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Commission for the protection of minors is complete

As anticipated, Pope Francis has appointed new members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, chosen from various parts of the world, so ...

Recognition Of the Holy See's progress

René Bruelhart is the Director of aif, the Financial Information Authority of the Holy See/Vatican City State, and was a member of the Holy See ...

Pope Francis approves the new statute of the Financial Intelligence Authority

The Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio of 15 November 2013, by which Pope Francis has approved the attached new Statutes of the Financial Intelligence Authority ...

A father and brother to those who work in the Vatican

Pope Francis entrusted “in a special way” a delicate task to the newly ordained Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, Secretary General of the Governorate of Vatican ...

The Church to the aid of the Syrian People

Seventy-two million dollars have been allocated by Catholic humanitarian organizations for the crisis in Syria and the neighbouring regions. Fifty-five agencies have been working actively ...

The quest for beauty

The artistic treasures preserved in the Vatican Museums bear witness to the “spiritual aspirations of humanity, the sublime mysteries of the Christian faith, and the ...

A story told through images

Television tells a story through images. “It was Vatican Radio's 50th anniversary”, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz recalls, “and John Paul II, as a man open to ...

Television and the torch

Vatican Television Centre (CTV) is celebrating its 30th birthday and has organized a conference on Friday, 18 October, at the foreign press office in Rome. ...

The Church is woman and mother

On Saturday morning, 12 October, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Pope Francis received participants in a seminar hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Laity ...

On the path to transparency

Our goal is to “ensure the transparency of our activities and to meet the legitimate expectations of the Church, our clients, the Vatican Authorities, our ...

To assist the Pope in governing the Church

Pope Francis signed a Chirograph, dated 28 September, by which a Council of Cardinals is established to assist the Holy Father in the governance of ...

Only in the USSR and in the Vatican do churches become cinemas

“Only in the Soviet Union and in the Vatican were chapels transformed into movie theaters”. President Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli said at the opening of ...

In search of the far-off

Pope Francis laid his hands on the head of Msgr Konrad Krajewski — who since 3 August has been in charge of the Office of ...

The new Vatican media in Pope Francis' time

“More than 9,300,000 followers and, thanks to retweets, at least 60,000 million people on their smartphones and tablets are reached by the Holy Father’s tweets”; ...

A lost generation

Half of the two million people, so far, forced to flee Syria are children. A fact that, more than any other, captures the extent of ...

The family at the centre

“Pope Francis's work today, like that of Cardinal Bergoglio's when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, confirms the centrality of pastoral care of the family ...

Modern day slavery

“I believe that it would be good to resolve human trafficking and modern slavery . Organ and human trafficking can be addressed at the same ...

Among the galaxies

The last time that José Gabriel Funes and Jorge Mario Bergoglio met was in Argentina. One was a student in the faculty of astronomy, and ...

In Rio, the inventor of WYD

Following Madrid, the “inventor” of WYD will also be present in a certain way in Rio de Janeiro: as of last Sunday Blessed John Paul ...

Much of Benedict XVI and all of Pope Francis

The question least expected at the Holy See Press Office on 5 July was: “Why has the order been reversed?”. Someone from the Wall Street ...

Like a bridge

If a bridge is the best image to show how the extraordinary text of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei serves to connect the Pontificates of Benedict ...

Inauguration of the statue of St Michael the Archangel in the Vatican Gardens

An extraordinary presence graced the unveiling of the statue of St Michael the Archangel outside the Governorate, and for the consecration of Vatican City State ...

Resignations from the executive board

Paolo Cipriani, Director of the Vatican Bank, and Massimo Tulli, Deputy Director, have stepped down. This was announced Monday evening, 1 July, in a communiqué ...

Establishing the IOR commission

The following is a translation of Pope Francis’ Chirograph, which was given in Italian. The Holy Father has set up a Pontifical Commission for Reference ...

Exemplary model of kindness and humility

DECREE Exercising his paternal care over Jesus, Saint Joseph of Nazareth, set over the Lord’s family, marvelously fulfilled the office he received by grace. Adhering ...

At the service of the Church worldwide

Ernst von Freyberg was named President of the Ior, Istituto per le Opere di Religione, in February, after an extensive search of candidates for the ...

Pope Francis' reform

On 13 April the news was made public that Pope Francis had assembled a group of eight cardinals to advise him in the governance of ...

Heartfelt work is priceless

“Why am I here today? To thank all of you because I understand that in these days — yesterday made one month — you have ...

A history of salvation

“Our faith is not only centred on a book, but on a history of salvation and above all on a Person, Jesus Christ, the Word ...

Pope Francis is close to victims of abuse

The Holy Father received in Audience this morning Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On this occasion ...

The Pope greets Vatican employees

“Good morning to you all”. More Vatican employees than ever were packed into St Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday morning, 27 March, when Pope Francis greeted ...

At the Pope's press for decades

Having played lead roles during least four revolutions in a world as complex as that of the Vatican typographical section for a little more than ...

Youth without hope society without a future

“If young people no longer hope and move forward, if they do not integrate their energies, vitality and ability to anticipate the future in the ...

The candlestick which diffuses the light of the Pope

The 75 years of the Salesians in the Vatican can be compared to a candlestick: holding the light of the Pope so that its light ...

A fitting occasion for intensifying the service of charity

On Sunday, 27 January 2013 we will celebrate the 60th World Day for the fight against leprosy, a malady that is as old as it ...

A new relation between catechesis and proclamation

Benedict XVI in his Homily for the start of the most recent Synod asserted that the new evangelization must enter into day to day pastoral ...

The apostles of the digital age

As the first disciples were sent to traverse the tortuous roads of world unknown, far from God, dominated by idolatry and by a malevolent reasoning, ...

If relativism is taken as a norm

ROME, 16. “There is a real risk that moral relativism, which imposes itself as a new social norm, will come to undermine the foundations of ...

The charity of the Pope for the humanitarian crises on the planet

388 armed conflicts, 20 of them very intense; 79 humanitarian crises, 41 desperate appeals requiring immediate responses. These are figures which reflect the dramatic situation ...

In dialogue on the question of god

A world open to dialogue on the question of God. This is how Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, imagines ...

The poor knocking at the Pope's door

With 7,000 requests for financial assistance and approximately 900,000 Euros donated in 2011, the Office of Papal Charities testifies to the Pope's “hand” in charity ...

The memory of humanity

Benedict XVI's Addres to the Roman Curia at the end of a year marked by shadow — but also by light — will be remembered ...

From the town of firs and stone

It left Pescopennataro on Wednesday afternoon, even while snow was blanketing in white the roofs and streets of the town. For the tree given to ...

The primacy of man

A passionate defence of the human being who today is undervalued by a culture that reduces him to “cog in a productive and financial mechanism ...

The strength of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Holy See

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester took part today, 1 December, Feast of the English Martyrs, in the commemoration of the 650th anniversary of the ...

Communiqué of the Holy See

Today the General Assembly has given majority approval to the Resolution by which Palestine has become a Non-member Observer State of the United Nations. 1. ...

Protection, justice and work for seafarers

They are a vulnerable people, exposed not only to the threat of crime, but constricted to suffer heavy restrictions to their personal freedom; they are ...

Instructions for use for preachers and confessors

Gregory VII's pontificate was both significant and difficult and in the end was seen by the Pope as a defeat. It was a pontificate marked ...

Ecumenism in the time of the New Evangelization

The “very close link that exists between the task of evangelization and overcoming the existing divisions between Christians” was highlighted by Benedict XVI in his ...

Different traditions but one faith

“A magnificent concert, in which the great musical traditions of England and Rome have been beautifully combined,” were the words with which Mons. Peter Bryan ...

Who gives order to the universe's chaos

The universe “is not chaos or the result of chaos, rather, it appears ever more clearly as an ordered complexity” originating “in God’s creative Word”. ...

Five centuries of blinding light

Every day at least 10,000 people – 20,000 in high-tourist season – enter the Sistine Chapel. People from all backgrounds, languages and cultures, from every ...

Statement by the Secretariat of State

“Since there have been no appeals to the sentence of Mr Paolo Gabriele on 6 October, his sentence became definitive. Therefore, with the mandate of ...

The Sentence for theft of Pope's private documents

Published and released this morning, Tuesday 23 October, was the ruling of the Tribunal of the Vatican City State that condemned Paolo Gabriele to three ...

True source  of Christian charity

I am grateful for this opportunity to speak with you and participate in this annual gathering of Catholic Charities USA , which also marks my ...

The road map of peace

Benedict XVI pointed out the way to peace. It is now up to those who have the destiny of the Middle East in their hands ...

The surprise of the Gentiles in Sweden

Two unforgettable days of respectful dialogue between believers and non-believers. With those words one could succinctly summarize the Court of the Gentiles conference which took ...

Ecclesia in Medio Oriente

“By its biblical and pastoral orientation, its invitation to deeper spiritual and ecclesiological reflection, its call for liturgical and catechetical renewal, and its summons to ...

Roman Curia

A partial and updated list of the many institutions of the Roman Curia was published in today's issue (n. 36) of the English edition of ...

Knowledge and respect for a journey of peace

He was a missionary in Egypt and Sudan for 20 years. And it was there that he discovered the importance of dialogue as a “tool ...

The right to water in a globalized world

Water and the challenges connected to it are once again the focus of attention. In fact, World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water ...

Two to stand trial in the Vatican

Two sentences in the Vatican Tribunal for the crimes of aggravated theft and aiding and abetting, following the release of confidential news during a television ...

The jewels of the crown

People which lose their historical memory expose themselves to dangerous amnesia and watch the possibility for progress slip farther away. Thus “the Apostolic Library and ...

The massacres will not stop the testimony of God’s love

Why is there so much violence against Christians in some parts of the world? Might it be merely for ideological motives? Or is it that ...

Were Jesus to become a case

A book by the Archbishop Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has just come out: “Ampliare l'orizzonte della ragione. Per una ...

Young workers for an old Europe

It seems absurd yet the European Parliament estimates that in 2050, to compensate for the gradual reducation of manpower, in the countries on the Old ...

History recounted in “The Shadow of the Dome”

Who would ever have predicted that since February 2004, when for the first time he passed through the gate of Sant'Anna, he would have become ...

A moral commitment

The following is the press briefing by Mons. Ettore Balestrero held on Wednesday, 18 July, in the Holy See Press Office on the occasion of ...

Mother Land

The first and principal factor of development in the agricultural and rural world is the proclamation of Christ and also for this reason “a new ...

Eyes searching for hope

On behalf of the Pope, the Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” - the Holy See dicastery responsible for promoting and organizing the charitable ...

Five days to say yes

“It was June 2009: I called my friend Carlo Ancelotti who had just signed with Chelsea and I offered to be his English teacher”, Greg ...

For man who longs for God

We must move beyond the spiritual poverty of a world that is no longer able to perceive the presence of God. The Year of Faith ...

A covenant between human beings and nature

1. INTRODUCTION The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, represents an important step in a process which has contributed significantly to a better understanding ...

Sport and culture for a renewed humanism

Sport is in need of a catharsis against degeneration so that it may return to being a culturally significant phenomenon. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of ...

To start out afresh Europe must recover its Christian and human values

From the address given by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, to the Ambassadors of the member countries of the European Union that ...

Starting with books

Two editors, 25 collaborators and 12 years of work. These are the statistics from “The Guide to the manuscript, print and numismatic collections of the ...

Notification

Introduction Having completed an initial examination of the book Just Love. A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics (New York: Continuum, 2006) by Sr. Margaret A. ...

Indulgence for the occasion of the Seventh World Meeting of Families

Apostolic Penitentiary Milan Decree The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful who, on the occasion of the Seventh World Meeting of Families, will gather ...

Enriched by listening

“In the Pontifical University Urbaniana, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, half the students come from African countries. It was then ...

Poverty and injustice favour slavery

The figures are frightening. Despite the struggles, war and more than a century of international law, enriched by dozens of agreements and declarations on a ...

The renewal of “Caritas Internationalis”

With the General Decree approved by the Pope and signed by the Secretary of State, the juridical framework of “Caritas Internationalis” has been renewed. In ...

In the non-existent hospital where bodies and souls are treated

“Hospital as a place of evangelization, a human and spiritual mission”: will be the theme of the 27th International Conference organized by the Pontifical Council ...

The Word of God rule of the faith of the Church

The word of Scripture is not “an inert deposit within the Church” but the “supreme rule of faith and power of life”. Benedict XVI wrote ...

A study congress opens in the Vatican for the fourth centenary of the Vatican Secret Archives (1912-2012)

“Religiosa Archivorum Custodia”, the Study Congress organized for the fourth centenary of the Vatican Secret Archives will be held at the Vatican in the Sala ...

Moving into the digital

Digitalize: this word has become a pressing aspiration for people working in libraries. It can even become an obsession. If you think of the amount ...

Message to Buddhists for the Feast of Vesakh/Hanamatsuri

"Christians and Buddhists: Sharing Responsibility for Educating the Young Generation on Justice and Peace through Interreligious Dialogue " is the theme of the Message of ...

We need to look to the future

The image of the Roman Curia too often passed about in public opinion without corresponding to reality, which is certainly far better, unfortunately obscured by ...

Beside the Christians in the Holy Land

On the occasion of the annual collection for the Holy Land, in this season of Lent the Congregation for the Eastern Churches addressed a letter ...

Revealed with pride and without remorse

The exhibition “Lux in arcana. The Vatican Secret Archives Revealed” at the Capitoline Museums in Rome opened to the public on Wednesday afternoon, 29 February. ...

The human and Christian dignity of procreation

On Saturday morning, 25 February, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father addressed the participants at the end of the 18th General Assembly of ...

The New Evangelization is also carried out with charity

“The New Evangelization requires great openness of spirit and wise availability to all”, the Holy Father said to members of the Circolo di San Pietro ...

A new way of being Christian

The joyous experiences of faith lived in Madrid with the youth of the world, then the recent Visit to Benin were moments of “great encouragement” ...

New Evangelization inseparable from family

“The new evangelization is inseparable from the Christian family”. With these words on Thursday, 1 December, the Holy Father greeted the participants at the Plenary ...

Beginning again from God

“The Question of God,” is the theme of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, currently meeting in Rome. An audience with ...

The Pope's radio

Audite caeli quae loquor, audiat terra verba oris mei (“Listen, heavens and earth to the words on my lips”). The words spoken by Pius xi ...

New competences transferred to the Roman Rota concerning matters of marriage and ordination

Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio data Quaerit Semperof the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI with which the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus is amended and certain competences transferred ...

When the Vatican Library learned to speak ‘American’

Nicoletta Mattioli's curriculum vitae bridges two worlds. Born and raised in Italy and trained in library science at the Vatican School founded by Pius xi ...

Together for mankind’s spiritual dimension

For the end of Ramadan, the Muslim season for fasting and worship, on the feast of ‘Id al-Fitr 1432 h . / 2011 ad , ...

Stability and work to combat piracy

Repeated acts of piracy have become increasingly worrying. It is a phenomenon which, as I have repeated on more than one occasion, unfortunately has increased ...

Immediate assistance for those fleeing from suffering

On Friday, 24 June, the Holy Father met with members of the Assembly of Organizations for Aid to the Eastern Churches ( roaco ). The ...

Global communication online

“The Church has something to learn from bloggers”, that is, from those who communicate through the internet, beginning “with their way of freely expressing themselves ...

A treasury of talents

There is a widespread opinion — and not even a recent one — that the Vatican is a repository for the conservation of very important ...

The interpretation of the Bible in the unity of God’s history

Inspiration and truth, key concepts for an ecclesial hermeneutic of the Sacred Scriptures, are in need of a fuller examination if they are to respond ...

Proud to serve the Pope

“I swear I will faithfully, loyally and honourably serve the Supreme Pontiff... and his legitimate successors”. These are the first words of the oath read ...

Beatification coin and stamp

Not by chance was 1 May chosen for the Beatification of John Paul II. This year it coincided with the Second Sunday of Easter which ...

Freedom of religion a fundamental human right

In a message sent to participants in the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Holy Father appealed again to all States ...

Vatican Museums evening opening for Pope Wojtyła

On the occasion of the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II’s Beatification, the Vatican Museums will also remain open during the evening on 26-29 ...

The closeness of the Holy Father to the Church in China

On 11 – 13 April, the Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Commission, instituted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 to study the questions of major ...

The last word on evil is the mercy of God

On Friday, 25 March, on the last day of the 22nd Annual Course on the Internal Forum, organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary, which began on ...

Christian love sets us free

On Friday afternoon, 4 March, the Holy Father made his traditional annual Visit to the Roman Major Seminary on the Memorial of the Patroness, Our ...

New law on citizenship residence and access to the Vatican

On 22 February 2011, Feast of the Chair of St Peter, the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI promulgated the law on citizenship, residence and access, n. ...

Communicating God through the new digital languages

On Monday, 28 February, the Holy Father spoke to the members of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Clementine Hall on the occasion ...

A wound to the human heart

The drama of abortion is “the most serious wound” to the moral conscience. Benedict XVI underlined this at an Audience for the General Assembly of ...

Confronting a new paganism

With the Motu Proprio Ubicumque et Semper Pope Benedict XVI has established the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, motivated by the undeniable and ...

The demands of justice

“ The pilgrim People of God on earth will be unable to realize its identity as a community of love unless it takes into consideration ...

Truth, even in the virtual world

The Holy Father invites us to be witnesses to the Gospel even in the digital era, in his Message for the 45th World Day of ...

How to avoid nullity

On Saturday, 22 January, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father addressed the Prelate Auditors and other Officials of the Tribunal of the Roman ...

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

In accordance with the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of Pope Benedict XVI (4 November 2009) and after careful consultation with the Catholic ...

Speed and strictness in the cause of John Paul II’s Beatification

Carefulness, scrupulousness and professionalism: these are the qualities with which the process of the cause of John Paul II’s Beatification has been conducted. His Beatification ...

Cardinal Sarah celebrates Mass in Port-au-Prince

“The Pope is close to you all in this suffering with the presence of the President of ‘Cor Unum’. He sent me from Rome to ...

On the banalization of sexuality

Following the publication of the interview-book Light of the World by Benedict XVI, a number of erroneous interpretations have emerged which have caused confusion concerning ...

Resolved in faith and in doing good

On Monday, 20 December, in the Vatican’s Regia Hall, the Holy Father met with the College of Cardinals and with members of the Roman Curia ...

The future of the world

The Discourses the Pope prepares for the exchanges of Christmas greetings afford an opportunity for reflection on the past year. From a particular viewpoint — ...

The Pope’s Visit to the Vatican Library

The Holy Father spent an hour among the ancient manuscripts and incunabulae of “his” library to bless all those who use it “to cultivate the ...

On the ‘via pulchritudinis’

On the occasion of the 15th Public Session of the Pontifical Academies, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the ...

Knowledge and love  the pillars of theology

“ Knowledge and love sustain one another” in theological research, the Holy Father reminded members of the International Theological Commission, whom he received in Audience ...

The unity of Christians dwells in prayer

On Thursday morning, 18 November, Benedict XVI spoke to participants in the Clementine Hall of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian ...

Justice in health care and the preservation of life priorities in the action of Governments

The Holy Father addressed a Message to participants in the 25th International Conference, organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (for Health Pastoral ...

New and creative languages in dialogue

On Saturday morning, 13 November, in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father spoke to participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture. ...

A force for unity in the Church

The Eucharist is the “centre from which the Gospel leaven spreads”, and the “driving force for building human society”. The Holy Father said this to ...

The truth open to researchers

On 9 November, Benedict XVI addressed a Message to Cardinal Raffaele Farina, sdb, Archivist and Librarian of Holy Roman Church. The text was read by ...

A just social order

The Holy Father addressed a Message to Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on the occasion of ...

Science for the good of man and the development of people as a whole

On Thursday, 28 October, the Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences for its Plenary Assembly. The following is his Address ...

Christians and Hindus towards trust and cooperation

For the Hindu Feast of Deepavali 2010, which glorifies God through the symbol of light, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious ...

Ubicumque et semper

Apostolic Letter in the form of MOTU PROPRIO Ubicumque et Semper of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI establishing the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New ...

Religious Freedom

On 28 September, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, delivered the following intervention on religious freedom at ...

Communiqué of the Secretariat of State

The wish for total transparency in the financial operations of the Institute for the Works of Religion (ior), frequently expressed by the Holy See Authorities, ...

Success for the Pope in the United Kingdom also in the ecumenical field

Benedict XVI's Visit to the United Kingdom was also a great success in the ecumenical context. Archbishop Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for ...

Access to safe drinking water for everyone

On 16 September, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, delivered the following intervention on access to, and delivery of, safe drinking water and sanitation services at the ...

The art of arts pastoral government with authority and charity

At the Audience on Monday morning, 13 September, the Holy Father spoke to 110 recently appointed Bishops ordained in 2009/2010, who took part in the ...

Christians and Muslims together in overcoming violence among followers of different religions

For the end of Ramadan, the Muslim fast, on the feast of ‘Id Al-Fitr 1431 H./2010 A.D., Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council ...

New Rector of Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican

Fr Hans-Peter Fischer, a German diocesan priest from Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, will be the new Rector of the Teutonic Cemetery and the annexed Teutonic ...

For recognition of the role of women

There is no emergency, inequality or economic and social crisis that does not attract the attention of Flaminia Giovanelli, the first lay woman to be ...

Archbishop Mamberti visits Lebanon

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, visited Lebanon from 1 to 6 July. He had meetings with the most senior Civil Authorities and ...

Education human wisdom and the wisdom of God

The following is a translation of the report in French given by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, on 21 ...

Dan Brown will have to think up something else

The following is a translation of the interview that Mons. Cesare Pasini, Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library, gave ‘L’Osservatore Romano’ Italian daily edition. The ...

The language of love  changes hearts and society

“Their eyes were opened, they recognized him and announced him: The Sunday Eucharist and the witness of charity” was the theme of the Convention of ...

The Papal Representative a sign of the Pope's presence and charity

On Monday morning, 14 June, the Holy Father spoke to the community of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in the Vatican's Consistory Hall. The role of ...

Respect for rights and duties

Because the free movement of people favours the construction of a society based on peace, the State should ensure respect for rights and duties both ...

A critical judgment  of current cultural changes

On Friday, 21 May, in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father met with participants in the Ordinary Assembly of the Supreme Committee of the Pontifical ...

To build a good life  in one's country

On Friday, 21 May, the Holy Father met with Members and Consultors of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, on the occasion of their 24th ...

Christians and Buddhists  respect human life

Vesakh is the most important feast for Buddhists and commemorates the principal events of Buddha’s life. This year in Korea and Taiwan it is celebrated ...

St Paul, Benedict and the gift of the Maltese

“From the dark cloud, shining crystal drops will rain down on you”. The wisdom of the Maltese people is an ancient wisdom, accustomed to finding ...

Without public intervention and moral standards the market cannot regulate itself

On Friday, 30 April, the Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on the occasion of its 16th Plenary Session, ...

Holy See Press Office Communiqué

Regarding the denunciation of the Holy See by lawyers in the United States at the federal tribunal of Milwaukee on behalf of one of the ...

Christ shows us the way

Early on Thursday, 15 April, the Holy Father celebrated a Mass with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission in the Pauline Chapel. The following is ...

Transparency and rigour after Benedict XVI's example

In an essay for the Italian daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano published on 10 April, Fr Federico Lombardi, sj, Director General of Vatican Radio, defined ...

We are made for love

On the occasion of the opening of the 10th International Youth Forum – on the theme “Learning to love” – which began in Rocca di ...

Digital manuscripts

The digitization of 80,000 manuscripts of the Vatican Library, it should be realized, is not a light-hearted project. Even with only a rough calculation one ...

Serving God and the world without compromises

On Friday, 12 March, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to those taking part in the Convention organized by the Congregation for ...

Only priests who ask forgiveness can teach others to do the same

On Thursday, 11 March, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the participants in the annual Course on the Internal Forum organized ...

On cases of sexual abuse

Given below is the text of the note issued on 9 March by Vatican Radio Director Fr Federico Lombardi, sj, concerning cases of the sexual ...

First woman ever to hold a post in the Roman Curia

Rosemary Goldie, who died at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Randwick, on Saturday evening, 27 February, at 94 will be remembered as a great ...

Restoring moral credibility after the abuse scandal

On 15 and 16 February 2010, the Holy Father met the Irish Bishops and senior members of the Roman Curia to discuss the serious situation ...

Life an inalienable subject of law

On Saturday morning, 13 February, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the Members of the Pontifical Academy for Life taking part ...

In Christ God reveals himself as both reason and love

On Friday evening, 12 February, the Holy Father paid his annual Visit to the Roman Major Seminary, in honour of the Memorial of Our Lady ...

‘L'Osservatore Romano’ honoured in Paraguay

The “Tomás Moro” [Thomas Moore] Institute of the Faculty of Juridical and Diplomatic Sciences of the Catholic University of “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción”, Paraguay, ...

Communiqué on ‘Harvesting the Fruits’ Symposium

In October 2009, Harvesting the Fruits: Basic Aspects of Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue was published. This book gathers together the results of 40 years ...

Communiqué from the Secretariat of State

Since 23 January, especially in the Italian media, there has been an increasing abundance of news and reconstructions of the events connected with the resignation ...

Bearing witness to the Gospel by being with the sick

The Pastoral Care of Health represents the Church's own activity in the health-care sector. It is the specific expression of her mission and makes manifest ...

Church condemns violations of minors' rights

On Monday, 8 February, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, the Holy Father spoke to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Family who were ...

Growing in diversity within the unity of the Church

The Church in England and Wales has become a “meeting point of Catholics from all over the world”, having recently grown significantly in diversity, said ...

Special stamps to raise funds for Haiti victims

A spec ial initiative has been issued by the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Governorate of Vatican City State for the people of Haiti, ...

For the unity of two thousand million Christians

Two thousand million Christians. Each one of them has a share in the responsibility for the unity desired by Christ in whom they all believe. ...

Faithful witnesses to the Gospel on the Web

The following is Benedict XVI's Message for the 44th World Communications Day, to be celebrated on 16 May. The Message was issued on 24 January ...

Catholics and Jews join together to safeguard the environment

The Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel held its ninth meeting from 17-20 January (“Shvat”, 2-5, 5790), following its ...

Transparent finances for the Holy See

With his “Apostolic Letter in the form of a ‘ Proprio’ for the prevention and countering of illegal activities in the area of monetary and ...

Regarding the new legislation for the prevention and countering of illegal activities in the financial and monetary sectors

1. Today, in implementation of the Monetary Convention of 17 December 2009 (2010/C 28/05) between Vatican City State and the European Union, four new Laws ...

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