More Muslim leaders are publicly condemning Islamic radicals

August 30, 2016. Three important Muslim figures have spoken up recently against violent extremism.

Pope meets with CEO of Facebook: “It's about connecting people all over the world”

August 29, 2016. Both spoke about bridging disenfranchised people together with co...

Pope at Sunday Angelus: Pope announces his hope to personally visit quake victims

August 29, 2016. He hopes to bring the comfort of faith, embrace of a father and b...

Pope's schedule: Canonization of Mother Teresa and World Day of Prayer for Creation

August 29, 2016. Pope Francis kicks off September with a Jubilee for workers of me...

How does the Church decide who becomes a saint?

August 28, 2016. It is a long process, including interviews with those who believe...

LIVE: Pope Francis leads Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square

August 28, 2016. The weekly prayer begins at noon local Rome time.

Syrian artist, Sara Shamma, fled the war with her family to start a new life in Lebanon

August 28, 2016. In her paintings, she captures the expressions of people in confl...

Vatican Observatory program hosts an elite group of 25 students from around the world

August 27, 2016. "If you're a scientist, you believe that there are laws to be fou...

An app that allows you to easily share hundreds of images of Jesus and the saints

August 27, 2016. 'Images of Jesus' brings religious pictures to your mobile device.

Nashville Dominican discovers ultimate freedom in a life she thought would restrict her

August 26, 2016. She converted to Catholicism after reading about being the "bride...

Pope prays for victims and survivors of catastrophic earthquake in central Italy

August 26, 2016. Vatican firefighters are tirelessly searching to find any sign of...

Inside peek into the life of Mother Teresa

August 25, 2016. Barely 5' tall, Mother Teresa had extreme power and strength, sho...

Dozens are still believed to be trapped underneath the rubble in central Italy

August 25, 2016. Rescue teams tell people to evacuate Amatrice, the largest affect...

Pope sends rescue crew to Amatrice after 6.2 magnitude earthquake and rising death tolls

August 24, 2016. He sent six Vatican firefighters to central Italy as rescuers str...

Pope at General Audience: Prays for the victims of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake near Rome

August 24, 2016. He postponed his catechesis in light of the devastating quake tha...

Pope postpones General Audience speech and dedicates it to victims of quake near Rome

August 24, 2016. At least 73 people are dead and others are reportedly still trapp...

LIVE: General Audience with Pope Francis

August 24, 2016. Pope holds the general audience in St. Peter's Square. It begins ...

Completely renovated Saint Peter's prison in Rome opens to the public

August 23, 2016. Pilgrims learn about its rich history through guided tours with t...

LIVE: Fr. Pepe di Paola speaks at the annual Rimini meeting

August 23, 2016. He is called the "villero” priest and was one of the pope's main ...

They rowed 1,100 km in the sea to reach Rome for the Jubilee

August 23, 2016. It took these three Spanish canoeists 10 days to reach Rome from ...

It was once forbidden to say Mother Teresa's name in Albania

August 22, 2016. She was not even able to enter the country when her mother and si...

Pope at the Angelus: “Our life is not a video game or soap opera”

August 22, 2016. He prayed for the victims killed and wounded by the terrorist att...
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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Quake aftermath continues to torment ancient town of Amatrice as the death toll rises

August 25, 2016. Rescue teams continue to work tirelessly with the hope of finding new survivors, but the number of deaths will increase as there are still dozens missing. Italy's civil protection agency has announced that 190 have dead in the affected areas in the province of Rieti are overcome, while 57 were killed in the province of Ascoli. During the night, there have been up to 60 new tremors of between 3 and 4 degrees of magnitude. Rescuers worked overnight in the most affected Arquata del Tronto, Pescada< g> del Tronto, Accumoli< g> and Amatrice. The most dramatic situation exists in Amatrice, the largest municipality affected, and where 2,000 people live, but in the summer months doubles its population with vacationers and many tourists who had come to enjoy the weekend party pasta "amatriciana,” a dish that has its origins here. More than 1,000 people have been displaced by the quake.

Grand Ayatollah to Pope Francis: “Thank you for saying Islam is not equal to terrorism”

August 22, 2016. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi sent a letter to Pope Francis to thank him for his words on the flight back from Poland, a few weeks ago: "It is not right to say that Islam is a terrorist faith.” In his letter, the Shia religious leader has strongly condemned terrorist attacks from fundamentalist Islamic groups. He has also stated that "the vast majority of the Musilm people consider all Takfiri sects to be outside the fold of Islam.” Makarem Shirazi is one of the 64 Grand Ayatollahs in Shia Islam and, as such, one of the highest authorities in matters of Islamic dogma and law.

Pope conveys “solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims of wildfire in Portugal

August 16, 2016. The fire has killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a letter, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the bishop of Funchal, Antonio Carrilho. The letter was read during the celebration of Holy Mass for Our Lady of the Mount, Patroness of Funchal. In the letter, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and sorrow over the loss of life and property in the Portuguese island of Madeira, where wildfires have killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. Pope Francis conveys "solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims and those displaced by the wildfires and prayed for the wounded and asked them to have "courage and consolation in Christian hope” for all involved.

Pope sends condolences to North America in wake of Hurricane Earl

August 9, 2016. Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to the victims in the wake of Hurricane Earl through a message sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The hurricane killed at least 45 people in Mexico and 13 in the Dominican Republic and caused an estimated $50 million in damage.

Pope sends his condolences following attack that killed 70 people at a hospital in Pakistan

August 9, 2016. The terrorist attack at Quetta Hospital killed dozens of lawyers and left 120 others injured.
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Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

August 2, 2016. Six women and six men will study the diaconate of women "with regard to the first ages of the Church.”

Federico Lombardi appointed new president of The Ratzinger Foundation

Aug. 1, 2016. Today Fr. Lombardi officially ceases to be director of the Vatican Press Office and becomes the president of The Ratzinger Foundation. Father Federico Lombardi will chair the board of the Vatican foundation established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Until now it was run by president Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti. The Ratzinger Foundation promotes the study of theology, organizes cultural and scientific congresses and rewards the work of scholars and researchers in different fields.
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