Civilians evacuate from the scene following an Oct. 14 explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia. Before concluding his weekly general audience Oct. 18, Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and denounced the "massacre which caused more than 300 deaths, including several children." CNS photo/Feisal Omar, Reuters
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed for the victims of a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that left hundreds dead and countless wounded in one of the deadliest attacks in the country's history. More ... Thursday, October 19, 2017
VATICAN CITY -- As the Church marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promoting it as a means of teaching the truth about faith remains a challenge and a priority. More ... Friday, October 13, 2017
VATICAN CITY -- The church's newest saints represent a diverse group of people who offer encouragement and hope to Christians today through their example, a Brazilian bishop said. More ... Friday, October 13, 2017
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative. More ... Wednesday, October 11, 2017
When the Trinity Dome project is dedicated in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, many Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton will feel a special and understandable connection. More ... Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Rev. Peter Pettit, founding chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, will deliver the 24th annual Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lecture on “Semper Reformanda at 500: Old and New Questions for Christians and Jews,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Amphitheatre, at Seton Hall University, South Orange. More ... Thursday, October 5, 2017
ROME -- Twenty years ago, Dr. Robert Walley founded MaterCare International to serve the culture of life wherever mothers and their children are neglected or abandoned, and to support Catholic health care professionals so they can promote human dignity in their work. More ... Tuesday, September 26, 2017
VATICAN CITY – No matter the position one takes on national migration policy, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis and national Catholic charities across the globe want Catholics to meet a migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story.
On Sept. 27, Pope Francis will launch the “Share the Journey” campaign, a two-year program of Caritas Internationalis to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.
Fathers Jorge Bedoya and Walter Quiceno may have set out on their separate pilgrimages to Colombia to witness Pope Francis’ simple, yet profound and personal message of forgiveness and healing, but they returned with insight into themselves, too.
NEWARK • Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the U.S. papal nuncio, imposed the pallium on Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the sixth archbishop of Newark, Sept. 14 during Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. More ... Thursday, September 21, 2017
VATICAN CITY –To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges they face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family.
The new institution is to expand and deepen the types of courses offered as well as take "an analytical and diversified approach" that allows students to study all aspects and concerns of today's families while remaining "faithful to the teaching of Christ," the Pope wrote.
ROME – Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location – one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment – when he received some unexpected news.
"Those who kept me came to where I slept (and said), 'I bring you good news. We are sending you home. If you need to go to the bathroom, go. Take a shower, but quickly!'" Father Uzhunnalil told reporters Sept. 16 at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.
VATICAN CITY – After thousands of runners completed the first ever "multireligious" half-marathon in Rome, Pope Francis praised the initiative, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.
"I greet participants in the 'Via Pacis' athletic race, which passed places of worship of the different religious faiths present in Rome," the Pope said Sept. 17. "I hope that this cultural and athletic initiative fosters dialogue, coexistence and peace," he told gathered for the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, which was near the end of the 13-mile (21 km) course.
CARTAGENA, Colombia – Pope Francis capped a five-day trip to Colombia with a call for culture change in a country attempting to pursue a path of peace and reconciliation after decades of armed conflict and centuries of social exclusion.
The Pope issued his call in Cartagena, on Colombia's Caribbean Coast, where he remembered St. Peter Claver and urged the country to follow the example set centuries earlier by the priest, who tended to slaves arriving on ships by showing kind gestures and dignity.
"We are required to generate 'from below' a change in culture, so we respond to the culture of death and violence with the culture of life and encounter," Pope Francis said Sept. 10, prior to returning to Rome.
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia – In a raw, honest prayer service where victims and perpetrators of violence stood under the gaze of a bomb-damaged crucifix, Pope Francis urged Colombians to summon the courage to make peace.
Symbolically presiding over the event Sept. 8 was what remained of a crucifix from the church in Bojaya, an image of Jesus whose arms and legs were blown off in 2002 when an improvised homemade mortar launched by rebels crashed through the roof of a church and exploded.
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia -- If just one victim of Colombia's civil war forgives his or her aggressor, it can set off a chain reaction of hope for reconciliation and peace, Pope Francis said. More ... Friday, September 8, 2017
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Proudly showing off their costumes for television cameras before Pope Francis arrived, dozens of young people with Down syndrome and other developmental challenges were obviously proud and pleased. More ... Friday, September 8, 2017
BOGOTA, Colombia -- As Colombia strives to build a lasting peace, the country's elders need the encouragement and insistence of young people, who believe with all their hearts that forgiveness is possible and grudges don't have to last for decades, Pope Francis said. More ... Thursday, September 7, 2017