What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
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.
World

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.
Pope Francis

Cardinal Parolin to preside at liturgy before peace signing between Colombia and FARC

September 20, 2016. Colombia's government has invited the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to preside over a liturgy before the ceremony to unite representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC, in Cartagena de Indias. The liturgy will take place before the ceremony related to agreements of Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC. It will be next Monday, September 26, and dozens of heads of state are scheduled to attend. In the liturgy, Parolin will "ask God to enlighten each Colombian to work conscientiously and with complete freedom, so that in a responsible and informed way, they can participate in making decisions that concern the common good of the entire country, which is so dear to Pope Francis."
Pope Francis

Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

September 13, 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in France by two terrorists on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 a.m inside the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The bishop from Diocese of Rouen along with 80 pilgrims from the same diocese will be present.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis' calendar from September to November

SEPTEMBER Sunday 25, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Catechists. Friday 30 to Sunday 2 October: Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan. OCTOBER Saturday 8: At 5.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Marian vigil. Sunday 9, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Marian Jubilee. Sunday 16: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.15 in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and canonisation of Blesseds Salomone Leclercq, José Sanchez del Rio, Manuel González García, Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity. Monday 31 to Tuesday 1 November: Apostolic trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. NOVEMBER Friday 4: At 11.30 in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. Sunday 6, 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Prisoners. Sunday 13, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of the Homeless. Sunday 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

September 2015: Pope Francis' historic visits the United States and Cuba

2015-12-29

September was one of the most important months of the Pope's year, as he made his first visits to the United States and Cuba. He spent a lot of time preparing for the trip, and he even went out to get a new pair of frames ahead of the voyage.

People couldn't believe their eyes. Pope Francis was visiting an optometrist near Piazza del Popolo. It wasn't long before locals and tourists gathered outside for a chance to see the Pope. 

However, that crowd was nothing compared to the one that awaited the Pope when he landed in Havana. He spoke about the newly developed ties between the U.S. and Cuba.

POPE FRANCIS
"I urge political leaders to persevere on this path and to develop all its potentialities as a proof of the high service which they are called to carry out on behalf of the peace.”

The next day, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución. He spoke about the importance of service.

POPE FRANCIS
"There is a kind of 'service' which truly 'serves,' yet we need to be careful not to be tempted by another kind of service, a 'service' which is 'self-serving.' There is a way to go about serving which is interested in only helping 'my people,' 'our people.' .”

Pope Francis also met with young Cubans. He delivered a hopeful address and issued a challenge to them.

POPE FRANCIS
"Open yourself, open yourself, and dream. Dream that the world with you can be different. Dream that you are going to help make the world better. Don't forget it.”

He also made a visit to Fidel Castro, who became Prime Minister of Cuba just months after the Pope became a Novice in the Society of Jesus.

Although Cuban state television did not divulge what the two discussed, it was clear that their conversation covered a lot of terrain. During part of the meeting, the Pope's face appeared serious.

After three nights on the island, Pope Francis departed for the United States. Cheering crowds welcomed the Pope as his plane landed in Washington, D.C. He stepped into a Fiat 500 that captured America's attention for the rest of the trip.

Speaking at the White House, the Pope said it was important "to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family.” He added that American Catholics hope to live in a just society. 

POPE FRANCIS
"With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty.”

Pope Francis did not disappoint in his speech to Congress. He weighed in on the death penalty, refugees, and countless other issues. This line produced the biggest applause.

POPE FRANCIS
"We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'”           

Speaking at the United Nations the next day, Pope Francis linked his support for the environment with his opposition to gender ideology.

POPE FRANCIS
"The defense of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman, and absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions.”

The emotional high point of his trip to the United States may have come during a visit to Ground Zero in New York. Although he was at a place of great pain and suffering, the Pope delivered a hopeful speech.

POPE FRANCIS
"In the depths of pain and suffering, you also witnessed the heights of generosity and service. Hands reached out, lives were given. This place of death became a place of life too, a place of saved lives, a hymn to the triumph of life over the prophets of destruction.”

When Pope Francis spoke at the World Meeting of Families, he set down his prepared remarks and gave a passionate talk about how strong families lead to strong societies. 

POPE FRANCIS
"God plans so that our hearts be open. He likes to open hearts. It comes from Him. But you know what He likes most. To knock on the doors of families and to find families who love each other. Families who bring up their children to grow and help them move forward.”

During his final meeting with U.S. bishops, Pope Francis began by recounting a meeting he just had with victims of sexual abuse.

POPE FRANCIS
"It continues to make me feel overwhelming ashamed that people who were in charge of the tender care of those small children violated them and caused them serious harm. I deeply regret it. God weeps.”

One of his last visits was to a prison in Philadelphia. He had tough words for prison systems that don't focus on rehabilitation.

POPE FRANCIS
"He wants us to keep walking along the paths of life, to realize that we have a mission, and that confinement is not the same thing as exclusion.”

Later that day, he boarded an American Airlines flight and headed home after one of the most important weeks of his papacy.


ATO
RR
VM
PR
Up:AC