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1. Francis: a Curia that is outdated, sclerotic or indifferent to others is an ailing body
22/12/2014
... – This morning in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father held his annual meeting with the Roman Curia to exchange Christmas greetings with the members of its component dicasteries, councils, offices, tribunals and commissions. “It is good to think of ...
2. To employees of the Holy See: “Transform this Holy Nativity into an opportunity to heal”
22/12/2014
... – This morning Pope Francis met with employees of the Holy See, whom he thanked fervently for their work during the last year. He dedicated some special words to the Italians present, as “during all the history of the Church and the Roman Curia the...
3. Angelus: at Christmas, Jesus calls out again to the heart of every Christian
22/12/2014
... – On the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, with Christmas just around the corner, the Gospel narrates the Angel's annunciation to Mary and the Virgin's “yes” that made possible the Incarnation, the revelation of a mystery “enveloped in silence for...
4. The Pope receives the Community of Pope John XXIII and praises its generosity in helping people rise above material and moral degradation
22/12/2014
... – Today in the Paul VI Hall the Holy Father received 7,500 members of the Community of John Paul XXIII, founded by the Italian priest Oreste Benzi in 1968. The association, currently present in 34 countries, is concerned with situations of marginal...
5. Audiences
22/12/2014
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6. Other Pontifical Acts
22/12/2014
... – The Holy Father has - appointed Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Indianapolis, U.S.A., as bishop of Burlington (area 23,651, population 651,000, Catholics 123,700, priests 133, permanent deacons 43, religious 149), U.S...
7. The Nativity and the Christmas Tree are signs of light and hope
19/12/2014
... – This morning in the Clementine Hall the Pope received delegations from the Italian provinces of Verona and Catanzaro, which provided the Nativity scene with its terracotta figures and the Christmas tree that are decorating St. Peter's Square duri...
8. Francis: sport to promote friendship between peoples
19/12/2014
... – The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) celebrates its centenary this year. This morning around five thousand managers and athletes from the Committee attended a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, after which Pope Francis addressed a brief disco...
9. Audiences
19/12/2014
... – Today, the Holy Father received in audience:- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for Bishops;- Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseilles, France, president of the Conference of Bishops of France, accompanied by Bishop Pasca...
10. POPE TO NEW AMBASSADORS: TASK OF AMBASSADOR, THROUGH SMALL STEPS, IS TO BRING PEACE
18/12/2014
... -This morning in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father received in audience the ambassadors of the following nations, presenting their Credential Letters:- Mr. Vaanchig Purevdorj of Mongolia,- Mr. Sean Mcweeney, Q.C., of The ...
11. POPE FRANCIS RECEIVES DELEGATION FROM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, EMPHASIZES THAT LUTHERANS AND CATHOLICS WILL CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME
18/12/2014
... – Official dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics has been in place for almost 50 years and the progress made in this half century “constitutes a solid foundation for sincere friendship lived in faith and spirituality,” Pope Francis said this mor...
12. POPE FRANCIS TO THE YOUTH OF CATHOLIC ACTION ITALY. “YOU ONLY NEED A FEW WORDS TO BE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST: 'HERE I AM.'”
18/12/2014
... - “I have heard that this year you are working on a theme with the slogan 'Everything to Discover'. It's a beautiful journey, one which requires courage and the hard work of exploring to then rejoice when the plan that Jesus has for each of us is d...
13. POPE EXPRESSES JOY FOR HISTORIC DECISION OF UNITED STATES AND CUBA TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
18/12/2014
... - The following is the full text of a communique published yesterday afternoon by the Governorate of Vatican City State.“The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the Governments of the United Sta...
14. AUDIENCES
18/12/2014
... – This morning the Holy Father received in audience:- Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and- Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, apostolic nuncio to Singapore, non-residential pontifical representative for Vietna...
15. General Audience: Jesus chose to come to the world as part of a family
17/12/2014
... – The family is the “great gift that the Lord has given to the world ever since the beginning, when he entrusted to Adam and Eve the mission of multiplying and filling the earth; the gift that Jesus confirmed and sealed in His Gospel”, said the Hol...
16. Pope Francis asks for prayers for the victims of terrorist attacks
17/12/2014
... – The Pope, at the end of today's general audience, asked for prayers for the victims of the inhuman terrorist acts that have occurred in recent days in Yemen, Australia and Pakistan. “May the Lord receive the souls of the departed in His peace, co...
17. Completion of the Commission for the Protection of Minors
17/12/2014
... – The Holy Father has nominated new members of the Commission for the Protection of Minors, chosen from various parts of the world, so as to allow a broad representation of different situations and cultures. The Commission therefore composed as fol...
18. Other Pontifical Acts
17/12/2014
... – The Holy Father has appointed:- Msgr. Adelar Baruffi as bishop of Cruz Alta (area 16,790, population 401,000, Catholics 321,000, priests 32, religious 50), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Garibaldi, Brazil in 1969 and was ordained a priest i...
19. Presentation of the Final Report of the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America
16/12/2014
... – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Final Report of the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America.The speakers in the conference were Cardinal Joao Braz ...
20. Other Pontifical Acts
16/12/2014
... – The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Samson Shukardin, O.F.M., as bishop of Hyderabad (area 137,386, population 22,309,840, Catholics 47,242, priests 30, religious 89), Pakistan. The bishop-elect was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1961, gave his sol...
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