Pope Francis Criticizes Western Sexual Agenda at the UN

Pope Francis Criticizes Western Sexual Agenda at the UN

NEW YORK, January 13 (C-Fam)— In his annual address to foreign diplomats at the Holy See Pope Francis criticized Western countries and the UN for promoting gender ideology and abortion. He told the ambassadors that education “requires showing integral respect for the person, and for his or her natural physiognomy, and avoiding the imposition of…

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

The following is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 6, 2023. Like a rising star (cf. Num 24:17), Jesus comes to enlighten all peoples and to brighten the nights of humanity. Today, with the Magi, let us lift…

Saints at Work: Two Inspiring Catholic priests martyred by Nazis in Italy, now beatified… Here are their stories

Saints at Work: Two Inspiring Catholic priests martyred by Nazis in Italy, now beatified… Here are their stories

Vatican News/CNA—Two Catholic priests killed by Nazis while ministering to the dying amid the Boves massacre were beatified as martyrs on Sunday in northern Italy. See two very short videos at the end of this article featuring actual footage of these inspiring priests. In the face of grave danger, Father Giuseppe Bernardi and Father Mario…

Order of Malta’s former chancellor writes letter about Pope Francis, calls for unity in time of crisis

Order of Malta’s former chancellor writes letter about Pope Francis, calls for unity in time of crisis

The former grand chancellor of the Order of Malta has written a letter to members calling for unity while also expressing concern over the new constitution promulgated by Pope Francis. Albrecht von Boeselager asked members not to abandon the Church or the Order of Malta in a letter sent to all the confreres. Instead, the former grand chancellor called…

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with Five Popes

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with Five Popes

(CNA)—Queen Elizabeth II passed away today, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Royal Family already had gathered in Balmoral Castle Thursday amid concerns for Queen Elizabeth II’s health, Catholic bishops in England and Wales have offered their prayers for her and her family. Queen Elizabeth, who turned 96 in…

New policy says Vatican investments cannot contradict Catholic teaching

New policy says Vatican investments cannot contradict Catholic teaching

CNA—A Vatican policy published Tuesday says that the Holy See’s financial investments cannot contradict Catholic teaching. The policy stipulates that Vatican investments should “be aligned with the teachings of the Catholic Church, with specific exclusions for financial investments which contradict its fundamental principles, such as the sanctity of life or the dignity of the human…

Archbishop Naumann says he’s “sad” over Pope’s handling of Biden, Pelosi on abortion

Archbishop Naumann says he’s “sad” over Pope’s handling of Biden, Pelosi on abortion

CNA—Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas has said he is “sad” over the way Pope Francis has handled the controversy surrounding the pro-abortion actions of President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose positions on the issue are at sharp odds with the teaching of their Catholic faith on the sanctity of…

Pope Francis says it is incoherent that President Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights

Pope Francis says it is incoherent that President Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights

CNA—Pope Francis has described it as an “incoherence” that President Joe Biden, a Catholic, is in favor of legal abortion. During an interview with Univisión and Televisa broadcast July 12, 2022, Pope Francis spoke about abortion and Biden’s position, after being asked about whether to admit politicians who promote legal abortion to Holy Communion. The…

European Parliament calls on Vatican to support Cardinal Zen

European Parliament calls on Vatican to support Cardinal Zen

CNA—The European Parliament has called on the Vatican “to give full support to Cardinal Zen” and told the Holy See it should “strengthen its diplomatic efforts and its leverage on the Chinese authorities”. In a resolution passed on July 7, the parliament condemned the arrest of the 90-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong by Chinese…

Order of Malta: Grand Magistry announces death of H.E. the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago

Order of Malta: Grand Magistry announces death of H.E. the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago

The Order of Malta on Tuesday announced the death of Fra’ Marco Luzzago, who had led the 1,000-year-old institution since 2020. In a June 7 statement, the order said that the 71-year-old died after a “sudden illness” at Villa Ciccolini in the Italian province of Macerata. The Italian medical doctor, who was related to Pope…

Where’s the public outrage? Nigeria Owo church attack on Pentecost: Gunmen massacre Catholic worshippers in Ondo

Where’s the public outrage? Nigeria Owo church attack on Pentecost: Gunmen massacre Catholic worshippers in Ondo

On Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, likely terrorist gunmen targeted, massacred and injured a significant number of Catholics celebrating Holy Mass in Ondo state, south-west Nigeria. “We were about to round off service. I had even asked people to start leaving, that was how we started hearing gunshots from different angles,” recounted Father Andrew Abayomi,…

Cardinal Becciu: Pope Francis responsible for Vatican auditor’s ousting

Cardinal Becciu: Pope Francis responsible for Vatican auditor’s ousting

CNA—Cardinal Angelo Becciu said Wednesday that he is blameless in the forced resignation of a Vatican auditor, because it came at Pope Francis’ request. Becciu was said to be responsible for the sudden firing in 2017 of the Vatican’s first auditor general, Libero Milone, as well as the cancelation of an internal audit. But during…

TODAY: Consecration to Russia with Pope Francis and all the bishops throughout the world – How to Join In!

TODAY: Consecration to Russia with Pope Francis and all the bishops throughout the world – How to Join In!

The Consecration of Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope and the bishops throughout the world, joined by the laity, will take place today, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation: March 25, 2022. The Holy Father has asked the Faithful of the world to join him and the bishops…

Pope invites bishops to join him in consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Pope invites bishops to join him in consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Vatican News—The Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be pronounced by the Pope on the afternoon of Friday 25 March in St Peter’s Basilica. The act of consecration will be performed in communion with the local Churches throughout the world. In response to questions from journalists, the director of…

Friday, March 25: Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Friday, March 25: Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vatican News—Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance that he will preside over at 5pm in St Peter’s Basilica. The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement: “The same act, on the same day,…

Pope Francis sets Ash Wednesday (March 2) as day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine

Pope Francis sets Ash Wednesday (March 2) as day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine

Vatican News (by Tiziana Campisi and Felipe Herrera)—As concerns about the war in Ukraine grow around the world, Cardinals Kurt Koch and Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot – presidents respectively of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue – joined the appeal for peace launched by the Pope…

FSSP says Pope Francis has issued decree confirming its use of 1962 liturgical books

FSSP says Pope Francis has issued decree confirming its use of 1962 liturgical books

CNA—Pope Francis has issued a decree confirming that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) can continue to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, according to the traditionalist group. In a communique published Feb. 21, the FSSP said that Pope Francis met with two members of the priestly fraternity for nearly an hour,…

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide.

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide.

CNA—At his general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Feb. 9, the pope said that this ethical principle was valid not only for Christians but for everyone. He expressed gratitude for palliative care, which seeks to improve the quality of life of people suffering from severe illnesses. “However, we must be careful not…

2,800 Catholics sign Traditional Latin Mass petition delivered to Arlington bishop

2,800 Catholics sign Traditional Latin Mass petition delivered to Arlington bishop

CNA—Nearly 2,800 supporters of the Traditional Latin Mass have signed a petition addressed to Bishop Michael Burbidge (featured image) of Arlington in Virginia. The organizer tells Catholic News Agency (CNA) he delivered that petition to the bishop’s office on Monday. The document asks Burbidge to lift restrictions he recently imposed on the celebration of the…

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