This weeks vatican news

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in early March in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. During his Aug. 2 Angelus, Pope Francis told people not to be afraid or ashamed to go to confession. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi pool via EPA) See POPE-CONFESS Aug. 3, 2015.

Pope on spiritual versus material hunger and the path to God

August 4th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The words of the Jesuit Pope, known for his love of the poor, on the universal ‘hunger for life and eternity’ being ultimately more important than physical hungers came as he addressed the crowds gathered in the summer sun at St Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus. People should not be afraid or embarrassed to go seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Pope Francis added. “There are people who are afraid to go to Confession, forgetting that they will not encounter a severe judge there, but the immensely merciful Father,” he said. “When we go to Confession, we feel a bit ashamed. That ... continue reading.

Holy Father’s prayers for youth and Syria

July 31st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

POPE FRANCIS has pressed international leaders to free an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops.... continue reading.


Pope calls for changes to mining industry

July 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has said the mining industry should embrace ‘radical change’ to support the environment and human rights. ... continue reading.


South Sudanese people being driven to starvation, ACN says

July 17th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

People from South Sudan are being driven to starvation as a result of ongoing conflict according to a Catholic charity, which carried out a fact-finding visit to Africa’s youngest country. ... continue reading.

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Armenian people are still suffering

July 8th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

100 years on, Armenians still suffer the consequences of the genocide, says the leader of Armenian Catholics in Eastern Europe. MARTA PETROSILLO reports.... continue reading.


We owe a debt to the poor, says Pope Francis

July 6th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Monday at the start of a short tour of three South American countries as ‘a witness of God’s mercy.’ ... continue reading.


Pope is united in prayer with victims of terrorist attack

July 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father expresses solidarity with those who have suffered after gunman’s rampage in Tunisia... continue reading.

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Holy See recognises Palestine, commits to religious freedom

July 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican signed a comprehensive agreement with the State of Palestine last Friday, marking the former’s recognition of the latter and pledging greater commitment to religious freedom.... continue reading.

Glasgow to get auxiliary bishop

July 2nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has agreed to appoint an auxiliary bishop for Glasgow Archdiocese.... continue reading.

Have Faith, urges Holy Father

June 29th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to continue to have Faith in Jesus and the Resurrection. ... continue reading.

Holy Father’s message of reverence and tenderness on his visit to Turin

June 26th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It took place in silence and lasted only a few minutes, but Pope Francis’ time of prayer and contemplation before the Shroud of Turin was marked with gestures of reverence and tenderness.... continue reading.

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