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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Sunday praised the people of Azerbaijan for the good relations that exisit between Catholic, Muslims, Orthodox and Jewish communities in the country. In a speech on Sunday afternoon to political and civil authorities, the Pope expressed his hope that the signs of friendship and cooperation may continue to increase and […]

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October 3, 2016

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday at the Salesian centre in Baku, the central event of his 10-hour visit to Azerbaijan. The Pope’s homily, delivered to the congregation gathered in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, centred on the Lord’s call for Christian’s to live in faith and in service. Below, please find […]

(Vatican Radio) The joyful witness of Azerbaijan’s small Catholic community, which has “accomplished wonders” even after years of persecution, was at the centre of Pope Francis’ address at Baku’s Salesian centre, where he celebrated Sunday Mass as part of his day-long pastoral visit to the nation. “In this Eucharistic celebration I have given thanks to […]

(Vatican Radio) After celebrating Mass in Baku’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, the city’s Salesian centre, Pope Francis encouraged Azerbaijan’s small Catholic community in their witness of the faith, before leading the faithful in the Angelus prayer. In off-the-cuff remarks delivered after his prepared Angelus address, the Pope stressed that he is not “wasting time” […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued a message for ‘Day for Life’ 2016 in which he calls on “all those who believe in a better future for humanity to preserve the dignity and sanctity of human life in all its stages and conditions, as an affirmation of our […]

Paying tribute to Bishop MacDaid, Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said, “I wish to express my deep gratitude to Bishop Liam MacDaid whose resignation as Bishop of Clogher was accepted by Pope Francis today on grounds of ill health.  Bishop MacDaid has been a valued member of the Episcopal […]

Archbishop Diarmiud Martin of Dublin has paid tribute to Father Derek Farrell, calling him “a true friend of the Travelling People” who did not seek any great publicity for himself but placed his talents fully at the service of the Travellers and their place in society. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has also expressed solidarity with […]

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October 2, 2016

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met Catholic charity workers in the Georgian capital and encouraged them in their work, saying “the poor and the weak are the ‘flesh of Christ’ who call upon Christians of every confession, urging them to act without personal interests, following only the prompting of the Holy Spirit.” The meeting took place […]

(Vatican Radio)  In Tbilisi Saturday, Pope Francis offered words of consolation to Georgia’s small Catholic community  and invited the faithful to be like little children who are so lovingly embraced by God. Celebrating Mass at Tbilisi’s Mikheil Meskhi Stadium on day two of his pastoral visit to the country, Pope Francis spoke of the “importance […]

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ final engagement on Saturday in Georgia was a visit to theSvietyskhoveli Patriarchal Cathedral in the ancient capital of Mtskheta, the seat of the Orthodox Church of Georgia. In his address, the Pope spoke of Christian identity which, he said, “is maintained when deeply rooted in faith, and also when it is […]


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