This weeks vatican news

Pope Francis leads consistory for Mideast and canonizations

Middle East without Christians is unthinkable

October 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Middle East without Christians is unthinkable, Pope Francis said on at the opening of the special consistory on the Middle East. The Holy Father dedicated the opening of the consistory to the Middle East, and in particular, the situation experienced by Christians. He thanked those brothers from the region for their presence, remarking that ‘we share a desire for peace and stability in the Middle East, and the will the promote the resolution of conflicts through dialogue, reconciliation and political commitment.’ “At the same time, we would like to give all the help possible to Christian communities to support them ... continue reading.

Mid-synod report does not change ‘Church teaching’

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A preliminary document released on Monday by the extraordinary synod on the family—suggesting a gentler approach towards gay people and unmarried couples—has been criticised by some taking part in the synod.... continue reading.


Pope reflects on Christian hope

October 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his weekly General Audience in Rome, Pope Francis considered hope and its unique relationship to Christianity... continue reading.


Love is the answer to marriage crisis

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow tells extraordinary synod of need to heal and support couples and the family in Scotland and beyond... continue reading.


No offence to be taken at synod

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope calls for free and candid discussion at opening meeting of the extraordinary synod on the family; Vatican seeks privacy for meetings... continue reading.


Holy Father going to Lourdes on Papal visit to France

October 7th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to France in 2015, according to an announcement from the Holy See this morning. ... continue reading.

Bishops arrive in procession for Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to open extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family

Do not be afraid to offend me, Pope tells synod participants

October 6th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis, who opened the Extraordinary Synod on the Family yesterday with Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, has urged participants to speak their minds about related contentious issues without fear of offending him.... continue reading.

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Pope says Christ suffers with the Christians in the Middle East

October 2nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Vatican focus on religious persecution in the region seen today during Holy Father’s meetings with the leader of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Apostolic nuncios to Syria, Jordan-Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, Egypt and Turkey... continue reading.

Pope asks pilgrims to pray for extraordinary synod on the family

October 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father also talks of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the need to advance the Church’s unity and mission during today’s general audience... continue reading.

Vatican summit on the rise of the Islamic State

October 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Apostolic nuncios from Middle East region gather in Rome tomorrow and tackling the persecution of Christians is on their agenda ... continue reading.

Pope in Albania: ‘Don’t use religion as pretext for violence’

September 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis paid a prayerful and emotional visit to Albania last Sunday and spoke out against those who use religion as pretext for violence.... continue reading.

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