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

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.
World

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
Vatican

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
Vatican

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.
Pope Francis

Pope approves new decrees for the Causes of Saints

December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

Pope Francis: People who lack hope also lack a smile

2016-12-07

Pope Francis addressed an enthusiastic crowd of more than 5,000 people in Paul VI Audience Hall

The pope did not spare any pats, kisses or cuddles  whilst walking towards the stage. Many of the pilgrims held their children out for the pope to bless them, and some were dressed in original ways. 

Pope Francis started a new series of catecheses about hope. First off, the pope warned that it should not be mistaken for optimism. 

POPE FRANCIS
"This is very important, because hope doesn't delude. Optimism does, but hope doesn't. Are we clear?
"When we are in the dark, in difficulty, a smile doesn't come to us. It is hope that that teaches us to smile in that path to find God.

Pope Francis explained that Christian hope helps us face the challenges of life decisively, because he who believes knows that God is by his side.

POPE FRANCIS
"I hope that God is by my side. We can all say this. Every one of us. I have hope. God accompanies me and holds me by the hand.

December 9 is the International Anti-corruption Day, and the 10 is the World Day of Human Rights, so at the end of his catechesis, the pope underlined fighting against corruption and protecting human rights goes hand in hand. 

This was one of the most picturesque audience in a long time. There was a lot of music: a group of Iraqi priests, a German band, and a choir from Spain, who sang this 'milonga.'

The audience also had a Mexican touch. The pope stopped to admire the nativity scene brought from Querétaro in the lobby of Paul VI Audience Hall, and there was also a large group of Mexicans dressed in traditional attire. 


JRB/AG
CTV
-
-BN
Up:ag
#Papafrancisco