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August 14, 2019
Pope Francis wrote a heartfelt letter Tuesday to an Italian community still suffering one year after a bridge collapse. His message: “Know that you are not alone.” “Jesus passed before us through suffering and death. He has taken upon us all our sufferings. He was despised, humiliated, beaten, nailed to the cross and brutally killed.
August 06, 2019
White rose petals fell from the ceiling of St. Mary Major Basilica Monday, as Romans celebrated the anniversary of a 4th century Marian miracle. The miracle, which inspired the construction of the papal Marian basilica, involved a miraculous snowfall in Rome on August 5 in the year 358. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared
August 06, 2019
Letters from Theodore McCarrick to his abuse victims were published on Tuesday by the Associated Press, in advance of a promised Vatican report on a Church investigation into the life of the former bishop. “I just wanted to say thank you for coming on Friday evening. I really enjoyed our night. You’re a great kid
August 01, 2019
Each year the Eastern Catholic Churches, as well as other Eastern Christians, participate in a fasting season from August 1-14 in preparation for the August 15 feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (which is celebrated as the Assumption in the Latin rite). Traditionally, during the strict fourteen-day fast, Eastern Catholics abstain from
July 29, 2019
Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, who served as Archbishop of Havana for more than 34 years, died Friday at the age of 82 after a months-long battle with cancer. The Cuban cardinal oversaw the papal visits of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis to the island during his tenure, playing a principal role
July 29, 2019
As up to 150 migrants are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, Pope Francis made an appeal to the international community Sunday to act decisively to ensure the safety and dignity of migrants. “I learned with pain the news of the dramatic shipwreck that occurred in recent days in
July 26, 2019
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left Vatican City on Thursday to make a surprise visit to Castel Gandolfo. The pope emeritus visited the Pontifical Villa July 25 for the first time in four years, and walked the garden paths where he used to pray, according to Italian media. Benedict XVI then went to the 15th century
July 19, 2019
UK Ambassador to the Holy See Sally Axworthy said this week that the UK government will consider a recommendation to impose sanctions on foreign governments that violate religious freedom. “The Foreign Secretary …  has said that we will look at imposing sanctions on people who commit violations of freedom of religion and belief, as we
July 15, 2019
On an island in Rome’s Tiber River, there is a basilica devoted to the Christian martyrs of the 20th century, the bloodiest century in the history of the Catholic Church. Flanked on either side by relics of Christians martyred under Communism and Nazism respectively, the main altar of the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber
July 08, 2019
One day following his private audience with Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis met Friday with leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, encouraging them to persevere in hope and prayer amid the conflict in Donbas. “Ukraine has been living for a long time a difficult and delicate situation, for over five years wounded by a conflict
July 06, 2019
Pope Francis approved the miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen Friday, making possible the American television catechist’s beatification. The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree approving Sheen’s miracle on July 6. The miracle involves the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, a boy born apparently stillborn in September 2010 to Bonnie and
July 05, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on July 4 for a 55-minute private discussion. Pope Francis and Putin discussed current affairs in Syria, Ukraine, and Venezuela, as well as environmental issues and questions concerning the Catholic Church in Russia, according to the Holy See Press Office. “Thank you for the