What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Pope to award 2016 Ratzinger Prize to Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles

October 20, 2016. The winners of this year's Ratzinger Prize will be Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles. The former, an Italian priest, is an expert in Systematic Theology and History of Medieval Theology. The latter is Greek and an Orthodox. He is an expert in History of Dogmas and Dogmatic Theology. He will be the first Orthodox to be awarded the prize given by the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, considered by many the Nobel Prize of Theology.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis sends his condolences to Thais after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

October 14, 2016. Pope Francis has sent a message to the Prime Minister of Thailand to express his condolences for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was 88 years old, and his reign spanned seven decades. Pope Francis said he is "deeply saddened” and he expresses his closeness to the members of the royal family and the Thai people.
Pope Francis

Pope sends 100,000 dollars for Hurricane Matthew victims

October 14, 2016. Through the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", Pope Francis will send $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The money will fund relief efforts in the first stages of recovery after the devastating effects of the hurricane. With this gesture, the pope wants to express his "closeness of spirit and fatherly support” to everyone in the affected area.
Pope Francis

Pope authorizes new decrees of heroic virtues for four potential saints

October 11, 2016. Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree of heroic virtues to four people, who are being investigated by the Church for possible sainthood. The decrees were given to the following "Servants of God:”
Pope Francis

Pope Francis rejects death penalty on Twitter: #NoDeathPenalty

October 10, 2016. The Pope has has given his support via Twitter to the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The following message can be read in each of his nine accounts, in their respective languages: "Punishment should necessarily include hope! #NoDeathPenalty.”
Pope Francis

Pope Francis announces Synod about youth and vocation

October 6, 2016. It will be held in 2018 under the name "Youth, faith, and vocational discernment.” Preparations for the second Synod of bishops convened by Pope Francis are well underway.

Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
Pope Francis

Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
Pope Francis

Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.

Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.

On board the papal plane: Benedict XVI's meetings with the press


Vatican journalist Angela Ambrogetti decided to keep track of all those encounters Benedict XVI had with the press during his papacy. The result is a unique book titled  'Sull'aereo di Papa Benedetto', or 'On the plane with Pope Benedict'. 

Author, 'Sull'aereo di Papa Benedetto'
"It's a new 'literary genre' that John Paul II started. Benedict XVI kept the custom of meeting with the press on the aircrafts from the Vatican to most of his important trips, especially the longer ones.  So I decided to collect all his words, to express the general outline and development of his papacy.”

Even though these press conferences are often brief and limited to just a few questions, some of the journalists who traveled with him, remember those moments fondly. 

Director, Vatican Press Office
"Benedict XVI was an extremely skilled communicator. He was able to explain his thought in an articulate, clear and linear way. His words were very rich in content. That's why his speeches must be listened to with great attention. Then one could read them again, meditate upon them. They were incredibly charming and thought provoking."

Before each journey, journalists who are admitted into the papal flight are carefully selected. Angela Ambrogetti says that if one is lucky enough to get a seat on the plane, the experience is truly memorable one. 

Author, 'Sull'aereo di Papa Benedetto'
"Traveling with the Pope is incredible. But it's also very tiring. You have to keep up with his schedule, and sometimes even keep ahead of him. But it's really nice to feel like you're a part of his trip. It's beautiful to know that thanks to your work you will contribute to the journey's outcome and success.”

During his eight years as Pope, Benedict XVI took on 24 international journeys. His first trip was to lead World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. Now, it will be that same meeting that will mark Pope Franci's trip to Brazil in late July.