The Catholic Church prepares a Synod on pastoral challenges for the family. The Vatican presented a document with a questionary explaining that the preparation “begins with a consultation between the various entities to be surveyed on the theme in question”. You can read the document here.

Pope Francis talked in an extensive interview published in Jesuit magazines around the world on Thursday about his vision for the Church “as a field hospital after battle”, healing wounds, welcoming everybody.

More than a hundred thousand people gathered in St- Peter’s Square on Saturday evening in response to Pope Francis’ appeal for a day of fasting and prayer for peace. Sunday morning the Pope urged everybody to continue praying for peace in Syria Lebanon Iraq and Egypt, condemned the proliferation of wars and conflicts and questioned whether they were wars about problems or commercial wars to sell arms on the black market.

The Vatican has published a message from Pope Francis to the world’s Muslims for Ramadan’s conclusion in which he calls muslims and christians to “promoting mutual respect through education”. Saying respect is a mutual “process” of kindness, Pope Francis invited Muslims and Christians to respect each person “first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices.”

Summary: Vatican City, 24 May 2013 (VIS) – “The trafficking of persons is an ignoble activity, a disgrace to our society that calls itself ‘civilized’! Exploiters and clients at all levels should make a serious examination of conscience, within themselves and before God!” These were the Pope’s words to the participants in the plenary assembly […]

“You see, the new things of God are not like the novelties of this world, all of which are temporary; they come and go, and we keep looking for more. The new things which God gives to our lives are lasting, not only in the future, when we will be with him, but today as […]

Pope Francis went today to pay a visit to his predecessor Joseph Ratzinger in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, where he is living from the day of his resignation as Pope Benedict XVI awaiting for the moment to move permanently to the monastery “Mater Ecclesiae” in the Vatican city. We know little about the encounter, because it […]