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.
Pope Francis

Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.

Meet the American woman who attended 38 consecutive Papal audiences...


Very few are people are lucky enough to see the sunrise along Via della Conciliazione- the street that leads to the Vatican. Rosemary saw it every single Wednesday for a year. She is a Chicago native. When she arrived to Rome, she made it a point to see the Pope at least once a week. 

"Even though I've seen him 38 times, the 38th today was just as exciting.  I get nervous and excited as if it was the first time. When you're with other people who are there for the first time, you get excited with them too, like I said, as if it was your first time seeing the Pope. And it's not just because it's Pope Francis. I have love for Pope Francis, of course, but for the papacy.”

She didn't just want to go to the audience. She actually wanted a front row seat. So, every Wednesday she woke up at 5:00 a.m to make it to St. Peter's Square by 6:00. The Swiss Guards called her a veteran, because she would always be giving advice to other pilgrims.
 "I've been able to give more suggestions for where to stand, where to enter, where they can see the Pope for the longest amount of time. And just talk to people from different countries. I've had interesting conversations with people who are of the Catholic faith, who are Christian or not even Christian, people who are atheist. I've had many different interesting conversations.”

Throughout the year, she has seen and lived special moments, holidays and even birthdays in St. Peter's Square. For the Pope's big day, she made this poster with his soccer team's logo. And she made another one on her birthday, hoping the Pope would notice.

"I made a sign letting him know it was my birthday and so he tugged on his ear, which is a way of saying happy birthday in Argentina and also here in Italy.”

There were other more moving moments, like when the Pope blessed an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  A gift her mother gave to her when she became ill. She only had seconds to make the request, but the Pope heard her. 

'Father, will you bless it for me?' And he made the Sign of the Cross right in front.”

After being in Rome for a year, Rosemary is heading back to Chicago. But she plans on coming back to the Eternal City soon. When that happens she knows exactly what she wants to do: To give the Pope a papal hat when she attends her 39th general audience.