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Vatican City, 11 July 2013 (VIS) – Pope Francis’ apostolic letter issued Motu proprio on the jurisdiction of the judicial authorities of Vatican City State in criminal matters was published this morning. The full text is given below: “In our … Continue reading

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Wednesday General Audience: Unity in the Body of Christ

(Vatican Radio) “The Church is not an charitable, cultural or political association, but a living Body, that walks and acts in history. And this Body has a head, Jesus, who guides, nourishes and supports it”, said Pope Francis Wednesday as … Continue reading

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Pope Francis receives Archbishop of Canterbury (Full texts)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. It was the first meeting between the two. Below, please find the complete translation of Pope Francis’ discourse at the meeting, followed by the complete … Continue reading

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Otranto Martyrs: exceptional witness of fidelity to Christ

(Vatican Radio) Today, Pope Francis will preside at a Mass for the Canonization of Blessed Antonio Primaldo and Companions; Blessed Laura di Santa Caterina da Siena Montoya y Upegui, virgin and foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mary … Continue reading

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General Audience May 1st – An appeal against slave labour.

(Vatican Radio) Marking the feast of St Joseph the Worker and World Labour Day this Wednesday May 1st, Pope Francis launched an urgent appeal to Christians and men and women of goodwill worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave … Continue reading

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Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, 2013 [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) Below we publish the full text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter 2013. Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: … Continue reading

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Pope Francis to Diplomatic Corps: Church fighting poverty, building bridges (full text)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See on Friday in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The work of the Church with the poor, the indispensable role … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: discourse to representatives of the Churches, Ecclesial Communities and other religions: Full Text

On Wednesday, March 20 2013, Pope Francis received several dozen representatives of the various Christian Churches and other world religions, who attended the Pope’s inauguration. Among them were several leaders from the Orthodox Church, Orthodox Oriental Church, the Anglican Communion, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on mass media and name (Full Text)

(Vatican Radio) Addressing the media as “dear friends”, Pope Francis spoke of how the role of mass media continues to grow and how it is indispensible for telling the stories of contemporary society. The Pope thanked the media for the … Continue reading

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Address by Cardinal Marc Ouellet at the International Theology Symposium, Maynooth

07. Jun, 2012 Address by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, at the International Theology Symposium, Maynooth THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF COMMUNION, 50 YEARS AFTER THE OPENING OF  VATICAN COUNCIL II INTRODUCTION Fifty years after the opening of … Continue reading

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London’s Churches lead Olympic ‘journey to peace’

The idea of an Olympic truce traces its origins back to the 8th century BC when a literal ‘laying down of arms’ was observed to allow athletes and spectators to travel safely to and from the Games in ancient Greece. … Continue reading

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Vatican City, 26 April 2012 (VIS) – The Commission for the Catholic Church in China, established by Benedict XVI in 2007 to study questions of major importance regarding the life of the Catholic Church in that country, held its fifth … Continue reading

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The Holy Father in Mexico 24th & 25th March.

PROTECT CHILDREN THAT THEY MAY LOOK TO THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE 24 March 2012 (VIS) – At 5 p.m. today the Holy Father left Miraflores College in Leon to travel to the city of Guanajuato, sixty-four kilometres away. He covered … Continue reading

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One million ‘faith cards’ arrive in parishes

By Madeleine Teahan (Catholic Herald) Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk Cards for Catholics are now being distributed throughout 24 dioceses in England and Wales. The card states that the carrier is Catholic and states six things that Catholics are called to do. A spokeswoman … Continue reading

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Vatican City, 9 March 2012 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican Benedict XVI received a group of prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who have recently competed their “ad limina” visit. Extracts of his English-language remarks … Continue reading

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