What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Vatican establishes diplomatic relations with Mauritania

December 9, 2016. The Vatican will establish diplomatic relations with Mauritania. This African country is an Islamic Republic extremely hostile towards Christians.
Vatican

Vatican launches new website for the Protection of Minors from sex abuse

December 6, 2016. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) has launched a website to provide the public with information about their mission: "the effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development.”
Pope Francis

These are the names of the 17 new cardinals the pope appointed at the consistory

November 19, 2016. 13 of them are under the age of 80, and thus able to vote in a hypothetical conclave, and four of them are non-electors.

Pope meets with Armenian bishops, days before Mass for Armenian genocide

2015-04-09

On Thursday morning Pope Francis welcomed the Patriarchal Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church. 

It's more than just a random visit. The group of 20 bishops is in Rome to attend a Papal Mass to commemorate 100 years since the Armenian genocide, which is still not recognized by some nations, most notably Turkey. 

POPE FRANCIS
"So that it might help all, in the love for truth and justice, to heal every wound and to expedite concrete gestures of reconciliation and peace between the nations that still have not managed to reach a reasonable consensus on the interpretation of these sad events.” 

Under the rule of the Ottoman empire, roughly 1.5 million Armenians were killed from 1915 to 1923. Present day Turkey argues the deaths were casualties of war.  Armenia says it was a systematic plan meant to exterminate their ethnic group. 
To honor the victims of the genocide, the Pope will celebrate an Armenian rite Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday April 12th. Armenia's president is expected to attend, along with other high ranking public and religious officials. 

The Pope also mentioned those who will join the Mass, spiritually, from afar. 

POPE FRANCIS 
"Those who live in the countries of the diaspora, such as the United States, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, up to the Motherland.”

In the year 301, Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as its official religion. 
As a gift, Armenian Bishops gave a cross to the Pope, which he briefly kissed, before the taking the official group picture. 


KLH 
CTV
JM
-BN
Up:JRB
#Papa