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1. Pope Francis' prayer intentions for August
31/07/2015
... – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for August is: “That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy”.His intention for evangelisation is: “That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbours to tho...
2. Notice
31/07/2015
...- We inform our readers that during the month of August, the Vatican Information Service will remain closed. Service will resume on Tuesday 1 September....
3. Jubilee for the young
30/07/2015
... – The Jubilee for young boys and girls from 13 to 16 years of age will take place in Rome from 23 to 25 April 2016, within the broader framework of the Jubilee of Mercy convoked by Pope Francis. The event is being organised by the Pontifical Counci...
4. The Year of Reconciliation begins in Africa
29/07/2015
... – The African Year of Reconciliation, convoked by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), opens today with a solemn celebration in Accra, Ghana. It will focus on the theme “A Reconciled Africa for Peaceful Co-existe...
5. A blessing to one another: John Paul II and the Jewish People
28/07/2015
... – “A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People” is the title of an exhibition opening today in the Vatican (Charlemagne Wing, 29 July to 17 September), previously displayed in a number of state capitals in the U.S.A., where i...
6. Other Pontifical Acts
28/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has:- appointed Bishop Salvador Gimenez Valls of Menorca, Spain, as bishop of Lleida (area 2,977, population 233,531, Catholics 207,167, priests 131, permanent deacons 5, religious 195), Spain. He succeeds Bishop Joan Piris Frigol...
7. Angelus: Jesus counters market logic with the logic of giving
27/07/2015
... – At midday today Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. He commented on the day's Gospel passage, which narrates “the great sign of the...
8. Appeal for the liberation of Dall'Oglio and Orthodox bishops abducted in Syria
27/07/2015
... – Following the Angelus prayer, the Pope recalled that registration began today for the 31st World Youth Day, to be held in 2016 in Krakow, Poland. He was the first to register as a pilgrim by means of an electronic device brought to him by a boy a...
9. Pope's message to the new Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians
27/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has granted ecclesiastical communion to His Beatitude Gregoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan, as requested by the latter following his election as Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians by the Synod of the Patriarchal Church on 24 July. The ...
10. Telegram for the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum
27/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has sent a telegram of condolences to the cardinal archbishop of Washington, U.S.A., Donald Wuerl, for the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, archbishop emeritus of the same archdiocese and major penitentiary emeritus, on 2...
11. Cardinal Meisner, Pope's special envoy to the inauguration of the Maria Radna convent complex in Timisoara
27/07/2015
... - In a letter published today, written in Latin and dated 20 May 2015, the Holy Father appointed Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop emeritus of Cologne, Germany, as his special envoy to the inauguration of the convent complex at the Shrine of Mar...
12. Other Pontifical Acts
27/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has:- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Tumaco, Colombia, presented by Bishop Gustavo Giron Higuita, O.C.D., upon reaching the age limit.- appointed Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin as pap...
13. New members and substitutes for the upcoming Synod on the Family
24/07/2015
... – With regard to the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place in the Vatican from 4 to 25 October on the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world”, we publish a further list of the m...
14. Other Pontifical Acts
24/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Victor Manuel Ochoa Cadavid as bishop of Cucuta (area 2,200, population 891,383, Catholics 804,236, priests 166, permanent deacons 8, religious 212), Colombia. He succeeds Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz, whose...
15. The Patriarch of Baghdad awarded the international “La Traglia” prize
23/07/2015
... – His Beatitude Louis Raphael I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Baghdad, Iraq, will receive the international “La Traglia – Ethnic Groups and Communities” award from the Italian city of Jelsi on 27 July. The prize, in its eighth editio...
16. Other Pontifical Acts
23/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has appointed Fr. John Moon Hee Jong as auxiliary of the diocese of Suwon (area 5,371, population 7,721,286, Catholics 825,735, priests 481, religious 1,703), Korea. The bishop-elect was born in Gyeonggi-do, Korea in 1966 and was ...
17. In the meeting on climate change and modern slavery, the Pope warns against the idolatry of technocracy
22/07/2015
... – Yesterday afternoon Pope Francis greeted the participants in the meeting “Modern slavery and climate change: the commitment of cities” and in the Symposium “Prosperity, people and planet: achieving sustainable development in our cities ”, held in...
18. Other Pontifical Acts
22/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Joseph Kodakallil as eparchial bishop of Satna of the Syro-Malabars (area 45,188, population 10,459,000, Catholics 220,000, priests 142, religious 276), India. The bishop-elect was born in Upputhode, India in 196...
19. In memoriam
21/07/2015
... – The following prelates have died in recent weeks:- Bishop Tadeusz Jozef Zawistowski, auxiliary emeritus of Lomza, Poland, on 1 June at the age of 85.- Bishop Thomas Flynn, emeritus of Achonry, Ireland, on 2 June at the age of 83.- Bishop Mawule K...
20. Other Pontifical Acts
21/07/2015
... – The Holy Father has:- accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Los Angeles, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson upon reaching the age limit.- appointed Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan, Msgr. David G. O'Conne...
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