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(Vatican Radio)  The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the XV General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops taking place in October 2018 will be “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.”  A press release from the Vatican on Thursday said the Pope made the choice after consulting, as normal, with Bishops Conferences, the Eastern […]

(Vatican Radio) True doctrine is not a rigid attachment to the Law, which bewitches as ideologies do. Rather, it is the revelation of God, which allows itself to be discovered more and more fully each day by those who are open to the Holy Spirit. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning […]

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Primates of the Anglican Communion in a Vatican audience on Thursday. The Holy Father recalled the historic meeting between Blessed Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey 50 years ago, which has led to a gradual rapprochement based on theological dialogue. He […]

(Vatican Radio) The Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič on Wednesday addressed the Executive Committee Meeting of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Vatican diplomat said the international community “must not lose [its] resolve” in the face of the “seemingly insurmountable challenges” of 65.3 […]

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Wednesday presided at the celebration of Vespers in the Rome church of St Gregory on the Caelian Hill to mark the 50th anniversary of Anglican-Catholic relations. During the liturgy the two leaders signed a common declaration and sent out on mission together 19 […]

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Wednesday told the United Nations General Assembly there are “no ideological, political, philosophical, racial, ethnic, or religious reasons to justify or excuse” terrorism. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, was speaking at a UN General Assembly session discussing Measures to Eliminate International […]

(Vatican Radio) At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on his recent Apostolic Voyage to Georgia and Azerbaijan. The Holy Father said “This visit complemented my visit to Armenia in June, and fulfilled my desire to visit all three nations of the Caucasus to confirm the Catholic community and to encourage all the […]

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has released his videomessage accompanying his monthly prayer intention for October. This month’s intention is for Journalists: That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics. The text of the video message reads: “I often wonder: How can media […]

Pope Francis returned to Rome late Sunday evening, after an intense weekend pilgrimage to Georgia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus region. The Holy Father spoke with reporters traveling with him on his return flight, during which he offered reflections on a wide range of themes including marriage and divorce, homosexuality, and gender identity – further […]

Mass for the commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term was celebrated this morning in Saint Michan’s Church, Halston Street in Dublin. In his homily Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin focused on the theme of communication and mercy. He said, “We come to invoke the gift, the protection and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit […]

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