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Pope Francis, Asian Bishops, others renew solidarity with Sri Lanka after blasts

Pope Francis pledged his closeness and solidarity with Sri Lanka again on Monday after the deadly terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. Asian Churches and others joined in expressing their condolences.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 8:49 am

Pope at Regina Coeli: “The risen Jesus walks beside us”

Pope Francis prays the Regina Coeli in St Peter’s Square on Easter Monday and reflects on the Gospel of St Matthew that describes the women meeting Jesus at the empty tomb.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 6:18 am

Pope at Regina Coeli on Easter Monday: Full text

On Easter Monday, Pope Francis prays the Regina Coeli in St Peter’s Square and reminds us that, in Jesus, we too have risen.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 6:09 am

Estonian priest, WWII veteran, and former Vatican Radio employee dies at 93

Fr. Vello Salo, a former employee of Vatican Radio and World War II veteran, died on Easter Sunday in Estonia at the age of 93.

Posted on 22 April 2019 | 5:22 am

Pope recalls 70th anniversary of first papal TV appearance

Pope Francis sends out his Easter greetings through modern means of communication, and recalls the 70th anniversary of the first papal appearance on television.

Posted on 21 April 2019 | 6:47 am

Pope Francis laments Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis laments the Easter Sunday attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which killed at least 207 people and wounded more than 450 others.

Posted on 21 April 2019 | 6:27 am

Pope at Easter Urbi et Orbi: Risen Christ shines light on darkness of conflict

In his Easter Urbi et Orbi address, Pope Francis prays that the light of the Risen Christ shine in the darkness of conflicts around the world, especially those in Syria, Yemen, Israel and Palestine, Libya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Ukraine, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Posted on 21 April 2019 | 6:12 am

Pope Francis' homily at Easter Vigil Mass: Full text

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The full text of his homily is below:

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 4:03 pm

Pope at Easter Vigil: Roll away the stones that crush hope

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” is the recurring theme in Pope Francis’ homily during the Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, as he challenges us to roll away the stones of sin and discouragement.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 3:53 pm

Easter a holiday in Bangladesh this year

After 30 years, Bangladeshi Christians will be celebrating Easter as a holiday this year.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 11:58 am

Cardinal Tagle Easter message: Kindness makes all the difference

In his Easter message for this year, the Archbishop of Manila reflects on concrete acts of love and kindness, and invites us to share the journey with migrants and refugees.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 10:03 am

Card. Parolin receives French foreign minister

The “ad interim” director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, said that French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian was received in the Vatican on April 20 by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Le Drian has invited Pope Francis to visit Paris.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 9:29 am

The silence of Holy Saturday with Mary

Holy Saturday is the interlude between the pain of the death of Jesus and the joy of His resurrection. No liturgy is celebrated during the day. In silent expectation, the Christian community relives the loss of the disciples of Christ as recollection and meditation reign supreme.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 7:42 am

Zambia: Parishioners mark Good Friday with solidarity for victims of Cyclone Idai

The Catholic faithful in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia, on Good Friday, observed the day with a prayerful and Biblical re-enactment of the Way of the Cross by a procession through the town’s Central Business District.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 6:56 am

Holy Land Easter message: lasting peace in Jerusalem and the world

Thirteen Patriarchs and Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem have issued an Easter Message praying for lasting peace throughout the world and urging that the multi-religious and multi-cultural status of Jerusalem be maintained.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 6:23 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for April 21, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for Easter Sunday, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 3:58 am

Reflections for Easter Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for Easter Sunday. He says that Easter marks the birthday of our eternal hope.

Posted on 20 April 2019 | 3:30 am

Pope Francis recalls present-day crosses at Way of the Cross

At the conclusion of the Via Crucis at Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday evening, Pope Francis prays that we may recognize, in the Cross of Christ, all the crosses of those who suffer various forms of pain and injustice in the world today.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 4:25 pm

Pope Francis leads Via Crucis at Rome's Colosseum on Good Friday

Pope Francis leads the Way of the Cross against the iconic backdrop of Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday evening, and reflects on meditations that show how Christ continues to suffer in the world today.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 4:23 pm

Ecumenical Service marks the Lord’s Passion in South Africa

On Good Friday morning, South Africans in Durban, KwaZulu Natal commemorated the Lord’s Passion with an Ecumenical Service. Still in KwaZulu-Natal, a Pentecostal Church wall collapsed killing 13 people.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 1:50 pm

Pope Francis celebrates the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

During the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion in St Peter’s Basilica, presided over by Pope Francis, the Preacher to the Pontifical Household, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., preached on the passage “He was despised and rejected by men”.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 1:04 pm

Homily of Fr Cantalamessa for Good Friday - full text

Below, please find the full text of the homily preached by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Pontifical Household, for the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord, in St Peter's Basilica on Good Friday afternoon.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 12:06 pm

Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland

Police in Northern Ireland say the dissident republican group, the New IRA, was most likely responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the Creggan area of the city of Londonderry.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 9:26 am

Pope exchanges greetings with the Chief Rabbi of Rome

Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, exchange greetings for the Christian feast of Easter and the Jewish festival of the Passover, respectively.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 8:49 am

Indian bishops: Good Friday continues even today but is not the end

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary-General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), released a Good Friday message scheduled for broadcast on All India Radio.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 8:28 am

Good Friday: Jesus calls us to be Good Samaritans to restore human dignity

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti who has composed this year’s mediations for the Way of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum says, they are meant to show in a very simple way “what it means to be a Samaritan today”.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 7:48 am

Triduum continues with Good Friday and Easter Vigil

The Easter Triduum continues with the Passion of the Lord and the Way of the Cross on Good Friday as the Church prepares for the resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday.

Posted on 19 April 2019 | 6:34 am

China: Bishop concelebrates Chrism Mass with Ordinary

Chinese Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin concelebrates the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, together with the Ordinary of the Diocese of Mindong (Fujian). A significant sign for the unity of the Church that shows the willingness of Beijing authorities to abide by the Provisional Agreement signed with the Holy See last September.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 12:33 pm

Pope washes inmates' feet at Mass of Lord’s Supper

Pope Francis celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday in a prison near Rome, washing the feet of 12 inmates.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 12:09 pm

Australian Bishops call for politics that promote peace

Ahead of Australian federal elections, scheduled to be held on Saturday 18 May, the Australian Catholic Bishops have issued a statement calling for respect and peaceful public debate during the election campaign.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 9:54 am

Pope gifts priests with homilies of his Chrism Masses

At the end of the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday morning in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis handed each priest a collection of his homilies of Holy Thursday Chrism Masses as Pope, including this year’s.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 7:17 am

Pope Francis to priests: We are anointed in order to anoint

On the morning of Holy Thursday, during the Chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis reflected on “three graces that characterize the relationship between Jesus and the people”.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 6:26 am

South Sudan has suffered Crucifixion through the war

The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) has said that the people of South Sudan have grievously suffered the force of the crucifixion through a war that has devastated the country from 2013.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 6:19 am

Korean Church regrets court ruling on abortion

South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled on April 11 that the country’s restrictions on abortion are unconstitutional. It ordered the law be revised by the end of 2020.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 4:58 am

Pope’s Holy Thursday Chrism Mass: full text of homily

Pope Francis on April 18 led the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica in commemoration of the institution of the Holy Eucharist as well as the priesthood by Jesus at the Last Supper.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 4:18 am

President Trump phones Pope over Notre Dame fire

American President Donald Trump expresses his closeness to the Pope after the fire at the Paris Cathedral of Notre Dame

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 2:45 am

Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday marks the end of Lent. On this day there are two celebrations: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The evening Mass is also called "Coena Domini" and marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three days in which the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus are commemorated.

Posted on 18 April 2019 | 2:24 am

Cardinal Pengo worried about Catholics getting holy oils from other Churches

“When you go to other Churches for holy oils, what more do you seek that is not in your own Church?” Cardinal Pengo asks the faithful of Tanzania during Chrism Mass.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 10:59 am

‘Gospel Truth’ for April 19, 2019

Listen to our reflections on the Cross of Christ, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 10:46 am

Reflections for Maundy Thursday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the Maundy Thursday. He says that we remember how Jesus transformed the Jewish Passover into the New Testament Passover.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 8:59 am

Meditations for Good Friday Via Crucis at the Colosseum

Sr Eugenia Bonetti presents her meditations for the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, to take place in Rome on Good Friday. The 14 Stations highlight the victims of human trafficking, minors who are bought and sold, prostituted women, and migrants.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 8:26 am

Pope thanks rescuers who risked lives to save Notre Dame Cathedral

Pope Francis says his thoughts remain close to Parisians and the people of France, as donations for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral pour in from around the world.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 7:23 am

Pope at General Audience: Glorifying and trusting in the Father amid trials

At Wednesday's General Audience, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the “Our Father”, focusing on three prayers of Christ during His passion and death.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 7:04 am

Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary

At Wednesday’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Lord's Prayer, “Our Father”. This Holy Week, he focuses on three prayers of Jesus to the Father as He nears His death and resurrection. Below please find the official English-language summary of his catechesis:

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 4:39 am

Some 12,000 expected for Philippine National Youth Day in Cebu

Cebu Archdiocese is hosting the National Youth Day (NYD) of the Philippine Catholic Church from April 23 to 28.

Posted on 17 April 2019 | 3:19 am

Sowing the seeds of hope in South Sudan

The new Executive Director of “Solidarity with South Sudan” reflects on Pope Francis’ powerful appeal to the young nation’s rival leaders for peace and pleads with men and women across the world not to forget the people as they struggle to build a future.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 1:06 pm

Sudanese protestors repeat demands for civilian government

After the ouster of long-time President Omar al-Bashir, demonstrators are calling for the military to relinquish power to a civilian government.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 8:44 am

Holy See urges promotion and protection of human rights of the elderly

Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, on April 15 addressed a working group on the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 8:13 am

Notre Dame fire: Pope joins Paris in sorrow, Vatican offers technical expertise

Pope Francis expresses his sorrow to the Archbishop of Paris, and the people of France, for the fire that devastated Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, as the Vatican offers technical assistance for the historic sanctuary’s reconstruction.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 8:04 am

Palm Sunday marked in Manila and NE India

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Palm Sunday urged Christians to fight evil with good, not violence. Meanwhile in remote northeast India, in Miao Diocese, a group of young people went on a penitential walking pilgrimage and prayed for the nation.

Posted on 16 April 2019 | 5:58 am

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