This weeks vatican news


Pope announces 2018 Ireland visit after meeting PM

December 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Pope met the Taoiseach and his wife Fionnuala in the Papal Library in the Apostolic Palace beside St Peter’s Square on Monday, November 29. During their meeting the Pope and the Taoiseach discussed relations between Ireland and the Vatican, the current state of the European Union and issues relating to migration. The couple were accompanied by Ireland’s highest-ranking civil servant, Martin Fraser, as well as Mr Kenny’s private secretary and press officer. The two men met in April 2014 when Mr Kenny was invited to the joint canonisation of John XXII and John Paul II. Pope Francis will visit Ireland for the ... continue reading.

Pope Francis will visit Ireland in 2018

November 28th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny met the Holy Father this morning and said the Pope confirmed he will travel to Ireland in August 2018.... continue reading.


Pope Francis extends priests’ permission to grant abortion absolution

November 21st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a letter to end the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has formally given all priests permanent permission to grant absolution to those who confess to having procured an abortion. ... continue reading.


Prayers for President Trump

November 9th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said the Church will be praying for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Mr Trump was been elected on Tuesday, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice.... continue reading.


Vatican releases warning over ‘New Age’ cremations

October 28th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Catholics cautioned against trend towards ‘consumer choice’... continue reading.

Pope Francis celebrates a memorial Mass for Father Jacques Hamel in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican Sept. 14. Father Hamel, seen in the photo on the altar, was murdered while celebrating Mass in Rouen, France, July 26; the two killers  claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See POPE-MASS-HAMEL Sept. 14, 2016.

Pope Francis warns that ‘to kill in the name of God is Satanic’

September 15th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father was celebrating a special Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel who he described as part of the chain of Christian martyrs that runs throughout the history of the Church.... continue reading.


Pope Francis has approved a new day of prayer for abuse survivors

September 12th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has approved the establishment of a day of prayer for survivors of abuse, but decided it will be up to each nation’s bishops’ conference to decide when the memorial should be held, according a press release from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.... continue reading.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict says he is preparing ‘to pass the ultimate examination before God’

September 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The retired pope says preparing for death is part of his daily routine.... continue reading.

Pope Francis to visit Italian earthquake victims

August 29th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father has announced that he will visit the survivors of Wednesday’s earthquake in Central Italy, which killed over 290 people and left 2500 more homeless.... continue reading.

Vatican Commission to consider women deacons

August 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis (above) is to establish a commission to look into the issue of women deacons.... continue reading.

The world is at war, warns Pope

July 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father has paid tribute to Fr Jacques Hamel who was murdered in France yesterday.... continue reading.

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