- Jun 3, 2020
In his annual message for the Church’s upcoming World Day of Peace, celebrated each year on Jan. 1, Pope Francis said that those in the world today who foment resentment and fear of immigrants are missing an opportunity to build peace. Immigrants, he said, teach the value of peace by the witness of the sacrifices they’re willing to endure to find it.
With plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year thwarted by ongoing conflict, Pope Francis on Thursday led a prayer vigil for peace in the two countries, asking for an end to war and comfort for victims of the violence.
Pope Francis returned to his critique of “ideological colonization” during his daily Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on Thursday. The pope said the three marks of this “colonization” are removing freedom, erasing memory, and indoctrinating young people.
Pope Francis said on Thursday to always be humble when serving others, especially the least of these, remembering how much you yourself have received that you did not deserve.
Seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome have a lot to be thankful for come Thanksgiving Day. Among them is their community, and also for home-baked pumpkin pie, made by their fellow students, the fifth-year student priests of the college.
ROME — A towering Christmas tree that survived a lightning strike in Poland has been set up in St. Peter’s Square as the Vatican gets ready for the holidays. The tree, which was pulled into place Thursday by a crane, will be decorated and illuminated on Dec. 7 during a