farewell. He is God and He makes Himself a servant, our servant. It is like an inheritance. You also must be servants of one...READ MORE

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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