LIVE BROADCAST: Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family
October 18, 2014. Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family.
The topic of the second part of the Synod on the Family has been announced
October 13, 2014. The new topic for the second part of the Synod on the Family will be "The vocation and the mission of the family within the Church and in the contemporary world.”
This second part will take place in Rome from October 4-25, 2015. The issues dealt with during the first part of the Synod, which concludes this week, will be further discussed in this second part.
Priest kidnapped in Syria is freed
October 9, 2014. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, 62, has been freed and taken to a convent in Knayeh, Syria. He was kidnapped on the evening of October 5th. Of the 20 other Christians kidnapped that night, 4 women were also freed.
Pope Francis names new bishops for Italy, Spain & Brazil
October 8, 2014. Pope Francis has named several new bishops today. The Pope named Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz (Spain). As of now, Archbishop Morga Iruzubieta was secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy.
He also named Bishop Fausto Tardelli, from the diocese of San Miniato, as bishop of the Diocese of Pistoia (Italy). Finally, the Pope named a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Goiânia (Brazil). He nominated Fr. Levi Bonatto, a priest from the personal prelature of Opus Dei.
Pastor and 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria
October 7, 2014. A pastor and roughly 20 Christians were kidnapped in Knayeh, Syria on the evening of October 5th. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, a 62 year old Franciscan, belongs to the Custody of the Holy Land. Local sources said that a group of armed members of Islamic militant group, Jahbat Al-Nusra, are responsible for the kidnapping.
All cardinals to meet at the Vatican on October 20
October 7, 2014. Pope Francis convoked a Consistory at the Vatican on October 20. All the cardinals will discuss the situation of Chistians in Middle East, especially of those suffering continuous attacks of ISIS.
Pope Francis will travel to France in 2015
October 7, 2014.Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced that Pope Francis will visit France in 2015.
During his visit to the Vatican in January, French President Francois Hollande, formally invited the Pope to France. The mayor of Lourdes also extended an invitation.
It is likely that he will visit Lisieux, home of one of the Pope's favorite saints, St. Therese.
The last Pontiff to visit France was Benedict XVI in 2008.
Pope Francis: "Happy families are essential for society"
October 3, 2014. Pope Francis asked Christians to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family via Twitter. He also said that "happy families are essential for society."
World Communications Day 2015
September 29, 2014. The Vatican announced that the theme for the World Communications Day 2015 will be Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place for Encounter with the Gift of Love.
September 25, 2014. Pope Francis has several meetings today. He will meet with Miroslava Rosas, Ambassador of Panama to the Holy See, who will present her credentials.
The Pope will then meet with Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan and Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jeung of Seoul, South Korea.
He will also meet with the Archbishop Giacinto Berloco, Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium-Luxemburg; Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus, and Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia.
The Pope's final meeting for the day will be with Mr. Marcos Aguinis, the former Minister of Culture of Argentina.
Hear the first hand account of the miracle that saved Floribeth Mora's life.
That's when one of the doctors came in and very clearly said...in fact it seemed somewhat cruel...He started explaining my illness. He drew my artery when I was bed ridden, he drew it out on a paper and he told me I had a month to live. He told me, you may have a week more than that, or five minutes or an hour, but in a month the aneurism will explode and you will die.
So my husband talked with our children. He told them, 'Mom is coming back home, but not for long... because she is going to die.'
It was a very difficult moment in my life. I prayed to God and I prayed to John Paul II asking for his intercession. I did this from day one. I've always been a firm believer. Not just recently, but always.
I asked John Paul II to help me and I prayed for his intercession. I would tell him 'John Paul II, John Paul II, you are so close to God, tell Him that I don't want to die. I don't want to leave my kids. The most important thing are my children and my family, this is my priority.
Usually I wouldn't wake up all of a sudden, but that night I did. I grabbed the remote and turned on the television. I saw John Paul II's beatification, or part of it. I saw Benedict XVI and the cured nun carry his relic. Just as easily as I woke up, I went back to sleep.
I woke up again at 8.00 am and this was the most important moment for me. That's when I heard a voice in my room, that said "Skeptic, get up.” I said to myself, 'My God, I'm here alone', but I hear this voice. It was a voice that clearly said 'Get Up.'
It was difficult for me. I was scared because again, I was alone, but I heard that voice. I then heard it again. The voice told me, 'Get up and don't be afraid.' Immediately I saw a magazine cover, that may be insignificant to others, but not to me.
It was propped over my television set. On the cover of that magazine was John Paul II. His hands were stretched out and I saw how his hands called me in, telling me to get up. And that's what I did. I said, "Yes, Sir.”
I took the blanket off and I got up. I walked over to the kitchen and saw my husband. He told me, 'Honey, what are you doing here?' 'I told him, I feel fine.'
It was something incredible. That force was so powerful that I no longer felt agony or fear. Instead I felt peace...A peace you can't even imagine. A peace that made it clear that I was healed. Days passed and from that day on, I've been standing. Through the honor and glory of God, I'm here now.
I've always said, if you want to believe, well believe. But if you don't, then don't. I can't do more than that. The evidence is there. Those who want to believe, can. Those who don't want to, won't believe at any cost. So that is my only answer: Those who want to believe, should. Those who don't, won't.
I want to highlight that the most important person here, is not the person sitting in front of you. It's not me. The important thing here is the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII—they are the important ones.