This weeks vatican news


Pope warns absent working fathers leave ‘orphans’

January 28th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Stating that the absence of fathers can produce ‘wounds which may be very serious,’ Pope Francis devoted this morning’s general audience to fatherhood. The word ‘father’, he said, is particularly dear to Christians because Jesus taught us to use it in our prayer. “The blessed mystery of the intimacy of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the heart of our Christian faith,” he said in a shorter than normal message this morning. Fatherhood is a ‘foundational relationship whose reality is as old as the history of man’, Pope Francis continued. In Western culture, the modern ‘society without fathers’ was ‘first perceived ... continue reading.

Give up indifference for Lent, says Holy Father

January 28th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis uses Lenten message to ask Christians to confront the ‘globalisation of indifference’... continue reading.


Three-city itinerary planned for US trip

January 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After the success of Pope Francis’s visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, similar excitement is expected during his trip to the US later this year.... continue reading.


The massive Papal Mass

January 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Congregation of 6 to 7 million gathers for Holy Father’s final Mass in the Philippines, the largest gathering for a Pope and believed to be the largest public gathering on record ... continue reading.

Pope Francis meets with Philippine young people at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines

Holy Father contrasts ‘joy-filled’ Asian visit with violence in Niger

January 21st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis reflected on his visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines at today’s general audience, and condemned violence in Niger, repeating that war must not be waged in the name of God ... continue reading.

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard flight from Manila to Rome

Pope promotes ‘responsible parenthood’

January 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father's candid answers during in-flight press conference (above) from Asia on ‘licit ways’ to control reproduction; freedom of expression and the Dalai Lama... continue reading.


Italian archbishop to speak in Glasgow

January 17th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

An Italian Archbishop who heads up the Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation will come to Glasgow next month as Scotland celebrates Catholic Education Week.... continue reading.

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Pope makes history in Sri Lanka and the Philippines

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis’ week-long visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines this week included the Canonisation of the former’s first saint and a closing Mass in the latter that is expected to be the largest Papal event in history.... continue reading.

Pope’s warm but windy welcome to the Philippines

January 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cheering crowds greet the Holy Father at the start of a five-day trip to the Asian country... continue reading.

‘You cannot kill in the name of God’

January 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, Pope Francis says freedom of expression has a limit during a press conference on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines this morning... continue reading.

‘Apostle of Sri Lanka’ becomes nation’s first saint

January 14th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis Canonised 17th century missionary Joseph Vaz during Mass this morning in the South Asian country... continue reading.

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