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Pope presides at Solemn Liturgy of Lord’s Passion on Good Friday

Vatican News - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 12:14

As Pope Francis presides at the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher of the Pontifical Household, preaches on the passage “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I Am”.

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Top UN court orders Israel to allow access of aid into Gaza facing famine

Vatican News - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 09:51

International pressure mounts on Israel over the killing of thousands of Palestinian civilians in its war against Hamas, as warnings of famine in the besieged strip rise.

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Angola – Luanda’s Archbishop marks Holy Week with visit to central prison and other institutions

Vatican News - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 09:03

Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias, of the Archdiocese of Luanda, has visited inmates at Luanda’s Central Prison to share the message of hope in Holy Week. The Archbishop also visited one of the country’s Reception Centres for Children in Distress

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Madagascar cyclone kills 11, causes flooding

Vatican News - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 08:13

At least 11 people were reported killed after a cyclone made landfall into northern Madagascar.

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'May Easter give us courage to choose peace and fraternity in South Sudan'

Vatican News - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 06:38

South Sudan is experiencing extreme poverty, but Bishop Christian Carlassare of Rumbek notes how the people bear witness to great solidarity, explaining that "the Pope's visit has brought countless fruits" and expressing hope that Easter "may free everyone from pessimism and fear."

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Pope Francis releases meditations ahead of Via Crucis at Colosseum

Vatican News - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 06:31

Pope Francis publishes his reflections for the Good Friday Stations of the Cross, saying that "with God, suffering never has the final word."

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UN: Crisis in Haiti worsens daily

Vatican News - Fri, 03/29/2024 - 01:36

A report of the UN's Human Rights Division describes the situation in Haiti as having 'chronically worsened,' and states that 4,451 people were killed last year, and more than 1,500 this year.

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Celebrating Easter in Mongolia: The modest joy of a people

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 15:05

Cardinal Giorgio Marengo, Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar, shares the rituals and traditions of the small Catholic community of Mongolia, saying they gather during the Triduum to share their Christian joy in a modest manner.

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South Sudan's Bishop Carlassare: An Easter of liberation and life

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 14:57

Bishop Christian Carlassare, bishop of the Diocese of Rumbek, sends an Easter message to the faithful of South Sudan, encouraging Christians to look to Christ to find the will to embrace one another in friendship.

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Pope on Holy Thursday: 'The Lord never tires of forgiving'

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 12:06

At the Mass of the Lord's Supper at the women's section of Rebibbia prison in Rome, Pope Francis reminds us to never tire of asking the Lord for forgiveness and learning to serve as He did.

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US: Movie about Sister Cabrini makes a splash

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 08:35

A powerful and inspiring film about the life of Sister Frances Saverio Cabrini has been a great success in the U.S, including among atheists and those of other faiths.

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Churches of Jerusalem reiterate plea for peace in Holy Land

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 07:41

The thirteen Patriarchs and Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem issue their annual Easter Message in which they reiterate their call for an immediate ceasefire and the release of all captives, and recall the Easter message of hope in the resurrection.

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South Korean Archbishop: ‘At Easter, our lives intertwine with the Eternal’

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 06:25

In an Easter message, Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-Taick reminds the faithful of his Archdiocese of Seoul “that our mortal existence transcends the temporal boundaries of this world and is connected to eternal life.”

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Pope Francis: Jesus of Nazareth has shown us His face

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 05:59

In a message to the Church in Sonsonate, El Salvador, Pope Francis encourages the devotees of a famous image of Jesus of Nazareth to contemplate the face of God.

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Pope at Chrism Mass: Dear priests, let sorrow sanctify you

Vatican News - Thu, 03/28/2024 - 04:21

During Chrism Mass in the Vatican on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis thanks priests for heroic witness, but urges them to transform shortcomings, errors, and hardened hearts, into an opportunity to draw closer to Christ and start anew, as did St. Peter.

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Rami and Bassam: Pope Francis shared our pain

Vatican News - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 10:20

Two bereaved fathers, one an Israeli Jew and one a Palestinian Muslim, speak to Vatican News about their meeting with Pope Francis, who thanked them for their witness of fraternity.

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Word of God among the cardboard: Easter journey of the poor at St. Peter's

Vatican News - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 06:40

A community of Claretian Sisters in Rome organize a penitential service to help homeless people living near the Vatican to prepare for Easter, combining spirituality with tangible charity to meet their needs.

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Pope to Catholics in Holy Land: May hope arise from seeds sown in pain

Vatican News - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 06:02

In an Easter Letter addressed to Catholics in the Holy Land, Pope Francis expresses his spiritual closeness and paternal affection, and encourages Christians around the world to offer concrete support and prayers for peace.

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Pope embraces bereaved Palestinian and Israeli fathers who found friendship amid war

Vatican News - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 04:00

Pope Francis shares an embrace with an Israeli and a Palestinian, each of whom lost a daughter, saying the two men "look beyond the enmity of war" and are now friends.

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Pope at Audience: Patience offers convincing witness to Christ's love

Vatican News - Wed, 03/27/2024 - 03:28

During his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to imitate Christ's patience, saying this virtue offers one of the most convincing testimonies of the Lord's love.

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