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Transcript of Pope Francis’ Video Message to Interreligious Match for Peace

Below is a translation of the transcript of Pope Francis’ video message to the soccer players at last night’s Interreligious Match for Peace at Rome’s Olympic Stadium: ***
Good evening, and I’m glad you are gathered for this game that is so symbol…

Pope Francis’ Pre-Game Address to Participants of Interreligious Match for Peace

Here below is the text of a speech Pope Francis delivered Sept. 1 in the Paul VI Hall to pariticipants in an Interreligious Match for Peace which took place at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, that evening. ****
Dear friends, good evening!
I am pleased t…

Orthodox Patriarch to Host Environmental Summit

Here is a statement released today by Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew for the beginning of the liturgical year. * * *

By God’s Mercy
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Entire Church: Grace and Peace from the Creator,  Sustainer and Governor of all Creation,…

Iraq Patriarch: Farmers Should Be Enabled to Return to Lands Before Winter

Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq, is asking for the lands and homes of Iraqi Christians to be returned to them. The patriarch expressed gratitude to the international community for the emergency measures undertaken to prevent further massacres by ISIS.
But on Friday, he no…

US Bishops Remember Young Unemployed This Labor Day

Here is a statement from Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, Chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, released in the lead-up of today’s celebration of Labor Day. * * *
This year Pope Francis canonized Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Both made immense contribution…

Gospel Reading for Sunday, August 31st

Gospel: MT 16:21-27 Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.  Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”…

Sunday Angelus: On the Gospel, Eucharist and Prayer

At 12pm today, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the study in the Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Here below is an English translation of his words introducing the Marian prayer, a…

Family of slain Pakistani minister meets with Pope Francis (Video)

The mother and brother of a Pakistani Christian minister, who was murdered because of his faith, met with Pope Francis. The son of 87 year old Marta, Shabaaz Bhatti, was killed in his native country, where as a Catholic he was part of the  minority. Now, his family is making sure his legacy lives on.  To view the v…

Virtual Carmelite Choir celebrates the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila’s birth (Video)

This choir is singing with a purpose! The order of the Discaled Carmelites are singing to honor 500 years since the birth of St. Teresa of Avila.  To view the video click here URL:

Pope meets with priest based in Gaza (Video)

From bombings to desperation, Fr. Jorge Hernandez has seen it all. He’s a Catholic parish priest based in Gaza. Pope Francis invited him to the Vatican to hear first hand accounts of what locals are dealing with, including the aftermath the destruction has left behind.  To view the video click here URL: http://www…

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