Reflections for the III Sunday of Advent

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the sixth Sunday in ordinary time. He says that we are called to rejoice realising the presence of Jesus in our midst.

Council of Cardinal Advisors wrap-up December meeting

The Director of the Holy See Press Office briefed journalists on the December meeting of the Pope’s Council of Cardinal Advisors that ended on Wednesday.

British Prime Minister May faces no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to face a no-confidence vote in her leadership Wednesday plunging the Brexit deal into chaos.

Panama Archbishop: WYD 2019 will be “a great celebration of faith”

Organizers of the World Youth Day in January 2019 in Panama, presented the event at a press conference in Rome on December 11. Themes such as migration, indigenous people, environment and role of women will also dominate the event.

Pope at Audience: ‘Our Father turns suffering into dialogue’

Continuing his catechesis on the Lord’s prayer at the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis says the Our Father invites us to turn every pain and disturbance into a dialogue with God.

Police hunt Strasbourg attacker

A manhunt is on for a gunman who killed three people and wounded a dozen others at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg in northern France.

Card. Parolin highlights migration as he marks HR declaration

On the second and final day of the intergovernmental Conference on Migration taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco, Cardinal Pietro Parolin commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Card. Parolin urges safe, dignified response to migration

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin gives two speeches at a two day intergovernmental Conference on Migration taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We take a look at the story behind the indigenous peasant who came across the Patron of the Americas, and how he fought for her message to be heard.

Pope at Mass: Let us allow ourselves to be consoled by God

At the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis speaks about consolation, which he says should be the normal state for Christians. But in today’s world, he says, the word “tenderness” has effectively been removed from the dictionary.

Pope’s Christmas schedule

The Office for Liturgical Celebrations issues details of the Pope's Christmas schedule.

Pope: Human rights first, even if it means going against the tide

Marking Human Rights Day, Pope Francis makes an appeal in a message to an International Conference on Human Rights, urging everyone to place human rights at the heart of all policies.

French Bishops call for dialogue after Paris protests

Bishops of Normandy hope to use church teaching as a bridge between the French Government and the “Yellow vests.”

Pope Francis: Everyone has the right to life and happiness

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are reminded of Pope Francis’ untiring and outspoken campaign in favour of those rights lacking to many in today’s world.

Pope at Angelus: Conversion is the way to wait for the Lord

The second Sunday of Advent teaches us that conversion is the way to wait for the Lord’s coming, Pope Francis says in his Angelus reflection with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square.

Clashes rock Paris fueled by fuel tax and social tensions

Clashes have broken out in Paris where police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of people as the French capital went on lockdown for the latest "yellow vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron and France’s high taxes.

Central American migrants stuck at Mexico/US border

Thousands of Central American migrants who`ve travelled all the way to the Mexican/US Border in the hopes of an El Dorado, are facing bitter so far but so near disappointment with little hope of asylum.

Pope Francis appoints a new bishop to the Diocese of Clogher, Ireland

On December 8, Pope Francis appoints Msgr Lawrence Duffy, the pastor of St Joseph’s Parish in Carrickmacross, Ireland, as the Bishop of the Diocese of Clogher, in Ireland.

Pope: Martyrs of Algeria sign of brotherhood for the world

As Father Pierre Claverie and 18 other martyrs were Beatified on Saturday in Algeria, Pope Francis sent a message to the Algerian people.

Pope appoints new Archbishop in Indonesia

Pope Francis on December 8 appointed Capuchin priest Fr. Kornelius Sipayung as the new Archbishop of Medan, Indonesia.