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Head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church: God Has Not Forsaken His People

The words Hosanna in the highest, sung during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, hold special significance for the Ukrainian people during this time of crisis, said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk during his homily on Palm Sunday. The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) added that as the crisis …

Nigerian Prelate Decries Boko Haram Attacks

More than 100 people have been killed in the northeast region of Nigeria since Wednesday, in the latest spate of violence committed by the Islamist group Boko Haram. In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said Boko Haram “continues to kill people like animals,” adding: “I don’t kno…

Denver Archbishop Praying at Capitol Today for Stop to Abortion Legislation

The archbishop of Denver is asking the faithful to join him today at the Colorado state capitol building to pray for a stop to pro-abortion legislation that threatens to undermine years of pro-life work. Archbishop Samuel Aquila sent a message Monda…

Pope’s Address Seminarians at Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni

At 12 o’clock this morning, Pope Francis received in audience the community of the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni at the Vatican. Here is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present.
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Dear Brother Bishops, Priests and Seminarians,
I greet you all who form part of the community of the Ponti…

President Obama Recalls Visiting Pope Francis During Annual Prayer Breakfast

President Barack Obama has recalled his visit to Pope Francis earlier this month, saying that his example is a reminder that we all have an obligation to live righteously and humbly. The American head of state made his statement during the White House’s annual Easter prayer breakfast yesterday.
Addressing relig…

Pope Sends Passover Greetings to Jewish Community of Rome

In a telegram to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Pope Francis has wished the Jewish community of Rome, as well as the entire Jewish people, a ‘Happy Pesach (Passover)’. The eight-day celebration commemorates the Exodus of Israelites from the slavery of Egypt to the Promised Land.
“The memory of the liberation from opp…

Pope To Send Pocket-Sized Gospels to Roman Prison Detainees

Inmates at the “Regina Coeli” prison in Rome will receive a special Easter gift from Pope Francis tomorrow: 1,100 pocket-sized Gospels. The books, which also contain the Acts of the Apostles, are the same copies that the Holy Father gave to those attending the Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square on April 6th, a…

Pope to Seminarians: We Have Too Many ‘Half Priests’ Who Fail to Imitate Jesus

Pope Francis met Monday in the Vatican with seminarians from regions around Rome, warning them that the Church has “many half priests” who fail to reach their potential because they are not “pastors in the mage of Jesus.” The seminarians are members…

Pope Francis Appoints 2 New African Bishops

Pope Francis appointed Father Acquirino Francis Kibira as bishop of Kasese, Uganda. Kaesese is a city with a population of roughly 610,000, of whom approximately 292,100 are Catholic. It is served by some 40 priests and 65 religious. Acquirino Franc…

Pope Sends Message of Consolation to Victims of Wildfire in Chile

Pope Francis has reached out to victims of the tragic continuing wildfire that broke out last Saturday in the the port city of Valparaiso, Chile. Though now contained, the fire took at least 15 lives and left thousands homeless. Pope Francis issued …

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