Vatican Denies Benedict XVI Has Serious Illness


The Vatican reiterated Wednesday that Benedict XVI does not have any specific illness apart from the problems associated with old age after a Spanish author claimed the Pope Emeritus must have a grave illness after suffering a “dramatic” deterioration in his health. Paloma Gomez Borrero, a correspondent at the Vatican, said Benedict XVI’s health had

Easter at the Vatican 2013


VATICAN CITY — In the simple pastoral style of a parish priest, Pope Francis led the Vatican’s Easter celebrations, offering clear and accessible teachings in both word and action that principally instructed the faithful on how to draw near to the Risen Christ. He began the Easter Triduum by taking the unprecedented step of celebrating

Pope Stresses Selfless Service to Youth at Holy Thursday Mass


The Holy Father opened the Triduum by spending it with young men and women at a youth detention center in Rome.    VATICAN CITY 28/3/13 — At a young people’s detention center just outside of Rome this evening, Pope Francis urged a group of jailed teens to be at the service of one another, reminding them that

Pope Francis’ First Easter


VATICAN CITY — Final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’ first Easter, beginning with the traditional chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, followed by a break with custom when the Holy Father celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a juvenile detention center in Rome. The Holy Father will celebrate the chrism Mass in

Pope Francis to Make Side Trip Home?


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis may be visiting more than just Rio de Janeiro when he travels to the Brazilian city for World Youth Day in July. Vatican officials are currently mulling the possibility of a stop in the Pope’s native Argentina on the same trip, partly in a bid to ease possible significant logistical

Pope Francis: Christ Died for Each Person


VATICAN CITY 23 March 2013: In his homily at a Mass this morning for Vatican employees in the residence where he is temporarily staying, Pope Francis offered a brief reflection on the liturgical readings of the day and, in particular, the passage of the Gospel of John (11, 45-56). The passage contains remarks from  the

Pope Francis and Foreign Affairs – What to Expect


Perhaps the Same Priorities, But a Different Style By Edward Pentin – ZENIT: When it comes to international relations, Pope Francis’ priorities are unlikely to greatly differ from those of Pope Benedict XVI. But his difference in style could potentially harvest abundant fruit in terms of bringing others to Christ and strengthening ties with the

The Inauguration of Pope Francis Focuses on St. Joseph and Protecting Others in Love


VATICAN CITY: “Let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!” With this emphasis on caring for and protecting one another and creation, Pope Francis officially began

Pope Francis’s Inaugural Mass Homily – Full Text


Homily of the Holy Father at the Inauguration of his Papal Ministry 19 March 2013: Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal


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